Episode 224 - Iliza Shlesinger

• April 18th, 2014


Iliza Shlesinger has a brand new special on Netflix called War Paint.  She also won the 6th Season of Last Comic Standing.  She's been seen on E!, Comedy Central, and NBC.  This week we discuss working with Netflix on her special and what it's like working on a reality show. 

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Iliza Shlesinger is an absolute monster on stage, unrivaled by any working female comedian out there, just ask her fans.

Originally from Dallas, Iliza moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College. She is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC'S Last Comic Standing. Most recently she was the host of CBS's syndicated comedy dating show Excused, in which she filmed 230 episodes. Iliza's TV credits include her own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, as well as NBC'S Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, E! Network's Chelsea Lately and The Soup, NBC'S Last Call with Carson Daily, TBS’ Who Gets the Last Laugh?, and Showtime's Pauly Shore and Friends and Bridging the Gap Comedy Festival. She is featured in the comedy documentary I Am Comic. Her live stand-up résumé also includes performing at the coveted Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, hundreds of clubs and colleges, and in various countries for our troops overseas. Iliza loves the troops and was honored to participate in The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's personal USO Tour throughout the Middle East and Europe.

Her debut one hour comedy special, War Paint reached #1 on the iTunes charts and is currently available on Netflix.

She is currently in development for her own late night talk show pilot and when she's not entertaining crowds on the road she can be found tearin' it up in the gym and fawning over her dog, Blanche.

She wants you to tweet her @iliza

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Episode 223 - Jake Johannsen

• April 6th, 2014


Jake Johannsen joins me on the show this week to talk about New Zealand, a gig at Ford's Theater, and his reaction to David Letterman's retirement announcement.  Jake has his own podcast called Jake This of Jake Johannsen.  Jake has made over 40 appearances on David Letterman.  He's also appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and on Conan O'Brien. 

Check out jakethis.com for more.

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Episode 222 - Wendy Liebman

• March 23rd, 2014


Wendy Liebman returns to the show this week to discuss her connection to the movie Saving Mr. Banks, the recent passing of comedian David Brenner and whether or not the real Katy Perry follows her on Twitter.

For Wendy's full bio, check out her website - wendyliebman.com

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Episode 221 - Jesse & Justin Tuttle

• March 2nd, 2014

Jesse and Justin Tuttle join me on the show this week.  We talk about running the growing comedy scene in Champaign-Urbana. 

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Episode 220 - Nate Burrows

• February 14th, 2014

Chicago comic Nate Burrows joins me on the show this week. 

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Episode 219 - Nate Simmons

• February 1st, 2014

My guest, for the 5th Anniversary of the Stand-Up Chronicles, is Chicago comic Nate Simmons.  Nate is originally from Detroit but now resides in Chicago.  We talk about giving a best man speech and what's more nerve wracking - the first time you do stand-up or the first time you get paid to do stand-up.


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Episode 218 - Nate Bargatze

• January 19th, 2014

Nate Bargatze joins me on the show this week. He's been seen on Conan, Fallon and has his own Comedy Central Presents.  He's got a new album out called Yelled at by a Clown.  We'll talk about which talk show hosts do the best job of supporting stand-up and his upcoming appearance on the second season of Maron. 

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I’m from Old Hickory, TN and currently reside in Los Angeles. My father is a former clown turned world class magician and I have followed in his footsteps in the entertainment business. Listen. I’m not here to talk about how I have had my own Comedy Central Presents or that I have appeared four times on Conan and recently on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Did I go on Jimmy Fallon’s Clean Cut Comedy Tour? Yes. You already knew that though! Who cares that I performed at Bonnaroo in 2010. Of course I have appeared on CMT multiple times and I do remember winning New York’s Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival in the same year. I loved every moment. Yes, I wrote for the Spike TV Video Game Awards, but who hasn’t? Really loved performing for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait five times. I was mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine by Marc Maron as a “comic who should be big” and in Esquire by Jim Gaffigan as one of the top up and coming comics. My first album “Yelled at by a Clown” made it onto the Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts for two weeks. But hey this isn’t all about me.

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Episode 217 - Gabe Kea

• January 9th, 2014

Gabe Kea joins me on the show this week.  Gabe has been heard on Bob and Tom and seen at comedy festivals across the country.  We compare rec league hockey to open mics and how it can help you handle hecklers.

Here's more on Gabe from his Rooftop Comedy Profile:

Comedian Gabe Kea's unbridled enthusiasm for entertaining audiences is what truly sets him apart. With a personality as big as his 6'5" frame, Gabe melds well-crafted jokes with his comedic physicality to create an unforgettable show. Gabe started performing in St. Louis after spending most of his youth living in both the United States and Canada. He eventually relocated to southwestern Ohio, where he won the 2009 "Funniest Person in Cincinnati" contest. Gabe is a former recipient of Rooftop Comedy's Silver Nail, awarded to those that distinguished themselves in the underground stand-up scene. In addition to opening for popular headliners like Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, and Nikki Glaser, Gabe can be heard regularly on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show. He recently performed with "Community" star Joel McHale at the 2013 Gilda's Laugh Fest. His interests include hockey, beer, and reinforcing Canadian stereotypes.

Follow Gabe on Twitter @gabekea

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Episode 216 - DJ Dangler & Ryan Niemiller

• January 4th, 2014

Indianapolis comics DJ Dangler and Ryan Niemiller join me on the show this week. 

You can find DJ on Twitter @DJDangler and Facebook.

You can find Ryan on Twitter @RyanNiemiller and Facebook.

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Episode 215 - Carmen Lynch & Ben Moore

• December 21st, 2013

Carmen Lynch and Ben Moore are on the show this week.  We talk about a bunch of stuff but mainly the restaurant Perkins.  Carmen has been on Letterman, Premium Blend, and Last Comic Standing.  Ben can be heard on Bob and Tom and has a new CD out called Never Coming Back. 

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Carmen Lynch is the offspring of a petite Spanish nurse and a tall American Naval officer. She was born in California -- the town where Clint Eastwood was mayor -- and soon after moved to Spain to begin her performance career as a flamenco dancer (it sounds like a joke but she's got pictures to prove it).

After graduating from The College of William & Mary with a degree in psychology, Carmen applied to the FBI but failed the psychology portion of the exam. So naturally, she moved to NY to pursue acting. Not realizing she'd moved to the mecca of stand-up comedy, Carmen eventually tried it out and fell in love -- or something.

Carmen made her network debut as one of the top 20 comics on the first season of "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. She's also performed on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and was featured on HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. She's also done a lot of Spanish shows including SiTV's "Latino Laugh Festival" and toured as one of the Latinas of Comedy with Paul Rodriguez. As a prolific writer, she's also freelanced with MAD Magazine. Catch her on this season of "Last Comic Standing.


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Ben Moore is quickly becoming a major factor in the Midwest comedy scene, cutting his teeth at top rooms all across the nation. He has become a favorite on The Bob & Tom Show, prompting Tom Griswold to proclaim Ben "my favorite new comedian." Ben is the reigning "Funniest Person in  Lexington." His expanding credits also include TBS, Atlanta's prestigious Laughing Skull Festival and finalist in 2011 Funniest Person in Cincinnati contest.

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