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Backstage with Gentry Thomas

Go backstage with Gentry Thomas as he interviews interesting people from celebrity musicians, athletes, even movie stars. The Playground loves Gentry’s cool and laid back interview style and think you will too. Tag along Backstage with Gentry Thomas

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Rob Schiender tells Gentry how Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfield gave him the best advise in his comedy career

Rob Schneider wants to remind people that he started his career as a stand up comedian. Long before he was on “Saturday Night Live” alongside Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Rock, Schneider was writing jokes and mailing them to the "SNL" offices in the hopes of being discovered. “I remember when I was 16, I used to write jokes and send them to the show,” Schneider says. “And then 7 years later I was on the show.”  When Rob sat down with Gentry Thomas he told us "there are a lot of brilliant comedians that I admire today; Dave Chapelle, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Amy Schumer, to name a few. But his best advice for stand-up comedy was from Jay Leno. Schneider recalls riding around in San Francisco early in his career with Leno when he told him "you better have 5 minutes that kills"! Also some sound advise came from Rob's friend Jerry Seinfeld, he told Rob once that if you are not funny within 2 minutes then you have no act"! For the past several years he’s been touring small comedy clubs around the US working on material for his first Netflix special, “Asian Momma, Mexican Kids.” As the title suggests, he talks a lot about his family during the show. “I’m at the point in my life where I don’t mind being honest. This is the least amount of lies I’ve ever told in any comedy routine.” In the interview Rob opens up about his relationship with longtime friend Adam Sandler whom he met in 1988. Sandler once told Gentry that Rob is obsessive compulsive with his vitamins. Schneider admits to taking 72 vitamin a day. Hear his list of must have supplements to add to your daily regime. His new Netflix special has been dedicated to Raymond Francis who has penned a handful of books that Schneider says will give you better quality of life. His favorite book from Francis is Never Be Sick Again. During these days of covid-19 we could all use some sound advise when it comes to our immune system. We personally feel that sometimes laughter can be the best medicine. So listen to our latest episode of Backstage with Gentry Thomas and share it with all your friends!    See for privacy information.


Nsync’s Joey Fatone with Gentry Thomas talks about his Super Bowl performance gift and which Nysync band member smells the worst

Joey Fatone Talks 'Common Knowledge,' His Post-N SYNC Hosting Career. He also told Gentry Thomas on the Podcast his biggest moment personally with the band.  The former *NSYNC member joins Common Knowledge after starring in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, serving as an announcer on Family Feud from 2010 through 2015, and hosting The Singing Bee and Parents Just Don't Understand. Joey, now 43, told us that former band member Chris Kirkpatrick would win if N-Sync ended up in a fight to the death!  Listen to Backstage with Gentry Thomas and Joey Fatone in this episode of the podcast to find out which band mate is the most street smart and which one is the best with the books in the classroom.  In the summer of 1995, after befriending Chris Kirkpatrick, a fellow Universal Studios stage performer who was singing in a doo-wop group, he became the fourth member of NSYNC, along with Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez. Then Lance Bass was added to the group that would become NSYNC. In 2001, Fatone co-starred with *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass in the Miramax film On the Line, he guest starred with NSYNC on a 2001 episode of The Simpsons episode New Kids on the Blecch, and also did voice work with Bass on the same episodes of Disney's Kim Possible and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken. See for privacy information.


Steve-O with Gentry Thomas talk new special Gnarly

Steve-O has some strong feelings about the coronavirus pandemic. The Jackass star revealed to us that he had tested positive for COVID-19, despite following all the recommended safety protocols. He also revealed that he was completely asymptomatic, and only realized he’d contracted the virus as a precaution. During his current stand-up tour, he got tested and received negative results. However, after someone suggested he get tested for antibodies too, the results came back positive.   Recently Steve O had Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal on his Podcast. On our interview he tells Gentry that he learned a lot talking with the Big Fella.   For more of Gentry Thomas’s podcast subscribe below and to contact Gentry e-mail him @ See for privacy information.


Kathy Ireland Talks Fashion With Gentry Thomas

Kathy Ireland teams up with a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken For First Novel, "Fashion Jungle" As if building up a multi-million-dollar fashion and home licensing enterprise and her philanthropy weren’t enough of a follow-up to a highly successful modelling career, Kathy Ireland can now add novelist to her list of credits, with her first title written with the number-one New York Times best selling author Rachel van Dyken, Fashion Jungle, out January 28, 2020The new book is being described as Valley of the Dolls meets Sex and the City, and will be an ‘honest and exciting foray into the world of fashion.’ Ireland draws on her own experiences, including her faith, as she and van Dyken tell the story of four women within the modelling industry, against the very relevant backdrop of the #MeToo movement and human trafficking. ‘Fashion Jungle is a novel based on twists and turns that are true. It’s the one story I never expected to tell. The fashion industry is a beautiful and simultaneously an ugly and dangerous place. I entered the jungle at the age of 16 and made wonderful friends and more than a few enemies. Fashion illusion can be responsible for great tragedy. Girls who starve themselves, recreational drug and alcohol use that becomes addictive, sex trafficking, statutory rape and most people are shocked to learn how many models lose their lives or simply disappear,’ says Ireland. Ireland herself had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan, among others, and graced three Sports Illustrated covers, one of which is its best selling issue of all time. See for privacy information.


Candace Cameron Bure 2020

Backstage With Gentry Thomas Candace Cameron Bure joined us from quarantine where she said the one bright spot is that her children are back at home and she is having a lot of down time to spend with her family. Candace married former professional hockey player Valeri Bure See for privacy information.


Newt Gingrich Podcast With Gentry Thomas

Newt Gingrich joined us live from Italy, which has been one of the hot spots during the covid-19 outbreak. He and his wife Callista have been in quarantine for the last few weeks. The former Speaker Of The House discussed how he took in Palm Sunday mass on the small screen (his phone iphone). Gingrich also talked about the current state of the relationship with the United States and China in which he believes there is still more to come out of China and the World Health Organization. Gringrich feels strongly that there has been cover ups and misinformation on the covid-19 virus. See for privacy information.