August 27, 2010

Episode 71 - Nikki Glaser

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Nikki Glaser is my guest this week. She's been seen on The Tonight Show and Last Comic Standing. She was also featured in the documentary I Am Comic. We'll talk about her appearance in that documentary. We'll also discuss open mic cliques and her upcoming move to New York.

Here's more on Nikki:

Nikki Glaser is a comedian. She became one after she text messaged "JOKE" to 7738 on her cellphone. She also became a hit at the office!

But if you must know more, Nikki started performing stand-up comedy when she was only 18 and still attending college at the University of Kansas. Two years later, she auditioned for the fourth season of Last Comic Standing and was advanced to the semi-finals in Los Angeles. Although the show only took three days to shoot, she lied to her professors and was subsequently excused from four weeks of class.

After graduating from college with a worthless degree in English, Nikki moved to Los Angeles and began touring clubs and colleges across the country. In the summer of 2007, she was invited to perform at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. There, she met and performed with her comedy idols, drank alcoholic beverages, and thus lost her phone upwards of three times.

In 2009, Nikki made her first late night appearance as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. There, she had fun and stole a beer from The Office's Rainn Wilson's dressing room, but not before calling him "Dwight" on live television when she sat down on the couch next to Leno's desk.

In addition, she was just named one of the Top 10 Emerging Comics by Askmen.com. Currently, Nikki is performing in clubs all over the country and attempting to write the biography for her website.

Check out her website: www.nikkiglasercomedy.com

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August 22, 2010

Episode 70 - Troy Davis

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Troy Davis is my guest this week. You've heard him on Bob and Tom. We discuss clean comedy, the masonry business, and what happens when your daughter goes into comedy.

Here's more on Troy:

Troy Davis was born June 2, 1960 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to a hot headed salesman father who sold everything from cleaning supplies to used cars. As a child Troy's father would come home with a new job and a new company car every six months, resulting in Troy attending eight different schools in twelve years. As the new kid he learned early how to grab the spotlight and make friends quickly.

After graduating high school Troy decided to open his own business as a mason; which he has been actively involved in for 30 years. At the age of 35 Troy decided to lay the foundation to his career, but now in comedy. The first time Troy performed on stage he talked about situations that everyone could relate to such as family, friends and especially his 3 divorces. With huge success, Troy continued to take his act in front of more people. The next time Troy performed, he won a local contest that lead to his first ever paid job as a comic, and his ascent into comedy.

Five years later Troy decided to take on comedy full-time gaining rave reviews throughout the midwest at over 160 cities and 30 states. after a brief hiatus from comedy, Troy jumps back in and takes on the position as house comic at One-Liner's for several years. He has also took on the role of house comic at Morty's Comedy Joint, as well as Cracker's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Troy is the father of one 30 year old son, and 3 daughters 32, 26 and 21. His 21 year old daughter CoLee has been doing stand-up professionally since she moved back in with dad.

Troy is truly original, hysterical and very real. It doesn't matter if the crowd is twenty or seventy "Funny is Funny". Troy has been calling himself the funniest unknown comedians in the country. Problem with that is that every comedian thinks he or she is the funniest comedian in the country. So you will have to come out and catch Troy on his never ending tour and decide for yourself!

Check out Troy's website: http://www.comediantroyadavis.com/

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August 15, 2010

Episode 69 - Roy Wood Jr.

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Roy Wood Jr. is my guest this week. He just finished third in Last Comic Standing. We conducted this interview two days before the finale. We'll find out what he was thinking about going into the finale, what he thinks about before heading out on stage before a national TV audience, and what young comics ask him about.

Here's more on Roy:

Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of 12 comics to watch in 2009, Roy has been featured on the new season of CBS' THE LATE SHOW w/ David Letterman, HBO's DEF COMEDY JAM, TV One's 'The Funny Spot w/ Tony Rock', BBC's THE WORLD STANDS UP- LONDON, , CBS' LATE LATE SHOW w/ Craig Ferguson, NBC's Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central's BOB & TOM COMEDY TOUR. He's also showcased at the prestigious MONTREAL COMEDY FESTIVAL and is a regular guest on the E! Network's 'CHELSEA LATELY'.

Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Roy's creative writing and dedicated work ethic has since earned him the right to perform his comedy in front of millions of people coast to coast.

The Montreal Gazette called Roy's 2006 festival performance on the 'New Faces' show "tremendous" and the Hollywood Reporter called Roy a "standout". Roy has also appeared on 'COMEDY CENTRAL'S PREMIUM BLEND', BET's COMIC VIEW, CBS' STAR SEARCH (2003) where he made it to the semi-finals, 'IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO' and LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD w/ KIKI SHEPPARD'.

Steering clear of predictable topics and premises, Roy delivers comedy that gives an honest look at not only his life, but the world in which we live. The universal appeal of his comedy crosses all race and cultural lines which is why he has opened for an array of comedians ranging from D.L. Hughley, Ron White, Monique, Tommy Davidson, Bill Engvall and Katt Williams.

A two-time nominee for APCA's title of 'Comedian of the Year' Roy works numerous college and university appearances into his schedule every year as well.

Roy has also carved a niche for himself in the world of radio. Until late 2006 he was head writer and producer of the Buckwilde Morning Show WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ-- Birmingham, AL He is also a regular guest on the 'Bob & Tom Radio Show, a syndicated morning show heard by more than six million people every morning. His hilarious prank phone calls are also carried in almost 50 different radio markets including stations in Canada and England.

In addition to terrestrial radio, his prank calls are a main stay on Jaime Foxx's 'Foxxhole Station' on SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

These same prank calls have been compiled into three nationally released CD's. 2003's 'MY MOMMA MADE ME WEAR THIS' , 2005's 'CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH SCHOOL BENCH WARMER' and his newest CD, "I'LL SLAP YOU TO SLEEP"

For more on Roy, check out his website: www.roywoodjr.com

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August 7, 2010

Episode 68 - Greg Warren

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Greg Warren is my guest this week. He's been heard on Bob and Tom and seen on Comedy Central Presents. We talk favorite cities versus favorite clubs, why you shouldn't quit comedy early on, and how to make it easier to listen to your sets.

Here's more on Greg:

Greg Warren, most recently seen special on “Comedy Central Presents” and “Last Comic Standing”, has been building a strong fan base around the country with his act inspired by stories from his Midwestern upbringing. His newly released CD “One Star Wonder” (Comedy Central Records) hit the ground running as #6 in iTunes TOP Comedy Albums (June 2009) and together with Greg’s colorful perspective and amazing characters, is destined to be a favorite. Greg attracts a diverse audience spectrum, performing on networks such as BET (as a finalist on “Coming to the Stage”) and Country Music Television’s “Comedy Stage”. Greg is also a favorite on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom” radio show, which led him to tour theatres across the country with the “Friends of Bob and Tom Comedy Tour”. Greg Warren hails from St. Louis, MO, where his father was a high school wrestling coach and his mother made him play clarinet in the band. Greg has captivated audiences with anecdotes about the conflict inherent in meshing two high school identities—varsity wrestler and band geek. Greg’s “Flute Man” bit is a perfect capsulation of the insecurities of high school and the ongoing quest to be cool, and is one of the most requested bits in the history of the “Bob and Tom” radio show. Greg was also a West Point Cadet, where he distinguished himself by amassing an impressive tally of demerits and endless hours of pointless marching. After moving on to the University of Missouri, he studied journalism and was named an All-American college wrestler. While in college, Greg won a comedy contest and was invited to perform at a local club in Columbia, MO, Déjà Vu. After a stint selling Jif and Pringles for corporate giant Procter & Gamble, Greg made the decision to become a full time comedian. This bold move led to an invitation to the prestigious “Just for Laughs Festival” in Montreal in 2002, where Greg performed as one of their featured “New Faces of Comedy”. He has also been seen on the Comedy Central show, “Premium Blend”. Greg has an arsenal of characters that he brings to life in his act. He also highlights his current life struggles with the service industry, moderation, and “One Star People”. In addition to his television and festival appearances, Greg can currently be seen on Comedy Central Presents, heard on Sirius/XM Comedy and will continue to tour across the country with “Bob and Tom’s All Stars” in addition to performing his act at Improvs and Funny Bones. Greg’s background recently resulted in a gig doing color commentary on college wrestling for Fox Sports Midwest. Greg’s Midwestern upbringing and his ability to provide humorous social commentary gives him a wealth of material that continues to gain him fans throughout the country.

For more on Greg, check out his website: http://www.gregwarrencomedy.com/

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