Actor and talk show host Adam Lupis shares his passion for the 80s and 90s eras on his YouTube show “The Up & Adam Show” where he interviews notable artists in the music, film and TV spaces. We caught up with him to discuss some of his favorite guests, his approach to hosting, his old-school vinyl collection, and more.
What makes you excited about getting to know your guests?
I think the main thing is finding out that my guests and I relate to each other on a personal level. I’m a very easygoing guy, so I enjoy keeping my interviews very friendly and not so scripted. I love making them feel comfortable and I think that makes for a more real and open conversation. It’s almost as if we aren’t even on camera. We’re just two individuals having a genuine conversation. I believe that if you can make someone feel comfortable, you’ve already set yourself up for a successful interview.
What sort of research/prep to you do to prepare for you interviews?
The amount of research depends on who I’m having on. If I were to have a guy like Sylvester Stallone on my show, I wouldn’t need to do any research because he’s someone I’ve been aware of my whole life. However, if it’s someone I don’t know, I would first start looking at their Instagram page. I would get a feel for who they are as an individual. From there, I would check out their work and get an understanding of what they do. After that, I simply create a set of topics that I think can make for a great discussion that tells a story about my guest from beginning to end.
What do you like to do to make it fun for your guests?
I try to be creative with each guest I have on, whether it’s making them laugh or playing little games with them. I had two comedians on my show together and we played a game called “Spin to Win.” I created a wheel that spins with 4 headings and questions for them, and whoever got the most questions right, wins. I also have a record player in my studio, so I tend to play a song from one of my vinyls at the end of the episode. It makes for a good vibe and casual ending.
Who are some of your all-time favorite interviews?
Every interview has been amazing, so it’s hard to pick. But I really enjoyed talking to the creator of “The Fairly Odd parents,” Butch Hartman, since I grew up watching that show. I also enjoyed speaking with Charles Baker, Skinny Pete from “Breaking Bad,” because that show is such a staple on television. Lillo Brancato, who was “C” in “A Bronx Tale” and Matthew Bevilacqua in “The Sopranos,” was also one of my guests.
And any upcoming guests you’re looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to Robert Davi (“The Goonies,” “Die Hard” and “License To Kill”), Jesse Kove (“Cobra Kai”), BIGTIME TOMMIE, and Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, who won the Golden buzzer on “America’s Got Talent.”
Who are your top three dream interviewees?
Sylvester Stallone, Daniel Radcliffe, and Al Pacino.
Playlist for your workout?
I don’t work out much, but I listen to the Rocky Balboa soundtrack a lot. Inspiring music.
Favorite TV discovery this year?
I discovered “Sex Education” this year. My girlfriend and I have been watching it religiously, but due to covid, the third season hasn’t come out yet. I can’t wait for it though.
All-time favorite movie?
I’d say “Goodfellas” by Martin Scorsese. I’m a fan of the mob movie genre. I actually have a podcast related to that genre called the “Whaddya Hear, Whaddya Say? Podcast!” It can be found on Spotify and Apple.
Canadians are known for their love of beer, what’s your favorite?
I actually really like Italian beer, like Peroni or Moretti. But in terms of Canadian beer, I’d say Molson.
What are you looking forward to this summer?
I’m looking forward to sitting by my pool, having barbecues every day with my loved ones, and listening to good ol’ school music. Being in Canada, we don’t get enough summer, so we need to take advantage of it while we can!