Enjoy an evening of questions and answers with filmmaker and Jersey Shore native Kevin Smith, the award winning director and screenwriter of "Clerks," "Dogma," "Chasing Amy," "Mallrats," "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back," "Red State" and "Tusk." Smith is founder and executive producer of SModCo, the author of award winning comic books; and the owner of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash on Broad Street in Red Bank, NJ.
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the core members of Steely Dan, met at Bard College in 1967 and together formed the band in 1971. Through the '70s, they recorded eight albums, hitting #3 on Billboard's Top 200 with 1978s "Aja." Throughout its various incarnations, the mostly studio-based group featured musicians like guitarists Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Larry Carlton, percussionist Victor Feldman, drummer Jeff Porcaro, keyboardists Michael Omartian and Michael McDonald and jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Phil Woods and Tom Scott to name but a few. After first dissolving their partnership in 1981, Becker and Fagen reunited in 1994 for two reunion tours and released their Grammy-winning "Two Against Nature" in 2000, plus the 2003 followup, "Everything Must Go." All told, they have an astounding four-decade catalog that includes hits like "Reelin' in the Years" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number."
The Hooters first gained major commercial success in the United States in the mid 1980s due to heavy radio and MTV airplay of several songs including 'All You Zombies' and 'And We Danced.' Their unique blend of ska, reggae and rock 'n' roll was a fresh and powerful sound.
Veteran comedian Ralphie May's popularity exploded after the success of the first season of NBC's hit reality series, 'Last Comic Standing.' Long-time fans of Ralphie's stand-up were joined by countless new fans when America thought he was robbed of the winner's title. Despite the show's outcome, Ralphie's special brand of comedy combines the familiar elements of hip-hop and topical comedy with a dash of southern, down-home flavor and quick wit. He has appeared on films like 'For Da Love of Money' and has a series of Comedy Central specials under his belt.
Cyndi Lauper was one of the biggest stars of the '80's MTV era, selling over five million copies of her album, 'She's So Unusual,' as well as scoring a string of Top Ten hits from the record, including 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' and 'Time After Time.' Her girlish voice and gleefully ragtag appearance became one of the most distinctive images of the time, which helped catapult her to stardom. Now, after displaying both longevity and versatility, Lauper is fondly regarded as one of the leading stateswomen of pop rock. Lauper received the 2013 Tony Award for her music and lyrics to the musical, 'Kinky Boots,' which won six awards including Best Musical.
Don Rickles is considered by some to be the funniest man on the planet. Known to friends and fans as "Mr. Warmth," Rickles' signature blend of insults and one-liners has made him one of the most influential comedians around. He also remains relevant with all generations, including providing the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" films, in addition to dozens of film and TV roles.
Though she's one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today, Jane Lynch is anything but an overnight success. At age 50, she didn't come into her own until the last decade. Before she landed her role in "Glee," she battled alcoholism and anxiety, learned to embrace her sexuality, and accepted that life is sometimes a series of opportunities that come after what seem, at the time, like disappointments.
Emmy-nominated actor Kevin James, who starred in the hit CBS comedy, "King of Queens," for nine seasons and has also appeared in such hit movies as "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Hitch," "Grown Ups" and more, first made his mark in the stand-up world and is now returning to his roots with this national stand-up comedy tour.