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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Podcast episode 578ish: Jeremy Hotz

We're all miserable these days, so what better guest than the professionally (and terminal) miserable, Jeremy Hotz? His misery brings mirth to the masses. Essentially, he suffers so that we may laugh. He says the universe is against him, and he brings that luck to this episode, which was interrupted twice with technical difficulties. But we think you won't even be able to tell thanks to the expert editing. Jeremy's a great guest, as you'll hear here. He's coming to Vancouver from dirty Los Angeles later this month to play six shows at the House of Comedy in New Westminster. It will be a social distancing show, and he will quarantine for two weeks before, so it's all on the up-and-up. If you've never seen him live, and aren't afraid to be a room with strangers, you really should go.

You can listen to the episode below, or, better yet, download it wherever you find fine podcasts. You can do it. I know you can.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Podcast episode 577ish: bbno$

Look how hip we are! We've got a guest with a dollar sign in his name! That's right, it's internationally known rapper bbno$. Baby No Money, as we say (when we're not calling him Gooch), puts out some pretty fun, hooky, quirky rap songs and videos with millions of followers and billions of streams. He's got a new single coming out Friday (July 17) called Astrology. We talk about that, his backstory (and, quite literally, his back story), #BLM, and a fundraiser with Blueprint which he will host on Saturday (July 18).

Check it out below. Or go find your own way. Wander over to your favourite podcast delivery system and download us there.

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 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?