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51 minutes | 5 years ago
Alley Oop in Vietnam!
This Alley Oop podcast episode takes place Live From Vietnam! (Or I guess recorded) Comedian Paul Morrissey is in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for the Magner's Comedy Festival and he talks with fellow comedians Matthew Giffen (United Kingdom) & Martin Mor (Ireland) about the shows in Singapore & the days spent in Vietnam so far. This conversation takes place in the Hotel lobby where there is some tension as the guys discuss their stay.
55 minutes | 6 years ago
Artie Lange: The Bag's On You!
A special episode of the Alley Oop Podcast with the great Artie Lange. This is an except from an episode the Artie Lange Uncensored podcast, to subscribe go to www.artiequitter.com You know Artie Lange from his days at Mad TV and movies like Beer League and Dirty Work. He became beloved as the sidekick on the Howard Stern show and proved he is one of the funniest guys on the planet. Artie and Paul talk comedy, yankees, who may or may not be having sex with Lebron's Mom, a Bob Uecker story that will make you laugh til you cry, and what a Liam Neeson and Artie Lange movie would sound like.
62 minutes | 6 years ago
Nate O'Neil: Playing For the Washington Generals
Paul talks with childhood hoops buddy, Nate O'Neil on this episode of the Alley Oop Podcast. After a successful college career at Colgate University, Nate went on to play professional basketball for the Washington Generals (I.E. the team that loses to the Harlem Globetrotters) They talk about how he ended up there, and also about how close Paul was to becoming a Washington General at one point. Nate talks about traveling the world, tells some great stories about playing against legendary players like Daryl Dawkins in arenas like Madison Square Garden. Don't let this losing record fool you, Nate is still Colgate's all-time leading 3 point shooter (%) and is in the top five all time in the Patriot League athletic conference. He still dunked on his birthday this year. Nate and Paul also reminisce growing up playing hoops in the Binghamton area and the notable players and playground games.
84 minutes | 7 years ago
Dan Woike: Covering the LA Clippers
An actual full-on sports episode, we get some great basketball insight with LA Clippers beat reporter, Dan Woike, of the Orange Country Register. Dan and Paul become friends on the set of a the Nike Chris Paul Commercials last summer where they were both actors playing reporters. The two love talking hoops and Dan talks about day-to-day life and travel as an NBA beat reporter. He also gives some great insight about the Donald Sterling situation and just how much it affected the team and their playoff run last season. How will the Clippers do this year? Listen and find out.
85 minutes | 7 years ago
Ari Shaffir: Chinese Delight
It's about 3am in New York City a few nights before Paul makes his debut on "The Late Show with David Letterman." After running a few sets, Paul meets up with Ari Shaffir at The Stand Comedy Club, and they walk around the East Village eating pizza and cookies. Now back at Ari's apartment the two discuss Ari's recent tour of China, his TV show on Comedy Central and 1 hour TV special. Paul also talks about the process of getting bumped and his return trip to NYC to be on the David Letterman Show. Things are going great for them both but talking about that wouldn't be a fun podcast. Ari complains about Verizon, and they both complain about how hard it was to get to where they are in comedy. In the words of Joe Walsh,"I can't complain but sometimes I still do." No sports talk this episode, sorry.
74 minutes | 7 years ago
Carlos Kotkin: Author & Accidental Studio Executive
The Alley Oop podcast returns with a great episode with comedian, author, former Fox Studio Executive and 12 Moth Storyslam winner Carlos Kotkin. Comedian Paul Morrissey and Carlos are old friends from standup comedy and have performed with each other many times over the years and produced a show together called "Funny Writers Reading Stories." Paul discusses his recent work on a sitcom pilot and also announces that he'll be appearing on the David Letterman show on July 10th. This inteview is from several months back, and Carlos mentions shyly that he's working on an animated feature script which we now can disclose that it is the blockbuster sequel "Rio 2." Paul & Carlos also discuss how to get a book deal and develop it into a TV show. Carlos also discusses how he develped his penpal relationship David Sedaris. Carlos wrote a hilarious book about dating called "Please Got Let It Be Herpes," which you can purchase on amazon.com or go to an actually store that sells books. For more information, go to his website www.carloskotkin.com
93 minutes | 7 years ago
Stephen Tobolowsky: It's A Wonderful Life
After an introduction by Paul from the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland, special guest Stephen Tobolowsky talks about his career in film, TV and his recent writing endeavors including his book "The Dangerous Animals Club."
76 minutes | 7 years ago
Dwayne Perkins: Life, Comedy & Basketball
Dwayne Perkins is a New York born and now Los Angeles based comedian. He makes frequent appearances on Conan, and travels the world spreading his comic views. Paul and Dwayne perform together often and cross paths outside of comedy at concerts, film festivals and sporting events. Dwayne talks about his competitive nature and philosophy of life with Paul. The two also reminisce about Big East Basketball and discuss the current state of the NBA and its superstars. Paul & Dwayne will both be perfroming at the Promenade Playhouse on Friday, October 18th on the "Funny Writers Reading Their Stories" show. Dwayne will be reading a selection from his book, "Hot Chocolate For The Mind."
78 minutes | 8 years ago
Mike Royce: Sweet Sassy Molassy!
Paul's guest this week is Emmy-Award winning writer, comedian, Executive Producer and Showrunner Mike Royce. A fellow upstate, New York native, Royce grew up near Syracuse and attended Ithaca College before heading to NYC to pursue comedy as a career. Mike gives a lot of background on the New York City comedy scene post-boom when he was the house MC at the Comedy Cellar performing with a lot of his comedian buddies like Dave Attell, Todd Barry, Louis CK. Mike then went on to a job as an audience warmup comedian on Spin City before teaming up with Ray Romano on Saturday Night Live and coming up with one of the great catchphrases of all-time "Sweet Sassy Molassy" during the hilarious SNL Sportscenter Spoof. Mike then moved to Los Angeles when he was offered a writing job on Everybody Loves Raymond, and went on to win two Emmy Awards, before being hired as the showrunner for Louis CK's HBO Sitcom "Lucky Louie." From there he went on to be the showrunner on "Men Of A Certain Age" starring Ray Romano, 1600 Penn, and has a new show called "Enlisted" that begins in November on Fox. The two talk about the transition from standup to TV writing and producing as well as getting into some sports talk, as Mike is a big hockey fan- NY Rangers and now LA Kings.
87 minutes | 8 years ago
Josh Thompson: Robot Sidekick to Craig Ferguson
Our guest this week is Josh Thompson, who is the mastermind behind the robot sidekick Geoff Peterson on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS. He was also the voice of Arnold Schwartzeneggar on the Howard Stern Show when MSNBC and George Takei were both tricked into thinking he was really the former Governor of California. Paul Morrissey and Josh first met when they were performing together at a storytelling show at The Improv in Hollywood. Paul asks Josh about his upbringing in Cleveland and the influence of the Muppet Show on his career. He also talks about turning a one day gig as the robot into a full time job on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also talks about his cool experiences on the show, and what it's like getting complimented by some of his idols like Paul Williams, Carol Burnett, Don Rickles, Richard Lewis and Dick Van Dyke. Josh describes his complicated day to day setup performing as the robot and gives some insight on his comedic style and what he's looking to do in the future with his career. Check out his Pokin Around Podcast on www.jrtvoices.com Josh will also be starring in the upcoming romantic comedy movie "Nowhere Girl."
4 minutes | 8 years ago
SPECIAL CLIP! Arnold Schwarzeneggar talks about the Alley Oop Podcast
67 minutes | 8 years ago
Marsh McCall:Original Conan O'Brien Writer
Marsh McCall was one of the original writer's of Late Night with Conan O'Brien and became head writer of the show. He's also a showrunner, Executive Producer and writer of funny things on the New Yorker online. Marsh is Beatles expert, and also plays basketball with Paul every once in awhile. The two talk about their love of Monty Python, the TV show Fawlty Towers among other influences. Marsh was a newspaper writer in San Francisco Bay area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV writing. He landed his first job as one of the original Conan O'Brien writers, along with Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Bob Odenkirk and shared an office with Andy Richter. After the first year, Marsh became head writer and then moved back to Los Angeles to Executive Produce "Just Shoot Me" and a host of other TV shows. It was just announced that Marsh will be writing a TV show with Jamie Foxx called "Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me" for TBS.
74 minutes | 8 years ago
Ken Levine: Talks Zach Braff, Kickstarter, MLB Announcing and TV
Emmy-Award winning TV writer, director, producer, screenwriter and major league play-by-play announcer Ken Levine is my guest. Ken has packed in a few lifetimes of dream-chasing and it's all paid off; from writing on TV shows like MASH, Cheers, Frazier to announcing baseball games for the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres. Paul talks to Ken about his recent blog post on www.kenlevine.blogspot.com in which he challenged actor/producer Zach Braff's use of kickstarter to raise funds for his movie. Ken believes things like kickstarter should be for the up-and-comers, not merely as a pubicity machine for millionaires to raise more millons. The two discuss that and also Ken's early success with his TV writing partner David Isaac's on shows like MASH and Cheers. Paul gushes about one of his favorite movies, Volunteers- starring Tom Hanks, John Candy and Gedde Watanabe---- which Ken Levine wrote the screenplay. Ken talks about chasing his dream from doing by play by play by himself into a tape recorder at Dodger stadium, to the Syracuse Chiefs, to the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles. Ken also discusses the current state of television, comedies of the past, and the future of sitcoms. Are 3 camera sitcoms going to be extinct? Ken says not so fast.
57 minutes | 8 years ago
Jim Gaffigan: Dad Is Fat
For this episode, Paul catches up with his old buddy, comedian Jim Gaffigan, and they discuss Jim's new book "Dad Is Fat" which was released on May 7th, and available at bookstores now! Jim discusses the inspiration of the book, his life with his wife raising 5 children in New York City. The two reminisce about doing shows years ago in NYC and touring together. Jim is also fascinated about Paul's weird food habits and preferences. Especially the fact that Paul has never tried guacamole. They discuss trying bone marrow at a dinner they had an Paul's friends high end restaurant in NYC. They also talk about Jim's climb to standup success with his 3, 1 hour comedy specials. Then the two get into some sports talk when they discuss growing up in small towns and also we found out both Jim and Paul had to wear eye patches when they were kids. Jim talks about his wrestling and college football career. The fact that football practice gave him nightmares, and the intimidation tactics the football coaches at Georgetown tried to use on him to keep Jim from quitting the team. The two talk about Jim's future plans, the benefits of being underestimated, and avoiding humiliation in showbusiness. To purchase "Dad Is Fat" online, go to www.jimgaffigan.com
33 minutes | 8 years ago
BONUS Larry Miller: Back In Time
We go back to the future in a way with Larry Miller. This special bonus episode is an interview I did with Larry Miller a few years back in the green room of the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Larry had just returned to doing standup on a regular basis and was preparing for an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Paul and Larry talked about his return to serious standup, what he missed about it and why it gives him so much pride and makes up so much of his identity. Did Larry and Seinfeld trade acts? Was Larry originally cast as George Costanza? Paul has a few questions and Larry is kind enough to answer them.
78 minutes | 8 years ago
Larry Miller: Put Moron #2 on the phone
The great comedian, actor, and writer Larry Miller joins Paul on this episode of the Alley Oop. The two became close friends since working at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach together a few years back. Larry told Paul's parents he was one of the good ones, which made his mom and dad feel good about his path as a comedian. Paul gives Larry a gift--a Jerry Garcia tie, which meant a lot because he's been holding on to for awhile. They haven't seen each other since Larry had a serious fall last year and was hospitalized, but Larry is back and healthy as ever which Paul was happy to see, and even happier to finally give him the tie. Larry discusses his comedy beginning, auditioning as a drummer/comedian at the Comic Strip Live in NYC, where Jerry Seinfeld was on stage the first time he ever set foot in a comedy club. Seinfeld and Miller have been best friends since that time and continue to work together. In fact, is it true that the two friends even traded each other's acts a few times? Paul talks about the best comedy show he's ever seen- Seinfeld & Larry Miller at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Larry talks about how he was really inspired and amazed when saw Bill Cosby at Carnegie Hall with Seinfeld and some other comedian friends. Larry plays drums, piano and cello. Just in the last few years, he's incorporated music and singing into his one man show "Cocktails with Larry Miller." Paul admits to taking a tapdancing class, and Larry doesn't judge, replying "It's good to be in showbusiness." Paul asks Larry to discuss the beginnings and evolution of his legendary standup piece "The Five Levels Of Drinking." The two discuss their love of the movie "Midnight Run", and Paul coaxes him into telling stories about Val Kilmer and the famous Dennis Farina "Secret to Showbusiness" story that Paul loves to hear. Larry admits to being a Grateful Deadhead. The two share a great moment and Larry says he will buy a tie for Paul the next time he sees him.
89 minutes | 8 years ago
Jeff Cesario: Emmy's for Kenosha
This episode features our guest, two-time Emmy Award winning writer and comedian, Jeff Cesario. Paul gets the scoop on what sports Jeff played as a kid in Kenosha, WI, and how he went from playing in the school band, earning a living playing in bands and his leap into standup comedy. Jeff won two emmy award writing for HBO's Dennis Miller Live, was nominated for another Emmy writing for The Larry Sanders Show with Garry Shandling. He also wrote the screeplay for Jack Frost, and was nominated for another Emmy writing for the 2012 Academy Awards. Cesario has achieved just about every milestone in standup comedy as well. The Tonight, Craig Ferguson, HBO and Comedy Central specials. He talks about how Louie Anderson and Dennis Miller shaped his comedy career. Jeff also discusses being roommates with Dana Gould for a month at a festival in Scotland. Cesario also talks about his current job as the Executive Producer on the TV show BrandX with Russell Brand on Fox.
97 minutes | 8 years ago
W Earl Brown Pt 2: Bloodworth, Franks & Beans
Actor W Earl Brown continues his talk with Paul Morrissey about the fine show "Deadwood", which Earl played Dan Dority and also joined the writing staff during the 2nd season with show creator and writing guru David Milch. The fellas discuss the language of Deadwood, how Earl got his buddy Steve Earle a part in the show which is not so flattering when he first heard about it. Earl also talks about performing at the Jack Clement Tribute, how writing and producing a movie is not good for you health. Earl wrote and produced "Bloodworth" starring Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, Hillary Duff and himself. He also talks about his amazing journey to get the part of Warren in the Farrelly Brothers movie, "There's Something About Mary" and working with Paul Thomas Anderson on "The Master" and how his fistfight with Joaquin Phoenix in the film was not exactly acting. Earl is aslo a die-hard Murray State Fan and the most famous alum, (when he's not rooting for Kentucky)
64 minutes | 8 years ago
W Earl Brown Pt 1: To Deadwood & Back
Actor, producer and writer W Earl Brown sits down with Paul Morrissey for this episode of the Alley Oop Podcast. The fellas discuss growing up in rural towns and early comedy influences like John Belushi, SCTV, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy and Franklyn Ajaye. Earl also talk about what it's like to work with people that he idolized as a kid. He discusses his experiences working on "Backdraft", Deadwood and with the Farrelly Brothers in the movie "Their Something About Mary." Earl talks about producing his own movie Bloodworth, his phone call from David Milch to tell him that Deadwood was cancelled and the ups and downs of working in Hollywood. Earl also discusses how he keeps his passion to create and how he was responsible for his friend, singer Steve Earle, playing a character on Deadwood who ends up having sex with a horse during one episode.
74 minutes | 8 years ago
Kevin Rooney Part 2: Comedy Heliotrope
In Part 2 of the interview with Kevin Rooney, we begin with Paul digging up a clip of Kevin in the movie "When Harry Met Sally." Rooney talks about his move from NYC to California, his first TV spot on Evening at The Improv, getting on the Tonight Show, and his long relationship with Jay Leno. Paul also asks Kevin about his move from standup to TV writer/producer working on Emmy Award Winning shows like the Dennis Miller Show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, and as a producer on My Wife And Kids & 'Til Death. Kevin's showbusiness Homily's are quoted quite a bit by Judd Apatow and Dana Gould, so Paul's asks him what it feels like to be a showbusiness veteran and what projects he would like to work on in the future. The two also finally get into some sports by discussing the Super Bowl and talking about how easily those NY Giants/NE Patriots Super Bowls were to going the either way.
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