A Racehorse, a Pig, a Cow, and a Bunch of British Catholic Schoolgirls Sounds like the beginning of a great dirty joke, but they're actually all characters from the Five Favorite Funny Flicks of The Robio's old friend and Renaissance Woman, Pixie Esmonde: Stand Up Comedian, Actor AND, once the Evil Wardrobe Mistress for KISS! (Spoiler Alert: Her Gene Simmons story is a classic!). She's partial to the British and a huge fan of NSFW, Outrageously Inappropriate, Horrifyingly Over the Top, Politcally Incorrect humor. (Sidebar to PETA- She really doesn't believe that dogs dying is amusing, but she absolutely LOVES Animal Lover Michael Palin's reaction when he kills several). A GREAT list, Hilarious Stories, and witty banter make for a rather entertaining 46 minutes!
This week, our special guest is Author, Theater Columnist and Radio Host Michael Riedel, known for his savage wit that gave him the moniker 'The Butcher of Broadway' when he wrote for the NY Post. He likes Short Cross-Dressers, Comedies about Nazis, Peter Sellers, Elaine May and French Farces without subtitles. He can be heard every weekday morning on WOR Radio in New York as one of the hosts of 'Berman and Riedel in the Morning', and when it comes to his Five Faves, 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'
"YEP, NOPE...NOT A ONE." This week, we welcome Comedian and Podcast Host John Poveromo. It's a lively discussion, where shoes, automobile gauges and the relative hotness of an early 70's Barbra Streisand are mentioned. (But not in the same sentence) HIS PICKS: It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Planes Trains and Automobiles What's Up Doc? The Birdcage The Muppet Movie Enjoy!
Shakespeare Was Wrong: The Laugh's The Thing With Dr. Peter Bales This week, The Robio chats with an old pal, Peter Bales, who is not only a professional comedian, he also holds an actual PhD, (and, if you ask us, being a History Professor at Queensborough College is a pretty impressive side-hustle). They talk shop for a bit, discussing the nature of comedy and the psychological profile of comedians, but then get down to business and actually discuss something amusing: His Five Favorite Funny Films. (Spoiler Alert - he is, and probably will always be, the ONLY person on this podcast who would have both 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' on the same list) Just like the movies they discuss, this is a very interesting, funny, and, most of all, entertaining episode. PLUS you'll find out who The Robio's favorite Beatle is.
Join the Robio for 'Five Favorite Funny Films', his latest podcast where he interviews some of his Famous Funny Friends about their choices for their Five Most Favorite Comedy Movies. Our Special Guest this episode is Comedian, Actor and Writer, FRED STOLLER, who you know from Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and Dumb and Dumber. He is one of the single funniest people we know, and has a VERY eclectic list of Favorite Funny Movies. Join the Robio as he chats with an old, dear, friend and LEGENDARY comic, and find out how 'Dog Day Afternoon' qualifies as a Comedy. (Well, if 'Die Hard' can be a Christmas Movie...) Subscribe Today!
Eddie Murphy Stars in a Senior Prom Memory - Musical Comedy Actor and Stand-Up Comic Richie Byrne Remembers The second of TWO Special Bonus episodes, (Because we will be on Holiday for the next two weeks). This one features The Robio's most favorite people, and kindred Musical Theater Cohort. They talk about everything from Sid Caesar to Jonathan Winters, to Richard Pryor, to Mel Brooks and how Eddie Murphy made an indelible impression on Richie's brother on Prom Night. (It made up for not getting laid) Subscribe, follow, and get every episode as they drop!
DON'T CALL HER SHIRLEY - COMEDIAN CHRISTY MILLER WORKS THE ROOM Veteran Comic Christy Miller (You wanna talk venerable? The girl's name is immortalized on the wall at The Comedy Store) provides her list of Five Funny Faves. There's some popular perennial classics that have been featured prominently on other guests' lists, but, just like her act, there also a few surprises. Unlike Mrs. Cleaver, she does NOT speak jive, but she IS lightning fast, spontaneous, relentlessly ruthless, and mercilessly funny. She also can bench 350. Her new album 'Brutally Yours' is available everywhere. An entertaining hang with a great funny lady.
In this Season Finale 'Best Of The Radio Hour' Episode, The Robio has edited and combined both parts of his interview with the Great Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick. Recorded via Zoom during the Lockdown in October of 2020, Rick tells some AMAZING stories from his long, and (Big Dick Cavett Word Alert) multifarious career. He talks about life on the road, working with legendary producer George Martin, how he came to possess Fats Domino's Gold Record for 'Ain't That A Shame', how his restaurant, Piece, won an award for being one of the 'Top Ten Pizzas in the US', how he came up with the idea for Cheap Trick's iconic anthem 'Surrender', and recording a song with John Lennon for 'Double Fantasy'. Rick and Cheap Trick are currently on tour with Rod Stewart, will embark on their own tour in the UK and Japan, then return to play more shows with Rod in 2023. He has just released his own artisanal vodka, 'Rockin' Vodka', which is winning awards left and right at International Spirits Competitions. A Don't Miss CLASSIC Episode!
Jun 27, 2022
Another episode in our continuing series about the Business of Comedy: A fascinating interview with the Peabody Award Winning, New York Times Bestselling Author, Screenwriter, Lecturer and Founder of 'The Onion', Scott Dikkers...who believes you can teach ANYBODY to be Funny. He obviously hasn't met The Robio.
Jun 2, 2022
Another gem from the archives, some of the better 'Don Corleone' bits performed on The Imus in the Morning Program.
May 31, 2022