Malignant Brain Humor (comedy)
Had a chat with Pastor Tom Ryberg about Good Friday, dirty hippies, and the appropriation of religious iconography by non-religious folk. Fun!

Tom is a pastor at the United Church of Christ, presently serving a church in Battle Creek, MI. Check out this article he wrote for the Battle Creek Inquirer about guns, crime and humanity.


About the 5 Min Podcast: I'm working together with the people at to take calls from anyone and everyone, a few of which will make it into my podcast feed. If you want to talk with me for five minutes about Comedy, the world, the mind or anything else that you think I'd dig, look me up, I'm @mike on sparemin (, and our chat will be posted on there and possibly on here.

Direct download: Good_Friday.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

Welcome to our second 5 Minute podcast. I'm working together with the people at to take calls from anyone and everyone, a few of which will make it into my podcast feed. If you want to talk with me for five minutes about Comedy, the world, the mind or anything else that you think I'd dig, look me up, I'm @mike on sparemin (, and our chat will be posted on there and possibly on here.

On today's episode I talk with Myq Kaplan, who just started a kickstarter to fund his new music album. Check out the video and help him get money to make music here!

Finally you can check out all the full length previous appearances Myq's made on my podcast below:

Direct download: Myq_Kaplan_5_Minute_podcast.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Welcome to our first 5 Minute podcast. I'm working together with the people at to take calls from anyone and everyone, a few of which will make it into my podcast feed. If you want to talk with me for five minutes about Comedy, the world, the mind or anything else that you think I'd dig, look me up, I'm @mike on sparemin (, and our chat will be posted on there and possibly on here.

Inaugurating this series is previous guest of the podcast comedian and scholar Andrew Heaton. Check out his full length episode here, and check him out online here.

Coming up next: Myq Kaplan.

Direct download: 5_Minutes_in_Heaton.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

Sam Dingman is a radio producer, podcastronaut, storyteller and writer in Brooklyn, NY. He makes podcasts at Panoply, and previously made radio shows at On the Media. He is a winner of the Moth GrandSLAM, an MLB Fan Cave Top 30 finalist, and his work has been featured on RISK!SplitSider, UCB’s "A Funny Thing," TBTLThe Billfold, the First Person Arts Festival, The Los Angeles Comedy Festival, Seattle Sketchfest, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and beyond. He makes radio shows in his living room, where he also watches Baltimore Orioles games through gritted teeth, usually while drinking tawny port.  You can reach him via email at samdingman at gmail dot com, or on Twitter @samdingman.

Also, we went to high school together. Surprise!

Direct download: Sam_Dingman_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

Holiest of Molies, get your rolliest of pollies to the showiest of showies!

Ahem. All that is to say, we'll be talking religion at this month's Malignant Brain Humor. Our panel features comedic voices from the religious to the non. Bring your Jewish guilt, your catholic shame or your non-denominational self-esteem and enjoy the show!

As always, if you have comedy vids that you especially like which touch on or around the subject, please post them below! I will watch them and be available to discuss them here or in person at the show.

Religiolously yours,

On the show this month we've got:

Myq Kaplan
(Conan, Letterman, Ferguson, Comedy Central, Wikipedia (

Sarah Pappalardo
(Co-founder of Reductress, Second City, IO Chicago)

TJ Young
(The Beards of Comedy, Comedy Central, MSN)

Andrew Tavin
(Awooga Comedy, Podcast Monsters, College Humor)

Also, Dominic has a degree in theology, so this could get real fuckin' real. :D

Direct download: MBHumor_Live_-_Religion_EDIT.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

Loved this panel. Check them out on the episode and individually.

Hey. Sometimes people say words. And then other people get angry at them. And then we fight over whether the people who got angry were wrong to get so angry or if the people who said the words were wrong to say the words. WHO'S THE REAL VICTIM HERE? WHO DO I SHOOT? (Non-Trigger warning: There will be no shootings at the show).

We'll be talking about political correctness. Is it a thing? Is it too much of a thing? Does it tarnish the good name of Politics? Is it even that correct?

The people on this show. They're phenomenal. You are going to like them and it. And I'm going to like you for coming.

These are their names.

Jordan Temple
(MTV's Decoded

Joe Zimmerman
(Conan, Comedy Central Half Hour, Universe City Podcast)

Joe Zimmerman
(Conan, Comedy Central Half Hour, Universe City Podcast)

Rae Sanni
(It's About Us Podcast, KATG)


Direct download: Political_Correctness_Podcast_Edit.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

I sit down with Micah Sherman (High Maintanence, The Second City, Improv Asylum, iO, Annoyance Old School Sketch Show, Please Be Seated) and Dan Hirshon (Funny Cakes Comedy, Grandma’s Favorite, Miracle Workers, and Kandid Films), to talk about their new sketch album, John Rodgers: Idiot. We also talk about Donald Trump and Kanye West a lot. :D

Micah & Dan On the Web

Get the Album:


Direct download: Dan__Micah.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

First in our monthly live at The PIT series (next recording is on May 14th, tickets will be available here soon).

This show was a rousing success, great audience, great guests. Still figuring out how to mic everyone up and get the best audio for the recording but I think you'll enjoy this one. If you dig the show please subscribe and rate us over at iTunes!

Guests include:
Chemda Katg of Keith & The Girl (she's the girl) -
Sarah Kennedy, Albuquerque's funniest comedian who isn't in Breaking Bad. Also
Albuquerque's funniest comedian.
Jaqi Furback of official comedy, and
Rae Sanni of the The Three A-Negroes podcast.

Also, hop on over to the brand new Double X section of the website, where I've collected the interviews that I did with women over the course of the show. Super funny folks.

Direct download: MBHumor_Live_Women.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:49am EDT

Lance Weiss is a hilarious comedian and a delight to chat with. He was a Top 4 finalist in CMT’s “Next Big Comic”, and  on NBC’s “The Today Show,” MTV, Bravo, PBS, NY1, Sirius/XM,,,, NY Times, NY Post,, Comcast as well as in AT&T and Kit Kat Commercials.  He was a semi-finalist in the New York Comedy Festival’s “NY’s Funniest Standup Competition,” and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, San Francisco Comedy Festival and a bunch more.  Earlier this year he performed my first one man show, “Wine And Questions With Weiss” at The Pit Theater in NYC.  FinalIy, he co-produces an awesome comedy show – “Gandhi, is that you?” in the lower east side of Manhattan every Wednesday night.  It was part of the NY Comedy Festival and also headlined Carolines on Broadway. It's a good show. Go see it. 


In other news, there's a live Malignant Brain Humor episode coming to the PIT on April 24th, we'll be talking about women in comedy. Come out and join in the fun! Tickets are here:

Direct download: Lance_Weiss.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:11am EDT

82: Anxiety, Alcohol, Catholicism, & Jason Sáenz

Just  coming off a stint writing for Night of Too Many Stars I talk with Jason Carlos Sáenz, hilarious comedian, improviser, writer on UCB's award winning maude team Onasis. Jason was a New Face at the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival and is the mind behind #SaenzSigns, which you should definitely check out (A couple are below, go check out the rest). Check out his upcoming webseries "Foxworthy and Friends," and if you're in NY go to the premiere party this Saturday in Brooklyn at Videology.  



Direct download: 82-Jason_Saenz.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:34pm EDT

In today's episode I talk to Mara Wilson about genetics, forced maturity and the lost of family, feminism, creepy creeps on the internet, love, coping with OCD, Nightvale and growing up under the shadow of Matilda. She's a joy and the whole damn episode is a joy. 

Check her out at 

Buy tickets to her live show at Union Hall, What are You Afraid Of! 

Follow her on twitter @Marawritesstuff

And catch her voice work on the beloved podcast Welcome to Nightvale.


Editor's Note: Although we do touch upon Robin Williams, this episode was recorded prior to his passing away, and therefore we do not cover that, because if we did that would be spooky and weird. If you would like to hear an episode that touches on that, check out Episode 72, recorded live at The PIT, with Ted Alexandro, Nick Turner, and Abbi Crutchfield. 

Direct download: MBHumor_Mara_Wilson_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Stand & De-Libertarianism with Andrew Heaton

Everyone knows how much I hate talking with people who have different beliefs than I do, but I really loved talking with Andrew Heaton even though he is a libertarian, and therefore evil. 

Skilled comedian, sharp thinker, talented speaker. Perhaps a bit too tall, but it's forgivable. 

Check him out at

Read his books:

On Twitter: @MightyHeaton

And on facebook at:

Direct download: Andrew_Heaton_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Excellent comedian and man about town Aaron Kominos-Smith comes on the show to discuss his path to Comedy which included an advanced degree in architecture. Which architect is represented by Louis CK? Which comedian is Frank Lloyd Wright? Which Building is like Larry the Cable Guy? Listen and find out. 

Check Aaron out at and on Twitter at @funnyaaron. 

Direct download: Aaron_Kominos-Smith.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:56pm EDT

Hey folks! This episode went in the can ages ago, but a bunch of time-sensitive releases pushed it back. Thank goodness that the excellent writer Joe Berkowitz is still killing it over at Fast Company, and also in a wide range of other publications including The Atlantic, Mcsweeny's Buzzfeed, GQ and more (and more (and more)). 

Clever, insightful, and (most importantly) I like him because (just like me) he was a fat kid. 

Check him out at:

@JoeBerkowitz, on Tumblr, and at Fast Company.

And as a taste, here's a recent bit he posted that I particularly enjoyed: EMINEM'S TONGUE-TWISTY, FURIOUS FREESTYLE SOUNDS LIKE BILL COSBY WHEN SLOWED DOWN

Direct download: 78_-_Joe_Berkowitz.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Dan Wilbur joins the podcast to discuss his book How Not To Read, the differences between being funny in writing and being funny out loud, Venn Diagrams and the role of esoterica and self-promotion and internet culture on Comedy & more. Excellent episode, excellent fellow. 

Buy his book (I own a copy and very much enjoyed it), check him out at, on twitter @DanWilbur, on his podcast Two Book Minimum and Thursdays in NY at UCBEast where he hosts Lasers in the Jungle.

Direct download: Dan_Wilbur_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Zach Sherwin 3: Epic Rap Battler and excellent MC-about-town Zach Sherwin makes his 3rd appearance to the show. We talk about his varying styles, collaborations with Watsky, and more while I am wildly over caffeinated.

If you'd like to listen to our first two chats, where we talked about the structure of comedy in rap and his shedding of the name MC Mr. Napkins or his appearance on the live show, both are great, and available here and here).

Check out the episode and check out a bunch of Zach's videos (including the song featured in the episode, "stage name,") on the website at:

Direct download: Zach_Sherwin_3.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

The multitalented Julie Sharbutt is an excellent and articulate actor, improviser, writer and producer. She and I discuss relationships, friendships, comedy, dramedy, gender politics, the necessary selfishness of artists, ego, inequality and unearned orgasms! We also discuss the excellent movie she wrote and directed, Moved, and so much else! I forgot how much I loved this episode till I went back and listened to it. Wowza!

Watch her movie on November 9th at the Big Apple Film Festival (details at

Her TV appearances include a recurring role of "Stacie" on The Good Wife and Person of Interest. Films include The WeekendMaladiesThe Last Day of August, True Story, Admazons and others, and her own feature which she wrote and directed, Moved. Julie is a proud volunteer and Smart Partner at New York's 52nd Street Project. She learned to drive in 2014 (New York native), she is an accomplished horsewoman and artist (unrelated), and she likes kittens, hiking, and thunderstorms.

You can see her perform every week at The Peoples Improv Theatre with her house team Coyote and every month at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Gravid Water.

 Check her out online at


and at

Direct download: 75_-_Julie_Sharbutt.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Hey folks! 

The very hilarious Kevin McCaffrey is on the podcast today, though also in the past by quite a bit. Kevin's a touring comedian who's worked with Tru TV and Letterman, and since appearing on the Podcast Kevin has appeared on Letterman, and in my humble opinion did a fantastic job. Well done Kevin!

In order to speed up the process of getting these podcasts out to you I'm going to take a break from the production elements involved in recording a pre-show introduction and making personalized covers. Instead I'm going to try to get more episodes out on the regs and then release little minisodes in between if I have something I'd like to share or I think you might dig. There may be a little rockiness at the outset while we work things out, but I think ultimately this is going to make for a better body of podcasting.

If you disagree with any of this, I want to hear from you! Drop a line over at We've also just activated the new MBHumor Call in line at (202) 695-2549. If you'd rather speak than write, call that line and leave a message, and let me know if you're willing to have it be on the podcast and I'll see about making that happen. Technlogy! Questions, thoughts, feelings, and feedback of any sort are welcome. 




Kevin's Podcast:

Kevin on Twitter: @KevinMcCaff


New episode of College Cooking up, Open Carry Cooking! Check it out over at and After an appearance from one of his regulars, CCN was recently mentioned on the Howard Stern show, which I'm told is a good thing. Well done us (I wasn't involved).

More live show announcements coming up soon! 



Direct download: Kevin_McCaffrey_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

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 
Direct download: MBH_73-_Wicked_Funny-_Kevin__Lisa.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT



Abbi Crutchfield, Ted Alexandro, & Nick Turner

Abbi Crutchfield, Ted Alexandro, & Nick Turner

From Abbi's instagram (click through for link)

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. 

The thing is this: Robin Williams has a place in my childhood psyche like nobody else in this world. His performances trace a direct nerve to feelings of innocent joy and exuberance, unburdened by the knowledge that comes with life experience, feelings which in many ways I've long since left behind. That he would die in such a way, suffering from mental and emotional anguish feels like such a violent incursion of adulthood upon youth. It feels like such a violation of innocence for him to go like this. It hurts. The irony of his playing a grown up Peter Pan is not lost on me, but this is a facebook post not a comparative american lit essay so I won't belabor the point. And this bit here actually is a bit embarrassing to admit, but I swear, when I woke up the first thing I thought was "I can't believe that if I have kids someday they're not going to get to exist in the same world as their comedy grandpa Robin." 

The people who deserve our sympathy and empathy first and foremost are those who knew and loved him as a person, and not just as an author of joy, a parent of the mind, and I'm not usually one to mourn a celebrity's passing as anything other than a tragedy for their family and a sad factoid for the internet's emotional simulator to mine it's shitty clickbait, but man, this one really hurts.

Anyway. I don't want to turn this into too much of a PSA, but please, if you're uncomfortable with the term mental illness then call it mental anguish. Call it deep emotional suffering, I don't care. Whatever you need to do to frame it, please just recognize it as a real thing, have empathy, and if you or someone you know or love is suffering, please do what you can to help. Sometimes you can't do anything no matter how much you try, but that's not an excuse to stop. It only absolves you if you keep on trying, and yes, some people are going to die trying. I didn't know Robin Williams, so I really don't know, but I'd like to think he died trying. For my part I hope I retain enough of a sliver of my innocence, no matter well hidden, even from myself, that I don't let that stop me. And if I do have tiny little splinters of innocence buried beneath my calloused skin, a lot of them are in there because when my skull was still soft, Robin Williams exploded on screen and blew them into my tiny little mind.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255. Never be ashamed to call it, unless you're making a crank call, in which case: yes, you should be ashamed of yourself. Stop it. 

Goodnight moon. Good morning Vietnam.


On the Guests:
Ted Alexandro - According to Time out NY Ted is “One of the funniest comedians working today.” According to me, he's even better than that. He's been on Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, Kimmel, Comedy Central and for some reason The View. Check out his new webseries, Teachers lounge at can hear my one on one interview with Ted here:

Nick Turner - Nick's been killing it on the NY scene for years now, has appeared on Seth Meyers, Fallon, VH1's Best Week Ever, and has the distinction of being my very first podcast guest. Witness his majestic return. 

Abbi Crutchfield - (Vh1, MTV, The Tyra Banks Show) is joining to the lineup! Check out this music video she recently did with SNL's Jay Pharoah: Also check Abbi out on twitter @curlycomedy

Direct download: Live_PIT_Tues_Aug_12_2014.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

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, and

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! --

Also, new epsiodes of College Cooking Network's CCN News are up at and at

Also, a 30 minute short I acted in, Jay Dates is now up at

rate and review us on iTunes, and write us over at


Direct download: Mike_Rugnetta_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

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 and on Twitter @realforeverdog


Direct download: foreverdog_final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

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

By Email:

Email State Senator Mike Gianaris via webform 

Email Melinda Katz at

Email State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan

Email Jimmy Van Bremmer at or via Webform

Email Lois Tendler: No email but contact her on Linkedin

By phone:

State Senator Michael Gianaris

Albany 518-455-3486

District 718-728-0960

Borough President Melinda Katz

Main: (718) 286-3000 

Constituent Affairs (718) 286-2669

State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan

Sunnyside: 718-784-3194

Ridgewood: 718-456-9492

Albany: 518-455-4851

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Office: (718) 383-9566

VP Of Gov & Community relations Lois Tendler 

Office: (646) 252-2660

Whitepages Listing: 


And if they don't respond, perhaps their Wikipedia articles should be changed to reflect that: 

Michael Gianaris

Melinda Katz

Jimmy Van Bramer

Catherine Nolan

Lois Tendler at The MTA

Direct download: Rebecca_Trent.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

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 @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.






Direct download: MBHumor_68-_Ben_Kronberg.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:32am EDT

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:

And watch it on Netflix at and now available on  iTunes and  Amazon.

Check him out at



Direct download: Myq_4.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

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:

For more information on the film, check out

Music from this episode is at

and new videos, music, and barely disguised requests for money are up at 


Direct download: MBHumor_66-_Fort_Tilden.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

MBHumor 65: Katharine Heller

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:

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


The episode song is called Dig, and is on soundcloud at


Thanks folks!  

Direct download: MBHumor_65_-_Katharine_Heller.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT


Check out the very funny Michael Shawki at  and at @michaelshawki on twitter.

And my new website at (where you can see the new St. Patty's Day video from


Direct download: MbHumor_64_Michael_Shawki.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

The hilarious Miguel Dalmau is on the podcast today, catch him in Bloomington Illinois at the Laugh House from the 20th-22nd, if you're in Indiana, get tickets today:

And in general, check Miguel out at

and on twitter @Migueldalmau

Direct download: MBHumor_63_-_Miguel_Dalmau.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

A Wonderful episode with musical master of melancholic comedy, Jonathan Coulton!

Check him out at and on Twitter @Jonathancoulton

Check out the new episodes of the College Cooking News Feed at

And the new articles section I've put up at

This episode's song, "I Understand" is available for download at

Review on iTunes, Tweet me @Mikeblejer and generally say hi! Happy new year folks. 

Direct download: Jonathan_Coulton_final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

Will Carey and Kevin Froleiks are on, we discuss depression, self-image, and of course The Worst Landlord. Great episode!

Check them out at:



@Lisaromagnoli (of notion films)

Direct download: Worst_Landlord_final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Sex drugs and rock'n'roll. Mostly drugs.


Direct download: Lucas_Connolly_final2.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:37am EDT

Check out the very funny Joe List:

on Comedy Central at


On Twitter @JoeListComedy

In his new podcast coshosted with @MarkNorm, Tuesday with Stories:!/id705474769?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

And in life around NY, Boston, and wherever people tell jokes that are funny. 

Also, check out my new College Cooking Vid at

and on my website under videos at

Links away!

Direct download: MBHumor_59_-_Joe_List.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

The hilarious Jeff Maurer joins me to talk about DC, NY, and being a clever curmudgeon!



Direct download: Jeff_Maurer_final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

I talk with the hilarious Greg Warren, check him out at

Direct download: Greg_Warren_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

Writer on the W. Kamu Bell Show, hilarious human. Check her out at: and @aparnapkin

Direct download: MBHumor_56_Aparna_Nancherla.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

Alumnus writer from College Humor and Nikki & Sara Live Jenny Jaffe comes to the podcast. 

Check her out

and on Twitter @JennyJaffe

Hilarious sketches by Jenny:

Direct download: MBH_55-_Jenny_Jaffe.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

Adam Newman (Letterman, Oliver's NY Stand-up Show) is on the podcast. Much goodness. Get his album, Not For Horses,

Check him out at:

and on Twitter @adam_newman


Direct download: MBHumor_54_-_Adam_Newman.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

The Very funny former Bostonian and current Los Angelan, Laura Crawford (@CrawfordComic) is on the podcast. Check'erout! 

And the Ted Talks I mentioned in the intro are at:


Direct download: MBHumor_53-_Laura_Crawford.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

Great ep with @KennethWReid. Marvel v. DC, Old Comedy v. New. Abusive Family v. Dead Family. All the classic battles of our time.

Direct download: Ken_Reid.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with Indian Comic Sorabh Pant. Super fun conversation, super fun guy. Check this out now so you can impress your friends soon. 

Watch him be hilarious at  

And read his awesome book The Wednesday Soul:

Direct download: 49_-_Sorabh_Pant_pt2.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

Such a fun episode with Indian Comic Sorabh Pant. We discuss cross cultural comedy Algebra, Censorship, and how incredibly little I know about Hinduism. Really fun talk, tune in next week for part 2.   

Check him out at  

And read his awesome book The Wednesday Soul:

Direct download: MBHumor_48_-_Sorabh_Pant.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:52pm EDT

Dave Hill: This American Life contributor, Twitter maven, King of Miami and all around Raconteur is on the show. 

Dave Hill Online:

Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident:

Tasteful Nudes:


The conversation surrounding a rape joke I mentioned on the show can be found on my facebook profile at

and if you'd like, check out my own contribution to comedy dealing with the topic of sexual violence here:


And as always, music from the episode and others can be found at: Http://

Direct download: MBHumor_47-_Dave_Hill.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

Our first live show. Was fantastic. Featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Jermaine Fowler, Micah Sherman and the inimitable (unless cloning is perfected) Zach Sherwin. Listen now! Watch soon, if the video ever gets delivered to me in it's entirety (you know who you are, beloved videographer. Surrender your data.) 

Direct download: MBHumor-_NYC_Podfest_Live.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

Hey folks. If you're in the Boston Area this week, go see Myq record his first hour long special. Tickets are free (they like excited audience members, and I would go if I weren't in another hemisphere) at

Also, watch my prop 8 supreme court video at

Back in town in 2 weeks, we'll be back on a regular schedule then. I miss you guys.

Direct download: Myq3.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:14am EDT

Tom Sobel has been putting comedians (and musicians) on the road for decades. On today's episode he slaps me in the face with some perspective. It was great. 

Check out the comedy Caravan at

Direct download: MBHumor_44_-_Tom_Sobel_.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

Youngest Boston Comedy Fest winner and veteran of 26 years of not being dead yet Dan Boulger and I talk about jokes, deadpan vs. selling, drinking drinks, and canoes. 

Watch him on Craig Ferguson:

Direct download: MBHumor_43_-_Dan_Boulger.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:03am EDT

Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan come on the show to discuss their theater project in female sexuality, gender politics, identity politics, and just generally chat about all our wacky naughty bits. 

Check them out at:

And donate at:

Direct download: BirdsBees.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

Sean Patton (Conan, Comedy Central Presents) and I discuss Obsession, Compulsion, Animal behavior, Self-Diagnosis and Racism. It's Grrrrrreacist. Which is to say, it's great and about racism, not great and racist. I know, it's confusing. 

Also, OCD looks like a few disorganized letters from the word Comedy, which is probably more annoying if you have OCD. 

Find him at:

and on twitter @mrseanpatton

Direct download: MBHumor_41_-_Sean_Patton.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

MBHumor 40: Stephie Coplan

Great ep talking about music and comedy and philosophy with Stephie Coplan of Stephie Coplan & The Pedestrians ( Check her out at:

Weekly videos:

Free music:

Direct download: MBHumor_40-_Stephie_Coplan.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

The fantastic Ophira Eisenberg is on the show, 

Check her out at

Listen to her NPR Quiz show "Ask Me Another" at

Direct download: MBH_39_Ophira_Eisenberg.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:25pm EDT

Jono Zalay is on the podcast today. He's fed cocaine to rats, which is a lot like comedy in the 80s. Check him out at

Jono Zalay grew up in beautiful San Diego, where upon becoming a stand-up comic, he quickly grew tired of good weather and happy times. So he packed all his belongings and boarded a plane to Boston. His belongings boarded a plane to Philadelphia and were never seen again. Once adequately miserable, Jono pursued comedy while earning his PhD in Neuroscience. In 2010-11, he became a staple at comedy festivals around the country, winning all of them in the “most fun” category that he made up. Jono now lives in New York City where his unique and informed background brings a perspective to stand-up comedy unequaled by almost any PhD in Neuroscience.

Episode song:

Direct download: MBHumor_38-_Jono_Zalay.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

The very funny Mike Recine is on the show. We talk women, gender roles, manliness, feelings. Yuck! Iz gut.

Follow hiim at @Mikerecine on Twitter.

Direct download: MBHumor_37-_Mike_Recine.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:08am EDT

On Today's podcast I talk with the very funny, and not at all undermining, Mike Albo. We talk commercialism, the struggle to escape oneself, and his fantastic book The Junket. 

Check him out at

and @AlboMike

Direct download: MBHumor_36_-_Mike_Albo_final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 1:54am EDT

Great episode with Keith Alberstadt of Letterman, Red Eye, contributor to Fallon, Weekend Update, and more! Get his album and check him out at:

Episode Song downloadable at

Direct download: MBHumor_35_Keith_Alberstadt.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Absurdist comedian and Wizard Greeter Alex Koll is on the podcast this week. Check him out at and get his album, the afore alluded to "Wizard Hello!"

Direct download: MBHumor_34__Alex_Koll.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:45am EDT

On this ep I've got Henry Phillips, Star/Co-Writer/Composer of the critically acclaimed Punching the Clown. Check him out at and watch

Great episode. Lots of music, lots of comedy, lots of politics, some religion. 

Direct download: MBHumor_33_Henry_Phillips_2.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

Micah Sherman on the podcast. Great episode, hurray! Get his and Myq Kaplan's new album, Please be Seated at or

Additionally, there is a new music video out:
Aaaand some nice reviews of it:
Direct download: MBH_30-_Micah_Sherman.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

Great episode with Jim McCue at the Boston Comedy Festival.

Check out the schedule and get tickets to shows this week at

Check Jim out at

Direct download: MBHumor_29__Jim_McCue.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Myq kaplan and I do shrooms and podcast wacky. Iz fun. 

Here's the laughspin piece I mentioned about Myq and Micah's music album: It's coming out on the 25th not the 23rd I guess, according to laughspin. Hoo-ray!

Direct download: Mycology_4.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

Myq Kaplan and I imbibe hallucinogens and talk about comedy and life. Not a focused interview like regular episodes, but also a lot of fun. Check out the previous two installments of Mycology in order to get all the call backs, or don't and just assume we're being brilliant. I am ok with either of those two options. 

Direct download: Mycology_3_with_Myq_and_Mike.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

After a brief computer destruction we're back with an episode of the podcast with Carlen Altman. Check her and the movie out here:

and the song is downloadable a

Direct download: MBH_25_Carlen_Altman.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

Mycology (aka At Shroom Temp) is a series of minisodes I did with Myq Kaplan. I feel like the rest is self explanatory. 

Direct download: Mycology_2.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Check Zach out at

Check out Martin's Post at and

Direct download: MC_Mr_Napkins_Final.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Mark is hilarious! He's on John Oliver's NY Stand up show tonight (at 11 not 2 like I said, I don't know didly about TV).

Check him out at

Direct download: MBH_23__Mark_Normand.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 5:03am EDT

Mycology (aka At Shroom Temp) is a series of minisodes I did with Myq Kaplan. I feel like the rest is self explanatory. 

Direct download: MiniBH__At_Shroom_Temperature_1.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:29pm EDT

Adam Conover is a stand-up and comedian who's worked with College Humor and Olde English. Funny guy, smart guy. He runs a weekly show at 9 on thursdays at UCBeast. Check him out at:

Direct download: MBH_22__Adam_Conover.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

Greg Barris on the podcast today. Good stuff. Just as a note, the interlude music between my intro and the podcast is something I did (each episode has it's own specific interstitial music), the song at the end is a track of Greg's new album "The Wigmaker's Son: Greatest Tits"

See Greg Live:

UCB Chelsea - July 12

Union Hall - July 21 - Heart of Darkness

Direct download: MBH_21__Greg_Barris.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

Get him to the Greek, the podcast. This week I've got Costaki Economopoulos on the podcast, man about NY and regular contributor to Bob & Tom and on Sirious (check out his football season weekly segment "Quick Snaps"). All of his stuff can be found at

Direct download: MBH_20__Costaki_Economopoulos.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:43am EDT

On the podcast today I've got Steve Hofstetter, Comedian, club owner, Jewish Redhead and non-apologist. We talk status, networking, and growing up smart. Check him out at

Direct download: MBH_19__Steve_Hofstetter.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:57am EDT

Check out the very funny and proudly wimpy Josh Gondelman at

Direct download: MBH_17__Josh_Gondelman_1.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

Get Jim's new album Mr. Universe at

Direct download: MBH_16__Jim_Gaffigan_Pt._2_-_Religion.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

Hey folks. Get Jim's new album "Mr. Universe" on his website Out today

Direct download: MBH_15__Jim_Gaffigan_Pt._1_-_Comedy_1.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:31am EDT

Hey folks, got Bryson Turner on the podcast this week. Hilarious comic.

Check him out at

The post I mention is

Download the Intro:

Direct download: MBH_14__Bryson_Turner.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:38am EDT

Gaby Dunn is a comedian and journalist who wrote the blog 100 Interviews ( and now writes for a bunch of folks, including a recent piece in the NY Times. You can see her at the end of this month in Boston at the Women in Comedy Festival

Direct download: MBH_13__Gaby_Dunn.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Hey folks, today on the podcast I've got Ted Alexandro, the Patron Saint of Single people. We talk comedy, balance, marriage, religion and Occupy Wall St. Want to learn to be a better person? Listen to this episode. and at

Direct download: Ted_Alexandro.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

On the podcast this week:
Jermaine Fowler is a comic who's rapid and continuing success belie his age. He and I talk god, sexuality, positivity and politeness in the age of social media. Also I play with Live Looping on my podcast for the first time and it gets a little dicey (and splicey and loopy. More soon).
Check out Jermaine at
In New York At Kabin on Thursday February 9th
and in LA at the LA Laugh Factory for the MTV Showcase on February 13th 
Direct download: Jermaine_Fowler_Edited_Other_Copy.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

Andy Haynes is a good man and a damn fine comic. I recorded this podcast with him almost a year to the day after he made his debut on Jimmy Fallon. We talk about how life changes, and also a bunch of serious thoughtful stuff about masochism, abuse, and generational emotional freeze. It's fun. Check him out at:

Direct download: MBH_10__Andy_Haynes.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:10am EDT

After a huge computer crash, a reality show and the holidays we are back with the "lost episdodes" of Malignant Brain Humor (just the episodes I recovered from the computer crash). First up is Christian Polanco pt. 2. It's a very sex and relationship laden episode. Enjoy!

Direct download: MBH_8__Christian_Polanco_pt2.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

Christian Polanco is a comic and publishes the Offstage Podcast at This is part one of our delightful interview.Huzzah!

Direct download: MBH_8__Christian_Polanco_pt_1.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:32am EDT

Kink Camp, BDSM, The State, feelings of personal, professional and artistic inadequacy and working to overcome them. Pathos! 

Direct download: MBH_7__Kevin_Allison.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

Myq Kaplan and I finish up our conversation covering a range of topics and dropping a pool of names. Below are links to videos by some of the folks Myq and I talk about in this week's podcast. I've tried to instersperse each of my intellectual heros with a comedian so that the self-righteousness is balanced out with deflating buffoonery. 

Shane Mauss

Chris Hedges

Emo Philips

Peter Singer

Doug Stanhope:

Howard Zinn:

Direct download: MBH5__Myq_Kaplan_Squared.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 2:59am EDT

Glam the man, flight the flower, Moccupy Mall Street and all that jizz. Listen to me trying way too hard when I run into two other comics in the midst of the stirrings of a global anti-corporate movement.

Joining me in this episode are John Knefel (he speaks first) and later Brent Schmidt. John and his sister Molly can be heard on their own thrice weekly podcast (stop making me look bad guys), Radio Dispatch at 

We discuss the roots of the movement, talk about pretty protest girls, and interview someone who is interviewing us.

Had file corruption issues editing this so hopefully it'll go up smoothly. 

Direct download: MBH3__Live__Occupy_Wall_Street.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

David Cope: Hilarious comedian or prognosticator of the coming apocalypse? We discuss the end of days as well as the relationship between evolution and open mic'ing vs. the punctuated equilibrium of Youtube. Also fart jokes.

Direct download: david_cope.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:06am EDT

Hey folks, in Israel and totally screwed by technology, hence the shortness of this mini-sode. I brought all my episodes on an external hard drive, but cable/wire/plug incompatibility have rendered it a highly expensive brick. Also crashed my website and almost missed my plane (which is still way better than almost missing my website and crashing my plane). Overall things are just delightful. 

Also, just to be clear, I am not a self-hating Jew. It's all the other Jews I hate. 

That was a joke. I like Jews at approximately the same rate as I like non-jews. Maybe a bit more or a bit less at times because either (A) I have a cultural context for understanding their flaws/weaknesses as idiosyncratic rather than just seeing them as weird jerks (which is how people historically have tended to see people from cultures they don't have a history with) and sometimes a bit less because (B) They remind me of the parts of myself that I hate (e.g., lactose intolerance. They remind me of that a lot). Basically it's the same way I feel about my family, so it goes.

Full Length interview with the hilarious and talented David Cope coming up when I get back to Stars & Stripesland. 

Direct download: MBH_2_pt1__Israel_Minisode.m4a
Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:20am EDT