In this week’s issue, comedian, author, musician, and radio host Dave Hilltells us about how exactly he got on This American Life, and about his vacation down at a Mexican prison where he almost got murdered by a machete-wielding maniac (SPOILER: he isn’t dead).
In this week’s issue of the TYF! podcast, we speak to comedian/musician Rob Paravonian about his hugely popular Pachelbel Rant video on Youtube, and how he found his home in the crazy, anything-goes performance art scene of Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1990s.
In addition, he sings a couple of songs, including one from his new album, Keep Your Jazz Hand Strong. In addition, he’ll show us how combining comedy with a guitar makes beautiful women magically appear out of thin air. And I mean, literally. You’ll hear it.
Plus, Maggie Serota tells a story about how looking for an apartment on Craig’s List, surprisingly leads to hearing from pervy creeps.
Tell Your Friends! History’s Greatest Podcast! returns for the first issue of its second volume, with a double-issue filled to bursting.
We talk to Victor Varnado, who takes us down the path of his career, which took him from performing at gritty little East Village clubs to a Schwarzenneger film, from collaborating with Stan Lee on a comic book movie to directing his first feature film. He also describes what it feels like to do a major network late night TV spot.
Eden & John of the East River String Band talk about their early days in the gritty East Village, their first meeting at the Forbidden Planet comic book shop, Eden’s days as a squatter on Ave. C, and how they went from dating to artistic collaboration, and how Eden is the only person who can intimidate Robert Crumb into changing his artwork.
In addition, Maggie Serota tells us about her first apartment in NYC trying to decide who was the craziest roommate, and Bob Powers brings us a story of love in the aisles of Duane Reade.
All this, and Liam McEneaney tells another true story of illness and getting an unbelievable message from the Universe.
TYF! returns this week with an interview with Julia Wertz, whose graphic novel, “The Infinite Wait & Other Stories,” has been nominated for a Walt Eisner Award for Best Nonfiction Work.
We talk to Julia about her process, her hobby of exploring abandoned buildings, why she continues to turn down big money opportunities in exchange for artistic freedom, and we solve a mystery live on-air.
Plus, Adam Wade tells us a story about how Rick Moranis has impacted his life in both positive and negative ways, and we spend another Moment with Stacey Nightmare.
All that and Liam explains where we’ve been for the last two weeks.
In this week’s issue: We talk to television producer Adam Spiegelman, who tells us about how meeting Jay Mohr as a teenager in the New Jersey open mic scene led him to getting promoted to guest producer at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and about how he discovered Neil Hamburger.
In this week’s issue: we speak with Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s Ask Me Another and author of the book, Screw Everyone Sleeping My Way to Monogomy. We talk about beating the odds and finding a life partner in the dating wilds of New York City, aboot starting over from scratch in the Big Apple after being a successful comedian in Canada, and about the price of NPR fame (becoming “Ophira Eisenbag”).
We also have a very touching story from Adam Wade about the unconditional love of a childhood pet, and another Moment With Stacey Nightmare.
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with guests Jessica Delfino, A Brief View of the Hudson, and Mike Doughty.
In this week’s issue of Tell Your Friends! History’s Greatest Podcast!, we talk to singer/songwriter Eytan Mirsky, about how collaborating with Todd Solondzon an unlikely-sounding screenplay launched a career in writing music for film, about how he lucked into having music for The Tao of Steve all ready to go, and how nobody gets laid living in Forest Hills.
In addition, we have a story from NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg about how the spell of a voodoo priestess works when you least need it. And Liam McEneaney reads memos written to his neighbors.
David O’Doherty is one of Ireland’s premiere comedians, having won both the Perrier Best Newcomer and the if.comedy awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (in different years). He’s appeared on Irish television as well as American TV appearances on John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and his own Comedy Central Half-Hour special, and he tours extensively around the world. Liam McEneaney talks to him about the history of the Irish comedy scene, why the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is important, how Eddie Izzard got turned away for a spot at a comedy club, and how you can contact David to ask him how to fix your bike.
In this week’s issue of Tell Your Friends! History’s Greatest Podcast!, we speak to singer/songwriter Alana Amram about growing up in a musical household, how a musician listens to music, teaching music to kids, her life in art school, the craziest day job she’s ever held, and how the music of Liberace can make your day instantly better. Plus she sings a couple of her songs, including an amazing lullabye she wrote for her friend’s kid.
Watch that first step, this week’s issue of Tell Your Friends! is a doozy!
This week, Liam McEneaneytalks to actor, podcaster, and author of The Dangerous Animals Club, Stephen Tobolowsky, about his work on films likeGlimmer Man, answers listener questions about his roles onDeadwood and Californication, and one of the most touching Mel Gibson stories you’ll hear all year. He also talks about why he prefers auditioning to being offered a role and he tells the unglamorous truth about sex scenes.
In fact, it’s only March, but the quote of the year might be: “For you people out there who think you want to be part of a simulated sex scene in Hollywood, let me set you straight.”
In this week’s issue of Tell Your Friends! The Only Podcast That Matters!, Liam McEneaney talks to NY Times-bestselling author Baratunde Thurston about his tenure as Political Editor at The Onion, about how he worked his way through Harvard at every end of the social spectrum, and about how everything that could go wrong with an interview was currently going wrong live on mic.
And 18-time Moth slam championAdam Wade tells us a story about his salad days as a page for Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
All this, and Liam talks about the transformative power of seeing Jonathan Richman live, headlining an open mic contest at a gay bar, and performing at the surprise 40th birthday party of an ex-Navy SEAL.
Also, a sneak preview of the first TYF! bonus episode, “Novelization: The Reading Show Based On The Major Motion Picture.” The episode is a live recording of a reading show in Brooklyn with “TV’s Frank” Conniff, Todd Hanson, Joe Garden, Maggie Serota, rap group Hand Job Academy, and hosted by Heidi Vanderlee, Marlow Riley, and Liam McEneaney. It will drop Wednesday, February 27th.
In this week’s issue of Tell Your Friends! The Only Podcast That Matters!, we speak to Catherine Popper. Cat has played in bands like Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Hem, and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and she talks about all of that, plus stories about how Willie Nelson is just as cool as you’d hope he would be, and her triumphant showing at Levon Helm’s legendary Ramble.
Also, Bob Powersgives us A Lecture On Internet Video Success From A Man Who Has Sex With Food, and we spend another Moment With Stacey Nightmare.
This week we speak with Christian Finnegan, star of a couple of Comedy Central specials, of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, and known from his appearances on TV shows including Best Week Ever and Chappelle’s Show. We talk about how he lived when he started standup, and how his music nerdliness got him out of that. Speaking of which, he is also the host of the brand-new podcast Audio Spackle, which I highly—highly!—recommend listening to.
Wait, wait, come back. Don’t listen to that, yet, because Finnegan’s interview here made me laugh really hard.
Also, we have a story from his wife, Kambri Crews, author of her memoir Burn Down the Ground, about what it’s like to visit her father in prison and how she almost got caught sneaking contraband in.
In this our first double issue of the TYF! podcast, we talk to Todd Barry (from the movie The Wrestler and his recent Comedy Central 1-hour special, Super Crazy) about getting his start in Florida with Carrot Top, how Larry the Cable Guy drove him to his first paid gig, and about how podcasting has yet to reach its final threshold: someone killing themselves mid-interview.
Plus, we talk to local NYC folk rock duo A Brief View of the Hudson, who tell us a few stories about their early days, explain their method for writing the score to Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, and then take to the streets of Williamsburg to serenade the locals with a couple of songs from their new album, Querencea.
In addition, writer Mike Sacks takes us up and down the emotional dial of morning radio and we take another trip down Ted Travelstead’s Story Hole.
All this, and Liam McEneaney reads an excerpt from his entire book, “The 25 People You Will Meet In Heaven.”
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Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson (abriefview.com)
Bryan Tucker may not be a household name, but he’s worked with so many that he can be considered guilty by association. In this episode-length interview, Liam McEneaney talks to Bryan about his first job working on “The Chris Rock Show,” and riding with Rock in a limo to see Bill Cosby. He talks about writing the famous Race Draft and Player Hata’s Ball sketches for Chappelle’s Show and how that got him to meet Ice-T.
He also goes into the process of how he takes a sketch like What’s Up With That? from concept to Mike Tyson, plus hanging backstage with Sarah Palin and much much more.
Tell Your Friends! The Only Podcast That Matters! “Like Comedy Bang Bang!, Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends! The Only Podcast That Matters! is based on a popular live comedy show and features a comedian host talking to other comedians; but that’s where the similarities end. Instead of the absurdist audio vaudeville of Scott Aukerman’s podcast, Tell Your Friends favors a genteel, literary tone that evokes the soothing storytelling of Ira Glass and This American Life more than the comedy-podcast template of comedians gabbing with other comedians about comedy stuff. Tell Your Friends combines charming literary vignettes from both its host and his friends—the most memorable of which involves the larger existential and philosophical ramifications of swapping pens with Bob Dylan—with entertaining interviews with comedians Eddie Pepitone and W. Kamau Bell and musician Mike Doughty, who plays a song he claims was rejected from the Twilight soundtrack. McEneaney’s curiosity and affection for people and their fascinating imperfections comes through in both his stories and interviews. Tell Your Friendshas a cozy, nicely lived-in feel. It’s easy to imagine McEneaney—whose career recently got a boost when he appeared on WTF and A Special Thing released a terrific, star-studded Tell Your Friends!concert film on DVD and VOD—hosting in a comfy cardigan while sipping from a mug of cocoa in a book-lined apartment. Not everything on the podcast works, but its likeability and gentleness go a long way, and McEneaney’s willingness to playfully tweak the podcast form bodes well for its future. [NR]”
HOST: LIAM McENEANEY Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, Showtime, Comedy Central, Vh1
HANNIBAL BURESS Hannibal has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, and numerous other late night TV shows. He has also made prime time appearances on LOUIE and 30 ROCK, and co-hosted Adult Swim’s THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW. Buress has previously worked on the writing staffs of 30 ROCK and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and released his debut album, MY NAME IS HANNIBAL, in 2010 on Stand Up! Records. His latest Comedy Central special HANNIBAL BURESS: ANIMAL FURNACE, aired in May.
TODD BARRY Todd has appeared on late night shows from “Letterman” to “Conan,” and has had multiple standup specials on Comedy Central, his latest being the one-hour special, “Super Crazy.” He’s appeared in movies like “The Wrestler” and “Pootie Tang,” and TV shows from “Louie” to “Sesame Street.”
NIKKI GLASER Nikki first gained notoriety during season four of Last Comic Standing when she advanced to the semifinals while she was still attending college. Since then, she has performed stand up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has appeared in the film Punching The Clown, the comedy documentary I Am Comic, and Amy Schumer’s pilot for Comedy Central. Nikki also cohosts the popular comedy podcast, You Had To Be There, which was recently profiled in The New York Times magazine and will debut as a talk show on MTV in January. She tapes a half-hour special for Comedy Central this February.
CARLA RHODES Rock n’ roll ventriloquist.
MUSICAL GUEST: EDEN & JOHN’S EAST RIVER STRING BAND
In this week’s issue, Liam McEneaney interviews singer/songwriter Mike Doughty (ex Soul Coughing, The Book of Drugs, The Flip is Another Honey) about vacationing in Southeast Asia and what it means to be “the only white man in the movie,” getting his start in the avant-jazz scene of the Knitting Factory in the ’90s, and how Beavis & Butthead were the only critics who got it right.
Mike also sings a couple of songs, one that he cowrote with an unlikely trio and one that was commissioned for the Twilight soundtrack.
In this episode of Tell Your Friends!,Liam McEneaney talks to Billboard-charting comedian Eddie Pepitone(The Sarah Silverman Program, 2 Broke Girls) about how growing up in Staten Island cemented him as an outsider and about whether success will ruin his status as an “angry comedian.”
In addition, Bob Powers tells the story of an ill-fated lake cabin guest book and we spend a moment with Stacey Nightmare. Plus, Liam talks about meeting a couple of born-again Christian gypsies, and how their attempt to convert him made him consider his stance on gay marriage.
This is a sneak preview of the January 7th episode. January 14th, we return with Mike Doughty. January 21st: W. Kamau Bell January 28th: Bryan Tucker
The concert film and part documentary ‘Tell Your Friends’, the Liam McEneaney and Victor Varnado’s NYC based live comedy show is now on both on DVD and CD from AST Records. It features performances by Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, and more along with the story of performing in alternative venues, hence the term “alternative comedy”.
We just think it might be something you into this holiday season.