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Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 24, 2013 — Jay Mohr is a stand-up comedian, actor, and radio host. His film and television credits include Jerry Maguire, Pluto Nash, The Amazing Burt Wonderstone and Gary Unmarried.

He regularly performs stand up in and around southern California and also travels throughout the country to perform.

Mohr’s often humorous and uncensored long form interviews with a wide range of guests can be heard on his podcast Mohr Stories.

Mohr’s nationally-syndicated sports talk show Jay Mohr Sports can be heard on Fox Sports 910 in Phoenix. He brings a fresh approach to sports talk, encouraging listener participation and bringing in interviews and content from other realms of entertainment like music, film, and comedy. Since launching at the beginning of the year, the show has quickly become one of the highest-rated sports talk shows on the radio dial.

I can credit my ability to book this interview to this sports show. Let me explain.

Each day, listeners have the opportunity to tweet their usually humorous musings at the show, and the top selections are then read on air by Mohr and his crew. If a person gets three tweets read in a day, he/she wins what the show has coined The Twitter Hat Trick. Mohr will only follow Twitter Hat Trick winners on Twitter.

I have won the contest a few times, so I decided to tweet at my follower (@jaymohr37) and ask for an interview. He was gracious enough to accept.

I recently caught up with Mohr before a late performance at Stand Up Live! in downtown Phoenix.

Modern Times Magazine: In both sports radio and comedy, a lot of content tends to go negative. And you seem very positive and always bring the audience into it. How did you end up taking that angle?

Jay Mohr: I don’t know if I’m really that positive. I just sort of dress it up as positivity.

I mean, when we’re playing Lou Holtz slobbering all over himself, there’s really no positive spin to that. It’s just like ‘Oh my God, listen to this man’s voice.’ So, we are more positive than a lot of shows, but a lot of it is just dressing it up. Maybe that’s all it takes if you’ve never felt the negative vibe.

I never feel like I’m being overtly negative to anybody.

MTM: Take me for example, as a listener that participates in the show. There’s another certain show you’ve been on before…

JM: Rome.

MTM: Yes. The callers are always pinned against each other and taking each other on.

JM: I kind of wish you guys would do that more. Not the Twitter Hat Trick Club, because you guys are like a beacon of positivity on the internet. Like you guys have created your own bubble of good, which never happens. It’s weird.

Only Oprah could pull that off. To have a whole bunch of people on the Internet helping one another with stuff like hospital bills.

MTM: Yeah. Like if you know someone is having a bad day, everyone gets behind them.

JM: Like ‘Hey cheer up, Brad.’ It’s always Brad. He’s such a negative nelly.

MTM: Do you think that sense of positivity contributed to the meteoric rise of your show? It’s been on less than a year and it’s already one of the most popular sports talk shows out there.

JM: Yeah. I think it contributed to it. I don’t know if it’s the positivity. The positivity certainly doesn’t hurt, but I think, well, I guess they’re synonymous, it’s the amount of fun we have. It doesn’t really seem like this three hours we’re going to talk Tennessee Titans football and break down the Xs and Os.

A lot of the show if you really broke it down in a classroom is just absolute nonsense. But somehow corporate leaves us alone and we play Billy (shouts)! We just play people screaming at each other and goofing off and it’s fun.

You know what I didn’t expect was when you replace a local team, people in that town lose their minds, and they think you squeezed that person out. And I’m like, after following me, I will direct message them ‘These people lost their jobs months ago.’ It’s the same with Jim [Rome]; he left and you can’t have dead air. Someone has to take the spot. And they go ‘Well, I like local radio.’ So I tell them not to think of me as a national show. Think of me as a show. And then every once in awhile I am going to talk about your town for four days.

Like if you watched Conan and all of sudden Conan is just talking about Louisville, Kentucky, everyone would be like ‘Why does Conan keep talking about us?’

It’s much more of a show then a sports show.

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