Celebrity Interviews

An Evening With “Weird Al” Yankovic…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic. With a career spanning nearly four decades, “Weird Al”  is the top-selling comedy recording artist of all time. He’s also the star of the film UHF and the TV show The Weird Al Show. During the show he shared stories about his first years in the music business, his relationship with Prince, appearing on Wheel of Fortune with James Brown and Little Richard, and what the future holds for his music. It was the weirdest show of the year!

During the rest of the show we argued about can koozies and baked cupcakes with Ton’s chest hair in them. It’s like a Cracker Jack prize! 

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An Evening With White Zombie’s Sean Yseult & Green Jellÿ’s Bill Manspeaker…

This episode of The Five Count was so metal it made Riki Rachtman blush! The first hour of the show featured an exclusive interview with Sean Yseult. Sean is best known as the bassist for the band White Zombie. She also played with Rock City Morgue, Famous Monsters, The Cramps, and Star & Dagger. During the show she discussed her time in White Zombie, the influence she had on women in heavy metal, and her new band, Star & Dagger. Heads were banged!

The second hour featured an exclusive interview with Bill Manspeaker. Bill is best known as the founder and vocalist of the band Green Jelly. Known for songs like Three Little PigsElectric Harley House (Of Love) and The Bear Song, Green Jelly has been touring the globe for more than 30 years. During the show he discussed the origins of Green Jelly, his friendship with Hulk Hogan, and why The Ramones hated his guts. If that wasn’t enough, he can now add “singer of Ton’s favorite band” to his list of accolades!

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An Evening With Kool & The Gang’s Robert “Kool” Bell…

This episode of The Five Count was full of tributes. The first hour featured a tribute to funky music with an exclusive interview with Robert “Kool” Bell. Robert is the bassist, vocalist, and founder of the band Kool & the Gang. Selling more than 70 million albums worldwide, Kool & the Gang is one of the most successful R&B groups of all time. During the show he explained the early days of the band, their impact on the art of sampling in hip hop, and the secret to their longevity. We proceeded to get down on it.

During the second hour we discussed the numerous things that make America great, explained the rise and fall of monster truck rallies, and aired a loving tribute to Dustin’s late grandmother, Lila Wilmes. She was a beautiful woman and will be missed greatly!

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An Evening With Rocko’s Modern Life’s Carlos Alazraqui & WWE’s Wade Barrett…

This installment of The Five Count was overflowing with quality content! The first hour featured an exclusive interview with actor Carlos Alazraqui. Carlos is best known as the voice of “Rocko” from Rocko’s Modern Life and “Deputy James Garcia” from Reno 911! He’s also worked on Family GuyPhineas and FerbThe Fairly OddParents!Camp Lazlo, and was the voice of the Taco Bell Chihuahua. During the show he discussed the ongoing popularity of Rocko, how much of Reno 911! was improvised, and the origins of the Taco Bell dog. ¡Yo quiero The Five Count!

The second hour of the show featured an exclusive interview with WWE Superstar Wade Barrett. Wade is a former WWE Intercontinental Champion and winner of the first WWE NXT. He was also the leader of the WWE factions Nexus and The Corre. During the interview he discussed his start in the wrestling business, his favorite guys to work with, and why he admires the late “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. Ton’s teeth were eventually loosened by a Barrett Barrage!

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The Five Count’s Nine-Year Anniversary – An Evening With John C. Reilly…

This was our special nine-year anniversary show! During the first hour we looked back fondly over the last nine years, made the announcement that the show now starts at 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and premiered our new radio drama The Five Count and the Caverns of Techno. It was a most ripping victory!

The second hour featured an exclusive interview with John C. Reilly. John is best known for his roles in films like Boogie Nights, Step Brothers, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Days of Thunder, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Wreck-It Ralph. He’s also known as “Dr. Steve Brule” from the TV shows Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. During the show he discussed the early days of his career, the possibility of a Wreck-It Ralph sequel, and his new “John C. Reilly & Friends” music tour. Thanks for listening these past nine years!

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An Evening With Crispin Glover…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Crispin Glover. Crispin is an actor, director, screenwriter, recording artist, publisher, and author. He has appeared in numerous films including Back to the Future, River’s Edge, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Charlie’s Angels, Willard, Beowulf, Hot Tub Time Machine, and many more. During the show he told us how he started in showbiz, why he had to sue the makers of Back to the Future, and the details behind his “Big Slide Show” tour he recently brought to Minnesota. Having Crispin on The Five Count was our density!

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An Evening With Dengue Fever’s Ethan Holtzman…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Ethan Holtzman. Ethan is best known as the organist for the band Dengue Fever. Ethan has provided the backbone for the psychedelic Cambodian band he founded with his brother Zac for more than a decade. During the show he discussed how Dengue Fever was formed, how the band has evolved over the years, and the process of starting their own record label,Tuk Tuk Records. Buy all their records immediately!

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An Evening With The Thermals’ Hutch Harris…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Hutch Harris. Hutch is best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Thermals. He also played in bands like Forbidden Friends, Haelah, and Urban Legends. During the show he discussed the origins of The Thermals, why they love playing in Minnesota, and the new album, Desperate Ground. We also gave away “Thermals Prize Packs” during the show!

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An Evening With Sly & The Family Stone’s Larry Graham…

This installment of The Five Count featured an interview with Larry Graham. Larry is best known as the bass player, vocalist, and founding member of the band Sly & The Family Stone. He also played with Prince, Graham Central Station, and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed his influence on today’s music scene, playing at Woodstock, his relationship with Prince, and how he and his mother invented his playing style. We spent the rest of the show dancing to the music!

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An Evening With Pantera’s Rex Brown…

This was a special two-hour edition of The Five Count. The first hour featured an exclusive interview with Rex Brown. Rex is best known as the bassist and founding member of the band Pantera. He has also played with the likes of Down, Crowbar, Jerry Cantrell, David Allan Coe, and Kill Devil Hill. During the show he discussed life on the road with Pantera, what led to the end of the band, and he promoted his new book, Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera. Speakers were blown across the state.

We entered the Gladiator Arena to compete in a battle of strength and agility during the second hour of the show. We played all our favorite jock jams, shared the story of Ton being cast as the first “Gemini” on the American Gladiators TV show, gave love advice to local prom attendees, and whined for pledge dollars for KMSU. Naturally, the money poured in!

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