Thursday, 28 November 2013

Harry Shearer Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

On Tuesday November 26th 2013 we spoke with Harry Shearer, best known for his role as Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap and as one of the main voice artists in The Simpsons.

Harry Shearer is American actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host and director. He is known for his long-running roles on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. Born in Los AngelesCalifornia, Shearer began his career as a child actor, appearing in The Jack Benny Program, as well as the 1953 filmsAbbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Robe. In 1957, Shearer played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode for the television series Leave It to Beaver, but his parents decided not to let him continue in the role so that he could have a normal childhood.
From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the breakup of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night. In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Shearer describes his experience on the show as a "living hell" and he did not get along well with the other writers and cast members. He left the show in 1980. Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, asatirical rockumentary about a band called Spinal Tap. Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the bassist, and Michael McKean and Christopher Guestplayed the other two members. The film became a cult hit and the band has since released several albums and played several concerts. While promoting the film, Shearer was offered the chance to return to Saturday Night Live. He accepted, but left the show for good in January 1985, just three months into the season. Since 1983, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show on Santa Monica's NPR-affiliated radio station, KCRW. The program, a hodgepodge of satirical news commentary, music, and sketch comedy, is carried on many public radio stations throughout the United States.
In 1989, Shearer became a part of the cast of The Simpsons. He was initially reluctant because he thought the recording sessions would be too much trouble. He felt voice acting was "not a lot of fun" because traditionally, voice actors record their parts separately. He provides voices for numerous characters, including Mr. BurnsWaylon SmithersNed FlandersReverend LovejoyKent BrockmanDr. HibbertLenny Leonard,Principal SkinnerOtto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle. Shearer has been vocal about what he perceives as the show's declining quality. In 2004, he said "I rate the last three seasons as among the worst."[1]
Shearer directed the 2002 film Teddy Bears' Picnic and appeared in several films, including A Mighty WindFor Your ConsiderationThe Simpsons MovieThe Truman Show, and Godzilla among many others. Shearer has written three books: Man Bites TownIt's the Stupidity, Stupid; and Not Enough Indians. He has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. He has received several Primetime Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominations and in 2008 it was announced that Shearer would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the radio category. He is currently a professor at Loyola University New Orleans.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Still Game Special with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

On Tuesday Oct 29th we celebrated the stage return of the popular comedy series from Scotland by chatting to... 

Gavin Mitchell (Boaby The Barman)
Sanjeev Kholi (Navid)
Jane McCarry (Isa)
Mark Cox (Tam)

We hope to catch up with Jack, Victor and Winston very soon.

Stephen McCole Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

On October 1st we spoke to Scots actor Stephen McCole


as Arthur Thompson Jr in The Wee Man

as Moose Heyliger in Band Of Brothers

as John in Orphans

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Dennis Locorriere Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio


The distinctive and unforgettable voice of Dr. Hook 
is now a successful solo artist in his own right.

We spoke to songwriting legend Dennis Locorriere on September 3rd.

Black Sky Radio producer Ross Owen with Dennis Locorriere

Dennis was incredibly funny, inspirational and a joy to chat to.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Derek Special with Ricky Gervais, Brett Goldstein, Charlie Hanson, Holli Dempsey and Kerry Godliman

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On Tuesday 27th August we spoke to...

Ricky Gervais plays Derek

Black Sky Radio producer Ross Owen with Ricky Gervais on the set of #Derek.

Brett Goldstein plays Tom

'Derek' star Brett Goldstein with Black Sky Radio producer Ross Owen.

Producer Charlie Hanson
(Charlie also produced Life's Too Short, ExtrasCemetery Junction and more)

'Derek' producer Charlie Hanson with Black Sky Radio producer Ross Owen

Holli Dempsey plays Vicky

Holli Dempsey with Black Sky Radio producer Ross Owen.

Kerry Godliman plays Hannah

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Shane Taylor Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

Listen to our interview with actor Shane Taylor. 


Shane Taylor is an English television and screen actor born in Dover, Kent, England. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of medic Eugene 'Doc' Roe in the HBO/BBC World War II miniseries Band of Brothers. He has appeared in episodes of TV series such as Where the Heart Is and Dangerfield. He voices the character "Goh" in the 2006 video game Shinobido: Way of the Ninja. In 2009 he appeared in the BBC adaptation of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids with Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave, as well as in the 2009 film Bomber. In 2010 Taylor appeared alongside Danny Dyer in the British horror film Devil's Playground. Shane Taylor played the regular role of Craig Hanson in the Sky 1 series, Strike Back: Vengeance, in 2012. In 2013 Shane can be seen on the B.B.C as Andy Stafford in 50s crime noir, Quirke, starring Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon. And as Miklos Horthy Jnr in the WWII feature film, Walking With The Enemy, starring Jonas Armstrong, William Hope and Sir Ben Kingsley.

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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Jim Tavaré Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

Listen to our interview with actor/comedian Jim Tavaré. 


Jim Tavaré is an English (Hollywood based) stand-up comedian, actor and musician. He is best known for his work on The Sketch Show on ITV which won a BAFTA award and also played the role of Tom, the owner of the Leaky Cauldron, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Greg Hemphill and Robert Florence Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

Listen to our interview with Scots actor/comedians Greg Hemphill (Chewin' The Fat, Still Game) and Robert Florence (Burnistoun). 



All hell broke lose during this interview as we discussed the forthcoming Kelvin Brawl in Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on June 21st 2013. 

When Scots comedians/actors Greg Hemphill and Robert Florence took part in an interview with Ross Owen and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio to promote their 'Kelvin Brawl' event at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on June 21st 2013, verbal attacks escalated into threats of physical violence against an old aged pensioner. Greg Hemphill refused to come on air at the same time as Robert Florence, so we agreed to let Robert pretend to be a fan to get them on air together resulting in a controversial head to head. An interview not to be missed. 

Twitter: @GregHemphill69 and @RobertFlorence

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Chuck McCann Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

Listen to our interview with actor/comedian Chuck McCann. 
(Ducktales, The Bob Newhart Show, Far Out Space Nuts, Cool McCool, Powerpuff Girls and lots more).


Chuck is from Brooklyn, New York. In the 1960's he entered the world of television by way of children's entertainment. From there, it was a transition into sketch comedy and before too long he would have "The Chuck McCann Show" and a his own variety special in the 70's. In the 1970's television boom, Chuck found himself as a guest star on many established dramas and sit-coms. During this time, he was also known as Barney, in the Saturday morning classic, "Far Out Space Nuts" with Bob Denver which he helped create and write. As a voice artist, you probably have heard Chuck 100 times - and you and your kids are still listening! From 90% of the voices on the "Cool McCool" series to the all Amoeba Boys on "Powerpuff Girls", Chuck's voice talent is renowned. Chuck is also one of the ORIGINAL founding fathers of the Sons Of The Desert, the worldwide Laurel And Hardy Appreciation Society and was a friend of Stan Laurel's.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

William Sadler Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

Listen to our interview with actor William Sadler. 
#ShawshankRedemption  #GreenMile #BillAndTedsBogusJourney  #ThePacific  #DieHard2  #IronMan3.


American film and television actor. His television and motion picture roles have included Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller in The Pacific, Luther Sloan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sheriff Jim Valenti in Roswell, convict Heywood in The Shawshank Redemption, and—perhaps most notably—the Grim Reaper in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, a role for which he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in The Green Mile and as villainous Colonel Stuart opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2.

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Barry Pepper Interview with Ross and Nightmare on Black Sky Radio

Listen to our interview with actor Barry Pepper.
(Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, True Grit, The Lone Ranger, We Were Soldiers, Snitch, The Kennedys).


Barry Pepper is a Canadian actor. He is best known for playing roles like Sergeant Michael Strank in the Clint Eastwood film, Flags of Our Fathers, Private Daniel Jackson in Saving Private Ryan, Roger Maris in 61*, prison guard Dean Stanton in The Green Mile and Ned Pepper in True Grit. He has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and in 2011 won the prime time Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Robert F. Kennedy in the Canadian-American TV miniseries, The Kennedys.

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