Monthly Archives: June 2015

#152 – John Starks



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 152 - John Starks

This week, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Tommy’s new daughter Katie, how fireworks and toddlers don’t mix, and they bring on former New York Knicks star John Starks.

When we were kids some of us wanted to become professional athletes in our favorite sports. I wanted to either be a running back in the NFL or a point guard in the NBA. I didn’t make it to that level, but there are kids with those aspirations that made their dream become a reality. As a young boy, John Starks knew he wanted to become a professional basketball player. With the love and support of family, specifically his mother Irene and grandmother Callie, and through sheer determination he achieved his goal when he signed with the New York Knicks.

Starks was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1992-1993, became an NBA All-Star in 1994, and was awarded the League’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1996-1997. He averaged 14.1 points per game, while leading the Knicks in three point goals (982). In addition, he remains 11th in total points (8,489), 8th in assists (2,394), and 7th in steals (711) in Knicks history.

Even while playing in the NBA, John took the time to create the John Starks Foundation. He created the foundation to provide positive opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters and communities.

John and his family reside in Stamford, CT. When his not watching the Knicks, John spends time with his family, playing golf and working on his foundation‘s agendas. We had the great pleasure of talking with John about his time in the NBA, fatherhood, and his foundation.

Follow John Starks on Twitter @StarksTheDunk

Learn more about the John Starks Foundation.


#151 – George Wendt



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 151 - George Wendt

This week, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Father’s Day and the #FirstCarMoment campaign with Michelin Tires. On Wednesday, June 24th, Life of Dad presents a #FirstCarMoment Twitter Party sponsored by @MichelinUSA.

Getting a first car is an unforgettable milestone in any person’s life. We all have great memories associated with our first car. How it gave us new freedom and independence and took us on some great adventures.The guys here at @LifeofDadShow along with the good folks at @MichelinUSA want to help you learn a few tips and tricks about staying safe on the road this summer.

The guys then bring on actor extraordinaire, George Wendt. When you think of George Wendt and sitcoms, you immediately think of him sitting in a bar where everybody knows your name. “Cheers” was a smash hit back in the 1980’s, and Wendt is still showing that he has what it takes to be in sitcoms. George joins a young and funny cast in the hit show, “Clipped” on TBS.

“Clipped” centers on a group of barbershop coworkers who all went to high school together but ran in very different crowds. Now they find themselves working together at Buzzy’s. The namesake of the shop belongs to George Wendt‘s character. He sold the shop, but asked to keep his chair.

We speak with George about the new show, fatherhood, beer, and even asked him to reprise one of his famous “Saturday Night Live” characters.


#150 – ‘Liv and Maddie’ Star, Benjamin King



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 150 - 'Liv and Maddie' Star, Benjamin King

This week for The Life of Dad Show, Tommy Riles tells Art Eddy about the birth of his third child, Katie Hope Riles. Tommy shares a few moments into his early Father’s Day gift. Before they bring this week’s guest, Benjamin King, the guys talk about the #MilkDrive Twitter Party sponsored by @MilkLife!

June is National Dairy Month, and we are helping to promote The Great American Milk Drive, supporting Feeding America. Four Teams of Five Dads are competing to see who can raise the most money for the #MilkDrive. Come meet them and learn how you can help provide nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most. You’ll learn more about Feeding America and the great work they do to help those in need. Hopefully you can donate to your regions Dad team too, or to the team you like the best.

Thanks to great people over at Disney Channel, we were able to chat with the very funny Benjamin King. You can see him on Disney’s smash hit show, “Liv and Maddie”. Not only does Benjamin play the dad, Pete Rooney, on “Liv and Maddie”, but he has also started to direct episodes.

Benjamin talks about the show, how he got into directing certain episodes, and fatherhood. From our interview with Benjamin we could tell that he takes being a dad very seriously, but also makes it a point to have fun with his family.


#149 – Bill Engvall



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 149 - Bill Engvall

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about the #PopWars Pop Secret® Pre-popped Popcorn Video Contest they have going on at Life of Dad.You may have suspected all along that The Force flows strongly through you, that you were a Jedi Initiate, just waiting for a Master to come along and train you. Well, today is the day that you always knew would come. Today, your Jedi training will begin, and with you harnessing the powers of The Force, you could possibly win up to $1,120 in Star Wars™ Prizes! Pop Secret® and Life of Dad have partnered up for #PopWars, in anticipation of the upcoming Star Wars™ sequels, the first due out December 2015. For more info and to enter click here.

The guys also bring on Bill Engvall on to chat about fatherhood. Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Most recently, Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. Bill lent his voice to the animated comedy series “Bounty Hunters”, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show”. Bill was part of the enormously successful “Blue Collar Comedy” concert films, which sold over 9 million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show “Blue Collar TV” and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the “Them Idiots Whirled Tour”, which aired as a special on CMT.

Bill‘s first album, “Here’s Your Sign”, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, “Dorkfish”, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. Bill has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography “Bill Engvall – Just A Guy”.

A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill moved to Dallas and worked as a disc jockey with plans of becoming a teacher. While in a nightclub one evening, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and found that making people laugh was truly his forte. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles and went on to star in the Showtime special, “A Pair of Joker’s”, hosted A&E’s Evening at the Improv and appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for “Best Male Stand-up Comedian”. He appeared in several episodes of “Designing Women” and co-starred in “Delta” and “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”. Bill resides in Southern California with his family. More information is available at BillEngvall.com.

We were able to chat with Bill about how he started in comedy, fatherhood, and much more!


#148 – Alonzo Mourning



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 148 - Alonzo Mourning

This week, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about how Stouffer’s Fit Kitchen meals are the new wingmen for dads on the go! They then debate who is better — Michael Jordan or LeBron James. They also talk about the NBA Finals match-up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

Then they bring on special guest NBA great Alonzo Mourning to talk fatherhood.

How do you show real strength? Alonzo Mourning feels that strength comes through care. It comes through nurturing. It comes from uplifting someone. It comes through leadership. It comes through in so many ways.

Alonzo and his wife, Tracy, showed another way of caring by setting up the Mourning Family Foundation. They look to inspire others through advocacy, education, and enrichment services and allows donors with varied interests in children’s issues the benefit of giving to several charities from their one contribution. Since 1997, Mourning Family Foundation has raised over $20 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families, particularly those in socioeconomically challenged communities.

Thanks to Dove Men+Care, Art was able to talk with Alonzo Mourning about how he shows real strength. From playing with his children to devoting time giving back to his community, the moments that have strengthened and shaped him were featured on DoveMenCare.com