Written by Youseph Rasheed Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00
Tim Kubart, 29, is no stranger to the bright lights of television stardom. He has built up an impressive resume appearing on shows like As The World Turns, and Law & Order, and playing guitar for the house band on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent. These days he is utilizing his gifted singing and acting chops for the betterment of children.
Kubart was born on Long Island and raised in Farmingdale. He explained how he discovered the acting bug while still a teenager at Farmingdale High School.
“I was in an acting group called The Playcrafters and that was the time when I really started finding myself,” he said. “I was the director of the Farmingdale Marching Band as well. Theater and music were a really big part of my life.”
After high school, Kubart attended Fordham College at Lincoln Center. He reflected on his time at the Jesuit School which helped him to realize that he wanted to make children’s music.
“In order to graduate we had to put a certain amount of time towards community service. I chose to volunteer at a homeless shelter where I worked with children,” he said. “One day I showed up with a guitar on my back and the director of the shelter asked me to play a song for the kids. I learned ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and I wrote the ‘Octopus Song.’ The first time I ever performed for children I told myself that this is what I should be doing.”
As fast as Kubart knew that working in children’s media was his goal, he made up his mind to be a puppeteer.
His talents landed him a job as one of the stars on The Sunny Side Up Show which he co-hosts with a 4-year-old chicken puppet named Chica. It is the only live daily morning show for preschoolers. The three hour hosted block is dedicated to helping parents prepare preschoolers for the day ahead. The show airs on Sprout, a 24-hour network aimed at preschoolers.
Kubart lists Jim Henson and the Muppets as his inspiration, and even has a portrait of Henson hanging over his fireplace.
When asked if he finds it difficult to stay upbeat on live television, Kubart said, “the pressure kind of fades away after a while and now it’s just lots of fun. Chica sort of brings that excitement out. She really mirrors the energy that preschoolers have.”
At the moment, Kubart hosts the show on weekends which broadcasts from the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Penn.
“Right now there are four of us that host the show,” he said. “Every couple of months we switch our schedules up.”
The show will move from Philadelphia to its new address at 30 Rockafeller Plaza in New York City. “It is really exciting for me because I get to do a live show out of the same building that Saturday Night Live is broadcast from.”
“What’s so special about this job is we are building our own content. All of us are actors and we all have experience working with kids. We come up with our own songs and sketches and pitch them to the producers. Sometimes we sing each other’s songs. It really is a collaborative effort,” he explained.
Kubart looks to his own youth when thinking up creative ways to educate and entertain kids on the show.
“I had the perfect suburban childhood growing up in Farmingdale. I have great memories with the kids I grew up with. My block had a great energy,” Kubart explained. “I try to bring that same energy to the show. I was lucky to grow up in Farmingdale because we had Adventureland, The Old Bethpage Village Restoration was nearby, and just growing up close to the beach was something I loved as a kid.”
He believes that The Sunny Side Up Show is more special than other children’s shows for a number of reasons.
“I think the live aspect of the show is really great. We are connecting directly with preschoolers. The kids send us emails and videos and we show them on the program. It really sets us apart,” said Kubart. “My favorite part is working with Chica. She has real feelings.
Sometimes we are playing a game and struggling with it. She can get upset about that. She is always excited about trying new things and I think preschoolers can really see themselves in Chica.”
Kubart’s personal message to children and their families is to make the best of their time together and to make every moment a special one.
Catch Kubart's show on Sprout, which can be seen on Cablevision channel 127, Verizon FIOS channel 263, and Direct TV channel 295.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.
“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia. “Flying through the air never gets boring. At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.”