Day: November 30, 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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