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Monday, July 13, 2020

Podcast episode 576ish: Derek Edwards

What a delight it was talking with Derek Edwards again. He's one of the funniest men to have ever graced a stage, and he's just as funny in casual conversation, as you'll hear here. You won't find him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Hell, he doesn't even have a website. Still, we managed to track him down in his basement somewhere in the heart of central Canada. Oh, and we laughed. Topics covered: Mike Bullard, Red Green, Corner Gas, Trailer Park Boys, Donald Trump (although not by name), and he tells us his funniest street joke.

I don't imagine Derek will ever hear this episode because it requires electricity, but if you can handle it, there are many ways to access it. 1. You can click on the link below and listen right now. 2. You can seek out your favourite podcast server and download us there. 3. You can "watch" it on YouTube (just some scrolling photos while the audio plays).


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Podcast episode 575ish: Sugar Sammy

When Sugar Sammy was last with us in 2010, he told us he was transitioning out of the moniker he spent the first 14 years of his career with. Soon he'd be known as his birth name: Sam Khullar. Well, here we are in 2020 and he's still Sugar Sammy. He explains in this episode that he got too well known after appearing on What's So Funny? to make the change. Coincidence? Doubtful. We are star-makers. We spoke to Sammy from his home in Montreal. We talk about his high school days, some hell gigs he had coming up, and his new role as France's Simon Cowell and how it keeps him off the Paris Métro.

Have a listen here, or on your favourite podcast server, or even on YouTube. We've got you covered.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Podcast episode 574ish: Dave Hill

This week's offering comes to you all the way from the Big Apple, but wishes it could have come to you from somewhere... anywhere in Canada. Or does it? Comedy superstar Dave Hill is one-quarter (or thereabouts) Canadian. He dreams of becoming full-fledged, but maybe that's just a pipe-dream. In this episode, we put down the pipe and talk about his book Parking the Moose, his journey across the land of his maternal grandpa, one bar, thrift shop, and rock club at a time to learn more about this land we call Canada. We quiz each other (spoiler: one of us does extremely well), and he talks a bit about Witch Taint, the black metal band all the kids are talking about.

You can of course listen below, if that's how you roll. I mean, there's a link and everything. Or maybe you're more sophisticated and prefer your podcasts on the go. Fair enough. Go to your favourite podcast dispensary and search for our version (the original) of What's So Funny? But for God's sake, don't lose focus and end up down some rabbit hole chasing whatever fleeting thought enters your mind. And hey, there's a new way to enjoy the show. I've posted over a hundred of our past episodes on the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/GuyMacPhersonWhatsSoFunny. And this episode will be up there today sometime.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Podcast episode 573ish: Ron James

We've got Ron James right here for you. Finally, after all these years, the Canadian comedic legend makes his What's So Funny? debut. And he lets fly with tons of opinions on the role of comedian in society, his bittersweet television experience, and drops "Nietzschean adage", "Oracle of Delphi" and "boreal gulag" in conversation like it's nothing. Ron is still performing during the plague. It started with him just talking to his four walls, but last week he hosted 400 souls in his living room for a classic Ron James TV special – without the TV, and with the 400 paying customers watching through their computers. The man can't slow down.

Have a listen below. Or you can find us on your favourite podcast server. And now you can even find What's So Funny? on YouTube! Go! Subscribe! Please?


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Podcast episode 572ish: Ellyn Marie Marsh

This week's episode marks a first in our 16-year history. It's the first time (I believe) we've had a bona fide Broadway star as a guest. And Ellyn Marie Marsh is even more than that. She also performs in New York cabarets, hosts her own trivia nights, teaches how to belt out a song, and co-hosts a true crime podcast. I'm probably forgetting more. Anyway, in this episode, Marsh tells us what it's like to be on Broadway, what the one true crime she keeps thinking about, and what she did when she was fired from her job as a singing waitress.

Check out her podcast, Obsessed With: Disappeared, on your favourite podcast platform. And check out this one below, or wherever you found Ellyn's. We'll be there.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Podcast episode 571ish: Darren Frost

Darren Frost is back for his sixth pony ride. The Toronto-based (well, Barrie-based now) comic was first with us way back in 2006 and we managed to get him on the show every year or two after that. Well, until 2014, which was his previous appearance. But he joined us in the Isolation Studios from his home in snowy Barrie. Darren was all set for his biggest and last cross-Canada tour when a nasty virus put the kibosh on that. We talked about his distaste of crowd work, what advice he'd give to young Darren, his kids' opinion on his work, cartoon voices, dark humour, and Hairspray. He's recently released his seventh album, aptly titled "Story Yelling." And he, Dave Martin and Kathleen McGee have rebooted their old podcast Anything Goes.

Take a listen, why don't you? Click below or, better yet, go download us at your favourite podcast site.


Friday, May 8, 2020

Podcast episode 570ish: Lachlan Patterson

It's been 15 years since Lachlan Patterson was last with us. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, and modern virology, we've got him back in the Isolation Studio from his home in Venice Beach. He's got a new special out, Dark White, which you can purchase for the low, low cost of $3.99 US, or you can watch it for free if you share it on social media. Lachlan's one of our funniest exports. The West Vancouver native has been in the US for a couple decades now and has performed on The Tonight Show as well as being a finalist on Last Comic Standing. We talk about all that... and more!

Listen. Download. Don't just stream unless you really have to. You'll find us on Apple podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, et. al.


Saturday, May 2, 2020

Podcast episode 569ish: Bonnie McFarlane

Bonnie McFarlane is a funny comic... Sorry, I can't get that song out of my head. What song? You'll hear it at the start of this episode with Bonnie McFarlane, who is a funny comic. She's the only guest in our 16 years who's been immortalized in song by The Pursuit of Happiness. This is an episode 10 years in the making. It took a pandemic to finally get us together. You've seen her on Letterman, Fallon, and Colbert, but did you know she got her start right here in Vancouver? It's true, and we talk about it here. We also talk about living in the US, we pry into the anonymous names in her memoir You're Better Than Me (the best one of its kind, say I), and she reveals that although she does hate her husband (per her podcast My Wife Hates Me), she also loves him and loves their differences. You don't often hear earnestness from her (a trait she dislikes), but we manage to get it out of her.

Listen at the link below if you like. Otherwise, you know the drill. You're not podcast newbies. Go to iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and all your favourite podcast dispensaries. Leave us a rating and a review, too, why don't you? Thanks.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Podcast episode 568ish: Colin Mochrie

As social isolation continues, our guests keep on coming. This week we invite the great Colin Mochrie into our isolation studio. Everyone knows Colin from his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (they should bring back that show!) or from just about any other TV show made in the past 20 years. I've interviewed him five times for the newspaper, but in this chat he really opened up (thanks in large part to the Malbec he was guzzling throughout). He's talks about politics, comedy, fate, Archie Bunker, The $10,000 Pyramid, Donny & Marie, mime, and his weirdest Hollywood night.

It's a good one so you're going to want to get started right away, which you can do by clicking below. Or you can find us on your favourite podcast server. Go download us there and put us in your ears. And then give the show a much-needed rating and review. You have no choice in the matter. It's fate!


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Podcast episode 567ish: Michael Gelbart

This week on the program we've got the delightful Michael Gelbart, aka... well, let's just forget about all those nicknames. We recorded a great episode with the LA-based standup and writer back in 2013, episode #327ish. Now, some 240 episodes later, he's back. The bad part about all this isolation is not getting to speak to anyone face-to-face. The good part is that our guests don't have to physically be in Vancouver anymore. Michael is still a Canadian, even if he's forsaken the land of his birth for the bright lights of the big city down south. In this episode, he tells us about being the King of Tween Sitcoms, writing a hit holiday classic, unleashing his best bits with Byron Allen, and so much more.

This show was recorded Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and here it is already for you. Work your magic to get the show in your eardrums, either by clicking below or finding it wherever you usually get your podcasts.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Podcast episode 566ish: Marcus Ryan

We're back with another episode to get you (and us) through our social isolation. We talked to old pal Marcus Ryan all the way down in Wonthaggi. Where? Google it. It looks lovely. Marcus has been with us four times previous to this one, in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. Seems we forgot we were working on an every-other-year thing. He is a comedian and world traveller. I mean, in normal times. These days he's at home for longer than he has been at any one time in the past 17 years. We talk about what that's like, what his part of the world is like these days, adventures he's had in the 60-odd countries he's visited. There's also talk about snooker and jailbirds.

Listen to the episode wherever you like, be it down below or downloaded at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, et. al. The podcast world is your oyster.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Podcast episode 565ish: Dwight Slade

We can't leave the house, but new episodes keep on coming. This week in the What's So Funny? Isolation Studio, we've got Dwight Slade! He joins us from his study in Boise, Idaho, surrounded by toilet paper. We talk about the situation and whether it's covid or corona. We also talk about his days as a 15-year-old standup comedian in Houston with his partner and best pal Bill Hicks, moving to Los Angeles, then steadily moving farther and farther away from show business: first to Portland for 23 years, and then on to Boise. We even talk about UFOs. Or at least, one specific UFO.

To help keep you from going stir-crazy, have a listen. We're here for you. You can click down below to listen, or simply go download us wherever fine podcasts are handed out. We'll be there, too.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Podcast episode 564ish: Eddie Brill

We're doing things a little backwards this week. Usually we start with our radio program, then release it later as a podcast. This week, and maybe for the next little while, we'll release the podcast version first. Yesterday, Sidekick Sam and host Guy MacPherson talked with Eddie Brill, live from New York! It was all done through the magic of Zencastr, a nifty little tool that maybe doesn't sound as good as an in-face conversation, but it sounds a lot better than Skype or a phone call. We asked Eddie what it was like in New York in these sci-fi times. Then we started the great diversionary talk of all things comedy, from how late night TV stacks up today versus the early days and the 17 years Eddie spent with David Letterman's show, his salad days at Emerson college, his mullet-days performing on the Comedy Club Network in 1990, doing drugs with Sam Kinison, and more!

Eddie has three podcasts of his own, including OG Talk, which you can listen to the regular podcast way or watch on YouTube (OG stands for Organic Grill). There's also 11 episodes of The Break with Eddie Brill and Relationships are a Motherfucker.

As for this episode, you can listen below or check out all the podcast platforms. We're there. If you find us on a place you can leave a rating or a review, please do so.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Podcast episode 563ish: Carl Turnbull

Got nothing to do? Thank God for podcasts! Here's one you haven't heard yet. It's Vancouver standup Carl Turnbull talking with good pal Sam Tonning. Just the two of them, face to face, heart to heart. Turnbull talks about his dad's standup career and all the greats he worked with south of the border. They also touch on 90 Day Fiancé, Jay & Dan, misbehaving in school, and giving relationship advice to senior citizens.

You can click below to get things rolling, or go download the episode (and any of the other 562 you haven't heard yet) at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, PodBay, what-have-you. Actually, I think those sites only include the latest 250 or some such number. If you want some of the early shows dating all the way back to 2004, go to comedycouch.com. Maybe even Libsyn has them all.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Podcast episode 562ish: Paul Myrehaug & Damonde Tschritter

Oh, the fun we had on this episode with old pals Paul Myrehaug and Damonde Tschritter. Former Vancouver resident Myrehaug now plies his trade based out of the south of France. He tells us about that lifestyle. Tschritter, the only Canadian to have won the Seattle International Comedy Competition (as he's quick to remind us), was on fire on this night, ripping into all of us with reckless abandon. Laughter abounds.

Have a listen below or, better yet, find us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And leave a review, why don't you? We need them.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Podcast episode 561ish: Eddie Ifft

Standup comic Eddie Ifft has been around, from his early career stint on the second season of Last Comic Standing and his legendary podcast with co-host Jim Jefferies to a kinder, gentler family man today. It's all relative, though. He's still edgy. In this episode, we talk about the story behind getting two of his jokes tinto GQ's top 75 jokes of all time, drinking urine, monsters in the walls, and identity politics humour. He's got opinions!

Listen below, or find us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Deezer, iHeart Radio, OwlTail, PodTail, Podblast, Libsyn, Podbay.fm,  MyTuner, RadioPublic, PodParadise, iVoox, Moon.fm, PodPalace, and more! (I literally have never heard of most of those. Just googled them now to see where we were.) But if you're a fan of Eddie Ifft listening for the first time, give us a review and ranking. Come on, man. Just do it.


Monday, February 24, 2020

Podcast episode 560ish: Ed Hill

When Ed Hill was with us a few weeks ago, we thought it was his third time on the show. Turns out it was his fourth. As always, he came with gifts, as you can see. But we'd have him on even without the goodies. We talked about why he felt the need to change his name, the Corona Virus, getting real with comedy, and filming his new special, among other things.

You can listen down below, or search for us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, all the usual suspects.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Podcast episode 559ish: Andrea Jin

What a good time meeting and talking with standup comic Andrea Jin. The only child (by law) tells us about growing up in China eating worms for laughs, peeing her pants in high school not for laughs, her homeless grandfather, learning English through Rachel and Ross, and so much more.

The episode is below. Or you can go download it from iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, all the usual sites.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Feb. 16: Paul Myrehaug & Damonde Tschritter

We've got a dynamic duo on the show tonight. It will mark Paul Myrehaug's third visit with us, but first in nine long years. The former Vancouverite is living now in... well, not Vancouver. We'll find out exactly where tonight. He and Damonde Tschritter, who still lives here, are in town for the annual Snowed In Comedy Tour, which has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. This is Tschritter's sixth time with us, the last coming in 2018.

We're on the air on CFRO at 11 pm here in Vancouver. Livestream us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app if you don't have a radio or live outside the 604 area code.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Feb. 9: Eddie Ifft

Is it Oscar night? I never know until I skim over tweets or Facebook posts. It's either tonight or soon. Will we talk about it tonight with our guest Eddie Ifft? If he wants to. We're easy. Otherwise, we'll talk about his career and opinions and whatever else we think of. Living in Los Angeles, the podcast king is in the lower mainland performing at the House of Comedy all week. He'll come visit us after his last show of the week.

You can listen tonight on CFRO 100.5 FM, or livestream it on coopradio.org or on the TuneIn Radio app. And of course, it'll be up in podcast format soon, too. Just be patient.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Podcast episode 558ish: Lars Callieou

Here's our episode with old pal Lars Callieou, all the way from Edmonton. He was in our province doing a corporation performance and stopped by to talk about old day jobs, winter long-haul driving conditions, the influence on masters on new comics, touring 50-weeks a year with his parents' bar band, and working with Joan Rivers.

It's all here waiting for you. Click below if you absolutely must listen to it immediately. Or take a minute to go over to iTunes or Stitcher or Spotify or elsewhere and download it.


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Podcast episode 557ish: Jon Bryant

This episode is a little late getting to you, but it's timeless so you can still enjoy it, now and forever. Our guest, angelic singer-songwriter Jon Bryant is currently on his cross-Canada tour. Click on his name, which will take you to his website, and see if you're anywhere near him. If so, go see him live. Music, like comedy, is best seen live. On the snowy Sunday night he was with us we talked about his nice jock beginnings, his start in Halifax, the perils of employing the falsetto, meeting James Taylor, his OCD, and flying saucers.

Listen below or find us on your favourite podcast dispensory and download. If you're on iTunes, please leave a ranking and comment. Good or bad. We can take it.


Feb. 2: Ed Hill


It's Super Bowl Sunday! You know what that means? Not a damn thing around these parts. It's comedy as usual tonight on the program. We've got standup comedian Ed Hill on to talk about his upcoming special taping on March 28, entitled Candy & Smiley. Did you know he's the first ever person in his family to record a comedy special? It's true! Tune in tonight to hear all about it.

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

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jan. 26: Andrea Jin

Tonight on the old program we've got a new guest. Andrea Jin has been all over the Vancouver comedy scene the last little while but this marks her first appearance with us. This Friday she's recording her debut comedy album at Little Mountain Gallery, which is very exciting. We'll talk to her about that, about her early childhood in Shanghai, and loads more.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM at 11 pm tonight. If you're in, say, Shanghai, you can also listen live if you go to coopradio.org. Or find us on one of them radio streaming apps, like TuneIn Radio.

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