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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 3: Reena Calm

From Reena's Bio:

Reena Calm is an East Coast Jew turned Chicago favorite, and one of the most respected and requested comedians in the Midwest. Pulling from a lifetime of questionable choices, Reena’s material is autobiographical, silly, and charmingly inappropriate. Reena is a featured regular…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 4: Marc Sheffler

From Marc's Bio:

When Marc Sheffler was approaching his eighth birthday, his father asked him what he wanted. Without hesitation, Marc asked his dad for The Three Stooges -- and his dad got them, hiring the famous slapstick threesome to perform at his party in front of him and his very lucky gue…

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Charlie Hester started her comedy career in her 30's but is climbing through the ranks quickly. We talked about her branding, her website, and mostly about lifting other comics up. Charlie is proof you can be nice in the comedy business.

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 5: Zach Boyce

Zach Boyce moved from the small city of South Bend, Indiana to Chicago in order to fullfil his comedy dream. After a lot of hard work he's getting the notoriety he deserves. Zach gave some great insight about the big move, being part-owner of a comedy club, and how to treat your peers. 

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 7: Dobie Maxwell

Dobie Maxwell has been a working comic since 1983. He's had a life full of tragedy that he has turned into a comedy career. Instead of being bitter about bad breaks, Dobie has been a teacher and mentor to countless standup comics. He started the Maxwell Method of Standup Comedy Facebook page and ha…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 8: Zach Funk

Zach Funk is a comedian from Pittsburgh, PA. He recently put out an album call "Brains Are Weird" which is very good. We talked about the nuts & bolts of making a comedy album and being a comic while dealing with mental health issues. 

You can follow Zach on Facebook & Twitter:

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 9: Greg Schwem

Greg Schwem is a corporate comedian from Chicago. Greg has performed for corporations such as Hyatt Hotels, Cisco, Microsoft, and many more. We talked about his start in standup while he was a broadcast journalist, self-promotion, and PC culture. 

You can get to know Greg on his very current web…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 10: Jeff Webb

Jeff Webb is from Valparaiso Indiana.

Valparaiso is a city of about 50,000 people, has a nice college, and has no comedy club.

Jeff Webb decided to do something about that. He started with producing a show at the local theater then produced more shows at a local bar. They all sold out.

Jef…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 11: Mark Masters

Mark Masters wrote a book about his first 6 months performing stand-up comedy that is a must-listen for new comics. We talked about that and where he is now in his career. 

Mark has a website www.markmasters.co

 He has a mailing list with only one email per month www.markmasters.co/#laughlis…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 12: Joel Byars

Joel Byars hsa been performing stand-up comedy his way for over 10 years. It's not surprising that he did his Trophy Husband comedy special and his Hot Breath Podcast his way too! Get ready for an engaging conversation with Joel who is doing stuff right in stand-up comedy. 

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In this episode, comedians and club owners from across the country gathered for a video conference to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on their cash flow, audience retention, & creativity. We also brainstormed methods to weather the storm and come out as better comedians. This episode is important i…

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Dr PeterMcGraw is an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of judgment, emotion, and choice. His research has answered questions, such as “How do feelings affect the ways pe ople spend money?,” “Can people feel happy and sad at the same time?,” and, “Why does the TSA suck?”

His work has appeare…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 14: Bob Zany

Bob Zany has been one of my favorite comedians from the first time I saw him. His crowd work is the best I've seen. We talked about the state of comedy now, giving comics chances on stage, and how to be on the same page as your audience. If everything goes as planned, Bob has a new special coming o…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 15: Doc Kennedy

Doc Kennedy is a comedian and public speaker from Nashville. Doc is also the host of the Free to Laugh Podcast. Doc is not shy about clean comedy and his faith. 

You can find the Free to Laugh podcast on all the apps and follow Doc here:

Twitter

Facebook

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 17: Krish Mohan

Krish Mohan Comedian & Social Vigilante. That is Krish's moniker. He brings his social consciousness into his act while still making people of all political leanings laugh. We talked about the line he walks in doing that and how comics like himself are coping with our current quarantine situtaation…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 18: Lue Deck

Lue Deck was one of the original comedians to work at the Comedy Store with Mitzi Shore. He wore a lot of hats. Doorman, videographer, house comic, and support for Mitzi. Lue had some great stories and insight during our talk. This is a mile-a-minute interview that kept me engaged like no other. I …

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Gerrit Elzinga is a veteran comedian from Grand Rapids, MI. He is also house emcee for Dr Grins Comedy Club in Grand Rapids. We talked about his growth as a comedian and recovery from alcoholism. We also talked a lot about his new album "The Bullet Biter Sessions". 

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Aaron had the appearance of doing great with his executive position. However, he was an alchoholic. When he came out of treatment, Aaron had no job to go back to.He decided to try comedy and became the Unemployed Alchoholic. We had an inspiriing conversation on faith, perserverance, and comedy.

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Micael Palascak started comedy early and has learned a lot in a relatively short amount of time. We talked about his clean style of comedy and his Last Comic Standing season. He is a comedian that makes me laugh no matter how many times I've heard the joke.

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This is something different. Joel Byars is a former guest on the podcast. We stayed in touch and when I learned he did comedy coaching, I decided to get coached. There's some great insight from Joel here who has a great eye for comedy. After doing this, I understand the value of getting feedback fr…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 23: Dan West

Dan West spent time in the military and in retail. Both experiences play heavily into his comedy which centers around him trying to figure out humans. Dan talked about networking and the problems trying to record an album.


Check out Dan's Website here:

Dan West Comedy

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 25: Bill Gorgo

Bill Gorgo started stand-up comedy right out of college and before actual comedy clubs. He has been performing and teaching stand-up since 1967. Bill brings a wealth on knowledge that is useful for a comedian at any stage in their carreer.

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 21: Ian Bagg

Ian Bagg is the current champion of crowd work but he started out working in a carnival and mining for gold. Ian has some great and original perspective on how a comedian should make themselves rise above the rest of the pack.

Check out Ian's website here and make sure to watch his 'Around the …

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Brent Terhune is well respected by his fans and his peers in comedy. After talking to him, I found out he gets respect because he's just a nice guy. When Brent is not writing for himself, he's doing it for the Bob & Tom Show. He also has a hilarious YouTube channel with a big following. You'll find…

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