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My Fame, Explained

My Fame, Explained

By Larry Gilbert Jr
My Fame, Explained podcast will take you on a unique journey through the lives and minds of influencers in the realm of pop-culture, entertainment, business, sports, technology and more. We'll learn how they became famous, their inspiring stories, and how their contributions have impacted society. Hosted by Larry Gilbert (New episodes drop the first Monday of every month)
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E8: Randy Bresnik, NASA Astronaut

My Fame, Explained

E27: Jon Gabrus, Comedian and Actor
Jon Gabrus is an actor and comedian, best known for his work on MTV's Guy Code. He's had roles in TV Land's 'Younger,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and 'Bones.' His podcast credits include, 'High & Mighty Podcast,' 'Raised By TV' and 'Action Boyz.' His latest show, '101 Places to Party Before You Die' comes to truTV on July 14, 2022. Follow Jon Gabrus on Instagram and Twitter. Follow the My Fame, Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
June 20, 2022
E26: Chris Ume, Creator of Deepfake Tom Cruise on TikTok
Chris Ume is a video visual effects specialist from Belgium with experience in social media, entertainment and business. He is probably best known as the creator of the parody deepfake Tom Cruise account on TikTok. The account went viral when it launched in 2021 and has amassed nearly 3.5 million followers as of early 2022. Beyond the social media account, Chris is the co-founder of and Every Anyone.  Follow Chris Ume on Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about his on his websites and Every Anyone. Follow the My Fame, Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
May 07, 2022
E25: Ansley Gordon, Actress & Writer
Fresh off the set of Ansley Gordon's latest film, "Love on the Reef," in which she wrote and stars is as Dr. Isla Waters, she took time to join us for this episode. In February 2022, Ansley wrapped the starring role in another TV RomCom "Lean Into Love," which is set for a Spring 2023 release. In December 2021, she filmed another title she penned, "A Single's Guidebook to Love" which is set to come out this fall. Along with her work in romantic TV movies, she has worked on a number of network comedies including FX’s "Better Things," "Crazy Ex-girlfriend" on The CW, and Starz’s "Survivor's Remorse."   As a writer, her work spans multiple genres and in her short screenwriting career, she’s sold nearly a dozen screenplays and currently has several others in development with both studios and production companies. She resides with her husband and two cats in Los Angeles. Follow Ansley Gordon on Instagram. Follow the My Fame, Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
April 04, 2022
E24: Imogen Crimp, Author
Imogen Crimp studied English at Cambridge, followed by an MA in contemporary literature from University College London, where she specialized in female modernist writers. After university, she briefly studied singing at a London conservatory. She lives in London. Her debut novel, 'A Very Nice Girl' was released in early 2022. Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
March 11, 2022
E23: Chris Morris, Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve Distillery
Chris Morris is only the second Master Distiller at the Woodford Reserve Distillery. He had an important role in the development of the Woodford Reserve launch in 1996. The whiskey is one of the world’s fastest growing bourbons. He's the mastermind behind Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Rye, and Master’s Collection. Chris began his career in the spirits industry in 1976 as a trainee in Brown-Forman’s central lab. In 1997, he found himself as an understudy to Lincoln Henderson, Woodford Reserve’s Inaugural Master Distiller, who in 2003 Chris succeeded. In the years that followed, Chris was responsible for creating the world’s first bourbon finished in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Barrels. He’s also credited with developing the world’s first maple barrel; a difficult feat made easier when you command your own cooperage. Woodford Reserve is the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. Follow Woodford Reserve on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Buy Woodford Reserve online here. Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
February 08, 2022
E22: Natalie Rose, TikTok Influencer
Natalie Rose is a professional Tiktok content creator, who became a viral sensation after posting a dance video in a hospital where someone commented on the clip, ”remember when you are a nurse you are supposed to be taking care of people instead of making a Tiktok,” and she replied to the person saying she is not a nurse.  Her actual job has never been revealed, which led her followers to attempt to guess her profession as she crisscrosses the country dressing up and acting the part in the many roles that come from those comments.  Her follower count on TikTok has exceeded 2.6 million as of the beginning of 2022.   Follow Natalie Rose on TikTok and Instagram. Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
January 03, 2022
E21: DC Glenn, a.k.a. DC The Brain Supreme of Tag Team
Recently featured in the fun auto insurance commercial for GEICO, the 90s classic duo Tag Team is back. Bursting onto the scene with their hit “Whoomp! (There It Is) in 1992, the track quickly climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B charts in just 14 days. The song has been showcased in national ad campaigns, Hollywood films and television series Tag Team pioneers DC The Brain Supreme and Steve Rolln stay dedicated to entertaining fans and delivering an old-school hip-hop blowout to hotspots around the world. Audiences for Tag Team events vary in age from the very young to the ‘old fools from the old school’ and “Whoomp!” delivers the ‘90s experience like no other. DC Glenn and Steve love the powerful experience of looking over a jam-packed arena and comprehending how much their simple song has inspired the lives of countless millions throughout the world. The legendary tune and dynamic high school friends captivate those of every generation as their style speaks to folks who remember when hip-hop was truly hip-hop. The degree of anticipation at a Tag Team concert is almost palpable as fans wait in delight for the high-energy party that’s to come.  DC Glenn is a professional voice artist, actor and international speaker. Visit Tag Team's website here. Follow DC Glenn and Tag Team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
November 01, 2021
E20: Marty Cooper, "The Father of the Portable Cell Phone"
Martin (Marty) Cooper, born in 1928, is a pioneer in the wireless industry, an inventor, entrepreneur, executive, and author. His essays and articles have been widely published. He is the author of Cutting the Chord. He believed the cellular phone should be a "an extension of its owner; that a telephone number represented that owner, not a place, not a desk, not a home, but a person." Cooper conceived of the portable cellular phone and led the team at Motorola that created the first phone in 1973. He made the first public cell phone call on April 3,1973. He contributed to the technology of the wireless communications industry for over 60 years and contributed to every significant advancement in wireless communications, during this time. Cooper lives with his wife, Arlene, in Del Mar, California. He has 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He’s passionate about staying mobile and healthy, continuing to learn every day, and promotes the effective use of the radio spectrum to serve the positive needs of all humanity. Follow Marty Cooper on his website at Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
October 04, 2021
E19: Dr. Helen Fisher, The Science Behind Romantic Love
Dr. Helen Fisher, Biological Anthropologist, is Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and Chief Science Advisor to She uses brain scanning (fMRI) to study the neural systems associated with the sex drive, romantic love, attachment, rejection, love addiction and long-term partnership happiness. She has written six books on lust, romance and attachment now sold in 25 countries— among them: Why We Love; Why Him, Why Her?; and Anatomy of Love (2nd Ed). She also studies courtship trends in the digital age, using a representative sample of 50,000 single Americans to examine hooking up, friends with benefits, video chatting and why today’s dating patterns may lead to decades of relative family stability—due to a trend she calls “slow love.” Using data collected from her biologically-based questionnaire, the Fisher Temperament Inventory, now taken by 15+ million people in 40 countries, she is also studying the biological basis of personality and is a pioneer in examining the neurochemistry of team-building, innovation and leadership to explain how people of different biological styles of thinking are predisposed to work, buy, innovate and lead. Fisher appears regularly on national and international TV, radio, print and podcasts. She is a TED All-Star with over 12 million views of her TED talks; a recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s Distinguished Service Award for her work at presenting anthropological data to the public; and was chosen in 2015 by Business Insider as one of “The Fifteen Most Amazing Women in Science.” Follow Dr. Helen Fisher on her website at Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
September 06, 2021
E18: Tom Bancroft, Veteran Disney Animator
Veteran Disney animator Tom Bancroft (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Mulan, ” “Mary Poppins Returns”) and founder of Pencilish Animation Studios, the world’s first, brand new crowd-owned animation studio - where fans become the owners -- created by a team of legendary alumni from Disney, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks. Bancroft, having animated on a number of top box office hits, has created characters in some of the most popular and profitable animated features of all time. Follow Tom Bancroft on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
July 02, 2021
E17: Jarom Sidwell, Hollywood visual effects veteran
Jarom Sidwell is a Hollywood visual effects veteran known for his work on blockbuster films such as The Avengers, Avatar, The Hobbit, The Adventures of TinTin, Man of Steel and Transformers, among others. The highlight of his career though was being an especially ugly Gundabad Orc in The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies. Jarom created Immersive History, a software company focused on bringing the past to life through immersive storytelling and gaming using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mobile Apps. Immersive not only focuses on wholesome games for families but has also created immersive, education-focused training simulations for Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, and Walmart. Jarom helped create the VR game “DvG: Conquering Giants” - a reimagined immersive experience based on one of history’s greatest duels (David vs Goliath). Armed with a unique, powerful sling, gamers will fend off ravenous wolves, ferocious lions, and a massive bear before battling the giant himself (Goliath). Follow DvG - Conquering Giants the game on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
April 06, 2021
E16: Keith Villa, Creator of Blue Moon Belgian White beer and founder of CERIA Brewing Company
After earning his Ph.D. in brewing from the University of Brussels in Belgium, an honor only a handful of brewers have achieved, Keith Villa came back stateside with the idea of crafting beers inspired by Belgian styles, but with a twist. His first interpretation turned out to be one of Coors Brewing Company's most popular beers, Blue Moon Belgian White and in 1995, the Blue Moon Brewing Company was created. In 2018, Keith retired from MillerCoors to launch CERIA Brewing Company, dedicated to brewing the finest non-alcoholic beers, including a product line infused with cannabis. Follow CERIA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Purchase CERIA beer online at Amazon here. Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
March 01, 2021
E15: Phil Rosenthal, Creator of CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond" & Host of Netflix's "Somebody Feed Phil"
Phil Rosenthal is the creator and executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond. Phil's hit Netflix award winning food and travel show, “Somebody Feed Phil” is Netflix’s 5th most watched unscripted series. The show was also just named TV Guide’s “Top 25 Best TV Shows of 2020. "Somebody Feed Phil” has garnered two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. The show also won a 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Award for Best Travel/Adventure Series. You can order Phil's book (as mentioned in the podcast): "You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom" from Amazon here. Follow Phil on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
February 01, 2021
E14: Frank Musker, Legendary Songwriter
Frank Musker is one of the most internationally successful and established British songwriter/lyricists in music.  His musical versatility has allowed him to collaborate with some of the world’s most important artists which include:  Queen, Air Supply, Gypsy Kings, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, John Denver, Roger Daltry, and more. Some of the songs he is credited with writing includes Queen's "Too Much Love Will Kill You" and Air Supply's "Every Woman in the World." In 1989, Frank, along with other four other singer, songwriters and musicians formed the band World Goes Round, who got to record an album that never saw the light of day, until now, the album is available on all digital formats, and on vinyl, via Viper Records.  Their single from the album, “Put It On The Line,” is dedicated to all of the devoted service people around the world during the current Covid-19 climate. Follow World Goes Round on Facebook and Instagram. Listen to the album on Spotify.
January 04, 2021
E13: Lauren Swickard, Actress, Writer and Producer
Actress, writer and producer Lauren Swickard has quickly established herself as a powerful woman in film, Lauren has written and sold multiple original screenplays throughout her short but impressive professional career. Most recently, she created, wrote, produced and starred in “A California Christmas," starring opposite her real-life husband and “General Hospital” star Josh Swickard. The film will be released on Netflix December 14, 2020.  A Cincinnati native, Lauren excelled in the arts at a young age and her artistic talent stems from her early years in musical theatre and pre-professional ballet. Having attended the prestigious School of American Ballet and E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, she has performed on the stage with the Cincinnati Ballet Company and trained with The Groundlings. Lauren pulls from more than seven years and 40+ credits of screen acting experience, performing roles on feature films, short films and television series in drama and comedy. She began her professional acting career in high school with a small role on the TV Movie, “Shelter,” working with JJ Abrams. Now represented by Powerline Entertainment, she can be seen in Netflix’s “Dear White People,” the film “Airplane Mode” opposite Logan Paul, Netflix's “Roped” and countless projects currently airing on the Lifetime Movie Network, the Syfy channel, and Amazon Prime. Follow Lauren Swickard on Instagram.
December 07, 2020
E12: Gabbie Hanna, YouTube Influencer, New York Times Bestselling Author
Gabbie Hanna is the Billboard-charting musical artist and New York Times best-selling author & illustrator of “Adultolescence.” Starting as a web based creator, she amassed over 20 million followers across her social media platforms as she focused on growing as an author and artist. A native of a small town in Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh graduate, Gabbie shocked her loved ones when she drove cross-country to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles where she currently resides. She has since crossed over 250 million music streams and 1 billion views on her YouTube channel. Her latest EP “Bad Karma” released in 2020, and Gabbie launches her second book into the world, “Dandelion,” available at both Target and Barnes & Noble and online at Amazon. Follow Gabbie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.  Follow the My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
November 02, 2020
E11: Nik Wallenda, "King of the Highwire"
With 11 Guiness World Records and a list of never before seen death defying feats, Nik Wallenda has written his name in history as truly the “King of the High Wire”.  Nik has performed live in every state in the USA and all over the world.  He has garnered the support from tens of millions of live viewers in network television specials on ABC, The Discovery Channel and others.  From crossing the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls to walking blindfolded between two towers in Chicago, Nik personifies the Wallenda Family legacy of “Never Giving Up” and has time and time again proven that “Fear is a Liar”. Buy his new book that came out September 15, "Facing Fear: Step out in faith and rise above what's holding you back" Go to for more episodes. Check out more on Nik Wallenda by visiting his website at Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow and like My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
October 05, 2020
E10: 'Air Supply' guitarist and songwriter Graham Russell
Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell met in Sydney, Australia on May 12, 1975 while performing in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. After the evening performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, they would play in Coffee Bars, Pizza Parlors, and anywhere they could to hone their vocal skills and harmonies. “Lost in Love” was released in Australia in 1978 and again soared to the top of the charts. It found its way to Clive Davis, founder, and president of Arista Records, who immediately offered Air Supply a record deal. The song was released in 1980 and became the fastest-selling in the world, topping the charts in a multitude of countries. “All Out of Love” was the second single released and topped the worldwide charts once again. Seven consecutive Top-Five singles at that time equaled The Beatles’ run. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now and Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. “Lost in Love” was named song of the year in 1980 and along with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple but majestic compositions created a unique sound that would be forever known as Air Supply. On May 12th, 2020, the band celebrated 45 years... the rest is music history. Go to for more episodes. Check out more on the band by visiting Facebook Twitter Instagram Spotify Apple Music Follow and like My Fame Explained podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
September 07, 2020
E9: Adrienne Bankert, ABC News Correspondent & Author
Adrienne Bankert is a correspondent for ABC News, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline. She reported live from Chiang Rai, Thailand, during the rescue of thirteen boys and their soccer coach as the world watched the historic rescue. She traveled to London to cover the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and was the first network journalist to report live from the scene when several police officers were massacred in Dallas, Texas in 2016. Her compelling interviews from guests that range from wounded warriors to celebrities including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and more have gained widespread attention. She has worked in local news in Sacramento, Dallas-Fort Worth, and in Los Angeles as a host, anchor, health and wellness, and general assignment reporter. In her debut book, “Your Hidden Superpower,” Adrienne shares her professional and personal insight about how the simple act of kindness can have a profound impact and create positive change. Buy the book: “Your Hidden Superpower" Follow Adrienne Bankert on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
August 03, 2020
E8: Randy Bresnik, NASA Astronaut
Randy “Komrade” Bresnik was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1989. During his military career, he became an F/A-18 Test Pilot and was eventually deployed to Kuwait to fly combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A veteran of STS-129 on Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2009, he has also trained as a Cave-a-naut with the European Space Agency to test living deep beneath the Earth’s surface as well as an Aquanaut for NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) 19. In 2017, Bresnik served as the Commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 53 and flight engineer for Expedition 52. Follow Randy: on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (Show music:
July 06, 2020
E7: Susan Bennett, the original voice of Apple's "Siri"
Susan Bennett is a voice-over artist who first started as a backup singer Roy Roy Orbison and Burt Bacharach. Some of her voice-over work for large companies include Delta Airlines, Discovery Channel, Coca-Cola, Warner Bros., Paramount, Walt Disney and more. She is best known for being the original voice of Apple's "Siri" since the service was introduced in 2011. It wasn't until 2013 when Bennett revealed to the world that she, indeed, is the real human voice behind Siri.  For more information on Susan you can visit her website at, follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Show music:
June 01, 2020
E6: Bill Gibson, drummer for Huey Lewis and the News
Bill Gibson was born in Northern California and began playing music at 7-years-old. When he turned 12, his father, gave him his first pair of drumsticks and took him to see all the great big band jazz artists of the day. It was during that time period of his life when he became obsessed with the drums. By age 18, Gibson formed the band Sound Hole.  Sound Hole would eventually disbanded in 1976 and Bill started to play with legendary San Francisco bassist Jack Casady, Nick Buck, and Brian Marnell in a punk band called SVT. In 1977, Huey Lewis and Sean Hopper’s band, Clover, had disbanded and Huey put together a lively jam session/variety show called “Monday Night Live” at a local club called Uncle Charlie’s. The band featured the core of what was to become The News. The Monday Night Live band began to record demo tapes in hopes of getting a record deal and in 1979, Huey Lewis and the News was formed with Bill as a founding member. Huey Lewis and the News website: My Fame Explained website: Email the show: Music:
May 04, 2020
E5: Morgan Wright, NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior'
Morgan "Moose" Wright has competed on NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior' four times. He is also an award-winning elementary school physical education teacher and a decorated U.S. Army Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as an Officer in Afghanistan.  So how did he go from elementary school teacher in Florida to four-time ninja on national TV? Morgan, or "Moose" as he likes to be called explains. See more My Fame Explained podcasts at Music:
April 06, 2020
E4: Dave's Killer Bread founder, Dave Dahl
Dave Dahl was born in Oregon and at the age of nine started working in his father's bakery; But that didn't last long as he would get caught up in a life of drugs and crime in his teen years that would follow him throughout much of his life. He would spend 15 years in prison for various crimes such as drugs and burglary. It was in the mid-2000s that he would return to the family bakery and create an organic, crusty bread with whole grains and seeds that would be become hit — first at local farmers markets, and then eventually sold at grocery stores nationwide. In 2015, he would sell the brand to Flower Foods for a reported $275 million dollars. See more My Fame Explained podcasts at Music:
March 02, 2020
E3: Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, James "Buster" Douglas
James "Buster" Douglas is a former professional boxer from Columbus, Ohio who competed between 1981 and 1999. He is best known for his ten round battle with Mike Tyson on February 11, 1990, in Tokyo, Japan. Douglas shocked the world by knocking out Tyson to become the undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.  He would go on to become a boxing legend — complete with appearing on television, a movie and the cover of a video game.  In 2020, he celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the historic fight.  See more on James "Buster" Douglas: See more My Fame Explained podcasts at Music:
February 15, 2020
E2: State Farm 'She Shed' Commercial actress, Nicole J. Butler
Actress Nicole J. Butler, the star of the State Farm ' She Shed' commercial, was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles after college to pursue her dreams of acting.  It was countless small parts in TV shows such as 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Mike and Molly,' 'NCIS' and many more — coupled with commercials for such national brands as Progressive Insurance, Gain laundry detergent, Pizza Hut, Walmart, and Target that moved her career from part-time to full time actress. Ultimately it was that State Farm commercial that went viral that sent her from “commercial actress” to “She Shed Cheryl,” a moniker she would come to embrace. Music:
February 09, 2020
E1: Dippin' Dots inventor, Curt Jones
Over 30 years ago, microbiologist Curt Jones transformed the way we eat ice cream. Jones combined liquid nitrogen and ice cream in his kitchen eventually coming up with what we know today as Dippin' Dots ice cream. His first store opened in 1988 in Lexington, Kentucky and would go on to become a worldwide success with locations at fairs, festivals and major theme parks around the U.S., including 14 counties. The journey to his fame hit some major — and minor —bumps along the way.  Find out how we enjoy today what's know as Dippin' Dots and how it came to be. Plus, what's he up to now. Frozen coffee? That's right! Curt Jones explains his fame in episode 1. Music:
January 26, 2020