The Essential Lighter Side

The Essential Lighter Side

Jay Casale
Jul 12, 2020 1 hr 33 min

Committing to Retirement with Nick Montesano

Nick Montesano is so many things: a father, director, mentor, educator, husband, brother, institution of NJ Community Theater, and the list goes on. I first met Nick as a 16 year old who had just lost his mother, and he gave me the gift of casting me in...
Jul 11, 2020 1 hr 24 min

Nutley for Black Lives with Aria and Catherine

Aria and Catherine of Nutley for Black Lives, are two of the youngest, and also the most impressive, guest I've had on the show to date. These two young women are motivated and focused on getting their message out, and I am proud to give them whatever...
Jul 10, 2020 1 hr 38 min

Jonesy in Japan with Chris Jonesy

Jonesy is a comedian and actor who has been seen on shows such as The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt and Gotham. He is also the host of the daily podcast, "Weird AF News" in which he reports on crazy news stories from around the globe. He was on tour in...
Jul 09, 2020 1 hr 12 min

Finland with Matt Schilke

Matt Schilke spent his quarantine with the Finnish Army. He has dual citizenship and decided that he would serve. Excellent timing on his part. This is really a fascinating story of how a country you probably don't know that much about handled the COVID...
Jul 08, 2020 1 hr 48 min

Beats (and Bio) By Frank G

Frank Guastela is an award-winning music producer, sound engineer and videographer. His companies, ISH Productions & Creative World Media, have provided music and visuals for many artists such as CeeLo Green, Wu Tang Clan, Raekwon, Talib Kweli,...
Jul 07, 2020 1 hr 30 min

Getting Broadway's Hair Did with Samantha Fargione

Samantha Fargione has done Anna and Elsa's hair and makeup. On Broadway. Did you think I meant the actual, fictional characters? Anyway, she has also worked as a Hair and Makeup Specialist on such shows as Phantom of the Opera, Finding Neverland, Kinky...
Jul 06, 2020 1 hr 33 min

"Yes, and" with Mike O'Keefe

This is the 80th episode of The Essential Lighter Side in 80 Days!!For a portion of my angsty teenage years, Mike O'Keefe was something of a celebrity. He was "Improv Guy", and he ran (and runs) Improv Jam, which me and all of my friends used to go see...
Jul 05, 2020 1 hr 24 min

Sara R - Substance Use in the Suburbs

Sara and I went to high school together in a suburb of NYC called Manalapan. It was one of those seemingly perfect places, which now has a seemingly endless list of alumni who suffer with substance use disorder. Sara told me a story of a long road to...
Jul 04, 2020 1 hr 28 min

Stars N' Stripes with Louis and Jordan

It's the 4th of July, and what better way to celebrate than with Louis Palena and Jordan Brennan, two of my dear friends from my days at the Bucks County Playhouse and beyond. We talked about their coming out stories; we talked about that time Louis...
Jul 03, 2020 1 hr 13 min

The Moose Piano Lounge with Chrissy Gardner

Chrissy Gardner is a singer/songwriter/musician raising her daughter in Connecticut. When the pandemic struck, Chrissy needed to do something to keep herself afloat financially and mentally. So, with a giant picture of a moose behind her, she flipped on...
The Essential Lighter Side
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