Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz

Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz

United States

A one-of-a-kind insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective. This inspirational weekly series provides an “all access pass” to the entertainment business through the eyes of comedy manager/producer Barry Katz and the industry's biggest "behind the scenes" players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Combining humor, insight, and motivation; Katz provides the blueprint for the audience to take their careers to the next tier, while showcasing each guests’ extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to the highest levels in their field.


215: John Heffron  

John Heffron is an American stand-up comedian, who is best known as the winner of the highest rated season of NBC’s hit reality competition "Last Comic Standing."  

Heffron first took the stage at the University of Michigan campus’s Main Street Comedy showcase and soon found himself skipping night classes to pursue his passion. His first break was branching into FM radio, serving as Danny Bonaduce’s wingman on Detroit’s number one morning show.

In the television world, he has made multiple appearances on "The Tonight Show," "Chelsea Lately," "The Late Late Show," HBO, FX, VH1, A&E, and CMT.  Additionally, John has taped two separate Comedy Central specials and has an hour special, “Middle Class Funny,” on Netflix.

Heffron has also produced four albums, a best-selling advice book "I Come To You From The Future: Everything You’ll Need To Know Before You Know It,” and his latest special with Brad Paisley, “Comedy Rodeo,” which just launched on Netflix.

214: Vir Das  

Vir Das is the biggest English speaking comedian in India and one of the country’s top stand-up performers, actors, writers, musicians, and festival producers. 

He recently made an impact globally with his Netflix original special “Abroad Understanding” and was honored by "Variety Magazine" as one of their annual “Top 10 Comics to Watch.”

He climbed the ranks of the Bollywood elite in various films such as "Badmaash Company," "Delhi Belly," and "Revolver Rani" to become the Indian Adam Sandler. 

Das recently concluded sold-out runs in Australia and at London’s prestigious Soho Theatre.  This past summer, he was featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Through his various tours, he has sold over half a million tickets as a stand-up. 

213: Pat O'Brien  

Pat O'Brien is an american author, radio host, and legendary sportscaster. He worked at CBS sports from 1981 to 1997, as well as the anchor and host of Access Hollywood from 1997 to 2004, and The Insider from 2004 to 2008.  

After graduating from college in 1970, he worked as a researcher at NBC News in Washington, D.C. and was a production assistant for the Huntley-Brinkley Report. He then served as an anchor and reporter in Chicago in 1977, and moved to KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles where he earned four local Emmy awards. 

He then went on to work for CBS sports where he covered the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA finals, and Final Four as a pregame host.  

He also covered six Olympic games, wrote the book “Talkin' Sports: a B.S.-er's Guide,” and released a critically acclaimed autobiography entitled, “I'll Be Back Right After This”, in 2014.

212: David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik  

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik have been partners, while successfully writing and producing television together for close to 3 decades.

David Crane is best known as the co-creator of the long-running series "Friends," which ran for 10 seasons and earned him numerous awards including an Emmy for outstanding comedy series. 

Crane also co-created the classic HBO comedy "Dream On," for which he received an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing for a comedy series.

Klarik’s respected writing credits include "Dream On," "Half & Half," and "Mad About You," the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination for his work.

Together, they both created the critically acclaimed show "Episodes" with Matt Leblanc, which is currently in its 5th and final season on the Showtime network. 

211: Steve Byrne  

Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. 

He just released his 4th hour stand-up special entitled "Tell The Damn Joke." He has been seen on TBS’s "Conan," ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live," CBS’s “The Late Late Show,” BET’s "Comic View," and has appeared on NBC’s "Tonight Show" a total of 10 times.

Byrne also had the honor of opening for popular musical acts such as Kanye West and Mariah Carey. His film credits include the hit comedies "The Dilemma" and "Couples Retreat."

210: Jim Marrs - His Final Interview  

Jim Marrs is an American journalist and JFK assassination expert.   

He has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where, beginning in 1968, he served as police reporter and general assignments reporter covering stories locally, in Europe, and the Middle East.

 In 1989, his book, "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy", was published to critical acclaim and reached the New York Times paperback non-fiction best seller list in mid-February 1992.

It became a basis for the Oliver Stone film "JFK" where Marrs served as a chief consultant for both the film’s screenplay and production.

209: Sasheer Zamata  

Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, film/TV actress & writer best known for her great work on "Saturday Night Live". She received improv and sketch training from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and performs stand-up at colleges, clubs and has appeared at prestigeous festivals like Montreal Just For Laughs, Bonnaroo, SXSW, Moontower, SD Sketchfest, Vodafone, Bridgetown, New York, Brooklyn, Limestone, Woodstock, North Carolina, Great American, and Women In Comedy.

208: Rikki Hugues  

Rikki Hughes is a veteran producer of comedy specials, award shows and independent features. She is currently the executive producer and showrunner of "Hood Adjacent with James Davis" for Comedy Central as well as HBO’s upcoming comedy special "All Def Comedy Series". In the past few years alone, Hughes has been the executive producer of "Dear Mama," a Mother’s Day special for VH1, "The ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood" for BET, and the highly anticipated comedy special on Netflix called "Dave Chappelle: Age of Spin."

207: Bart Baker  

Bart Baker is an American entertainer, web-based comedian, video producer and artist known for his short videos on Youtube, Vine and also

He started his own Youtube channel in 2010 which quickly became a success through his parodies of music videos from famous artists.
His parodies include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and many others. Today, Bart is one of the top online influencers in the world with a YouTube following of over 12 million.

206: Deborah Aquila  

DEBORAH AQUILA is one of the most renowned casting directors in Hollywood. She began in NYC with Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" and Uli Edel's "The Last Exit to Brooklyn" before moving to L.A to cast "The Shawshank Redemption."

After several years as the head of casting for Paramount, Aquila returned to the independent casting world with Sam Raimi's "The Gift," starring Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, and Katie Holmes, and "What Women Want," directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Mel gibson and Helen Hunt.

Her credits also include "La La Land," "The Expendables," "Dexter," "The Shield," "Now You See Me 2," "Live Free or Die Hard," "Crank," and "The Underworld" series. Aquila has been recognized 15 times by the Casting Society of America, winning three Artios awards.

205: Wonder Woman Director, PATTY JENKINS (re-release)  

PATTY JENKINS is an award winning writer/director, best known recently for directing the highest grossing film by a woman in history ("Wonder Woman") and for her debut feature “Monster,” based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos.  The film was named best first feature by the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, one of the ten best films of the year by the AFI, and # 3 film of the decade by critic Roger Ebert.


The movie also earned star Charlize Theron an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG award, and numerous critics awards in the best actress category for her stunning performance. Jenkins has also directed a plethora of TV, including the Emmy award winning Fox series “Arrested Development," HBO’s "Entourage,” and was nominated for an Emmy and won the DGA award for helming the TV pilot of “The Killing."

204: Chris Myers  

Chris Myers is an Emmy award winning American sportscaster with more than 30 years in broadcasting. He has covered premiere events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA finals, NCAA final four, NASCAR, the Masters and U.S. Open (golf), the Daytona 500, and the Olympics. He was awarded an Emmy in the sports features category in 1990 as an anchor/reporter.

One of the busiest broadcasters in sports, Myers has interviewed everyone from Muhammad Ali to John Wooden to OJ Simpson to Tom Brady and many stars from the entertainment world as well, like Bill Murray and Adam Sandler.   

203: Mark Lonow and Jo Anne Astrow  

Mark Lonow and Jo Anne Astrow have shared 50 years of personal and professional relationship together. Mark Lonow is an actor and producer who has appeared in countless films and worked with the greatest. His credits include The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler, National Security with Martin Lawrence, & City Hall with Al Pacino. 

Lonow is also the owner of The Improv with his friend Budd Friedman. The legendary comedy club opened in 1963 and remains to this day a landmark of stand up comedy as it was the very first comedy club at the time.

Jo Anne Astrow is an actress, performer, manager and producer. After a partnership at New Visions with her husband, Jo Anne turned to personal management where she helped develop such talents as Michael Rapaport, Lewis Black, Andrea Abbate and many others

202: Best of the Comedy Directors: Apatow/Feig/Hudlin/Zucker/Marshall  

The best of all the episodes with some of the greatest comedy directors in the entertainment industry, featuring Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up), Reggie Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, The Great White Hype), David Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun, Scary Movie 3), Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy, Ghostbusters) & Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, The Flamingo Kid, The Princess Diaries). 

201: Andrew Golder  

Andrew J. Golder has created, produced, and written numerous TV game, reality and comedy programs. His credits include "1st and Ten" with OJ Simpson, the multiple Emmy-winning "Win Ben Stein's Money" that launched the career of Jimmy Kimmel, "Solitary", “the Game of Life” for the Hub, Comedy Central’s “Gong Show," NBC’s “Identity” with Penn Jillette, CBS' “Star Search”, & the magic series "Penn & Teller: Fool Us", which begins its' 4th season this summer on the CW on July 13th

200: Lee Harvey Oswald's lover, Judyth Vary Baker  

LEE HARVEY OSWALD’s girlfriend in 1963, JUDYTH VARY BAKER is an American artist, writer, cancer researcher, and poet who was the lover of the accused assassin in the murder of JFK, which she claims was a CIA/Mafia conspiracy with Oswald being a designated scapegoat. A wizard student with the highest IQ in her class, in 1958, she was introduced to a high-ranking Norwegian geneticist and radiobiologist with CIA ties who had served as a double agent against Hitler. His exploits as a spy fascinated her and he provided her with equipment, and contacts, after she indicated her interest in finding a cure for cancer. 

Young and impressionable, Judyth saw Fidel Castro as a cruel communist dictator, a threat to national security and the American way of life. Under direction of Alton Ochsner, well connected and funded by right wing politicians and Texan oil barons, she met Oswald for the first time and he took Judyth under his wing, while they were involved in an American top secret plot to kill Castro. Judyth and Lee grew to liking each other, which developed into a powerful working relationship and love affair, even though the both of them were married. 

199: Best of Casting Directors  

The best of all the episodes with the biggest casting directors in the entertainment industry. 

198: Rob Schneider Re-Release  

ROB SCHNEIDER is a 3-time emmy nominated TV and film actor, well known all over the world for his hugely successful tenure on "Saturday Night Live," his trademark blend of character/comedian acting, as well as for his esteemed career as a stand-up comedian, director, producer, and writer. His more memorable films include "The Chosen One" (a drama he also co-wrote), "You may Not Kiss The Bride," as well as several Happy Madison productions including "Bedtime Stories," "You Don't Mess With The Zohan," "The Benchwarmers," "50 First Dates," "The Longest Yard," "Eight Crazy Nights," "Little Nicky," "Mr. Deeds," "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," "The Hot Chick," "The Animal," "Shark Bait," "The Waterboy," and "Big Daddy."

197: Steve Mosko  

STEVE MOSKO is one of the most famous and powerful personalities in the world of television.

During his 24 years at Sony Television, including 16 as president, Mosko oversaw some of the best TV shows in history, including "The Shield," "Outlander," "The Goldbergs," "The Blacklist," "Preacher," "Better Call Saul," "Masters of Sex," "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy," and of course, the hit show that won 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and 2 Golden Globes during its 5 year run, "Breaking Bad."

196: Kirk Fox  

KIRK FOX is an actor, writer, producer and award-winning stand-up comedian. Fox was the host of the syndicated daytime conflict talk show The Test and had a recurring role on NBC’s hit comedy Parks and Recreation as Sewage Joe. Other acting credits include Nickelodeon’s How to Rock, NBC’s Community, The Carmichael Show, The Mick, and as a series regular on CBS’s hour-long dramedy Rush Hour.

Fox’s extensive television background includes multiple guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, as well as his own Comedy Central Presents. His experience is not only limited to television, though. Fox has also built an impressive list of film credits including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Postman, Post Grad, The Patriot, and Wyatt Earp.

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