Rank #1: STMAYD #008 | "Catch some f**king Z's" (Guest - Johnny Taylor )
In this episode host John Morris Ross IV sits down with stand-up comedian Johnny Taylor, who his shares experiences of growing up in a home where mental illness took center stage and how his late father managed to provide through those struggles.
Taylor's unique outlook and ability to turn the tables on tragedy, make for not only a great podcast episode, but one helluva comedy performance too.
For more with Johnny Taylor, head over to his website https://linktr.ee/Hipsterocracy
Sep 08 2020
Rank #2: STMAYD #007 | "Making ways out of no ways." (Guest - Leslé Honoré )
Born and raised in Gardena, California, Leslé Honoré remains deeply rooted in the heritage and culture of her father, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana; and mother, who was born in Sinaloa, Culiacan, Mexico, who immigrated to the US when she was 15. She is a well-renowned Blaxican Poet, “artivist,” and author of Fist & Fire, a collection of powerful, unflinching poems that confront issues of social justice. Poetry has always been how Leslé expressed herself and, it seems, this talent could have been inspired by her father himself.
Sep 02 2020
Rank #3: STMAYD #006 | "Everyone's Dad is a Painter" (Guest Nick Aragon)
This episode's guest is Nick Aragon. NIck is a stand-up comic, writer and co-host of the Fuck This Place Podcast. In this episode Nick talks about how his father wears many literal and figurative hats, some inadvertent lessons and how his dad could probably murder your dad if it came down to it. Ok then, enojy.
Aug 25 2020
Rank #4: STMAYD #005 | lowercase letters and the Five Percent Club (Guest Becca Habegger)
Becca Habegger is an Emmy-nominated journalist and currently serves as the Multi-Platform Storytelling Lead and the nightside Executive Producer for ABC10 Sacramento. So, most likely, if you watch “Late News Tonight” at 11 PM from Monday through Friday, there's a good chance you'll hear something she wrote or see videos she’s edited and signed off on. Basically, she’s a rockstar on the West Coast, but she is too much of a class act to agree to this. You may wonder how she became the high-achieving professional that she is. One of those major factors is through the example of her father, Paul Habegger.
Paul Habegger’s story of his modest upbringing in Minnesota is not what makes him so significant. It’s his natural and exceptional skills as a man who truly loves his family. In this episode, Becca tells stories of a man who, as a child, signed his signature all in lowercase until he “made something of himself.” To this day, his signature is still devoid of capital letters despite graduating from an Ivy League university, getting a masters in business, and eventually owning his own consulting firm.
Jul 04 2020
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Rank #5: STMAYD #004 | "Oooh to your mother, I'm God's gift" (Guest - Ellis Rodriguez)
A week before we recorded this interview, today’s guest Ellis Rodriguez called me to let us know that he wanted to do the show. So without pointing him to the intake form or jump through the submission rings, we simply asked him "why?" And he said, “I just want to brag on my dad, Oscar Rodriguez. The world needs to know how great he is.” So here we are.
Ellis opens with stories of his early life in Stockton, California with his white mother and black father, before being taken in by a huge Panamanian family, where he remained throughout his childhood.
Ellis Rodriguez is a stand up comic, the winner on the 2017 Prestigious SF Comedy Competition. He’s been seen on Kevin Hart’s "Hart of the City" on Comedy Central and is a former United States Marine.
Jun 19 2020
Rank #6: STMAYD #003 | "Two jobs is for two people." (Guest - Ngaio Bealum)
Ngaio Bealum is a father, a comedian, musician, writer, actor, activist, juggler, publisher…you name it. He’s been seen and heard all over, including the Sarah Silverman Program, Cooking on High on Netflix and pretty much anywhere there’s a festival celebrating cannabis.
In this episode, Ngaio shares stories of his father, leaving zero nuggets unturned, and shows us the hope of all activism, which is true tangible change and second chances actualized. Enjoy!
Jun 10 2020
Rank #7: STMAYD #002 | "I want a baptism, right fucking now!" (Guest Lisa Bond)
Lisa Bond is her (our guest's) name and writing brief, intriguing teases is apparently her forte. After reading her submission, “My dad left on my 10th birthday. When he died I found out why,” we couldn’t compose a return email fast enough, begging her to be on the show as soon as possible.
As a self-proclaimed "Unintentional pastor's wife," Lisa has the mouth of three sailors and a heart the size of the sea. Her story takes us on an emotional journey unlike anything we've ever heard, as she puts vulnerability and truth in the driver's seat.
May 27 2020
Rank #8: STMAYD #001 | "He would kiss my wife on the lips!" (Guest - John Morris Ross IV)
Welcome to the first episode of "So, Tell Me About Your Dad" (STMAYD)! In this maiden episode, STMAYD's host and creator, comedian John Morris Ross IV, hands off the hosting duties to longtime friend Bryan Finnigan.
Ross discusses what it was like to have his mostly absent heroin-addicted father (John Morris Ross III), pop in-and-out of his life, his father's battle with dementia and how the two of them reconnected in his last year of life.
On a way less heavier note, Ross IV also reveals his father's tendencies to drop off over-sized stuffed animals for the grandkids, kiss his daughter-in-law on the lips and make comments about his nurse's ass.
Yeah, so, enjoy.
May 19 2020