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The Ottawa Comedy Podcast
76 minutes | Feb 10, 2017
The Return of Ron Josol
This week on the Ottawa Comedy Podcast, Daniel Araya follows up on his 2-part interview with world-touring Canadian comic Ron Josol. Ron talks about the difference between LA and New York, How to follow high level celebrities, the importance of habits and how not to become bitter or jealous in Stand-up.
37 minutes | Dec 4, 2016
Whose Podcast is it Anyway?
This week on the Ottawa Comedy Podcast, Daniel Araya gets a crash course in Canadian comedy from improv icon Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway? This Hour Has 22 Minutes) The Canadian Comedy Award and Gemini Award winning comic talks about trust, finding control in our personal lives, and learning how to listen.
66 minutes | Nov 20, 2016
Ron Josol on the Record
Ron talks about making true friends in stand-up. What you learn from performing in the city, on the road, open mics and the alt-scene. What you learn from performing in front of only comedians. Why you need a show casing 5 minutes. The trap of being on the road, why most headliners will become irrelevant after 55 and how to avoid it.
46 minutes | Oct 24, 2016
Talkin' Comedy with Tommy Chong
This week on the Ottawa Comedy Podcast, Daniel gets on the line with comedy legend and counterculture icon Tommy Chong. Promoting his upcoming show at Algonquin College, November 24th. Tommy talks about playing guitar with Jimi Hendrix, encounters with the Rolling Stones and Robert Plant. He talks about meeting Lenny Bruce and being black listed from Saturday Night Live.
152 minutes | Sep 26, 2016
Darren Frost: Album Breakdown
Controversial at times, always outspoken, and one of the hardest working seasoned comics Canada has ever produced. The Ottawa Comedy Podcast returns, with host Daniel Araya and this week's guest Darren Frost. An insightful, intuitive in-depth look into the making of a comedy album "Emotional Terrorism", and the efforts behind multiple cross-country tours, albums and DVD releases. A must-listen for comedy purists and a crash course for upcoming comics
66 minutes | Jul 22, 2016
Ottawa Comedy with Rick Currie
Rick tells Daniel Araya about Ottawa comedy back in 1984. Back when the Yuk Yuks comedy competition was Skit Row, an improv and sketch club. He talks about the circumstances that allowed him to become a working comic, the history of the contracts and working at the Rick Mercer Report. New intro music written by Rory Gardiner!
72 minutes | Jul 19, 2016
with Martha Chavez
This week on the Ottawa Comedy Podcast, comedian Martha Chavez talks about growing up in Nicaragua. Leaving to Montreal as a political refugee. We talk gay pride, why Montreal comedians are savages and Martha drops a ton of comedy advice on our host Daniel Araya. Pay close attention, aspiring comedians!
46 minutes | Jul 13, 2016
Rynestone is a local Ottawa magician that has begun getting involved in the comedy community. We talk about the new trends and culture of magic that's developing and also pushing your body to its limits. The magic behind some tricks is the mental fortitude to handle the situation and I think it's fascinating!
87 minutes | Jul 10, 2016
Wafik Nasralla's Comedy Now Breakdown
In this episode of The O.C.P, Wafik Nasralla breaks down and explains his Comedy Now special. The special was recorded 10 years ago when Wafik was headlining with Yuk Yuks around Canada. With the knowledge and insights he has as a comedian now, he explains how he organized his jokes, how the jokes developed, making a connection with the crowd, and what's changed since then.
64 minutes | Jul 6, 2016
Yuk Yuks Accountant Sanjay Monhanta
Sanjay Monhanta, is now an accountant at Yuk Yuk's in Ottawa! This is a surprising episode as I learn about some of the incredible things Sanjay has done and experienced. Sanjay volunteered at a hospital and experienced rich people being told they had a few months to live. Those people told Sanjay that they regret not focusing on the now, enjoying the day and pleasing the five senses. This started his journey of living alongside the arts.
48 minutes | Jul 4, 2016
Today's guest is Trevor Thompson! Famous for winning 4 comedy awards in Ottawa in one night. Trevor talks about quitting Yuks, growing up in Metcalfe, the hardest days of his life and ends it with a story of the best day of his life.
57 minutes | Jun 29, 2016
Robbie Stevenson Unplugged
This week on the Ottawa Comedy Podcast, Kingston comedian Robbie Stevenson talks about his relationship with schizophrenia and how it developed over time.
32 minutes | Jun 27, 2016
Emma Wilkie is Of Montreal
This week on the O.C.P, Montreal comic Emma Wilkie makes her return to Talkhole. We had her on Date Fail during Toronto's 'She Dot Festival' last month. This week she sits down with Daniel Araya on the Ottawa Comedy Podcast and talks mindfully about anxiety, not judging yourself and happiness.
51 minutes | Jun 23, 2016
Evan Desmarais Worldwide
This week on the O.C.P, Daniel talks to Evan Desmarais about performing in other countries, Australia's fringe festival circuit, the Sydney standup scene, and creating your own shows and reading scripts.
27 minutes | Jun 20, 2016
with Jess Saloman!
This week on the O.C.P, Daniel talks to Montreal comedian (now U.S based) Jess Saloman! Jess talks about being a warcrime lawyer for the United Nations and then becoming a comedian.
37 minutes | Jun 15, 2016
with Darryl Lenox!
This week on the Ottawa Comedy Podcast, L.A-based headliner Darryl Lenox gives Daniel Araya the lowdown on working hard in comedy
28 minutes | Jun 13, 2016
With Ted Morris!
Ted Morris talks about growing up gay in Zimbabwe! Getting flown to LA and explains to me what the business side of comedy is.
31 minutes | Jun 8, 2016
Simon Cotter and James Cunningham
While watching headliners Simon Cotter and James Cunningham perform, Jeremy Hotz walks in and does a surprise set. After the show I listen to Simon and James explain the technical side of how one follows Jeremy Hotz.
45 minutes | Jun 6, 2016
Struggles and Standup with Peter Anthony
Peter and I talk about the importance of watching headliners when you begin stand-up whether they're good or bad. We talk about the fear of alcoholism and plain alcoholism. "8 years ago I found myself literally on my knees, crying in the streets of Toronto". He's a guy who's pushed through anxiety and depression and has come out very mindful. "If I'm having a beer right now doing a podcast, I'm not abusing myself, I'm not going out to sort of escape whats going on in my head or in my life. I'm just participating in my life, and its ok to have a beer I can handle it but it took me a while to get to that point." The level of self awareness and control Peter has is incredible. I learned a lot, enjoy!
43 minutes | Jun 2, 2016
Mike Ward on Trial
Mike Ward has been the subject of controversy. Ward had made a joke ridiculing Jérémy Gabriel, a disabled boy with Treacher Collins syndrome who was 12 years old when first ridiculed by Ward. Jérémy's parents filed a complaint with the Quebec human rights commission, and the commission brought the case in front of Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal seeking $80,000 in damages from Ward. The tribunal’s decision is expected in August 2016. We talk about his upbringing in comedy, rationalizing hatred and of course the trial!
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