Shadoe Stevens aka Fred Rated! Plus Jeremy S. Kramer. Shadoe is an American radio host, voiceover actor, and television personality. He was the host of American Top 40 from 1988 to 1995. He currently hosts the internationally syndicated radio show, Top of the World, and co-hosts Mental Radio, an entertaining approach to UFOs and paranormal topics, and he is the co-founder and creator of Sammy Hagar’s new rock station “Cabo Wabo Radio” broadcasting worldwide from the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In television, he is the voice of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. His most recent project is Blackout Television. One of our best episodes ever!
Ask your typical American who Canada’s prime minister is and they would say, ‘What’s a prime minister?’ But ask an American who Toronto’s mayor is, and they would say, ‘Rob Ford.’ Joining us is Martin Short.
David: Marty, you’re a Canadian. Is crack cocaine legal in Canada?
Marty: Yes, it is. And I think it’s wrong. No, it’s not remotely legal. There’s nothing that makes sense in this case. You know, the police chief has video of the mayor smoking crack. Often, that’s a detriment to a man seeking re-election. Somehow, this has helped this man. I don’t have the answers. I lived in Toronto for many years. I can’t explain the phenomenon of Rob Ford. This is a guy who does not care what happens to him. Justin Bieber threw eggs at his house, and Ford just ate them. When Ford goes to a casino buffet . . .
Marty: The cook, upon seeing his arrival screamed, ‘I need backup’ So I can’t explain his popularity. I just can’t.
David: He’s running for re-election . . .
Marty: And he has a very good chance of winning.
David: So he’s done more than drugs. Is there a record he can run on besides his police record?
Marty: What I have been told is that he has kept his campaign promises. He has said he was going to cut taxes, was going to close libraries. Every decision wasn’t based on elegance or sophistication, but it was certainly based on his pledge, ‘I will cut taxes and I will help the suburbs more than the suburbs feel they’re being helped.’ And both those cases, his supporters would say he’s actually done that. There’s been no indication of graft or anything illegal other than personal behavior that the mayor has done. So that’s why he’s forgiven by many.
David: Well, you say that Mayor Ford kept his campaign promises. Some would say that President George W. Bush also kept his campaign promises.
Marty: I don’t think he promised to invade a country that hadn’t done anything to us.
David: You’re saying Mayor Ford didn’t campaign on promising to invade a foreign country, or President Bush?
Marty: Mayor Ford.
David: Mayor Ford said he would never invade a foreign country.
Marty: Unless they had crack cocaine. Then he would invade them. If Buffalo opened a crack cocaine manufacturing, there could be troops coming from Toronto into Buffalo. I’m just warning you. I’m not trying to be the doomsday guy.
David: Mayor Rob Ford has kept his promise to the people who put him in office, who wanted fiscal responsibility, not necessarily personal responsibility.
Marty: Correct. But there are other issues about Ford, you know, that can’t be forgotten. You know, he voted against AIDS funding because, and this is his quote, ‘If you’re not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS, probably.’ This is a quote.
David: Which, to me, is more important than his smoking crack.
Marty: Right. He also solicited money from lobbyists on city letterhead for the Rob Ford Football Foundation, his private charity. Totally illegal. He proposed eliminating the city’s watchdog agencies after they targeted him for misconduct. And he said Oriental people are taking over Toronto because they work like dogs. Using the term ‘Orientals’, first, in this day and age.
Marty: I mean, it’s just like, you wonder, what, is he smoking crack?
It’s insane that this guy represents the fourth-largest city in North America. It’s not elegant. But I have one bit of advice to his wife.
Marty: Get on top!
David: Martin Short, when were you honorary mayor of the Pacific Palisades?
Marty: I was, from 1999 to 2001, and then I was followed by Anthony Hopkins.
David: You were accused of overreach. You did implement a very strict, draconian stop-and-frisk policy as honorary mayor.
Marty: Mm-hmm. It was a little different. It was called stop-and-finger.
CREW, the Center for Responsibility And Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint against Congressman Michael Grimm, in response to Grimm’s threat Tuesday night to break a reporter in half and throw him off a balcony. Melanie Sloan filed that ethics complaint. She is the executive director of CREW and tells us why Congressman Michael Grimm is one of the most corrupt politicians in Washington DC.
Some disturbing news about our food. This week we learned that the Food and Drug Administration withheld an internal study that concluded feeding antibiotics to livestock makes humans susceptible to antibiotic resistant Superbugs. We’ll talk with Avinash Kar from the Natural Resources Defense Council who sued the FDA to get this study made public.
Sargent Shriver’s son, Maria Shriver’s brother Bobby Shriver is running for office here in Los Angeles calling himself an environmentalist. But Hunter Schwarz from Buzzfeed has been looking into Bobby Shriver’s investments and says Bobby Shriver’s stock portfolio is drill baby drill.
Also Will Ryan & The Cactus County Cowboys featuring Westy Westenhofer, Cactus Chloe Fiorenzo, Benny Brydern and JT Tornado Thomas.
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Michael McShane talks The Bard. With Laura House and movies with Michael Snyder. Michael McShane is known to American and British audiences from the hit series Whose Line Is It Anyway? One of his larger TV roles was as Kramer‘s nemesis Franklin Delano Romanowski(FDR) on Seinfeld. He also had a cameo role as a doomed hypnotherapist in the film Office Spaceand played the friendly scientist, Professor Keenbean, in the 1994 movie Ri¢hie Ri¢h as well as Friar Tuck in “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”. He also co-starred with Sir John Geilgud, Emily Watson and Rosemary Harris in “A Summer’s Day Dream” for BBC “Performance” series.
In 1995, McShane starred as Harley in the BBC Screen Two TV Movie Crazy For A Kiss, about a young boy who is sent to a mental institution for teenagers in Kansas. Touted as being somewhat biographical of McShane’s childhood, the film has never been released on video or DVD. McShane appeared in Tom and Huck as Muff Potter and on Brotherly Love as the experienced but wisecracking mechanic, Lloyd.
He provided the voice for Cid in the video games Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.He appeared in Tower of Terror, a TV movie based on the Disney attraction as “Q” along withSteve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. He had also appeared with Tony Slattery in the comedy sketch show S&M, starred with Sandi Toksvig in the sitcom The Big One, and provided voice work in the anime Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, as D’s sarcastic possessed left hand. He also provided the voice of Detective Twitch in the HBO animated series Spawn. Other voice work by McShane includes the characters of Tuck and Roll, the twin pill bugs in A Bug’s Life and the video game of the same name in 1998,he also provided the voice of Shalulu in Disney’s redub of Castle in the Sky. He also portrayed Baron Rakan Harkonnen in the 2001 strategy gameEmperor: Battle for Dune.
He also voiced Rabbit’s dastardly neighbour Wolf in Granada‘s Don’t Eat the Neighbours,Thunderpig, several characters in Clerks: The Animated Series, Hands in the Disney film Treasure Planet, a Mountain Man in King of the Hill, Quozmir in Dave the Barbarian and Rumpelstiltskin inHappily N’Ever After.
He also narrated several episodes of Animated Tales of the World. In 2003, McShane underwentgastric bypass surgery, losing a significant amount of weight. In 2005 he made an appearance as Dr. Phelps in Malcolm in the Middle. In 2006 he was in a production of Talk Radio directed byStewart Lee, with Stephen K. Amos, Phil Nichol. It was the first dramatic production in the Udderbelly, a performing space housed in a giant, inverted purple cow.
McShane appeared as the voice of Audrey II (as well as playing a number of peripheral characters) in the London revival of Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory inSouthwark between December 2006 and February 2007. The show was a critical success and was sold out for the duration of its run, and Mike had been contracted to continue in the role following the show’s transfer to the West End at the Duke of York theatre. In September 2007 he took part in the British Library’s celebration of Jack Kerouac, reading excerpts from On The Road on the 50th Anniversary of its publication.
In 2008, McShane appeared as a guest performer in Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, a live improv show, and was asked to join the permanent company for three UK tours, and is still ongoing with the group. and as Dr. Vaabit in episode 5 of BBC’s Sitcom Lab Rats, and has appeared twice on the BBC radio programme Just a Minute. In 2012, Mike wrote and starred in, along side Suki Webster, a play called “Mon Droit” based on the incident of the discovery of a body in St. James Park in London. The deceased was an American with a psychological condition known as De Clerembault’s Syndrome, and believed he was receiving messages from Queen Elizabeth the Second to come and be her paramour. It was received favorably, and Mike was nominated for Best Actor by The Stage magazine.
In September 2012, McShane appeared as the character Grayle in the television series Doctor Who in the series 7 episode “The Angels Take Manhattan.” In November of 2012, Mike starred as a CIA military consultant in the new BBC Three comedy series, “Bluestone 4-2”. In February of 2013, Mike created the role of Louis B. Mayer in the new musical “The Tailor Made Man” at The Arts Theatre in Londons’ West End, garnering rave reviews.
An hour with Jason Mewes from Jay And Silent Bob. Jason’s new movie “Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie” opens April 20th, 2013. Also on the program Comedian Ben Gleib. Plus new music from Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys. And we repeat the Marijuana song from Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin.
Actor Nathan Lane talks about “The Good Wife,” “Sleepwalk With Me,” Neil Simon and Sid Caesar.