Episode 229 - Brett Erickson

• August 24th, 2014

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Brett Erickson joins me on the show this week to talk cats, fights, and Trail of Blood or Trail of Blood on the Trail.

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Episode 228 - Lachlan Patterson

• July 29th, 2014

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Lachlan Patterson is one of five finalists on NBC's Last Comic Standing right now.  We discuss his new found fame, Vancouver, surfing, Last Comic Standing, and persistence.  Lachlan has a podcast called Kooks of Komedy.  He also has an album out called Jokes to Make Love To.

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What began 15 years ago as a way to escape reality is starting to become something truly special.

To say Lachlan Patterson is having one of his better years would be an understatement.  With television appearances on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Tosh.0 and Legit on FX, it seems people are finally becoming aware of just how talented this Canadian born comedian really is.  

Lachlan's laid back style has given him a unique stage personality that has audiences charmed from beginning to end. His debut album Jokes to Make Love To was a top-10 release for Rooftop Comedy and his live shows have drawn fans all across the globe.  When not on the road touring or preparing a set for television, Lachlan records his weekly podcast The Kooks of Komedy in which he talks candidly about his personal life, goals and passion for surfing. 

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Episode 227 - Bruce Bruce & Andrew Voris

• July 20th, 2014

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Bruce Bruce and Andrew Voris join me on the show this week.  Bruce Bruce hosted BET's Comic View and will be in the upcoming movie Finally Famous.  Andrew is a comic out of Champaign, IL.  With Bruce, we'll talk about meeting Bob Newhart and doing comedy in Hawaii.  With Andrew, we'll discuss an incident that happened at the early show Friday.

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Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style. Bruce’s steady style of comedy has been showcased across the country, and he has been entertaining audiences young and old, and of all backgrounds, for years. His wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality set him apart from other standup comedians. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh, and is no stranger is winning over new audiences with every appearance he makes. From his role as host for two seasons of BET’s “Comic View” to his many appearances on tv and film, Bruce is clearly a comedian that has found his mark in the business. Bruce headlined the 2008 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, leaving the audiences north of the border in stitches. On the feature film front, Bruce made a cameo in the HBO Films feature “Idlewild,” appeared in the Larry the Cable Guy-starrer “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” with Ice Cube in Columbia Pictures’ “XXX: State of the Union” and in the Screen Gems comedy “Think Like a Man.” He will also be appearing in the upcoming Chris Rock directed “Finally Famous.”

Bruce is one of the nation’s favorite standup comedians and can currently be seen on the national Top Shelf Comedy Tour and in selected clubs. In addition to standup comedy, film and tv, Bruce Bruce can also add author to his list of credits. Bruce recently released his first book “Baby James Brown” from Penguin Publishing. Within these pages you will find hilarious stories from his childhood and learn more about what makes Bruce Bruce one of the most popular comedians in the business today.

Bruce’s comedy can actually be traced back to when he was working as a chef directly out of high school. He would entertain his customers with his humor while cooking up mean BBQ dishes. Bruce also worked as a Frito-Lays salesman and did everything from shelf placement to performing his comedy sets during their corporate meetings. Eventually, Bruce brought his comedy routine to the Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta and was an instant hit. When BET’s Coast to Coast came to town searching for new and talented stand-up comedians, Bruce would pursue the opportunity to appear on the show and would incessantly audition at each club in the area.

Ultimately, he appeared on the show three times. In 1993, Bruce made his first appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam; followed quickly by an impressive appearance on the Showtime at the Apollo hosted by Steve Harvey in 1994. Bruce was asked back to the Apollo two more time in 1995.

His career skyrocketed from there. After receiving the highest ratings ever as the Host of “BET’s 10th Anniversary Comic View” for two seasons, Bruce returned to the BET family as the two-time host “Coming to the Stage.” Bruce went on to star in his own “Comedy Central Presents” special which he followed with a release of his one-hour comedy special DVD “Bruce Bruce Live”(2003) and more recently on “Losin’ It” (Showtime 2011). On the big screen, Bruce has created crazy characters like the “Lime Pimp” in Hair Show starring Mo ‘Nique, and “Dewayne” the lovable security guard in The Wash starring Snoop Dog and Dr Dre. He also appeared in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, XXX: State of the Union and as the memorable “Golf Ball Eddie” in Who’s Your Caddy.

Bruce’s bigger than life personality has transcended his personality onto the music video scene as well. He has made guest appearances in videos with Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins (after being named in their hit song “Salt Shaker”). He appeared in the monstrous 1996 summer hit
“Come On Ride the Train (Ride It)” by Quad City DJs and can also be seen in Outkast’s music video “So Fresh, So Clean.” Most recently, Bruce appears with Anthony Anderson in the KEM music video, “You’re On My Mind.”

Bruce’s memorable festival appearances include the prestigious, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in both Chicago (2009) and Montreal (2000 /2003/2008), Laffapalooza in Atlanta, GA (1999-2002) and the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen (2002).

You can currently find Bruce on the big screen in the upcoming “Finally Famous,” also starring with Anthony Anderson in the music video by KEM, “You’re On My Mind,” his recent DVD release, “Losin’ It: Live from Boston,” and in constant reruns of “Comic View” on BET.

When not performing in comedy clubs across the country, Bruce divides his time between his homes in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He is also extremely dedicated to his incredible car collection, which includes two Harley Davidson trucks and four Buick muscle cars, among others.

For more on Andrew, visit @andrew_voris.

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Episode 226 - Patrick Keane

• May 24th, 2014

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Patrick Keane returns to the show this week to about the current state of late night television and compare sports to stand-up.  Patrick has been on both Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. 

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Originally from the Midwest, raised in Orange County, college in Montana and a three year stint in Asia make Patrick Keane a comedian with a background. Why college in Montana? Football scholarship.

Why Asia? To get away from football.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Patrick has appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Live At Gotham’, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Bob and Tom show, Comics Unleashed, the Montreal Comedy Festival and is a regular at the Improv and Comedy Store in Hollywood. He was also a cast member on My TV Network’s “Tony Rock Project”. (the white guy).
When not headlining himself, Patrick is the opening act for comedians such as: Nick Swardson, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollok, Bobby Lee, Henry Phillips, Eddie Gossling and Bil Dwyer. While at home in Los Angeles he studies at the UCB theatre and Lesley Kahn institute. Asked what the key is to comedy, this writer/actor/comedian says, “I try not to be funny and it usually works.”

With multiple appearances on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, his record setting viewer ship on Comedy Central, and his ability to tell the difference between people from Ireland and people from Northern Ireland, Patrick is the obvious choice to be the next host of the Oprah Winfrey show.

His dry self-deprecating style originates from influences Bill Murray and Gene Wilder and his favorite stand up comedians are Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Gary Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld and many other female comics not from New York.

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Episode 225 - Patti Vasquez

• May 10th, 2014

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Patti Vasquez returns to the show this week after a 5 year absence and we're happy to have her back. Patti has her own radio show on WGN.  She also had a reality show on OWN called My Life is a Joke and was featured on the Very Funny Show on TBS.  We'll talk about her radio work, her reality show and comedy slumps.

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Funny happens. And it always happens when comedian Patti Vasquez is around. You don’t have to take our word for it either. Lewis Black says, “Patti is simply marvelous.” Bill Maher called her, “The funniest woman in comedy since Carol Burnett.”

For some reason being a mother of two with a “stay at home Dad” (which sounds so much better than “unemployed husband”) while living with her parents is a great motivator for Patti to just get out of the house.

But Patti loves being a mom to her beautiful little boys. Griffin, who loves trains, Batman and talking as much as his mom, is the best big brother to Declan, who loves music, water and hugs. Declan also happens to have special needs, a part of Patti’s life that she isn’t afraid to talk about. She has begun sharing her story with humor and heart for groups such as the Iowa Department of Education, The Hope Network and Gilda’s Club.

Patti Vasquez is a Lipstick Mom. She believes that being a wife and mother doesn’t prevent you from feeling attractive. It says something when you can still feel good even if you’ve spent the day doing laundry and washing sippy cups.

Patti doesn’t dwell on the minutia of motherhood. She tackles social issues with a cheerful edginess that appeals to audiences of all backgrounds. Her hilarious take on the foibles of the human experience keeps people coming back to see what she has to say about relationships, pop culture and random encounters with strangers who have no idea she’s cataloging their ridiculous behavior to share with audiences all over the world.

In addition to headlining in comedy clubs and colleges all over the United States, Canada and Europe, Patti has written and performed four hit solo shows for theater audiences:

 

  • Tequila and Shamrocks: Every Flower Has Her Roots”
  • Pregnant Party Girl: From Stoli’s to Stirrups”
  • Mamacita: Tales of a Diaper Diva”
  • “Lipstick Mom: From Mommy To Mamalicious”

 

Patti has appeared in many comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Festival and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival in New York City.

On television Patti has appeared on the VERY FUNNY SHOW on TBS and COMEDY.TV along with regular appearances on the wildly popular BOB & TOM TV Show on Superstation WGN and their daily morning radio show syndicated in 139 cities across the country.  And now, Patti is featured on the brand new reality series “My Life Is A Joke” on the OWN network!

If you want to be where the funny is then you want to be there when “Patti Happens”.

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Episode 224 - Iliza Shlesinger

• April 18th, 2014

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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

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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. 

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Episode 222 - Wendy Liebman

• March 23rd, 2014

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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. 

Here's where you can find them on-line -
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http://www.cucomedy.com/



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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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