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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jan. 14: 2017 highlights (part 2)

It's week two of our two-week Best of 2017 programming, wherein we play little clips of every single guest we had last year. We heard 19 clips last week and we're going to play 19 different ones tonight. Our guests tonight, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Chuck Byrn (twice), Barry Crimmins, John Cullen, Ivan Decker, Harry Doupe (twice), Shawn Farquhar, Diana Frances, Lori Gibbs, Ryan Gunther, James Kennedy, Colin Lamb, Darryl Lenox, Gavin Matts, Joel Plaskett, Brad Upton, Ron Vaudry, and Garry Yuill. It's a fun hour-and-a-bit look back at what our guests had to say last year, arranged somewhat thematically. It's also a great way to sample any shows you missed and if they sound like something you might like to hear more of, go download the episode on iTunes or Stitcher. It's the beer flight of What's So Funny? And next week, we're back to regular programming, with in-studio guest Mayce Galoni.

Tune in tonight to CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver, or livestream us at coopradio.org, or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. We're on the air at 11 pm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Podcast episode 478ish: Ivan Decker


Hometown hero Ivan Decker recently made his debut on American network television with his appearance on Conan. Three weeks later, he was a guest with us on What's So Funny? talking about his experience. He took us through all the stages, from first contact, to showcasing at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City, to the bright lights of Los Angeles. Listen to what he was thinking in the moment and immediately after. Hear what Conan said to him. Laugh at his awkward celebrity hug. Plus, as per usual, we're all over the place with tangents because that's what we do.

Listen to the episode right here right now, or go download (and subscribe!) at iTunes or Stitcher. While you're at it, leave a comment and rating.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Jan. 7: 2017 highlights (part 1)

We had a good year in 2017. Maybe not in the real world, but on What's So Funny? Tonight and next Sunday night, we'll relive some of those memories with snippets from every single one of our guests last year. Tonight you'll hear from (in alphabetical order): Harris Anderson, Paul Anthony, Wes Barker, David Beckingham, Camilo the Magician, Andy Cañete, Randy Charach, Garrett Clark, Charlie Demers, Fred Ewanuick, Katharine Ferns, Shirley Gnome, Kevvy, Leland Klassen, Johnny Perrotta, Jon Reep, Christina Sicoli, Alex Sparling, and Oh Susanna. What a line-up! And next week will be just as hot.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight in Vancouver from 11 to midnight (it'll actually run 5 or 10 minutes long). For those of you outside our giant antenna, try coopradio.org for the livestream or the TuneIn Radio app.

2017 in a nutshell

I almost forgot to tally the numbers this year. Okay, let's have a look at how 2017 stacked up, quantitatively, to other years, since we began keeping track. We're on the air every week on Co-op Radio, but some weeks we run repeats – er, I mean, "special encore presentations" – and some weeks we come in sans guest and play comedy clips. The numbers below reflect the weeks we had new programming with guest(s):

  • 2009 we had 42 shows
  • 2010 we had 38 shows
  • 2011 we had 44 shows with 53 guests
  • 2012 we had 41 shows with 47 guests
  • 2013 we had 35 shows with 37 guests
  • 2014 we had 36 shows with 39 guests
  • 2015 we had 36 shows with 40 guests
  • 2016 we had 32 shows with 33 guests (and three visitors)

So coming off a career low year, how did 2017 look? First off, we added Sam Tonning to the show, and he's like a guest every week, but we won't count him.:

  • 2017 we had 36 shows with 37 guests
So there you go. Big thanks to all our guests (who you'll hear on our special programming tonight and next week):

  • Harry Doupe
  • Lori Gibbs
  • Fred Ewanuick
  • Barry Crimmins
  • Harris Anderson
  • James Kennedy
  • Camilo the Magician
  • Joel Plaskett
  • Brad Upton
  • Colin Lamb
  • Garrett Clark
  • Ryan Gunther
  • John Cullen
  • Kevvy
  • Diana Frances
  • David Beckingham
  • Christina Sicoli
  • Chuck Byrn
  • Johnny Perrotta
  • Oh Susanna
  • Andy Cañete
  • Katharine Ferns
  • Leland Klassen
  • Alex Sparling
  • Randy Charach
  • Wes Barker
  • Shawn Farquhar
  • Shirley Gnome
  • Ron Vaudry
  • Paul Anthony
  • Gavin Matts
  • Charlie Demers
  • Darryl Lenox
  • Garry Yuill
  • Ivan Decker
  • Harry Doupe (again)
  • Jon Reep

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Podcast episode 477ish: Darryl Lenox & Garry Yuill

Remember our old pal Darryl Lenox? He's been a guest with us a few times over the years (as well as a guest on Conan and WTF with Marc Maron). The American standup comic lived here for 14 years back around the turn of the century (do we say that for 2000?). Now he's back, semi-full time, and he's taking a break from the stage to concentrate on the business of comedy. He and Vancouver Yuk Yuk's franchise owner Garry Yuill have an ambitious plan to take over all the Yuk Yuk's in Canada, make more of them, and add a bunch more in the United States. It's a model based on the Green Bay Packers, where you, the comedy fan and practitioner, can become part-owner. They explain it to this decidedly unfinancial brain in this hour. If you like what they say and want to be a part of it, check out their website, Ellison Rains Enterprises and their Frontfundr campaign.

Here's the episode for you. It's also available, as per usual, at all the podcast shops, like iTunes, Stitcher, Podbay, TuneIn Radio, etc.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Podcast episode 476ish: Charlie Demers

We're coming fast and furious with the podcast episodes now. Here we've got comedian Charlie Demers (aka author Charles Demers), who was last with us way back in 2010. We got caught up on his latest news, the most recent of which was the release of his first comedy album, Fatherland on 604 Records. We also spoke of his love of voice-over acting, and his frustrations with same. He plays the slug Walter on Netflix's Beat Bugs. Along the way, we talk about anxiety, Herr Jordan, Humphrey Bogart's Twitter feed, and steam & sauna rooms.

It's a rollicking good time so why don't you do yourself a favour and listen. Either right here, or go on off to iTunes or Stitcher or Podbay or TuneIn Radio.com or wherever.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Podcast episode 475ish: Gavin Matts

Hoodie power
We're taking our sweet time getting the radio episodes converted over to podcast episodes but think of it this way: They're like completely new shows now! I had a good time talking with Gavin Matts way back on November 19, who was, at the time, fresh off his $25,000 victory at the SiriusXM Top Comic Competition in Toronto. We talked about that, where he came from, his love of jigsaw puzzles, and I teach the youngster about old Hollywood stars Raymond Burr (from GMatts' hometown of New Westminster) and Yvonne De Carlo (who I thought was also from New West but further research has shown she's from Vancouver). Plus we play a couple tracks from Mattsy's brand new album, 'Premature,' on 604 Records.

Listen to our conversation on this handy-dandy gizmo below or go find us on iTunes, Stitcher, PodBay or anywhere else you might come across podcasts. Chances are, we'll be there.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dec. 31: Jon Reep

The last day of the year brings our 36th show of 2017. Bringing us right up to the dropping of the ball, we've got a November conversation I had with American comic Jon Reep. I kept planning on running it for the past month but it kept getting pushed back due to live guests being available. So here we are, on New Year's Eve but it's just as fresh as the day we recorded it. For those who don't know, Jon is a former champeen of Last Comic Standing (I'm sure that's how they say 'champion' where he's from in Hickory, North Carolina). I won't be there live tonight as I'm far, far away where the wind chill factor is minus-42 today and I haven't been outside in three days. But the show will go on through the magic of technology. Enjoy and have yourself a merry little New Year now.

Tune in at 11 pm to CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver. Even I will tune in, if the weather hasn't frozen the internet, by livestreaming at coopradio.org or the TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Dec. 24: Harry Doupe

We're waving goodbye to 2017 tonight. In this season of traditions, it's a What's So Funny? tradition to have on Harry Doupe. He doesn't make it every single year, but we try. This will be his eighth appearance on the old program tonight and we never run out of things to talk about. We'll be discussing the year in comedy and whatever else happens to come up in the last hour before Santa starts making the rounds. And Harry is driving in all the way from... I forget but it's beyond Chilliwack, I think. We'll find out tonight. So do him a solid and listen to the show as you're wrapping your last gifts. I'm going to run out to Shopper's Drug Mart now and start my Christmas shopping so I'll be ready for Harry tonight.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM, as always. You can livestream us from anywhere where there's the internet at coopradio.org or on the TuneIn Radio app.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Podcast episode 474ish: Paul Anthony

Paul & I ignoring each other before the show.
Here's a little pre-Christmas treat for you: our recent episode with Paul Anthony. We started off the show talking about the most recent comedy news, much to Paul's chagrin. We also discussed Hugh Phukovsky and his urine gun, the challenges of producing the monthly Talent Time showcase, and we re-enacted a year-old Facebook Messenger conversation/argument we had. Plus we bring back the Funny or Not? segment!

So sit down and get a load off, pour yourself some eggnog (don't forget the nutmeg and rum!), put some logs on the fire, and fire up this episode. Pipe is optional. (You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and most hardware stores.)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Podcast episode 473ish: Ron Vaudry

He's not a cynic; he just plays one on stage for your amusement. The Canadian standup veteran Ron Vaudry makes his second appearance on the program in this podcast episode. After 38 years in the business, you wouldn't believe what his net worth is! We discuss that, plus he tells us what made his Crash 'n' Burn show so good, how he's an equal-opportunity heckler squelcher, and we discuss some of Norm Macdonald's tweets about the early days in the Toronto comedy scene.

Have a listen, won't you? Here, there (Stitcher), and everywhere (iTunes).