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Reading a President Trump tweet about Adam Levine recalled a few of my conversations with the Maroon 5 lead singer (whom Trump was not referring to; the President was quoting a columnist with media outlet The Federalist). I believe my first interview with Levine was in the fall of 2008; the artist was in Mexico and in between album cycles yet called in to stump for then-Senator Obama. We made small talk over the Maroon 5’s forthcoming album (“Hands All Over”) and a Halloween party Levine had thrown a few nights prior. Then, we dove in to heavier topics such as the economy as it relates to the music industry and the general election.

I chatted with Levine again in October of 2012, as President Obama ran for reelection against Mitt Romney. Reminding the front man of our interview four years prior, I asked Levine if he would again join the political fray to support the 44th President.

“I’m going to do whatever the hell I can, because if (Obama) doesn’t get elected I’m f—–g moving,” Levine responded. “I’d rather you be president than f—–g Mitt Romney, and I barely know you!”

Of course four years later, other public figures would make a similar claim (and actually be tested on how serious they were) about a Trump presidency. As for Levine, he’s keeping busy with “The Voice” and his band. Maroon 5 just released a new music video for the single, “Wait.” The group will tour behind its latest album, “Red Pill Blues” from May to June and then again from September to October.

Wayne Brady didn’t get a chance to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. When I told him about Romney’s plan to cut subsidies for programs like PBS, I wasn’t sure if Wayne Brady was gonna have to choke a… you get the idea.

“As a child of PBS, I really say that a lot of what I learned in life as a kid, I learned from watching PBS,” explained Brady, who called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to promote his improv-comedy tour. “You would just think that someone who wants to run this country would want America to have the best and brightest.”

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While Brady was clearly not pleased with the Governor’s stance on the issue, the comedians alluded to an even greater problem he has with the Romney campaign.

“If you take music out of schools, and then you’re going to try and snatch away PBS, he wants a nation full of drones,” Brady concluded. “I guess coming from Romney, that might be apropos.”

It didn’t surprise me that a conversation with Wayne Brady would be wide-ranging given the variety of work he has accomplished in his career. While maybe best known for “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and that infamous sketch on “Chappelle Show,” Brady is also an actor, singer, and current TV host of the game show, “Let’s Make A Deal.”

“Even after all these years I’ll get stopped on the streets, ‘Hey man I love ‘Whose Line’ and c’mon, you really didn’t make all that stuff up? Tell me man, I’m your buddy,” Brady explained. “First off, I just met you 6.8 seconds ago, so I probably won’t confide in you. And secondly, yes, it’s all improvised.”

And yes, people still want Brady to say, “the line,” – the rhetorical question he asks while playing himself as a pimp in a skit on “Chappelle Show” when he wonders aloud if he will have to choke a prostitute.

“It was a funny sketch; it’s in the Museum of TV History as one of the best sketches of all time so you can’t ask for anything more than that,” he said, while also stating that he will not repeat the line to a stranger who approaches him. “Now I’m doing something else. And leave me alone, while I’m in the bathroom. I’m not going to say that while you’re standing next to me, and I’m peeing.”

Steve Aoki is using his platform as one of the world’s biggest DJs for a greater cause: to help get out the vote. But while Aoki did travel to the Republican National Convention to spread this message, he pulls no punches as to who he’d like people to vote for in this year’s presidential election.

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“I want to make sure that Obama gets re-elected,” Aoki said. “I have a strong feeling that a lot of people that are in college or younger voters feel the same way.”

The record producer cited President Obama’s views on pro-choice and stem cell research as two reasons behind his thought process – then trailed off the hot topic trail.

“You can’t even really imagine Mitt Romney supporting dance music,” he told me.

Did someone say, “New campaign slogan?”