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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Podcast episode 396ish: Marcus Ryan

We've got another itinerant episode in the car with an itinerant standup comedian. Marcus Ryan hails from the land down under but spends his time in various countries all over the globe. Every couple of years he finds himself in Vancouver and we always welcome him to the show. In this episode, Marcus explains the terrifying insects and reptiles of his home and native land, talks about his one-man Edmonton Fringe show called Love Me Tinder, complains about the unrelenting heat of Vancouver summers, regales us with a harrowing tale of hitchhiking in Ucluelet, sings the praises of Burning Man, and second-guesses his merchandizing strategy. Crikey, it's a good one!

Throw another shrimp on the barby and have a listen. Click below or download us at iTunes, Stitcher or wherever fine podcasts are dispensed.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 19: Fatima Dhowre

We're back in studio tonight. And with a brand new guest, too! Fatima Dhowre is a standup comic who hosts a regular show at Little Mountain Gallery called Roast Battle which is exactly what you'd think it is: two comics going at it one on one, with two judges interrupting and getting in zingers of their own. It's a lot of fun. So we'll talk about that. And I'm also fascinated with what Somalia is like this time of year (or any time of year). Fatima has actually been there on more than one occasion because who wouldn't want to go to Somalia, right? She's also a regular on Morgan Brayton & Other People on Out TV (she's one of the other people). And we'll talk about lots more, too, I'm sure.

We're on the air at 11 pm in Vancouver (not sure what time that is in Somalia). But if you happen to be reading this from lands far, far away, you can listen in at

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Podcast episode 395ish: Ron Josol

We talk to the great Ron Josol in roving studio in this episode. It's fitting because Josol roves all over the world in pursuit of laughs. We talk about performing in Haiti, the Philippines, China and the US, and how it takes an adaptable nature. We also discuss duck embryos, Russell Peters, and the effect a family tragedy had on his life.

Check it out below. Or download us at iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, etc. Hell, just go ahead and subscribe already.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Podcast episode 394ish: Matt Bilinski

You know him and love him as Matt Billon. But Matt Bilinski is a new man. After 36 years with one name, he's opted to start fresh with another one, opting for that age-old show biz tradition of longer and more ethnic sounding. Wait... what? But there's reason behind his decision, as you'll hear on this episode. He also tells us how he took down a criminal, how he spurned Hollywood in the early stages of his career, and how he handled a very sick Mike MacDonald (the king of Canadian standup) on the road.

It's yours for the taking. Just click below to get started or go download the episode at iTunes or Stitcher or wherever.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

July 12: Marcus Ryan

Tonight we go for a ride with Marcus Ryan. Whenever the Aussie is in town, he joins us on the program. This is his fourth appearance, but first in the Comedy Cab. Marcus is a true itinerant, moving around the world from place to place, hardly spending any time in his home town of Wonthaggi, southeast of Melbourne. I love that name, Wonthaggi, and use it at any opportunity but it doesn't even crack the list of top 10 funny names of places in Victoria, let alone the whole of Australia. Anyway, he'll be putting on his one-man show, Love Me Tinder, at the Edmonton Fringe this summer so look for it if you're around those parts.

We're on the air at 11 pm Vancouver time on CFRO 100.5 FM. You can livestream us at

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 5: Ron Josol

Happy Sunday (cough cough). It's smokey here in Vancouver. Thankfully tonight's episode has been pre-recorded. We'd hate to have to work in these conditions. I spoke to standup Ron Josol a week or so ago when he was in town to perform at Laffline's in New West. He joined me in the roving studio, the Comedy Cab (aka my car), to talk about playing in Haiti, eating duck embryos, opening for Russell Peters, and how his mother's ill health affected his life.

We're on the air at 11 pm Vancouver time on CFRO, 100.5 FM. You can stream us at or wait for the podcast to drop in a few days.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Podcast episode 393ish: Jesse Joyce

In this episode of What's So Funny?, Jesse Joyce takes us behind the scenes at the Comedy Central Roasts. The Pittsburgh native wrote for and with Greg Giraldo on the roasts until Giraldo's untimely death. Now he writes for the roast in general and for such hilarious dudes as Larry King and Donald Trump. He tells us why that's not nearly as fun as writing for real comics. We get to hear some of his favourite jokes as well as what it's like to try and sneak handjobs in an Irish convent, his theory on the Canadian inferiority/superiority complex, and some of his favourite unsung comedy heroes, which include some Canadians (I had to point that out).

If you see a gizmo below, click and away you go. Or you can download the episode at iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever fine podcasts are distributed.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 28: Matt Bilinski

We've got a first-timer on the show tonight... Well, first time with a new name. Matt Billon guested back in 2010. Now we've got the new and improved version: Matt Bilinski. What's the story behind the name change? Beats me, but we'll find out tonight, that's for sure. We'll talk about his travels (he's always on the road somewhere), his home (I can never figure out where it is), opening for Doug Stanhope (again), and whether he truly believes the moon landing was a hoax (he makes a great case for it in his act).

Join us, won't you? I mean, over the airwaves. You can hear the show starting at 11 pm Vancouver time at CFRO, 100.5 FM or livestream us at

Friday, June 26, 2015

Podcast episode 392ish: Kathleen McGee

Here's a new episode to get your weekend started. Kathleen McGee is a relatively new transplant to Vancouver, but if she had her druthers, she'd be basking in the warm glow of Hollywood. She talks about her struggles getting back to La-La Land, dismisses her reputation as a "dirty" comic, discusses her love of rugby and Broadway, reveals her secret fantasy to get to lady jail, and does one better than Seinfeld by slamming political correctness and feminist bloggers. It's fun! It's emotional! And she's available for children's parties! Literally.

Here you go. Have at it. Click below or subscribe in iTunes (or places like iTunes).

Monday, June 22, 2015

Podcast episode 391ish: Steve Bays

Steve Bays is baaaaack! In a big way. Or a very long way, at least. This episode breaks the record for the longest in our 11-year history. Two hours and nine minutes is too long, I grant you. But the beauty of podcasts is that you stop when you're tired and it'll be right there where you left off when you get back. I don't know what it is about that guy, but we always just keep talking and talking. What did we cover? What didn't we cover is more like it. Steve, as you probably know, is the lead singer for Hot Hot Heat, Mounties and Fur Trade, but the band that got the most mentions was one of his firsts: Pilot Light. We discuss the do's and don't's of interviewing rock stars, drinking junkie beer in Switzerland, grandparents, gruesome band injuries, being Jew-ish, homesickness in Tokyo, and the end of civilization. And even more than that!

It's all ready to be downloaded at your favourite podcast repository, such as your iTunes, Stitcher, and the like. Or you can start streaming it right here if you see the gizmo below. Your call.