James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance. Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.
As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.
He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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Now here's an ad that gets it right. The UK faction of Volkswagen is currently airing a new commercial for their 'Polo' (don't think it's a stateside car just yet) that presents a father actually taking a role in his daughter's life from birth onward... without being a fool. I've gotta give my friend Mike credit for posting this one on Facebook, as I probably wouldn't have seen it otherwise. Take a look below:
It's hard to believe, but the final countdown is on. I guess it's time to crank up the Europe and start winding down the days in reverse, because our 'New Release' is set for arrival via scheduled C-section a month from now. I've been 'nesting' for awhile now, and the instinct of preparation is becoming a bit more frenzied. I can't grasp people that have fleets of kids (like the Duggars) or those parents that seem like they really don't care - having kids is a big deal, and for me it's both exciting and daunting. The Nursery is finished, though.
Originally Published November 15, 2011
Just two months since the release of his 41-track, EXTENDED PLAY E.P., comedian T.J. MILLER is already back on store shelves - this time with NO REAL REASON, his first-ever stand-up special. Taped in his former home state of Colorado (where he lived before getting smart and moving to Chicago, prior to pussing out and moving to L.A.) and released by Comedy Central, NO REAL REASON captures theLEGENDofKARL doing what he does best - making people laugh (except for the lady that gets up mid-show to call him an ''inconsiderate f*ck.'').
Originally Published September 19, 2011
There's a lot of people out there that aren't gonna ''get'' T.J. MILLER's new album, THE EXTENDED PLAY E.P. At 41 tracks and over an hour in length, it's not only not an E.P. - but it's not the standup comedy that he's known for, either. With this album, Miller enters the dangerous world of musical comedy.
Originally Published August 29, 2011
The beauty of DOUG BENSON is his ability to instantly mesh with his audience through a casual delivery that never once sounds forced. Now, there's a good chance that the weed plays a big role in this, as you can hear the smile on Benson's face as if he's a smoking buddy taking a hit from the bong and giving you some humorous commentary as he exhales a hefty blast of THC-enhanced second-hand smoke into the air of a small room that probably lacks proper ventilation. There's a chance you've known such a guy in your lifetime, though a few of you may not fess up to it.
Originally Published August 23, 2011
You know him from THE DAILY SHOW with JON STEWART, and now comedian WYATT CENAC has his first-ever stand-up special in release. Out this week on DVD, CD, and digital download via Comedy Central Records, COMEDY PERSON (reviewed from CD) is an hour of the freshest comedy around - and not just because it's only been available for 24 hours.