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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dec. 21: Matt Besser

Last week we had Ken Lawson on teaching us improv games. Tonight we've got Matt Besser talking the big picture. Professor Besser loves to talk comedy and we love to listen. The co-founder of the Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB) was in town recently to record an episode of his podcast improv4humans with the Sunday Service folks. He was nice enough to sit down with me for an hour before his own show and we've got the fruits of that labour for you tonight. Say yes and listen, won't you? If you listen, then you might know what this sentence is all about.

We're on the air at 11 pm in Vancouver on CFRO 100.5 FM. Livestream us at coopradio.org or whatever radio app you've got on your device.

Podcast episode 370ish: Ken Lawson

Birdman Lawson (left) with one of his peeps
This episode was a whole lotta fun even if I sucked way more than usual. You see, Mr. Ken "Birdman" Lawson, improviser extraordinaire, put my manservant Colleen and me through the improv wringer. He taught us and led us through several improv games, much as he would at the Improv Comedy Institute on Granville Island. Colleen was a natural. Me, not so much. It's harder than it looks, people! But he sure is encouraging and positive, which is why I'm releasing this episode to the world.

Have a listen here. If you don't see the gizmo below, it's your server or your phone. Fret not: the show is also available at iTunes, PodcastLand, Stitcher, and a bunch of other places, too numerous to mention.




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dec. 14: Ken Lawson

Tonight we go live in studio with Ken "Awesome" Lawson. It's his third appearance on What's So Funny? I had forgotten he once came in with the Comic Strippers. Tonight, though, he'll be keeping his pants on (we hope). Lawson, a longstanding member of Vancouver TheatreSports League, also teaches the art form at the brand new Improv Comedy Institute on Granville Island. He's going to come in tonight and tell us about that and maybe run Kevin* (aka Colleen) and I through some training. I can't speak for Colleen, but I might very well be the worst student he has ever faced. We'll see how he does. Regardless, it's always fun when Lawson visits.

We are on the air at CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm tonight. You don't even need a radio to listen to us as we stream worldwide at coopradio.org and on apps and devices and things like that. Join us.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This week in press releases, part 2: Bo Burnham

It's a busy day in the comedy promoting department. Here's another release I just got:

BO BURNHAM
“MAKE HAPPY TOUR”

HITS THE VOGUE THEATRE
 IN VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 24

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 at NOON


December 9, 2014, Montreal – AEG Live Canada and Just For Laughs are thrilled to announce that standup comedian, actor and writer Bo Burnham will kick-off his 24 city North American tour dubbed Make Happy Tour with a performance in Vancouver on Tuesday, February 24 at the Vogue Theatre. 

In 2008, a young Bo Burnham performed at Just For Laughs on Amp’d the Music Show which caught the eye of Judd Apatow and led to Burnham signing a development deal with the famed director.  Burnham became the youngest person to ever record a half-hour Comedy Central special at the age of 18. He has released two hour-long specials since then: Words, Words, Words in 2010 and what. in 2013. The latter, what., was released on Netflix and Youtube simultaneously (a year later, it has received 6 million views on YouTube alone).
Bo recently created and starred in the MTV series Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous and wrote a book of poetry,EGGHEAD, which became a New York Times Bestseller. Bo's live shows are a unique blend of stand-up, music and theatre.
A complete list of Bo Burnham’s North American Tour can be found at www.boburnham.com.

BO BURNHAM
TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12

Vancouver – Vogue Theatre
Tuesday, February 24 – 8:00 PM
Tickets available at the Vogue Theatre Box Office
by phone at 604-569-1144
or online www.voguetheatre.com
Tickets: $37.50 (taxes included + facility and service charges)


This week in press releases: Northwest Comedy Fest

This just in:

CRAIG FERGUSON'S HOT & GRUMPY TOUR: WALKING THE EARTH
MARIA BAMFORD
DOUG BENSON
HANNIBAL BURESS
THE DEBATERS
MOSHE KASHER
PLUS!
ALI WONG, TODD GLASS & BRIAN POSEHN
A TRIBUTE TO ROBIN WILLIAMS
AN EVENING OF COMEDY SHORT SHORTS
+ more to be announced!
FEBRUARY 12 - 21, 2015
VANCOUVER BC
TICKETS ON SALE Thursday December 11 at 10am
 

December 9, 2014 (Vancouver, BC) - It's that time of year again! NorthWest Comedy Fest is proud to make their first line up announcement for 2015 with special headlining performances by Craig Ferguson, Maria Bamford, Doug Benson, The Debaters, Hannibal Buress, Moshe Kasher plus the return of our stellar Comedy Club series with multiple shows by Ali Wong, Brian Posehn and Todd Glass. All shows go on sale Thursday December 11 at 10am PST at northwestcomedyfest.com.

2015 boasts the beginning of a beautiful friendship between NorthWest Comedy Fest and comedy festival heavy hitter, Just For Laughs who are lending some of their booking prowess to our Fest out West.  If this year’s announced lineup as well as the surprises we have up our sleeves, are any indication, the relationship is off to a stellar start.

NorthWest Comedy Fest has also partnered up with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and will be presenting a special series of currated film events at the Vancity Theatre including A Tribute to Robin Williams and An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts. 

Craig Ferguson's Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking The Earth
Wednesday February 18, 2015
The Centre

Maria Bamford
Saturday February 21, 2015
The Vogue Theatre

Doug Benson
Friday February 20, 2015
The Vogue Theatre

Hannibal Buress
Wednesday February 18, 2015
The Vogue Theatre

CBC's The Debaters
Saturday February 21, 2015 *matinee show*
The Vogue Theatre

Moshe Kasher
Friday February 20, 2015
The Biltmore Cabaret

Ali Wong
February 13 & 14, 2015
Yuk Yuk's

Brian Posehn
February 12, 13 & 14, 2015
Lafflines, New Westminster - Official Satellite Venue!

Todd Glass
February 19, 20 & 21, 2015
Yuk Yuk's

NORTHWEST COMEDY FEST & VIFF present

A Tribute to Robin Williams
Friday February 13, 2015
Vancity Theatre
Description: Join comedian and host, Simon King for an evening honouring Robin Williams and his contribution to comedy, dramatic acting and bridging the two very different worlds of stand up and Hollywood. King, along with a panel of guests (to be announced) will also lead a conversation about mental health and addiction, the impact of these serious issues on the comedy community and the support and solutions available. The evening will wrap with a screening of the 1987 classic Good Morning, Vietnam starring the incredible Robin Williams 

An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts
Thursday February 12, 2015
Vancity Theatre
Description: Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts. The NorthWest Comedy Fest and VIFF are proud to announce An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts a delightful hodgepodge of original Pacific Northwest submissions and VIFF curated comedy pieces from up and down the Left coast.


All tickets on sale Thursday December 11 at 10am at northwestcomedyfest.com

Follow us online!
Facebook: facebook.com/nwcomedyfest


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Podcast episode 369ish: Mark Forward

Mark Forward opens up! The Toronto actor/standup is a "ridiculously private" guy but we got him talking. He told us about his three years on CBC-TV's Mr. D and how that ended. That's a scoop, by the way. He also talked about being an overly emotional kid and going to therapy and how that made him a better person. Or at least a less angry one. But we talked about all sorts of other stuff, too, including poop, germs, Paul F. Tompkins, Jon Dore, Patton Oswalt, Greg Evigan, Matt Billon, Graham Clark, Dave Shumka, Norm Macdonald, Rob Ford, Bill Cosby, and journalists. It's guaranteed fun: 100 percent!

Listen now. (That's a suggestion, not an order. I can't control you.) If you don't see the gizmo below, it's your server. But we're also on iTunes and all the usual podcast places. Go find us.




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec. 7: Mark Forward

Tonight Mark Forward guests on What's So Funny? Is it live or is it Memorex? You be the judge. The Toronto standup was headlining the Comedy MIX a couple weeks ago and he sat down with me. Or did he fly back just to do our show? Maybe he's here and he just doesn't want to be bothered by paparazzi so he wants to leave the impression this is recorded. You'll never know. Maybe you know Mark as Mr. Leung, the seething school librarian, on the hit CBC sitcom Mr. D. Maybe you recall him from The Jon Dore Television Show. He's also the host of Joke or Choke, which will air on the Comedy Network on Dec. 12. Just a single episode but maybe if enough people watch, they'll pick it up for a season.

We'll talk about all of the above – and more! – tonight at 11 pm. Or will we? Maybe. I'll just have to see how it goes. Tune in to 100.5 FM in Vancouver, or find an app that plays radio stations, or livestream us at coopradio.org.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nov. 30: Darren Frost

Hey there, radio fans. Tonight we've got Darren Frost with us on What's So Funny? Or at least, we're airing the episode he recorded a couple weeks ago. And, in fact, the episode we dropped as a podcast yesterday. So it's out there and you don't have to wait up to 11 pm to hear it if you don't want. But I know some people love the warm crackle of a radio. This is for them. It's Darren's fifth time on the show, but this one's my favourite. Don't know why. And I'm not just saying that to get you to listen. But please do.

We're on the air at 11 pm in Vancouver on CFRO 100.5 FM. If the streams are working, you can always livestream us at coopradio.org.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Podcast episode 368ish: Darren Frost

Are you ready for another pre-pod? This is something I'm doing now with pre-recorded shows. I'll drop the podcast episode before the radio episode airs. I hope no one minds. Today we've got my latest conversation with Toronto comic Darren Frost. Darren thought this was his fourth appearance on the show, but further research proves it was his fifth. A high honour, indeed, for an out-of-towner. We had a fun wide-ranging talk that included his opinion that standup is, if not dying, then evolving, his marriage to Mark Breslin, his funnypants era, werewolf babies, working with bigtime movie stars, jumping the shark career-wise, the death of his podcast, and, of course, his nominations at the latest Canadian Comedy Awards.

So get a jump on the radio show and listen to this one today. Click below. Or, if you don't see it (some servers are weird, let's face it), go check out iTunes, Stitcher, PodcastLand, TuneIn, Player.FM, or even the Danish site MusicGoal.de. And if all else fails, let Google be your friend.



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nov. 23: Orny Adams

If you're a radio listener who hasn't yet figured out the whole podcasting world, tonight's your night. For the first time in our 10-year history, we released the podcast version before it aired on radio. A couple weeks ago, the podverse received our Orny Adams episode into its clutches. But some of you prefer the old-fashioned way, over the airwaves. Tonight we play that episode and it's a doozy... Wait, is 'doozy' a good thing? Because this is. Orny and I talked for almost two hours (the episode runs 1:46) about all things under the comedy sun. Best of all, we hashed out our differences in a most cordial manner. He's a good guy. And a great comic. Apparently he got standing ovations at every show he performed at Yuk Yuk's the week he was in town. I witnessed two of them myself.

So tune in tonight for this extend-o episode to 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm. You can livestream us at coopradio.org, too. Because we care.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Podcast episode 367ish: Mike MacDonald

Ten years on the air and we finally got Canadian standup legend Mike MacDonald. And it was awesome. As anyone who follows comedy in the country knows, MacDonald went through a lot in the past few years. Diagnosed with hepatitis C, he lost 100 pounds before getting a liver transplant. He walks us through his ordeal, which included a suicide attempt. But as heavy as that is, he's still the hilarious sarcastic guy we'd grown to love over the past 30-odd years, and he shows it in this episode. There was lots more he talked about, too, besides his illness. He talked about his early days working rock clubs, his problem with TV comedy editing, how he met his wife, why he doesn't like to be talked to before a show, the science of smoking weed, and lots, lots more.

Enjoy this one. You can click below (if you see the gizmo) or you can go download us at iTunes, Stitcher, PodcastLand, Player.FM, TuneIn.com, etc. If you can't find us, Google us.




Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov. 16: Mike MacDonald

Big surprise tonight. I had originally planned to run the pre-recorded Orny Adams interview tonight. But since that's already been released as a podcast, it can wait. Especially because the opportunity to have the legendary Mike MacDonald in studio came up. The King of Canadian Comedy has been back on the road after recuperating from a liver transplant that literally saved his life. He got it on St. Patrick's Day (of all days to get a new liver, as he points out in his new act) and has been getting better by the day. It was a shock to all of us to see him wasting away from hepatitis C leading up to that operation. I saw him on Thursday at Yuk Yuk's and was so happy to see him back to his old sarcastic-as-all-hell hilarious self. The guy has done more Just For Laughs festivals than anyone else. He's performed on Letterman. Had his own specials here and in the US. Even starred in his own sitcom back in the day. He's done it all. Well, except for What's So Funny? but that's about to be rectified tonight.

Tune in at 11 pm to CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver or livestream us at coopradio.org or any radio app that works for you. Should be good.