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Steve Dawson

Born and raised in Columbia, Steve has always been interested in the stories that concern Mid-Missourians. After ten years as an actor/improvisor in Chicago and Los Angeles, Steve is happy to return home and attend the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. In Columbia, Steve has been a commercial spokesman for several spots on ABC 17/FOX 22. He also serves as a guest host for Accent on Swing on 89.5 KOPN.

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has been elected as the Representative for the Fourth District of Missouri. She based her campaign on a platform of agricultural issues, healthcare, and federal government involvement.

She is critical of the Affordable Care Act and seeks to limit the powers of the measure. Hartzler is a member of the Armed Services committee in the Missouri House of Reps.

Hartzler,  a supporter of Donald Trump says she thinks he will "bring real change that Washington needs and so I hope that by the end of the night, he ends up prevailing. We don’t need four more years of the economy being stagnant, and with failed foreign policy that Hillary Clinton will bring with her.”

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For some particularly prolific actors, it seems easier to name TV shows and films they haven’t been on rather than list the ones they have. David Koechner is one of these actors. David has over 150 credits on his resume-- some of his most popular work include films like Get Smart, Snakes on a Plane, Wag the Dog, and his starring role as sportscaster Champ Kind in the Anchorman film series. On TV, David has had roles in The Goldbergs, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office. David also spent a season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He continues to act in film and television, and tours the country performing stand-up comedy. To find out David’s tour dates, visit, or follow him on Twitter @DavidKoechner.

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As a farmer and a member of the House Agricultural Committee, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s stance on agricultural issues are often tied with her desire for less federal government involvement in state issues.

She said restrictions from organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency are taking money away from Missouri farmers. Hartzler pointed to changes in certain EPA regulations, such as the Waters of the U.S. These changes have made it, she said, so that “the federal government will control ninety-nine percent of the land.”  

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As an actor, comedian, improviser, and podcaster, Kevin McDonald is a man of many talents. Although Kevin has appeared as a guest star on almost every hit TV show in the last 15 years, he is probably most well known as a founding member of the legendary Canadian sketch group The Kids in the Hall. Produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, the show ran for five seasons on HBO and CBS. This Comedian's Life talked to Kevin about how the troupe got started, his new podcast, and why as a child he used to see costumed pickles walk by his house. To listen to his new podcast Kevin McDonald's Kevin McDonald Show, visit iTunes or You can also find Kevin on Twitter @kevinthekith. 

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Comedian. Host. Fake Republican from Ohio. In his show business career, Paul Gilmartin has had many different titles. Born and raised in Illinois, Paul started his stand-up career in Chicago. In 1995 Paul was tapped to host Dinner and a Movie on TBS. To Paul's surprise, the show ran for a whopping 16 years. Near the end of the show's run, Paul started hosting a self-help podcast called The Mental Illness Happy Hour. Paul interviews a variety of guests whose lives have been affected by mental illness, depression or trauma. It is one of the most popular self-help podcasts on iTunes. Paul is also the creator of Richard Martin, a deeply conservative representative from Ohio's 19th District. Paul has played Rep. Martin on podcasts, interviews, and at the Aspen Comedy Festival. For more information about Rep. Richard Martin, visit The Mental Illness Happy Hour is on iTunes, or at

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A "comic's comic" usually refers to a veteran comedian who is respected among their peers in the stand-up business, but may have not attained commercial success.  

After 25 years in the business, Adam Ferrara has the distinction of not only being a commercially successful comic, but also one who is known as a veteran "comic's comic" by his peers. When he's not touring the country performing stand-up, Adam has had recurring acting roles on hit TV shows like Nurse Jackie and Rescue Me. Adam is an avid car enthusiast, and in 2010 he was tapped to be the host of Top Gear USA, the American version of the popular British automotive racing show. This Comedian's Life talked to Adam about cars, cursing, and the meaning of the phrase "no-pants weekend." Adam will appear at the Kansas City Improv July 14-17. To find out more about Adam, visit his website at, or follow him on Twitter @adamferrara.

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Phillip Keene has always been a hard worker. He started working day jobs at age 12, and his work ethic eventually propelled him to a successful acting career. He played Buzz Watson for seven seasons on The Closer on TNT, and reprised the role in its spin-off series Major Crimes, currently airing Monday nights on TNT. Phillip didn't start professionally acting until later in life, but along the way he has had a host of different jobs. One of his most memorable was for Pan Am World Airways, which eventually led him to a current place on the board of the Pan Am Museum Foundation. The foundation seeks to create a museum on Long Island, NY, and help to train and educate students in lower-income areas around the city. Phillip can be seen on Major Crimes at 10/9c on TNT. For more information, visit Phillip's Twitter account @phillipkeene.

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Jake "The Snake" Roberts is one of the most notorious figures in professional wrestling history. Jake was born in Gainesville, TX and started competing in several Southern-based wrestling circuits in the 1970s. Jake quickly rose up the wrestling ranks. In 1986 he joined the top professional wrestling organization in the world: the World Wrestling Federation. Jake's dark persona, intensity and famous "DDT" finishing move made him one of the most popular villains in the WWF. For almost every match, Jake brought a 15-foot python into the ring with him, and used it to wage psychological warfare against his opponents. Near the end of his wrestling career, Jake fought a long-time addiction to drugs and alcohol. Jake got sober in 2012, and was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2014. He now tours the country using humor to talk about addiction, life, and wrestling stories. Jake is also the subject of the 2015 documentary The Resurrection of Jake the Snake. Jake will be at the Kansas City Improv on July 11. For more information about Jake, visit

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It's difficult to describe Faith Salie's career in just a few words. Earlier in life she attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In Los Angeles, Faith appeared on TV shows like Married...with Children, Sweet Valley High and Sex and the City. After leaving the acting world, Faith set her sights on journalism. Now, she is a contributor for CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! During her time with CBS News Sunday Morning, the show received two Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Morning Program." Faith recently released a book called Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring too Much. Through several hilarious and personal stories, Faith talks about her lifelong need for approval. This Comedian's Life talked to Faith about her new book, fake eyelashes, and working with Potsie from Happy Days.  For more information about Faith or to buy her book, visit You can find Faith on Twitter @Faith_Salie.

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Actor and improviser Horatio Sanz was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Chicago. As he got older, Horatio made a name for himself on the improv stages around town. Horatio’s improv prowess led to an eight-year tenure as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. During his years on the show, Horatio was a part of some  famous sketches, including “Debbie Downer” and the legendary “Cowbell” sketch.

Horatio continues to perform improv today, and hosts his own podcast, The Hooray Show with producer Chad Krueger. This Comedian’s Life talked to Horatio about his I Dream of Jeannie-inspired nickname, his SNL audition, and how he got arrested in the name of comedy. To listen to The Hooray Show visit You can also follow Horatio on Twitter @MrHoratioSanz. 

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Brad Sherwood is one of the most recognizable faces in the improvisation world. Brad has been a cast member on three versions of the popular improvisational TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, including the current version which airs on the CW Network. Brad tours the U.S. and Canada with fellow Whose Line cast member Colin Mochrie in a two-man improvisational show, An Evening With Colin and Brad. This Comedian's Life talked to Brad about playing to international audiences, the valuable lessons he learned from MAD Magazine, and the similarities between improv and sky diving. For more information visit, or follow Brad on Twitter @TheBradSherwood.  

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Tom Cotter got his start as a stand-up comedian growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, and began doing open-mics at the nearby Boston comedy clubs. Tom got his big break on season 7 of America's Got Talent. Tom was the runner-up that season-- the highest place any comedian had achieved on the history of the show until that point. Tom has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, and Premium Blend. Tom is also the author of a parenting "advice" book called Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful ParentingThis Comedian's Life talked with Tom about his unique rise to fame, performing with Joan Rivers, and the "un-reality" of reality television. 


It's not an exaggeration to say that Colin Mochrie is one of the most well-known improvisers in the world. Colin has been a regular on the most popular improvisational show on television, Whose Line Is It Anyway? for almost thirty years.

Colin not only does the TV show, now airing on CW network, but also tours the world in a live show with Whose Line co-star Brad Sherwood. Colin is also the author of the book Not Quite the Classics. This Comedian's Life talked to Colin about his career in improv, the difference between British and American audiences, and why Canadians are so funny. You can see Colin on the summer premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Monday, May 23. 

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Boston-born character actor Patrick Renna is best known for his role as Hamilton "Ham" Porter in the iconic 1993 baseball film The Sandlot. Since then, Patrick has kept busy in films like Son in Law, The Big Green, and  Fear, Inc., which recently premiered at the 2016  Tribeca Film Festival. Last year, Patrick starred in and produced the independent film Bad Roomies. This Comedian's Life talked to Patrick about his early success as a child actor, his iconic line in The Sandlot, and his most intimidating audition ever. 

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Jimmy Pardo is a pioneer. For ten years he has hosted the popular podcast Never Not Funny, and has welcomed guests like Paul Reiser, Amy Poehler, and Jon Cryer. Jimmy is also one of the most respected comedians working today, and continues to tour around the country. 

For several years Jimmy worked on both Conan and The Tonight Show as the opening act for Conan O' Brien. Jimmy is heavily involved with the charity Smile Train, an organization that provides surgery to fix cleft lips for children who otherwise couldn't afford it. This Comedian's Life talked to Jimmy about giving back, working for Conan, and his long-time friendship with actor Jon Hamm. Jimmy will be performing live at the Funny Bone in St. Louis on June 3rd and 4th. Tickets can be purchased at For more information about Smile Train, go to


Margaret Cho is one of the most recognizable comedians working today. Margaret started at an early age, and had early success starring in her own sitcom All-American Girl for ABC. Since then, Margaret has established herself as one of the most versatile artists in show business. 

Aside from her successful stand-up specials, Margaret is the best-selling author of books like I'm the One That I Want and I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight. Margaret is also well-known for her work with the homeless and LGBTQ community. Recently, Margaret released the 90s-inspired musical album American Myth, available on iTunes and This Comedian's Life chatted with Margaret about being a teenage comic, how Rue McClanahan helped her on the Golden Girls sequel, and the life lessons she received from Joan Rivers. For more information, visit Margaret's website at


Larry Miller is one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood. He's appeared in several iconic movies and TV shows including Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Pretty Woman. Larry is also a mainstay in the mostly-improvised films of director Christopher Guest. Larry was in some of Guest's most critically successful films including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. This Comedian's Life talked with Larry about his beginnings as a stand-up comedian in New York, and how he became long-time friends with Jerry Seinfeld.


Kevin Nealon is among the few people to sit in the "Weekend Update" news anchor chair on Saturday Night Live. During his nine-year tenure on the show, Kevin played in memorable pieces including "Hans and Franz" and his "Update" character Mr. Subliminal. After Saturday Night Live, Kevin joined the cast of the long-running Showtime series Weeds. Aside from being an actor, Kevin is an accomplished comedian, and continues to tour the U.S. and Canada. This Comedian's Life talked to Kevin about stage fright, Saturday Night Live, and the best TV appearance he ever had.

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Adam Carolla is a comedian, radio personality, and podcaster. He was the host of The Man Show on Comedy Central and the nationally syndicated radio program Loveline. Adam is the author of the New York Times best-selling books President Me, and Not Taco Bell Material. Adam's podcast, The Adam Carolla Show holds the Guinness Book of World Record for "most downloaded podcast." This Comedian's Life talked with Adam about his podcast, his family, and his childhood visit to the Lawry's Seasonings plant.

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Brian Treece announced Wednesday he will run for mayor of the City of Columbia.

Treece was appointed by the Columbia City Council in 2008 to serve on the first Downtown Columbia Leadership Council. Last year, the City Council asked the DLC to review infrastructure issues facing downtown Columbia, including recommendations to restore public confidence in the city’s planning process. Treece currently serves as the Chairman of the Downtown Leadership Council.