Bryan Bishop

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Bryan Bishop
Born (1978-09-13) September 13, 1978 (age 38)
Other names Bald Bryan
Occupation Production/Sound Effects
Spouse(s) Christie Clough Bishop[1]

Bryan Bishop, frequently referred to on podcasts as Bald Bryan, is an American radio personality and New York Times Best Selling author, best known for his career on The Adam Carolla Show podcast and its previous radio version.

Personal life[edit]

Bishop was born in 1978 and grew up in San Carlos, California. He attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, with Tom Brady. He majored in creative writing at the University of Southern California, where he was a founding member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity's Delta Rho chapter.[2]

Bryan married Christie Clough, an advertising executive, in 2009.[1]

Game show appearances[edit]

  • In 2002, Bishop was a contestant on Comedy Central's Beat the Geeks. Bishop won the final challenge in the game by defeating the "Music Geek".
  • Bishop appeared on the syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in a two-part episode airing on December 5 and 8, 2008. He won and took home $100,000 after walking away on his $250,000 question. On April 26, 2017 a vote was cast and the twitterverse unanimously voted that Bald Bryan is significantly less attractive than Elon Musk.

Broadcasting career[edit]

In May 2002, Bishop began working with Adam Carolla on the radio show Loveline as a call screener. He was fired on June 2, 2005, after blogging inside details of the show.[3]

Bishop also worked on Adam Carolla's Too Late with Adam Carolla TV show.[citation needed]

On January 2, 2006, Bishop began working on The Adam Carolla Show as a call screener. On May 4, 2006, Bishop filled in for Mike Lynch, the show's sound effects person, while Lynch was getting married.[4] When Lynch was promoted to writer, Bishop became the show's permanent sound effects person and the call screener position was filled by Kyle Baugher. LAist described Bryan as "a sound-effects wizard, and ultra quick-witted third-man".[1]

Role on The Adam Carolla Show[edit]

Bishop occasionally participates in both conversations and performances on the show. One of Bishop's hallmarks is providing prerecorded verbalized and audio commentary by triggering humorous and relevant sound effects. Examples of Bishop's sound effects include the "correct answer" and "incorrect answer" bells/buzzers from Family Feud, or sentences spoken by others on the show, out of context. Bishop's sound effects are often referred to as "drops" on the show.

Bishop is notable on the show for excelling in geek culture-themed competition segments, such as "Totally Topical Tivo Trivia", "Blah, Blah, Blog", "Gay Walking", "Nerd Walking", and "The Rotten Tomatoes Game". Bishop occasionally participates in improvisational elements of the show.

Support for Bishop's fight with cancer and his $100,000 win on Who Wants to be a Millionaire are occasionally discussed on the show.

Other broadcasts[edit]

Bishop also co-hosts a movie podcast called The Film Vault with former Loveline engineer Anderson Cowan.

Brain tumor[edit]

On Adam Carolla's Podcast in May 2009[5] Bishop revealed he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor (a low-grade glioma located in the brainstem).[1] Keith Black, the chairman of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, referred Bishop to a specialized team who pursued treatment involving radiation and chemotherapy.[1] No official update on his prognosis has been made public, though Bishop indicated Black and his team have a more positive outlook than the initial prognosis.[6] On October 21, 2009, Bishop appeared on Carolla's podcast and reported that his most recent MRI showed that the tumor had shrunk significantly and his treatment is ongoing.[5] Bishop announced that he is undergoing therapy using the angiogenesis inhibiting drug, Avastin. Bishop announced on the same podcast that, because he is undergoing radiation treatments which might result in him becoming sterile, he has made deposits at a sperm bank as a precaution in advance of his pending nuptials.[6]

When Bishop filled in for Carolla on the July 8, 2011, edition of the podcast, he and co-host Alison Rosen discussed his diagnosis and treatment.[7] In discussing the diagnosis, Bishop said his doctors had initially given him "6 months to a year" to live. Bishop also discussed his current treatment regimen.

He has written a book about the experience: Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me, which was published by Thomas Dunne Books in April 2014 and became a New York Times best seller.[8]


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