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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Podcast episode 533ish: Jacob Samuel

We're a tad late getting this episode uploaded. It's worth the wait. Jacob Samuel is our guest, a very clever young standup comic and single-panel cartoonist. It had been four years since his first appearance on the show. He joined us fresh off the plane from a weekend at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. We talked about preparing for his shows there, being Jewish in Canadian show business, and Charlie Demers.

Get it while it's hot. Listen immediately below or take your sweet time by moseying over to iTunes or Stitcher or Podbay.fm or wherever you get your podcasts.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 19: Taz VanRassel

My records indicate that Taz VanRassel hasn't been with us since 2006, but that can't be right, can it? It says he was with us those long 13 years ago with Alistair Cook and Ryan Beil. Well, let's go with the records until we can clear it up with him tonight when he comes on solo. Taz will be scooting over to our studios straight from his weekly gig, The Sunday Service, at the Fox Cabaret. You can also see him many nights of the week at the Improv Centre on Granville Island in various Vancouver TheatreSports productions.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight at 11. We'll start then even if Taz hasn't shown up yet. You can livestream us at coopradio.org or listen to us via the TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

May 12: Chris Gaskin

Can it really have been eight years since Chris Gaskin was last with us? Wow. Well, he's back again tonight, on Mother's Day. We've got lots of catching up to do. I ran into Chris during the last week of shows at the Comedy MIX a couple weeks ago. Sometimes that's what it takes for me to book a guest. I run into them and then ask. Just like that. If you visit his website, you'll learn that he's an avid video game player, he loves professional wrestling, and hates raccoons. I also know that he knows his alcohol without being a drunk.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight at 11 pm for all the talk. Livestream us at coopradio.org if you must or look for us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

May 5: Jacob Samuel

It's Cinco de Mayo so who better to celebrate with than... Jacob Samuel? Well, Jacob's our guest and we're sticking with him! It's been four years since young Mr. Samuel was last with us. Today, he's travelling back from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival so he might be jet-lagged but we'll try to keep him awake for the hour. Jacob is a smart young standup who also draws cartoons which have been published in the esteemed New Yorker. Pretty impressive. Along with Winnipeg, he's performed at many of your top comedy festivals, including last summer at Montreal's Just For Laughs. Tonight we'll get caught up on his career and all that kind of stuff.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11 pm. Livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Podcast episode 532ish: Levi McCachen

No matter what you think of them, conspiracy theories are fun. Our guest, standup Levi McCachen, liked them a little too much at one point in his life. But he still kinda likes them. So we discuss a bunch of them in this hour. We also talk about him trying on various looks, like law student, philosopher, and slam poet. He also tells us a couple street jokes, one of which we apologize for in advance.

Listen by clicking on the link below or simply go find us in iTunes, Stitcher, Podbay FM, or even Spotify. We've got you covered.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Podcast episode 531ish: Jason Rowland

What a career Jason Rowland has had. He goes from anonymous restaurant worker to become the GM of a professional baseball team. How does that even happen? He explains in this issue. And we also find out how he goes from sports management to comedy club manager and booker. And from there to become the VP of the World Series of Comedy festival/competition. Crazy. He also gives the latest on the status of his old club, the Comedy MIX, which closed after a 15-year run in the city. But Jason is looking to get it back up soon.

Have a listen. Click here or download us at iTunes or Stitcher or Podbean or Podbay or wherever else you can find us.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Podcast episode 530ish: Ryan Williams

We brainstormed some new names for standup comic Ryan Williams in this episode. It seems there are quite a few other Ryan Williamses in show business. I like Ryan O. Williams, which could also be Ryan O'Williams since he's Irish. We also talked about football, history, and a spirited conversation he had with Jim Gaffigan. Fun times, and high energy, as is always the case with Ryan.

Click below if you can't wait. Otherwise go download the episode at iTunes or Stitcher or Podbay or wherever you usually get your podcasts.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Apr. 28: Levi McCachen

Tonight we've got, as they say in the business, an up-and-comer. Levi McCachen is a standup comedian I've only seen a few times but have really enjoyed him. He talks about subjects that aren't done to death and really gets into them. He'll reference Aristotle and Socrates, talk about his love of conspiracy theories that is at once a paean and a put-down, covers all the angles on death, and gets into his history of dating Asians. And as far as I know, he's not in the band The Rural Alberta Advantage. But he may have been in Amsterdam. Should be a fun show.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11 pm Vancouver time. Don't have a radio? Who does? Go to coopradio.org and livestream us. Or find us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Apr. 21: Jason Rowland

Happy Sunday, everyone! And for chocolate fans, Happy Easter! Tonight we've got first-timer and industry insider Jason Rowland. I got to know Jason when he was the manager and booker at the Comedy MIX. Then he left. Somewhere. I heard Las Vegas. Maybe other places south of the border, too. I think he was involved in the World Series of Comedy. We'll find out tonight. Is he back in Vancouver or still out wandering the world? Oh, and did you know the Comedy MIX is closing its doors at the end of this month? We'll talk about that, too, and how often he gets brain freeze from all the Slurpees he consumes.

You can listen in at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. Alternatively, you can livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Podcast episode 529ish: Lauren Mather

Our guest in this episode was Lauren Mather, the darling of New South Wales. Lauren manages Vancouver's Yuk Yuk's comedy club, where she will also take to the stage on occasion and do some standup herself. She kind of stumbled into the business in Halifax, as you'll hear her explain here. And you'll hear lots more, if you download the episode. So go do that. We also talk about her video series, Yuk Yuk's – Who's There?, where she talks to the various comics who grace the Yuk Yuk's stage. A note on the photo: We usually commemorate the occasion before the show but it completely slipped our minds. Thankfully the three of us (including Sidekick Sam Tonning) found ourselves together the very next night at Yuks, where we snapped a pic in the greenroom.

We're at iTunes and Stitcher and Podbay and all the usual places. Subscribe to What's So Funny? on Apple Podcasts. That's an order!