Alias Smith and LeRoi
By Alias Smith and LeRoi
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Alias Smith and LeRoi - The Podcast features Emmy Award winning comedian/writer/producer Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris/ Head of State) and Comedian/Actor Owen Smith (The Arsenio Hall Show/ Whitney) focusing on artists and entertainers of color that they find interesting and believe you will too. It's all real talk. No holds barred. Stay tuned at the end of each podcast for the featured beat... great pieces of music we found on the web that we also thought you might enjoy.
||Explicit406: Milauna Jackson Pt. 2||Milauna Jemai Jackson. We're saying it again because you need to get used to hearing it. You'll be seeing a lot more of her. The tough thing in this business about being on the brink, is that you still can't see on the other side.||6/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit405: Milauna Jackson Pt.1||Milauna Jemai Jackson is flipping the script on what a black actress can do in Hollywood. For starters, don't do it in Hollywood. With a breakout role in the hit Cinemax action series "Strike Back", Milauna is a one-woman American Invasion,||6/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit404: Omar Dorsey Pt. 2||Omar Dorsey has more than a few things to say about more than a few things. That's why there's a part two to this conversation. His story is about turning up, turning around, turning down, and turning it out.||5/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit403: Omar Dorsey Pt. 1||- Omar Dorsey is that dude. That's probably what you say when you see him in another film, another tv show, where he comes in and wrecks it, because that's what he did the last time you saw him. "That's that dude!" Well,||5/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit402: Sunny Anderson||You cannot rain on Sunny Anderson's parade. She is a self contained eco-system where everything always turns out right. Not that it starts out that way, because into every life a little rain must fall. But when she unleashes her megawatt mindset,||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit401: John Ridley||John Ridley is a writer. In the truest sense of the word. If it can be written, he probably wrote one. Books, television shows, movies, columns, blogs... Maybe not a play, yet, but give him time. And he's crossed genres from comedy to drama to biopics .||3/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit312: Tiffany Haddish||She Ready. That's what you remember after an encounter with Tiffany Haddish. Comedienne/Actress/Energy Producer, she is a triple threat of her own making. It's not easy to pin her down, which is why she also fancies herself a "Unicorn." Yes,||3/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit311: Royale Watkins||Royale Watkins doesn't get shook. After a stint in Desert Storm, taking the stage at Def Jam was a cakewalk. While Bernie Mac said he wasn't scared, Royale didn't have to say a word. They knew. With a cold hard stare and an easy smile,||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit310: Cheo Hodari Coker||Stanford by way of Brooklyn, writer Cheo Hodari Coker takes the street cred game to another level. As a journalist with Vibe Magazine he was a written bridge to hip hop, giving us an inside look at that world and it's personalities in a way that made||1/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit309: Todd Bridges Pt. 2||"You Are Here." That should be the name of The Autobiography of Todd Bridges. Because the thing that he has, the thing that he has always had, as a child, as a star, as a man, is that no matter where he is, he is absolutely able to inhabit that space,||12/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit308: Todd Bridges Pt. 1||Todd Bridges. The poster child for bad s**t happening to child actors. You've heard the rumors. You've heard all sorts of stories. It's worse than what you were ever told. But if the sun is gonna come out tomorrow, it's going to shine on Todd.||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit307: Dondre T. Whitfield Pt. 2||Life is the gym for Dondre Whitfield. Everyday, he gets up, gets in the ring and sweats it out. Every audition. Every callback. Every role. Every day. And if it's true you only get out of it what you put into it, what Dondre gets is motivation.||12/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit306: Dondre T. Whitfield Pt. 1||Dondre Whitfield is a Real Husband of Hollywood. He met her when he was just a teenager and fell in love. He's been with her ever since. Through the ups and downs, the sunny days and the rain, the times when she treated him like he was the only one sh||12/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit305: Gina Prince-Bythewood||Gina Prince-Bythewood will not look you in your eye. She will however, stare straight through your soul. With a soft smile and a killer instinct, she worked her way up through the ranks of show business, quietly not taking "no" for an answer as she's||11/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit304: Tyler James Williams||It's all in his eyes. They're his secret weapon. It's what he uses to take in all of the information that he's going to spit back at you in two or three takes. They say a lot when he says a little. It's good for an actor to have a move. That's his move.||11/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit303: Tichina Arnold||Tichina Arnold is funny. We know this because no matter how funny the person is who was hired because they were supposed to be funnier than her, she always walks away with a laugh. Always. If there were such a thing as comedy gold,||11/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit302: Lena Waithe||Lena Waithe ain't go no time for that. If you think you're hustlin', if you think you're grindin', think again. Here's the difference between you and her. She does not have time to talk about what she's doing because she's too busy doing it. From P.A.||11/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit301: Russell Simmons||Russell Simmons. Uncle Rush. Hip Hop was just music before Russell Simmons turned it into an industry. Between Run-DMC, Phat Farm, Def Comedy Jam, and most recently All Def Digital, Russell Simmons has displayed a creative vision which has positioned h.||10/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit212: Bill Bellamy||Booty Call. It's rare that you can trace a phrase that has become so entrenched in our culture that you don't know where it came from, back to where it came from. Bill Bellamy is ground zero for making comedy, sexy, fresh, and fun.||10/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit211: André Cymone||Andre Cymone used to play bass with Prince. It was not just a job. It was an adventure. And it's what he did. It is not who he was. It's a lifetime later and with the release of his first collection of music in over 25 years, Andre has something to say.||10/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit210: Affion Crockett||Who is Affion Crockett? Pretty much anybody he wants to be. Calling Affion a gifted impressionist would be selling him short. He's an actor. He's a stand-up. He's a dancer. He's a filmmaker. And he's the voices of a generation. Yes. Voices. Chris Rock.||9/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit209: Lalah Hathaway||The First Daughter of Soul. That is a name you don't just give to anyone. Unless she's Lalah Hathaway. Have there been other children of other iconic soul singers? Yes. But only one is the daughter of Donny Hathaway, and only one can sing like Lalah.||9/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit208: Luenell||To know Luenell is to love her. She is the light that catches your eye when you come into a room. It's not the head of platinum blonde hair, mind you, it's the sparkle in her eye. It's this force of nature disguised as a black woman with a bunch of j||8/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit207: Maronzio Vance||At the end of the day Maronzio Vance is right. Just know that's what you're up against when you begin a conversation with a comedian who without even trying has the ability to ruffle feathers from the fringes of the comedy world to the penthouses of th.||8/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit206: Brandon T. Jackson||Brandon T. Jackson is on a mission. After bursting into show business somewhere around the ripe old age of 16 as one of the "Teens of Comedy", he's on the verge. "Of what?", you might ask. He's already famous. Which he's none to happy about.||7/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit205: Barry Katz Pt. 2||Barry Katz thought he told you that he won't stop. As one of the most successful talent managers in the business, he was at ground zero building careers for names like Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Dave Chappelle and more...||7/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit204: Barry Katz Pt. 1||Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Barry Katz is a name you probably don't know, but as one of the most successful talent managers in the business, he has had his hands stirring a pot that's been bringing you some of the most amazing names.||7/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit203: Simone Shepherd||Simone Shepherd. The time it takes you to spell her name is about the same amount of time it's taken her to turn the game on it's side. She's the "six seconds Doug. E. Fresh you're on" of the internet. When Vines came along,||6/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit202: Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan||The Green is for the money. The Gold is for the honey. If you've never heard that phrase before then you've never spoken to the Bishop Don "Magic" Juan. Pimp turned Preacher, the man has a way with words. He has a way with women.||5/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit201: Kali Hawk||Here are two things you need to know about Kali Hawk; - 1) Don't box her in. 2) Don't bring her down. - Ever evolving, she seems at times like a four year old bouncing around inside the circus of thoughts serving as her brain,||5/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit112: Reggie Hudlin||Reggie Hudlin is like Visa. He's everywhere you wanna be. Movies. TV. Comic Books. The Executive suite. P-Funk bbq. ( We don't know if he's actually been to a P-Funk bbq, but it's not unlikely.) He's a director, a writer, a producer, a suit,||5/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit111: Sinbad Pt. 2||When you get Sinbad on the mic, good luck getting him off. He lives for this. When people say "funny is funny" -- that's Sinbad. If Cosby is the master, and Pryor is... well, Pryor... then Sinbad is just plain funny. Whenever, wherever, howeve||5/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit110: Sinbad Pt. 1||Sinbad got jokes. Like when people say "funny is funny" -- that's Sinbad. If Cosby is the master, and Pryor is... well, Pryor... then Sinbad is just plain funny. Whenever, wherever, however. There's no act he can't follow.||5/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit109: LisaRaye||Her friends call her LisaRaye. Not Lisa. Thank you. A lot of things have been said about LisaRaye. Gossip, blogs, tweets, tabloids... a lot of it's not true. A lot of it is. If you want to know what's what, ask her. She'll tell you. Now,||5/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit108: Debbie Allen||Fame. Debbie Allen has that. How'd she get it? Beauty, brains, perseverance, and talent are the cornerstones that turned her into the triple threat choreographer/ actress/director that we know her as today.||5/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit107: Malcolm Lee||Malcolm Lee makes movies. But in the world of black filmmakers he holds a special spot. When you think about African-American love stories or romantic comedies, a few films immediately come to mind... Love and Basketball, Boomerang, Love Jones,||4/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit106: Dean Edwards Pt. 2||Dean Edwards has voices inside his head. And they took up a lot of time. So this podcast turned into a two parter. If you don't know Dean you should. He was the first guy I ever saw do a “Denzel”, years back when he was still on Saturday Night Live||4/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit105: Dean Edwards Pt. 1||Dean Edwards has voices inside his head. They've been there for a while. He was the first guy I ever saw do a "Denzel", years back when he was still on Saturday Night Live. Fact - There are more black NFL coaches than there are Black SNL dudes.||4/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit104: Tamala Jones||Tamala Jones is a quiet storm. She’s spent most of her umpteen-plus years in Hollywood minding her business and racking up credits. Unlike many of the Blactresses that wander the mean streets of LA, she’s managed to keep her dance card full.||4/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit103: Lil Rel||Lil Rel Howery will not be ignored. An old soul trapped inside the body of a young dude, he seems cut from the same cloth as Robin Harris and Bernie Mac, with a touch of Martin thrown in to flavor the taste.||3/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit102: Leslie Jones||When we sat down with Leslie Jones to talk about comedy, being a big chick, and why there were no black women on SNL, she had not yet been called to audition for the show, which would ultimately end up with her being hired as a staff writer. -||3/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit101: Ernest Dickerson||When we sat down with Ernest Dickerson as our inaugural guest, we had no idea where the conversation would really go. Not the typical talking head, we found Ernest to be insightful, genuine, and passionate about his craft. - He's soft spoken,||2/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
I have been listening to this podcast for the past year now. I must say that I find it very fascinating and informative. I am a educator in the state of Texas and live a life far from the Hollywood industry, lol. Listening to Smith and Leroi helps me to relax and put aside the stresses of being a teacher. However, I do have a few friendly complaints.
1. Owen, it's hard to hear you sometimes. Maybe you're talking low or I can't hear, lol.
2. Please upload new episodes. It's been too long.
Other than that it's all good!
We need more Eps!!! They average an episode every 3 months :(
Unique voices in the podcasting world
Not to say these guys are defining their podcast by them being black, but a diversity of voices is lacking in podcasts in general. They don't revolve their podcasts around race, but it's nice to hear people similarly funny to the other podcasts I listen to, but from different backgrounds which drive what makes them interesting to listen to. Great interviews, often funny, and sometimes insightful.