ABOUT: HOSTS

WILL

On an unseasonably warm day in 1971, somewhere in Jersey City, NJ, Will was born with a fake mustache and a convincing Australian accent. This may have been the start of his life-long interest in performing. • His fascination with music began with five unforgettable notes from “Close Encounters,” which he plunked out on his Schroeder-sized piano. Years later, he created music and soundscapes for Off-Broadway productions and performances at The Juilliard School. • Stunned in the 1980s that a single actor could be portray both Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Will later studied acting at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (as a company member alongside Peter Dinklage, future star of “Game of Thrones”), at Bill Esper Studios and with Olympia Dukakis. • Having watched hours of Monty Python on UHF as a child, Will later adapted John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost into a dark comedy, which was produced at HERE (New York). Will also wrote and performed with Those Lazy Bastards (New York) a sketch comedy group that he founded with Yuri Lowenthal (voice of “Ben-10,” PS4 “Spiderman”). • And while he couldn’t dance a single step to a slow jam, Will learned to break on a piece of cardboard on the streets of his hometown. • With a passion for 1980s pop culture, and amazing enunciation, Will is the perfect co-host of the weekly podcast that defends the best decade for media.

HOST/CREATOR

RAY

Born in 1972, on a snowy day in Cleveland, Ohio, Ray cut his own cord with a mystical scimitar that vanished in an eerie blue flame before a startled physician. This may account for his life-long love of tabletop roleplaying games. A hero of Dungeons & Dragons since he was ten, Ray has also led adventures as a dungeon master for the last 38 years. And his fascination with fantasy extends to novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore and Ed Greenwood. • As true of any 80s kid, music is in Ray’s DNA. In addition to his love of hair metal, thrash and punk, Ray was the former frontman of “barn core” legends Hostile Omish. And later, he led his own rockabilly-punk band Go Robot!, which featured a mad scientist and dancing automaton in performances. • A cinephile with a flair for the nostalgic, Ray has amassed over 600 VHS tapes with many from his favorite genre 1980s horror. • With a passion for 1980s pop culture, and an obsession with hearing his own voice, Ray is the perfect co-host of the weekly podcast that defends the best decade for media.

HOST/CREATOR

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
© 2020 The 80its. All rights reserved. "The 80its" is a registered trademark.