Entertaining Insights with Dr. Nancy Berk

Entertaining Insights with Dr. Nancy Berk

Entertaining Insights is the podcast that highlights life lessons, laughs, and great entertainment. Join host, clinical psychologist, comic and author Dr. Nancy Berk and special celebrity and expert guests as they discuss their fascinating journeys and insights. Packed with powerful advice, simple suggestions, and a dose of humor, Entertaining Insights will help you create your most positive, fun, and productive to-do lists.... Show More

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Comedian Julia Scotti joins Nancy to discuss age and gender in the comedy world, her Showtime special More Funny Women of a Certain Age, and her career journey—including the experience of becoming a quarter finalist and fan favorite on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent and the impact of revealing her personal story of becoming a woman of transgendered experience via the primetime stage (1:20).

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Veteran entertainer Tony Orlando joins Nancy to discuss his non-stop music career from hit records like “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”, “Candida”, and “Knock Three Times” to his seventies television variety show 'Tony Orlando and Dawn', life on the road and a future Broadway musical (1:37). Plus, more on Tony’s volunteer work with military veterans and his love for the fans.

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NASA astronaut Col. Nick Hague joins Nancy to discuss life lessons from his career journey, his time on the International Space Station, and the powerful support networks that contribute to success and the human exploration of space (1:21).

Plus, Nick’s wife Col. Catie Hague joins the conversation to talk about dual career relationships, co-parenting, and sheltering in place with an astronaut (27:58). And the Hagues share their ...

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Emmy Award winner Alan Zweibel joins Nancy to discuss his incredible comedy journey from teenage joke writer to legendary television comedy writer (Saturday Night Live, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm), screenwriter, and best-selling author, his new memoir Laugh Lines, and life lessons from decades of comedy collaboration (1:37-42:18).

Plus, Nancy shares her magazine humor column on RV travel which has her rethin...

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Actor and child advocate Paul Petersen joins Nancy to discuss Hollywood, his childhood role on the iconic sitcom The Donna Reed Show, his latest book celebrating the television show’s 60th anniversary, The Donna Reed Show: A Pictorial Memoir, and his work to protect children in the arts (1:30).

Plus, Nancy talks about using retro television shows and great memories to generate a little positive energy (29:47).

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Comedy veteran Tammy Pescatelli joins Nancy to discuss her career journey, new solo special Tammy Pescatelli’s Way After School Special, Showtime’s More Funny Women of a Certain Age, the changing face of comedy and the importance of giving back to your community (2:09).

Plus Nancy talks with jazz pianist and entertainment lawyer David Gurwin about the implications of social distancing and mandated closures on performers, venues, ...

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Comedian Nicky Paris joins Nancy to discuss his comedy strategy and multifaceted career from stand-up stage and television to podcast personality and co-host on Daddy Issues with Dean McDermott and Adam Hunter (2:06).

Find out more about segment sponsor the Finding Brave podcast (1:42, 33:31).

Plus Nancy reviews the pressures of beginning projects during difficult times and suggestions for starting if the circumstances allow (33:...

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Nancy remembers country music icon Kenny Rogers (August 21, 1938 - March 20, 2020) and shares her 2015 conversation with the legend when he joined her on the podcast to discuss his farewell tour, new album, Grammy Award-winning career, collaborations, and happiness.

When it comes to music, Rogers told Nancy, “You need to touch as many people as possible.” And his music did just that. Celebrate the legacy and life of Kenny Rogers by...

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Comedian and producer Carole Montgomery joins Nancy to discuss her new Showtime special More Funny Women of a Certain Age, the power and support of women in comedy, confronting ageism in entertainment, and highlighting the talent of others (1:44).

Watch the trailer: More Funny Women of a Certain Age.

Find out more about segment sponsor the Finding Brave podcast (1:20, 32:47).

Plus Nancy talks with Patrick Hughes, CEO and Presiden...

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Cory B. Savage joins Nancy to discuss his atypical career journey and new role as CEO of new record label One Vision Music Group (1:26), the power of developing skillsets, the importance of brand strategy, and how authenticity can build the best artists.

Plus Nancy talks with custom guitar builder Ron Mason about his later in life decision to become a luthier and begin his business RWM Guitars (32:39).

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R&B hitmaker Johnny Gill joins Nancy to discuss the inspiration behind his music and latest album Game Changer II, the debut single “Soul of a Woman” and music video with Tiffany Haddish. And Gill reveals whether we can expect a New Edition reunion (1:23).

Find out more about segment sponsor Rock and Romance Cruise (1:02).

Plus Nancy shares an opportunity for women screenwriters from The Writers Lab— the creative force that is...

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Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and producer Mike Reiss joins Nancy to discuss his career journey including decades with The Simpsons, his books, advice for writers in a competitive industry, (1:37) and upcoming appearance at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (35:10). 

Plus Nancy shares a magazine humor column inspired by goats (47:12).

Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:15).

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Author Amy Ephron joins Nancy to discuss The Other Side of the Wall, the third book in her trilogy for young readers, her creative career, and writing process (1:54). Plus, website developer Rene Morozowich offers some tips and strategies for creating an effective website (31:29).

Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:34).

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Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman joins Nancy to discuss the history and highlights of the legendary New York City comedy institution, why famous Comedy Cellar alums keep coming back, and the ever-changing world of stand-up (1:27). Plus, television comedy writer, producer and stand-up Joel Madison (Roseanne, Crashing) shares a lesson learned from the comedy stage (37:07).

Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:...

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Comedian Wendy Liebman joins Nancy to discuss her stand-up journey from earlier performances to popular late night show appearances and comedy specials, and the importance of mentoring and being memorable (1:48). Plus, a review of the popular Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (22:00, 25:23) and a humor essay that helped change Nancy’s writing world (37:48).

Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:25).

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Emmy Award-winning cartoonist Cathy Guisewite joins Nancy to discuss the history of her daily comic strip Cathy, finding humor in challenging topics, her creative process, why she ended the popular comic strip after three decades, and her new book Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault (1:45).

Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:22).

And to kick off the new year, career success and work-life expert Kathy Caprin...

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Singer-songwriter Kalie Shorr joins Nancy to discuss her acclaimed album Open Book, the Song Suffragettes and the changing culture for women in music, performing with music idols and finding your unique creative voice (1:31).

Need some last minute gift ideas? Nancy is joined by entertainment writer Megan McLachlan for some entertainment-driven suggestions (29:20).

Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:11).

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Karolyn Grimes joins Nancy to discuss her childhood role as Zuzu Bailey in Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, working with the director and Jimmy Stewart, and how the film came back into her life decades after its release (1:23).

Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:02).

Do you have a little family-driven comedy or stress during the holidays? Maybe you’ll recognize a few of these characters from Nancy’s hu...

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Improv favorite Abby McEnany joins Nancy to discuss her new Showtime series Work in Progress, sharing her very personal story and struggles onscreen, and the importance of creating a dialogue for learning (1:31).

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Find out more about segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:07).

Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office offers up advice on how to get involved in local filmmaking (32:40).

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Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Grant joins Nancy to discuss her Christmas music, creative growth and finding inspiration in reconnecting with yourself (2:08).

Find out more about our segment sponsor Ultimate Disco Cruise (1:50).

Nancy adds a little holiday humor with her take on greeting cards from her award-winning humor column (34:05). And listen to this episode’s takeaway tip (38:30).

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