Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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Comedian Steve Treviño is back with “Til Death,” his third standup comedy special utilizing real life stories.

“It’s really a love story,” Treviño said of his new special during a phone interview. “If you’re married, if you’re in a relationship, if your parents are married, my show is for you.”

Like his previous specials, Treviño draws upon real stories from his life and marriage for “Til Death.”

“I’m a storyteller and I talk about my life in detail,” Treviño says. “A lot of standup specials now are sad and boring and tragic. Mine is tragic but it’s funny. I really do deal with how my wife and I almost got divorced but I do it in a very funny way.”

Victoria Gotti says co-writing the screenplay for Lifetime’s new biopic “Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter” gave her an opportunity to set the record straight on a number of misconceptions about her life (as portrayed by Chelsea Frei) as the daughter of the late mob boss, John Gotti (played by Maurice Benard).

Gotti also served as executive producer and narrator for the movie, which premiered last month and is available anytime on demand.

Victoria Gotti checked in with The Maine Edge to discuss challenges she overcame to make the movie, myths about her upbringing and a memory of her dad that she holds dear.

“This is a milestone for me,” celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck told me last week about Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards ceremony. “This will be the 25th year that we have cooked for the Governor’s Ball, and I always make sure to include Maine.”

The Governor’s Ball is the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscars celebration which immediately follows the awards ceremony and telecast.

For 11 laugh-filled years, we knew John Ratzenberger as America’s favorite know-it-all barfly Cliff Clavin on the NBC comedy “Cheers.”

Ratzenberger has led a fascinating life since his years on “Cheers” and his years prior to playing Cliff Clavin were no less interesting.

From Woodstock to Stonehenge, Ratzenberger was there. The only actor to appear in every Pixar film checked in with The Maine Edge last week to chat about his Zelig-like life.

If all goes well, a beautiful 5,000 sq. ft. home in rural Alberta Canada will soon trade hands for less than 20 bucks and a few well-chosen words, according to Alla Wagner, the home’s current owner.

Maybe it has something to do with years that end with the number nine. If you’ve wondered what’s up with so many semi-defunct bands announcing comeback reunion tours for 2019, you’re not alone.

While rumors continue to circulate regarding some of rock’s most unlikely reunions (Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Oasis and Pink Floyd among them), we can confirm that most – if not all – of the following groups will soon be brushing up on their respective back catalogs before hitting the boards this spring and summer.

Nobody keeps it real like Henry Rollins. Whether it was as front-man for ‘80s punk band Black Flag (set to embark on a rare reunion tour in April) or the eponymous The Rollins Band or his spoken word albums or various campaigns for world hunger relief and other causes close to his heart, Rollins has always been one of our most gifted and effective communicators, regardless of medium.

Rollins’s 2018 Showtime special “Keep Talking, Pal” finds the seemingly tireless artist in front of an adoring crowd in Portland, Oregon. It’s now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft Xbox, Vudu, Spectrum and Dish Network.

Though he’s quick to remind you that he isn’t a comedian, you may be convinced otherwise after watching Rollins deliver an hour of absorbing tales – some of which had me laughing out loud.

From meeting RuPaul and David Bowie (Rollins added the Bowie story to his set as a way to deal with the grief of losing him) to expressing why he believes that women should rule the world, you can almost hear the synapses in his brain firing as he moves around the stage; his audience entranced.

Rollins checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about his new special and how he prepped for it.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 19:10

Modest proposals: The road to ‘I do’

I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to play a role in the wedding of hundreds of wonderful couples over the last 30-plus years.

I was the DJ. It was my job to set the tone by playing music during the reception, and sometimes during the ceremony, and handling announcements, including the introduction of the wedding party and generally keeping guests informed and entertained.

Every wedding that I worked on was different, thanks to the hundreds of wonderful couples who trusted me to assist in making their day a memorable one.

During my initial meeting with each couple, I would always ask about how they met in addition to details related to the proposal.

If the bride and groom agreed, I would share the story with their guests at some point during the reception.

It might sound like a small thing, but that story segment was a big hit. To this day, I meet people who remind me about specific stories related to a certain wedding they attended where I shared those personalized details of a couple’s coupling.

I recently reached out to some of those couples and asked permission to share part of their story with you. Three of the couples profiled are part of a large group of friends for whom I've been called up for many memorable receptions.

Additionally, our resident genius assignment editor, Allen Adams, shares the proposal story between he and his lovely wife, Sheridan.

(Editor’s note: That’s “Super Genius” to you, Dow. And yes, my wife is indeed lovely – lovelier than I deserve.)

Actor Barry Williams, best known for portraying older brother Greg on the classic TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” says he’s looking forward to reuniting with his former castmates for a very special project involving the old homestead, due this September, after which he’ll host a Western Caribbean “classic TV” cruise populated with a dozen stars.

The instantly recognizable “Brady Bunch” home located at 11222 Dilling St. in Studio City, California, was purchased last August by Discovery Inc. (owners of HGTV) for a reported $3.5 million, with an aim toward a total restoration of its former ‘70s glory.

The project is being turned into “A Very Brady Renovation” – a series due to begin airing this fall and starring all six actors who portrayed the Brady siblings.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:50

Coming soon: A new music preview for early 2019

A number of mega-selling artists in multiple genres have scheduled new albums for 2019, including some still awaiting an assigned release date (Adele, Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepson, Madonna, The Raconteurs, Tim McGraw, and The Who, among many others). Here’s a sampling of the titles we expect to hear over the next month.

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