Thursday 7am & 7pmET
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Laughter and Inspiration with Connie Bramer
The Joy of Laughter
Connie Bramer, breast cancer survivor and author of “How Connie Got Her Rack Back” has a mission – to make people laugh and look at the lighter side of life. Let’s make lemonade out of lemons and throw in a splash of vodka! We all have busy lives and sometimes we miss the moments that create happiness, laughter and ultimately influence us to be better people. Join Connie and her guests for inspiring conversations and a lot of laughter.
Broadcasts Weekly Thursday 7am & 7pmET
Debut August 1st
Inspiring Conversation and of Course, a lot of Laughter with Comedien Greg Aidala and American Idol’s Madison VanDenburg
Greg Aidala is an award-winning comedian /actor based in New York. He has performed from New York City to Los Angeles with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Nick DiPaolo, Kathleen Madigan, Charlie Murphy, Bo Burnham, Jackie ‘The Joke Man’ Martling, Pete Holmes and Owen Benjamin. In 2005, he formed his own entertainment company, radial gage entertainment. In 2014, he was inducted into the esteemed Friars Club in New York City.
Greg produces and hosts The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase – an award-winning professional touring showcase that has been featured all throughout the Northeast and New York City. Launched in 2006, the showcase consists of performers who have been seen on national television anywhere from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, America’s Got Talent, Comedy Central, HBO, MTV and VH1. LAUGHSPIN magazine has recognized The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase as one of the longest continually run showcases in the United States.
Greg can be seen in the new movie Off The Rails airing now on the Lifetime Movie Network, and he has also been featured in AT&T International campaigns, and numerous television commercials. You can also see him in films and the popular Amazon Prime web series ‘Welcome Home’ and as a recurring guest on The New York City Crime Report in New York City.
Greg is active in many non-profits including the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and he is on the Board of Directors for Get Your Rack Back Inc.
Greg is one of the most kind-hearted people I know and he brings humor to every situation. Join us for an inspiring conversation and of course, a lot of laughter.
Madison VanDenburg is a 17 year old singer/song-writer from Upstate New York. The highlight of her career occurred in March of 2019 when her audition for American Idol went viral on the internet and rendered Lionel Richie “speechless”. Madison’s rendition of “Speechless” by Dan and Shay shocked the judges and the world. Katy Perry compared her to Kelly Clarkson, and claimed she could be the winner of the season. Luke Bryan showed his goosebumps over Madison’s voice during her audition. Even Dan and Shay tweeted that Madison is “a star”.
Since returning from her third place finish on American Idol, the teen has hit the ground running when she came back home and shows no signs of slowing down. She won the American Idol Encore competition, and traveled to NYC to sing on the Live with Kelly and Ryan show. Kelly Ripa claimed that Madison “sounds even better in person” after listening to her cover of “Fallin” by Alicia Keys. Not only has Madison performed on national television, Madison has sung at many well-known venues. These include the Times Union Center in Albany, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York, and the Orpheum Theater in NYC. The teen has performed in front of millions watching from home and thousands in an arena in her hometown. She has performed with Dan and Shay, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and was coached by Adam Lambert, who called Madison “a force”.
When returning for her hometown visit during her run on American Idol, Madison was awarded the Key to the City of Colonie, and her hometown recognizes May 14th as “Madison VanDenburg” day. Later on that month, Madison was awarded “Citizen of the Month”. These are a few accomplishments that Madison has earned for her undeniable passion for music.
Madison started writing songs from a young age, and her first single, “Need A Little Heartbreak” is released on all major streaming platforms. Currently, she is recording a new single that
is scheduled to be released in August, and has many more songs ready to be sent to the studio.
Lastly, Madison plays a mix of covers and original songs during her live shows. She loves performing on stage and knows how to command one. She is looking forward to playing venues across the nation, and is excited to share her gifts with her fans.
Listen in as Madison shares her inspiring story, experiences on American Idol and what’s next for the young star.
Learn more about Connie here https://gyrb.org
BIO: Connie Bramer is author of “How Connie Got Her Rack Back,” Founder & President of Get Your Rack Back Inc., a not for profit organization, and is a Finance & Insurance Consultant in the automotive industry. Connie grew up on the Sacandaga Lake, NY and has been residing in Clifton Park, NY for the past 18 years. She has two teenagers, Alyssa, 18 and Alex 17, a rambunctious yellow lab named Callie and a spitfire Shorkie named Milo.
Connie is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She grew up in the car business as her parents owned several new car franchises over the course of their 40 years in the business. After graduating from college, Connie began working in the family business; maintaining positions in every facet of the dealership. Over the course of her 27 years in the automotive industry, Connie has spent many years on the retail side of the business, as an automotive lender for a large bank and several years as a national trainer for a financial services provider in the industry. That experience coupled with finance and management training, led Connie to a career as an F&I Consultant to automotive retailers.
She is also a breast cancer survivor who chronicled her journey in her memoir, “How Connie Got Her Rack Back;” a bold “in your face” look at cancer with a comical twist. In 2012, Connie began raising money for non-profits providing services to cancer patients before starting her own foundation, Get Your Rack Back (GYRB for short) in March 2015. Collectively, GYRB events have raised over $200,000 to provide assistance for cancer patients and cancer research; some funds donated to other not for profits, such as the American Cancer Society. Since 2015, funds raised by GYRB have provided meal delivery, grocery, gas and restaurant gift cards as well as physician/hospital co-pay assistance to 240 cancer patients in Upstate NY. GYRB has also stuffed and delivered over 1500 Christmas stockings to children affected by cancer in the last four years. Connie’s mission is for GYRB to assist one patient, one family at a time. She believes that everyone has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
Connie is a featured contributor for the online magazine, BizCatalyst360.com, has appeared on the cover of HerLife NY magazine, has written several articles for Womenz Straight Talk Magazine and was awarded the Hyatt’s prestigious Portrait of Understanding Award for her work with cancer patients. Connie believes that laughter is the best medicine and writes about her everyday antics with a snarky sense of humor in her blog, The Humor of It All.