Episode 141 - Gregory Joseph

 

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.


 

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Posted on January 10, 2019 .

Episode 140 - Alex Homyak


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


 

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Posted on January 1, 2019 .

Episode 139 - Krish Mohan Returns


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.


 

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Posted on December 26, 2018 .

Episode 138 - Senneca Stone & John Dick Winters


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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


 

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Posted on December 19, 2018 .

Episode 137 - Dana Leahy


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.


 

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Posted on December 11, 2018 .

Episode 136 - Greenbriar Treatment Center's Rachel Burdette & Kira Lopresto

 

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.


 

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Posted on December 4, 2018 .

Episode 135 - Max Boyajian

Episode 135 - Max Boyajian
 

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!


Posted on November 27, 2018 .

Episode 134 - Ian Insect

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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.”


Posted on November 20, 2018 .

Episode 133 - Tim Ross

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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.


Posted on November 13, 2018 .

Episode 132 - Ian McIntosh

 

I caught up with my former improv teammate Ian McIntosh while he was coming fresh off the inaugural month of the Burning Bridges Comedy Club Residency, a monthly comedian feature program for comics to deep dive and work on their craft with regular performances. He’s begun producing shows, like this Saturday’s Live at the Barbecue at Arcade Comedy Theater too, so we discuss running an open mic list, building a showcase lineup and working on set both on camera for Mulligan and behind the lense.

 


Posted on November 7, 2018 .

Episode 131 - Amy Lyn Elliott & Tyler Ray Kendrick

Since 2013 I’ve lived in a beautiful castle that overlooks the Squirrel Hill Tunnel. It’s been easy to look down on the traffic and imagine the stories of each of the cars as they head into the city. Each one of us neighbors along our own journey in life. This past weekend, 11 journeys met their untimely end during the beginning of morning services at Tree of Life when an anti-Semitic shooter opened fire on Shabbos.

I don’t know that this program will ever be able to have all the answers to why evil and hate are directed at Jews or any other marginalized group, but as is the goal to always improve and continue to work towards serving the most people I will continue to strive to have hard conversations on the days we need it most.

Thank you to Amy and Tyler both for their candor and kind words. Please seek them out if you have the opportunity to see their work either online or on stage. They are both passionate artists like so many of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know in my time here.

Amy -  https://www.amylynelliott.com/

Tyler -  https://www.vigilancetheater.com/

 


 “It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace. (Proverbs 3:17-18)

 

We remember the Late Congregants of Tree of Life:  

 

Posted on October 30, 2018 .

Episode 129 - Lorenzo Disilvio & Clare Donaher


Heading into Pitt Tonight’s second episode of its fourth season, I got the opportunity to chat with the new head writers, Lorenzo Disilvio & Clare Donaher. Having had the chance to interview the original three head writers (Episode 17) and both the original host Jesse Irvin (Episode 50) and the current host Andrew Dow (Episode 73) it only made sense to get these two comics on together as they settle into the semester and the leadership responsibilities of writing for Andrew’s second year behind the desk.

We discuss the writer’s room, Collegiates and Comedians, Ruckus improv, stage presence, format changes to the show, and performing in front of your parents.

Stop down on Sunday night for the newest episode’s live taping.


 

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Posted on October 17, 2018 .

Episode 128 - Dan Alten & Katlin McFee

 

Coming off an action packed comedy weekend in Pittsburgh, I was very lucky to snag an hour with these two jokers. This episode is full of fun, silly bits filled will dialogue on the catalog and controversy of Kanye fandom, Russian oligarchs and Midwestern life adventures.  

Local fans can check these two out in December when they return to 412 to perform at the Burning Bridges Comedy Club.


 

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Posted on October 9, 2018 .

Episode 127 - Mike Rubino


Arcade Comedy Theater have been hosting their first ever play - Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs by Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter & David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, The State). This weekend Friday and Saturday at 10pm are your final chances to see the hilarity.

This week I sit down with the show’s producer and Arcade’s co-creative director and programming director, Mike Rubino. We discuss a variety of hats he’s worn in the development of Arcade, the first year in their custom built home, coaching, performing and the logistics of playing multiple roles and producing Sex.


 

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Posted on October 2, 2018 .

Episode 126 - Underkill


Enjoy this great archive chat with Valerie Gauvain, Andrea Wetherald and Josh Wojciechowski - 3/5 of the Underkill sketch comedy team that was released originally on Art of the Covenant. 

This is Episode was taped right after learning that they had been accepted to perform at SketchFest 2015 in New York City.

I’ll be back with some BRAND NEW conversations in October that I’m beyond excited to share with you.  

Check out Valerie on Oct. 20 as part of the Drinking Partners show at Arcade Comedy Theater!

Andrea has taken many of the skills from improv and sketch we discuss here into her professional life as well with the Improvising the Inside workshop series.


Posted on September 25, 2018 .

Episode 125 - The Award Winning Show: The Wonder Years - Pilot

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In the afterglow of last night’s Emmy Awards I thought this would be the perfect chance to open the archives for a podcast concept Kevin O’Brien, Michelle Riches and I considered launching in the fall of 2015.  

Enjoy our youthful excitement and overanalyzing of the 1988 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Comedy Series. 

Posted on September 18, 2018 .

Episode 124 - Mary Parker

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A few weeks ahead of departure for her Master's program in London, I was lucky to get to sit with this week's guest Mary Parker about her 2018 shift from Arcade Board President to stand up comic. Don't worry Improv listeners, there's still plenty of discussion on her teams The Collective and Game Shark.

She shares her take on the favorite rooms and sets she's had the opportunity to do while in town, opportunities she sees for our growing community to include more voices, and some of the wonderful experiences she's had in crafting an act and connecting with audiences.

There is a strength that comes from conversation and confrontation and I've always appreciated Mary's honesty within our friendship and I'm hopeful that our paths will cross again after (or hopefully during) her time across the pond.



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Posted on September 11, 2018 .

Episode 123 - Hunter Roberts

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While in town for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and a slew of other shows like Collegiates and Comedians and Do Not Disturb, I snagged a fun interview with Tennessee's Hunter Roberts. We get into the production of his show, Wealth of Knowledgeman, becoming a professional wrestler, navigating his first sober comedy tour, and mastering when to breath during bits.



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Posted on September 4, 2018 .