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They say that you are the average of the friends and company you keep, so I want us to improve our average together. Think about it... the stronger we are as individuals, the more we can serve those around us. I Have Cool Friends is a podcast that sparks inspirational conversations with experts about business, wellness, and personal development. I’ll be interviewing friends that are experts in their field and I invite you to join in on the conversation.
 
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Dan Telfer is my very Cool Friend and I'm STOKED he could take a minute to chat with me about a bunch of the cool stuff he does, such as being a professional nerd with Nerd Poker and Cortex RPG, a fantastic standup with tons of material available to listen to, our favorite nerdy spots, being the Senior Editor of Mad Magazine and just fountains of o…
 
I'm so excited that my very Cool Friend Lanie Labens is joining me for this episode! Lanie is the Celebrity Talent Coordinator for ReedPOP (New York Comic Con, C2E2, Star Wars Celebration), the CEO of IDDS management, a published author, and a self-described Doll Girl, and she found time to talk with me, which is a huge honor. Not only do we talk a…
 
My very Cool Friend writer/author/producer Ben Acker stops by to talk about a million things, not the least of which being his amazing new spooky book Stories to Keep You Alive Despite Vampires (preorder it today!), name doppelgangers, writing comics, nearly inventing the concept of the scripted podcast with Thrilling Adventure Hour, subsequently l…
 
My Cool Friend this episode is Cracked Senior Editor Logan Trent. Of course we talk about the elephant that's been in the room for the last 4 years, but more than that, Logan and I geek out about all the nerdy stuff we know and love, we even talk about sports (which you don't even like), our first con experiences, and, of course, so much more! If y…
 
My very Cool Friend Michael McMillian is an incredibly talented actor (True Blood, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and podcast host (Bigfoot Collector's Club, Slate Your Name) that you may have heard on the other show. Well he's back, baby! Buckle up because we talk about cryptids, creepy vampire fans, and so much nerdy crap that you wouldn't believe neither …
 
This episode's Cool Friend is Charlie Talbert (Watchmen, The Big Short, Love and Death). Charlie was Angus in the movie Angus. So what happens when you're plucked from a Wendy's line out of obscurity and poverty to star in a big time Hollywood movie? Well, Charlie can answer that. This is legitimately one of my favorite episodes of all-time because…
 
Cool Friend and World-Record holding Comic Book Artist Scott Koblish (Deadpool, How To Draw: DC) is back to talk about comics and also literally everything else! This is the first episode of JHCF ever to be recorded in person, and we get into it in what can only be described as the most dense episode I've done to date. I watched Scott get married o…
 
Super stoked to be joined by my Cool Friend Dave Perillo! If you follow me on social media, you're already familiar with Dave's work, as he illustrated my Twitter and IG profile pictures! Dave is one of the most preeminent print artists working today. You may have seen his work with Disney, the Philadelphia Eagles, and countless galleries across th…
 
One of my all-time favorite people on the planet, this episode's Cool Friend is the amazing writer and power-nerd Jen Muro! Spoiler alert, she's one of the reasons this show even exists in the first place! When last we spoke (on a pod), Vox Machina was in development, and now it's here, and she wrote a whole bunch of it! She's co-created an incredi…
 
Oh snap, it's Jeff's Cool Friend Timothy Doyle! Tim is one of the country's preeminent print artists and print makers, Tim has gone on one hell of a ride in his career. As a founding member of Mondo, his pedigree is unmatched. To show you how much I love this dude, just know that I recorded this episode next to several framed pieces of his art. Hon…
 
Folks, she's back. My first ever guest on the other show has returned and boy oh boy a lot has happened. This is an incredibly unique episode, as we dive into the past 3 years of events, from her snagging a spot on Conan and immediately having her career put on hold by a global pandemic, to her fighting back to record an album, plus a bunch of the …
 
I don't think I've ever met someone whose life has paralleled mine as much as my very good friend, Podcaster/Comedian/Host Ken Reid. He has a wonderful podcast called TV Guidance Counsellor that is so brilliant that I'd be jealous if I didn't love it so much. He's a prominent feature of the Boston comedy scene. He hosts panels at comic cons. Honest…
 
My very Cool Friend Caitlin Cutt is a NAME in the True Crime world. Having been the cohost of such amazing shows like White Wine True Crime and Pretty Scary, she is also the producer of the Unsolved Mysteries Podcast. She also happens to be one of my first friends in comedy, and one of the funniest people I've ever met. In this episode, we talk all…
 
Krista Williams is a motivational speaker and the co-host and co-founder of the Almost 30 podcast, a top-rated lifestyle podcast and media brand. Today’s episode is especially poignant and timely as Krista joins the show to tell Sam everything to expect as Sam prepares to turn thirty! Krista shares her personal and professional growth experiences a…
 
My latest Cool Friend is voice actor Aaron LaPlante (Primal, Resident Evil Village, Spider-Ham) and man, what a cool ride he's been on lately! Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Aaron has quickly become an incredibly sought after voice in animation and gaming. In this episode we take a deeper dive into how that ride's been, including being John Mulan…
 
Kelly Roach is a business strategist for six, seven, and eight-figure CEOs and a rapid results expert and highly skilled time-compression coach. She’s also a three-time best-selling author with another book on the way. Today, Sam and Kelly talk about Kelly’s incredible business journey, going from an entry-level sales rep to building a coaching com…
 
Jaclyn Fu is the co-founder and CEO of Pepper, an unapologetic bra company for small-chested women. Pepper’s mission is to empower women to feel confident and beautiful with the body they have. Jaclyn launched Pepper in 2017, and since then has quickly grown it into a passionate community of underserved women who boldly refuse to be defined by thei…
 
Tim Macuga, this episode's Cool Friend, and I have been friends since high school, making him the longest friendship I've had with a guest so far. Tim is, without a doubt, one of the smartest and most talented people I know. A high school history teacher and animal husbander, he also just happens to be half of one of the most popular shoegaze (I ha…
 
Courtney Spritzer is the co-founder and CEO of Socialfly, the #1 women-owned and operated social media marketing agency in the world. Socialfly helps brands communicate and resonate with women on social media. Throughout Courtney's career, she has developed strategic social media plans for her clients and successfully implemented campaigns for 200+…
 
Jen Fraboni is a physical therapist by trade and entrepreneur at heart. She’s the creator of the Mobility Method and co-host of the podcast, The Optimal Body, a show that provides the body tips and Physical Therapy (PT) Pearls you need to help you understand your body, relieve your pains and restrictions, and answers to your questions. Today, Sam a…
 
I recently met Joe Dragunas (aka Joseph Michael) at Motor City Comic Con and am legitimately flabbergasted that we hadn't known each other up until then. Joe is a masterfully detailed artist who has been a mainstay at cons across the country for the past decade. He's an incredible creator with a dedicated fanbase of nearly 200,000 Instagram followe…
 
Danielle Frank is the host of the Beauty Uncovered Podcast, your down-to-earth guide to all things related to beauty. Danielle is also a spokesperson for Olaplex and she joins the show to share her amazing journey to find happiness, confidence, and success. Today, Sam and Danielle get raw and vulnerable as Danielle opens up about how she overcame a…
 
Julie Foster is a motivated, globally minded modern marketer and brand expert. She currently serves as the Vice President of Brand Marketing at EA Sports and has, like most great brands, an awe-inspiring story to go along with her success. Today, Julie talks about navigating and kicking butt in male-dominated fields like sports, tech, and entertain…
 
When last we spoke (on that other show), my very Cool Friend Shelby Young had already made quite a name for herself in the acting world. Since then, she has gone on to become one of the most recognizable voice actors on the planet, with a TikTok that boasts 2.4 million subscribers, several more Star Wars series (Visions, Bad Batch, Terrifying Tales…
 
This week, Sam welcomes Caroline & Jake Danehy, co-founders of Fair Harbor, an apparel company that converts plastic waste from the ocean into functional swimwear. Last year, the brother-sister duo was honored for their work in fashion and sustainability with a spot on the coveted Forbes “30 Under 30” list. The siblings talk about their entrepreneu…
 
Another one of my frequently requested Cool Friends, comedian/actor/podcaster Matt Lieb (Good Mythical Morning, Frotcast, Pod Yourself a Gun, The Star Wars Show) is one of my favorite people on the planet. We talk about a lot of stuff in this one. Hard to summarize if I'm being honest, as we pinball our way through one of the most fun and engaging …
 
Artist/Writer/Podcast host Reilly Brown (Batman/Fortnite, Deadpool, Amazing Spider-Man) is my very cool friend and I'm stoked to sit down and talk with him a little bit about a lot of things, like, I don't know, being the artist on the most surprising and fastest selling comic of 2021, being known as one of the "Deadpool guys", just what the hell h…
 
In today’s episode, Sam is talking to fellow UCLA Bruin, Jen Schroeder. Jen is the founder of Jen Scho Catching and co-founder of The Packaged Deal, the number one softball clinic in the world. A softball player turned instructor, Jen empowers young female athletes to reach their competitive potential, build confidence, and connect to their best se…
 
Kym Kral is not only my cool friend, she's also the MOST REQUESTED guest since I started this show! Kym, a comedian, host, actor, model and author, and I have known each other for almost as long as I've been in Los Angeles. With that comes a deep, often complicated, always fun history. Kym has recently written and published her first book, Confessi…
 
Fellow UCLA Bruin, Ally Courtnall is a two-sport athlete and National Champion who decided to pursue her dream of modeling upon graduation. After four attempts, she finally landed her dream modeling job as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model. Tenacious and persistent don’t even begin to describe it! Ally discusses her journey, her passion for menta…
 
Serial entrepreneur and former professional skateboarder Mikey Taylor is President and Managing Principal of Commune Capital, a private equity real estate investment firm. He started with the goal of educating the masses on financial literacy. Sam and Mikey talk about his entrepreneurial journey, from launching his own craft beer company to his rea…
 
Holy smokes, my Cool Friend Cory Privitera is one of the leading names in the Sofubi world (I had to look it up too). You might now him as Science Patrol, you might not know him at all. You're going to want to, though. Joining me remotely from Tokyo, Cory has quickly become one of the most prolific creators of vinyl toys out there, consistently sel…
 
Entrepreneur, progressive social facilitator, and Founder & CEO of Quilt, Ashley Sumner, has an intuitive ability to understand human nuances and to bring different kinds of people together. She transformed this natural talent into a career as a community architect for brands and institutions such as Newhouse, Wanderlust, Breakout, and OneRoof, ult…
 
Ryan Nece is a former NFL player and the co-founder and managing partner at Next Play Capital. He has been a professional athlete, successful entrepreneur, and disciplined investor. He’s also a fellow UCLA alumnus - Go Bruins! Today, Sam and Ryan talk about Ryan’s career path, what inspired him to launch Next Play Capital, and the value of fosterin…
 
My Cool Friend today is the amazing Khoi Pham! Not just content with being a superstar artist in his own right, he's also an art mentor and all around good guy to know. We talk about everything from giving up his previous careers as a lawyer and venture capitalist for comic art, our long-rooted history in comic conventions, the amazing work he does…
 
In today’s episode, Sam welcomes former athlete turned fitness trainer, Danyele Wilson. Danyele has a passion for coaching people to become the strongest, most powerful versions of themselves and she recently joined Tone and Sculpt as the app’s first US-based trainer. Sam and Danyele talk about practicing confidence, having a positive mindset towar…
 
In today’s episode, Sam welcomes podcasting powerhouse, entrepreneur, and wellness influencer Angie Lee is the host of The Angie Lee Podcast, a show for the dreamer, the multi-passionate, the ADHD, the go-getter, the side-hustler, the entrepreneur, and the ambitious. Sam and Angie talk about brand building, remaining humble, and the challenges of e…
 
OH MY GOSH my very cool friend this week is comedian/podcaster Adam Tod Brown (Unpopular Opinion, Conspiracy the Show, Pretty Scary, You Don't Even Like Sports)!!! Join us as we talk about everything from how to make money on the internet, their preferred Death Row meals, getting fired, bad pizza, good chicken, the sports that neither of them even …
 
Sam welcomes engineer, entrepreneur, advisor, and coach, Meha Agrawal. Meha is the founder of Silk & Sonder, a subscription-based service centered around wellness, productivity, and authenticity. Today, Sam and Meha talk about what inspired her to launch Silk & Sonder, the importance of physical and mental wellness, and the challenges and triumphs …
 
Dallas Cowboys Tight End Sean McKeon is one of my very cool friends. Our history is pretty wild: he was one of my students a decade ago! We have each gone in VASTLY different directions as he became an all-star in high school (Shepherd Hill, my alma mater) and college (Michigan) and was signed by the Cowboys. I talk into a microphone. Join us as we…
 
Sam welcomes mental health advocate, Megan Gallagher. At just 25 years old, Megan has spoken at over seven hundred and fifty universities across the country, given three Ted Talks and appeared in outlets such as OK Magazine and Forbes. She also has a new mental health workbook for teenagers that includes pages filled with journaling sections, tips …
 
Sam welcomes founder and CEO of Right Rice, Keith Belling. RightRice is a next generation rice brand that launched in February 2019. Keith is known for his experience as a founder, leader, and entrepreneur of several innovative consumer companies. He is the co-founder and former Chairman and CEO of PopChips, a leading, better-for-you snack food bus…
 
Morgana Ignis is my cool friend! She's an amazingly talented actor (voice, body, puppet, EVERYTHING!) who's been featured in so many projects, most notably IFC's Stan Against Evil, Netflix's The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, Disney+'s Earth to Ned, and the smash hit YouTube cartoon Helluva Boss. In this episode, we talk about all of the…
 
In today’s episode, Sam welcomes former Division-1 volleyball player, TED Talk speaker, social media influencer. and mental health advocate, Victoria Garrick. Since delivering her TED Talk in 2017, Victoria has become a leader in the mental health and body image advocacy space. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2019, Vi…
 
In today’s episode, Sam welcomes Matteo Franceschetti and Alexandra Zatarain, co-founders of Eight Sleep, the world’s first sleep fitness brand with a mission to fuel human potential through optimal sleep. Eight Sleep leverages thermoregulation, data, and technology to design products to restore individuals to their peak energy every morning. Eight…
 
Comedian/Writer/ Danny Palumbo is Jeff May's very cool friend. A fixture in the standup scene, Danny created my favorite album that came out last year, "Good Morning Mister!" He's gotten a bunch of accolades and stuff too, but he also happens to be a multifaceted member of the culinary world as an expert cook (my dude literally feeds the LA comedy …
 
In today’s episode, Sam welcomes back consultant, speaker, and influencer, Jon Levy. Jon is a behavioral scientist best known for his work in the field of influence, community, and adventure. He specializes in applying research to transform the ways companies approach marketing, sales, consumer engagement, and product development. Today, Sam and Jo…
 
In today’s episode, Sam welcomes licensed psychotherapist and global relationship and empowerment expert, Terri Cole. For over two decades, Terri has worked with a diverse group of clients that includes everyone from stay-at-home moms to celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs. She has a gift for making complex psychological concepts accessible and action…
 
I'm so stoked to hang out with my very cool friend, writer/actor/comedy legend DANA GOULD (as well as a cameo from the amazing Kat Aegesan) and talk about his bonkers new show "Hanging with Doctor Z", the litany of fandoms he's mired in, agressive Gex fandom, and so much more. I'm really so lucky to have Dana back for a talk and we take a little ex…
 
Josh Clemente, founder of Levels, is a mechanical engineer and CrossFit-L2 trainer. At SpaceX, he led a team to develop life support systems that sustained astronauts on their trip to the International Space Station (ISS), the first new crew-carrying spacecraft since 1980. Josh has also spent time designing and building hyperloop technology and lea…
 
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