Whatever with Matt & Dave

Whatever with Matt & Dave

Dave Shalansky and Matt Brand: two guys with 4 eyes, 2 beards, and zero ideas. Join them and their guests as they discuss whatever comes up including life, parenting, careers, and more. Unscripted conversations with real people about real things.


February 27, 2024 75 mins

Dave and Matt are joined by the Broadway legend Fred Berman. Fred is a dad, broadway actor, audiobook narrator, basement drummer, and podcaster. He is currently in his 14th year playing Timon on Broadway in Disney's The Lion King. 

We did a deep dive into broadway, the best blackouts, The Lion King, Hamilton, and Dear Evan Hansen. We cover acting in general and most importantly, how to properly fart on stage. 

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Dave and Matt are joined by the world famous Corey Jackson. Corey is a dad, non-profit fundraising expert, and the person behind the curtain of all of the best pranks Matt has ever been part of. He and Matt have known each other since grade school, were college roommates, and were basically common-law married until they both actually got married. 

We had a great fun talking with Corey about college shenanigans, his background worki...

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February 13, 2024 67 mins

Dave and Matt are joined by JP Sarro. JP is a dad, actor, and podcaster. If you were around in the 80s, you're going to want to tune in to hear us round-robin our top mall stores from that decade. If you had Orange Julius, Strawberries, or Lechmere on your bingo card, you'd win. If you had CVS, you'd be Dave.

We had a really fun time chatting with JP about nostalgia, acting, and his wrestling podcast (with average runtimes of 5-7 h...

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February 6, 2024 93 mins

Dave and Matt are joined by Bryan Cogman. Bryan is a dad, producer, and writer. We're pretty sure you've never heard of one of the shows he's written for and produced on but it was a fairly unknown little production called "Game of Thrones"...or something like that.

Bryan, Dave, and Matt discussed the infamous "Starbucks Cup" situation from GoT (#spoiler - not a Starbucks Cup), how he got the gig to begin with, working around the w...

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January 30, 2024 106 mins

Dave and Matt are joined, finally, by Nicholas Calhoun. Nick is a girl dad, actor, writer, and entrepreneur. Nick is also the person who designed the Whatever (and DadPod before it) logo.

We had a great conversation about acting, confidence, parenting, goals for the new year (or not having goals), comedy sensitivity, and more.

If you want more information about Nick, check out his website: https://nickcalhoun.com/

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January 23, 2024 113 mins

Dave and Matt are joined by the incredible Cassie Brown. Cassie is a fitness professional who does personal training and wellness coaching for individuals and corporations. She has her own fitness app and her website is bstrongbwell.com.

We had a great conversation about health, wellness, using social media, and how even though she's from Maine, she's gotten "weather-soft" now that she lives in Southern California. She even gives u...

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January 16, 2024 91 mins

Dave and Matt welcome the incredible Ryan Montbleau to the pod. Ryan and Matt grew up together in the great city of Peabody, Massachusetts. Ryan is a singer, songwriter, and an all-around incredible musician. His latest album, "Wood, Fire, Water, and Air" is not only great music but also does a fantastic job of using an Oxford comma in its name. 

Matt and Dave talk with Ryan about his musical journey, some of the great venues he's ...

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January 9, 2024 74 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Anna Shagalov to the pod. 

Anna, a mother of a two, joins Dave and Matt for a conversation that spans the multi-verse of topics including how the real estate business works, the psychology of real estate, doors with no locks, whatever Taco Friday is, and more.

Information about Anna can be found here: https://www.bhsusa.com/real-estate-agent/anna-shagalov

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January 2, 2024 105 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Dr. Shai Fuxman to the pod. 

Shai, a father of a two (1 son and 1 daughter), has his masters and doctorate degrees in Education, is a political (both local and national) junky, and speaks 3 languages. We had a great discussion about being a parent and educator during the pandemic, how he thinks Matt should get 8 masters degrees in the time it took him to get 1 doctorate, and [trigger warning] not being a great...

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January 1, 2024 8 mins

On this VERY special episode, Dave and Matt discuss our name-change from "DadPod" to "Whatever." 

DadPod started as a podcast BY 2 dads with interesting guests to talk about parenting, careers, health, and more. Understanding that the name might have been confusing for some who think that the topic was ONLY dad-related, and that the topic of conversation typically ends up being "whatever" the guests want to talk about, Dave and Mat...

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December 19, 2023 82 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Sara Isaacson to the pod. 

Sara is a long-time friend of Dave's, a mom of a 16-month-old baby girl, and a Hollywood Casting Director at the top of her game. She has been the casting director for shows like "Chicago Fire", "Chicago Med", and the upcoming Amazon series, "On Call." We had a great conversation about being a new mom, dealing with teething, eating, going out in public with a baby, and even a bit abo...

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December 12, 2023 93 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Kevin D'Ambrosio to the pod. 

Kevin is a long-time friend of Matt's starting way back in the 4th grade. We talk about his career as an actor and motivational speaker, growing up with a disability, how awesome his family is, shared theater experiences, and more. 

You can find out more about Kevin, including information about 2 of the short films he's in, including Super Inspired, at https://www.kevindambrosio.c...

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December 5, 2023 79 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Patrick "Frank" Gallo to the pod.

Patrick has 1 son. Patrick claims he doesn't like to be recorded but that didn't stop him from not only barging in to say hello and also playing an incredible (almost unbelievable piano solo. Patrick is an actor, most recently seen in the Paramount+ mini-series, The Offer, where he played Mario Puzzo, author of The Godfather. Patrick has also appeared in The Irishman, The Deu...

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Dave and Matt welcome Diana Rice to the pod.

Diana has 2 daughters, is a registered dietician, and the owner of Tiny Seed Family Nutrition (https://tinyseednutrition.com/). Diana teaches us all about the Anti-Diet framework and methodology and how to be healthy while working to break the cultural norms around what the "ideal" body looks like. It's a great and fun conversation and we think, just like we did, you'll learn some reall...

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November 21, 2023 72 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Alex Sherman to the pod.

Alex has 3 sons and is a media reporter for CNBC. Even though he's from the Boston area, Alex is a lifelong 49ers fan. Dave, Matt, and Alex talk about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, his career, cell phones for kids, and his most recent article about Bob Iger, Bob Chapek, and leadership at Disney

Alex can be found on X at @sherman4949 and regularly on CNBC.

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November 14, 2023 77 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Liz Berman to the pod.

Liz has a son (18) and a daughter (16). She runs her own business, The Sleepy Baker, and bakes the very best desserts so you should try them. Liz, Dave, and Matt chatted about what it was like to send her son to college, the baking industry and how she wants to rumble with both Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines, why Matt thinks nobody wants to eat vegetables for dessert (Carrot Cake, he's ...

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November 7, 2023 76 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Bobby Shanes to the pod.

Bobby is a single dad who lives with his son and daughter in Los Angeles. He is a real estate agent and a financial advisor. Bobby, Dave, and Matt discuss screen time, learning what crushes are, and eating cereal before bed. 

For more information about Bobby's business, Home Advisor LA, check out his website: https://www.homeadvisorla.com/

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October 31, 2023 71 mins

Dave and Matt welcome John Frank Levey to the pod.

John has 2 kids, both grown and out of the house and is one of the most prolific Casting Directors in Hollywood. He has yet to cast Matt in anything. We discuss the casting process, discovering actors who would become mega-stars, how he's grown in his career, and more.

John Frank Levey is a four-time Emmy Award-winning casting director. He has cast such iconic television shows as ...

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October 24, 2023 96 mins

Dave and Matt welcome Sara Haines (Mom, Co-Host of The View, and Host of ABC's The Chase) to the pod. We talk about her path to television hosting, how her kids feel about her celebrity (spoiler alert: they don't care), and how her athletic prowess far surpasses Matt's - which Matt finds very insulting. We spend a lot of time laughing about a lot of things. At least Matt didn't get dropped by Spider-Man on a live, and very national...

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Dave and Matt welcome Graham Sibley to the pod.

Graham is a dad with twin sons who are 4. He is also an actor and while he has a long list of credits to his name, recently he had the opportunity to play Abraham Lincoln in a History Channel mini-series of the same name. Graham, Dave, and Matt chatted about a variety of topics including the process of getting cast as Abraham Lincoln, raising twins through COVID, and quite a bit more...

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