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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Podcast episode 422ish: Julie Kim

Here you go, kiddies. It's me and Julie Kim getting to know each other. Mostly me getting to know her. In this episode, she talks about her pregnancy, her highfalutin edumacation, and growing up a rebellious chubby kid eating way too much candy and drinking way too much pop. And she tells us her keys to networking success.

It's all ready for you to listen to so what are you waiting for? Get on it! If you see a little doodad below, click on it and sound will appear. If not, go hunt us down on iTunes or Stitcher or some such place you can download us at.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 1: Julie Kim

We've got a brand new guest tonight. Julie Kim makes her What's So Funny? debut. And I believe she becomes the first guest in the 12-year history of the show who is pregnant. Exciting! Julie's only been doing comedy for six years but already plays festivals and galas all over the country. And on top of that, she's busy in the academic world teaching and studying for her Ph. D. Crazy. Maybe she's our first Ph.D. student guest, too. It's a night of firsts on this May First.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. If your radio is broke or you're in some far-off land, you can livestream us at coopradio.org.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Podcast episode 421ish: Dino Archie

I love talking with Dino Archie, whether we record it or not. That's why I keep having him back. This is his fourth solo appearance on the show. Once he came on with Sunee Dahliwal. And another time he guest hosted for me. But he's never been hotter than he is right now. The guy's career is on fire. He just filmed a spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Adam Devine's House Party. He won the Seattle Comedy Competition in November. He's got a new album coming out later this month called Settling Old Scores. And he's about to bring his VanCity Comedy Extravaganza to the River Rock Show Theatre stage (Saturday, April 30). This episode was recorded during the radio station's spring member drive (if you'd like to become a member or simply donate to the station, go to coopradio.org and click on 'donate'). When that happens, I usually edit out the pitches for the podcast. But because Dino jumped in and made them fun, I decided to keep them in.

Enjoy this one like I did. You can click on the gizmo below if your browser lets you see it. If not, head over to iTunes or Stitcher or a place like that and download us into your head.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Apr. 17: Dino Archie

It's Dino Archie time again, ladies and germs! Dino has been on the show numerous times before. With this appearance, he now joins the exclusive 5-time Member Club along with Paul Anthony, Steve Bays, Graham Clark, Ian Boothby, Will Davis, Harry Doupe, Darren Frost, Richard Lett, Darcy Michael, Kliph Nesteroff, Dylan Rhymer, and Tim Rykert. I guess that's not so exclusive after all. But fine company, nonetheless. Dino's been on a roll lately. He won the most recent Seattle International Comedy Competition and even more recently taped a set on Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show. His star is on the rise. And on April 30, he's getting together another one of his Comedy Extravaganzas at the River Rock Show Theatre featuring himself, Graham Clark (see list above), Darcy Michael (see list above), Ivan Decker (former guest of WSF?), Dave Merheje (former guest of WSF?), Kathleen McGee (former guest of WSF?) and New York comic Mike Blaustein. All for the low, low price of under $20. You can't afford not to go! Dino's one of my favourite people to talk to whether it's on the show or on the town, so I'm looking forward to it.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver and around the world streaming at coopradio.org or whatever radio app you use. So no reason to miss us.

Podcast episode 420ish: Ed Hill

Here we are at episode 420. It's only fitting that our guest would be a guy who's never done drugs. Ed Hill and I talk about that. We also talk about piano lessons, crabbing, ghosts and gout. He tells us what he Googles whenever he visits a new city and how one of his tweets made Jimmy Fallon laugh. He also explains why he's a "weirdo whisperer," which also happens to be the title of his upcoming CD.

It's yours for the taking. Click on the gizmo or go download us at iTunes or Stitcher or another such place.





Sunday, April 10, 2016

Podcast episode 419ish: Caitlin Howden

A lovely chat with a lovely person on a lovely day. It all came together in this episode when I spoke with improviser extraordinaire Caitlin Howden on a park bench overlooking False Creek on a warm sunny day watching the world go by. She told me about being a dominating Grade 6 basketball player, breaking her coach's heart, having her Grade 9 improv teacher break Caitlin's heart, and Ian, her crush, breaking her heart. But there's more than heartbreak in this one. We talk about reality TV, the Sunday Service, Second City and other things you'll just have to download to hear. Caitlin recommends you go for a walk while listening to get the full outdoors effect.

You can start your journey by clicking on the gizmo below. But I think in order to be mobile, you'll need to go put this episode in your device at iTunes or Stitcher or someplace like that. Go now.



Apr. 10: Ed Hill

Tonight in studio we welcome back Ed Hill. Probably from somewhere, too. The guy is always out on the road, performing around the world. Since last with us in 2013, Ed's appeared on Gotham Comedy Live and even had Jimmy Fallon read one of his tweets on air. He's got a new CD out called Weirdo Whisperer that he recorded in a theatre in Seattle. Maybe we'll get to hear a track or two from it. And we'll find out what else is new in his life and I may ask him whatever I forgot from when he was with us the first time.

We're on the air at 11 pm, as usual, on CFRO 100.5 FM. If your radio's, you can always livestream us on coopradio.org or one of those special radio-streaming apps that are all the rage.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Podcast episode 418ish: Dave Merheje

Dave Merheje, representing the YQG, joined us for an hour to talk about nothing in particular and everything in general. I didn't know he had moved away from Toronto and is now living in Los Angeles. So there you go. We talked about his religious upbringing, rap and hip-hop, towns he could do without, a rant against Justin Beiber followed by a mea culpa, good gigs gone bad, and ethnic comedy shows.

It's all here for your listening pleasure. You just have to click on the gizmo below or go find us in iTunes, Stitcher or other such places. We're now available in search engines near you.






Apr. 3: Caitlin Howden

What a gorgeous week we've had in Vancouver. Suddenly it's spring. I took the opportunity to sit down with Caitlin Howden on a park bench. We watched the world go by and talked about all things Caitlin. Her beginnings in Montreal, her years in Toronto, and her transition to Vancouver. Now she's the darling of the Sunday Service (although they're each darlings in their own ways).

So tune in tonight and pretend it's sunny out. We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO, 100.5 FM in Vancouver. Or livestream us at coopradio.org. You can do it!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Mar. 27: CCC

Happy Easter, if that's the kind of thing that makes you happy. If not, you're in need of some laughs. I've got just the tonic for you. Or Colleen Brow does, anyway. She'll be in while I OD on chocolate with her own What's So Funny?: CCC edition. That'd be Colleen's Comedy Clips. I have no idea who she's lined up but I'm sure you'll get some laughs. Tune in to Co-op radio, CFRO 100.5 FM, in Vancouver from 11 pm to midnight. I know I will (if I'm not in a chocolate coma). You can livestream it at coopradio.org or on your TuneIn Radio app or whatever you use to access the world's radio stations.

Oh, by the way, while you're at coopradio.org, check out the feature article on the homepage about What's So Funny? Available now wherever websites are accessible.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mar. 20: Dave Merheje

Facebook tells me it's the first day of spring, although I always thought it was the 21st. But close enough. In fact, the internet confirms that Facebook is right; it's the earliest spring since 1896. Who knew it could do whatever it wanted whenever it wanted? So let's celebrate the vernal equinox with Toronto-based standup comic Dave Merheje. Dave's only been with us once before, back in 2013. The Windsor native is a multi-award winner. He's been in town for a week or so and is leaving tomorrow so we're lucky to have him in studio tonight.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver. If there are any problems there, try livestreaming us at coopradio.org or find us on your TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Podcast episode 417ish: Ari Shaffir

Whew. All caught up on the podcast drops. This one is a good one, as one would expect with Ari Shaffir. The host of Skeptic Tank does more than podcasts in his basement. He also performs standup comedy in front of actual human beings on stages all over the world. Someone alert Howard Stern! In this episode, the always opinionated and engaging Shaffir talks about his old pal Carlos Mencia, plausible deniability on a kibbutz, the pernicious effects of adverbs in journalism, his fascination with pedophiles, Jehovah, the positive aspects of offence, practice making perfect, censorship, and his beefs with the aforementioned Howard Stern. This episode brought to you bleep-free!

Get started on it by clicking on the player below, if you can see it. If you can't, or want to order this episode to go, head on over to iTunes, Stitcher, or places like that. You know what to do, so do it.



Saturday, March 5, 2016

Podcast episode 416ish: Mike Storck

Let's hit the road for the latest podcast installment. It's been a while since we've used the roving What's So Funny? studio. This one wasn't planned. Standup comic Mike Storck flew from his home in Baltimore to Seattle and would be driving up to headline Lafflines in New Westminster. The plan was to meet him in his hotel room and record an episode. But it took longer than he expected. When he finally got there, just 15 minutes before I'd have to leave, I got a brainstorm. Fire up the roving studio! I'd drive him into town and we'd talk along the way. Perfect. We did just that.

Buckle up for safety. Here we go. Click on the gizmo below to start the ignition. Or go download us at iTunes or Stitcher or wherever you choose.