MATT ISEMAN: More than a Celebrity Apprentice Finalist… A Great Friend!

I called it from day one. Matt Iseman should win The New Celebrity Apprentice on NBC tonight. I’m not coming from a place of bias. Of course I want one of my best friends to win. This comes from actually watching every episode (I never watched the show before and won’t again) and witnessing his undeniable passion and effort that he put in to every task. I’m bummed because all the President/Arnold hoopla created a dark cloud over a show that has one of the most genuine showcases of a very good person.

I had ZERO doubt Matt was going to shine the brightest in the show of stars. Zero! Because I know him. I had dinner with him the night before he started the journey and I knew then that we’d see him where he is tonight.

We were each other’s very first friend when we moved to Hollywood 18 years ago. We lived together for years, our godchildren are brother and sister… we have and will continue to tackle life together. That’s real friendship.

When all is said and done, whatever the outcome, I’m beyond proud to point to Matt and say that’s my dear friend. This is a showcase I can share with my nieces, nephews  & possibly my own children one day displaying how one should conduct themselves. In a world that celebrates bad behavior, Matt Iseman is a shining star of TRULY GOOD!

*I would like to add one last thing. The big thing that was apparent throughout Matt’s run on the show was purpose. Matt’s charity is The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org). He has and deals with rheumatoid arthritis himself. When you work for something you know is bigger/other then yourself you always work much better. He carried that on his shoulders and it was apparent in his eyes. He showed up to make a difference in something he’d experienced himself. Purpose = power. Congratulations Matt!

UPDATE: He Won! Matt Iseman is THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE

Sharing My Thoughts About Armed Services Arts Partnership

ARMED SERVICES ARTS PROGRAM (ASAP) EMPOWERS VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES TO THRIVE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH ARTS CLASSES AND PERFORMANCES.

Here I am sharing my thoughts about the program and playing a small role as an advisor. This was filmed at The White House BTW. Pretty cool!

Learn more and support by visiting www.asapasap.org

Adventure Team Challenge

One week away from my FAVORITE event of the year!
Adventure Team Challenge from national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports has adaptive athletes, retired and active military and first responders and able-bodied civilians joining together to successfully complete physical and technical challenges on water, land and rock. *Learn more about my friends/teammates the “Marines/Team RED” by following this link http://support.worldteamsports.org/site/TR/TeamCompetition/General/1291165386?team_id=1671&pg=team&fr_id=1131

PJ WALSH from Ed Shank on Vimeo.

The Laugh Button – From Combat to Comedy: 10 Veterans turned stand-up comedians

The Laugh Button website put together a list of 10 comedians who have put their country before themselves and have since gone on to serve a second career on the stand-up comedy stage. I have great admiration for the veterans on this list. I’ve shared stages, travels & my life with many of them. Very cool to be included.

Check it out HERELive_on_dirt

 

 

 

Armed Services Arts Partnership

Very honored to be able to play a small part in a really impressive organization.  If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s important to be there for people.

Veterans Coming Home put together a short piece from a night I got to perform with some real American heroes now performing stand-up comedy thanks to The Armed Services Arts Partnership. I am on the ASAP advisory committee and have fortunately gotten to spend time with a few of the Comedy Bootcamp graduates. It’s a really special non-profit making positive things happen for our Veterans, Active Military & their families.

Learn more about ASAP by visiting asapasap.org 
Learn more about Veterans Coming Home by visiting veteranscominghome.org 

Comedian / Veteran Advocate