Sins, Stars, & Shofars Cast
Karim grew up in Akron, Ohio. He was surrounded by a supportive Jewish community. He attended Hillel Academy. He was a member of Temple Israel and NFTY’s Northeast Lakes. Karim is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio. While building a career in fashion publishing, Karim’s philanthropic passion focused on advocacy for the LGBT community. He has worked for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and served on the board of directors at Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI). Since moving to Los Angeles, Karim has been on the board of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The Center provides services to more LGBT people than any other organization in the world. On April 7th of 2019, The Center opened the doors of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus, the world’s first intergenerational facility serving youth and seniors.
Eric Balfour is an American actor and singer. He is the lead singer of Born as Ghosts, formerly known as Fredalba. He made his film debut in the drama Shattered Image (1998), followed by roles in What Women Want (2000) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). His roles on television include Milo Pressman on the action-thriller TV series 24, a recurring role in the HBO drama Six Feet Under as Gabriel Dimas, and Duke Crocker in the supernatural series Haven.
Darius Baxter is a Partner in Good Partners, where he is also Head of Development. Good Partners is a community rooted programs organization which seeks to change lives at the community level in and around Washington, DC. Baxter was nine years old when his father was shot, and lived a difficult life earning a scholarship to Georgetown. With a passion for education he majored in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Globalization and Poverty and became fascinated by closing the education, equality, and income gap domestically in D.C. Public Schools and led him to work on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) where he helped to draft important gun control legislation. He has made it his life's mission to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to get the education they need to accomplish their dreams.
Amanda Berman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative empowering and activating Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. Until she recently made the transition to focusing exclusively on building the much-needed Zioness community, Amanda was also a civil rights attorney fighting anti-Semitism legally, spearheading such groundbreaking initiatives as the international action against Kuwait Airways for its discrimination against Israeli nationals, and the dual cases against San Francisco State University for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students and community members.
Lisa Birnbach hosts the weekly podcast, "Five Things that Make Life Better," now in its third year. Best known for her books The Official Preppy Handbook, the Lisa Birnbach College Books, and True Prep, she has published 22 books all together, which have been translated into 12 languages. Lisa writes for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and many other publications. Her on-camera career on VH-1, ABC, and CBS and other networks may or may not have prepared her for "Sins, Stars, and Shofars." Her website is lisabirnbach.com.
Cory Booker is a politician, attorney, and author who has served as the junior United States Senator from New Jersey since 2013. A Democrat, Booker is the first African American U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He was previously the 36th Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Throughout his Senate tenure he has written, sponsored, and passed legislation advancing women's rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, and single-payer healthcare. He has pushed for reforms to address wealth inequality, the criminal justice system, to combat climate change, restructure national immigration policy and lobbied for increased diplomacy in the Middle East. Booker was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Drew Brown is a musician and songwriter. He is a multi-instrumentalist in the pop rock band OneRepublic. Hailing from Broomfield, Colorado, Drew now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Eden, two dogs, and two cats. Drew is excited to be performing with Zachary and Frank for this special edition of What A Wonderful World. He wishes everyone a happy, healthy new year and a very shana tova!
Daniel Bucatinsky is an American actor, writer and producer, best known for his role as James Novak in the Shonda Rhimes drama series Scandal, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. In 2014, Bucatinsky starred on NBC's Marry Me, as well as the newly revived HBO series The Comeback, which he also executive produces.
For nearly 20 years, Ezra has been working in solutions architecture. Ezra has been hired to design solutions for clientele as wide ranging as water conservation and renewable energy companies to hospital emergency rooms and doctor’s offices to eyewear boutiques and apparel companies, to name a few. Starting with a BA in computer science, Ezra was hired to set up networks and computer systems for nonprofits, educational institutions, and law firms, identifying the specific needs of each client and responsible for the implementation. He subsequently became the technical director for a production company, responsible for both the business infrastructure as well as maintaining and running the video and audio laboratories.
Pete Buttigieg is an American politician and Afghanistan War veteran. He served as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020 and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election. Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University, attending the latter on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was a consultant at the management consulting firm McKinsey from 2007 to 2010. From 2009 to 2017, he was an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan for seven months in 2014. Buttigieg launched his campaign for the 2020 United States presidential election on April 14, 2019. He became the first openly gay person to launch a major presidential campaign. Despite initially low expectations, he gained significant momentum in mid-2019 when he participated in several town halls, forums, and debates. Buttigieg narrowly won the pledged delegate count in the Iowa caucuses and tied the pledged delegate count in the New Hampshire primary.
Marcella Campbell is the Marketing Director for Global Jews. Marcella works with Be’chol Lashon’s mission to offer global Jewish learning and resources to students around the world through the Passport to Peoplehood curriculum. Prior to working with Be’chol Lashon, Marcella was an editor, copywriter, social media and content manager, and marketing consultant with Silicon Valley startups in the parenting and education spaces.
Gabrielle Carteris reprised her role of 'Andrea Zuckerman' on Beverly Hills 90210 in 2019 for the show's reboot, BH90210 for FOX. Other recent credits include a recurring role on Code Black, a starring role in the indie feature How To Deter A Robber, and guest starring roles on NCIS,Criminal Minds, Make It Or Break It, Longmire, The Event and The Middle, just to name a few. Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for FOX, Gabrielle.
Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award-winning, Emmy nominated and Olivier Award-winning producer of film, television and theater. He won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2000 for AMERICAN BEAUTY and earned additional Best Picture nominations for MILK and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. He also produced both the film and Broadway musical adaptation of BIG FISH. More recently, Cohen produced BLEED FOR THIS and REBEL IN THE RYE.
Tenor and Bass Trombonist Frank Cohen moved to New York City at the age of 18 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, awarded with a full scholarship for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Frank has now firmly planted himself in New York City’s music community. He is a multi-GRAMMY and Latin-GRAMMY winning trombonist, credited with being one of the most versatile, for his ability to navigate and perform various complex styles and genres of music. Frank works with many of the biggest names and ensembles in music today, and is in high demand for performances, tours, recordings, and clinics all over the world.
Joanna was chief content officer for Hearst Magazines from 2016 to 2018where she also co-created and executive produced Running in Heels, a reality show that followed three interns working at the magazine. Coles is currently a TV producer working across the Disney platforms, and where she is the executive producer of Freeform/Hulu’s `The Bold Type’ inspired by her career and she is an advocate for women in media and the business world, sitting on the Board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship with a focus on underserved women and communities.
David Dabbon is an Emmy-nominated and Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, and orchestrator. He earned his Emmy nomination for composing the music to the song “Eat Sh!t, Bob!” which aired on HBO’s award-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. On Broadway, David’s work has been heard as dance arranger for the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of Beetlejuice and the celebrated musical comedy Disaster! He also provided additional orchestrations for the Broadway bio-musical Sondheim on Sondheim (Grammy nomination). David earned his master of music degree in choral conducting from Carnegie Mellon University (under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Page) and a self-defined bachelor of music degree from The Hartt School.
Yuval David is an acclaimed actor, host, filmmaker, and advocate. His love of storytelling is expressed in his creative approach to sharing a narrative. Yuval is charming, compelling, and captivating, as he transports himself and audiences on a journey. He is known for his innovative vision, perceptive approach, transcendent performance, and seemingly effortless ability to make people laugh and cry in the same moment. He has a sensitivity and flair for inclusively interfacing with all those around him, unifying and collaboratively bringing out the best in everyone.
Lisa Loeb is a Grammy - winning singer songwriter, touring musician , and philanthropist who began her career with the 1994 hit Reality Bites song “Stay (I Missed You) ,’ the first song to go to No. 1 by an unsigned artist, leading to a major recording contract. She’s released 1 5 studio albums, including five children’s albums and two illustrated children’s books with music, with A Simple Trick to Happiness released in February 2020.
Leading Broadway music director and conductor, Andy Einhorn, most recently served as the music supervisor and musical director for the Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and Carousel starring Renée Fleming. Einhorn’s previous Broadway music directing and conducting credits include Holiday Inn, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers +Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Brief Encounter, and Sondheim on Sondheim. Other Broadway work includes Evita and The Light in the Piazza.
Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comic and host of NPR’s nationally syndicated comedy, trivia show Ask Me Another where she interviews and plays silly games with Sir Patrick Stewart, Taye Diggs, Awkwafina, Roxane Gay, Terry Crews, Jessica Walter, Josh Groban, Nick Kroll, Tony Hawk, George Takei, Sasha Velour, Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Lewis Black, Uzo Aduba, Michael C. Hall and more. She also is a regular host and teller with The Moth and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and in their best-selling books, including the most recent: Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film.
RAY ELLIN performs at top comedy clubs around the United States. He is the founder of Comedy Cloud, producing live, interactive online comedy shows for companies and non-profits. Ray is the Executive Producer of This Week at the Comedy Cellar on Comedy Central. Ray was profiled on Dateline NBC, where it was discovered that his blood pressure actually drops when he’s onstage. He hosted and wrote for the syndicated shows The Movie Loft, Premium TV, New York Now, and BrainFuel TV, as well as the ground-breaking web-based talk show Late Net with Ray Ellin. Ellin produced and directed the film The Latin Legends Of Comedy, which he sold to 20th Century Fox. Ray is the owner of Aruba Ray's Comedy Club on the island of Aruba. The venue recently celebrated its seven-year anniversary, and does approximately 100 shows a year featuring top US comedians on each show.
Stand-up comedian, motivational speaker, TV and radio personality, actress, author and entrepreneur are all titles fitting for Karith Foster. Karith is "one of the hottest comics to come out of New York City" according to both The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage Magazine who named her one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch.
Zachary Freiman is a recent graduate of Pomona College with a degree in Public Policy Analysis and Music. He is thrilled to be performing with Drew and Frank, two wonderful men he hopes to meet in person soon. In quarantine, Zachary has been living in New York, back home although very begrudgingly. Zachary’s other passions include baking — he recently attempted a babka that was delicious but not quite solid — and following politics. Zachary spends much of his time working on the biweekly Jewish newsletter A Wider Frame with Founder & CEO Eden Cohen.
Rabbi Matt Gewirtz began his tenure as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in July 2006. A strong advocate of social justice, Rabbi Gewirtz is a founding executive committee member of the Newark Coalition for Hope and Peace, an interfaith organization of Jews, Christians and Muslims that is committed to ending gang violence in Newark. Rabbi Gewirtz is the President of the Coalition of Religious Leaders for the State of New Jersey. A regular contributor to numerous professional publications, including the CCAR Journal, The American Rabbi and The Wisdom Daily. He is the author of “The Gift of Grief: Finding Peace, Transformation and Renewed Life after Great Sorrow”.
Judy Gold is an American standup comedian, actress, television writer, and producer. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and producer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show. She has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central, and LOGO. She has also written and starred in two critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show -My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Judy is currently the host of the hit podcast Kill Me Now.Her latest book, YES, I CAN SAY THAT, is the refreshingly candid, wickedly funny and deliciously blunt manifesto we need.
Mandy Gonzalez possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. Currently starring in the megahit Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler, Mandy also originated and starred as Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, In The Heights, for which she received a Drama Desk Award. She has starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, blowing the roof off of New York’s Gershwin Theatre each night as she belted out the signature song, “Defying Gravity,” and for which she was honored with a Broadway.com Award for Best Replacement. Other Broadway roles include Princess Amneris in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical, Aida, and Lennon, where she portrayed Beatles icon John Lennon. Mandy made her Broadway debut in Jim Steinman’s Dance of the Vampires, starring opposite Michael Crawford. Television viewers have the pleasure of seeing Mandy in the recurring role of Lucy Knox on the hit CBS drama, “Madam Secretary.” Mandy also appeared as Agent Susan Combs on the hit series “Quantico,” as well as guest appearances on “Doubt,” “White Collar,” “The Good Wife,” among others.
Alex Halpern Levy is a speechwriter, communications strategist, and lawyer based in New York. He has written for and advised dozens of high-profile leaders in politics, business, philanthropy, academia, and advocacy.From 2008 to 2011, Alex served as chief speechwriter and Deputy Communications Director to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). He was also the Senator’s liaison to the LGBT community.
Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman was ordained as a rabbi in 1969, received his Ph.D. in 1973, and is now Professor Emeritus at the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, where he has served for almost half a century. His teaching and research interests include liturgy, ritual, and worship; spirituality and theology; evolving American religion; and synagogue transformation and leadership. He is known internationally for his lectures to popular audiences and his spiritual approach to synagogue consultation and has written or edited forty-five books to date, including My People's Prayer Book, a ten-volume edition of the Siddur and winner of a 2007 National Jewish Book Award. In 1994, he co-founded "Synagogue 2000," a trans-denominational project to envision the ideal synagogue "as moral and spiritual center" for the 21st century. He can be followed on his blog: "Life and a Little Liturgy."
Jill Kargman is an American author, writer and actress, based in New York City's Upper East Side. A common theme in her works is critical examination of the lives of wealthy women in her city. Her 2007 Momzillas was adapted into the Bravo television show Odd Mom Out, which premiered June 8, 2015.
Richard Kind is a Drama Desk Award Winner and Tony Nominee for the Broadway Hit, The Big Knife. He is an accomplished stage, screen and television actor who continues to redefine the term character actor. Richard appeared in the Academy Award Winning Best Picture, Argo for director Ben Affleck and starred as ‘Bing Bong’ in the hit Pixar Film, Inside Out. He played a memorable, heartbreaking role in Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter. Richard was ‘Uncle Arthur,’ brother to Michael Stuhlbarg in the critically acclaimed A Serious Man written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. He worked a second time with the Coen brothers in Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney.
Eric Kuhn is an American media executive, Broadway producer, and entrepreneur. Described as "the first social media agent in Hollywood," Kuhn is the senior vice president of social media marketing for CBS. Earlier in his career, he launched social media platforms for CNN, CBS News and the NBA, and served as the first head of social media for United Talent Agency. Kuhn was a co-founder and the chief marketing officer for Layer3 TV, a Denver-based cable television company that was acquired by T-Mobile in 2018. In February 2020, it was reported that Kuhn had joined the Bloomberg 2020 campaign as senior adviser on social media and influencers.
Alison Goldstein Lebovitz has never been at a loss for words. Fortunately she’s been able to make a living off her gift for gab. For the past ten years she has been the host of The A List with Alison Lebovitz, an engaging one-on-one weekly interview series for WTCI/PBS that features a diverse array of local and national personalities. Since 2007, she has served as co-founder and president of One Clip at a Time, a nonprofit inspired by the Paper Clips Project started in Whitwell, Tennessee, that helps teachers impart critical lessons of service learning, empathy, and tolerance in classrooms across North America and prepares students to be stakeholders in the world they live. She also combines her penchant for humor with her passion for storytelling as a professional speaker to deliver motivational talks across North America, and has been honored to serve as a TedX speaker, coach and emcee. In her spare time she hosts a weekly podcast with her sister called Sis & Tell and is also the author of Am I There Yet? a collection of her candid essays and life-inspired stories.
Dan Mathews was born and raised in Orange County, California, by a single mother who encouraged her three boys to bring home stray animals. In high school, he was beaten up for being gay and credits those rough times with helping him develop the thick skin needed to be an animal activist. He spent two years in Italy working as a fashion model and bit-part actor before returning to the US to earn a degree in history from American University in Washington, DC. Shortly afterwards, he began working at PETA as a receptionist and within a year was organizing protests. As PETA’s Director of Campaigns, he helps increase awareness of the rights of animals through high-profile events. He has been arrested for his activities more than twenty times but usually gets released from jail within a day. Through a unique combination of sex, humor, and glamour, he has turned animal rights into one of the hottest causes of the last two decades.
Orli Matlow is a comedian who has performed in clubs across New York City and at festivals from Boston to Alaska. She has written for Adult Swim, McSweeney’s, and Reductress. Orli was listed as one of "8 Rising Jewish Female Comedians That Will Make You Pee Your Pants" by Alma.
O'Neal McKnight is best known as a Stylist. American celebrity stylist, comedian and reality television star who became the subject of the Lifetime reality series Kosher Soul which he created produced and starred in. Among his celebrity clients are Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, Robin Thicke, Usher, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Jermaine Dupri, just to name a few. He has personally styled rap mogul Sean Combs and Russell Simmons. He grew up in a mobile home in Lynchburg, South Carolina. He later moved to New York, where his styling career took off. After working for his late cousin music mogul Andre Harrell, O'Neal built a very strong name for himself amongst the Hollywood elite. O'Neal McKnight is currently the Business Director for Gushcloud and is producing a scripted series for Hulu scheduled for 2021.
Larry Milstein is a Gen Z entrepreneur and strategic consultant, advising Fortune 100 companies & nonprofits on next gen strategy and experiences. He is the co-founder of PRZM, an innovation consultancy that helps companies activate, launch, and create authentic engagement through events. Previously, he spearheaded Gen Z research for American Express, where he was part of the executive team’s internal strategy group. Larry is also the co-founder of the Millennial Pink Party, which received coverage in the NYTimes, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Town & Country, and Daily Front Row, and raised over $50,000 for the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood.
Talia ditched the exciting world of bankruptcy law to pursue a more stable path as a comedian, which thrilled her parents to no end. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and former Paul, Weiss corporate attorney, The New York Post featured her as a “Hot Ticket” in a nearly full-page article about her life and comedy. Newsday Long Island has also taken notice, calling her a "rising star". Aside from regularly appearing at New York City's top clubs, Talia is constantly headlining fundraisers, galas and Jewish events. Talia is a regular contributor to Sirius XM and Fox News, and her jokes are often mentioned in Cindy Adams’ legendary Page Six column. She has also appeared on The Wendy Williams Show.
Alysia Reiner is an American actress and producer. Reiner is best known for playing Natalie "Fig" Figueroa in the Netflix comedy drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019), for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as part of the ensemble cast.
Reiner starred in and produced the financial drama EQUITY, which was bought at Sundance by Sony Pictures Classics and released nationwide. It is now being developed into a TV series by Tri-Star and ABC. Reiner has appeared in several Off-Broadway plays and won an Obie Award for her performance in An Oak Tree. In Sideways, the critically acclaimed comedy–drama film, Reiner played Christine Ergarian, where she won her first ensemble cast SAG award. She plays District Attorney Wendy Parks in the ABC crime-legal drama TV series How to Get Away with Murder and Sunny in the F/X comedy Better Things.
New York Times best-selling author and award-winning producer, Melissa Rivers is an entertainment journalist, equestrian, Ivy League graduate, accomplished public speaker and animal advocate. While her professional achievements are plentiful, it is her role as a [single] mother to son Cooper that is her biggest accomplishment. Melissa developed the special series, "A Conversation With" for Entertainment Tonight and is the executive producer and co-host of E!'s "Fashion Police." She also remains an in-demand speaker and is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation" (Crown Archetype), which debuted in May 2015.
Cantor Sacks serves as the Senior Cantor of Temple Emanuel in Denver, Colorado. She was ordained as a cantor in 2007 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She was a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship in Jewish communal leadership and earned several awards as a cantorial student for Traditional Hazzanut, Talmud, and Midrash. Cantor Sacks holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Music from Harvard University where she was active in Harvard Hillel and music community service programs. Cantor Sacks was also a faculty member at Mechon Hadar, an educational institute that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service.
Lacey Schwartz Delgado is an award-winning writer, director, producer, storyteller, and outreach strategist who uses the power of narratives to build community and impact change on personal, familial, institutional, and societal levels. Lacey’s work stems from the belief that storytelling is the one of the most powerful tools we can use to reclaim our sense of self, and bridge societal divides. Her mission is to give voice to difficult truths that are widespread but rarely talked about to change the normative narrative. Lacey is best known for writing, directing, and producing her nationally and internationally recognized personal documentary `Little White Lie’. Lacey was named one of the top 13 Jewish Newsmakers in 2015 by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) along with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Natalie Portman, and Jon Stewart.
Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation and in 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers is a staunch champion for progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity. He has served on former President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election and was named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014 and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC and is a Political Commentator at CNN.
Timothy Perry Shriver (born August 29, 1959) is an American disability rights activist, film producer, and former educator who has been Chairman of Special Olympics since 1996. Shriver spent 15 years in public education—some in special education—as a teacher. He is currently the Chairman of Special Olympics. As chairman of Special Olympics, Timothy Shriver has campaigned against mocking of and discrimination against participants in Special Olympics. Tim is the author of `Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most’, and the founder of the mission-based organization UNITE, the collective for common purpose.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler first captured audiences when she appeared on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama “The Sopranos” as mafia daughter, ‘Meadow Soprano.’ Now the extraordinary talent is lighting the screen displaying her vast range of acting chops. Most recently, Sigler can be seen in the films “MOB TOWN” opposite David Arquette, and “Adventure Force 5” both released December, 2019. In addition, Sigler also voiced the first Jewish Disney Princess on Elena of Avalor in December. Sigler also can be seen in the upcoming film “The Neighbor In The Window,” premiering this February on Lifetime.
Randy and Jason Sklar just released their hour special, HIPSTER GHOSTS on Starz. They recently produced the documentary, POOP TALK which was released in February 2018. The Sklars currently recur in the TruTV Series THOSE WHO CAN’T as well as in several episodes of AMC’s hit series BETTER CALL SAUL. They also notably hosted and produced History Channel’s UNITED STATS OF AMERICA and created and starred in the ESPN cult hit series CHEAP SEATS, besides being guest hosts on JEFF ROSS PRESENTS ROAST BATTLE. Their television credits include GLOW, BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIES, MARON, AGENT CARTER, PLAYING HOUSE, PARTNERS, GREY’S ANATOMY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, ENTOURAGE, CSI, LAW & ORDER, and COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS.
Patti Stanger is a third-generation matchmaker, owner and CEO of MillionairesClub123.com, and is the leading relationship expert in the world. Patti is the former Vice President of Marketing at Great Expectations, one of the largest names in the dating industry. She is the executive producer and star of the hit BravoTV show The Millionaire Matchmaker, which airs in over 200 countries and is the highest repeated show on Comcast networks. In 2014, The Millionaire Matchmaker won a RealScreen award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality/Docuformat. She is the best selling author of Become Your Own Matchmaker released by Simon & Schuster. Her other titles include Raise Your Desirability Factor, Seal the Deal and Find Your Match, she has also been a featured columnist in People and Star Magazine. She has been the face of the Sensa Diet, 1-800 Flowers and is the owner of Tyku sake and PS Match wines. Stanger has also successfully branched out into television acting with feature roles on “Drop Dead Diva” and “Days of Our Lives''. Patti has made appearances on Dr. Phil, The Real, The View, The Doctor Oz Show, Steve Harvey, Fashion Police, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Most recently, she has been Executive Producing scripted television projects with the hit Hallmark Channel series Matchmaker Mysteries starring Danica McKellar and Victor Webster.
For the past 15 years Miriam has worked as a freelance stylist. Based in Los Angeles, Miriam marries classic style with the leading edge of fashion. With a keen eye for her clients’ personal aesthetics and driven by the belief that true style comes from perfect little details, Miriam’s approach to fashion is bigger than the clothes she dresses her clients in. Whether for musicians, look books, commercials or editorials, Miriam is in the business of conceptualizing images. This nimble approach and a varied background ranging from commercial to high fashion, from clothing styling to display design, has allowed her to touch almost every aspect of the world of style. With her recent starring role in the hit Lifetime series ‘Kosher Soul”, Miriam introduced hundreds of thousands of viewers to her singular style.
Danielle is an accomplished award-winning producer and casting director who works mostly on the stage. She won Best Producer at the Off-West End Awards 2012, was nominated Producer of the Year at the Stage Awards 2015 and was listed as one of the top ten producers of Musical Theatre in 2016 in The Stage. She is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Presently, Tishby is a keynote speaker and panelist at events around the world and has appeared in such venues as the United Nations General Assembly raising awareness against BDS in 2016, and the UN Salutes Israeli Innovation event in 2019. She is a contributor to publications such as The Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Journal, Tablet and Ynet, where she writes about policy, culture and international relations. After years of speaking and writing about Israel, both publicly and privately, Tishby has deciphered how to explain Israel in a clear and relatable way. Her first book “Israel: a Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth”, is forthcoming on April 6th 2021 from Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Ritchie Torres is the Democratic New York City Councilmember for the 15th district. Elected in 2013, he is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, and the youngest member of the city council. He serves as the chair of the Committee on Public Housing and is a deputy majority leader. As chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee he is focusing on taxi medallion predatory loans, and the city's Third-Party Transfer Program. In 2016, Torres was a delegate for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Torres is the Democratic Nominee for the 15th district US Congressional seat and will face election in November 2020.
Chloé Simone Valdary is an American writer and entrepreneur whose company 'Theory of Enchantment' teaches social and emotional learning in schools and diversity and inclusion in companies and government agencies.
Award-winning actress Sela Ward continues to score strong, powerful roles in both film and television. She returned to network television last year starring in Dick Wolf’s latest series, “FBI.” Previously Ward took on the role of former First Lady opposite Nick Nolte in the EPIX original series “Graves.” She won a Best Actress Emmy for her breakthrough performance in “Sisters.” She earned another Best Actress Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her work on “Once and Again.” She also co-starred with Gary Sinise on “CSI: NY.” Other television credits include a recurring role on “House” and starring in the made for TV movie, “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story,” which earned her Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. Most recently she turned in a critically acclaimed performance as guest star on HBO’s “Westworld.” She was last seen on the big screen as the President of the United States in the highly anticipated feature, “Independence Day Resurgence.” The project reunited Ward with director Roland Emmerich, with whom she first worked on “The Day After Tomorrow.” Other film credits include “Gone Girl,” “The Guardian,” and “The Fugitive” with Harrison Ford. In her native Mississippi, Ward founded Hope Village for Children to provide a safe haven and an alternative to the traditional foster care system. When not working or tending to her philanthropic projects, Ward is an accomplished painter and NY Times bestselling author.
Steven Weber made his NY stage debut opposite Geraldine Page in Odets' "Paradise Lost" and soon made it to Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing”. After a stint on “As the World Turns” he went on to appear in “The Flamingo Kid”, “Hamburger Hill”, “Single White Female”, “The Temp,” “Jeffrey” and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It!" On TV Weber played the young JFK in the miniseries “The Kennedy's of Massachusetts” and Jack Torrence in ABC’s remake of “The Shining”. But it was the NBC sitcom “Wings,” where Weber gained national attention, and again 10 years later in Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip" where he received wide critical praise. Returning to the stage, Weber played "Leo Bloom" in the hit Broadway production “The Producers”, starred in “National Anthems” at London’s Old Vic and again on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in "The Philanthropist” as well as appearing at The Hollywood Bowl in acclaimed productions of “Mamma Mia” and “Annie”. Other tv projects include “Murder In the First”, “Chasing Life”, “IZombie” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. Most recently he was seen on HBO’s “Ballers”, “13 Reasons Why” , “Get Shorty” and opposite Fran Drescher in NBC’s “Indebted”. He is also a notable audiobook narrator, winning awards for his reading of “Stephen King’s It”, among many others.
Eboni K. Williams is an American attorney, author, and television host. She currently co-hosts State of the Culture on REVOLT TV. She co-hosted a talk show on WABC Radio in New York City and was a co-host of Fox News Channel's 2017 show Fox News Specialists. Her 2017 book, Pretty Powerful” interweaves stories from her family history, childhood, and career path with insights from dynamic women in law, politics, the media, and business who have found their own way of merging style with clout.
Ethan Zohn is a humanitarian, inspirational speaker and television host; former professional soccer player; cancer survivor and advocate; winner of the hit reality television show, CBS’s Survivor: Africa; contestant on season 40 of Survivor: Winners at War, author and inventor; and co-founder of the global non-profit, Grassroot Soccer. He has found purpose through his humanitarian work and community involvement, and believes that a better and healthier world can be achieved through education, advocacy and inspiration.