TV writer and podcaster Caleb Bacon is not only on the writing staff of Vince Vaughn’s TBS show Sullivan & Son and the host of the popular Man School podcast. He’s also a journalist, sound expert, former weightlifter, San Fernando Valley resident—and many other things you’ll discover when you listen to this episode. Oh! He’s seven years sober as well, after a drinking career that started when he made his first alcoholic concoction from his parents’ liquor cabinet in junior high and ended in a night that involved Special K, bus stop punching, nudity—and a 12-step call from his boss, NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch. In this episode, he and AfterParty’s Anna David discuss being low-achieving drunks, boozing in England, bottoming out in LA and why Disneyland sucks, among many other topics.
Ben Mandelker is a writer and a podcaster who hosts both The Banter Blender and Watch What Crappens. He also writes for the B-Side Blog. And, a few years ago, at the age of thirty, he came out of the closet.
Jeff Whitby is a former US Army Green Beret who has experienced a lot of religion and the world. Thanks to his life experience growing up in a small religion in the state of Washington and traveling the globe with Special Forces, he’s certainly a life expert.
James Ellroy is one of America’s finest novelists. Some of his 19 books include: LA Conflidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid, Shakedown, and the Black Dahlia. His latest novel, Perfidia, comes out in September and is available for pre-order now. James is a man whose live has full of love and passion — as discussed on Man School #55 — but he’s also been Twice Divorced.
Robert Greene [Twitter] is a multiple time New York Times Best Selling Author. He’s best known for his books The 48 Laws of Powers, Mastery, The Art of Seduction, and The 50th Law.In addition to writing about these various principles, he’s also applied them to his own life.
Tony Thaxton left Motion City Soundtrack last year. In a new episode of the Man School podcast, Thaxton dived in a little more about the reasons behind his departure. Listen starting at 28 minutes below after the jump.
Alan Cox was on the TLC reality show 90 Day Fiance which featured the engagement and marriage to his Brazilian bride Kirlyam. There international story one not to miss (whether or not you saw the show.)
Tony Thaxton [Twitter] is the former (and long-time) drummer of the rock group Motion City Soundtrack. He also hosts the podcast Feliz Navipod (hear Caleb on there). After eleven years touring the world, Tony broke down. Despite living his dream (and perhaps yours), he quit the band in order to stay in one place.
Michael Show [Twitter] is a 30something year-old guy who has two children by two different mothers. He currently lives with the mother of his second child even though they broke off their relationship years ago.
'Bald' Bryan Bishop [Twitter] is Adam Carolla’s right hand man on Adam’s famous podcast. He also co-hosts The Film Vault with Anderson Cowan. Bryan is also a Man School favorite. Diagnosed with brain cancer at thirty, it’s now five years later and he’s winning the battle.
He’s also written a book! So, don’t miss Shrinkage — out now!
Mike Dawson [Twitter] is the voice of The Adam Carolla Show. He also hosts his own podcast, Front of House, where he interviews musicians and then lets them play a few tunes. He’s also considered a polarizing personality and many think he’s an asshole.
Rick Overton [Twitter] is an actor, comedian, and Emmy winning writer. This comedy veteran also hosts the wonderful podcast Overview. Rick is a guy who grew up with two parents in the music business and for him that meant his house was always full of legends like Salvador Dali, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and more.
Multiple fine listeners have wondered if they could make donations to Man School using Bitcoin.
The answer is now YES. We haven’t accepted regular donations thus far but doing so by Bitcoin just seems like a great idea. I really dig this new form of currency. If you wish to do so you can use the above QR code or:
James Ellroy is one of America’s finest novelists. Some of his 19 books include: LA Conflidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid, Shakedown, and the Black Dahlia. His latest novel, Perfidia, comes out in September and is available for pre-order now. James is a man whose live has full of notable love and passion.
10 Years in LA! Lots has happened since leaving Albany, NY —
I was a work in progress who knew it all. [3/17/04] Met Her. Thank God. Found sun. Declared 60 “chilly.” Ate 25,000 tacos. Regretted three. Laughed my ass off. Attended 100+ Dodger games. Became a writer. Became a professional writer. Enjoyed countless hours with my LA relatives. Moved into a hip pad with a pool. Achieved some of my dreams. Achieved some dreams of others. Got drunk. Got sober. Met celebs. Met one “Caleb.” Gained life-long friends. Picked up a mic. Never dropped it. Lost weight. Gained it back. Perfected the yo-yo. Earned a Wikipedia page. Learned how to take. Learned how to give. At worst: survived. At best: thrived. Celebrated good times, c’mon. I’m a work in progress who knows just a bit. [3/17/14]
Liam McEneaney [Twitter] is a New York City-based stand-up comic. His new comedy album is called Comedian. He also produced Tell Your Friends, a live stand-up DVD featuring Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal and more. He was also diagnosed with “suicidal depression” at age ten. From there, he experienced years of highs, lows, medication, booze, and sobriety.
Sugar Ray Leonard [Twitter] is one of the finest American athletes. Ever. In this class we talk about what it takes to become a champion and how to stay a champion. These days, he fights to combat juvenile diabetes with his Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation. Don’t miss their big event in Santa Monica on May 20th!
Caleb Bacon is a television writer currently writing for the TBS hit show ‘Sullivan & Son’, which is executively produced by Vince Vaughn amongst other big timers in the entertainment industry. Caleb has written and worked behind the scenes on a host of television shows including Deadwood,…
Jesse Thorn [Twitter] is a public radio show host, podcast host, and new media emperor. You might know him from Bullseye (formerly The Sound of Young America), MaxFunCon, or Jordan, Jesse, GO! Despite being so prolific, he has suffered from migraine headaches his whole life.
Jake Pentland [Twitter] is a television producer and host of The Jake Pentland Show (where I was a recent guest.) Oh yeah… his mother is one of the most famous women of the past thirty years: actor/comedian/polarizing media figure Roseanne Barr.