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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Jan. 19: Lars Callieou

Edmonton's Lars Callieou saw all the snow out here so he grabbed his shorts and headed to our balmy climes. It beats –40, or whatever ungodly temperatures are swallowing up northern Alberta right now. Actually, I don't know why Lars is in town, but we'll find out tonight because he's our guest! The last time he was with us, back in September, he filled in for Sam Tonning, doing the announcing and co-hosting duties. Tonight, Sam isn't here again, but this time Lars will be our guest. He hasn't guested on the show since 2010. So we've got lots to talk about.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11 pm, as you always do... right? If you're in, say, Edmonton, and want to listen to your homeboy live, do the clock math and then livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on one of the many radio streaming apps available to you these days. (I know of just one – TuneIn Radio – but I believe there are others out there, too.)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Podcast episode 556ish: Jimmy Shubert

 Our first episode of 2020 was a real must-listen. Los Angeles-based standup comic Jimmy Shubert graced our studio. He told us about performing in Canada, working with Russell Peters in India, competing on Last Comic Standing, rooming with Marc Maron, his closeted career as a close-up magician, and got in some great rants on hecklers, cancel culture, and politics. As an added bonus, he treats us to a great street-joke.

Listen to the whole thing right here and now. Although you can always go over to Apple Podcasts, or wherever, and download it yourself to your device. That's what I'd recommend.


Podcast episode 555ish: Harry Doupe

Hey, I look the looks of 555. Here we are with our annual year-end episode with guest Harry Doupe. It's his tenth visit to the show, but he's always got lots to talk about. So much so we went overtime in this one. Harry talks about his work on award shows, David Foster's verbosity, his time spent as a standup comic in San Francisco, and gives his opinions on Family Feud Canada and Don Cherry.

You can listen to the episode right here below, or download us on your favourite podcast place. I use Apple, but that's just me.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Jan. 12: Jon Bryant

Occasionally throughout our many years on this show, we branch out and have a musician guest. We've had the likes of Craig Northey (Odds), Ewan Currie (Sheepdogs), David Beckingham (Hey Ocean!), Hawksley Workman (Mounties), Ryan Dahle (Limblifter, Mounties), Joel Plaskett (Thrush Hermit, The Emergency) and of course our good pal Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties). Tonight we welcome another singer: Jon Bryant. No band name. Just Jon Bryant, a dream-pop singer-songwriter. What's the comedy connection? He was with us in studio a few months ago when his pal Dino Archie was booked on the show and we decided he was worth a whole show on his own. Since his first visit with us, he has completed a European tour. We'll talk about that and whatever else we think of. He's playing the Biltmore Cabaret next week on January 18.

We're on the air at 11pm here in Vancouver. If you're listening from Jon's old home in the maritimes, that's 3am your time. And you can stream it live on coopradio.org or on various radio-streaming apps like TuneIn Radio.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Jan. 5: Jimmy Shubert

Oh boy, we've got a great show tonight to kick off 2020. The great Jimmy Shubert will be with us in studio. He's in town opening up the brand new House of Comedy in New West. The LA-based standup vet was a regular on King of Queens for five seasons and has been in a ton of other movies and TV shows. Even more impressive, he was one of Sam Kinison's original Outlaws of Comedy. He's got stories. And hopefully some he'll share with us tonight!

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11pm Vancouver time for the conversation. I say "Vancouver time" because the show can be streamed from anywhere in the world, so just do the math and you can listen, too. You can go to coopradio.org for the stream or find us on the TuneIn Radio app or whatever other radio-streaming apps you know of.

2019 in a nutshell (and 2018)

Happy New Year! Going over the records, as we're wont to do at this time of year, I see we weren't so wont to do it last year. I neglected to list our guests from 2018. I'll get to that in a bit. But meanwhile, let's take a look back at 2019. Even though What's So Funny? has been airing since 2004, I didn't start keeping blog records until 2009. Here's how it has looked since then:
  • in 2009, we did 42 shows
  • in 2010, we slipped to 38 shows
  • in 2011, we lept to 44 shows with 53 guests
  • in 2012, we did 41 shows with 47 guests
  • in 2013, we did 35 shows with 37 guests
  • in 2014, we did 36 shows with 39 guests
  • in 2015, we did 36 shows with 40 guests
  • in 2016, we did 32 shows with 33 guests
  • in 2017, we did 36 shows with 37 guests
  • in 2018, we did 37 shows with 39 guests
That's an average for those years of 37.7 shows a calendar year. How did 2019 look, you ask? A bit under average, but well within the range.
  • in 2019, we clocked in at 35 shows with 37 guests.
Thanks to all our guests from 2019:
  • Brittany Lyseng
  • Colin Heath
  • Ed Hill
  • Lisa Frischemeier
  • Lady Rizo
  • Amy Shostak
  • Tom Hill
  • Susan Thompson
  • Neema Nazeri
  • Lauren Mather
  • Ryan Williams
  • Jason Rowland
  • Levi McCachen
  • Jacob Samuel
  • Chris Gaskin
  • Taz VanRassel
  • Ari Matti
  • Scott Patey
  • Angela Galanopoulos
  • David Thomas Newham
  • Myles Anderson
  • Sunee Dhaliwal
  • Joey Commisso
  • Ola Dada
  • Shawn Farquhar
  • Kyle Bottom
  • Kalvin Olafson
  • Lars Callieou
  • Travis Watters
  • Dino Archie
  • Jon Bryant
  • Glenn Wool
  • Nestor Pistor
  • Daniel Chai
  • Steve McGowan
  • Brigitte May
  • Harry Doupe
And a belated thanks to our guests from 2018:
  • Mayce Galoni
  • Ken Lawson
  • Kathleen McGee
  • Rod Crawford
  • Jo Dworschak
  • Chris Gordon
  • Simon King
  • Tom Green
  • Ryan Beil
  • Fred Ewanuick
  • Myq Kaplan
  • Graham Clark
  • Larke Miller
  • Damonde Tschritter
  • Stuart Jones
  • Ivan Decker
  • Dylan Rhymer
  • Ross Dauk
  • Colleen Brow
  • Chris Griffin
  • Harris Anderson
  • Andrew Huzar
  • Brett Martin
  • Steve Allen
  • Laura Accili
  • Shawn Farquhar
  • Wes Barker
  • Ivan Decker (again!)
  • Travis Bernhardt
  • Barry Greenfeld
  • Brent Butt
  • Ari Matti
  • Kevvy
  • Kevin Kent
  • He Fangzhou
  • Melanie Rose
  • Steve Bays
  • Harry Doupe
  • Dave Nystrom

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Dec. 22: Harry Doupe

It's the show before Christmas, and all through the coop will be our usual end-of-year guest Harry Doupe. Nuff said, right? It'll be the tenth visit with Harry, but we'll never run out of conversation. Or will we?!

Tune in at 11 and find out! We're on the air until midnight on CFRO 100.5 FM.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Podcast episode 554ish: Brigitte May

With this drop, we're all caught up with the podcast side of things. Brigitte May was with us just a few days ago talking about her upcoming improv show The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth. And just like that, it's here. The show started last night and runs until December 15 at the Jericho Arts Centre so it's not too late for this conversation to inspire your ticket-purchasing leanings. In this episode, Brigitte also tells us about the grim reality of living outside the bubble of the lower mainland elsewhere in Canada. We also talk about film theory and she pens numerous essays for us throughout the hour.

It's all below for your listening pleasure. You can also download the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and wherever else fine podcasts are made available.


Podcast episode 553ish: Steve McGowan

I first met Steve McGowan when he was briefly managing Lafflines comedy club in New Westminster. He has long since left that side of the business and even more recently left the day-job side of the business, too, and has committed himself one hundred percent to standup comedy. You can call him "Shooter" if you must, but he just goes by his regular name.

Have a listen to the full episode. You can click below or download us to your phones at iTunes and all the usual places.


Podcast episode 552ish: Daniel Chai

Lord, it looks like Daniel. It is, in fact, Daniel Chai, who visited us a couple weeks back. The improviser and founder of The Fictionals improv troupe and creator of the show Improv Against Humanity joins us and fills us in on his backstory. Who knew he was a legit journalist? Who knew he is from Surrey? Who knew that he owes his artistic life to Legion hall karaoke? If you knew all that, bully for you. Don't be a show-off. I'm sure there will be other factoids you'll learn if you listen to this episode.

You can do so below. Or you can get it on all the usual podcast outlets.


Podcast episode 551ish: Glenn Wool

It's always fun visiting with the great Glenn Wool. We thought he was back in the lower mainland for good now that he's got a family. But no, it's only temporary. He'll explain why. We got around to lots in this episode, including kids birthday parties, scary Canada, playing arenas, getting kidnapped in Vietnam, doing Paul Provenza's Green Room, and drinking on the job as a radio mascot.

We're trying to get caught up with our podcast posting. Hurry up and listen to this one because another new one is right behind it. You can click below to get going or, better yet, go download directly on to your listening device at iTunes or Spotify or Stitcher or wherever.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Dec. 1: Brigitte May

Let the countdown to Christmas begin. After weeks seeing yuletide merchandise in the stores and hearing carols piped in through speakers, I'm ready to embrace it. December 1st is my official start date to the season. All this to say, our guest tonight has nothing in particular to do with Christmas, but maybe improviser Brigitte May has her own thoughts on it. I guess we'll find out. Brigitte is a regular on the live anime show Fistful of Kicks, which runs once a month at Havana. Live anime? Okay, so we'll find out about that, too. And she's a regular contributor to The Beaverton. But more pressing is the show The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth, which opens up December 4 and runs until the 15th at Jericho Arts Centre. Perfect Christmas fare, no?

We're on the air at CFRO 100.5 FM tonight at 11pm. You can live stream us all the way in Denmark at coopradio.org or find us on one of them radio streaming apps that are all the rage with the kids these days.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Nov. 24: Steve "Shooter" McGowan

Our guest on this Grey Cup evening will be a first-timer: standup comic Steve McGowan. Is Shooter a Canadian football fan? Am I? Is Sam? Is anyone? Tune in tonight to find out. We'll also talk to Shooter about his life in comedy from both sides of the ledger: stage and management. He recently recorded a standup album, along with everyone else in comedy. His is called "Pleasantly Offensive" and it fits him to a tee. And we'll find out how the name "Shooter" came about. There's gotta be a story behind it.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11pm Vancouver time. You can livestream us at coopradio.org or on various radio-streaming apps such as TuneIn Radio.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Nov. 17: Daniel Chai

Tonight we've got Vancouver improviser and man about town Daniel Chai with us. Daniel's been a guest once before, back in 2015. On Wednesday, his Fictionals improv troupe is putting on their ninth anniversary Improv Against Humanity show at the Rio Theatre. And in twelve days, is doing performing the Knockout Punchlines show at Yuk Yuk's. We'll talk all about that and about more general topics. We'll figure it out. Don't you worry. Just tune in.

We're on the air, as always, at 11pm on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver. You can livestream us at coopradio.org or on any number of radio streaming apps that are all the rage with the kids these days.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Podcast episode 550ish: Nestor Pistor

We have a really special episode for our 550th-ish. Canadian comedy legend Nestor Pistor was in town and we scored him. He talked all about the early days in the 1970s performing comedy all over the country, releasing top-selling albums, and being nominated for numerous Juno Awards. Nestor is in his seventies now but works out two hours a day, no doubt why he still has the stamina to work the road. Growing up, I'm not sure I ever knew that Nestor Pistor was a character, the creation of mortgage broker Don Ast. Live and learn. But it's Nestor we get on this show, with only a brief few words from Don.

Listen to the episode down below or better yet, go find it on iTunes or Stitcher or Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.


Nov. 10: Glenn Wool

When Glenn Wool was last with us, way back in 2015, he had just moved back to the lower mainland after eons in Europe. That didn't exactly take. The pull of the road got to him. But guess what? Now he's back... for maybe good? Oh, he'll still do his international dates, I'm sure, but now he returns with a wife and baby. We'll see if that keeps him around a little longer. Whatever happens, he's here for us tonight. We'll find out what happened last time and if this time will be different. And get more tales of comedy in far-off places.

Tune in tonight at 11pm on CFRO 100.5 FM here in Vancouver, but you can listen in from wherever you are in the world by livestreaming us at coopradio.org or finding us on your favourite radio-streaming app, such as TuneIn Radio.