Mark Roman Empire (also a podcast)
MRE Pod #29 – Fans of Jimmy Century – 22APR2020

MRE Pod #29 – Fans of Jimmy Century – 22APR2020

April 23, 2020

Bands are one of the "ABCs", right? Got you. Mark sits down with two rather groovy humans: Alicia Perrone and Victor James, the "modwave, modsquad genre-bending" power duo that is the band Fans of Jimmy Century (FOJC). Normally fans are in the audience. They are not the band. And who the hell is Jimmy Century? We get to the bottom of all of it, with the music group you've heard on "Get Hard", "Ray Donovan", "Gossip Girl", "Law and Order: SVU", "The L Word" and "Finding Nemo 3D", to name a few. Their recent song “Best of My Generation (All The Way)” distributed by United Masters is an official NBA Song for MVP 2019 winner Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo. Also, Mark checks in with his Aunt Susan in Vermont. Plus, new groovy in the MRE YouTube.

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 #28 – Natasha Pearl Hansen – 15APR2020

MRE Pod #28 – Natasha Pearl Hansen – 15APR2020

April 16, 2020

Mark typically interviews people he knows well or with whom he's worked.  But when a Verified follows you on Twitter ... right?  Comedian Natasha Pearl Hansen does.  From Wisconsin, "The Other NPH" is a Second City Chicago alumn, writer, Men's Health magazine author and producer.  An actor, she's known for "Spare Change", "I Do Yoga" and "To Live and Get by in L.A."  Her Future Role Model podcast drops every Tuesday.  Mark discovers what project Natasha's been working on and for what iconic annual global event ... before the pandemic canceled it.  Also, Mark checks in with his scientist son for another installment of the "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 #27 – John Di Domenico – 08APR2020

MRE Pod #27 – John Di Domenico – 08APR2020

April 8, 2020

The pandemic canceled a red carpet and the in-person interview. But thanks to the magic of the internets, Mark sits down virtually with global Trump impersonation sensation John Di Domenico. "Johnny D" you've seen and/or heard on Howard Stern, Conan, Fox News, and The View. This marks the second week in a row with a Twitter verified guest who follows Mark @ TheMarkRoman. Also, Mark checks in with his Aunt Ellen in Minnesota & she shares a pandemic recovery zen life hack.

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 #26 – Pandemic Check Ins pt. 2 – 01APR2020

MRE Pod #26 – Pandemic Check Ins pt. 2 – 01APR2020

April 2, 2020

We wrap what we started last week. Quarantine & social distancing status checks. Cup size? The last of the famous international appetizer-sized conversations with: Ace Katano of Ground Game LA (we finish!), Stefanie Estes of "Tales from the Loop" (streams on Amazon April 03rd), director of photography & host of The Weekend Take podcast Shawn Schaffer, actor & renaissance human Debra Haden & filmaker husband Mars Roberge - both of the 2017 film "Scumbag" - tell their crazy Escape from Pandemic New York story, and Sammy Obeid the comedian and dude in the white lab coat you've been watching on "100 Humans" on Netflix. (Sammy's still running for President.) Mark's scientist son Connor makes his debut on the pod in the "Connor Caveat".

Recorded at the Raymond Chandler Memorial Water Closet Sound Booth and Mark's Reasonable Desk, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #25 – Pandemic Check Ins pt. 1 – 25MAR2020

MRE Pod #25 – Pandemic Check Ins pt. 1 – 25MAR2020

March 28, 2020

"How are you?" A question now more urgent than trite. So why not check in with a selection of past podcast guests? See how their quarantine and social distancing is going. Ask their cup size. Enjoy appetizer-sized conversations with comedian & podcaster Cory "Showtime" Robinson, nurse practitioner and podcaster Ersilia Pompilio, impersonator and entertainer Jason Thompson, recovery comedian and podcaster Veronica Porras, and Ace Katano, a Los Angeles public defender, union organizer, and Ground Game LA volunteer. Heroteer wraps an operation involving a Donald Trump impersonator. Lt. Frank is now on celebrity shout-out app Cameo. Heard the Pet Shop Boys "Being Boring"? Watched The Young Ones endure "Boring"? Mark has thoughts on you ... being bored.

Recorded at the Raymond Chandler Memorial Water Closet Sound Booth and Mark's Reasonable Desk, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #24 – “Fear & Social Distancing in … Everywhere” – 18MAR2020

MRE Pod #24 – “Fear & Social Distancing in … Everywhere” – 18MAR2020

March 20, 2020

Tired of doom and gloom? Mark delivers happy results! It's the Age of the Pandemic, so we are all Social Distancing! Including podcasts. We may have guests on Skype as soon as next week. This week Mark goes into how he re-tooled Heroteer to help creatives impacted by the pandemic (including Venka). Mark reads a few of his latest Medium articles. Lt. Frank hijacks the interview wrap pod teaser. Drinking at home? Tip your bartender! It's a The90028.com thing - time to understand #apocaTIPS#NoFearHeroteer

Recorded at the Raymond Chandler Memorial Water Closet Sound Booth, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded by Mark Roman.
Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

UPDATEActual title is “Fear & Social Distancing in … Everywhere” but apparently it was too easy for me to type “Fear & Loathing…”. So if you happened to screen grab it, maybe you can sell it for 3 cents on eBay (like that upside-down airplane stamp) to financially survive the pandemic. Stay at home! Stay safe!

MRE Pod #23 – Melanie Neumann – 11MAR2020

MRE Pod #23 – Melanie Neumann – 11MAR2020

March 15, 2020

For the first pod interview of 2020, Mark interviews Playboy Bunny and self-described "Detriot Girl" Melanie Neumann. Mark and Melanie met at a Hooters in Vegas. Fast-forward a few years and Mark's watching Melanie perform stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store. Melanie also acts and is a tour guide with TMZ Tours.

Recorded on location and at Mark’s humble abode, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Mark Roman.
Audio consultation by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #22 - “Salt” - 04MAR2020

MRE Pod #22 - “Salt” - 04MAR2020

March 4, 2020

After an 11 month hiatus, Mark returns.
Who needs guests? Not Bill Burr or Greg Proops. Mark joins the flexible format brigade. And brings you up to speed. Where'd the beard go? What's Lt. Frank up to? How's Venka? What is Heroteer? Mark delivers answers.
Recorded at Mark's humble abode, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Mark Roman.

MRE Pod #21 - Elliott Branch - 15APR2019

MRE Pod #21 - Elliott Branch - 15APR2019

April 14, 2019

Mark interviews a friend and fellow busker: the actor, comedian & spokesperson Elliott Branch. See or hear Elliott and one can't help but notice he's a Samuel L. Jackson impersonator. You've seen him at the Laugh Factory Hollywood and in the film shorts "Anger Anonymous" (as Jules Winnfield) and "Deadpool the Musical 2 - Ultimate Disney Parody" (as Nick Fury). Elliott talks Detroit, Hollywood, how stand-up led to his GM gig, being Sam, meeting Sam, his Mace Windu (Star Wars) possibilities and what it's like holding a fake gun as an iconic Pulp Fiction character ... while black.

Recorded at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

MRE Pod #20 - Madison Shepard - 25MAR2019

MRE Pod #20 - Madison Shepard - 25MAR2019

March 24, 2019

Mark interviews stand-up comedian, writer and actress Madison Shepard. Madison has opened for Maria Bamford and plays Jack on “Empty Space” (now streaming on Amazon Prime). She created two short cartoons for Comedy Central Digital’s “Saturday Morning-ish Cartoons”. And she produced and starred in the sketch show "Smile, Baby" which tackled catcalling at The Hollywood Fringe Festival with The Others Theater Company, winning Madison an Encore Producer's Award. Mark first met Madison moments before this interview. Mark steps in it during the interview. But did he learn anything?

Recorded at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA.
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.