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Well, if the aforementioned podcast is unique, entertaining, and worthwhile then, YES! The World Needs This Podcast.

The Approach Shot is a golf podcast, and it isn’t. It’s more stories than strokes, more laughs than links, more gaffaws than golfers. The APPROACH SHOT Podcast features some famous, some not so famous and some infamous folks as guests every week. Some old friends, some new friends, even some celebrities stop by each week and share their story. Each and every guest is different but all have one thing in common: their love for the game of golf. Well, there are a few who have a strong distaste for the game of golf but those stories are interesting too.

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Going On A TanGent

Rajiv Satyal is an American comedian. He is the first person ever to perform standup comedy on all seven continents.

Rajiv Satyal was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in materials engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2000.During college, he interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for Rep. Steve Chabot. Satyal did two co-op terms at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Then he got a real job, working for Proctor&Gamble in Cincinnati. Satyal co-led branded entertainment strategy for all brands in North America for Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest advertiser. While at P&G, Satyal created content for Home Made Simple, a site visited by 15 million people per month. He was named P&G’s Funniest Employee in 2005.Satyal performed stand-up routines at corporate events.In 2006 Satyal left P&G and moved to Los Angeles. We’re not sure what this says about P&G, but Rajiv is the third comedian to come out of the Cincinnati offices of Procter & Gamble.

Satyal’s TV-clean act resonates with Middle America. Satyal did not do any ethnic humor at all during his first few years.

It was Pete Sampras, then World No. 1 men’s tennis player, who told Satyal to start doing Indian jokes.[20] Satyal has described his performance style as alternatingly self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating.[16] “I feel like growing up in Ohio, it made me kind of more of an everyman being able to relate to people in the heartland of the country. I think people on the coast have their own sensibility, but it’s hard to know what works inland. A lot of comedians are like hurricanes; they knock it out on the coast, but when they come inland they die.”[2] The actress Eva Longoria once told Satyal she thought he was “hilarious”.

Satyal opened for the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in front of 17,000 people in San Jose, California.

He hosts a podcast entitled, The TanGent Show, formerly known as The Funny Indian Show. He has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Kevin Nealon, Seth Godin, Russell Peters, Kumail Nanjiani and others.

But one of his funnies bits turned out to be the minutes he spent with us on The Approach Shot.

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You Got To Be A Football Hero

Well, you don’t have to be, but it couldn’t hurt. Look what its done for TJ Eckert.

After high school, he went to the University of Central Oklahoma where he played football; quarterback. Where else would you play a guy with that face? He was born to play quarterback. And then, with a final year of eligibility he joined the UCO Golf team.but learned as a golfer, he’s a great quarterback. It’s refreshing to know that good athletes often play golf just like the rest of us.

TJ graduated with a degree in media and strategic communication and a face for Television

TJ is currently the Sports Director for Tulsa’s Channel 8

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Merrick Rosenberg Knows You

Merrick Rosenberg is a keynote speaker and thought leader on personality styles and team development. He co-founded Team Builders Plus in 1991 and Take Flight Learning in 2012. He is the author The Chameleon and co-author of Taking Flight!.

Merrick has taught more than 100,000 people how to incorporate the personality styles in their work and lives. The DISC training program that Merrick designed, Taking Flight with DISC was recognized as the Best Personality Styles Training Program in the United States by Corporate Vision Magazine.

As CEO of Take Flight Learning, he led his organization to be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia area. Under his leadership, his company was selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine. He received his MBA specializing in Organizational Development from Drexel University who selected him as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.

He has worked with people at all levels, from line staff to senior managers at more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in the US and around the world. He has worked with small and large organizations in a variety of industries: AAA, Adidas, Alstom Power, Aramark, Bank of America, Blue, Cross Blue Shield, Campbell Soup Company, Colgate Palmolive Comcast, ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, InterContinental Hotels Group, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Lockheed Martin, Lufthansa, Nabisco, NBCUniversal, Nestle Purina, Novartis, PECO Energy, Pepsi, Philadelphia Eagles, Reliance Standard Life, Roche, Samaritan Hospice, Temple University, UnitedHealthcare, and Verizon. Merrick has also worked with government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Interpol, Social Security Administration, US Forest Service, as well as the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

And now, added to all of this, his appearance on The Approach Shot Podcast

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A Funny Story From Evan Berke

We heard a story from Evan Berke about locking himself inside his apartment. Yeah, that sounds like the set-up to a bad Blonde Joke, but it is the absolute truth. And funnier than anything he could have made up.

Evan Berke started his comedy career at 18-years-old while he was a freshman at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. The Atlanta, GA native first took stage at the notorious Upper Deck Tavern on King Street.?

During his time in Charleston, Berke’s relationship with comedy evolved from a small stage hobby to being totally immersed in the local communities. Berke was the resident Director of Comedy at the JAIL BREAK Music & Arts Festival. He performed at the Charleston Comedy Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and was a finalist in the Charleston Standup Comedy Competition. He graduated from CofC with a degree in Media Communications in 2013.

Berke was also an Associate Producer at TMZ in New York, Atlanta & Los Angeles, where he produced segments and interviewed celebrities/public figures. In addition to studying at The Second City in Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, Berke continues to produce comedy tours and showcases featuring the best comedians in the country.

Throughout his comedy career, Berke has performed at iconic clubs like The Laughing Skull & The Punchline in Atlanta; Broadway Comedy Club, The Stand & Gotham in New York; Theatre 99, The American Theatre & Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, SC; Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas; and The Comedy Store and Ice House Comedy Club in Los Angeles. He still performs frequently and his live event schedule can be viewed here.
Additionally, Berke was the Resident Host of the PechaKucha NYC Chapter, which puts on monthly storytelling events by a diverse group of creatives from around the world. His short film Roaring 20s can be viewed here, and he was a Consulting Producer on No2Mauro Productions latest project, The Show. Berke also co-produced the critically acclaimed standup comedy album by Dusty Slay, Son of a Ditch, which was featured on The Tonight Show.

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Needless to say, he stays busy. But Evan did eek out some time to join us on The Approach Shot.

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12 Minutes Of Funny

Originally from Israel, Gali was born with the stage bug and was on stage as early as 10 years old, playing in school’s comedy/drama theatrical shows.

Upon moving to the us, Gali decided to pursue her dreams and attended an acting school in N. Hollywood.
started performing in small local venues. she has quickly gained confidence and in a very short time was booked all over Los Angeles’ comedy clubs & theaters.

The winner of 5 comedy competitions in the Los Angeles area.

Nowadays Gali is standing out as a busy comedian exciting audiences with a clever, insightful take on life, performing at major clubs like, the comedy store Hollywood, Flappers comedy club, Ice House, Improv, and many other popular venues. Gali appeared on a new TV talk show “Brash Babble” as a guest star and joined the board as an assistant producer. this TV series just won the user choice award!! Recently taped a comedy special TV show with Pure Flix entertainment alongside the legendary Sinbad, Jeff Allen and Louie Anderson!!!!

And now Gali Kroup appears in the Premiere Episode of The Approach Shot.

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Joey Greco Kicks It Off

The Former Host Of TV’s “CHEATERS” Guests On Our Premier Episode

To give you a good taste of what is in store with us, The Approach Shot Podcast welcomes Joey Greco as our first guest on our Premier episode. Joey is a well known Media Personality and is also an avid (which doesn’t mean “good”) golfer. we talk about golf. We talk about how he, a Preacher’s Kid, could deal with the relationship problems inherent in the Cheaters concept. Ans we talk about what he’s doing now to keep himself busy back in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. A very funny, informative, and entertaining time with Joey Greco.

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