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What Gustavo Rocque From Big Time Rush Is Doing Now

Avid watchers of Nickelodeon in the late 2000s likely still know the lyrics to one of the network's catchiest theme songs. When viewers heard "Oh, oh, oh-oh, oh ... Make it count, play it straight, don't look back, don't hesitate. When you go big time," they knew they were in for 30 minutes or so of enjoyable shenanigans from Kendall Knight (Kendall Schmidt), James Diamond (James Maslow), Carlos Garcia (Carlos PenaVega) and Logan Mitchell (Logan Henderson) in the series "Big Time Rush."

Throughout the course of the show, which aired for four seasons until 2013, the teens transition from playing hockey in Minnesota to taking the music industry by storm as the next big boy band, Big Time Rush. A key component of the group's success is acclaimed record producer Gustavo Rocque (Stephen Kramer Glickman). Though he's loud, impatient, and often annoyed by Kendall and friends, whom he refers to as "dogs," Gustavo knows Big Time Rush is his ticket to redemption after working with countless failed artists.

It's been almost a decade since "Big Time Rush" came to an end. As the quartet makes a massive comeback with new music and a cross-country tour, many are wondering what the man behind the great Mr. Rocque is up to.

Stephen Kramer Glickman is a talented recording artist

Glickman's dark sunglasses-wearing persona of Gustavo Rocque may be a behind-the-scenes expert on music, but in real life, the 42-year-old is the one heard on the mic. A talented vocalist and musician, Glickman garnered a massive TikTok following by livestreaming covers of popular songs at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was therapeutic for Glickman, who at the time not only broke up with his girlfriend of eight years but contracted COVID when he attempted to reunite with friends (via The Post).

Covers of Billie Eilish, Adele, and, of course, Big Time Rush caught the attention of Greg Collins, a producer for U2, who suggested Glickman make an album. He did just that and released "Moving Company" in August 2021, which features heartfelt ballad versions of "Basket Case" by Green Day, "Circles" by Post Malone, a variety of others. Everyone from Glickman's sister to "American Idol" Season 10 finalist Casey Abrams had a hand in its creation (via The Post).

Regarding a career in music, Glickman has a few goals in mind, including an album focused exclusively on the music of one year, not unlike "Now That's What I Call Music," more music videos (a number are available on his YouTube channel), and performing his covers beyond the virtual world of TikTok (via Nerds and Beyond). "I'd love to be able to hit the road and do this show. Where it's like 'An Evening with Stephen Glickman' where I can sit at the piano, tell some stories and do some songs," he said. Previously, Glickman also released a stand-up comedy album called "VOICES IN MY HEAD" in early 2020.

Stephen Kramer Glickman is an accomplished voice actor

Though Glickman parted ways with his over-the-top persona of Gustavo almost 10 years ago, he's still pursuing his passion for acting, though in a slightly different capacity.

In 2016, Glickman joined the star-studded lineup of Jennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key, and Kelsey Grammer in the animated Warner Bros. movie "Storks." Glickman voices Pigeon Toady (via IMDb), a comedically obnoxious bird who attempts to fit in with the delivery storks of Cornerstone. For the part, Glickman takes on a surfer dude style accent, and even taps into his musical background with a rendition of "How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy. "It was the best job that I've ever had in my life, 100 percent," said Glickman. "As a kid, that was my dream, my whole life, was to be in animated movies" (via The Post).

Glickman also lent his voice to the 2018 animated Netflix original "White Fang," a story about a wolf dog's journey that's based on the novel by Jack London. As antagonist Ned, Glickman's character sparks a battle between White Fang and his dog, the latter of which loses.

Stephen Kramer Glickman is writing his own show and film

After appearing in his share of projects over the years, Glickman is currently writing several of his own, including a television show and animated film (via The Post). Though achieving a finished product is proving to be a challenge, especially since he started right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he described the creative process as "cool."

Not only is Glickman excited about the prospect of having his work appear on either the big screen or a streaming platform, but he's also thrilled to be working with "one of the greatest people in the industry," Mel Brooks, the man behind classics such as "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles," who is serving as the executive producer for Glickman's show.

"I got to spend a little over a year developing a show with him in his office. Writing on it and working on it was an amazing, amazing thing," said Glickman. "I'm looking forward to trying to see what happens with it and where it gets to go..." The original interview in which he describes his writing projects came out in 2020, and as of right now, there hasn't been an update about either the TV show or movie.

Stephen Kramer Glickman hosts a successful podcast

Since April 2016, Glickman has been hosting "The Night Time Show" podcast alongside fellow comedians Matt Walker, Mike Black, and Mike Glazer. Over the years, the guys have chatted with celebrities from all facets of the entertainment industry, including NSYNC's Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, and "Goodfellas" actor Paul Sorvino. Glickman even enjoyed a reunion with "Big Time Rush" frontman Kendall Schmidt, who reflected on the show and his post-Big Time Rush musical project, Heffron Drive.

However, "The Night Time Show" isn't all about the laughs. For Glickman, it's also about using his platform for good. Through the podcast's yearly holiday gala, Glickman and friends raise funds for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "Over the past few years, we have raised just over $70,000 and have donated over a thousand toys," he said. "I feel it is our responsibility to help our community not only thrive, but survive." He also noted in an interview that he hopes to one day help "educate young people so that we can end bullying for good," citing his own experience with bullying as a kid (via Authority Magazine).