108. Jeff Garlin (Comedian) – K.I.S.S.  

Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. Since 2015, the Think Again podcast has been taking us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.

Today, one of our wildest episodes ever, with comedian Jeff Garlin, who cuts one of our surprise clips short to call B.S. on neuroscience and complexity.

Wikipedia succinctly describes Jeff Garlin as a comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host and author. You might know him best from Curb Your Enthusiasm, which he produced and acted in as Larry David’s friend and manager Jeff Greene, whose relationship with his wife was one of the most harrowing things I’ve ever seen on television. Jeff co-wrote, directed, and stars in the 2017 film Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie as the befuddled yet capable Detective Handsome.

Surprise conversation starter interview clips in this episode:

Neuroscientist Beau Lotto on Perception, Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux on Scientology

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The Cookie That Ended Jeff Garlin's Sobriety  

For over thirty years, Jeff Garlin has been a film and TV mainstay—writing, producing and starring in comedies like Curb Your Enthusiasm (coming back for its ninth season this fall) and The Goldbergs. He's also had a long career in standup comedy. He's so comfortable on stage that he says he often doesn't prepare at all for his sets. But that doesn't mean that Jeff takes his job lightly.

"It's a real important thing, comedy, to make us human and help deal with pain," he says. "Life throws a lot of pain at people. My job is to ease people's pain."

Comedy has helped Jeff deal with his own pain. He had a stroke at 37 and has struggled with his weight for years. He views food as an addiction. After seven years of sobriety—which for Jeff means staying away from sugar and processed foods—Jeff fell off the wagon when he indulged in a celebratory cookie. The occasion? One of his sons was guest starring on The Goldbergs. "Anything with a feeling brings about wanting to eat," Jeff told me. "I always say I eat Pop-Tarts raw because I don't have time to toast them. I need to shove down my feelings." 

I also talked to Jeff about dealing with attention deficit disorder as an adult, slowly losing a parent, having sex in his 50s, and maintaining a fulfilling marriage. Jeff says the key to it all is being present, and tries to stay focused on whatever is in front of him. "When I sit in quiet moments and just stare at the stars, nothing pops in my head of looking back on my life," he says. "I don't like overthinking."

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Pinterest Marketing: How to Succeed on Pinterest  

Do you use Pinterest for your business? Want to know what works on Pinterest? To learn how to improve your Pinterest marketing, I interview Jeff Sieh. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It's designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing. In this episode I interview Jeff Sieh, the is founder of, a site designed to help guys understand the marketing power of Pinterest. He also hosts the Manly Pinterest podcast where he explores the latest in Pinterest marketing. Jeff will explore marketing with Pinterest. You'll discover why your Pinterest following matters, as well as Pinterest posting tips. Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below. Listen Now You can also subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher. How to subscribe on iPhone. Here are some of the things you'll discover in this show: Pinterest Marketing Jeff's backstory Jeff has a digital marketing agency in Longview, Texas, where he builds websites and does video marketing. A couple years ago, he decided it was time to take the plunge into social media. Driving home from a long road trip, Jeff was listening to the Social Media Marketing Podcast episode with Cynthia Sanchez, and got intrigued by Pinterest. Once he started playing on the platform, Jeff noticed it was driving a lot of traffic to his relatively new blog. After Jeff's Google+ post, called Manly Pinterest Tip #1, about sharing a secret board with his daughter, did really well, he wrote Manly Pinterest Tips #2-5.  Jeff explains that his concept for Pinterest was a play on the fact that everyone thinks Pinterest is for women. His "manly" version really took off. Jeff did an initial version of his podcast with four other guys. They did seven episodes before switching formats. At the beginning of the year, Jeff brought back the Manly Pinterest Tips podcast as a solo, weekly show, and has interviewed Pinterest experts, like Peg Fitzpatrick, Rebekah Radice and Cynthia Sanchez. He's done about 30 episodes. Since the Manly Pinterest Tips podcast did well, Jeff embarked on an experiment in branding. He figured it took a year to grow a good, manly beard. So he decided he would launch the website and build the brand for a year. "If it doesn't work, I can shave the beard off, it'll be fine," he says. "Well, it worked." Jeff explains the concept of secret and group boards. A secret board is something that only you or you and other people you designate can see. They are a great way to gather info for yourself or for collaboration. You can also create public group boards. Jeff has a board with Peg Fitzpatrick about bacon and an Instant Instagram Tips. Listen to the show to hear more about Jeff’s secret boards. Men & Pinterest Contrary to popular belief, there is tons of stuff for guys on Pinterest. Jeff explains that men are the fastest growing demographic on Pinterest. In 2014 the number of men on Pinterest doubled. In fact more men use Pinterest in the United States every month than read Sports Illustrated and GQ combined. To make his point about good content for men on Pinterest, Jeff calls out boards from the National Hockey League, the National Football League and Major League Baseball. Jeff also mentions his popular woodworking board, DIY boards (from Lowe's and Home Depot, for example) and more. All of this content appeals to men. Listen to the show to discover why Jeff finds the stereotype about men and Pinterest funny. Buyable pins Buyable pins are a way for people to purchase products through Pinterest. It's rolling out this summer, starting mostly with major brands like Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, and ecommerce platforms Shopify and Demandware. Buyable pins will be huge for business,

108: Living more powerfully through the game of golf with Jeff Ritter  

This week I am very excited to announce our guest; Jeff Ritter. Jeff is the CEO/Founder of MAKE THE TURN Performance. An accomplished coach, author and motivational speaker, Jeff is known for his unique approach to teaching the game. He credits his passion for inspiration, body health and mental flexibility for the reputation that has set him apart as a purveyor of not only playing well, but living well.

A consistent presence in the world of golf media, Jeff is a regular featured guest on Golf Channel appearing on programs such as Morning Drive. In 2016 he was host of PGA National Instruction day on Golf Channel, the most watched golf instruction event in history.

His inspiring perspective on game and lifestyle development has Jeff traveling internationally to share the MAKE THE TURN message of living more powerfully through the game of golf.

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Jeff Ritter’s Background

Jeff owns and operates golf performance and lifestyle consultancy, MAKE THE TURN.
He is a published author of the book “Your Kid Ate a Divot – Eighteen Life Lessons From the Links”
Jeff works with golfers on improving their game, health, mindset and lifestyle.
In 2014 he created the MAKE THE TURN Weekly Challenge Series for Golf Digest TV. The program was the most successful series on the Golf Digest platform garnering 20 million viewers.

Highlights from this Episode

How Jeff came to understand the importance of mindset and health in golf.
The time Jeff met Top 50 Golf Digest teacher, Mike LaBauve, and how the experience took his golf game to the next level.
How small changes in behavior can drastically improve your swing, almost instantly.
Jeff’s take on technology in golf.
Helpful mindset exercises for drastic results – “The Genie List” (see below for a description of the exercise)
The importance of taking immediate action on what you want to improve in golf and life.
How Jeff got rid of a long time back injury and avoided surgery by changing his diet.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach
What are you excited about in your near future?
Putting our platform in front of the corporate world, and guest speaking.

Where to Find Jeff Ritter:

Instagram: @mttgolf

Twitter: @mttgolf

Facebook: Make The Turn
Other Links Mentioned
Book: “Your Kid Ate A Divot – Eighteen Life Lessons From the Links”

Pebble Beach Contest:

“The Genie List” Mindset Exercise:
Jeff explains this helpful mindset exercise around the 36-minute mark of the podcast.

The short version:

Write down everything you could ever hope to accomplish in your lifetime, regardless of how ridiculous they may sound at first. Pretend you have a genie that could grant these wishes for you. Once done, take immediate action on at least one of those. You will be surprised at how easily those things can come to fruition.


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Building Your Life Around What Matters Most with Jeff Pelizzaro  

Jeff Pelizzaro, owner of, entrepreneur, and all-around awesome dad, gives his perspective on living your passion, taking risks, and balancing fatherhood.

Jeff Pelizzaro On Making Your Dreams a Reality

Let’s dream for a minute. Wouldn’t it be great if that “crazy” idea for a new business really became a reality? You could do what you really want to do and provide even more for your family. Maybe, just maybe, that idea would grow exponentially and help you realize even bigger dreams. Oh, but you just don’t have the time and that dream really sounds great, but it’s so out there. Is it? Over our last 61 (yes, 61) podcasts, we’ve heard from very successful men about becoming your best self and achieving your greatest potential as an individual and a father. Jeff Pelizzaro is no different: he’s taken his “day job” and turned it into a focused, value-added revenue stream by targeting a very specific niche audience-golfers.

Jeff Pelizzaro on Taking the Leap and Pursuing His Passion

Jeff Pelizzaro’s podcast and business, 18 Strong, helps golfers at all levels achieve their greatest game on and off the course. Through nutrition and physical training, Jeff shows golfers how to tweak their nutrition and fitness to fit their particular needs. Sounds like a dream job, right? It wasn’t always birdies and double eagles, though. Jeff Pelizzaro started as a physical therapist, working long hours and eventually becoming burned-out; he had the opportunity to change his entire focus to, well, golf. In doing so, however, it meant a big change and a risk for his family. After all, changing from serving a variety of clients to an incredibly niche-based business is risky. In the end, he made the leap and now helps golfers from amateurs to pros perfect their game.

Sacrificing Money to Enjoy What Money Can’t Buy

It wasn’t overnight, though. As always, these great ideas take sacrifice and identifying a balance between home life and work life. Jeff has days, he says, when he’s playing with his kids and a thought about a client crosses his mind. He says it’s definitely not easy, but he’s able to refocus and make sure he is present with his family when he spends time with them. With the help of his wife, Jeff is able to balance the time he needs for his unique business with the time he wants to spend with his family.


Back to your dream. Maybe you have a great idea for the current business you’re in or maybe it’s something new all together. Whatever it is, though, if you want to do it and it adds value for others, give it a shot. Sure, taking a risk can have its scary moments, but not taking that risk can mean regret.



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Blog to Book to Business: How to Live Your Dream  

Do you dream of writing a book? Are you wondering how publishing a book can help you grow your business? To learn how you can combine your passion with your business, I interview Jeff Goins for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner. It's designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing. The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting). In this episode, I interview Jeff Goins, a blogger who followed his passion and amassed 200,000 monthly followers and published three books—all very quickly. His books include You Are a Writer, Wrecked and The In-Between. Jeff shares how he achieved his dream of becoming a writer, while building a successful business. You'll learn what it takes to jump from blog to book and why you should start now. Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below! Listen Now You can also subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher. Here are some of the things you'll discover in this show: Blog to Book to Business What do you tell people you do for a living? Jeff typically tells people he's a writer, although he does a lot of other things. He finds it easier to tell people that, and it allows him to own his identity. Jeff called himself a writer well before he was writing. It allowed him to step into the title and it reminds him of how far he has come. Listen to the show to hear why many aspiring authors don't own their dreams. The story of dreams and fears Jeff explains that he went solo about 8-9 months ago, but it has taken him about 3 years to get to this stage. He originally started with a blog, which turned into a side business. It wasn't until the end of last year that he realized he was making enough money that his wife didn't have to work anymore. He eventually quit his job at the beginning of this year to become a full-time writer, blogger and speaker. Jeff's blog, Goins Writer, isn't his first blog. Up to this point, he had attempted eight other blogs, all of which failed. It was these failures that prepared Jeff to persevere. He eventually set up his personal blog, where he talks about writing and his own struggles. This was an attempt to learn how to build a platform so he could get published and share his journey with others. You'll hear why Jeff forced himself into writing a personal blog and why he made the decision to give it two years. Listen to the show to find out what fuels Jeff's writing. The importance of writing for more popular blogs When he started a blog, Jeff did the relationship thing first. You'll discover what he did to reach out to the people he admired and why they were a huge influence when it came to the launch of the Goins Writer blog. Once he had seen the power of this in action, he was able to partner with communicators who had audiences that he wanted to connect with. Within the first year of his blog's launch, Jeff wrote over 100 articles on 100 websites. He believes it was the single best strategy for building his audience. Every multi-author blog out there constantly looks for exceptional talent and it's a win-win for both parties. It was one of the keys to Jeff's success. Jeff had listened to people like Jon Morrow, who had essentially done the same thing. Jon didn't have a blog for years. Instead he established himself first as a guest author for other blogs, including CopyBlogger and ProBlogger. So before he even wrote a single post on his own blog, he already had an email list of about 13,000 subscribers. Listen to the show to hear what Jeff discovered when he gave away his best content. Making money When Jeff launched his blog, he had a day job working for a nonprofit organization. His blog at the time was not making any money.

ALN Classic - Jeff Garlin  

In this CLASSIC ALN episode (Originally aired October 2015) Jeff Garlin stops by to talk about throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, his concern for Brad at concerts, being roommates with Conan O’Brien, the possibility of Curb Your Enthusiasm returning, and his love for improvisational comedy. Hope you enjoy this amazing throwback episode, and follow Jeff on Instagram @JeffGarlin.

315 Jeff Garlin  

Join Kevin as he sits down with actor and comedian Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs). Jeff chats about how actors need to be true to who they are, his ghost encounters, and that you shouldn’t be around comedians at funerals.

Jeff Garlin on theChive Podcast - Ep76  

Jeff Garlin shares insight into the mind of Larry David and the new season of 'Curb.' And Jeff, a married man himself, doesn't believe marriage should last forever. And he's got a point.

Jeff Garlin: Young People  

Welcome to the first episode of Young People with Jeff Garlin! Jeff is a comedian of some notoriety who you may recognize from The Goldbergs and Curb Your Enthusiasm who has an interest in talking to young people in the industry. This week he reunites with his Disney's The Whereabout Gang co-star and pop star Heather to chat about her recent club hookup with superstar Denny Peters, using Twitter to test out her new song lyrics, and her interesting relationship with her agency. Later, Traci Reardon arrives to help her Twitter followers with advice on enjoying life with a girlfriend, being surrounded by spiders, and more in another edition of “Help Me, Rhonda.”

ALN - Jeff Garlin  

Jeff Garlin stops by to talk about throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, his concern for Brad at concerts, being roommates with Conan O'Brien, the possibility of Curb Your Enthusiasm returning, and his love for improvisational comedy. It's one of our best episodes yet. Enjoy it as much as we did, and follow Jeff on Instagram @JeffGarlin.

Ep1: Jeff Garlin  

Tom sits down with his old friend, the affable Jeff Garlin, to talk about Jeff's comedy roots, how Curb Your Enthusiasm changed his career, and whose fault it is when nobody laughs.

K&B Podcast: Tuesday May 9th with guest: Jeff Garlin  

Open. Showbiz Beat. What's Up With Florida?. Harrison Ford. Four Play. You Moved in and Found Out Something Bad. Showbiz Beat. Jeff Garlin. Taylor Swift has a Big Announcement. Showbiz Beat.

Jeff Garlin, Sarah Dunn, Chronixx 05/08/17  

Jeff Garlin discusses Curb Your Enthusiasm and his latest Netflix project. American Housewife creator Sarah Dunn continues to draw from her marriage in her new novel, The Arrangement. Chronixx on Jamaica's music and its influence on Drake and Diplo.

Best Of The REShow: Jeff Garlin and Meat Loaf. Hour 2 (12-23-16)  

On The Best Of The Rich Eisen Show, Jeff Garlin and Meat Loaf.

Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, Jeff Garlin  

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butler met at a comedy night in Chicago five years ago. Rhea was new to comedy and still had a day job. Cameron had been a working comedian for almost a decade. They hit it off, fell in love, moved to LA, got married and started a stand up night called "Put Your Hands Together". Last year they were asked by the Seeso network to make a stand up series based on "Put Your Hands together". It ended up morphing into the show they made, a sitcom called "Take My Wife". The show mirrors their lives in almost every way. Cameron and Rhea sit down with Jesse to talk about the good and bad of making a show based on your lives and marriage. Although he is probably best known for his role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff Garlin has a very prolific career. He came in to tell us about the craziest night of his career for our new segment "The craziest @#$% day of your career". Jesse tells us about a movie with a beautiful lack of ambition. The taking of Pelham 123.

REShow: Matt Forte and Jeff Garlin. Hour 2 (09-20-16)  

Joining Rich for the second hour, Jets Running Back Matt Forte and Actor Jeff Garlin.

REShow: Rich Gossage and Jeff Garlin. Hour 2  

Joining Rich for the second hour, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Rich Gossage talks about bat flipping and Actor/ Comedian Jeff Garlin talks about Curb Your Enthusiasm.

REShow: Jeff Garlin. Hour 3  

Joining Rich Eisen for the last hour, Actor and Comedian Jeff Garlin.

REShow: Jeff Garlin. Hour 2  

On the best of the Rich Eisen show, Jeff Garlin.

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