Garrison Leykam is an AARP card-carrying, motorcycle riding baby boomer, producer, author, stand-up comic and TV and radio host. He has been often referred to as the “the reinventor” as he lives his life in true George Plimpton-ian fashion, namely, upholding his philosophy that life should be a participatory adventure, not a spectator sport.
His website is his online diner. And, like most classic roadside eateries, you never know who you might be sitting next to at the counter. On the menu are entertaining and informative podcasts, articles and profiles served-up by noted celebrities, experts and just plain everyday folks. Garrison’s online radio show, Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys, has eclipsed two million listens.
Garrison has held leadership positions at such companies as MCI Telecommunications, Cablevision and DSL.net and been featured on ESPN’s “Extreme Magazine” TV program. He’s been a producer and engineer with London Records, Inc. during the crest of the British wave of music and produced legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner as well as worked in several capacities with The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Al Green, Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds and others. A performer himself, Garrison was president of his own record label and has performed at such venues as the legendary CBGBs in New York City and the world-renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
He hosted and produced “DINERS” that aired on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). His theme motorcycle from the show was featured for two-years in the MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles exhibit and coffee table book alongside bikes from Brad Pitt, Carlos Mencia, Keith Urban, Peter Fonda and other celebrities and bands including Journey, Rush and Foreigner. He also produced and hosted the documentary “Comic On A Half Shell” about his my experiences learning to become a stand-up comedian and opening at New York City’s famed Gotham Comedy Club.
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