Monthly Archives: February 2015

#83 – DorkDaddy

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 83 - DorkDaddy

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about their time in San Francisco for Dad 2.0 Summit. One of the fellow dad bloggers that they met at the conference was Sam from DorkDaddy.

The guys chat with Sam about the Dork T-Shirt line that he created for Oren Miller and the “Give back to Oren” fund. They also talk about their love for Star Wars and the incredible experience they had when Dad 2.0 Summit and LEGO brought the world’s greatest dad bloggers to LucasFilm Studios.

During the day Sam is a mild-mannered dentist, but in the evening and on weekends he transforms into DORKDADDY!

This dad’s blog is about trying to raise three well-adjusted kids, while at the same time passing on a love of all things geek. He doesn’t pretend to have any special knowledge, super powers, or advice for anyone else out there. Like all other dads he is taking it one day at a time. His blog is just an opportunity for him to scratch his inner English major, which as he states is about the only way that he gets to use his liberal arts undergraduate education.

#82 – Nathan Timmel – Comedian. Author. Idiot.

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 82 - Nathan Timmel - Comedian. Author. Idiot.

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk with stand-up comedian and father, Nathan Timmel. They talk about Nathan’s book “It’s OK to Talk to Animals (and Other Letters from Dad)”, his blog posts such as “Sunshine Saved My Life”, and how being a father made him a better stand-up comedian.

When he was but six years old, Nathan conned his sweet little grandmother into buying him a record album. The cover pictured a man picking his nose, and what’s funnier to a six-year-old than boogers? That album was George Carlin’s “Class Clown,” and soon Nathan was the only child running around the playground shouting the “Seven Dirty Words You Can’t Say On Television.” Thus began Nathan’s descent into a career in stand-up comedy.

Since those auspicious beginnings, Nathan has performed at comedy clubs across the country, recorded several comedy CDs (two of which receive regular airplay on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio), thrice visited the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, and been overseas for American Troops eight times — hotspots such as Iraq and Afghanistan included. In 2009, nine newspapers wrote promotional articles about Nathan’s travails doing comedy for the troops, and on two occasions he was the sole guest on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River.”

To his mother’s delight, Nathan put his degree in English into use by writing of his exploits as a comedian. He has been lucky enough to find his musings published most prominently in the worldwide military newspaper Stars & Stripes. He currently writes for Rooftop Comedy, posting a mix of original work and interviews with comedic celebrities such as Rob Corddry and Margaret Cho.

Cutting past partisan politics and getting down to matters we all agree on is one of Nathan’s many skills as a wordsmith. Though the media may try to separate us as a people, Nathan is here to unite all using one weapon: the sound of laughter.

A storyteller with the ability to hit with one liners, Nathan sticks close to home when it comes to material. He talks of his tours overseas, his daughter’s poopy diapers, and his experiences in getting his wife pregnant (material she doesn’t always appreciate).

Nathan currently lives near Iowa City, Iowa, with his wife, two children, one cat, and a puppy named “Kitty.”

#81 – Chris Read – Canadian Dad

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 81 - Chris Read - Canadian Dad

Don’t call it a comeback, he has been on our show for years. No, it is not LL Cool J, but the incredible host of the Creative Minds Podcast, THE Canadian Dad himself — Chris Read.

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk with Chris about the panel that he and Art will be on at the Dad 2.0 Summit this year.

The guys also talk about addictive apps like Clash of Clans and Marvel Contest of Champions, comic book TV shows, Chris’ podcasts — Creative Minds Podcast and The Canadian Dad Podcast — and who and why people wear robes. They also talk about maybe entertaining the idea of performing at an open mic night.


#80 – Darren Mattock – Becoming Dad

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 80 - Darren Mattock - Becoming Dad

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about how Life of Dad co-founder, Tommy Riles, had one of the best Super Bowl Sundays ever. Not only did his New England Patriots win, but he and his son were in the Dove Men + Care ad during the game. Art and his daughter are in the online commercial, too.

They also talk about Ryan’s great post called “The Code Tonight Will Be Perfection”, and how a simple Facebook status update turned into a blog post.

Art and Ryan then bring on Darren Mattock from Becoming Dad. Darren is now recognised as one of Australia’s leading expectant and new dad specialists. He is a trained working with men professional, group work facilitator and educator. With an extensive and rich background in community services, allied health, men’s work, birth education and parenting, Darren brings a unique mix of knowledge, insights, skills, perspectives, ideas and philosophies to his work.

Over the past 6 years of his passion-led journey, Darren has facilitated birth preparation workshops for dads, fatherhood preparation courses, new dads support groups and pregnancy workshops for couples.

He has also presented education sessions for midwives and birth professionals at midwifery conferences and as part of midwifery university courses, including the Australian College of Midwives, University of Western Sydney and Southern Cross University.

Darren has been interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and ABC Radio on numerous occasions on expectant dads, new dads, birth and fatherhood. He has also been commissioned to write fatherhood articles for Practical Parenting Magazine — Australia’s #1 Parenting Magazine.

Darren’s story, “Tuesdays With Charlie” was recently published in the book, “Dads Behaving Dadly: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood” (USA, 2014), by Hogan Hilling and Al Watts.

In 2012, Darren founded Becoming Dad. It is his passion, mission and vision to positively transform the experiences of men as they are becoming dad by creating more opportunities for them to receive father-focused and male-friendly engagement, education and support.

Darren’s life’s work is inspired by becoming dad to his son Charlie.