Ja­son and Spinelli’s por­tray­ers talk the pod life.

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like GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s Ja­son and Spinelli, Steve Bur­ton and Brad­ford An­der­son are close pals — and now, you can (kinda) hang out with them! Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, the cast­mates re­lease an on-line pod­cast and, usu­ally, they have a fa­mil­iar guest along for the ride.

Fun With Friends

Bur­ton had been want­ing to launch a pod­cast for years, and with the STONE COLD AND THE JACKAL road show sell­ing out around the coun­try, sit­ting down with co-host An­der­son for a weekly se­ries seemed the nat­u­ral call. “I found the right guy to do it with, be­cause we can talk for hours with­out re­ally talk­ing about any­thing,” Bur­ton cracks. “My fa­ther-in-law was like, ‘What do you guys talk about for an hour ev­ery week?’ [I tell him,] ‘Well, you’ve got to lis­ten!’

“We’ve got sto­ries about the road, the show, be­ing par­ents and then, of course, guests,” he adds. “We want peo­ple to en- joy the pod­cast and get a real peek be­hind the cur­tain of what our lives are like.”

Those who’ve never heard Bur­ton riff with An­der­son might be sur­prised by how funny and silly the pod­casts get. But for the guys, the big­gest sur­prise has been how guests like Mau­rice Be­nard (Sonny), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Max Gail (Mike) and Kin Shriner (Scotty) open up so fully on a per­sonal level. “They sit there talk­ing to us about things they might not talk about in reg­u­lar in­ter­views,” Bur­ton re­veals. “We talk about so much, but it’s less about GH story than peo­ple’s in­ter­est­ing pasts and how they got here. It

didn’t re­ally start out that way, but the jour­ney is so in­ter­est­ing — and re­lat­able! We just want to be real with the peo- ple… and make them laugh.”

The Guest List

Since An­der­son lives in Sacra­mento, guests are cho­sen based on who’s work­ing at GH when he’s in L.A. “A lot of peo­ple make re­quests for cer­tain guests, but it’s to­tally dic­tated by sched­ule,” he says. “It’s not that we re­ally want to talk to this per­son and don’t want to talk to that per­son. We’re thrilled to talk to any­body!”

At this point, they’re about half­way through the GH cast. “There are so many in­ter­est­ing peo­ple on and off GH we’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing — and then we’re go­ing to jump to other day­time shows,” Bur­ton pre­views. “Even­tu­ally, we’re go­ing to jump out of day­time!”

En­ter­tain­ment For All

An­der­son notes that lis­ten­ers don’t have to be tech-savvy or rich to en­joy their

show. “What I love about the pod­cast is any­one can get it any­where, and it’s free,” he ex­plains. “There are a lot of peo­ple who can’t see us on the road or aren’t on so­cial me­dia. With the pod­cast, there’s no bar­rier.”

All you need to tune in Wed­nes­days or catch up on past episodes is In­ter­net ac­cess. “We list ev­ery ser­vice you can lis­ten on, and we give you the abil­ity to lis­ten on the Web site, stonecoldandthe­jackal.com, too,” An­der­son ex­plains. “We also en­cour­age peo­ple to sub­scribe to the show, be­cause ev­ery week, I get peo­ple say­ing they can’t find the pod­cast. So sub­scribe!” — Deanna Barn­ert

“I love the con­ve­nience of pod­casts — that I can start and stop when­ever I want — and I have pod­casts I lis­ten to ev­ery week,” Bur­ton says. “So for us to be a part of some­one else’s rou­tine? It’s just re­ally cool.”

“We want peo­ple to laugh at our pod­cast, and we’re find­ing they are,” Bur­ton says. “They’re say­ing, ‘Oh my God, you guys are hi­lar­i­ous! It’s the best way to start my Wed­nes­day morn­ing.’ Or, ‘I lis­tened to it when I got off of work, and I laughed all the way home.’ That means a lot to us.”

“I didn’t know Carolyn Hen­nesy (Diane) had such a great Hol­ly­wood his­tory with her dad, Dale Hen­nessey, who was a pro­duc­tion de­signer in all these big movies,” says Bur­ton of learn­ing new things about long­time col­leagues. “Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) talked about grow­ing up in the Mid­west.”

“Sit­ting down with Kin was an ab­so­lute joy,” An­der­son raves. “We just love to talk to peo­ple about how they got to where they are. We get to show a dif­fer­ent side of us and our guests — and it’s so fun to up­set peo­ple’s as­sump­tions!”

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