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Working Comic Podcast
50 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
How to Be Productive, Rich and Funny with Josh Lanzet
I sat down with the very funny and talented Josh Lanzet. Josh is a fellow high tech comedian. He works at Google, does stand up, and creates his own content. In this conversation we chat about outsourcing work to virtual assistants when you're way too busy, Josh's personal organization system, a meticulous approach to maximizing effectiveness of open mics, balancing a high tech job with comedy, and overcoming creative resistance. P.S. Sorry it's been a long time for me. Lately I have been trying to focus more on the creative parts of comedy, so I will be posting less frequently for the time being.
41 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Episode 52: Auggie Smith (Big Sky Comedy Festival)
I recently had a great conversation with Auggie Smith who is one of the producers of Montana's Big Sky Comedy Festival, a touring headliner, and the only person to win both the Seattle AND San Francisco International Comedy Festivals in the same year. In this episode, Auggie talks about what it's like being a headliner, gives some tips on getting into competitions, shares his perspective on comedy today, talks about how Big Sky works and much more! Enjoy!
72 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Episode 51: Jr De Guzman, Musical Comedy and Traveling the World
In this episode we talk about traveling the world doing comedy, the power to make money, how opportunities domino, and much more!
77 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Episode 50: Sarah Keller, Roast Battle Producer and Asking For Opportunity
Hi Everyone, In this interview, I sit down with Sarah Keller! Sarah is an actress, comedian and the producer of the "Roast Battle" live comedy show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. What started as a show hidden away in the Comedy Store's famous "Belly Room," Roast Battle has become a world-wide phenomenon. Since the inception of this show, roast battling now exists across the world and has informed the popular Comedy Central's Roast Battle show. We talk about what it takes to run Roast Battle, how to get into the comedy store, how to ASK for what you want and more
51 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
Episode 49: Usama Siddiquee, Getting Passed at the Cellar and Bringing Charisma to Comedy
Hey everyone! I'm finally back in LA. While I was in New York, I had the opportunity to sit down with the very funny and charismatic Usama Siddiquee. Usama is a bit famous in NY for his incredible comedy hustle. At one point, he was hitting 28+ mics/shows PER week. That's four per night and more than anyone else in NY (and probably the country?). Usama was featured in Just For Laugh's and was recently passed at the Comedy Cellar. One thing I really admire about Usama is his incredible charisma. He has such a powerful, kind, magnetic presence and it's always something I look up to. In this interview, Usama and I talk about charisma, hustling, treating comics as PEOPLE first, being a good human, and just doing the comedy thing. Check out his podcast Mango Bae and follow him at @UsamaBinLaughin
73 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
Episode 48: Curtis Cook (Jim Jefferies Show & Comedian) and Joke Politics
Hi Working Comic Fans, I know I have been sparsely posting, but I am still at it. I am probably going to do less than one podcast per week, but I am definitely not dropping the ball here. I've been travelling a lot and prepping my tech roast show "Socially Inept." I had a really cool interview with TV Show Writer & Comedian Curtis Cook. We start out talking about how Curtis got into comedy and segue into an interesting tangent on comedy politics. We spend most of the episode talking about recovering from an offensive bit, being edgy on stage, using stereotypes, growing from mistakes, and much more. These are a lot of the questions that I ponder over with my close comedian friends, so it was a real treat discussing them with the very well spoken and accomplished Curtis Cook. Curtis' Bio: Curtis Cook is a writer and standup living in Los Angeles. He’s done a few things on television you may have seen, like puking after a keg stand on a show called Flophouse or traveling through an Ebola checkpoint for a segment on Vice News or awkwardly interacting with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein during a sketch on Porlandia or doing a standup set on Comedy Central. Most recently, you may have caught his work as a writer and correspondent for The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central.
66 minutes | Jun 28, 2019
Episode 47: Devin Field (Late Night Writer, UCB Main Stage, & Comedy Central Stand Up)
In this episode, I interview Devin Field. Devin is like a comedy "jack of all trades" - he writes for Jimmy Kimmel Live, performs on a coveted UCB Main Stage Team in LA, and is great stand up comic with a 30 minute comedy central special. Most people (myself included) complain about the difficulty of excelling in multiple areas of comedy at once, yet Devin is a walking testament that IT IS POSSIBLE.
37 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
Episode 46: Tyler Smith and The Dope Show
Hi Working Comic Fans, Sorry for the craaaazy delay. I've been MIA for about a month now. For the last three weeks of May I was travelling Europe with my girlfriend because I'm a monogamous wealthy jew and THEN I had three Socially Inept roast shows in a row. We had one big show at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco on June 6th followed by two great shows in Los Angeles on June 13th and 14th. Anyway - back to business - in this episode, I interviewed Tyler Smith, the producer of the "Dope Show." The Dope Show is a comedy show where comics do their sets, get high, and then do them again. Tyler's show is prolific in the Pacific Northwest and he is able to MAKE A LIVING on the money he makes selling tickets. In my opinion, this is pretty much the dream for a comedian, so there's definitely a lot of cool stuff to learn. We talk about how the show started, marketing tactics he uses, and how he sells thousands of tickets per year. ENJOY!
58 minutes | May 13, 2019
Episode 45: Biniam Bizuneh on Working with Comedy Central and Mastering Social Media
In this interview we learn how Biniam applies his social media marketing skills to his comedy career. He used to work for MakerStudios, a huge company that grew influencers and social media stars and connected them with corporate sponsors/brand deals. We also talk about his personal comedy career and how he got in with Comedy Central! I learned a lot and think this information is super practical to the modern comic. Bio: Ben Bizuneh's stand up was recently featured on Comedy Central. Ben Bizuneh is a writer, actor, and comedian who made his television stand-up debut on Viceland’s “Flophouse” and recently starred opposite Beth Behrs in the Lee Daniels FOX pilot, “Culture Clash.” Bizuneh has created several originals for Comedy Central Digital including Demitrinox’ “Antidepressant for Black Folk” and “How To Be Broke,” which recently wrapped its second season. Ben wrote on staff for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and previously consulted on TruTV’s “Billy on the Street.”
51 minutes | Apr 28, 2019
Episode 44: Caleb Synan on Just For Laughs and working under pressure
I had a great interview with Caleb Synan last week. We chatted about his experience doing Conan, his philosophy regarding high pressure performing situations, his incredible 'Just for Laughs' experience, mastering social media and much more. Bio: Caleb Synan is one of the hottest young comics in the country. (Funny AND good looking!) His unique background as a preacher’s kid from a small southern town gives him the ability to relate to any and every crowd -- even though he’s a big old millennial who lives in LA. Want proof? He’s written and starred in two different Comedy Central web series: “Deadliest Chef” and “Wise Words” (That’s the internet!) And he’s performed on CONAN (twice!), Last Comic Standing (once!), and Fuse’s “Uproarious” (TV! That’s right!)
53 minutes | Apr 18, 2019
Episode 43: Paige Weldon (Producing an Album, Podcasting, Progressing as a comic)
Awesome interview with comedian Paige Weldon! We chat about starting out at UCLA doing comedy, producing a comedy album, doing a late night set, a day in the life of a comic, performing at colleges, podcasting, balancing your life, and MORE. Paige Weldon is a writer, actor and comedian based in LA. You may know her stand-up from appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring, or her album Girlfriend at the Time from A Special Thing/Literally Figurative Records. She was also recently named one of Time Out LA’s top 10 comedians to watch, as well as a New York Comedy Festival Comic to Watch. As an actor, she can be seen recurring on the Paramount Network’s TV reboot of Heathers and Comedy Central’s Corporate. She also was very active in the stand up comedy club at UCLA right before I went there.
46 minutes | Mar 25, 2019
Episode 42: Erik Escobar, Mexipino Road Comic
I had a great chat with Erik Escobar last week. Erik is a working comic based in LA who does a lot of road work in the Pacific Northwest. He has been seen in Last Comic Standing and a handful of Buzzfeed videos. In this interview, we talk about hetting into NACA and doing colleges, stand up comedy strategy, getting Road gigs and more!
57 minutes | Mar 14, 2019
Episode 41: Sammy Obeid, Comedian and Mathematician
This week I interviewed comedian, mathematician, and (unofficial) world record breaker for doing the most consecutive nights of comedy shows in a row. Sammy is incredibly talented and has a very unique set of skills. His math major background clearly influences his humor and the projects he chooses. I really love the amount of emphasis Sammy places on taking care of one's physical and mental health - two things often overlooked by busy comedians. We talk about a ton of great things during this interview including structuring your day, learning from 1001 nights of comedy, taking care of yourself, turning data into comedy, hosting a math show on a major TV network and MORE!.
96 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
Episode 40: Neel Nanda (Getting on TV Without An Agent)
I had such an insightful interview this past Tuesday with Neel Nanda. After I made him an atrocious unsweetened coconut milk latte, we got to chatting. In this interview we cover headlining and selling out, finding your niche audience, getting on TV without an agent, transitioning out of open mics and into shows, and MUCH MORE. This interview is jam packed with incredibly helpful content. Bio: Starting comedy in Atlanta, GA and now based in Los Angeles, Neel Nanda has performed all over the country with some of comedies’ biggest acts. Neel has most recently performed stand up on ABC's JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE & has acted and performed on COMEDY CENTRAL's ADAM DEVINE'S HOUSE PARTY. In 2018 he was a featured comedian on AMAZON PRIME’S INSIDE JOKE with Asif Ali. Neel has also made notable appearances on MTV and on IFC's GARKUNKEL AND OATES SHOW. Other networks where you can catch his stand up comedy include HULU's COMING TO THE STAGE, & several episodes of the series FLOPHOUSE for VICELAND directed by Lance Bangs. Neel recently featured at Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta and was the runner up for the Westside Stand Up Showdown (2015) in Los Angeles. Aside from just performing standup, he currently produces a few shows in LA including "Unnecessary Evil" at the Westside Comedy Theater, which was recently named one of LA Weekly’s top 10 stand up shows. You can catch Neel every week at his show on the Westside where he has shared the stage with comedians like Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Laura Kightlinger, and even Yakov Smirnoff.
63 minutes | Feb 19, 2019
Episode 39: Sierra Katow (From CS50 to TV)
I recently had a great interview with Sierra Katow! Taken from her bio: She first began performing standup at 16 and was the youngest comedian featured on season 9 of Last Comic Standing on NBC. Her standup was also featured on Last Call with Carson Daly, Laughs on Fox, and Acting Out on MTV. Her festival credits include the Seattle Int'l Comedy Competition, Boston Comedy Festival, the Women in Comedy Festival, the LA IO West Comedy Festival, the Comedy Comedy Festival, the Women In Comedy Festival, and the Funny Women Fest LA. She's currently writing for a new show on Eko and serves as producer of the podcast Queery with Cameron Esposito. In the past, she has worked as a writers' assistant for Drop the Mic on TBS and Take My Wife on Starz and served as VP of The Harvard Lampoon. In this interview we talk about Harvard computer science, the Harvard stand up club, being an Asian American woman in comedy, getting into coding, doing colleges, post college guilt, process of selling an animated short, getting into Laugh Factory, comedy end goals, festivals being over-hyped, morning rituals, and more.
72 minutes | Feb 2, 2019
Episode 38: Mekki Leeper, From College to White House
Hi Working Comic Fans, In this episode, I interviewed the very funny and talented Mekki Leeper. He's only 24 and he's tearing up the comedy game. His standup has been featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Just For Laughs: New Faces, Comedy Central’s Up Next, and he was named a Comedian You Should Know by Vulture in 2018. He also wrote for the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. In this episode we talk about some really cool stuff such as dropping out of college to pursue comedy, touring different comedy scenes while in college, getting a life changing e-mail, being a stand up comic vs being a comedian, working on comedy central projects, and balancing projects and stand up.
66 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
Episode 37: Morgan Jay, The RnB Comedian
Hello Working Comic Fans, In this episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with RnB Comedian Morgan Jay. Morgan has been doing comedy for 11 years and musical comedy for 5. He’s performed at the 2017 SF Sketchfest, 2017/2018 Big Fire Festival, 2010 Iowa Comedy Festival, 2010 LA Comedy Festival. He won 1st Prize at the 2012 Santa Monica Comedy Fest, 1st Prize in the 2018 Ventura Comedy Festival and was 1st Runner up at the 2018 Boston Comedy Festival. Morgan is a regularly featured artist for sofarsounds.com and was one of the top booking acts for the 2017 NACA. In this interview we talk about the song writing process, love/relationships, selling tickets, finding your niche in comedy, and more! Hope you all enjoy.
101 minutes | Jan 8, 2019
Episode 36: Eric Moneypenny (How he became a Professional Comedy Writer)
Hi everyone, I've finally returned! This is a super fun interview. I met with Eric Moneypenny, a professional comedy writer who currently writes for AOK. You might remember him from Episode 2 with Gina Ippolito when she recommended that aspiring sketch writers take his class at the Pack Theater in LA. I took his class and got a chance to sit down with him. We chatted about a ton of stuff including choosing your comedy focus, transitioning from stand up to writing, his Saturday Night Live audition experience, running a 10 Year Sold Out Comedy Show, touring with Drew Carey, working with Jordan Peele, and the death of cable TV. Bio: Eric Moneypenny is a writer for AOK, former writer for Eric Andre Show, and writer/performer for The Midnight Show (TMS), a popular monthly sketch comedy showcase at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.Eric has writes both short form comedy sketches and longer form television shows. He also teaches sketch writing classes at the Pack Theater in Hollywood.
49 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
Episode 35: Michael Longfellow (Conan, Laughing Skull, TBS Comics to Watch)
I am going to be a bit slow over the holidays with releases. I've stepped down to one every other week for the time being as I am home on the east coast. In this interview, I chatted with Michael Longfellow! Michael is 24 and has already been on Conan, placed 2nd in Laughing Skull comedy festival, helps run Arizona's Big Pine Festival, was a TBS Comic to Watch, and can be seen on Hidden America with Jonah Ray. In this interview we touch on: getting into comedy, not joining a frat, college comedy at ASU, circumventing the gatekeepers, having a relationship and doing comedy, starting over in LA, running a festival, Laughing Skull Festival and his Conan Stand Up Set.
65 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Episode 34: Amy Miller on Marketing, Festivals, and Success
Hi Working Comics Fans, this interview is one of the most beneficial I've had in a while. I learned SO much about marketing, applying to festivals, and structuring my comedy life. This is definitely going to be one of the top listened to episodes. I interviewed Amy Miller. Amy is a fast-rising talent on the West Coast and national scene. Originally from Oakland, California Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area and is still a regular at the SF Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Pacific Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. Here are some the topics we chat about new opportunities for comedians in off seasons, marketing lessons to help comedy career, how to apply to festivals the smart way, how to make a comedy calendar, curating jokes for an album, developing the RIGHT relationships, messaging to get on shows, finding the right open mic rhythm and balancing clerical comedy work.
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