It Happened on August 1, 1972
By Roy Firestone
Multi-Emmy Award Winning Journalist

Here’s a funny and true story that references humility and accomplishment – and the fact that even when you finally do something really ‘great’ someone, somewhere, is doing better than you. This is a story that I tell in my live show. It involves three-time All-star Nate Colbert. All-star Nate was enjoying the game of his life. Colbert’s best day in the majors was August 1, 1972, when he hit five home runs – matching…

Actor Todd Grinnell Joins Mick and Mook on April 17th

Actor and Director Todd Grinnell, known for playing janitor Dwayne Patrick “Pat” Schneider in Norman Lear’s 1970s sitcom, ONE DAY AT A TIME, joins Billy and Frankon the April 17th episode of A Mick A Mook and A Mic.  Additional Grinnell credits include FOUR KINGS, GRACE & FRANKIE, and WITH LOVE. Born in Massachusetts, Grinnell landed his first professional gig at the age of 26, appearing in the film “Lost Soul” (2002). His television debut…

“Hope Springs Eternal” – Alexander Pope
By Gil Vieira | March 19, 2024

For many people, New Years’ Day is viewed and used as a new beginning. Hopefully, the new year will provide an opportunity for a fresh start. However, for me – one who has lived most of my life dealing with winter in the Northeast, Spring is that time of the year in which hope, and new beginnings, occur. The great English poet, Alexander Pope – who is the second most quoted English author in The…

An Outtake from ‘If These Lips Could Talk’

(Editor’s Note:  The following is an outtake from the book IF THESE LIPS COULD TALK by Frank Pace & Billy O’Connor. It never made it into the book. Nevertheless, we thought you might like to read it. To purchase the book, go to: https://amickamookandamic.com/product/if-these-lips-could-talk/ _______ My father used say “Frankie boy, if bullshit was music, you would be the whole brass band.” I learned how to “spin” at a very young age. I was working…

Tom Arnold, Renowned Actor and Comedian, Joins Billy and Frank on 3/20

Tom Arnold is both a funny and controversial individual. This is definitely an episode you won’t want to miss, especially if you like show business stories. Arnold is best known for playing Arnie Thomas on Roseanne, which starred his ex-wife Roseanne Barr, and opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in True  Lies. Tom has appeared in many films, including True Lies, Nine Months, Big Bully, Carpool, McHale’s Navy, Animal Factory , Cradle 2 the Grave, Mr. 3000, Happy Endings, Pride, The Great Buck Howard, and Madea’s Witness Protection Tom was also the host of The…

Young TV Comedy Director, Ren Bell, Joins Mick & Mook on April 3rd

Ren Bell, one of America’s foremost  young TV Comedy Directors, will join Billy and Frank on the April 3rd episode of A Mick A Mook and A Mic. This young, South Carolina native is not only a Dick Van Dyke lookalike he is a throwback to the days Van Dyke, Carroll O’Connor, Andy Griffith, Candice Bergen, and Robin Williams plied their trade under the watchful eyes of  genius directors such as Howard Morris, Howard Storm,…

Remembering My Boyhood Idol … ‘Tony C’
By Gil Vieira | February 20, 2024 | vSportsTalk

It was the Spring of 1964. Yes, you read that correctly …1964. 60-years ago! I was a kid who loved playing and watching baseball. It was a time when baseball was king. It was America’s pastime. Living south of Boston, I was a huge Red Sox fan. Growing up, Ted Williams was a Boston sports icon, and in 1961, Carl Yastrzemski took over the mantle from Ted, as the leader of the Sox. However, it…

Actor Nyambi Nyambi Joins Mick & Mook on 2/21

Nyambi, best know for his roles on Night Court, The Good Fight, and Mike & Molly, will be joining Billy and Frank on the February 21st episode of A Mick A Mook and A Mic. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, Nyambi went to Bucknell on a scholarship to play basketball. He also became interested in acting during his final year and decided to study for his Master of Fine Arts at New York University. After completing…

The Courage to Continue
By Roy Firestone
Multi Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

Ravens and Lions fans are hurting. They were so close to seeing their teams win title games and vault into the Super Bowl. But they didn’t. Maybe it was a fumbled football, a dropped pass, a missed tackle, or in the case of the Lions two gambles that didn’t pay off. But those teams failed. It’s of little solace, but if you haven’t failed you will never succeed. Because you haven’t tried. I want to…

Emmy Award-Winning Director, Michael Lembeck, Joins Mick & Mook on February 7th

Michael Lembeck, the Emmy Award-Winning Director of FRIENDS and Actor on One Day At A Time, will be the guest on the A Mick A Mook and A Mic podcast, 7 February. Lembeck won an Emmy for his work on the Friends episode “The One After the Superbowl”, and also directed 22 other episodes of the series.  Lembeck was born in Brooklyn, New York and began acting in the late 1960s and directing in the 70s.  His father was the legendary acting coach…

Dolly Parton: A Life Well Lived
By Roy Firestone
Multi Time Emmy Award Winning Journalist

I think we need to focus more on great people than scoundrels. We have a lot more great people in life than miserable ones. Character, generosity, and kindness are traits far more impressive to me than affluence, celebrity, and social standing. Dolly Parton recently turned 78 years old. Here’s a person I have never met, but every person I have ever known who knows her says she is a superb human being…and you can pretty…

My, How Time Flies…Pay Attention!
by Gil Vieira, vSportsTalk

Wait…is it really 2024? It’s hard to believe that I’ve been alive for more decades than I want to admit. I used to say, “I’m getting old.”  Now…I am old! The funny thing is (or maybe it’s a little sad), I wouldn’t want to be young in today’s world. I’m somewhat glad to be my age. I’ve lived as a proud and grateful American, and I was fortunate to have an eventful and enjoyable life.…

Producer and Actor, Melissa Rauch, Joins Mick & Mook on 1/24

Melissa Rauch burst into prominence in the role of  Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz (2009-2019) on the  massive CBS hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory,   Melissa was nominated for the ‘Critics’ Choice Television Award’ for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013.  She then used her ‘Big Bang’ experience to start her own production company, After January Productions, with her husband, Winston. After January Prods secured the rights to 80’s hit ‘NIGHT COURT’ in which they currently Executive Produce the revival with Warner…