Kyle Bottom may not have been with us for five long years, but in our defense, this was his fourth visit. In this episode, we discuss him phoning in his SiriusXM Top Comic competition duties, what he's learning in radio school, honeymooning in Japan, vetoed baby names, and altogether too much toilet talk.
Shawn Farquhar makes himself appear on the show for the third time. We may be running out of lame magic puns, but not songs about the art form. It's always fun to surprise him with a new one. And in this episode he surprises us with some facts about him. Did you know he was almost an Anglican minister? Do you know what his hobbies are? You will after you listen to this episode. Plus what it's like to perform sick.
Ola Dada makes his What's So Funny? debut, and he comes bearing dad jokes a-plenty! This standup comedian from Nigeria by way of Fort McMurray. Could there be two more different places? We learn what it was like making the move from western Africa to western Canada. At the time of this recording, Dada was waiting to hear if he made the finals of the SiriusXM Top Comic competition. Spoiler alert: He did!
Joey Commisso makes his What's So Funny? debut. To ease him into such a momentous occasion, we had his good friend and fellow comic Sam Tonning take over the hosting duties. That, and the fact regular host Guy MacPherson was out of town. It's a great conversation. The pair talked about bowling, '90s sitcoms, old-school standup Pat Cooper, and mental health, among other things.
Sunee Dhaliwal is always a good time. This episode is no exception but you also get a serious side of Sunee we hadn't heard before. Sure, we argue a bit about basketball, but not too much. He tells us about his growth spurt in junior high, teaches us a bit about Sikhism, and reveals his latest move after a few years in Toronto.
Angela Galanopoulos came bearing fruit. She brought us figs straight off the whatever-it-is figs grow from. She told us about her pre-entertainment career in government living in Mexico City as well as her current gig improvising and acting. Plus she tells us how Greek she is.
Myles Anderson talks about his transition from musician to comedian. The Victoria-ish native took up the piano late in life (12) and still teaches to this day. But he's also put out a comedy album on 604 Records. We talk about it all in this episode.
David Thomas Newham makes his WSF? debut with a guest host. He passed the test so one day he can come back with the regular host. Just like the old Tonight Show days! Sidekick Sam Tonning talks to the actor/writer/director/producer about Seven Tyrants Theatre and the little comedy lounge above the strip joint at the legendary Penthouse in Vancouver.
Scott Patey returns! The improviser/actor/referee was in studio with guest announcer Pal Mann. Scott talks about his Newfoundland roots, playing nerds in film and television, his rule of C's, working with stars, and bonding with Jim Carrey. And, of course, Rock, Paper, Scissors, the greatest sporting event known to man.
Guy and Sam sit and chat for the hour sans guest. It's a What's So Funny? first! A good, old-fashioned, two-guys-talking podcast episode. In this one, we win friends and influence people and chit-chat about this and that. You'll just have to listen.
Ari Matti makes one last visit with us before departing our fair city for the motherland of Estonia. Ari made a splash during his one-year stay in Vancouver. We talk about it, and he tells us about his separated shoulder and what he'd do with the hosts if we visited him in Tallinn. No spoilers but it involves beating us with leaves.
Taz VanRassel returns! All alone this time. He was last with us back in 2006, with two other guests. This time he gets the hour all to himself. Or most of the the hour since he was a titch late when his regular Sunday Service show ran long. In this episode, the improviser quizzes a 14-year-old on Big Chungus, talks about performing in schools, and he reveals his favourite animal. Shout-out to Graham Clark for interviewing Taz in 2010.
Chris Gaskin returns after a lengthy absence. We patch up a misinterpreted tension between us, and take a trip down memory lane with a clip from 2012 with guest Mark Breslin. We also talk about the comedic influence of Sean Collins, the joy of being a road comic, and quiz him on his wrestling bona fides.
Jacob Samuel is climbing up the comedy ladder step by step, rung by rung. He's a standup and cartoonist and we talk about both in this episode. We also talk about Jews in Canadian comedy.Plus a whole lot about Charlie Demers, too.
Levi McCachen has commitment issues, but he manages to stick through the hour with us. He leads us through his scattershot life, where he tried university a few times (law, philosophy), film school, spoken-word poetry, and finally standup. And we spend a good chunk of time going over various conspiracy theories.
Jason Rowland has led a Walter Mitty life. After leaving his Red Robin roots, he moved on through his own sheer will and a bit of luck to become the general manager of the Vancouver Canadians baseball club. Then he went on to manage one of the top comedy clubs in North America, Vancouver's Comedy MIX. From there, he moved on to become the VP of the World Series of Comedy festival. We talk about all of that. And Slurpees!
Ryan Williams talks about juggling both football and theatre in high school. We also talk about his love of medieval history and geopolitics, which culminated in a spirited (drunk) conversation he had with Jim Gaffigan. Oh, and we discuss standup, too, of course.
Lauren Mather manages Vancouver's Yuk Yuk's comedy club, and also performs a bit herself. She hails from Australia and we talk about her rustic upbringing. She also managed the Halifax Yuks. What an exotic life!
Neema Nazeri is a Toronto comic. He's also a Persian comic. Two for the price of one! He's toured Europe and Australia, been on MTV, and was even on the premiere episode of season 2 of The Beaverton. Sidekick Sam Tonning takes over the reigns on this one as regular host Guy MacPherson is off on spring break. It's a slightly abbreviated episode since Neema is always on the go.
Susan Thompson is transitioning from the spotlight to behind-the-scenes. We talk about her experience going from auto mechanic shop to the standup stage to the management/producer side of things. We also find out she's a bit of a star in Japan. And also that she's dropped about a hundred pounds. Such a life!
Amy Shostak and Tom Hill are not only improvisers, they're also instructors and... well, you'll have to wait until near the end of this episode to hear the big reveal. Who knew?! We talk improv, life, and we get a little serious at the end. A special shout-out to Sam in the booth.
Lady Rizo (née Amelia Zirin-Brown) is a cabaret performer extraordinaire. Trained as an improviser, she's a chanteuse with a quick and sharp wit. She's also the perfect guest: raw, honest, in the moment, funny, willing to go anywhere. Listen for yourself! Rizo was in Vancouver for five or six months performing at Bacio Rosso and is on her way to Chicago. Where she'll end up next, who knows? We brainstorm new possible names for her, she tells us her story of growing up with hippies, and she serenades us with a Jamie Foxx ditty.
Lisa Frischemeier is a relatively new standup comic from Berlin. Strangely, she had never heard of Hogan's Heroes. But she taught us about German humour, the English-speaking standup scene in Berlin, her worst experience performing in Scandinavia, and why she loves abortion jokes.
Ed Hill joins us for the third time, this time smelling of Korean BBQ. We get to the bottom of his anglo-sounding name and talk about his upcoming album recording – also coincidentally his third. And he shares with us his favourite street joke – also coincidentally the only one he knows.
Colin Heath is a clown. No, that's not a knock on the guy. He's a professional who has toured with Cirque du Soleil all over the world and is currently at Bacio Rosso in Vancouver. He's also a playwright, artist, actor, and has even done standup comedy... once. Not only that, but he went to junior high school with our host (not that Heath remembers that).
Brittany Lyseng is our first guest of 2019, the start of our 15th year doing this thing. Wow. The Calgary-born-reared-based standup talks about the ups and downs of the business... the elevator and escalator business, that is. We also talk about her favourite teacher and why she won't be invited to perform at her high school (go Ghosts!). Oh yes, and comedy. We talk about that, too.
Dave Nystrom returns to the What's So Funny? studios 14 years after his first appearance. A year after that, he up and moved to Hollywood, California, USA. For the past few years he's been living in Calgary, Alberta, CA, raising a horde of children and doing standup there and across the country. He tells tales of his years in LaLaLand and reminisces about his early days starting out in Vancouver.
Harry Doupe comes bearing gifts, but that's not the reason we always invite him back around Christmas time. Who better to recap the year than the veteran writer/standup? He's got opinions and stories to keep us going for years. This episode is no exception.
Steve Bays is back, and like always with the musician, it's epic. That is, if you define 'epic' by length. We always have so much to talk about when he comes by. We talk about the BC Ferries, his recent visit to New York City, talking to Seth Meyers, being complimented by Noel Gallagher, and he shows off his amazing array of accents.
Melanie Rose, the comedian not the porn star, returns to the show 100 pounds less than her first visit. She talks about her gangster grandma, felonious fathers (both step- and biological) and criminal ex-consort. We also talk about the perils of being an older standup in the community. And more!
He Fangzhou, or Fangzhou He depending on how you roll, is our guest all the way from... Toronto. The Chinese national came here to study math but somehow got sidetracked into standup comedy. He's love to have the kind of career here that Canadian Mark Roswell (aka Dashan) has in China. But He tells us there's an advantage to a Canadian in China over a Chinese in Canada.
Kevin Kent accosted my beautiful bald head at Bacio Rosso, and yet I still invited him to guest with us. He's an improviser and drag queen from a cabin in the wilds of New Mexico who has run away to join the circus. Kind of. He tells us his life story, from Albuquerque to Chicago to Seattle and now Vancouver, for a couple months, anyway. We recorded this on Grey Cup Sunday, which was news to him.
Kevvy returns. In this episode, the front man for the band Fake Shark comes decked out in Vancouver Grizzlies gear. We talk a bit about the glory of the Grizzlies before moving on to his latest efforts as the foremost comedy album producer in all the land. He also talks about doing standup (of sorts) in high school, his love of Adam Sandler, and his Dave Chappelle tattoo (among others).
Ari Matti comes to us all the way from Tallinn, Estonia. Well, he was in town anyway. He's in Vancouver working on his English standup skills. Ari tells us all about the burgeoning standup scene in Estonia, his first time on stage there (where he went over an hour), failing school in Poland, and his love of pork, cabbage and potatoes.
Brent Butt is back after a six year absence. The Canadian superstar talks about apples in Saskatchewan, his experience as a bad wedding singer, practicing standup with a screwdriver, his love of language, the etymology of 'gangbusters' and 'trivia', and falling asleep with David Cassidy posters on his wall.
Barry Greenfeld has been doing comedy since Sam Tonning was one year old. Yet he remembers virtually none of his career, except the broad strokes. Play a drinking game this episode: Every time Barry forgets something, take a sip. By the end of the episode, you'll be as drunk as he was... Nah, he wasn't drunk. That's the beauty of Barry. He just seems that way all the time.
Travis Bernhardt is a magician and improviser, in that order. He started practicing magic the year this show went on the air, back in 2004. And look at him now! In this episode, he talks about starting out on the street, how magic helped with his battle with depression, and why he's a darling of the Fringe circuit.
Ivan Decker is back less than a year after his last appearance with us. This marks appearance number six for the up-and-coming standup superstar. The Jerry Seinfeld of Canada is how we're now describing him. In this extendo episode, Decker talks dinosaurs (natch), his soon-to-be-released Netflix special, opening for celebrity comics, comedy criticism, getting into comedy clubs in Los Angeles, how to get in and out of a set on stage, and more!
Shawn Farquhar is a tricky guy. That's his job! The world-renown magician pays us a second visit in between stops around the world. Actually, he'll be home in the Greater Vancouver area for a few months, thanks to two different upcoming shows. We talk about Jethro Bodine, optimism in the face of a car in his living room, and being shown a card trick by a homeless man moments before recording this episode. We also tell magician jokes!
Chris Griffin, the human being not the cartoon character, makes his What's So Funny? debut. The Calgary-born, Vancouver-residing standup comic talks about dancing topless, getting tags from Tom Papa, his online presence or lack thereof, and getting in trouble in high school.
Wes Barker magically appears for the third time on the program. Our sound is a little wonky but you'll get over it. Wes talks about doing magic without an assistant, explains the beauty of making excuses, performs both a nasty prank and a real trick, and talks about hell gigs.
Colleen Brow returns to talk about her new one-woman show and we give her a pep talk. She fills us in on her goings-on since she last was with us and we talk about her days doing standup comedy and why she eventually had her fill of performing it. Bonus: she explains to us what a uterus is!
Steve Allen and Laura Accili run the longest-running weekly comedy show in Vancouver. As of air time, 11 years and six months at the Kino Café. Guest host Sam Tonning talks to the two about memorable shows over the years, they play some clips, and talk comedy. We start the show with a snippet of "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" by the more famous Steve Allen, but our Steve Allen is still alive.
Brett Martin returns and gets the full Sam Tonning experience. Usually when the two get together, Martin is in charge at his monthly live talk show, The Brett Martin Show, where Tonning is the Ed McMahon to his Johnny Carson. But in this episode, Sammy got to talk as much as he wants because he was also in charge of pushing all the buttons.
Harris Anderson and Andrew Huzar are Sam Tonning's guests in this episode. Sam gets to yacht rock out and play comedy clips and the gang talks comedy, as you might expect. Regular host Guy MacPherson was vacating on this one.
Ross Dauk returns for his second go-around with us. We talk about how What's So Funny? created celebrities in his mind out of local comics, discuss overdone bits in standup, and debate the subjectivity/objectivity of comedy.
Dylan Rhymer helps ring in a very low-key, but special, episode number 500-ish. There have been more that have been lost to the ether over the last 14 years, but who's counting? We caught Dylan back in Vancouver after a stint in Europe and a Canadian tour so we were lucky to get him for our celebration.
Ivan Decker is winning so much he gets to come back to What's So Funny? less than a year after his last appearance. In this episode we talk about his big Juno Award win and the more recent news of his upcoming Netflix taping. It's a good time to be Ivan Decker.
Stuart Jones makes his What's So Funny? debut telling us all about his hierarchy of nerd-dom. Spoiler: Magic cards are at the top. Sam Tonning does the heavy lifting in this one, as regular host Guy MacPherson just pops up occasionally with questions and comments.
Damonde Tschritter makes his long-awaited return to the show. The veteran standup has a sports analogy for every situation. He talks about being the King of Parksville as a youth, having one degree of separation between himself and everyone, beating some big names in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and doing ayahuasca/iowasca, which led to his one-man Fringe hit show, which led to a part in a movie.
Larke Miller makes her second guest appearance with us after an eight-year absence. The standup comic/Queen of the Monkeys tells us about her time in L.A.'s The Groundlings, guesting on Craig Ferguson, her love of space aliens and swinging on a trapeze.
Graham Clark makes his triumphant return to What's So Funny? after six long years and reveals a fact about himself heretofore only friends and family knew about. Our conversation covers such topics as the forgotten condiment, punching up, murderous ideologies, carny crime, Branson Missouri, and the value in putting yourself out there. Plus, Graham contributes two quality jokes in our New Joke/Old Joke segment.
Fred Ewanuick has had quite a career for such a reluctant actor. Most know him as Hank on all the Corner Gases (sitcom, feature film, animated version). The Mark Ruffalo look-alike tells us about his experience on the thriller Absolute Zero, how he he's given up auditions, and we get him to cold-read some show promos. Unfortunately our station archives levels were a little "hot" so the sound isn't as good as it should be, but the episode is so fun we're hoping you forgive us.
Ryan Beil makes his triumphant return to the show after eight long years. The actor/improviser talks baseball, fish, lying to casting directors, getting roughed up by George Costanza, performing standup, fly-fishing, Fiddler on the Roof, and praying. Plus he creates a joke out of thin air!
Tom Green is a Canadian superstar. In his long career, dating back to his teenage years, he's been a standup, a rap star, a talk show host, an actor, a professional prankster, and a goofball. We talked to him about all that, plus the nature of criticism of the arts, misconceptions people have of him, and getting fired by Donald Trump.
Simon King is back! This time without regular host Guy MacPherson. Guy left the keys to the show with his trusty sidekick (audition pending) Sam Tonning and Sam invited Simon over to hang out. Together on Juno Sunday they listened to some tracks off the award-winning Ivan Decker album, as well as off Simon's own albums and they talked comedy, natch.
Mike MacDonald died on March 17. We got to know him four years ago when he dropped by the studio for an enlightening hour of conversation, which we rerun for you now. We've added some of his standup act to the beginning and end of the show to give it the full Mike MacDonald experience.
Chris Gordon returns! To the studio this time, not some random hotel lobby. And he's in full Chris Gordon mode, hawking merch with a raging boner, as you'd expect from the premier intellectual comedian of his generation. The Calgary standup is also a two-time loser at the Vancouver Comedy Awards.
Jo Dworschak has been telling stories (and lies) her whole life, which makes her the perfect host for her monthly Story Story Lie show (which doubles as a podcast). In this episode, she talks about riding her horse to the corner store to buy smokes, being a hobo, how giving a funeral speech got her into performing, taking a cross-Canada road trip with her kid, and tits.
Rod Crawford has been in and around the improv and standup scenes in Canada for 35 years making him a... legend? Sure, let's go with that. You know him best as the stunt double (1 episode) for Relic on The Beachcombers, but did you also know he starred in the Police Academy TV series? He tells us all about his life in comedy in this episode.
Kathleen McGee returns in the nick of time. The standup vet is moving back to her home town of Edmonton come spring. In this episode we talk musicals, heckling athletes, and dying pets. Plus, as added bonus, Kathleen says the C-word. No tears were shed in the making of this podcast.
Ken Lawson is always challenging me. First with "coaching" me in a losing battle against a child ping-pong champ. Second by trying to tach me improv. And in this episodes he attempts to get me to stand unassisted from a legs-crossed position. He's failed in all three endeavours. We also talk about his body shame issues, his hernia(s), and dancing topless for a living with the Comic Strippers. It's always fun when Ken is in studio.
Mayce Galoni remembered his date with What's So Funny? this time around. Maybe he just wanted to wait so he was the first guest of 2018. The young standup talks about his even younger self starting out as a barroom magician, relates some words of wisdom he was told by his comedy hero Doug Stanhope, and I tell him about sleeping in a convent in his hometown of Hamilton.
Relive 2017 with part two of our highlights from last year. Clips from our conversations with Chuck Byrn, Barry Crimmins, John Cullen, Ivan Decker, Harry Doupe, Shawn Farquhar, Diana Frances, Lori Gibbs, Ryan Gunther, James Kennedy, Colin Lamb, Darryl Lenox, Gavin Matts, Joel Plaskett, Brad Upton, Ron Vaudry, and Garry Yuill.
Clips from guests we had in 2017: Harris Anderson, Paul Anthony, Wes Barker, David Beckingham, Camilo the Magician, Andy Cañete, Randy Charach, Garrett Clark, Charlie Demers, Fred Ewanuick, Katharine Ferns, Shirley Gnome, Kevvy, Leland Klassen, Johnny Perrotta, Jon Reep, Christina Sicoli, Alex Sparling, and Oh Susanna.
Jon Reep's second visit to Vancouver resulted in his second appearance on What's So Funny? Coincidence? Yes. He's not really a hick, and not really from Hickory, but both claims are close enough to truth that he goes with it. He tells us about his terrible high school football team in North Carolina, his entry into standup, and how he got to play Opie in Mayberry.
Harry Doupe makes his annual year-end visit, this time on Christmas Eve! After opening presents, we talk about the year in comedy, from the deaths to the return of comedy to the Juno Awards to Netflix specials to the end of the Rick Mercer Report. And more!
Ivan Decker makes his triumphant return to the show three weeks after doing Conan, his first ever late night American talk show. Ivan takes us through the stages it took to get there, how he felt in the process, and reveals what O'Brien said to him immediately after. We play the set, too. All this plus the usual tangents.
Darryl Lenox and Garry Yuill have big plans for comedy, not only in this country but everywhere. It starts here, though, with their hoped-for acquisition of the Yuk Yuk's chain. The American standup veteran (Lenox) and Vancouver Yuk's franchise holder (Yuill) have teamed together to bring this pipe-dream into reality. It hasn't happened yet, but they explain what their plan is and how you can get involved. Plus we play a clip from Lenox's set on Conan a few years ago and Yuill relates what a top-notch babysitter I was.
Charlie Demers was last with us in 2010. Now he's authored even more books, released a brand new comedy album ('Fatherland' on 604 Records), and is the voice of Walter the Slug on Beat Bugs on Netflix. We talk about all of the above, plus anxiety, Humphrey Bogart, Herr Jordan, and steam & sauna rooms.
Gavin Matts was the big winner in the 2017 SiriusXM Top Comic competition. In this episode, we teach the youngster about Raymond Burr and Yvonne De Carlo, he explains how he got the nickname 'Subway,' he confesses his love of One Tree Hill and his dream of dying on Riverdale, he explains the therapeutic benefits of jigsaw puzzles, and puzzles over the ephemeral nature of standup. On top of all this, we play two tracks from his new album 'Premature' on 604 Records.
Paul Anthony returns! Every couple of years, it seems, Paul is our guest. In this episode, we start off by discussing the latest news, then we gossiped about Hugh Phukovsky and his urine gun, talked about the struggles of Talent Time, and re-enacted a Facebook Messenger conversation we had last year. And we ended things with a resurrected Funny or Not Funny? segment.
Ron Vaudry has been entertaining comedy audiences for 38 years. He was recently tweeted about by Norm Macdonald in a series of tweets about the early days of Toronto comedy so we talk about that, and what Norm was like in the early days. We also discuss Ron's net worth, his creation of the Crash 'n' Burn show at Yuk Yuk's, and squelching disabled hecklers.
Shirley Gnome has a new album out on 604 Records and came back to play some songs off it on her guitar. The album is called Taking It Up the Notch and we play a track off it, too. And we talk, as always. She tells us about going to high school with her album's producer, we count penises on her album cover, we teach her a classy new word for genitals, and she discusses playing the kazoo with her clam. This episode exudes class.
Shawn Farquhar is one of the greatest magicians in the world. And one of the greatest guys, period. He's fooled Penn & Teller twice, he's a two-time world champion of magic, and the past president of IBM! No, not that IBM – the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He tells us of his early days touring bars and comedy rooms around British Columbia, and how he shaved off his pencil-thin moustache and left his suave, debonair magician persona behind to become himself on stage. (Hint: it involves drinking.)
Wes Barker's career took off soon after his first appearance on What's So Funny? three years ago. He wowed 'em on America's Got Talent and he fooled Penn & Teller. The comic/magician tells us what that was like. We hope this latest guest spot bumps him up to even greater heights.
Randy Charach puts audiences to sleep. But that's what they come for. He's a stage hypnotist, who has also been a mentalist, magician and comedian. He talks about all these in this episode and gives a very special gift to What's So Funny? listeners. You're getting sleepy...
Alex Sparling is the greatest actor in the world (or so he'll tell you). Unfortunately, his acting career was derailed during a brutal attack. The Vancouver standup and proud Yellowknife son tells us all about it. And by the time you hear this, he'll be a Prince George comic. He also tells us why he's moving.
Leland Klassen is a standup comedian who happens to work clean and sometimes perform in churches. He's also a big-time thespian now that he's the star of a dramatic motion picture. He tells us what it's like working with Kirk Cameron, about the perils of running and running, and getting mistakenly handcuffed by the authorities.
Katharine Ferns has had her fair share of troubles in this lifetime. So what does she do? She laughs. Because you can't just cry all the time. Her Fringe show, Katharine Ferns Is In Stitches, ran in Edinburgh for a month before she brought it "home" to Vancouver. By the time you hear this, she's back in England, where she's lived the past few years doing standup and ignoring her painting.
Andy Cañete is back talking Fringe Fest. His show, in particular: The Cañete Chroñicles. He also tells us of the dangers of soccer in Chile, the secrets of Gloria Makarenko, how Chris Farley ages him, discusses some bad jobs, and tells tales of Mariel Hemingway.
Oh Susanna has another name when she's not performing her unique blend of alternative/country/folk/roots music. Suzie Ungerleider is how I knew her when we played softball together in the mid-late nineties, just as she was starting in on her music career. She moved from Vancouver to Toronto, where she's made quite the name for herself these last twenty years. We catch up in this episode and she tells us all about growing up in the 604 and how it inspired her latest album, A Girl in Teen City. We play a couple tracks from it, too.
Johnny Perrotta has been on the Vancouver comedy scene for ages but this is his first time on our little program. But he did have the honour of being the first guest in our new/old studio. Johnny talks about making the big move from Old Italy to Prince George, tells us how he worshipped Tony Manero, and discusses his embarrassing acting roles.
Chuck Byrn is a real Vancouverite, going back generations. But he's been living in Toronto since forever. Byrn has got stories and opinions and he's willing to share them. He talks about the early days in standup, being the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel boy, hanging up on Jim Carrey, and vacationing in Hawaii with Kerry Talmage and Irwin Barker.
Christina Sicoli loves her sleep but she managed to stay up late and talk with us. The actress and improviser's earliest credit was Detroit Rock City, where she played "Foxy girl" sitting on a toilet. She's also tap danced with Gregory Hines. She's a woman of many talents and we talk about them all.
Bob Robertson was a good friend to What's So Funny?, having visited us three times with his wife and comedy partner Linda Cullen. Together they formed Double Exposure, Canada's beloved political satire duo. Bob's career extended at both ends of his Double Exposure fame and we talked about it all over the course of their three appearances with us. Robertson passed away in March 2017 and in this extendo-episode pay tribute to the man by relistening to his story, as told to us over the years.
David Beckingham drops by the doorless studio to talk about his band's reunion. Hey Ocean! (with exclamation mark) is coming back with a tour and a new album. This after each of the three main players released their own solo work. David tells us why the band needed to take a break, does an impression of his 8-year-old British self, and reminisces about life in Kenya. He's too young to remember the movie or song Born Free, though.
Diana Frances is a Vancouver gal at heart but she lives in Toronto now, where she mostly makes her living writing for TV, awards shows, and radio. But she still finds time to do the odd bit of performing. It's mostly improv these days but we talk about her early standup days, why she's such a good podcast guest/lousy softball player, a bit about her crazy childhood/life, traffic and linguistic complaints, and vagina jokes.
Kevvy, from the bands Fake Shark and Die Mannequin, has real comedy credentials. As a producer, he's recorded, by the latest tally, twenty-four standup comedians. He talks about his brand-spanking new Fake Shark album, Faux Real, getting kicked out of the Langley School of the Arts, his pink hair, his famed tattoo artist, working with Carly Rae, and opening for Marilyn Manson. And we put his jazz knowledge to the test.
John Cullen was voted Most Likely to be a Comedian in his Grade 7 gifted class. So what better name for a comedy album? We play a couple tracks, and we put John to the gifted challenge. He also tells us about his many podcasts (two) and his experience drumming in bands, teaching high school, and sponsoring a Little League baseball team.
Ryan Gunther is a button-down comic with a wild past. He's worked in Fortune 500 companies and grew up in the wild. Basically, anyway. He talks about overcoming massive stage fright to take to the standup stage in his mid-30s. Now he performs his one-man PowerPoint presentation at Fringe festivals all over the world, skewering office workers everywhere.
Garrett Clark isn't just a boner comedian anymore. No, he's got a new album out (Night Danger) making him... dangerous at night? He tells us about his adventures in Los Angeles and how many degrees of separation between him and Kevin Bacon (it's closer than you think). He also talks about creepy-crawlies in Australia, we over-analyze his commercials, and he does a few impressions. A full show!
Colin Lamb doesn't play a lot of comedy clubs, but he should. His songs are hilarious, truly original, and he performs them with a commitment that makes them even funnier. They're also very naughty. Lamb brought his guitar into the studio and serenaded me throughout the hour, maintaining creepy eye contact the whole time.
Brad Upton has been entertaining audiences for 33 years. And he still kills! The Seattle-area comic talks about the best way to deal with hecklers, how standup and teaching 10-year-olds are intertwined, playing mind games in athletic and comedy competitions, and dishes the dirt on the likes of Rodney Dangerfield, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Smokey Robinson, and George Jones.
Joel Plaskett went from a power pop rocker with his band Halifax-based band, Thrush Hermit, in the '90s to a "nationally adored" singer-songwriter. In this episode, we talk about me fake-kissing his wife in university, Jimi Hendrix's high school career, getting heckled on Twitter, and John Candy's van. And, of course, Anne Murray.
Camilo the Magician is... you'll never guess... a magician! He's also our first guest with a pop song written in his honour. It's a good one, too, by the band Said the Whale. In this episode, Camilo Dominguez (that's his given name) talks about growing up in Bogota before moving to Victoria at the age of 15, scaring religious old ladies on airplanes, and even performs a card trick for me. Nothing like magic on a podcast!
James Kennedy burst onto the Vancouver standup scene and became a headliner in short order after spending most of his 20s in a band. He's never met a competition – be it in comedy or music – that he hasn't conquered. Not bad for a kid who never finished high school. Oh, and he also loves monkeys.
Harris Anderson and I first met sharing a bowl of alcohol. Now he's in studio talking about his comedy and music. He also talks about his love of Jonathan Winters and Victor Borge, quotes Milton's Paradise Lost, says why jazz makes him nervous, and expresses his love of dogs.
Barry Crimmins... the man... the legend. The great political satirist joins us despite having a love-hate relationship with podcasts. Despite industrial work being done right outside his hotel room window, we manage to talk for an hour about the best and worst US president of his lifetime, the problem with Hillary, his experience on Air America (or Err America, as he calls it), and the early days of comedy in Boston.