What do you do if you've just fallen in love, but you never see each other because your new partner works days as a session guitar player on American Idol, and you work evenings as a stand-up comedian?
If you are Alisha Gaddis and Lucky Diaz, you form The Lucky Diaz Family Jam Band. Then, you get to work together making albums, playing shows, teaching workshops, and doing all kinds of family-friendly art. And, if that band is really good (which it is), you win a Grammy. Then you turn the band into a TV show, and you also win an Emmy.
During all this, in case you still have some down time, you also get married and have a new baby girl together.
If you have kids, you have probably heard Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. It is pop-based bilingual kindie music at its very best. Alisha and Lucky were generous enough to have me to their home one recent Saturday while they were still passing around the colds and flus that everyone has been getting lately. I talked to both of them about the band and elementary school fundraisers and Trader Joe’s for the first half of the show, then Alisha and I got into a little more of her background in acting, writing, and comedy for the second half.
Enjoy my conversation with Alisha and Lucky! You can find them on the web in all the usual places, including their website at luckydiazmusic.com.
Directing theater and movies and tv involves three very different skill sets, and Joel Zwick has not only done all three, he has flourished at all of them.
He started with the famous La Mama theater company, bringing their shows from the Village to Broadway and the West End.
He spent the 80s and 90s with Miller Boyett television, directing literally hundreds of episodes of some of the most popular TV comedies from that era.
In features, Tom Hanks convinced him to direct this little independent comedy, called "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
And since 2010, he’s been directing episodes of every show that you like on the Disney Channel.
All that aside, this is a guy who should have been on Hollywood Squares. He pulls no punches, he’s willing to talk about anything and everything, and he’s as naturally hilarious as the things he’s been directing for the last 40 years.
Many thanks to Marc Warren for the introduction.that lead to this conversation.
You can catch Mr. Zwick's upcoming episodes of "K.C. Undercover" on Disney Channel, and if you’re in southern California, keep an eye out this April for the play he’s putting up in Thousand Oaks, written by previous guest Marc Warren, called “Furniture.”
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For almost 16 years, Mindy Thomas has been the host of “Absolutely Mindy,” first on XM Kids and now on Kids Place Live on Sirius XM radio. She’s live every weekday morning from 7am- 12pm Eastern.
She talks to kids on the phone, she plays great kids music, particularly from the “Kindie” music scene, and she facilitates and encourages a lot of wonderful silliness to help kids and their parents get through morning commutes, road trips, and any other time that the radio is on.
You can hear Mindy weekday mornings on Kids Place Live on Sirius XM radio, and you can find her on Twitter here: @AbsolutelyMindy.