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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.)

Here you go. Hear for yourself below. Or go find us no iTunes or Stitcher or elsewhere and subscribe. And leave us a review while you're at it.


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."

Listen below or download us at iTunes. Go ahead and subscribe while you're at it.


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!

Go ahead and listen already. Just click below or go download us at iTunes or Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. We'll be there waiting for you. If you subscribe to What's So Funny? on iTunes, the latest episode will magically appear on your device.


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.

Check it out below. Or go download the episode at your favourite podcast dispensary. If you subscribe to us at iTunes, it'll always show up when you need it.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Podcast episode 489ish: Mike MacDonald rerun

I had to rerun our Mike MacDonald episode from four years ago after learning of the passing of the great Canadian standup. He was one of my favourites. Maybe you heard it before but it stands up to repeat listening. I've also added two of his standup clips: one at the beginning; one at the end. I think you'll enjoy this frank, honest talk with the master.

You can listen here, as always (if you're good), or you can go download What's So Funny? on iTunes. Godspeed.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Podcast episode 488ish: Chris Gordon


It's generally conceded that Chris Gordon is one of the smartest comedians in the country, if not the world... Ah, who are we kidding? He's dumb as nails! But he sure is funny. And he's in full Chris Gordon mode in this episode, hawking merch with a raging boner. The Calgary standup – a two-time loser at the Vancouver Comedy Awards – name-drops throughout the show the likes of Bob Odenkirk, Key & Peele, and Colin Quinn. Great stories. Listen!

Check it out below or go find What's So Funny? on iTunes. And if you subscribe, you'll always get the latest episode immediately.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Podcast episode 487ish: Jo Dworschak

We've got stories and lies on this episode of What's So Funny? with our guest Jo Dworschak. She's the host of the monthly show Story Story Lie at the Rio Theatre (which doubles as a podcast). I assume she was telling the truth with me when she talked about riding her horse to the corner store to buy smokes, being a hobo, how giving a speech at a funeral got her into performing, how her naked body is emblazoned on a Japanese person's body, taking a cross-country road trip with her son, and tits. Oh, by the way, Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, just as I suspected.

Here you be. The episode in all its glory. But why not just go subscribe to What's So Funny? on iTunes already? I would.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mar. 11: Chris Gordon

The comedy festival is over. If you're not too burned out on comedy, we've got a great show lined up. For the first time in the long, storied history of What's So Funny?, Chris Gordon will be joining us live in studio. He was a guest with us once before, four years ago, when we recorded from the lobby of a downtown hotel (sans permission) and they kicked us out in the middle of the show. Tonight, there will be no interruptions, we hope. Chris is a weirdo of the first order so it'll be lots of goofy fun. No doubt he'll have some merch to hawk.

We're on the air n CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver at 11 pm DST. If you're Chris's family in Calgary, r anyone else anywhere, you can livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on your TuneIn Radio app.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Podcast episode 486ish: Rod Crawford

Improvising veteran Rod Crawford didn't invent improv, but he's been involved with it for 35 years. He's also dabbled in standup, and has done lots of TV work, most notably his starring role in one season of Police Academy (now available on the YouTubes!). We talked to Rod about his life in and around comedy. He also tells us about meeting Guy LaFleur and asks "What's funny?"

Have a listen, please and thank you. Here or at iTunes or wherever you personally get your podcasts.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Podcast episode 485ish: Kathleen McGee

We had to get Kathleen McGee back on the program before she moves away in May and we got her. In this very enjoyable romp, Ms McGee talks about her favourite musicals, partying around sports, heckling athletes, telling vibrator jokes to her grandparents, dying pets, and she even manages to drop the c-word on our dear Co-op radio listeners. This episode brought to you by Kit Pellow.

Here you go. Have fun listening. If you don't want to miss an episode, go subscribe to What's So Funny? on iTunes. Highly recommended.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Feb. 18: Jo Dworschak

Tonight we have a first-timer on the show, but no stranger to Co-op Radio. Jo Dworschak is a programmer on CFRO so I see her around the station sometimes (okay, once). Tonight she visits What's So Funny? to talk about her life and career in general, and her baby Story Story Lie, in particular – a live monthly event that's two-thirds storytelling and one-third telling stories (it's also a podcast). The next instalment is Thursday, February 22... or is it??? (Yes, it is. There have been no lies in the making of this blog post.)

Tune in tonight to hear all about Jo and the show. We're on the air in Vancouver at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM or you can livestream us out of town on coopradio.org. We can also be found on the TuneIn Radio app that can be found on your computing devices.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Podcast episode 484ish: Ken Lawson

What does Ken Lawson have in store for me in this episode? In the past, he's "coached" me against a 13-year-old ping-pong champ (I got slaughtered), and tried to teach me improv (he failed bigly). On his latest visit, he got me off my chair and onto the floor to test my strength. How did I do? You'll have to listen to find out, but you probably know the answer already. We also talk about his body ad nauseum, and his many hernias. And if that doesn't suitably entice you, you're dead inside. But maybe his talk of dancing topless for a living with the Comic Strippers will seal the deal. It's always a blast when the Silver Fox visits us.

Go ahead, treat yourself to this episde. Thank me later. Listen here or download us at iTunes, Stitcher, PodBay, or anywhre else you can think of.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Feb. 11: Rod Crawford

I love talk about bygone eras. I guess that's a function of being old and grizzled, but I was always fascinated with earlier eras even when I was wet behind the ears. Our guest tonight should be able to regale us with tales of yore since he's a wily veteran of the improv scene. A few weeks ago, I was at Yuk Yuk's for The Brett Martin Show and Rod Crawford was on stage doing improv. During his sit-down segment with Martin, he mentioned legendary Vancouver comic, the late Colin Campbell... Crickets... But I was excited. I saw Colin perform lots in the early '80s and even once played basketball with him when he visited Victoria. He was one of the best, but because there aren't any public recordings of him, people don't know him. Anyway, this isn't to say we'll just be talking about Colin Campbell all hour. After the show at Yuks, I spoke with Crawford and knew instantly he'd be a great guest. So here we are. Rod has run a comedy club, invented improv forms, acted, and... I'm sure lots more, which we'll get to tonight.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver tonight at 11 pm. Or livestream us at coopradio.org. Or listen in on the TuneIn Radio app. We'll be there.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Podcast episode 483ish: Mayce Galoni

Galoni (centre) with left-hand man Sam Tonning
Our first guest of 2018 was Mayce Galoni, a few months after his 10-minute tryout a few months earlier. The 27th most famous name from Hamilton, who has been a Vancouver resident for seven months, talks about overcoming his anxiety of speaking in public to become a teenage barroom magician before transitioning to standup. He also tells us some sage advice given to him by his comedy hero Doug Stanhope. And I tell him all about convent living.

Here you go. On me. Listen for free below, or go download us (also for free) at iTunes or Stitcher or PodBay or elsewhere.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Feb. 4: Kathleen McGee

I recently heard the sad news that Kathleen McGee was abandoning us and moving to Edmonton soon. Is it true? We'll find out tonight as Kathleen joins us. She'll sort everything out for us. It's been two years since she was last (and first) with us and she's one of my favourite people on the scene. The standup comic and host of the Kathleen McGee is a Hot Mess podcast always has lots on her mind so we'll have lots to talk about.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM here in Vancouver. Her Alberta, Ontario, or California friends and family can stream us on coopradio.org of find us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Podcast episode 482ish: 2017 Highlights, part 2

And here's the companion episode to the last one. This is the second half of our highlights from the year of our Lord 2017. We hear snippets of conversations we had over the year with the likes of Chuck Byrn, Barry Crimmins, John Cullen, Ivan Decker, Harry Doupe, Shawn Farquhar, Diana Frances, Lori Gibbs, Ryan Gunther, James Kennedy, Colin Lamb, Darryl Lenox, Gavin Matts, Joel Plaskett, Brad Upton, Ron Vaudry, and Garry Yuill.

Check it out (here or at iTunes, Stitcher, etc.) and see if any whet your appetite for their full appearance. They're all over at iTunes in their entirety.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Podcast episode 481ish: 2017 Highlights, part 1

Were you in a coma in 2017? If you missed some or all of our 2017 episodes, I've got the fix for you. This is part one of our 2017 highlights package, where we play snippets from everyone who graced our microphone last year. Only it's spread over two shows, so this one has half the guests we welcomed: Harris Anderson, Paul Anthony, Wes Barker, David Beckingham, Camilo the Magician, Andy Cañete, Randy Charach, Garrett Clark, Charlie Demers, Fred Ewanuick, Katharine Ferns, Shirley Gnome, Kevvy, Leland Klassen, Johnny Perrotta, Jon Reep, Christina Sicoli, Alex Sparling, and Oh Susanna in this episode.

Listen right here, or download us at iTunes, Stitcher, et. al.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Jan. 28: Ken Lawson

That's Ken on the far left sucking in his gut.
I did a story this week in the Georgia Straight about the Comic Strippers, and focussed on Chip Stick, aka Ken Lawson, one of the shirtless wonders. We were at a coffee shop talking so he kept his shirt on. We had such a good chat, I thought I'd invite him back on the program, where he's been twice before. We'll talk about the art of topless comedy and whatever else comes up, because as one of the best improvisers around, he is trained to go where the conversation leads. Should be fun.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM here in Vancouver at 11 pm for our conversation. If you're one of the many Chip fans across Canada, in the western States, or down under in Australia, you can try livestreaming us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. We'll do our best to be there, too.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Podcast episode 480ish: Jon Reep

Here's the episode we ran on the radio on New Year's Eve to ring in 2018. It was recorded in mid-November, though. But it's as fresh today as the day we spoke so if you missed it originally, don't you worry. Jon Reep tells us about his futile high school football team, his cop dad's bullet injuries, how his day job producing and editing television facilitated his entry into standup comedy, and how he managed to play Opie in Mayberry. It was the former champeen of Last Comic Standing's second time in Vancouver and second appearance on What's So Funny? Ain't that sumthin'?

After our morning conversation in his hotel room, I caught his act at Yuk Yuk's. After the show, he and some fans hit up a Legion for some karaoke. Jon loves his karaoke. So I end up driving him there and watch as he absolutely destroys the room with his version of... I forget now, but it was a country-rock barnburner. Photo evidence to the left. (For the record, I didn't sing.)

I'm digging our new gizmo (see below) that allows you to listen to the show right here and now. Hope you are, too. But don't forget, you can still download us on the go at iTunes and Stitcher and them such places.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Podcast episode 479ish: Harry Doupe

 We started out the year with Harry Doupe (recapping 2016) so why not end the year with him, too? This episode aired on the radio live on Christmas Eve, our first Christmas Eve show in 13 years. Harry, who has a story for everything, tells us about winning a comedy competition on CKVU's The Vancouver Show and ties it into a 2017 headline. We talk comedy deaths, Juno Awards, Netflix specials, Rick Mercer, Russell Peters, and, as they say, "lots more!"

The episode starts with Harry surprising me with a gift, which you can see here on the right. That's Harry on the right with a drinking Steve Nash taken in Salt Lake City at some winter Olympics or another. A random gift, you might think, but Harry knows how much I love the hoops. (For the record, I brought sweets in a baggie for Harry and Sam.)

Have a go listening to the episode on this new format. Or, as always, go to iTunes or Stitcher or Podbay or wherever you usually download us.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jan. 21: Mayce Galoni

Our first guest of 2018 makes his semi-debut tonight. It's the New Faces edition of What's So Funny? tonight. Well, Newish Faces. Standup comic Mayce Galoni isn't even 25 but he's making quite a name for himself, even before he moved here last year from Hamilton. He's actually from a place called "Binbrook" that I don't even think is a real place, so we'll just say Hamilton because that's where he started out. We'll get to know all about him tonight – his likes, dislikes, and why he chose Vancouver over Toronto. It's his semi-debut because back in October he was scheduled then promptly forgot but he arrived for the last ten minutes of the show. I saw him opening for Joe Machi at Yuk Yuk's on Friday and he said he won't forget this time. And I believe him.

We're on the air, as usual, at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver. If you're in "Binbrook" (ha!), you can livestream us at coopradio.org, but don't forget to do the math on the time difference. We can also be heard on apps like TuneIn Radio.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jan. 14: 2017 highlights (part 2)

It's week two of our two-week Best of 2017 programming, wherein we play little clips of every single guest we had last year. We heard 19 clips last week and we're going to play 19 different ones tonight. Our guests tonight, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Chuck Byrn (twice), Barry Crimmins, John Cullen, Ivan Decker, Harry Doupe (twice), Shawn Farquhar, Diana Frances, Lori Gibbs, Ryan Gunther, James Kennedy, Colin Lamb, Darryl Lenox, Gavin Matts, Joel Plaskett, Brad Upton, Ron Vaudry, and Garry Yuill. It's a fun hour-and-a-bit look back at what our guests had to say last year, arranged somewhat thematically. It's also a great way to sample any shows you missed and if they sound like something you might like to hear more of, go download the episode on iTunes or Stitcher. It's the beer flight of What's So Funny? And next week, we're back to regular programming, with in-studio guest Mayce Galoni.

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Podcast episode 478ish: Ivan Decker


Hometown hero Ivan Decker recently made his debut on American network television with his appearance on Conan. Three weeks later, he was a guest with us on What's So Funny? talking about his experience. He took us through all the stages, from first contact, to showcasing at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City, to the bright lights of Los Angeles. Listen to what he was thinking in the moment and immediately after. Hear what Conan said to him. Laugh at his awkward celebrity hug. Plus, as per usual, we're all over the place with tangents because that's what we do.

Listen to the episode right here right now, or go download (and subscribe!) at iTunes or Stitcher. While you're at it, leave a comment and rating.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Jan. 7: 2017 highlights (part 1)

We had a good year in 2017. Maybe not in the real world, but on What's So Funny? Tonight and next Sunday night, we'll relive some of those memories with snippets from every single one of our guests last year. Tonight you'll hear from (in alphabetical order): Harris Anderson, Paul Anthony, Wes Barker, David Beckingham, Camilo the Magician, Andy Cañete, Randy Charach, Garrett Clark, Charlie Demers, Fred Ewanuick, Katharine Ferns, Shirley Gnome, Kevvy, Leland Klassen, Johnny Perrotta, Jon Reep, Christina Sicoli, Alex Sparling, and Oh Susanna. What a line-up! And next week will be just as hot.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM tonight in Vancouver from 11 to midnight (it'll actually run 5 or 10 minutes long). For those of you outside our giant antenna, try coopradio.org for the livestream or the TuneIn Radio app.

2017 in a nutshell

I almost forgot to tally the numbers this year. Okay, let's have a look at how 2017 stacked up, quantitatively, to other years, since we began keeping track. We're on the air every week on Co-op Radio, but some weeks we run repeats – er, I mean, "special encore presentations" – and some weeks we come in sans guest and play comedy clips. The numbers below reflect the weeks we had new programming with guest(s):

  • 2009 we had 42 shows
  • 2010 we had 38 shows
  • 2011 we had 44 shows with 53 guests
  • 2012 we had 41 shows with 47 guests
  • 2013 we had 35 shows with 37 guests
  • 2014 we had 36 shows with 39 guests
  • 2015 we had 36 shows with 40 guests
  • 2016 we had 32 shows with 33 guests (and three visitors)

So coming off a career low year, how did 2017 look? First off, we added Sam Tonning to the show, and he's like a guest every week, but we won't count him.:

  • 2017 we had 36 shows with 37 guests
So there you go. Big thanks to all our guests (who you'll hear on our special programming tonight and next week):

  • Harry Doupe
  • Lori Gibbs
  • Fred Ewanuick
  • Barry Crimmins
  • Harris Anderson
  • James Kennedy
  • Camilo the Magician
  • Joel Plaskett
  • Brad Upton
  • Colin Lamb
  • Garrett Clark
  • Ryan Gunther
  • John Cullen
  • Kevvy
  • Diana Frances
  • David Beckingham
  • Christina Sicoli
  • Chuck Byrn
  • Johnny Perrotta
  • Oh Susanna
  • Andy Cañete
  • Katharine Ferns
  • Leland Klassen
  • Alex Sparling
  • Randy Charach
  • Wes Barker
  • Shawn Farquhar
  • Shirley Gnome
  • Ron Vaudry
  • Paul Anthony
  • Gavin Matts
  • Charlie Demers
  • Darryl Lenox
  • Garry Yuill
  • Ivan Decker
  • Harry Doupe (again)
  • Jon Reep

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Podcast episode 477ish: Darryl Lenox & Garry Yuill

Remember our old pal Darryl Lenox? He's been a guest with us a few times over the years (as well as a guest on Conan and WTF with Marc Maron). The American standup comic lived here for 14 years back around the turn of the century (do we say that for 2000?). Now he's back, semi-full time, and he's taking a break from the stage to concentrate on the business of comedy. He and Vancouver Yuk Yuk's franchise owner Garry Yuill have an ambitious plan to take over all the Yuk Yuk's in Canada, make more of them, and add a bunch more in the United States. It's a model based on the Green Bay Packers, where you, the comedy fan and practitioner, can become part-owner. They explain it to this decidedly unfinancial brain in this hour. If you like what they say and want to be a part of it, check out their website, Ellison Rains Enterprises and their Frontfundr campaign.

Here's the episode for you. It's also available, as per usual, at all the podcast shops, like iTunes, Stitcher, Podbay, TuneIn Radio, etc.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Podcast episode 476ish: Charlie Demers

We're coming fast and furious with the podcast episodes now. Here we've got comedian Charlie Demers (aka author Charles Demers), who was last with us way back in 2010. We got caught up on his latest news, the most recent of which was the release of his first comedy album, Fatherland on 604 Records. We also spoke of his love of voice-over acting, and his frustrations with same. He plays the slug Walter on Netflix's Beat Bugs. Along the way, we talk about anxiety, Herr Jordan, Humphrey Bogart's Twitter feed, and steam & sauna rooms.

It's a rollicking good time so why don't you do yourself a favour and listen. Either right here, or go on off to iTunes or Stitcher or Podbay or TuneIn Radio.com or wherever.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Podcast episode 475ish: Gavin Matts

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We're taking our sweet time getting the radio episodes converted over to podcast episodes but think of it this way: They're like completely new shows now! I had a good time talking with Gavin Matts way back on November 19, who was, at the time, fresh off his $25,000 victory at the SiriusXM Top Comic Competition in Toronto. We talked about that, where he came from, his love of jigsaw puzzles, and I teach the youngster about old Hollywood stars Raymond Burr (from GMatts' hometown of New Westminster) and Yvonne De Carlo (who I thought was also from New West but further research has shown she's from Vancouver). Plus we play a couple tracks from Mattsy's brand new album, 'Premature,' on 604 Records.

Listen to our conversation on this handy-dandy gizmo below or go find us on iTunes, Stitcher, PodBay or anywhere else you might come across podcasts. Chances are, we'll be there.