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67 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 46: Forty AF and Not Giving AF! With Calise Hawkins
NYC comedian Calise Hawkins chats about recording her debut comedy album 'Calise Hawkins is Forty AF,' why it's important to be easy on yourself during quarantine, and how learning how to love your "mess" is the key to both personal and comedic growth. Check out Calise's new album, 'Calise Hawkins is Forty AF' in the iTunes store: https://music.apple.com/us/album/calise-hawkins-is-40-af/1523137696
93 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 45: Living for the Now With Robby Collins
South African comic Robby Collins shares how he went from being at the height of his career (touring with Dave Chapelle, being invited to the Netflix Comedy Festival, etc) to then being locked down in quarantine, why he's using this time to focus less on comedy and more on his mental health, and what he sees for the future of global comedy.
56 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 44: #1 COVID-19 Story of the Year with Richie Redding
NYC comic Richie Redding talks about the insane experience of recording his comedy album, #1 Album of the Year, on March 14th to then having to drive down to Palm Beach, FL to take care of his girlfriend's parents who both contracted life-threatening, ventilator-inducing cases of COVID-19. This episode talks a lot about the unexpected, onset symptoms of COVID and is important for anyone who's trying to avoid dying from it (hopefully you).
51 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 43: Motorcycles, Comedy, and Cross-stitch Oh My! With Natalie Cuomo
NYC comic Natalie Cuomo shares how she went from pursuing a fun hobby with her fiance to launching a full-blown magazine during quarentine, to growing a whopping 18k+ social following, all in the time-span of about 3 months. Plus what it's like to be a native New Yorker, the difference between the NYC and LA comedy scene, and how she managed to turn cross-stitching into a lucrative side-hustle.
78 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 42: The Dateable Hooker pt 2 With Wendi Starling
In part 2 of this episode we chat with NYC comic Wendi Starling about her methods for addressing uncomfortable topics on stage, how COVID-19 has impacted her job (both as a comic and hooker), the prospect of a new, long-term relationship, and the refreshing, yet anxious feelings she’s having about settling down.
93 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 41: The Dateable Hooker pt 1 With Wendi Starling
In part 1 of this episode we talk with NYC comic Wendi Sterling about growing up with a bipolar diagnosis and how it’s impacted her life, the serendipitous experience that brought her to comedy, and how signing up for the app “Seeking Arrangements” as a joke turned out to be an extremely lucrative career move.
60 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 40: The Business of Comedy With Vanetta Schoefield
NYC comic and producer Vanetta Schoefield shares how she went from pastor's daughter, to college dropout, to comedy business pro, leading to the launch of her nationwide production company Funny Hunnyz, how her job selling fake perfume for a pyramid scheme proved to be more beneficial than she expected, and the amazing ways she's helping new comics get acclimated in the scene.
49 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 39: Barbershop Comedy Chops With Kenny Warren
NYC comic and producer Kenny Warren shares how he went from offering $1 haircuts at the age of 14 to servicing famous athletes like Kobe Bryant (who didn't tip but even still RIP), why working in a barbershop has been top-notch training for his bustling comedy career, and how gaining authority at the Grisly Pear comedy club, featured on HBO's Crashing, has led to a much-needed transformation.
81 minutes | a year ago
Ep 38: Winning Stand Up NBC With Franqi French
Nationwide comic Franqi French shares how stepping away from her original comedy base led to a personal and comedic breakthrough, the insane experience of winning Stand Up NBC and what it's done for her blossoming comedy career, and how refusing to settle has played a role in her rise to the top.
84 minutes | a year ago
Ep 37: Leveraging Instability with Daniel Perafan
NYC comic Daniel Perafan chats with us about maintaining notoriety in the comedy scene despite past struggles with addiction, what you should and shouldn't do when pursuing a career in comedy, and the crazy experiences he's had working within the NYC financial industry.
55 minutes | a year ago
Ep 36: Scoring Touchdowns and Laughs With Alberta The Exception
DFW comic Alberta The Exception shares her experience of being a female football player and coach for the past 14 years, being inducted into the first Women's Football Hall of Fame, and how her love of the field has merged with her love of the stage.
68 minutes | a year ago
Ep 35: Self-Isolating and Self-Deprecating with Jack Freeman
DFW comic Jack Freeman chats with Brandy about how he’s managing to stay sane while having only his plants to keep him company during Coronavirus isolation, how his self-deprecating style of comedy has helped him cope with his depression, and why being disabled but not looking disabled has led to tense situations on stage.
64 minutes | a year ago
Ep 34: "Corona is like an Auntie who won't let me be great" -- Dara + Brandy's Coronavirus Catch-up
In this special COVID-19 quarantine edition of CFH, Dara and Brandy chat about what they're doing to stay sane, the differences between the NYC and Dallas "quarantine scenes", how they anticipate this virus impacting comedy going-forward, and their proposed and completely logical solution for ending this virus for good (hint: it involves glitter and a lot of spandex). Note: This episode was recorded remotely from the safety of our underground bunkers so please excuse any audio issues.
57 minutes | a year ago
Ep 33: Meet Our New Dallas Co-Host, Zak Sprung
Dallas-based comedian, producer, and voiceover actor Zak Sprung talks about joining CFH as Brandy's Dallas co-host, his experience of being a fire fighter for 10+ years, and how he manages to juggle 3-4 side hustles while also pursuing comedy.
72 minutes | a year ago
Ep 32: Redefining the Hustle with Linette Palladino
NYC comedian Linette Palladino shares how she juggles motherhood, frequent Army deployments, and the non-stop grind of comedy while also keeping her (insanely gorgeous) head on straight.
74 minutes | a year ago
Ep 31: The Human Calibrator with Chris Hamilton
NYC comedian, writer, and host Chris Hamilton talks about his surprisingly easy transition from NYC native to Ohio college student, landing his dream job at CBS and then quitting a year later for comedy, and how he feels out crowd personalities when hosting a show.
77 minutes | a year ago
Ep 30: 20+ Years in the Making with Joe Pontillo
NYC comic Joe Pontillo chats with us about how making parody videos as a kid led to a life-long passion for comedy, what it was like to work for a Long Island public access TV station, and how his extremely enthusiastic father (and former comic) has played a role in his career. Check out Joe's comedy special on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Pontillo-Delete-Your-Account/dp/B079V6M2N1/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=joe+pontillo&qid=1571842268&sr=8-1
71 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 29: From Conversion Therapy to BDSM With Chewy May
NYC comic Chewy May talks about working in the male-dominated industry of software engineering, having to go through conversion therapy after coming out in high school, and the time she got kicked out of a BDSM club for being rude.
66 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 28: Preachin' the Truth with JC Best
NYC comic JC Best shares how he went from idolized New Jersey preacher to successful NYC comedian, the sexual awakening that led him down that path, and the struggles of exploring sexuality without labels. Brandy, Dara, and JC also discuss Dave Chappelle's most recent stand up special and the new PC era of complaining about complainers.
78 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 27: Coming to Comedy with Ken Oonyu
NYC comic Ken Oonyu shares stories about his African origins and being the son of a freedom fighter, how he effortlessly merges cultural differences within his comedy material, and the pros and cons of going on a national tour while being less than a year into the game.
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