Sun, 31 August 2014
Hey Great episode today featuring Kevin Froleiks (guest on episode 61: The Worst Landlord) and Lisa Romagnoli, Producer at Kornhaber Brown and owner of Notion Films. Her documentary about the New Hamshire comedy scene and NH Comedians, Wicked Funny 2 was just released on youtube.
We discuss the mindset and lifestyle differences between comedians in secondary and tertiary cities to New York or LA, the struggles of moving to a big city when you've been a big fish in a small pond (see also: depression), comedy as an art vs. as a job vs. as a hobby, and how we should regard Comedy Hobbyists.
Check out the film at
Wed, 13 August 2014
I had a wonderful panel on the show last night, Ted Alexandro, Abbi Crutchfield, and Nick Turner. Unfortunately the planned antics had to be put on hold to discuss the pall hanging over the comedy world by the sudden loss of Robin Williams. The conversation turned to expressions of public mourning, the impact of Williams' death, depression in comedy, and the intimacy which any performer brings to their act. These guys really made it an exceptional conversation and I thank all of them profusely. Below are some links to their excellent work which you should check out, but first is the little essay I wrote on facebook which I reference in my intro.
It's 4:30 in the morning. I woke up from a nightmare in which I was writing a condolence letter to the family of one of my heroes; not Robin Williams, someone I know, but the mental math wasn't exactly difficult to do. I'm crying now, again, more times in one day than I have in an awfully long long time. Unlike a lot of the comedians who populate my mental constellations and facebook feed, I never met Robin Williams, and I won't pretend to have the same kind of loss that those who knew him have. Regardless of how much humanity he always brought to his work, knowing someone as a human and not as an icon is a different thing, and entails a different kind of loss. But neither will I be a cynical idiot and mistake the feelings I'm having as mere narcissism or self-indulgent emotions put on display to showcase my own depth. I grew up on Robin Williams' work. Aladdin came out in 1992 and his luminous supernova of a performance lit my 8 year old mind on fire. It seeped into every crack and planted little seeds which are still growing to this day. I would parrot lines from his 1978 Live at the Roxy special and tell other kids how he climbed up into the balcony and yelled "Look, now THOSE are the shitty seats" at the front. I can't tell you how many times I saw Mrs. Doubtfire, because you'd probably have to file some kind of retroactive child services report on my parents. I won't walk you through the rest of his filmography because I don't need to, and you know which roles probably touched me as I grew up and saw him in new ways, many of which changed the way I would think about myself as a creative mind, but the things that get in your skull when it's still soft have a way of sticking.
On the Guests:
Wed, 6 August 2014
This week the star of the PBS Idea Channel, Member of Memefactory, and musician extraordinaire Mike Rugnetta stops by the podcast to talk about technology in our time. Excellent chat, excellent mind, excellent episode.
Check him out at:
@Mikerugnetta, https://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel and http://rugnetta.com/
Also! Get your tickets for next week's Live Malignant Brain Humor featuring Ted Alexandro, Nick Turner and Abbi Crutchfield next week at the People's Improv Theater today! -- http://thepit-nyc.com/event/malignant-brain-humor/
Also, new epsiodes of College Cooking Network's CCN News are up at collegecooking.com/channels/news-feed and at mikecomedy.com/ccnnews
Also, a 30 minute short I acted in, Jay Dates is now up at http://www.mikecomedy.com/acting/
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Mon, 7 July 2014
Alex Ramsey and Joe Cilio of Forever Dog productions appear on the show today to discuss wrangling a production company together, the idea of being a maker of "content," and life on the cliff-edge of college.
Go see them live at the PIT, check them out at http://foreverdogproductions.com/ and on Twitter @realforeverdog
Thu, 26 June 2014
Today I discuss systemic failures whether municipal or biological with Rebecca Trent, the owner/operator of The Creek and the Cave. Check out the Creek's schedule and go see a show there today.
Also, Rebecca and I discuss the disastrous effect of the MTA's 7 train weeekend shutdown (42% of weekends, 2014 and in years to come) on the business and shows in the LIC nightlife scene, turning a 5 minute ride into grand central into a 40 minute shuttlebus nightmare deeper into Queens just to get into the city.
If you care about comedy, community, and making New York an ever more vibrant place, help us get a shuttlebus that runs from Grand Central through the Holland Tunnel by contacting the political entities in question. The dramatis personae are: State Senator Michael Gianaris, Borough President Melinda Katz, State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, VP Of Gov & Community relations Lois Tendler
Contact them as follows:
On Twitter, with the Hashtag #WTFMTA:
Catherine Nolan: Not on twitter.
Lois Tendler: Not on Twitter but use @MTA
Email Melinda Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Lois Tendler: No email but contact her on Linkedin
State Senator Michael Gianaris
Borough President Melinda Katz
Main: (718) 286-3000
Constituent Affairs (718) 286-2669
State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer
Office: (718) 383-9566
VP Of Gov & Community relations Lois Tendler
Office: (646) 252-2660
And if they don't respond, perhaps their Wikipedia articles should be changed to reflect that:
Lois Tendler at The MTA
Sat, 7 June 2014
Ben Kronberg is an exceptional comedian who you can and or could have seen on Comedy Central (Half Hour, John Oliver), MTV, ABC and NBC.
Recently Rosanne Barr told him to go fuck himself on Last Comic Standing. So that's a thing that's happening now, in hashtag form (#GoFuckYourselfBen).
Check him out at http://benkronberg.com @Benkronberg and on the iTunes and Amazon and wherever your computer lets you type in the letters B-e-n K-r-o-n-b-e-r-g.
Fri, 23 May 2014
Myq Kaplan returns to the show today, we discuss his new netflix special Short Small, Dork and Handsome which does NOT make use of the Oxford comma (I report, you decide).
We also discuss Myq's place in comedy, using the marvelous Jim Gaffigan as a reference point to discuss stylistic differences over time (and persona).
Listen to a bit of Myq's new album here: https://soundcloud.com/comedydynamics/myq-kaplan-sports-analogies-and-copyright-infringements
Check him out at
Fri, 9 May 2014
Featuring the Co-writers and Directors of Fort Tilden, Winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize.
Sarah-Violet Bliss (@SVBliss)
Charles Rogers (@GCharlesRogers)
Go see the NY premier of Fort Tilden on May 10th, tickets here: http://vulturefestival.com/events.html?fort_tilden_screening_and_stella_artois_reception#
For more information on the film, check out http://www.forttildenthemovie.com/
Music from this episode is at https://soundcloud.com/mblejer
and new videos, music, and barely disguised requests for money are up at http://mikecomedy.com
Mon, 14 April 2014
The very talented and insightful Katharine Heller appears on the podcast, and we discuss all kinds of childhood trauma, the ethics of comedy and how we use humor to process or deflect and recreate ourselves over the course of our lives. Hot stuff.
Check Katharine out at:
(My epsiode is at: http://tellthebartender.com/2014/03/03/episode-28-the-conspiracy-of-silence/)
Her next Live Tell the Bartender show is May 8th at Union Hall with Wyatt Cenac and Mara Wilson.
And check out Katharine's acting work at http://www.katharineheller.com/
The episode song is called Dig, and is on soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/mblejer/dig-mbhumor-65-katharine
Fri, 21 March 2014
Check out the very funny Michael Shawki at http://michaelshawki.tumblr.com/ and at @michaelshawki on twitter.
And my new website at http://mikecomedy.com (where you can see the new St. Patty's Day video from http://collegecooking.com).