The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show is a spontaneous, entertaining and unfiltered one-hour political discussion between Huffington Post bloggers Bob Cesca and Chez Pazienza. We cover the news media, presidential politics and whatever else is happening in the world, including our personal lives and pop culture.
Bob Cesca was born in Washington DC, raised in Northern Virginia and has been a featured contributor to the Huffington Post since August, 2005. Bob blogs daily at bobcesca.com and on Twitter at @bobcesca_go. He graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration on the media and the American presidency. He’s hosted various talk and music radio shows, worked as a radio news anchor at WEEU-AM830 in eastern Pennsylvania, and was an intern and production assistant for the nationally syndicated Don & Mike Show. Bob was also a contributor to the Mike O’Meara Show on WJFK. In addition to radio, internet and print journalism, Bob has written and produced hundreds of animated shorts as well as music videos for Iron Maiden, Meat Loaf, Everclear, Yes and Motley Crue. He’s also the creator of the politically charged animated sketch show ILL-ustrated which aired for two seasons on VH1 and MTV2. Bob is the author of One Nation Under Fear – a collection of blog-style essays examining the politics of fear during the “dark ride” of the Bush years.
Chez Pazienza is a veteran journalist — a producer and manager of network and local news, with more than 20 years experience in broadcasting. He’s currently an author, columnist and new media consultant dividing his time between Miami and New York City. Chez is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the Village Voice, and he’s been featured in and interviewed by the New York Times, the New York Observer, New York Magazine Online, U.S. News and World Report, the American Journalism Review, NPR, the IFC Media Project, Radar Magazine and Wired Magazine, as well as websites like Gawker and Fark. In addition, he’s been a regular on-air guest on Sirius XM’s POTUS and Indie Talk channels.
In 2001, immediately following 9/11, Chez served as a producer of MSNBC’s extensive coverage of the World Trade Center attack. He co-launched and helmed the daily production of A Region in Conflict with Ashleigh Banfield, and was eventually named producer of Lester Holt Live. In 2004, Chez was hired by CNN. He became the senior producer of CNN Live Today and went on to manage New York City production of CNN Daybreak and produce full shows, segments and short-form news packages for American Morning.
In mid-2006, Chez started a blog called Deus Ex Malcontent, the focus of which was news, politics, pop culture and the media — often delivered with a satirical acid-tongue. The site was quickly linked by Fark, Gawker and Pajiba, causing DXM’s daily traffic to grow exponentially. In February of 2008, CNN fired Chez for his work on the blog and at the Huffington Post — this, despite the fact that he had never identified himself online as a CNN employee nor had he written about the daily goings-on at CNN. This event placed Chez front-and-center in the media’s consciousness and instantly made his name synonymous with the vast divide between traditional media and new, as well as the constant battle between a way of thinking that’s quickly becoming antiquated and the digital revolution that’s changing how information, particularly news, is disseminated to the public. He’s gone on to write dozens of articles for various publications — as well as for his own blog — analyzing and sometimes criticizing the mainstream media’s inability to effectively understand and target the blogosphere. His sharp mind and take-no-prisoners writing style, combined with his years of experience with both established and new media, has led Terry Heaton, vice president and internet media specialist for Audience Research and Development, to call Chez, “A brilliant new media writer… and a damn fine observer; a sensational talent… with the kind of skills needed to communicate with this generation.”
Chez has two L.A. regional Emmys to his name as well as a prestigious Golden Mic award. He’s also guest lectured on media ethics at UCLA.
As an author, he’s repped by Adam Korn at DeFiore and Company, New York, NY. His first book is Dead Star Twilight, and he wrote a featured entry in The Huffington Post’s Complete Guide To Blogging (Simon & Schuster, 2008).