Month: November 2015

Episode #39: Shane Mauss

Shane Mauss and I go back almost all the way to his origin story as a comedian, but before we get into that, there are plenty of memories to be shared about the 2007 HBO Aspen comedy festival, how he recovered from breaking both of his heels — which kept him home bound with his parents for the not so better part of a year — and a breakup, coming back with a new podcast about science called Here We Are. Which is even better than a college degree, maybe? Fun times reminiscing with my old friend Shane Mauss!...

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R.I.P. Andy Ritchie

Andy Ritchie, a stand-up comedian and improviser known for his big heart and impressively unique presence both onstage and off, died from complications related to his brain tumor on Thanksgiving. Ritchie was 39. Born March 27, 1976, in Canada but raised in Minneapolis, where he started performing onstage at Academy of Holy Angels, Ritchie attended NYU’s Intensive film program before returning to the Twin Cities. That’s where he performed with the ComedySportz franchise there in the 1990s, worked on Mitch Hedberg’s 1999 movie Los Enchilados! as a unit production manager and began making his presence felt as a stand-up...

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Trevor Noah: Lost In Translation, his first Comedy Central special

Quick, name your favorite hour stand-up special by a host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. How much time did you waste Googling what Craig Kilborn is up to in 2015? Did you remember that Jon Stewart’s lone hour special was way back in 1996 for HBO, where he’ll be working two decades later after his long-running stint as Daily Show host? A few fun facts about that Jon Stewart: Unleavened special from 1996. One: Stewart has a tag to a dick joke about an young Israeli soldier by enthusiastically shouting twice, “You can do it!”, which possibly predates...

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How Patrice Oneal got one stand-up to hold the Sauce and drop his onstage nickname

Patrice Oneal died five years ago today, on Nov. 29, 2011. There are many of his famous peers who knew and adored him, and not only have shared their stories about him but also continue to celebrate Oneal and help his family financially with an annual benefit. Next year’s show, recently announced, 4th Annual Patrice O’Neal Comedy Benefit Concert happens Jan. 26, 2016, at New York City Center. It’s a night of stand-up comedy to honor the memory of a master comedian and true friend with performances by Dave Attell, Greer Barnes, Bill Burr, Rachel Feinstein, Godfrey, Artie Lange, Russ Meneve, Jim...

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Episode #38: Kliph Nesteroff

It’s the rare kind of person who loves comedy so much he or she dedicates the better part of his or her life to tracking down and celebrating the lives and careers of other comedians. But Kliph Nesteroff already has done just that, turning his WFMU essays and Celebrity Showbiz blog into a wonderful new book: “The Comedians — Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy.” He managed to find many comedians who were long-forgotten by today’s Hollywood and get them to open up about their days in Vaudeville, radio and early television, the mob and more....

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