Celebrity Interviews

An Evening With WWE’s Lanny “The Genius” Poffo…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with professional wrestler Lanny Poffo. Known as “Leaping” Lanny and “The Genius” during his years with the WWE, Lanny is a former NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Champion, ICW World Heavyweight Champion, and manager of Mr. Perfect and The Beverly Brothers. He’s also the brother of WWE Hall of Famer Randy “Macho Man” Savage. During the show he discussed his early days in wrestling, his process for writing his poems, and his new comic book “The Genius Lanny Poffo – Wrestling’s Smartest Man.” Get your copy now!

During the rest of the show we shared heart-warming stories of the days when we were roommates, discussed the future of The Five Count website, and paid tribute to Five Count alumnus Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries. Yahtzee!

The Five Count’s 700th Show – An Evening With The Simpsons’ Nancy Cartwright…

This episode of The Five Count was our 700th episode! It featured an exclusive interview with voice-actor Nancy Cartwright. Nancy is best known as the voice of “Bart Simpson” on the TV show The Simpsons. She’s also worked on shows like Rugrats, Animaniacs, The Critic, Pound Puppies, and Alvin and the Chimpunks. During the show she discussed her early days in animation, the longevity and future of The Simpsons, and her new film In Search of Fellini. Afterward, we did The Bartman!

During the rest of the show we discussed which famous people we’d like to invite to a celebratory episode 700 dinner, Ton explained his excitement for the Minnesota Vikings’ upcoming Super Bowl victory, and we payed tribute to Five Count alumnus “Fast” Eddie Clarke. Here’s to another 700!

An Evening With Anthrax’s Scott Ian…

The first installment of The Five Count for 2018 featured an exclusive interview with guitarist Scott Ian. Scott is best known as a founder and guitarist for the band Anthrax. He’s also played with the likes of Stormtroopers of Death, Public Enemy, and The Damned Things. During the show Scott discussed the longevity of Anthrax, appearing on the TV show Married… With Children, his love for AC/DC’s Phil Rudd, and his new book “Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life.” We were caught in a mosh!

During the rest of the show we discussed which bands we would invite over for dinner, the dangers of letting cats eat your face, Ton considered moving to Waseca, and we tried to figure why we stopped listening to Led Zeppelin. It’s gonna be a great year!

A Chat With 98 Degrees…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak for a few minutes with Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. Yes, all four members of the group 98 Degrees. Known for hits like I Do (Cherish You), Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche), Because of You, and The Hardest Thing, 98 Degrees have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide since 1997. Their new Christmas album Let It Snow is available now!

An Evening With Star Trek’s Michael “Worf” Dorn…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with actor Michael Dorn. Michael is best known for his role as “Lieutenant Worf” on the TV shows Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He’s also appeared in films like Rocky, Ali, The Santa Clause, and numerous Star Trek films. During the show he discussed appearing in more Star Trek projects than any other actor in history, his cameo in Rocky opposite Carl Weathers, and the upcoming Star Trek: The Cruise II. Book your tickets now and experience the voyage!

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite lawn games, discussed our favorite albums of 2017, and Ton reminisced about his days on the bum fight circuit. Kimbo Slice had nothing on him!

A Chat With Gary Numan…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with the one and only Gary Numan. Know for hits like Cars, We Are Glass, and Are ‘Friends’ Electric?, Gary has been making music for 40 years. He’s also the former singer for the band Tubeway Army. See him live tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

A Chat With The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’s Tatyana Ali…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with actress Tatyana Ali. Tatyana is best known for her role as “Ashley Banks” on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She also appeared on TV shows like Love That Girl!, The Young and the Restless, and Sesame Street. Her new film Wrapped Up In Christmas premiers on the Lifetime Network on Nov. 25.

An Evening With Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ Victor Wooten…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Victor Wooten. Victor is best known as the bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He’s also won numerous Grammy Awards and was named one of the “Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine. During the show he discussed how he developed his playing style, why it’s important to not become discouraged when learning to play, and his new album Trypnotyx. It’s available now!

During the rest of the show we discussed the possibility of taking cooking classes, Dustin described how he’s progressed as a “jock ass” over the years, and Ton complained about the lack of Christmas spirit in today’s holiday lights displays. Once again, he was dressed like the dad from Home Alone.

An Evening With Curb Your Enthusiasm’s JB Smoove & The Howard Stern Show’s Jackie Martling…

This episode of The Five Count featured exclusive interviews with the top-notch comedians. First we were joined by Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling. With a career dating back to the late 1970s, Jackie has released numerous comedy albums, music albums, and books. He was also the head writer of The Howard Stern Show from 1983 to 2001. During the show he discussed getting his start in comedy, his years working with Howard Stern, and his new book “Joke Man: Bow to Stern.” It’s available now!

After that we were joined by actor/comedian JB Smoove. JB is best known for his role as “Leon Black” on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He’s also appeared on shows like ‘Til Death, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Millers. During the show he discussed what makes the “Leon Black” character tick, working with Larry David, and his new book “The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool.” That book is also available now!

During the rest of the show we discussed the best techniques for dumpster diving, Ton explained how he started the trend of asking people to prom in elaborate ways, and we tried to figure out why people love pumpkin spice. Dustin’s son also yelled obscenities throughout the show!

An Evening With WWE’s “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with pro wrestling legend “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Ted is a former Mid-South North American Heavyweight Champion, Mid-South Tag Team Champion, WWF North American Heavyweight Champion, WWF Tag Team Champion, and WWF King of the Ring. He’s also a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed the trials and tribulations of portraying the “Million Dollar Man” character, the circumstances surrounding his decision to devote his life to Jesus, and his new documentary The Price of Fame. See it in select theaters on Nov. 7.

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite yoga techniques, planned Ton’s upcoming garage sale, paid tribute to the late Fats Domino, and explained what we did during Halloween. Ton dressed as Keanu Reeves!