1. Q. How did you get involved with UPC?
A. I read an ad online that UPC was holding auditions for hosts. I figured it must be a mistake because for such a well established series to hold an open call is very rare. Even though I live in Vegas, I knew I would kick myself if I didn't at least try. So I jumped in the car and drove out to LA and gave it a shot.
2. Q. Tell me about your poker experience both as a player and a commentator
A. I started playing live poker on my 18th birthday and was hooked immediately. Even more than the thrill and strategy of the game, I thought it was fun. My favorite thing to do on a weekend is have 5-6 friends over, everyone tosses a few bucks in the pot, and we just have fun playing poker. I took that home game philosophy into account when I created my internet radio show, All-In. Twice a week I would put out a half hour show which would be about 50% poker and 50% life. It was always important to me that the listeners had the predominant voice on the show.
3. Q. What is your favorite part of being the UPC host
A. The best parts about being a UPC host are, first, being involved with such an unbelievable series. I never expected my first job in the business to be on the #1 syndicated poker program in the country. Second, I love the fact that the poker is the star of the show. I just get to sit back and enhance the experience for the viewers and maybe educate those new to the game.
4. Q. Do you find it difficult to keep the commentary flowing?
A. I haven't begun tracking yet, but I hope not!
5.Q. What are your hobbies?
A. I'm blessed that my hobbies are also my career, comedy and now poker. Aside from that, I've always been a home body. Movies or dinners out with my wife, having the fellas over for football games or poker. I have to travel so much for my job, so I appreciate being at home.
6.Q. Tell me about your time as a comedian
A. If there's anything I love as much as poker, it's comedy. I started performing as a student at the University of Arizona. After graduation I moved to New York and started doing stand-up on some of the legendary NY stages. I had a chance to watch, meet, and work with some of the funniest human beings on the planet. As much as I loved New York, the day to day grind was too much, so I relocated to Las Vegas. I still perform in colleges and comedy clubs all around the country.
7.Q. What drew you to poker?
A. It's the perfect pastime. It can be as serious or as relaxed as you want to make it. There is something satisfying about about playing in a tournament and using using your mind to read players and calculate odds, but I also love to sit down at a $2/$4 limit table with $60, have a few drinks and not have to work as hard.
8.Q. Tell me how you got involved with the ESPN Radio comp
A. The ESPN Radio Dream Job competition was a challenge I was involved in in NY. It was a take off of ESPN's television series that was searching for sports anchors. About 2,000 people entered and I finished 3rd. It was a great experience. I was on air being tested by the most knowledgeable sports fans in the country, and even though I didn't win, I was proud of performance.
9.Q. What are you hoping to bring to the table as a commentator?
A. I hope to bring a fan's point of view to my broadcasts. There are so many unbelievable pros out there who have so much to offer to a broadcast, but viewers rarely have "one of them" giving a first hand account of the action. I hope to be that voice