iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network Launch Gripping New Podcast “#1 Dad” Hosted by Comedian Gary Vider

Premiering today, June 10, the 10-episode limited series will explore Vider’s complex upbringing with his real life con-man father, as he unravels the astonishing truth about his illusive life 24 years later 


WHAT: As kids, most of us look up to our Dads. A Dad should be a positive role model who shows us the value of hard work. Dads are supposed to teach us the difference between right and wrong. But that’s not the story we’re telling here. This is the story of Gary Vider, a successful stand-up comedian, who grew up with a Dad unlike any other. Manny Vider was a con man, who’s schemes and lies span over 4 decades. It’s been 24 years since Gary has seen his father and he doesn’t have a clue what he’s up to these days. But Gary is ready to open Pandora’s Box and take listeners on a deeply personal and comedic journey to uncover the outrageous truth about his Dad before he attempts to meet him face to face. Does Manny regret his con man life? Is he finally on the straight and narrow? Or is he still wearing a fake neck brace, forging documents, and creating sham businesses to scam anyone who will take the bait? Welcome to the hilarious and heartfelt true story of Gary Vider and his #1 Dad. 

WHO: Host Gary Vider is a New York City based comedian who has made a name for himself in the national comedy scene. Gary’s stand-up special “It Could Be Worse” recently premiered on his YouTube channel. His subtle style of humor took him all the way to the finals on season 10 of America’s Got Talent. His dry delivery has also earned him TV appearances on CONAN and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His jokes have been published in the New York Times and Time Out NY Magazine. He was named a "Comic to Watch" by Esquire and was the winner of the 2014 Carolines on Broadway March Madness competition where he beat out 63 of the best young comedians. In early 2020, Gary released his debut comedy album, ‘Vider Las Vegas’. 

“#1 Dad” is a new limited series from iHeartMedia, Will Ferrell’s Big Money Player Network, and Radio Point with executive producers Adam Lowitt, Alex Bach, Daniel Powell, and Houston Snyder with Bernie Kaminski as producer. Brian Stern and Kenneth Slotnick of AGI Entertainment Media & Management also executive produce.

WHEN: The first two episodes premiere today, June 10, with new episodes airing every Monday.

WHERE: #1 Dad is part of the Big Money Players Network and is distributed by iHeartPodcasts. Fans can listen on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

SHOW PAGE: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-1-dad-182209950/ 

ASSETS: Show art is available for download HERE

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Radio Point is the podcasting venture helmed by veteran comedy producers Alex Bach and Daniel Powell of Irony Point (I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Life and Beth, HBO's Fantasmas) and audio producer Houston Snyder of Great City Post. Radio Point podcasts include Wikihole with D'Arcy Carden, Ruined with Halle Kiefer and Alison Leiby, Netflix’s The Hall, and Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Radio Show. They have released various scripted and unscripted formats across a variety of genres. 


Founded by Will Ferrell and iHeartMedia, Big Money Players Network (BMP) is the premiere destination for comedy podcasts and home to top comedic talent across a variety of formats and styles. In addition to audio’s No. 1 comedy “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” BMP features award-winning hits like “Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein,” “Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang,” “The Nikki Glaser Podcast," "Poog," and "Straightiolab." #1 Dad is executive produced by Will Ferrell, Hans Sahni, Olivia Aguilar, and iHeartMedia and is distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network.


About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 500 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

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