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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Feb. 7: Sara Bynoe

Sara Bynoe was last (and first) on What's So Funny? way back in 2011! Good Lord! I wrote about her in the Georgia Straight last August. And tonight she's back on the show. Sara was one of the prime movers of the hybrid comedy scene here in Vancouver. It's not standup, sketch or improv. Her shows include Teen Angst, Say Wha?!, Novelty Act and a new show called Crashers, which, like the others, seems like a whole lotta fun. We'll find out all about them and whatever else is on her mind tonight.

So tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver tonight at 11. Or stream us at coopradio.org or one of them fancy apps that let you listen to live radio. Whatever you gotta do.

Podcast episode 411ish: Byron Bertram

We had Byron Bertram in studio just before he took off for a few months to Australia, where he is currently performing his one-man fringe show. It's like standup, but with more heart, I guess. He tells us all about it. He also tells us about street performing, standup and being known as a cold medicine shill. We give him a dry shave and talk about finding love on Tinder, the politics of accents, art vs juggling, playing dives, and his quest for fests.

There you go. Now get to it. Click below or go find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, PodcastLand... wherever. Just get it.






Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jan. 31: Chris James

Tonight the star of The Chris James Show joins us in studio. It's the second time on the show (the first coming in 2012) for Chris James. He's got an actual comedy album out (available in all the usual places) called "An Actual Comedy Album." Maybe we'll play a track from it tonight. You can always see it in person when he headlines the Comedy MIX Feb. 4-6. Hey, that's this week! What timing! Personally, I'm most looking forward to seeing what his beard looks like today. He keeps you on your toes with that thing. You never know what to expect.

Tune in tonight to CFRO, 100.5 FM in Vancouver for all the action. 11 pm. Or listen on TuneIn Radio or one of those type apps. I can't keep up with them all. There's also coopradio.org for the livestream.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Podcast episode 410ish: Erica Sigurdson

In this episode we welcome the Duchess of Canadian comedy, Erica Sigurdson. During her regal visit, we brainstorm the rest of the Canadian royal comedy lineage. What else did we talk about? Hitting people, corporate gigs, staying homegrown instead of moving to the States, eternal engagement, and bombing... in Afghanistan. She also explains how giving is better than receiving. This episode brought to you by Omnipod, your number one choice in diabetic pumps*.

Enjoy this magisterial episode with your ears by clicking below or downloading us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you can find us.

* Omnipod is not really our sponsor, but we're always open to offers!




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Jan. 17: Ivan Decker

It's hat-trick time for Ivan Decker as he makes his third appearance on What's So Funny? tonight. We're both going to see the great Bill Burr earlier tonight so I'm sure we'll talk a bit about that. There's plenty more to talk about. The standup comic is on the rise. He plays festivals all over the country and has a new CD coming out in the next couple of months. I saw him opening up for John Mulaney last year and he killed. That was a perfect pairing. Both are bright, hilarious, dapper young comics. No word yet on if he's opening up for any big hitters next month at the JFL Northwest festival here in Vancouver but maybe we'll get a scoop tonight. He's so busy, apparently he has no more time for his science-based comedy podcast Science Us!, which seems to have ended last April. Last year Ivan was named one of Vancouver's most eligible bachelors. Is he still? We'll find out.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver. Or listen in anywhere else in the world via livestream at coopradio.org or through your fancy radio streaming apps.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2015 in a nutshell

Every year since 2009, I've been tracking the number of shows and guests we do and have in a given year. So far it's looked thusly:

  • 2009: 42 shows
  • 2010: 38 shows
  • 2011: 44 shows (with 53 guests)
  • 2012: 41 (47 guests)
  • 2013: 35 shows (37 guests)
  • 2014: 36 shows (39 guests)
  • 2015: 36 shows (40 guests)
Big thanks go out to all our guests in 2015:

  • Ron Vaudry
  • Glenn Wool
  • Garrett Clark
  • Tanyalee Davis
  • Ryan Hamilton
  • Craig Northey
  • Jacob Samuel
  • Daniel Chai & Chip Ellis
  • Paul Anthony
  • Dino Archie
  • Aaron Read
  • Goldie Hoffman
  • Sean Lecomber
  • Bobby Slayton
  • Chad Daniels
  • Marke B. Hughes & Jason Kryska
  • Dan Quinn
  • Steve Bays
  • Kathleen McGee
  • Jesse Joyce
  • Matt Bilinski
  • Ron Josol
  • Marcus Ryan
  • Fatima Dhowre
  • Janice Bannister
  • Ian Boothby & David Dedrick
  • Lauren McGibbon
  • Andy Cañete
  • Mark Friebe & Sheila Sharma
  • Robyn Edwards
  • Dylan Rhymer
  • Melanie Rose
  • Ewan Currie
  • Kate Davis
  • Robert Kelly
  • Erica Sigurdson

Jan. 10: Byron Bertram

Our first guest of 2016 is... (drum roll, please)... Byron Bertram! We thought he'd snag him before he leaves for Australia for a couple of months. Is he a guilt-ridden sociopath or just relaxed and paranoid? Or both? Not sure, but I do know that those were two names of his one-man shows. We'll find out tonight why he chose those names. Byron was last on What's So Funny? way back in 2008, so he's got lots of news, I'm sure. Well, I know it. He's acting now, for one thing. Movies, TV, and commercials. Let's just hope he's not all hopped up on NyQuil when he shows up tonight.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. Or get one of those fancy apps that stream radio stations all over the world and listen that way. Or livestream us at coopradio.org. So many options!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Drive

Erica Sigurdson joined us on What's So Funny? last night and talked about the Christmas cheer she and the rest of the Vancouver comedy community are bringing to three families. She's a good soul, that Sigurdson. Any help is appreciated. The info is available on the Lady Show Facebook page. If hyperlinks scare you, here's what it says:

We are collecting for three families in need this Christmas and would love your contribution.
If you're coming to The Lady Show on Friday, please bring an item or two (labeled so we know which person they are for) or donate cash which we will use to buy gifts. Even if you're not coming to the show, you can still help us out by donating via e-transfer.
If you want to do an e-transfer, please use ericacomic@gmail.com

If you have a Vancity account, you can transfer money directly to Erica's account: Branch 47, Account 44370, Chequing / Savings. (If you use this method, please email Erica and let her know you've done so)

Here is the info about the kids and what they need:

Kaydon (boy)
Warm Clothes - 18-24 months (and growing fast)
Diapers - size 5
Wipes
Any toys - Kaydon loves cars!
Books
Kaydon's nickname is Moose - so toys or clothing with Moose on it would be an added bonus!

Tyrese (boy)
Warm Clothes - size 2T/3T (but growing fast!)
Diapers - size 6
Wipes
Toys - Tyrese also loves cars!
Tyrese also really like Sesame Street and Thomas the Tank Engine

Brooklyn (girl)
Clothing size 5T
Shoe size 11, needs daycare shoes and boots
Likes girly things, princesses, and my little pony
Needs Socks, underwear and toothbrush

The parents haven't asked for gifts but we know what a hard job being a parent is! We'd like to provide them with stockings full of toiletries, goodies, gift cards, etc.

Thank you for helping us help these families and thanks to Erica and Katie-Ellen for organizing this!

If you have a Vancity account, you can transfer money directly to Erica's account: Branch 47, Account 44370, Chequing / Savings. (If you use this method, please email Erica and let her know you've done so)
Here is the info about the kids and what they need: 
Kaydon (boy)Warm Clothes - 18-24 months (and growing fast)Diapers - size 5WipesAny toys - Kaydon loves cars!BooksKaydon's nickname is Moose - so toys or clothing with Moose on it would be an added bonus! 
Tyrese (boy) Warm Clothes - size 2T/3T (but growing fast!)Diapers - size 6WipesToys - Tyrese also loves cars!Tyrese also really like Sesame Street and Thomas the Tank Engine 
Brooklyn (girl)Clothing size 5TShoe size 11, needs daycare shoes and bootsLikes girly things, princesses, and my little pony Needs Socks, underwear and toothbrush
The parents haven't asked for gifts but we know what a hard job being a parent is! We'd like to provide them with stockings full of toiletries, goodies, gift cards, etc.
Thank you for helping us help these families and thanks to Erica and Katie-Ellen for organizing this!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dec. 13: Erica Sigurdson

Our records indicate tonight's guest will be marking her third appearance on What's So Funny? Our records also indicate it's been seven years since her last appearance! Good Lord! Erica Sigurdson first joined us along with her good pal Jen Grant back in 2005. Then she visited solo in 2008. Erica has performed all over the world, from war zones to the North Pole (or close to it), and headlines all over Canada. She's a regular on Out TV's Morgan Brayton & Other People. This season, she's gathered the comedy community together to raise money to sponsor three families in need for Christmas. Yes, she's a good-hearted soul. Looking forward to talking with her again.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. Livestream us at coopradio.org or whatever apps you use to listen to the radio (I use TuneIn Radio).

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Podcast episode 409ish: Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly is a standup, actor and podcaster. And he's successful at all of them! He's got a new Netflix special, stars with Denis Leary on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, and hosts You Know What, Dude! He's got the Midas touch, I tell ya. He shows his human side on the drums, though, that he had to learn for the FX series. He claims he's not very good. We had a good conversation in this episode. Kelly discusses his need to be liked, his love of honesty, his fall-out with old friends, and his mother's words of advice.

We're still having trouble with iTunes but we have confidence we'll be up there again soon. If you subscribe to us on iTunes, it's no problem. We're up to date. But for new listeners, for some reason we're not showing up. You can listen below or at Stitcher or wherever else you can find us.




Sunday, November 29, 2015

Nov. 29: Robert Kelly

Tonight we're airing a chat I had with New York-based standup and actor Robert Kelly just over a week ago. I first saw Kelly in Vancouver performing at the old GM Place opening for his homeboy Dane Cook in 2009. This time he was here with the Just For Laughs Comedy tour. You might know him from Louie, where he plays Louis C.K.'s brother. Or maybe from his current series with Denis Leary,
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. He was also in Amy Schumer's hit movie Trainwreck. We talk about all of the above, if memory serves. And more!

So tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight from 11 to just after midnight for all the scintillating conversation.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Podcast episode 408ish: Kate Davis

I had a lovely chat with Kate Davis not too long ago. She was in town headlining the Comedy MIX, where I sat down with her and found out about her 18 years on the comedy circuit embarrassing her three kids. She also gives us a hint of what she'd have sounded like if she stayed in her native England. So posh! We talk about her theatre background and her corporate work, where she can't be nearly as dirty as she gets in the clubs. And she explains how she's the Susan Lucci of the Canadian Comedy Awards, having been nominated 13 times. And nominated only.

Here's the show for you in all its glory. This one was recorded before the Graham Chittenden episode, but his came out first. How does that work? Not sure but does it really matter? Nah, not at all. Enjoy it for what it is. We're still having issue with iTunes so it'll be a while before you see us back up there (unless you subscribe to the show, in which case it's still available for some odd reason). But we're for sure at Stitcher.