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Hello I am Billy Dees and I am thrilled that you stopped by my website! This website is a collection of my editorials and blog posts. Social issues, politics, and pop culture are among the topics featured. The Billy Dees Podcast is available on most of the major internet radio platforms. An episode list starting with the most recent and live shows will appear here:

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview Brian Kiley “The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins”

 

I recently interviewed Brian Kiley for HumorOutcasts.com. Brian has a substantial resume as a comedy writer and entertainer. Brian has been a staff writer for Conan O’Brien for 23 years and been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards one of which he won in 2007. He has appeared numerous times on the David Letterman show, Late Night with Conan and four times on the Tonight Show. Brian Kiley also has his own Comedy Central half-hour special.

Brian Kiley is also the author of a novel, “The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins” available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. The book has a subject matter that you probably wouldn’t expect from a comedy writer. For more information about the nuances of the story line, without any spoilers of course, I would like to refer you to Brian himself on our podcast interview.

Any time that I take on an interview I am somewhat nervous about how it will turn out because I want it to ultimately be good for the subject. However, when approaching an interview with someone like Brian I am also aware of two things. For one, they have been interviewed over the years by the best of the best. And two, they do so many interviews that they get asked the same questions over and over again.

The challenge, therefore, is to talk about the right mix of information relevant to the book and yet respectfully throw in a few curve-balls to add an organic feel to the conversation about his craft. I expressed this anxiety to Brian before we began recording and he was very gracious and receptive to the idea.

As they say, with that being said, I invite you to listen to our podcast produced on behalf of Donna Cavanagh and HumorOutcasts.com. The episode is available at the bottom of this post.  For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcastsand Stitcher under “Billy Dees.” It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device.

The podcast is titled on these services as:

HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Brian Kiley – The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview Cathy Sikorski “Who Moved My Teeth?”

 

What is a caregiver? If you help someone else you may be a caregiver and not realize it. As time goes on in a given situation your role as such may well become a major responsibility. Many of us should also be aware of the looming risk that we ourselves will someday be in a situation where we require assistance in our daily lives.

These are daunting possibilities to ponder. I happen to feel, however, that choosing to be a caregiver for a loved one when it is possible is a noble and rewarding act. Moreover, it does not have to be the nightmare that it often turns out to be when we wait for a crisis to develop before we take action to become informed.

This is the subject of the book, “Who Moved My Teeth? Preparing for Self, Loved Ones and Caregiving” by Cathy Sikorski.

Cathy is an attorney who specializes in elder care. I found Cathy to be a skilled speaker who infuses the right amount of humor and lightheartedness into such topics as powers of attorney, advanced directives, managing medical bills and many other subjects. The book provides an excellent background into these matters and provides a feel for what you may need to research.

As stated in the book:

“And this is where a good Elder Lawyer comes in. Find her or him and talk to them. Know what you can and cannot do and when you can and cannot do it. Knowledge is Power.”

This is a highly informative podcast with a strong functional value and is available below at the bottom of this post.  For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher under “Billy Dees.” It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device. Follow Cathy on Twitter at @Cathy_Sikorski and me at @BillyDees.

The episode is titled on these services as:

HOPress HumorOutcasts Cathy Sikorski – Who Moved My Teeth?

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Ron Neumer “Once in a While in Philadelphia”

This podcast episode is an interview with Ron Neumer who is the author of, “Once in a While in Philadelphia.”

The book is a collection of short stories drawn from Ron’s experiences in a neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. The stories are loaded with vibrant characters that are composed of an interesting dichotomy of both over the top attributes and an easily imaginable set of traits from your next door neighbors. They have spirited nicknames such as Rico James Paradise, Ronnie the Big Cad, and Pork Chops.

To get a better impression of the book I would strongly suggest that you listen to our podcast and hear Ron talk about it himself. Ron is a natural-born story teller. I found Ron to be one of those individuals who re-lives the stories on an emotional level as he recounts them. Ron has an affection for his characters and reveals a humanistic empathy for the genuine human being behind the wild antics of the personality depicted.

You can find out more about Ron on his websiteTwitter, and Facebook“Once in a While in Philadelphia” is available on Amazon.

The podcast is available at the bottom of this post. For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device. The episode is titled on these services as:

“HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Ron Neumer – Once in a While in Philadelphia”

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Leslie Handler “Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank”

Leslie Handler is the author of the new book, “Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank” subtitled, “An Inspirational Collection of Essays from Humorous to Simply Human.”

During our podcast for HumorOutcasts.com Leslie takes us on a personal journey from her early life in Texas and the Cayman Islands, to her various careers and then a health crisis, and through her transition into writing. Which is very fitting because her book is also very personal.

The essays in her book are her individual stories which are not embellished with any creative license. The compositions range from financial issues, raising children, and reoccurrences of mice infestation.

Leslie HandlerLeslie is a great speaker and is very engaging. I found her to be a very genuine person during our discussion and I have little doubt that that quality came across very well during the writing of her book.

Please give our podcast a listen right at the bottom of this post. For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device. The episode is titled on these services as, “HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Leslie Handler - Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank” under Billy Dees.

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Social Media Video Promos for Outside Projects

I have been involved with several talk radio projects in addition to the Billy Dees Podcast. As part of that process I have been producing video promos mostly for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If your group or organization has any questions about my media bookings please use the email prompt located at the upper right of this website. Thank you. - Billy Dees

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Perry Block the Author of “Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute”

 

It has been said that youth is wasted on the young. If you can relate to that sentiment then it is likely that you will empathize with my interview of Perry Block; the author of, “Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute” available on Amazon.

Perry is a Baby Boomer who no longer can reconcile his image in the mirror with a more youthful and handsome self-image that he seems to carry around with him. Of course, who among us has a completely accurate self-image? I certainly picture myself with darker hair and bulging abs.

This is an experience that all of us can understand and it isn’t always pleasant. Should it be?

Maybe not. We are in a society that extols the virtues of positivity. Every cloud has to have a silver lining. There is almost a shroud of political correctness wrapped around us all of the time that compels us not ever to say that a particular stage of our life or a given experience just, well, sucks. That is not to say that these moments have to be an awful source of depression either, but just as the cliché goes, “It is what it is.”    

Perry BlockPerry talks about aging as it relates to different aspects of life such coping with social trends and changing relationships with a nervous energy that fuels an edgy sense of humor. He can sometimes take you down a path that you fully anticipate will go one direction but then somehow directs you to a place that isn’t on the map.

I certainly completely appreciate Perry’s attitude but then again I’ve been going through a mid-life crisis for about the last thirty years so what do I know? Maybe you should listen to the interview yourself.

The podcast was produced on behalf of HumorOutcasts.com. The interview is available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device. The episode is titled, “HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Perry Block - Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute.”

The podcast may also be played right here:

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HumorOutcasts Radio “I am So Sick of White Guys” by Jim Corbett and Tim Jones


How many of us need more white guys? Probably not many of us right? So here’s a podcast with three more white dudes for your listening pleasure.

On behalf of HumorOutcasts Radio on HumorOutcasts.com, I recently had the chance to interview Jim Corbett and Tim Jones who are the authors of, “I am So Sick of White Guys – The Coloring Book Experience” available on Amazon. And we don’t mean the good “sick” either, but rest assured the book and the podcast are definitely “cool sick.”

Naturally to enjoy the content of this satirical and adult coloring book it would help for the reader to be progressively minded. Therefore, how “good” you may feel that the book may happen to be is rooted heavily in subjectivity.  However, even though I may not agree with all of the concepts on every single page, I can put on an objective hat. I have no issue stating that for me this book was a creative and witty isometric exercise into a fusion of political satire, humor, and social commentary.

The book’s illustrations were created by Steve Hartley, who in my opinion did a great job maintaining the recognition of the caricatures yet portrayed expressions that match the essence of the scenes and situations depicted.

Jim Corbett and Tim JonesIn this day and age it doesn’t take much to inflame a segment of the public. Jim and Tim have had their fair share of angry blowback from the right and from the land of social media. They sent me various links prior to the interview to show me this aspect of their experience and perhaps to give me fair warning of some of the grief that I could possibly catch as the interview migrates its way through the digital media cyberspace.

We touch on some of this negative feedback during the podcast but we really wanted to stay centered on the humorous aspects of this book as well as the societal messages conveyed in the content.

If you share an illustration with someone and it sparks a conversation, it has done its job.

During our pre-production meeting I suggested to Jim and Tim, that given the provocative title of the book, it may help to give the interview some depth if I threw them a few curve ball questions as opposed to producing what amounted to an audio infomercial.  They were very receptive to the idea and they both did a fantastic job making their points in this podcast which give it an intrinsic value of substantive content above what would otherwise be considered as just a digital media marketing tool.

I hope you enjoy the podcast.

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Molly Stevens

I had a lot of fun interviewing Molly Stevens, who is the author of, “Boomer on the Ledge.”

Molly brought up some good points during the course of our podcast. One of the themes that seems central to her message is that it is never too late to discover new passions and ways to be creative as we mature. In fact, sometimes life experiences can enhance our ability to tackle original endeavors and challenges.

Another concept that seems very dear to Molly is the idea that humor is a great way to deal with life challenges and can also be a way to inspire others to examine their own place in life in a more lighthearted and positive fashion.

Molly StevensMolly lives in Maine and still works as a registered nurse part-time after a long and fulfilling full-time career in the medical field. More recently Molly discovered the joys of writing and over the past number of years has been showcasing her work on her blog ShallowReflections.com.

“Boomer on the Ledge” is an interesting blend of musings and observations about the positive and negative aspects of being a Baby Boomer as well as an inspired pictorial of images photographed by Molly to illustrate the perceptions conveyed in the book.

Billy Dees and Molly StevensMolly is a contributor to HumorOutcasts.com and can be found on Twitter @ShallRef and on her Facebook pages Shallow Reflections and Boomer on the Ledge. Her book, “Boomer on the Ledge,” can be found here on Amazon published by HumorOutcasts Press. You can follow @HOPress on Twitter.

Please take a moment to enjoy our podcast interview with Molly Stevens.

The playable audio program is right here:

HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Molly Stevens

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