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Season 2, Episode 18


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Mike Polk is a leading light of Cleveland comedy, and you can fact check at his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MGPolkJr

Originally from Painesville, Ohio, Dan O’Shannon has written for and produced many of the most popular TV shows, including Frasier, Cheers, and Modern Family.  His Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/dan.oshannon.5?fref=ts

Zachariah Durr is known to do comedy and tell stories, find out more about him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zachariah.durr?fref=ts


Welcome to our season 2 finale, with group of celebrated and very naughty students.  They all have a lot to say, but do they actually know the history of quicksand??  None of my students know the name of the first film with a quicksand scene, but that’s why I am here!  Also, we all know what angel’s hair pasta is, but is there any truth in the folk superstition known as “angel’s hair”?  Will any of these students earn the final honor of the year, the coveted Golden Banana?  And, will any of them be sent to the principal’s office?  See you with Season 3, in September 2015!


Season 2, Episode 17


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Anthony Savatt is one of NEO’s leading comics and he produces Ohio’s longest running independently produced weekly comedy show, housed at Kent’s Stone Tavern.  He is on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/anthony.savatt?fref=ts

John Pridmore is originally from Pittsburgh but is taking his wit and charm to sunny California.  He is on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/john.pridmore?fref=ts

Sean Sullivan won the 3rd Annual Summer Laff Off at Toth’s Place in Mentor, OH and has done some other stuff, too, including starting this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sean.sullivan.thinks.no.one.will.even.look.up.here?fref=ts

Jorge Delarosa is an independent filmmaker based in Kent.  You can visit the website of his production company, The Slow Mutants: http://slowmutants.com/


This episode was recorded at the Stone Tavern in Kent, and features four of the best minds Kent comedy has to offer.  Will these keen wags know the famous historical site where Groucho Marx danced the charleston? (Hint: it is in Germany!).  Everyone knows who sung the song “Addicted to love” (your humble professor assumes so) but do you know if “love addiction” is really a real thing?  If any of the students know, perhaps one of them will win the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana!


Season 2, Episode 16


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Sean Lynch is a TV writer, filmmaker, and comedian.  Visit him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/sean.lynch.5458498?fref=ts

Mandi Leigh is a comedian, student, and mother.  She is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SquirrelCh33ks?fref=ts

Mark Colella is well respected comic writer in the Cleveland area and 7-time retired stand up.  He is also on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/mark.colella.14?fref=ts


One wonders if being a Kamikaze pilot was in any way like experiencing groundhog day.  Going to school sometimes feels like groundhog day, too, but what do these students know about groundhog day or Kamikaze’ pilots?  Also, what is David Bowie’s real name?  If any of these students know the answers to any of these questions, then maybe one of them will win the coveted classroom prize, the Golden Banana.


Season 2, Episode 15


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Kevin Downey Jr is a touring comedian and radio host.  His Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/kevindowneyjr?fref=ts

Jon Hofener is a Cleveland-based comedian and also a Cleveland-based husband.

Dan Brown Is that rare combination, comedian-banker.  Look him up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danbrowncomedy?fref=ts


What is the real history of the number of the beast?  Heck, what s the REAL number of the beast (bet you don’t know!)?  Besides confronting old superstitions, these students also confront the modern problem of whether or not playing poker can actually make you ill?  You may never touch cards again!  Forget about betting on the pot, these students have to bet on their own wits, and one of them will win the coveted classroom prize, the Golden Banana.


Season 2, Episode 14


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Tom Flynn is an author, journalist, novelist, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, and editor of its journal, Free Inquiry magazine.

Dr. Zane Johnson is an Associate Professor of Biology at Lake Erie College.

Nick Grimsic is a writer and actor from Northeast Ohio. You can find him at facebook.com/nick.grimsic if you really need to for some reason.


Although no student has ever had the gall to call your humble Professor and host a gargoyle to his face, one can’t help but wonder what they say behind the teacher’s back!  But, do these students know, actually, what a gargoyle is and what it does??  And, do any of my students at home know what apotropaic means (the ones in this class didn’t!)?  Your humble professor is always generous with his time and knowledge, but just how charitable are Americans?? (You can prove how charitable you are by noticing the “donate” button on our website!).  Though the mental prowess in this class is high, who will stand out as the best of the rest and earn the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana?


Season 2, Episode 13


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Brandon Stroud is an experimental Performance Artist and Poet from Cleveland, Ohio. He says, "Don't think inside the box, don't think outside the box, think, there is NO BOX."  See more about his work at (www.bmstroud.com).

Aaron Kozbial is also known as The Professor of Comedy. Aaron is a 
stand-up comedian and on the road scholar who performs his uniquely clever and intelligent brand of comedy at colleges and clubs around the Midwest; called "One of the most original comedians I've seen" by Louie Anderson. Look for him at www.professorofcomedy.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/aaron.kozbial

Eddie Werner was an educator, a comedian and a good friend.


This lively class includes an inquiry into Christmas Carols, trust me, if it weren’t for your humble professor no one would know these eccentric tidbits!  Plus, all my students were children at one time, but what do they know about childhood.  And after all, who will win this class’s Golden Banana?  And, on a personal note, this is the last appearance of regular student Eddie Werner. RIP my friend.

Season 2, Episode 12


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Sean Lynch is a comedian and writer for MTV, find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sean.lynch.5458498?fref=ts

Melissa Stokoski is a New York based stand-up comedian, follow her on twitter @mstokoski

Jesse Huber is a Karate teacher and comedian who hosts the Brew Crew on YSU Rookery Radio at http://www.rookeryradio.com/


What well-known actor, even though he never won any significant acting prizes, has a grandfather who invented baking soda?  Who has an art history degree from Yale? Who was this modern day Renaissance Man?  And, what is the Festival of Lights.  If anyone in the class knows what this is, they could win the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana!

Season 2, Episode 11


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Bill Squire is co-host of the Alan Co Show on WMMS 100.7.  You can follow him on twitter, Facebook, and also on his website: http://www.billsquire.com/.

Anthony Savatt is a touring comedian known as the Mayor of Kent Comedy!  He is on Facebook and Twitter.


Do mosquitoes bother you?  Maybe there’s something about YOU they find attractive!  And watch for too much attraction…after all, do you know the rates of STDs in the USA?  Can you name all 6 Pythonians, and ALL 5 of their movies??  More importantly, can today’s students??  If one of them can they may earn enough points to earn the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana!

Season 2, Episode 10


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Christina Perez is a recent Columbia University grad, Writer and Freelance Editor. Currently writing her first novel (and slowly losing her mind).   You can follow her onTwitter: @Cperez22 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christina.perez22.

Mark Riccadonna is a comedian actor and storyteller whose biggest influence is quizmaster Donnie Smith.

Sean Lynch is an award-winning filmmaker and comedian and writer who co-created Celebrity Death Match for MTV.

Brandon Stroud is an experimental Performance Artist and Poet from Cleveland, Ohio. He says, "Don't think inside the box, don't think outside the box, think, there is NO BOX."  See more about his work at (www.bmstroud.com).


Gold Star classroom favorites Mark Riccadonna, Sean Lynch, and Brandon Stroud are joined by newcomer Christina Perez.  Do they know what makes “7” so “up”?  What was this thing called “Chernobyl?  And who was it that was suppose to beware the Ides of March?  Heck, what is an Ides of March anyway??  Do you?  Based on their knowledge and their answers, one of these students will be lucky enough to win the coveted classroom prize, the Golden Banana!

Season 2, Episode 9


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Vilmos is a true "Road Dog"!  Vilmos has been criss crossing the US and Canada since 1995 entertaining crowds in comedy's most prominent and notorious rooms. 
Look him up, facebook.com/vilmosthecomic, twitter.com/vilmosthecomic

Ryan Clauesen is an impressionist and comedian form Akron.  You can visit his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/rjclausen?fref=ts

Eddie Werner is Eddie Werner, nothing more, nothing less.


A fun time at the Comedy Cellar at Mojo’s!  2015 features Super bowl XLIX, but what the heck number is that anyway?  Do YOU know your Roman numerals?  Oh, and why isn’t there any Roman number for “0”?  Bet my students at home never thought of that, did you!  And, how do recommendation engines know what shows or music you might like, anyway?  How does the movie Napoleon Dynamite fit into this great mystery?  The student who can figure out this deep mystery will win today’s Golden Banana!

Season 2, Episode 8


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Shinako Wakatsuki is a FABULOUS actress who has performed all over Europe and now lives in Tokyo.

Mike Staffa is the artistic director of Pirates of Tokyo Bay: https://www.facebook.com/TokyoImprov  and also http://piratesoftokyobay.com/

Jeff Gedert is the musical genius behind the Gold Star Classroom theme music!


2015 is the year of Back to the Future 2, and this episode is our Back to Japan 2!  This is our second special episode recorded in Tokyo Japan.  Holy Toledo!  Hey, what exactly does “Holy Toledo” mean, and where does it come from anyway?  Spain?  Speaking of geography, today’s coveted Golden Banana may depend on knowledge of obscure little countries in the Southern Hemisphere.  That, and their knowledge of television pop culture—what American TV hero has been killed the most?  Will anyone in this class win—as they put it in Japanese—za goruden banana?

Season 2, Episode 7


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Krish Mohan is a stand up comedian, improviser and writer that started performing at age 15. Based in Pittsburgh, you can find him on Twitter and Facebook: Twitter @KrishMohanHaha Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Raman.Noodles.Browntown

Chris Paugh is a comedian originally from Columbus, now living in Cleveland.  His Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/thechrispaugh

Eddie Werner continues to refute rumours about whether or not he is in fact a comedian.  If he was on Facebook, we could finally settle this great debate, but he is not.

Jon Hofener claims the sea is my muse”—you can confirm this on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jhofener/about?section=bio


What, if anything, is the Adam’s Apple?  What, if anything, do today’s students know about the Adam’s Apple?  Or, about the origins of acupuncture?  (Hint:  if you said China you might have been wrong!)  As this class grapples with these questions and more, will any of them score enough points to win the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana??

Season 2, Episode 6


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Jeremy Sheer is a well respected, unbookable nobody. Find him at dirtysheer.tumblr.com

Willis Gordon is a writer/comedian/musician/actor from NE Ohio who drinks just as much as he talks.  Willis in on Facebook here,
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=201422536537218&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&_rdr

Kali Fencl was voted most likely to subscribe to Zoobooks.  Kali’s Facebook page is here:  https://www.facebook.com/kali.fencl

Steve Guy is a comedian from NEOhio and author of 'Memoirs of a Wingman'.  Follow him on Twitter: Www.twitter.com/thesteveguy


Every summer, NEO comedians gather at the home of “MadMarv” to barbecue and also commiserate, and with so many funny people in one place, we couldn’t resist but put them to the test. These students tackle one of the most persistent debates in horticulture: what, if anything, is a tomato? I bet some students can name the first 13 states in US history, but can you name the last five?? Will any of these students be able to earn the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana? Or will they crash like the Hindenburg (another topic they will be quizzed on in today’s episode!)?

Season 2, Episode 5


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Jake Dickey is guy with a beard and he tells jokes. @Jdickey38 on twitter. Jake Dickey on facebook.

Keith Bergman is the dad at the PTA meeting in the Iron Maiden t-shirt. Twitter: KeithBBergman, www.keithbergman.com

Tony Adamshick asks What's Twitter? H eis, somehow, on FB. In his 20's he told his wife he wanted to do comedy. She said she wished he had told her that BEFORE they were married. Now? She's just glad he's out of the house doing comedy. Too much? Then do, Tony Adamshick, the King of Procrastination.

 


The only thing better than a Golden Banana is a colossal Golden Banana; but how much do you know about the Colossal squid?  And, you probably know all about North America, and you probably have heard of South America—but, what do you know about the stuff in between??  These topics and others will all lead one of these happy students to a happy prize:  the Golden Banana (normal size).

Season 2, Episode 4


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Jeff Gedert is a Tokyo-based translator, voice actor, musician, audio engineer, computer programmer, skeptic, backseat anthropologist, low-gear polymath, and presently, reluctant autobiographer.  He is also assistant producer for Gold Star Classroom as well as composer and producer of our original music.

Jeremy Plant studied theatre at the University of Massachusetts and now he lives in Tokyo, Japan where is a leading lighting designer for theatrical productions and also a sandwich delivery specialist.

Adam Shaw is a performer and comedian who lives in Yokohama, Japan where, among other things, he plays a bounty hunter (or maybe he is a bounty hunter, that part wasn’t entirely clear).


The Professor takes Gold Star Classroom on the road with our first ever international episode.  Recorded live in Tokyo, Japan, in this episode your host and headmaster asks his very special guests if they know of any practical uses for “pi.”  Any mention of the old “pis aren’t square, pis are round” joke will result in immediate dismissal to the principal’s office.  Other topics include the truth behind dolphins saving people, and if these ex-pats actually know anything about the country they live in.  In Japanese, “Golden Banana” translates as “Gorudan banana” but in any language it is the most coveted classroom prize on all the explored continents.

Season 2, Episode 3


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Arthur Chu is a Cleveland hometown hero who made $300K on Jeopardy! and decided to leverage that into an ongoing career as a fake Internet celebrity and general opinionated troublemaker.  Follow his wit and wisdom on Twitter at @arthur_affect. Hire him to do mellifluous voiceovers for you at http://arthur-chu.com

Jesse Alison is a Cleveland based comedian and musician. He cooks with spices that smell up the whole apartment.

Tim Cornett is an American Icon present in the hearts and minds of all who breathe free.  Look him up TimCorn.Net @TimCornettwork



Our last episode featured the World’s Most Highly Educated Professional Wrestler—things don’t get any easier for your host and headmaster this episode when one of the guest students is World Famous Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu!!  Mr. Chu keeps the teacher on his toes, but does the teacher have any chance of asking any questions the Jeopardy champ doesn’t know!!  And, with topics like “Who crossed the Rubicon?” and “What does it mean for words to be homological?”  what are the odds that any of the other students can beat out Arthur for the coveted classroom prize The Golden Banana?

Season 2, Episode 2


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Dr. Jerry Graham Jr. is a five-time WWA World Tag Team Champion. In his career he has crossed paths with many stars including Dick The Bruiser, Don Kent, The Great Wojo, BoBo Brazil, The Sheik and Andre the Giant. He loves to hear from fans at his Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/jerry.jaffe.5?fref=ts> and you can find an audio book of his memoirs here: http://www.insent.net/7.html

Chili Challis: Former writer for Jay Leno and The Tonight Show. A national headliner who tours the country, Chili is also known as one of the country's top comedy teachers, running his Comedy Dojo. Visit his website: chilichallis.com

Jeff Gedert is a Tokyo-based translator, voice actor, musician, audio engineer, computer programmer, skeptic, backseat anthropologist, low-gear polymath, and presently, reluctant autobiographer.  He is also assistant producer for Gold Star Classroom as well as composer and producer of our original music.



The host of Gold Star Classroom Dr. Jerry C. Jaffe is also known as “The World’s Most Highly Educated Stand Up Comedian”—which is an homage to which old school Professional Wrestler??  The answer to this trivia question is also one of our students today!  Dr. Jerry Graham Jr brings his sesquipedalian vocabulary to our class, meaning your host must keep his wits about him at the highest level.  Meanwhile, today’s topics include the most dangerous jobs, the Curse of Tippecanoe, and also the odd query of, Have you ever returned to the place of your own birth?  Can anyone out strip Dr. Graham, or is the Golden banana a foregone conclusion?

Season 2, Episode 1


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Don Jamieson is the co-host of VH-1’s THAT METAL SHOW.  Visit his comedy home page here: http://www.donjamieson.com/

Mark Riccadonna is a comedian actor and storyteller who's biggest influence is quizmaster Donnie Smith.  Visit his website here:  http://www.markriccadonna.com/

Bill Boronkay  was once one of the country’s fastest rising sportscasters, winning 5 Emmy’s (one of which is proudly displayed in his mother’s office behind a lamp).  After a failed audition with ESPN (a mirror was involved), Boronkay reevaluated his career and took off in lukewarm pursuit of his true 14th dream, and stand up. 
Look Bill up at:  www.billboro.com and twitter & fb ( @billboronkay, facebook/billboronkay).

After our break, welcome to the premiere of Season 2 of Gold Star Classroom.  Season 1 was a great success—we have had over 3800 listens so far and over 15,000 visits to our website!  We hope this continues, because we hope YOU enjoy our podcast.  Remember you can always leave comments on our Facebook page and also email us at goldstarclassroom@gmail.com!!!

Season 2 features a series of great guests, some old friends as well as more surprises.  We also will launch a behind-the-scenes feature called STUDY HALL where we dip in for a few minutes to what some of our students talk about on their free time.  And it all begins here, Episode 1 of Season 2!!!  Are shin splints really for real, heck what are they??  And who the snake handlers and why the heck would anyone do that??  Our students wrestle with these tricky questions and more while trying to do their best to earn themselves the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana.  Welcome back to class!!

   

 

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