Dwayne Perkins and I chat about what it takes to be a good friend. And sometimes that means getting hit in the face man, that's just how good a friend this dude is. When he's done helping his friends he appears and writes for television; did his standup on Conan, Comedy Central gave him his own half hour special and Rolling Stone Magazine (yup, that one) named him one of the top comedians to watch. He also did a three year stint on Tosh.0 and still made time for me. ME YOU GUYS!!! yay!!!
Dwayne Perkins literally does it all. With culdesac coolness.
Emily Galati and I sit down to talk basketball. Like, in a way. So calm the hell down you guys. She's been a semi-finalist on The Last Comic Standing and guested on Fox's "Laughs" and "Comics Unleashed" which makes me immediately picture them at a hotel mini bar... Also she represented Chicago (full of funny people, in a good way) at the flipping Gilda's Laughfest. For anyone unfamiliar with my love of Gilda Radner, know now I completely geeked out meeting Emily and learning this about her. She handled it real cool. And was pulling off hot red pants. So she's my new hero, obviously.
Scoot Herring joins me for this round of comics, filled with nerd rage and tallness. He has his own nerdy podcast called Press Scoot to Continue and after you hear him here, you will my lovelies. You will press it until it hurts. Too much? He talks Star Wars with me and you nerds are gonna love this.
Sean Cullen joins me backstage to laugh our butts off about handling your shit on stage when everything goes to, well - shit. Did I mention this would be explicit? Haha... Sean Cullen is a Canadian comedian, entertainer, actor, musician and freaking author. Feel bad about yourself yet? Wait til you hear how funny he is. Yeah, hit to the old self-esteem bag there my friends. Oh, right and he has his own Podcast called The Seanpod. Like, obviously.
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JJ Whitehead, or Whitesnake, sits down with me to connect before his set at the KW Comedy Festival. We talk about Los Angeles life versus Ontario; how 7 continuously successful sets makes one over confident; how some Scottish FireFighters made JJ permanently polite; and why passive aggressively talking to your plants may, indeed, say something about your mental health :). I had so much fun with this one guys, we could have likely talked all night long but you know, he had a set to do and stuff. Please take time to really dig into his accent: I feel this is one of the only Nova Scotia cross Los Angeles accents I have heard and its now in my top 5. Yay!
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Steve Patterson from CBC Radio One's The Debaters sits down with me after headlining the Kitchener/Waterloo Comedy Festival to Tell Me Stories! And he does, a plenty :)
Mr. Patterson is the host of CBC's The Debaters and is has performed at such incredible events as Just For Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and only like a billion others. Oh and as if he weren't awesome enough, he also wrote a flipping book you guys. The Book of Letters, true story. Check out all his stuff here: http://stevepatterson.ca/
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Deanne Smith is funny. Like, for reals. I caught up with her at the KW Comedy Festival following her headlining set at the Huether Hotel in downtown Waterloo. She killed it. Clearly. This lady has been on Last Comic Standing, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Comedy Network and basically every Just For Laughs Festival possible. She told me a harrowing tale about life in Mexico, why a Columbian lawyer is useless, how to become a Canadian and how many tattoos are ON that little frame! Man alive! Thank you again Deanne Smith, it was an absolute pleasure. Music: www.bensound.com
You may remember him from such shows as Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and your nighttime sexy dreams. Join me as I sit down at the KW Comedy Festival with Chad Daniels and attempt (weakly and with mixed results) to hold my own comedically, hahaha... as fucking if. #KWCOMEDY16
Brenda Xu is a Seattle based ambient folk musician who is heading out on tour this spring to Alaska and along the West Coast. Take a listen in as we sit down together and tell stories about music, the road, what being an artist is all about and why selfies are ruining the world! Enjoy :)
Ran Levi runs the most successful podcast in Israel. And he's coming to America, like North America. He guests on my show with SO many stories I could contain them all! He was a ship captain at the ripe ol' age of 20 kids, think about what you were up to at 20 and feel embarrassed with me won't you? He went on to become one of the highest ranked podcasters in his country before losing his hearing. You can't make this stuff up! He hosts an excellent podcast, now available in English, about history, science and technology as well as where all those topic intersect. Join me for a half hour with Curious Minds Podcast.
Dan Snyder comes from a mama who is a professional story teller y'all. Dan is one hell of a story teller as a result. Please enjoy the stories of snakes and mothers and take a listen to two songs We're a Lot Like Trees and Culdesac Sadness from their 2016 album Great Escapes. Do yourselves a favour and break out the good headphone for this, who gives a hoot about your hair! Just put them on and listen in, its so very worth it :)
Recorded live at Riverfest 2015 on Sunday night with Bruce Cockburn playing in the background, comes two incredible stories of the same friendship. Ben and Meg met as kids, their parents were friends and they all lived in downtown Guelph, Ontario. They grew up, Meg moved away, growing up happened and they lost touch a bit. Ben and Meg now share the incredible true story of how they became friends again as adults in a little story I like to call the New Year's Pumpkin. Ben Doerkson performed at the after parties held by Riverfest and let me tell you - he was stunningly good, like not even super fair to other people who own guitars level good. Kind of awesome sauce, if you will.
Labour Day weekend was brilliant and shining and I miss it now that it's dark and ugly and raining ice on my face. I spent some time in Muskoka and was lucky enough to chat with Rah Rah, capturing two incredible stories. Erin Passmore from Rah Rah tells me about being 17 on the road in Thunder Bay in what became the Stab Alley story; Kristina Hedlund then confesses to being a bit of a bad ass in Gondola Wedding Crashers; we then hear two stories from Meg Whitton told from her front lawn whilst sitting in Muskoka chairs, the first one about these very chairs and the next one we will just call Brother Milk Down and you will understand why. Enjoy.
Sunday at Riverfest 2015 in Elora Ontario, featuring incredible stories from Sarah Harmer, sharing her experience with Students on Ice; Amelia Curran brings the best east coast vibe I could have hoped for; The River and the Road share their road-warrior story in what I will call the Blue Jay's Snooze; I manage to corner Alec from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and I think, by the end of it, we did a little bit become friends? You be the judge. We also hear from some saucy Texan patrons, a volunteer leader, and a very talented artist from Jenna's Doodles. Enjoy the closing of Riverfest but tune in for Episode 4, also recorded live during the festival weekend and I invite you to guess who is on stage in the background while the New Year's Pumpkin is told and retold...
Saturday at Riverfest in Elora, Ontario we talk with Tim Kingsbury from Arcade Fire about Google It; The Planet Smashers come alive with many stories, most notably the term Vomipella may have been coined during the taping of this podcast; Ambre McLean tell us about Singing for her Supper; we also speak with volunteers, patrons and food vendors from the festival, all of whom contributed to the incredible atmosphere and awesome energy of this event!
Backstage Day 1 of the Riverfest Music Festival from Elora, Ontario. Featuring stories from the festivals managers as well as many of the performers. The New Pornographers tell us about Hijacking Scrabble; Mike O'Brien from Zeus tells us about life on the road in what we decided to call The Goose Alarm Clock story; Alan Doyle, I think, tells me I have an awesome nose (you be the judge when you take a listen) and reminds us just HOW big Ontario really is; and last but certainly not least we hear a truly unique story from Shakey Graves we are calling the Haunted Guitar story. So settle in, listen up and enjoy the show.