Tag Archives: Comedians

Sam Tripoli

Sam Tripoli called in to talk about his new comedy double album “Diabolical,” featuring one disc of storytelling and one where he says he completely bombed.  We chatted about how political correctness can squash the free expression of ideas, the flowchart of comedy oppression, why no one heckles a TED Talk, and being chased by a police helicopter.

Todd Barry

Todd Barry called in to talk about his new book “Thank You For Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian’s Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities In The World.”  We discussed meet-and-greets, tour merchandise, and having the gift/curse of the second sight.

 

Paul Provenza

Legendary and influential comedian Paul Provenza called into the show to talk about his appearance in the new documentary “Dying Laughing,” which features interviews with and chronicles the life of popular stand-up comedians.  We also discussed how you can’t really rehearse a set in front of a mirror in the basement, insulted Dylan Brody, and talked about the misguided mindset of “Morning Zoo”-type radio hosts.

 

Greg Proops

It was fun to catch up with Greg Proops after a two-year absence.  His book, “The Smartest Book in the World” is now out on paperback.  We discussed the revolutionary changes made in the new edition, why it’s necessary comedians to have a distinct point of view, and translating the spoken word to the written page.  Plus:  insulting fellow comedian Dylan Brody and his most disliked interview questions.

 

Dylan Brody

Dylan Brody is a critically acclaimed playwright, humorist and storyteller. His new comedy special “Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood” is available now at Next Up Comedy and also coming soon to a theater near you (if you’re in Chicago and live near the Apollo Theatre).   We discussed his early days of doing stand-up comedy and what we can expect on the special.  Plus: a personal insult from Greg Proops and a Robin Hood-esque dead dog story.

 

Gary Valentine

Gary Valentine is currently featured on “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS.  We discussed working with his brother (Kevin James) once again, how it feels to be on another successful sitcom (spoiler alert: it’s great), and prepping material for another hour-long stand-up special.

Donnell Rawlings

Donnell Rawlings called us up to talk about his new TV series “Project Dad,” which airs Thursdays at 5/4c on TLC.  We also discussed how often he’s asked to shout catchphrases from “Chappelle’s Show,” his many appearances on “Law and Order” (in which he was always arrested), and his son becoming the African-American version of  “Caillou.”

 

Judy Tenuta

We had a very fun chat with Judy Tenuta, unexpectedly chatting about the geography, demographics and architecture of my hometown of Aurora, Illinois.  Judy also sang us a song, shared the tenets of “Judyism,” and plugged her hosting gig on “Gotham Comedy Live” on the AXS TV network.

 

 

Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen returned to the show to talk about his new stand-up album, “Never Grow Up.” The last time we talked, Bryan was preparing to record the special and was in the process of tweaking the material.  Bryan assures us the material is now 100 percent tweaked and you will definitely laugh.   Plus:  a cameo appearance by his son, why a movie laugh will never be better than a live comedy laugh, and why it’s hard to do self-promotion (like appearing on this radio show).

Dave Hill on his new movie “The Babymooners”

Comedian, actor and musician Dave Hill called in to chat about his role in the new movie “The Babymooners,” which is now out on DVD and video on demand.   Dave talked about how his scene in the movie is based on a real-life experience (as was much of the film), how he doesn’t have kids but does have a dog (and how perhaps she should have taken a “puppymoon” before bringing him home), and how the film is appropriate for everyone except tweens and toddlers.