Monthly Archives: September 2017

#210 – Matt Zarley & Andy Zulla – Rock-n-Stroller



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 210 - Matt Zarley & Andy Zulla - Rock-n-Stroller

Art Eddy brings on Matt Zarley and Andy Zulla, who created the hit music series Rock-n-Stroller. ?They talk about the latest album, Rock-n-Stroller Vol 2. After enduring endless hours of listening to kids sing the latest top 40 tunes on any of those popular kids cover song CD’s, Andy says he and Matt had an idea. Wouldn’t it be awesome if these songs (that kids love to sing incessantly), were the songs that we actually wanted to hear? And with that question, the concept of Rock-n-Stroller was born.

Rock-n-Stroller picks up where those other CD collections left behind…classic, timeless songs that are beloved by generations. The first album contains 10 classic hits from the 70’s and 80’s like Into the Groove, Take on Me, and I Wanna Dance with Somebody. The tunes are rock and pop hits that are re-recorded by talented young artists. The result is a sound that young children and parents will want to sing-along to again and again. The second album continues where their first CD collections leaves off, with timeless pop and rock songs originally performed by artists like Elton John, The Beatles, Huey Lewis and ABBA and more.

Andy Zulla, Executive Producer
Andy has had diverse success including high-profile major label album projects, network television shows, advertising and marketing, as well as stand-out independent artists. He has been awarded a Grammy, an Emmy, a Telly, 20 Gold and Platinum albums, and has charted #1 on multiple Billboard charts. As part of American Idol in the early seasons, Andy recorded and mixed Kelly Clarkson’s, “A Moment Like This” which skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, breaking the Beatle’s long-standing record as the quickest climb to #1. He has also worked with big names such as Rod Stewart, Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Teddy Geiger, Clay Aiken, Natalie Imbruglia, Heather Headley, and Diana Ross.

Matt Zarley, Executive Producer
Matt made his theatrical debut as the youngest to ever perform in the hit Broadway musical Cats. His career continued with roles in Chicago, A Chorus Line, The Who’s Tommy, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Matt is also an award winning, four time Billboard charting recording artist, whose albums include: Debut, Here I Am (2008 Billboard Critics Top Ten and American Idol Top 20 Songwriter) and Change Begins with Me (2012 Outmusic Award for Album and Single of the Year and #1 for a month on the Eurochart). He released hopefulROMANTIC, an original musical short film he wrote, produced, and starred in with internet phenom and Star Trek star, George Takei. Matt’s latest project The Estrogen Sessions, is a tribute to some of pop music’s most prolific female artists featuring the songs that they made famous.

For more information, visit Rock-n-Stroller.com.


#209 – James Breakwell – Exploding Unicorn



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 209 - James Breakwell - Exploding Unicorn

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on James Breakwell who is the author of the upcoming book, Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. They talk to James about his new book, fatherhood, whether or not you would eat your pet pig during a zombie apocalypse, Star Wars and fatherhood.

James Breakwell is a professional comedy writer and amateur father of four girls, ages seven and under. He is best known for his family humor Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn, which boasts more than 950,000 followers. The account went viral In April 2016 and transformed James from a niche comedy writer into one of the most popular dads on social media.

Since becoming internet famous, James has been profiled by USA Today, US Weekly, The Daily Mail, Metro, The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Chive, Bored Panda, 9gag, College Humor, various ABC and Fox TV news affiliates, and countless other TV, radio, and internet outlets. Pictures of his smiling girls have been displayed in newspapers as far away as India. His articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Federalist, and AskMen. He has been a guest multiple times on HLN’s The Daily Share.

Closer Magazine named James its 2016 Blogger Dad of the Year. In 2017, he was a finalist for a Shorty Award. He can open most jars on the first try and is only a little afraid of the dark. He still can’t load the dishwasher right.

Pre-order his book here and follow James Breakwell on Twitter @XplodingUnicorn, Facebook, and Instagram. To read his articles go to ExplodingUnicorn.com.


#208 – Michael Albert – TCG Toys



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 208 - Michael Albert - TCG Toys

Art Eddy welcomes Michael Albert, CEO and owner of TCG Toys. Art talks with Michael about balancing work and family, the excitement of a grandchild that is on the way, and what he does at TCG Toys. He is a second-generation owner of the company.

TCG Toys is a privately held toy company based in Toronto, Canada with distribution in over 40 countries. It began in 1998 with a focus on outstanding puzzles and games with the well-known SURE-LOX® brand. As a manufacturer, TCG continues to offer a variety of products for the whole family most recently introducing the MEGA MAT™ line of licensed play mats.

Working with top-tier licenses, TCG has re-introduced beloved brands such as Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends and Peppa Pig back to the market with innovative game play. Valued for its premium materials and advanced processes, TCG takes great pride in the quality and affordability of the products it creates and distributes.


#207 – Jeff Osnato – WeCool Toys



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 207 - Jeff Osnato - WeCool Toys

Art Eddy talks with Jeff Osnato, toy expert, inventor, and entrepreneur who currently serves as the CEO of the startup company, WeCool Toys.

Art talks with Jeff about starting up a toy company, fatherhood, and how he balances work and family.

WeCool Toys produces products under the Compound Kings, Bobble Bitz and Spinzy brand names. The company was founded in 2016 by Jeff and COO Ross Alber, both of whom are toy industry veterans.

Their mission is to create the highest quality of fun, interactive, modern, and safe toys. Their creations will dazzle the category of toys and crafts with a wide array of imaginative fun products.

For more information go to the Compound Kings Facebook page.