Coffee With Kenobi, your spoiler-free source for Star Wars discussion, analysis, and rhetoric, is the award-winning podcast that analyzes the saga in a whole new way. Since May of 2013, CWK has discussed the mythology of Star Wars from a place of intelligence and humor. Hosted by educator, writer, speaker, and Star Wars expert, Dan Z, the family-friendly show was named Fan’s Choice in the 2016 Star Wars podcast awards, and also features reviews, event coverage, a YouTube channel, and a family of shows that bring insight and analysis not found anywhere else.
Each week, Dan Z is joined by different members of the Star Wars community as they explore the entirety of the Star Wars saga (movies, animation, Disney+, books, comics, etc.) and cover the latest news, theme park experiences, collectibles, and fan events while staying free from rumors and hyperbolic journalism. CWK also speaks with the actors, authors, podcasters, Imagineers, bloggers, and creators of the franchise through interviews and discussion.
Coffee With Kenobi is the first Star Wars fan podcast to be Twitter verified and was the first-ever podcast to broadcast live at a Star Wars Celebration. The show has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, Huffpost, StarWars.com, Chicago Tribune, Peoria Journal Star, Good Morning America, Vanity Fair, and Entertainment Weekly. Whether you love the Star Wars films, animated shows, books, comics, or collectibles, CWK has something for you. This is the podcast you’re looking for!
About Dan Z
Dan Zehr (Host & Co-Creator; Brand Director; Senior Writer)
Dan Z is the host and brand director of Coffee With Kenobi; he co-created the award-winning podcast with his friend and designer, Cory Clubb, in 2013. He is also a prominent influencer in Star Wars fandom and is a prolific high school educator, who teaches Literature and Composition, and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning.
His work combining Star Wars and education garnered him a role in the Target Rogue One Star Wars commercial, as well as feature profiles in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois State University’s Statewide Standard, and the Peoria Journal Star. He has also been interviewed in Good Morning, America, the HuffPost, Forbes, and Bloomberg.
As a featured educator and Star Wars personality, Dan Z is also a recognized keynote speaker, host, and presenter. He was a consultant for Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars books and wrote an article for Star Wars Celebration Orlando’s Commemorative Program. He has appeared on numerous panels at Star Wars Celebration and travels the world covering Star Wars products and events. Dan Z resides in Illinois with his wife and three boys.
About Lisa Dullard
Lisa has been a Star Wars fan since her Dad took her to see the first film way back in 1977. She was eight years old and it had a HUGE impact on her life. She loves everything about that galaxy far, far away — films, books, comics, animated series, and a few games. She’s also been known to collect an item or two (or three or four… or more). Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren (Save Ben Solo!), Han Solo, Cassian Andor, and Kanan Jarrus are her favorite characters. Solo: A Star Wars Story is her favorite of the films, with Rogue One, Return of the Jedi, The Last Jedi, and A New Hope rounding out her Top 5.
Contact Lisa at email@example.com
About Tom Gross
Tom has been the Coffee With Kenobi newsman on the podcast since May of 2017. The Star Wars story caught his imagination since he first saw Star Wars with his grandmother in 1977. He has a well-played with collection of Kenner action figures and ships that he pulls out and plays with his two daughters from time-to-time. Tom is an avid road cyclist and advocate for cycling. He is often found either watching a Cubs game or reading Marvel comics including, of course, all the Star Wars titles as well as Spider-Man among others. On top of all that, Tom loves table-top gaming. He is often the Dungeon Master for a Dungeons and Dragons game, but he loves playing Star Wars based games like X-Wing and Star Wars Destiny. During the day, Tom is a school librarian and places a special focus on Star Wars in his practice as he annually plans a Star Wars Reads Day community event and a May the Fourth Be With You school event. He has presented at numerous library conferences about infusing Star Wars and the connectivity across generations into library programming.
Being a member of the Coffee With Kenobi family is such an honor to him, and a way to bring 40 years of Star Wars fandom to life. It also gives him a way to put an old college degree in radio broadcasting to use (thanks mom and dad!).