Podcast alum Kevin Budkey rolled through Western PA with a trio of Chicago based jokers from his own Stay Happy Family. They celebrated Kevin’s birthday with a handful of gigs including Club Cafe, the Avalon Hotel in Erie, and his home town’s Aliquippa American Serbian Club.
I was joined on the mic for a fun chat with Diego Alfonso, Kevin Budkey, Dario Durham & Eric Fretty. We recap their Just Some Regulars Tour, the recent month long Second City Show called Topic Thunder, the weekly showcase Rising Laughter, and shooting and creating Justice Mathers for The Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School.
Check out StayHappyFamily.com for more info on their crew.
After a successful weekend watching our beloved Dayton Flyers basketball team finish the regular season with a win against Duquesne, I had one of my closest friends and former Baltimore roommate, Sean McCormick, interview me for Episode 150.
On this milestone episode and 25% through my 30,s, I sat down as the guest on my own show for the second time ever (Episode 19, which took place on the final day of my 20s). Sean and I discuss my comedy and podcast career, influences and experiences since we first met at the University of Dayton over a decade ago.
As always, it’s nice to take a moment during these milestone weeks to thank everyone that’s been part of the show’s history as both guests and subscribers. I love the chance to do this show each week and I’m thankful to you for your ears and I’ll continue to strive to improve each week and share more great conversations with new and old friends every week.
Local Pittsburgh Band OLD NEON joins the show for some of the hard hitting questions on their process, formation and the most important video game of this generation.
Longtime fans will rembmer Nicle Pyeritz from Sean Atkins, David Dickinson, and Joey Bray we’re all incredibly nice new members of the podcast family. The debut EP - Reunion is available to stream on all major platforms.
A great catch up with Erin Kelly about her career shift towards therapy and yoga along with her involvement in helping craft a number of the And Beyond Improv Workshops. We discuss her involvement in the improv community and the importance of taking better care of ourselves. I learned a ton and hope that you enjoy this week.
Be sure to check out the Freedom Weekend or any of the local workshops that Erin and podcast alum, Andrea Weatherald (Ep. 87) are facilitating to assist in confrontation and dialogue both in work and personal relationship situations.
Below are links to some of the studies or talking points we discuss for anyone that’s curious -
As we head towards the one year anniversary of shooting the pilot episode of Almost Grownups I get to catch up with the writer and head of Stoneman Productions.
We discuss his journey from concept to shooting to festival awards to the Amazon Prime distribution of the two episodes. With a life long bucket list entry to write a TV show, we talk about what in his life lead up to creating a show based on his friend’s group and why shooting in Altoona was such an important piece of the story for him.
Almost Grownups is available on Amazon Prime for your viewing enjoyment.
For those that listen to each week of the podcast, you may remember Chris from the bonus interview at the end of the Nate Nulph episode.
For those that listen to We Got Next Comedy podcast or have been lucky enough to see one of their live showcases like the bi-monthly Bella Notte, you may remember Chris as the stand up in the full suit.
With a conversation covering hosting, improv, stand up, car sales and top rock bands its definitely got something for everyone. Enjoy your first dose of February podcast enjoyment and leave us a review on iTunes and let me know how you liked the show.
Fresh off her stint as the January comic in residence at Burning Bridges Comedy Club, Helen Wildy will be at the UC Warehouse with the monthly show Unplanned Comedy’s Stand Up Stand Ups, this Saturday.
She joins the podcast to discuss what she learned when we met at Arcade house team auditions, we then talk about her one woman show she put on for Pittsburgh’s First Night. Helen and I shared are affinity for the Gilmore Girls. We get lost in a Stars Hallow discussion. We talk about being Irish. Then have a great talk about navigating open mics.
I’ve been lucky to have four, five or six different shows with Helen over the last couple months and she’s quickly becoming one of my favorite people to work and hang in the green room with.
Enjoy the final episode of January.
Today on the show I have a great conversation with Justin Zell co-owner of the STEEL CITY IMPROV THEATER. We discuss the beginnings of the theater he manages with his wife, Kasey Daley and this weekend’s upcoming 9th Anniversary Show. As the landscape of Pittsburgh comedy has shifted and grown so much in the last decade it was nice to catch up with my first improv teacher and find more about his time in New York with People’s Improv Theater and how Gary Vaynerchuk and John Taffer have been able to influence him from outside of the comedy scene.
Great to connect with one of my first improv classmates, friend and Bear Plane teammate, Chris Kreiser. We hash out the always controversial topic of Top 10 Workout Songs, as well as the importance of the much needed skill of listening, and the similarities between jazz and improv. Good convo with a great person.
It was great to catch up with Gregory during a short visit back in Pittsburgh headlining at the Brillobox. I was lucky to get him in the studio just before he headed to the gig.
Gregory is a NYC-based comic, writer, and producer that I got to know in 2017 while he was staying a few months in Pittsburgh catching up with family. You may be familiar with him from his regular appearances on SiriusXM radio or maybe his set at my old showcase The Home Club . The show I co-hosted with a talking sandwich named Lunchmeat Grumblekraut.
I’m starting off 2019 with one of my first friends in comedy, Alex Homyak. As Alex finishes up his residency at the Burning Bridges Comedy Club, we sit down for our first one on one chat on the mic. He tells of how he’s finding new ways to hone his comedic voice, engage with audiences, and entertain with an unbridled infectious personality. We were lucky enough to catch up with him while he was in full vacation mode. We talk character roasts, his parent’s thoughts on his bits about them, the State College experience, and the focus on being more present and reliable.
Check out Alex’s stuff Friday, 01/11/19, at CLUB CAFE as he opens for Stavros Halkias
Merry Christmas Beautiful Baumshells! Hope you enjoy this episode with a warm cup of cocoa on on your way to the in-laws for Christmas dinner. Great to reconnect with Krish after a whirlwind year that included a 4 month tour with his fiance and then wedding in October, just ahead of his 30th birthday.
Krish and I discuss the audience response to his newest hour Empathy On Sale and how The Mohan Mafia Maryland Chapter has been able to protect and support him. We discuss faith, Universal Basic Income, and how learning patience might be the key to improving all relationships.
Thanks for all of your support during 2018. I’m looking forward to the chance to have more great conversations in 2019 to share with all of you. Be safe this holiday season and be good to each other.
First, I’d like to say one thing about this episode, I found I know very little about The Misfits.
Senneca Stone & John Dick Winters, two old friends of the podcast return ahead of their respective comedy anniversaries.
Senneca Stone joined the podcast almost two years ago to the date, and I’m happy he’s back. Now 3 years into his stand-up career, he is heading into his first featured spot, tomorrow, at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo. Helium is a space where Senneca had the chance to host a handful of weekend shows, including this past weekend with Nate Bargatze.
John Dick Winters joins the very elite 3 timers club on the podcast. Upon the eve of his 7th anniversary as a joke teller, we discuss how the first three months are going at the Burning Bridges Comedy Club, the club he and Derek Minto recently started at Hambone’s Restaurant.
Also JDW is in the midst of submission season for his festival with the same name as his club, we discuss the finer points of getting a good tape together, we talk strategy on working out a longer set on tour, and go over some of the different trends he has seen as a booker and promoter which lead him to opening Burning Bridges Comedy Club.
Lots of great moments come up with these two when they talk of their different comedy journeys. They both offer a ton of insight on many different topics surrounding comedy today in its current state.
Burning Bridges Comedy Club is Pittsburgh’s only independent stand up club with shows every Saturday at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM, Sundays at 9:00 PM, as well as open mics Monday and Thursday, both at 9:00 PM
I love to catch up with people that I haven’t connected with in some time, so when I saw that Dana Leahy was putting up a play this weekend, I jumped at the chance to invite her on the program.
This Friday and Saturday (8PM & 10PM) at The Glitter Box, she stages her second play of the year, A New Pittsburgh Christmas Carol. In the episode we get into the impetus to create the show, as well as growing up in Ohio, but mostly dedicate most of our time talking about the importance of composting.
Dana was super supportive of my old open mic The Wide Open Stage that I did at The Cattivo Lounge in Lawrenceville. I’ve always enjoyed her voice and perspective. I very funny lady for sure.
I’m excited to see this weekend’s performance with a cast that features podcast alums and dear friends of mine Ian Insect & Michelle Riches. Please check it out.
Addiction is a struggle for many, many people and with Greenbriar Treatment Center becoming a podcast sponsor this year, I wanted to bring in two members of their incredible team to discuss how things have changed in the last decade. We talk about how addiction effects everyone especially in our times today. I even opened up about my recent steps towards sobriety hoping our conversation helps destigmatize and educate listeners about addictions. Greenbriar has helped many folks get on the path to sobriety. If you or someone you know has issues with addiction please give them a call.
Max, the Greatest Living Floridian, and I talk “trilogies” on his very last morning in town. During the interview he starts his own Huey Lewis podcast called The News, we reminisce about his time in Pittsburgh, and his upcoming move to New York City. Here’s to Max, Steel City misses you!
Thanksgiving Week we’re digging into the archives for an early Art of the Covenant chat with my friend, comedian Ian Insect. I’m thankful for each and everyone of you that’s ever listened to the pod, come seen a stand up show or watched my film or tv work. People like Ian who have supported me from the outset are the exact reason that I’m still able to do the comedy that I love every week. Lots of great chats to come in the final weeks of 2019 ahead so thanks for your continued support of the podcast. Love to you all. Keep the faith.
Original Air date: August 31, 2015
“Get inside the mind of Pittsburgh stand up, Ian Insect, in this one on one chat about the creation to his unique on stage persona and style of comedy that he aptly describes as “Always On But, A Little Off.” Insect hosts his own podcast Ian Insect is Evil on the Epicast Network and hosts a weekly Monday night open mic at lave Lounge at 10p. #SWIVE Stand Up, it’s ya boi, from the I to the A to the N.”
Tim Ross and rounds out the roster of Race to the Coffin comics with a conversation on touring, writing, anxiety, life and our favorite cereals.
Tim is producing another edition of Loaded Deck this Saturday at Petrucci brothers Brewing in New Brighten, his drinking game comedy show. As Tim’s Central PA undefeated beer pong partner I’m confident that it will continue to be as successful as the two editions he put up earlier this year during his birthday weekend.