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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Dec. 9: Melanie Rose

Comedian Melanie Rose makes her return visit tonight after a three-year absence. Melanie started out eleven years ago taking a class called Stand Up For Mental Health. Today she puts on a show called Heavy Mental, among other things. I believe she runs the only comedy room in Richmond, too. And performs regularly at Yuk Yuk's. We'll get the lowdown tonight about her past, present, and future. Very Dickens-like, I'd say, for the season.

We're on the air on CFRO 100.5 FM at 11 pm in Vancouver. You can livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. Join us, won't you?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Podcast episode 515ish: Kevin Kent

International improviser and drag queen Kevin Kent joins us in this very fun episode. Kent comes to us all the way from the 1800s – or so you'd think given his description of his living quarters in his home in New Mexico. He's in town performing with Bacio Rosso in a spiegeltent at Queen Elizabeth Park for a few months. He arrived at the studio fresh off a Sunday night show with only a bit of glitter stuck to his face. We talked about his journey from Albuquerque to Chicago to Seattle and now Vancouver (for a short while, anyway). He also talks about working with Dan Savage. It was Grey Cup Sunday when we recorded this and he had no idea, nor any idea what that even meant. Gotta love that!


You can listen to the episode right here, if you like. Or if you want to be mobile, go subscribe to download What's So Funny? on iTunes or Stitcher. Give us a rating while you're there. And a comment. Is that asking too much? If so, you can skip all the rest and just listen. I think you'll enjoy it. If it's your first time listening, check out the title of this post – this is episode 515! So you've got some catching up to do! Get on it.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dec. 2: He Fangzhou

Last week we had an American guest. Two weeks before that we had an Estonian guest. Tonight? We're going east to China. We've got He Fangzhou on, a very funny standup who started his West Tour last night here in Vancouver. We'll find out how he got started in standup, what the perils of performing in another language are, ask if he knows Joe Wong or Dashan, and whatever else we think up in the moment. Probably the first question will be how to pronounce his name. That's always a good starting point. Maybe I'll just call him Alex (check out his YouTube video to get that reference).

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm. If you're in Asia or somewhere else outside our listening area, you can livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app on your fancy computing devices.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Podcast episode 514ish: Kevvy

We've got another fine podcast episode for you here. The singularly named Kevvy makes a return visit. Not only does his band, Fake Shark, have a new release just out (Walking Through a Fantasy), Kevvy has produced yet another in a long line of comedy albums. This one is his first compilation album and first comedy Christmas album: Get Stuffed, featuring the likes of Charlie Demers, Shirley Gnome, Kyle Bottom, Kevin Banner, Harris Anderson and more. Plus we talk about the mighty Vancouver Grizzlies, Adam Sandler, and tattoos!

You can, as always, listen to us on this page below. Or you can, as always, download us at iTunes or Stitcher or any other reputable podcast provider. So what are you waiting for?



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Podcast episode 513ish: Ari Matti

We've got an international episode of What's So Funny? for you. In this one, our guest is Ari Matti from Tallinn, Estonia. Ari's been in Vancouver working on his English standup. You can hear his English is pretty good. And he knows all the swear words! He also throws in some Finnish and Estonian here, so we expect our European numbers to skyrocket. Matti talks about the burgeoning standup scene in Estonia, and his own evolution as a performer.

Listen to the episode below or go download it on iTunes or Stitcher or some other podcast place. If you're in Estonia (or Finland or Poland...) give us a rating and leave a comment! And spread the word. We could become the most popular Vancouver-based podcast in all of Eastern Europe!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Nov. 25: Kevin Kent

Have you had a chance to check out Bacio Rosso yet at Queen Elizabeth Park? It's pretty great. It's like Cirque du Soleil but with food. The performers (some of them Cirque alumni) hail from all over the world. One of them is with us tonight. We've got Kevin Kent with us all the way from New Mexico. He was one of the original performers at Seattle's Teatro ZinZanni and was with them for 20 years. You won't see him hanging upside down from a trapeze, juggling or doing magic. But what he does is magical in its own right. He's an improviser and really ups the comedic element. Tonight we'll meet him and find out all about his personal history. Should be lots of fun.

We're on the air on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm. If you're in, say, New Mexico or Seattle, you can always livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. We'll be there waiting for you. Alternatively, in a week (maybe sooner, maybe later) this episode will hit your favourite podcast dispensary.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Nov. 18: Kevvy

Tonight we welcome back Kevvy. That's it. Kevvy. Just one name does it. Kevvy is not only a singer-songwriter-rock star with his band Fake Shark, he's also a comedy album producer. He has recorded and produced the albums on 604 Records for the likes of past What's So Funny? guests Kevin Banner, Shirley Gnome, Charlie Demers, Kyle Bottom, Fatima Dhowre, Gavin Matts, and Harris Anderson. We'll find out who else he has/will be recording and talk about all sorts of other stuff, too. I know he's just released a new Christmas comedy album so maybe we'll listen to a track or two. And no doubt we'll mention our beloved Vancouver Grizzlies, too.

We're on the air on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm. If you're out of range, try livestreaming us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. We'll be there.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Podcast episode 512ish: Brent Butt

It's always a treat when Brent Butt graces our studio. Not only is he a legit Canadian superstar, he's always one of the most naturally and effortlessly funny people in everyday life. The star (and creator and producer and writer and heart and soul) of Corner Gas talks about little green apples in Saskatchewan, working as a terrible wedding singer in his youth, practicing standup using a screwdriver, his love of language, how he learned to be present in his act, the etymology of 'gangbusters' and 'trivia', how he's a proponent of kindness, and falling asleep to the images of David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman. Oh, and hey, go check out his vlog on YouTube (linked in his name above). It started out as a promotional component to his ButtPod podcast but now it's an entity unto itself.

Listen to our conversation here and now, or go download us on iTunes or Stitcher or anywhere fine podcasts are dispensed. Subscribe! Leave a comment! It'd help.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Podcast episode 511ish: Barry Greenfeld

He's back! Even if he doesn't remember ever being with us the first time, back in 2006. But if you listen to the episode, Barry Greenfeld doesn't remember lots of things so we're in good company. Play a drinking game: Every time Barry forgets a name or detail, take a sip, and at the end of the hour you'll be as drunk as he was! ... Nah, just kidding. Greenfeld wasn't drunk. That's just the way he is. All. The. Time. In this episode, he plays us a new theme song, reminisces (as best he can) about the old days at the Urban Well and being the band for the Brent Butt Talk Show. And occasionally he makes sense.

You can listen to the episode right here, or you can go find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Nov. 11: Ari Matti

Tonight on the old program we've got our very first guest from Estonia. No need for a translator, though, because Ari Matti has been doing standup comedy in English here in Vancouver for... well, we'll find out for how long. And how long he plans on staying. But it should be no surprise he speaks English well enough to be funny in it. There are – get this – 109 languages spoken in Estonia. So I guess we'll also find out how many more languages he speaks. And we'll talk about the challenges of performing in another culture, and discuss the comedy scene in Tallin.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight at 11 pm for the scintillating conversation. If you're not in the Vancouver area and are in, say Estonia, you can livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. But make sure you do the math on the time difference.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Podcast episode 510ish: Travis Bernhardt

This is Travis Bernhardt's first appearance on What's So Funny? but it won't be his last (unless of course he refuses to come back). He's a great talker, as you might expect from an improviser and magician. He took up the craft of magic the same year we started this show, 14 years ago. Now he's an incredible performer. And funny, too! We talk about his start on the streets, how magic helped him with his depression, and his reputation as a darling of the Fringe circuit.

Listen to the whole episode below. Or you can go find us at iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe! Leave a review! Do what you have to do!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Nov. 4: Brent Butt

The great Brent Butt made his first visit to us in 2005. It took him seven years to return, back in 2012. He's back again tonight, only six years after his last visit, so the gap is narrowing. We expect him to return in five years so mark your calendars for a fall/winter Sunday in 2023. Brent is one of the best comedians to come out of this country, a country that has produced some real superstars. There's no one funnier than him. Most famous for his work on Corner Gas, which has since morphed into Corner Gas Animated, many young'uns don't know what a fantastic standup comedian he was before the series started, and continues to be. Plus he's always a perfect guest. So tune in!

We're on the air from 11pm to midnight on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver, but if you're in, say, Saskatchewan, you can always catch us on the old livestream at coopradio.org or on the TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Oct. 28: Barry Greenfeld

I ran into Barry Greenfeld a few weeks ago. Hadn't seen him in a while. He said he'd been in Calgary for eight years. Go figure! I didn't know it had been that long. So I asked him to be on the show. He said he'd never done it before. I had to remind him that he was, indeed, a guest on the program back in 2006. It must have been a really memorable time for him. They don't call him Crazy Barry for nothing. (I'm not really sure if they call him Crazy Barry at all, but if they don't, they should.) He'll bring his laugh and maybe his guitar and we'll find out why Calgary and why back to Vancouver and everything else that's been happening in his life.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11 pm tonight for all the action.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Podcast episode 509ish: Ivan Decker

Ivan Decker's back for his sixth go-around on What's So Funny? You'd think we'd run out of things to talk about but we managed to go almost 90 minutes with this episode. Decker opens up about the frustrations of living in Los Angeles, dissects the ins and outs of getting in and out of a performance, talks about comedy critics, and, of course, dinosaurs. Oh, and his upcoming half-hour Netflix special. The Jerry Seinfeld of Canada also talks about opening up for the Jerry Seinfeld of France, aka Gad Elmaleh, as well as a ton of other celebrity comedians.

So have a listen. You can do so by clicking the link below. Or even better you can head on over to iTunes and subscribe to What's So Funny? and pick it up gratis there. We're also at Stitcher and wherever else fine podcasts are doled out.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Oct. 21: Travis Bernhardt

We've got a newbie guest on the program tonight! Always exciting when that happens. I've been a fan of Travis Bernhardt ever since VTSL's Brian Anderson tipped me to him. But I just met the guy a few weeks ago when we both guested on the Brett Martin Show at Yuk Yuk's. So I invited him on. And here we are. Travis is an actor/improviser/magician. Not sure which order. We'll find out. I know he just finished a one-man improv show at the Fringe called UnScriptured. In fact, I've read that he's a bit of a "Fringe darling." We'll talk about that plus his work with !nstant Theatre and, obviously, magic.

Tune in tonight at 11 pm on Co-op Radio 100.5 FM. You can always livestream us at coopradio.org or the TuneIn Radio app, if you prefer.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Oct. 14: Ivan Decker

Tonight we've got Canada's Jerry Seinfeld, Ivan Decker! I want it to get to the point where any time there's an article on Ivan (and there are going to be more and more), they say, "He's been called Canada's Jerry Seinfeld." Lord knows every time somebody writes about Gad Elmaleh, they say he's the Jerry Seinfeld of France. And Ivan's way more like Seinfeld than Elmaleh is. Not in a derivative way, either. Like Jerry, he's a real joke craftsman and observationalist, and displays the same commitment to standup comedy. That he's also thin and neat is just extra. Coincidentally, it was just announced earlier this week that Ivan will be opening for Elmaleh at the Chan Centre in November. Ivan has opened for lots of celebrity comics and in most cases, he's been better than the headliner. That's why his star is on the rise. He's been on Conan, won a Juno Award, and has a Netflix special coming out in 2019. I'm sure there's more, too. There always is with Ivan, although he's the last person to tout his successes. I'll pry them out of him tonight.

We're on the air in Vancouver at 11 pm at 100.5 FM so tune in. You can livestream us anywhere in the world at coopradio.org or on the TuneIn Radio app, too.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Podcast episode 508ish: Shawn Farquhar

It's always a treat when Shawn Farquhar finds room in his busy calendar to join us. The world-renown magician will be home for a few months, now, too, which is a treat for lower mainland magic fans. He's doing four close-up shows over two nights at an intimate little theatre in the Shangri-La Hotel on October 5 and 6. And then he'll be the magical host of Bacio Rosso for 2.5 months. In this hour, we talk about the Beverly Hillbillies, optimism in the face of disaster, and he tells us an amazing story of what happened to him right outside our studios just before the show started. Plus, we've got magician jokes!

Tune in right here, right now, below. Or find What's So Funny? on iTunes and subscribe to us. Or Stitcher. Or wherever you find quality podcasts.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Podcast episode 507ish: Chris Griffin

Relax, it's not the cartoon character. Nor is it Clifford, the Big Red Dog. We've got the real Chris Griffin on this episode. The standup comic from Calgary who lives in Vancouver. That Chris Griffin. Chris is filming a special at the Biltmore Cabaret on October 18 so this is out in plenty of time for you to listen and get excited for his live show. It's his first time on What's So Funny? but hopefully not his last. Sam Tonning was absent, and we're not sure what was up with that, but I made sure to give Chris a complex about it. He talked about his youth, and his adulthood. That about sums it up. Why don't you listen for yourself?

You can do that right here, below. Or better yet, go subscribe to What's So Funny? on iTunes and leave us a review. We're also available on Stitcher and all those other cool podcast places.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Podcast episode 506ish: Wes Barker


Proof of the trick
Welcome to episode 506ish. This actually should have been 504ish, but I forgot about it! Summer really plays havoc on my routine. Oh well. Sorry Wes Barker! Better late than never. Here the comedy magician talks about working solo – sans assistant, preparing for defeat in all aspects of his life by getting the excuses ready before any competition, hell gigs where airlines have lost his magic props, plus he does a nasty prank on your humble but skittish host but makes up for it with a real trick with the help of Sidekick Sam.

Have a listen. The sound quality is a bit wonky, but it's listenable. It's a station problem that has since been addressed. Click below to listen or subscribe to What's So Funny? on iTunes or Stitcher or wherever you find quality podcasts.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sept. 23: Shawn Farquhar

It's hard to get Shawn Farquhar as a guest. The master magician is on the road something like 250 days a year. But he's got some good news. He's got two (2) new and different local shows coming up, one that'll keep him at home for a few months. We'll talk all about them, plus lots more I'm sure because if there's one thing Shawn loves more than magic, it's talking. And he's equally good at both. Although he's only a 2-time world champion of magic, not talking, so maybe he's better at magic.

We'll be on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM, which, if you prefer, you can livestream at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. Or, if you're patient, the episode will be out as a podcast later this week. Even if you're not patient, actually.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Podcast episode 505ish: Colleen Brow

Colleen Brow's Fringe show hadn't yet started when she guested on the program. Now it's all water under the bridge. All reports say her show was a rousing success. And who knows, she might mount it again. But listen to this episode to find out where her psychological state was just days before it started. Plus we talk about her time doing standup comedy and community theatre. And as an added bonus, she swears more than I've ever heard!

Listen to the episode here, or better yet, go download it at iTunes or Stitcher and listen to it on the go somewhere. It's so much more exotic that way.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Podcast episode 504ish: Steve Allen & Laura Accili

If you've been around the comedy scene in Vancouver in the last decade, chances are you've been to Kino Café in Cambie Village. For the past eleven and a half years, Steve Allen and Laura Accili havec been presenting standup comedy at least once a week. Allen pulled a Victor Kiam, the businessman who liked Remington razors so much he bought the company. Steverino liked the Kino so much, he bought it! And we liked the Kino so much we held our station fundraiser there, putting on a helluva show that raised a cool grand for CFRO radio. In this episode, they and guest host Sam Tonning do the hard math and figure out how many shows that's been. They talk about memorable nights, listen to comedy cuts, and generally talk comedy and how the two of them are involved in the longest-running weekly standup show in the city.

Listen to the podcast below, or better yet, go download it on iTunes or Stitcher. Or even better yet, subscribe to What's So Funny? on iTunes and you'll always be up-to-date with the latest podcast episode.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Podcast episode 503ish: Brett Martin

Brett Martin is hot but the levels are hotter! Something was/is amiss at the radio station when Brett guested with guest host Sam Tonning, but while a bit distorted, the show is listenable. So give it a shot! They tried so hard! Brett and Sam have a long history together and it shows in this episode. Sam, who is regular host Guy MacPherson's manservant was first (and continues to be) Martin's right hand man on the Brett Martin Show, a live talk show held every month at Yuk Yuk's in Vancouver.

Click on the link below or download on iTunes or Stitcher.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Podcast episode 502ish: Harris Anderson & Andrew Huzar

When the host is away, Sam and his pals will play. In this episode, Sam Tonning has to work the controls and carry the show. But he also gets to yacht rock out and play comedy clips. In this episode, he invited friends Harris Anderson and Andrew Huzar to keep him company and the three talk comedy, naturally.

Have a listen right here, right now. Or download the episode on iTunes. Or even better: subscribe to the damn show!


Sept. 9: Chris Griffin

It's always nice to have a first-timer with us. Tonight we have just that: standup comic Chris Griffin hails from Calgary but has called Vancouver home for the past five years. On October 18, he's putting on two shows at the Biltmore and filming them for future release... somewhere. We'll talk about where and why and all the other Ws. And we'll ask him what it's like to share his name with an animated character.

We're on the air in Vancouver on CFRO 100.5 FM. We're on the air in Calgary and everywhere else that isn't Vancouver at coopradio.org and on the TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sept. 2: Colleen Brow

Look who's back? Why, it's none other than our old friend and helper Colleen Brow. Colleen, as regular listeners will know, used to by my manservant. She had stopped doing standup. She still doesn't do it, but she's been performing in other ways. She's been in a couple plays and enjoyed it so much, she decided to lose all the dead weight from big casts by going out on her own. She's got a one-woman show she's performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this month called Ten Tips for a Collapsed Uterus. We'll find out all about it and what else she's been up to.

We're on the air at 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm. If radio is too old-fashioned for you, try streaming us at coopradio.org. If streaming is too old-fashioned for you, find us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Podcast episode 501ish: Ross Dauk

It's about time I got this episode uploaded to the podcastsphere. My computer went kaput a few weeks ago. Then we went away for a couple weeks. I just got it back from the repair shop and it's good as new now, so here's Ross Dauk! We had a good conversation, as we always do. The guy loves standup comedy: listening to it, performing it, and thinking about it. When someone is that enthusiastic, it's a joy to listen to him. So why don't you do that?

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

July 29: Ross Dauk

Ross Dauk has been with us only once before, which is hard to believe. The guy loves to talk comedy. The standup was with us back in 2014. Since then he's gone on to host the popular Jokes Please! show at Little Mountain Gallery. And he continues to tour with Yuk Yuk's. Even though Ross and I have had some epic Ping-Pong battles since his last visit, we will try our best not to spent too much time talking about the greatest sport. What will we talk about? You'll just have to tune in to find out.

We're on the air at CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm. But you can always tune in from anywhere on the globe by livestreaming us at coopradio.org or finding us no the TuneIn Radio app.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Podcast episode 500ish: Dylan Rhymer

Dylan Rhymer in his prison jumpsuit
Here we are at a cool 500 episodes... or thereabouts. We started doing What's So Funny? waaaay back in 2004. I don't think podcasts were a thing then. Or if they were, no one knew about them. After a couple of years on radio only, we uploaded our back catalogue to the wide world of podcasts. Some of our shows, for some reason or another, we didn't have. They are forever lost in the ether. And some more since then. But of the available ones to you, there are 500. Now. And we were lucky to get an old friend to the show, Dylan Rhymer, as our guest. He's always talkative and opinionated. As I told him, he's one of my favourite contrarians. This isn't a big celebration. Or even a celebration at all. It's just our 500th-ish episode. So we mention it and move on. Hope you enjoy it... and all the other 499.

If you haven't already, go subscribe to us on iTunes. And leave a rating and/or comment, good or bad. The more the merrier. If technology isn't your thing, just click below and start listening to episode 500ish.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Podcast episode 499ish: Ivan Decker

What a time to be Ivan Decker! The kid just keeps on winning at life. The last time he was with us – less than a year ago – he had just finished doing standup on Conan. This time around we discuss his big win at the Juno Awards, where he became the first comedian in 34 years to win. He won for his album I Wanted to be a Dinosaur. And we talked about his most recent news: he's recording a Netflix special in Montreal this summer. He truly is a Wonder Boy. (Cue the music!)

Listen to the episode here, or go get it at iTunes (or Stitcher or Podbay or wherever).


Sunday, July 22, 2018

July 22: Dylan Rhymer

Tonight we've got old pal Dylan Rhymer back with us. I feel like he was with us not too long ago but records indicate it's been three years since his last visit. Tonight will mark his eighth (8th!) appearance on the show. He's always a great guest, ready with a story or opinion, sometimes even an opinionated story. And if my other records are accurate, when this episode drops as a podcast, it will be our 500th! He's the perfect guest to ring in lucky 500, giving the boot (see photo) to our first half-a-thou.

We're on the air on CFRO 100.5 FM tonight at 11 pm. You can livestream us at coopradio.org or look for us on your TuneIn Radio app.

Oh hey, Vancouverites, have you got your tickets yet to our big comedy fundraiser on Tuesday? My manservant Sam Tonning will host an all-star lineup at Kino Cafe, featuring past guests Leland Klassen, Wes Barker, Sophie Buddle, Colin Lamb, Ryan Beil, and Kyle Bottom. And who knows, maybe a guest spot or two. Show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $15 through Eventbrite or $20 at the door. All proceeds go to CFRO, Vancouver Co-op Radio.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 15: Ivan Decker

Ivan Decker was first with us when he was an up-and-coming local standup comedian. I think he's already up-and-came now. When he was last with us, he just finished performing on Conan, his first US late night talk show appearance. Shortly after that, he became the first comedian in 33 years to win a Juno Award for Best Comedy Album, for his I Wanted To Be a Dinosaur. And just last week it was announced that Mr. Decker will record a Netflix special in Montreal this summer. What a whirlwind. We'll talk all about it and probably about comedy in general, his favourite topic, tonight.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11pm for our hour-long conversation. If you're not in Vancouver, try livestreaming us at coopradio.org or find us on your TuneIn Radio app.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Podcast episde 498ish: Stuart Jones

Kelowna's Stuart Jones makes his What's S Funny? debut in this episde. And Sam Tonning make his debut hosting while regular host Guy MacPherson takes over the announcing duties. It's all topsy-turvey! But somehome, it worked. Jones tells us his hierarchy of nerd-dom, and we all share jokes from other comedians.

Have a listen. Just click below or find us on iTunes. Or Stitcher. Or wherever. Just search for What's So Funny? podcast and Google will lead the way.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Podcast episode 497ish: Damonde Tschritter

It was great catching up with Damonde Tschritter again. He'd been absent from our program for eight long years. I learned this time that he has a sports analogy for virtually every situation. I also learned that Kevin Bacon's got nothing on him. This guy seems to have a connection with everyone. It's an entertaining hour and a bit so treat yourself.

Click below or find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Podcast episode 496ish: Larke Miller

Do you love space aliens and monkeys? If so, this is the show for you! Even if you don't, you'll be entertained by Larke Miller's discussion of those topics as well as tales from her short high school career, sneaking alcohol backstage at Craig Ferguson, and making a monkey-less movie (and how you can help).

Have a listen. It's right here for you. It's also over at iTunes and Stitcher and all the other top podcast emporia.




Sunday, June 17, 2018

June 17: Damonde Tschritter

Tonight's guest was last with us in 2010. Damonde Tschritter has been a mainstay on the Vancouver standup scene for as long as I can remember (my memory is admittedly not very good). I can't remember (naturally) when he became the first Canadian (maybe first non-American?) to win the prestigious Seattle Comedy Competition, but that's a feather in his cap. Last year he staged his first one-man show at the Vancouver Fringe which garnered great reviews. He has written for the Trailer Park Boys game... so I'll ask him what that is. He's now a producer at Grade 5 Films so we'll talk about that, too. And word on the street is that he'll be throwing out the first pitch at a Victoria HarbourCats game on July 6th. He's living the dream!

Should be a good one so tune in, won't you? We're on the air on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm. You can also find us streaming at coopradio.org or on the TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 10: Larke Miller

It's old home month on What's So Funny? (or at least it's working out that way). Last week, Graham Clark returned to the show for the first time since 2012. Next week, Damonde Tschritter will be with us for the first time since 2010. Tonight, it's Larke Miller, who makes her second appearance after first joining us in 2011. Larke, who once did standup on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has turned her attention to filmmaking. Larke hasn't just been up a tree the last seven years, she's in the middle of making a short sci-fi rom-com she wrote called The Jobs We Don't Want. She'll tell us all about it tonight. And I'm sure we'll talk about other stuff, too.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight at 11 pm in Vancouver. If you'd rather stream us, you go right ahead. I won't hold it against you. You can listen at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Podcast episode 495ish: Graham Clark

We had a grand time with old pal Graham Clark last night on radio. In case you missed (and even if you caught it) we've got the podcast ready for you now. During the hour, Graham revealed a secret about himself he hasn't shared publicly before! How exciting! We also talk about the effort of doing a weekly podcast, i.e. his and Dave Shumka's Stop Podcasting Yourself, the blank stares of Jeopardy! contestants when faced with the category of podcasts, the value in nominating yourself for stuff, the anonymity of punching up scripts, crime and punishment on fairgrounds, and Graham's dream destination.

Have yourself a listen, won't you? Right here or search for What's So Funny? on iTunes (and then subscribe to the damn show) or in Stitcher or on Podbay.fm. You've got options, is what I'm trying to say.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

June 3: Graham Clark

You've waited six long years for the return of Graham Clark. Tonight, your wait is over. Standup comic/beard painter Graham Clark has been on What's So Funny? eleven times over the years – possibly more than any other person (who has the time to check such things?) – but hasn't been with us since 2012. If you want to break down his appearances, he first joined us back in 2004. He's been a solo guest five times, shared the guesting with another comic three times, was part of a comedy round table once, and guest hosted for us twice. Graham, as you all know, is co-host of the wildly popular Stop Podcasting Yourself podcast, and is one of the most popular comedians in the country. That's a whole lot of popularity. We're looking forward to having him back with us. We've got a lot of catching up to do.

Tune in to Co-op Radio tonight at 11 pm in Vancouver. Or, if you're somewhere else in the world, livestream us at coopradio.org or simply find us on your TuneIn Radio app.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Podcast episode 494ish: Myq Kaplan

This episode ran over two weeks on the radio, but we're releasing it as one giant podcast episode because I think you can handle it. Myq Kaplan talked a lot when he was in town a few weeks ago. I was enjoying it so much, I just kept going. Because why not? There are no rules in podcastland! We don't break the rules; we make the rules! We talked about robots, trees in Brooklyn, stereotypes of New Jersey, poop jokes, Jeopardy!, Nickelback, language, favourites, Dimethyltryptamine, and he helped kick off (and name) our New Joke (and/or) Old Joke segment with two good ones.

Get started now! Or later... or not at all. Your choice. But you really should. You can click below or find us (and subscribe to us!) on iTunes or Stitcher or wherever fine podcasts are downloaded.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 13: Myq Kaplan (part 1)

Hello radio listeners. Tonight we've got the beginning of a two-parter. Myq Kaplan was in town recently playing Yuk Yuk's so we sat down to talk. And we talked. And talked. I like the way he thinks. And speaks. So I'm going to run it in two parts on the radio. When it drops as a podcast, however, you can listen to the whole thing all at once. We've had Myq on with us before, back in 2012. I first saw him, I believe, on Last Comic Standing in a year prior to 2012. He didn't win but he was on a fair number of episodes and got tons of screen time. That's my take-away from that season. Since then, the Jersey boy who got his start in standup in Boston and who now resides in Brooklyn has done The Tonight Show and Conan and The Late Late Show all that kind of high-profile stuff. And tonight he'll be on my dog-and-pony show!

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. Tune in there or livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on your TuneIn Radio app.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Podcast episode 493ish: Fred Ewanuick

Oh, we had fun with Fred Ewanuick on Sunday. It was a festive atmosphere, it being Sam Tonning's birthday and Sam's dad being in the control room with him and Fred a bit loopy because it was past his bedtime. He told us about the role he's most proud of – as Phillip in the "edge of your seat, non-stop action thrill ride," Absolute Zero. He did some cold read promos for us. And of course we talked about his reprisal as Hank on the new Corner Gas Animated. And lots more, of course, because that's how we roll. (On a sad note, our station archives were a little wonky, levels-wise, so the sound isn't as top-notch as you're used to hearing, but it's still listenable.)

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

May 6: Fred Ewanuick

The ageless Fred Ewanuick
We've got a real, live cartoon as our guest tonight. Fred Ewanuick (pronounced: Fred) is one of the stars of Corner Gas Animated. His last visit with us, he was a mere mortal, having starred for x-number of seasons (google it!) on the original Corner Gas series and feature film, as well as his own sitcom, Dan For Mayor. We'll see what life is like as a cartoon character and how the animated Hank is different from the live version. I bet he appreciates not having to shower or shave. And I think he's naturally an animated character so it was probably an easy transition for him. We had a fun conversation when he was first here 15 months ago. I believe we sat in different rooms then. This time around, I'll allow him to sit in the same room as me. He's earned my trust. And Sam Tonning will be here this time, so that'll add even more to the good times.

We are on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM so tune in, won't you? You can livestream, if need be, at coopradio.org or you can find us on the TuneIn Radio app.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Podcast episode 492ish: Ryan Beil

This episode is brought to you by baseball and fish. Those were the recurring themes in our hour and a bit with actor/improviser Ryan Beil. He's a huge baseball fan and part-time fish. Last time Ryan was with us was eight long years ago. In this episode, we find out a little-known fact about his old Ryan the Trainee character from the A&W commercials. He also creates a joke out of thin air, tells us about auditioning for a French play, getting roughed up by George Costanza, and explains the term "corpsing."

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Apr. 29: Ryan Beil

Photo: thisisitstudios.com
Ooh, I'm really looking forward to tonight's show. Ryan Beil was last (and first) with us eight years ago, in June of 2010 and it remains one of my favourite episodes. He's just fun to talk with. I have no idea what we'll talk about, but who cares? Ryan is one of the funniest improvisers around. And he's all over the TV set. My wife will be watching some movie on some woman's channel and I hear Ryan. A commercial will come on and I'll hear Ryan. He also runs (somehow) the greatest little comedy venue in town, Little Mountain Gallery, as well as being the Ed McMahon to Paul Anthony at Talent Time. He'll be scooting over from his weekly Sunday Service show at the Fox Cabaret, which, if you haven't been, is one of the funnest shows going.

We're on the air on CFRO 100.5 FM at 11 pm. Livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on your TuneIn Radio app.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Podcast episode 491ish: Tom Green

Look at this quick turnaround! This episode just aired on Co-op Radio and now it's out on podcast. Ain't technology grand? It's apt because this was the most high-tech episode we've ever done. I was in Vancouver and Tom Green was at his home in Los Angeles and we hooked up through the wonder of Zencastr. Also, Tom's old buddy Phil Giroux called in from Ottawa and gave a shout-out. What a time to be alive! In addition to talk about his varied career, Tom and I discussed/debated art criticism, he told us about drinking with Dennis Rodman and getting fired by Donald Trump, and throwing a dead raccoon in Mike Bullard's face (it never happened quite like that). And more!

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Apr. 8: Tom Green

Tom Green is playing Yuk Yuk's here in Vancouver this coming Friday and Saturday (April 13 & 14) so we thought it was a perfect time to finally get him on the longest-running comedy podcast in the universe. He is a Canadian superstar, after all, so he deserves this big break. Tom may not have done it all in show business, but he's close. He first did standup as a teenager in Ottawa, then became a Juno-nominated rapper with his group Organized Rhyme, then... the rest is history. His public access show in Ottawa took the city by storm, moved to Much Music, then finally to the bright lights of Hollywood. He made movies, did commercials, hosted SNL, guest hosted for David Letterman, hosted his own talk show, and... well, I can't get into everything. He's been back doing standup for the last eight to ten years and that takes him all over the English-speaking world.

We've got him for the hour so tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight at 11. Or if you're one of the millions of Green groupies around the world, you can livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on TuneIn Radio. And as a special surprise, the podcast version of the show will be available on iTunes and Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts right at midnight. How's that?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Podcast episode 490ish: Simon King

Photo of Simon King by Mike Bailey
On Juno Sunday, Sam Tonning took over the controls at What's So Funny? headquarters. Together with Simon King, they talked comedy and played some comedy clips from the Juno Award-winning I Wanted to be a Dinosaur by Ivan Decker, as well as clips from Simon's own albums. And they had a ton of fun.

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