Emmy winning comedian, Charlie Berens interviews musicians, artists, comedians, creators, and more to talk about their story and connections to the midwest.
Milwaukee-based digital artist and muralist Emma Daisy Gertel joins Charlie this week on the Cripescast to discuss her recent works, the benefits of art in our everyday lives, and the Midwest's potential for harboring vibrant art scenes. For resources concerning the Waukesha parade incident: Find a place to donate blood near you: https://rcblood.org/3FCCGAs Consider donating to the United for Waukesha Community Fund: https://bit.ly/3DO8Ete
On a special episode of the Cripescast, we have not one, but two Olympic medalists and runners for team USA, Molly Seidel and Kenny Bednarek. Also, we got a couple of special guests helping out with the intro, ad reads and outro, Myles “The You Betcha Guy” Montplaisir and Dude Dad, aka Taylor Calmus.
Correspondent for NBC 4-LA, host for IMDb, and host of her own podcast "PRETTYSMART”, Danielle Robay, joins Charlie on the Cripscast this week. They talk about her career, her experience of being a woman in the news industry, and the importance of a Midwest work ethic.
This week Charlie reads an excerpt from his upcoming book "The Midwest Survival Guide" because he messed up and didn't get a guest. Pre-order your copy here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-midwest-survival-guide-charlie-berens?variant=33063504969762
The Record Company's Chris Vos joins Charlie on the Cripescast this week. They discuss Chris' journey from growing up on a farm to his successful music career, their shared love for the Milwaukee Bucks, and the need for more Sheepshead across the world.
April Stone is the last black ash basket weaver of the Bad River Ojibwe people. She joins Charlie on this week's Cripescast to discuss the cultural significance of her craft, Indigenous life in northern Wisconsin and the environmental threats that may upend her passion.
On a very special episode of the Cripescast this week, we have our first-ever Berens family interview with none other than Grandma Sue. She and Charlie talk about her life in Wisconsin, meeting Grandpa Bob, and her love of family and Hallmark movies.
Milwaukee-based Entrepreneur Maanaan Sabir joins Charlie on the Cripescast this week. Maanaan shares tips for being an entrepreneur, navigating racial divides, his various business ventures including Shindig, and the re-opening of the Sherman Phoenix.
Shawna Nicols (aka DJ Shawna) is the official DJ and producer of the Milwaukee Bucks. She joins Charlie on the Cripescast this week to discuss her careers in music and basketball, her love of DJing, Milwaukee's LGBTQ community and her upcoming debut single.
Grammy-winning singer and Wauwatosa native Grace Weber joins the Cripescast this week to talk about her journey in the music industry. She and Charlie discuss the release of her debut album “A Beautiful Space”, her creative process, and the proper way to grill brats.
Scott Laeser, farmer and Water Program Director for Clean Wisconsin, joins Charlie on the Cripescast this week to discuss some of the top water issues facing Wisconsin. They dive deep into many topics surrounding the agriculture industry and offer up some potential solutions for improving Wisconsin’s water.
This week, Charlie is joined by stand-up comedian Leanne Morgan. She talks about the South, her family, finding her truth in comedy, and getting her start selling jewelry at parties. Leanne and Charlie also compare the way we talk in the North vs. the South.
Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Preston Cole, joins Charlie on the Cripescast this week. They discuss PFAS in Wisconsin water, transparency, working with the dairy industry, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the Wisconsin outdoors. To get Grandpa Bob’s Tackle Box head here: https://merch.ambientinks.com/collections/manitowocminute/products/grandpa-bobs-tackle-box
Myles Montplaisir aka Myles the You Betcha Guy rejoins Charlie this week as the Cripescast’s first returning guest. The two discuss their work ethic and business goals, the Sopranos, and of course they give an update on their recent bird watching experiences.
Brad Leone joins Charlie on the Cripescast and shares his experience of becoming a chef and host of It’s Alive with Brad Leone for Bon Appétit. They discuss Brad’s journey through various jobs, his love for rice, and their shared interest in fishing. Brad also gives Charlie some tips on archery, fly fishing and the art of grilled PB&Js.
Jessika Greendeer, Seedkeeper and Farm Manager of Dream of Wild Earth and U.S. Army Combat veteran, joins Charlie for this week’s episode of the CripesCast. Jessika explains her work with Dream of Wild Earth, her efforts to growing and protecting our seed relatives, and her passion to build a prosperous future for the generations of seed growers to come.
This week, the founder of Good Political and Charlie’s longtime friend Josh Burstein joins the CripesCast. The two discuss their similar career paths, their shared interest in politics and entertainment, and reminisce on when Charlie lived in Josh’s closet.
On this week’s CripesCast, Charlie is joined by Mike Gallagher who serves as U.S. Representative of Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district. They talk about conspiracy theories, money in politics, the Capitol riot and of course hunting in Wisconsin.
Access Hollywood Correspondent, sideline reporter for American Ninja Warrior, and Charlie’s former co-host Zuri Hall joins the CripesCast this week. They talk about their careers in the entertainment industry and reminisce on their time working in Dallas.
Country artist Kylie Morgan joins Charlie for this week's episode of the CripesCast to talk about her journey in the music industry. They discuss how she went from writing her first song at 12-years-old to eventually going on the road with big names like Maren Morris, Kip Moore, Little Big Town, and more before the pandemic.
This week on the CripesCast, Charlie talks to Emily Ford who is currently thru-hiking the Ice Age Trail. She will be the first woman and person of color to do this during the winter. They discuss the 1,200 mile journey with her dog Diggins, the pros of unplugging and how Britney Spears is stuck in her head.
This week, Charlie is joined by Sam Floyd, the Founder of Operation Coffee. His company is dedicated to raising awareness about veteran suicide over a cup of his locally-sourced small batch roasted coffee. They discuss how Sam and many other veterans like him struggle with their mental health after serving and how to reach out to them. Interested in buying his coffee? Head to https://shop.operationcoffee.com and find them on Facebook and Instagram @operationcoffeeroasters! Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8244 (and press 1) Visit the Veterans Crisis Line online at https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/hotline Find CripesCast on social too @cripescast for weekly updates and extra content!
Josie Lee, director of the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center, joins Charlie this week on the CripesCast as they discuss the impact that the Ho-Chunk Nation has on the state of Wisconsin. Listen as they unpack crucial topics like racism, representation and rhetoric for the Ho-Chunk people.
"And there is your dagger!" This week Charlie is joined by legendary Green Bay Packers Play-by-Play announcer Wayne Larrivee. They discuss the Packers current Super Bowl chances, how Wayne snuck his way into sportscasting, and achieving his lifelong goal of working for the Packers.
Penn Holderness, who you may recognize as the father and husband of the Holderness Family, joins Charlie on the CripesCast this week to talk about their shared experience of going from local news anchors to content creators. They discuss their creative processes, their similar career paths and how to adapt to the changing demands and trends of social media and the entertainment industry. Charlie also shares a riveting story about finding coyote tracks and scat in the woods. Follow the CripesCast on all socials @cripescast and follow the Holderness Family on all socials @HoldernessFamily!
Scott Evans is not only Charlie's former roommate, he's also the host of World of Dance on NBC, co-host of Access Hollywood and has his own podcast, So Close. He and Charlie discuss the entertainment industry, growing up in the Midwest and of course the dangers of being Charlie's roommate. Before the interview, Charlie also talks about the recent breach of the US Capitol.
From racing go-karts in Wisconsin to racing in NASCAR, Natalie Decker has made quite the name for herself in a very short time. At just 23 she is already one of the top young drivers in the game. Charlie talks with Natalie about her racing career, but also water skiing fails, her love of the Midwest and how to handle the ups and downs of social media.
Singer, songwriter and Charlie's vocal coach, Dot Todman, joins the CripesCast this week to discuss her journey in music. Originally from Canada, Dot shares how she made her way to becoming one of LA's top Vocal Empowerment Coaches and how she developed C.O.R.E Vocal Power method. Listen as Charlie and Dot talk about the importance of meditation and positive thinking, musicality and they even do a little singing.