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Published on April 12th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Richard Robichaux On The New Disney+ Series “Big Shot,” His Dual Career, Music, The Mets & More

Big Shot is a new Disney+ series starring John Stamos and Yvette Nicole Brown. Premiering on the streaming service on April 16, 2021, the David E. Kelley-produced show tells the story of a temperamental college basketball coach — as portrayed by the aforementioned John Stamos — who gets fired from his job and must take a job at an elite all-girls private high school.

Actor Richard Robichaux portrays teacher “George Pappas” in Big Shot, yet Robichaux is also a real-life teacher, working as a professor at the University of California at San Diego where he runs the MFA Acting program. Robichaux has been working steadily as an actor for decades while still holding down his workload within the education field. And as you will see embedded below from Robichaux’s Instagram account, many of his UCSD students go on to pursue full-time careers as actors.

On April 6, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Richard Robichaux via Zoom, as embedded below. We not only spoke about Big Shot and his work as a professor, but also music, sports and hobbies outside of work. More on Robichaux can be found online here, here and here.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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