Mark Roman Empire (also a podcast)
#41 – Oscar Armando – 22JUL2020

#41 – Oscar Armando – 22JUL2020

July 23, 2020

Mark interviews Oscar Armando, who produces, directs and writes for television and film.  Oscar grew up in Orange County, while his parents hail from El Salvador.  Mark shares many of Oscar's early influences, such as Jim Carrey and Robin Williams.  Also shared is involvement with the community organization MutualAidLA.org.  Oscar is known for his behind the camera contributions to such productions as "Balloon." "Son of Phantom." "Midnight to One" and "Wrong for Right".  Mark explains what happened last week.

 

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

#40 – Cassandra Salas – 08JUL2020

#40 – Cassandra Salas – 08JUL2020

July 9, 2020

Mark interviews singer-songwriter Cassandra Salas, a Herb Alpert Music Scholar who just graduated from LA City College School of Music. It's early days for Cassandra's music, and she's already known for "Singing the Blues" on SoundCloud and her very personal "Mannequin Head" on YouTube (performed at the Herb and Lani Concert Hall, LACC). A pianist and composer as well, her style includes pop, rock, R&B and alternative. A FOLF (Friend of Lt. Frank), Cassandra knows Mark from his early busking days in Hollywood. They discuss. Her new single debuts in weeks, and an EP is in the works.

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #39 – Liz Miele – 01JUL2020

MRE Pod #39 – Liz Miele – 01JUL2020

July 1, 2020

By the time many figured out what to do with their lives, Liz Miele could have penned her memoir. Writing at 14. Performing stand-up comedy at 16. In NYC. At 18, profiled in "The New Yorker". At 22, appearing on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Originally from New Jersey, Liz Miele is an NYC-based comedian known for her joke “Feminist Sex Positions”, which went viral on YouTube and UpWorthy.com. Liz wrote and produced her animated web series “Damaged,” voiced by such as Maz Jobrani. She's toured with “Nobodies of Comedy” and Armed Forces Entertainment. Her latest special, Self Help Me is out now on YouTube. Hear Liz on her new weekly podcast “2 Non Doctors”.

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #38 – Joe Klocek – 24JUN2020

MRE Pod #38 – Joe Klocek – 24JUN2020

June 24, 2020

A stand-up comic based in San Francisco, Joe Klocek also works with the homeless and addicted in the Tenderloin. He once spent 3 months in Shanghai as an artist in residency at a comedy club. Joe's a guy in recovery, working on being a good guy and a tolerable zoom comedian. SF Best Stand-up Comic winner in 2011, Joe you've seen/heard on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham", NBC's "Last Comic Standing", NPR's "Snap Judgement" and the PBS local documentary "The Bridge So Far".

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #37 – Kevin Munroe – 17JUN2020

MRE Pod #37 – Kevin Munroe – 17JUN2020

June 18, 2020

Kevin Munroe is a Trinidad-born comedian and actor based in Los Angeles. A regular at major clubs and theaters nationwide, Kevin has worked with top talent including Tracy Morgan, Paul Mooney, Eddie Pepitone, Loni Love, and W.Kamau Bell. Kevin began performing standup comedy in San Francisco while working as a software engineer. After placing in local comedy competitions he walked away from Silicon Valley. Kevin is the other half of the Showtime & Kev podcast. (Hear Cory “Showtime” Robinson on MRE pod eps. 2 & 25.)

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #36 – Jen Friel – 10JUN2020

MRE Pod #36 – Jen Friel – 10JUN2020

June 10, 2020

Jen Friel launched her first business when she was 8 years old. A writer, she created the blog sensation "Talk Nerdy to Me Lover". Of course Jen's delivered a TED Talk. Oh, and Jerry Bruckheimer bought her life rights. Twice. She's also another Verified who follows Mark on Twitter. And apparently Mark first asked to interview her on the pod ... ten years ago. (This pod launched in August of 2018.) Mark ponders the last two weeks and difficult conversations.

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #35 – Liberty & Justice for …? – 03JUN2020

MRE Pod #35 – Liberty & Justice for …? – 03JUN2020

June 3, 2020

Is the Pledge of Allegiance a vicious lie? Mark shares his thoughts and actions in response to the global movement protesting the murder of fellow American George Floyd by a white police officer. Join Mark in supporting Black Lives Matter.

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #34 – Daniel Eachus – 27MAY2020

MRE Pod #34 – Daniel Eachus – 27MAY2020

May 28, 2020

Mark first discovered comedian Daniel Eachus at the World Series of Comedy in Vegas. Now Daniel is on the pod! A finalist on "Comedy Central's Up Next" and winner of the Sacramento Comedy Festival 2015, Daniel also acts and writes. You've seen him on "Laughs" on Hulu/Fox, DryBar Comedy and Kevin Hart's LOL Network. Daniel’s stand-up album “Carry The Pillows” can be heard on Sirius XM, Spotify, itunes, and Pandora. Daniel looks forward to touring after the quarantine. Mark wonders why Mental Health Awareness Month must end.

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #33 – Shaan Sharma – 20MAY2020

MRE Pod #33 – Shaan Sharma – 20MAY2020

May 20, 2020

Shaan Sharma is an actor, educator, union leader, technologist, and musician. You've seen Shaan in "Grey's Anatomy", "Scandal", "NCIS" and "The Mindy Project". Shaan plays Shmuel in the new indie streaming series "The Chosen", first season out now. Mark was a student in one of Shaan's commercial acting classes at the actor's union HQ on Wilshire. A SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local Board Member, Shaan has been known to pen a manifesto. Or three. Mark has questions. Shaan has meticulously researched answers. If you're a screen actor, do not miss this conversation. Mark checks in with his son in another "Connor Caveat".

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #32 – Miss Monroe – 13MAY2020

MRE Pod #32 – Miss Monroe – 13MAY2020

May 13, 2020

What do you think of when you hear "street performer" or "costumed character"?  Do you think of a  master's degree in engineering management? A singer who performs shows in LA & Europe?  A professional Marilyn Monroe tribute artist?  Mark interviews fellow busker Szilvia Stanisic.  She performs as "Miss Monroe".  Mark checks in with his professional psychologist Aunt Ellen.

 

Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.