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Every week, Scott Curtis talks serious with comedians about their craft. Were they inspired by Dave Chappelle or George Carlin, Paula Poundstone or Iliza Shlesinger? How do they write their comedy sets? Which jokes work and which one's failed? How do you find your comedic voice? Which comedy clubs are the best? We hit these topics and more every week so that you and I can learn from the professional comedians who have blazed the trail for us.
 
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I got to catch up with one of my favorite guests, John Poveromo in this episode. John & I talked about trends in stand-up comedy in 2021 and speculated on the future of live comedy. We also talked about bringer shows which appears to be a hot topic on the comedy groups these days. John always has some great insight and I’m happy that his podcast, D…
 
With a background in improvisational theater, including training at Chicago’s prestigious Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, Johnny brings a very unique style to the stage. He made his network television debut in January of 2015 as one of the last comedians to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. He has also made …
 
Eddie Brill is a well respected, very funny and talented stand up comedian. In addition to performing in 46 of the 50 states in the US, Eddie has also done stand-up in England, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, France, Holland, Dhaka and Hong Kong. For seventeen years, he worked on The Late Show with David Letterman. He served as the audience w…
 
Shanda Sung is a comedian from Bloomington, Indiana. Her stand up has been seen by audiences throughout the Midwest. Shanda was featured on the album On Tour Live from Bloomington and the premiere episode of the Vice network show Hunters. She has been featured at the Limestone Comedy Festival, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and the Finger Lakes Come…
 
Geoff Plitt has an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon and is an ex-Google employee. After studying at Second City and iO in Chicago, Geoff moved to LA to be a standup comic and joke writer. Festival performances include SF Sketchfest, Windsor Comedy Fest (2nd place), San Diego Comedy Fest (semifinalist), Ventura Comedy Fest (semifinalist), and…
 
Mo Vida started performing comedy in New York to fill a void after her father passed away. She hit the ground running after taking a comedy class then took her act to Colorado a few years later. Mo has been seen on Amazon Prime’s Comics Watching Comics and is a headlining act all over the West. Follow Mo on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moka…
 
This is my Anti-Spotify Rant. Let’s hit Spotify in the wallet and use virtually any other streaming service! Also, buy artists albums and merch! Here’s the article regarding Spotify removing comedy albums: https://thelaughbutton.com/spotify-pulls-comedy-catalogs-in-retaliation-to-comedians-asking-for-owed-royalties Here’s a rough comparison of stre…
 
Samantha Bearman is an empowerment coach, a writing expert, and a comedian. She has been writing professionally for over a decade and is a contributing journalist for Syndrome Magazine. When Samantha is not making you laugh, she is teaching comedians and public speakers how to write and perform compelling bits and talks that keep an audience engage…
 
Trent Mabry won the 2020 Indy’s Funniest Person competition by working on his comedy skills since the age of 17. He started a popular podcast called There You Go With Trent Mabry during the pandemic and is still putting out episodes. He’s talked to comedy greats like Jeff Altman and Eddie Brill and gives some very bad advice to people with very bad…
 
Carl Sobel is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based comedian who doesn’t wait for opportunities to perform to come to him. He makes his own opportunities. With his “Comedy on Ida”, Carl gave comedy fans and performers a safe and socially distant place to see comedy during the pandemic. Carl built a stage in his garage and created an outdoor space so that …
 
Lace Larrabee is an Atlanta-based actor and nationally touring stand-up comedian who can be seen at clubs from coast to coast. Festival credits include; the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, She Devil, Asheville Comedy Fest, Limestone, Red Clay, Accidental, Comedy Fort, She Dot Festival in Toronto and more. Lace was also named "2018 Best Local Comedi…
 
For most of his life, Jeff Altman resided in Los Angeles where he was a sought after stand up comedian, as well as an accomplished actor, starring and guest starring in TV shows the likes of the Dukes of Hazzard, Nurses, Baywatch, Night Court and the Tonight Show plus many others. In his career, Jeff starred in over 30 national commercial campaigns…
 
Nina Kraus, Ph.D., is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning. She began her career measuring responses from single auditory neurons and was one of the first to show that the adult nervous system has the potential for reorganization following learning; these insights in basic biology galvanized her t…
 
Gwen Sunkel is an Indianapolis comedian, emcee, and character actor. She performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club and The White Rabbit Cabaret where she is a cast member with An Evening With The Authors*. You’ve seen her at Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha, Yuckfest, and Limestone Comedy Festival and on the Vice TV Series ‘Hunters.’ Gwen is also contributing …
 
David Britton released his first full-length comedy album last year called “The History of the Universe” and it’s a delightfully weird look into the way that David sees the world. David started his standup when he lived in Bloomington, IN and has taken his talent to upstate New York. David has written for The Daily Dot and Hard Times. David and I t…
 
I’m running a repeat of my Corey Ryan Forrester episode as he and the WELLred comedy team are performing in Huntsville (my new hometown) this weekend. Get a ticket and see the show! Check out the WellRED Comedy Tour Dates here: https://wellredcomedy.com/ Check out our new sponsor, FÜM and use the code “BTB” to get 10% off your first order: https://…
 
Greg Warren, most recently seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show and Comedy Central Presents, has built a strong fan base with an act inspired by his Midwestern upbringing. His CDs, Running Out of Time (Sept 2013) and One Star Wonder (June 2009) hit #3 and #6 respectively in iTunes Top Comedy Albums. An honest mix of self-deprecat…
 
Liz Miele, originally from New Jersey, started doing stand-up at 16 in New York City. At 18 she was profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” She recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “This Week at the Comedy Cellar,” NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” Hulu’s “Coming To The Stage,” AXS TV’s “Gotham …
 
Erica Switzer is a Chicago-born educator, comedian, and public speaker formerly based in Shanghai, China. With her unique energy and raw, biting wit, she has featured for veteran comedians Simeon Goodson, Mateen Stewart, and Justin Rivera and accomplished her first 30-minute headliner in April 2020. Along with founding Hei Now Comedy, China's premi…
 
Brian Atkinson began his stand-up career later in life, but his radio and public speaking experience gave him the ability to move up the ranks quickly. His clean style makes Brian equally comfortable in clubs, business events, & churches. We talked about his overcoming the fact that he has a natural announcer’s voice which can take the audience out…
 
Steve Devinney is a Detroit comedian who finds humor in his own tragic moments. Steve is a playwright and actor in addition to his stand-up work. We talked about turning your own demons into comedy and his new web series coming out soon. Here’s the BTB Internet Talk Show’s Twitch Channel. Check out all their great shows! https://www.twitch.tv/drink…
 
Jeff Oskay started performing stand-up comedy when he was 30. He wanted to write for other comics but was told he had to perform first. After a lot of practice and overcoming his stage-fright, Jeff became a fan favorite. He sold some jokes and sold his humor to the famous Bob & Tom show where he now works and does “Failed to Mention News” which is …
 
Sean White is one of the best comedians I’ve heard make tragedy funny. His take on losing his family members one by one on his “Dead and Gone” album is heartbreaking and hilarious. His confessions of anger issues on “Angry & Alone” is pure genius. Sean and I talked about his first missteps in comedy and how making a show out of his loss helped him …
 
Brian Hicks is from Chicago but calls the stage he’s on tonight home. Brian’s easy going style and hilarious stories about being a husband and father have made him popular with any audience who is lucky enough to have purchased a ticket to see him perform. It’s easy to see that he loves what he does. He’s also known as a friend and mentor to new co…
 
Since, I am hamstringed by my current bandwidth and having no space for interviews, I'm bringing back one of my favorites. I got to see Dwight Simmons at Epic Comedy Hour for their 10th Anniversary show here in Huntsville. I was pleased to see that many of the things he talked about doing with his act in our interview were indeed in his act on Frid…
 
Todd Glass has been performing comedy since he was a teenager in Philly. He’s gotten really good at it. With a mix of silliness, observations about our culture, and a message of “Hey, let’s not take ourselves so seriously.” Todd is a draw wherever he goes. When he’s not making you laugh on stage, he’s bringing together his friends to entertain you …
 
Bob Fredricks started stand-up 10 years ago and released his debut album “Burger Prince” last year. He’s run and promoted shows for most of his career and has a lot of insight as to how to not only get better at comedy but be someone who is attractive to being a booker. Bob has been using his promoting skills on Twitch for the past year and has bui…
 
This is a repeat of my talk with Michael Palascak. This is one of my favorite interviews and Michael drops a lot of knowledge and insight. Here’s the BTB Internet Talk Show’s Twitch Channel. Check out all their great shows! https://www.twitch.tv/drinksjokesnstorytelling If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreo…
 
Jan McInnis wanted to be a comedian from a very young age. She did it and now she is a sought-after corporate comedian and keynote speaker. Jan has also written for The Tonight Show, The Wall Street Journal, & The Huffington Post (She also wrote copy for wart removal cream because a payday is a payday). Jan has a great business sense along with her…
 
Phil Johnson has an action packed show filled with his two loves, comedy and music. It’s a show filled with sharp unexpected turns, sneak attack jokes, and hilarious songs that doesn’t shy away from controversial territory… race, sex, religion, and doughnuts – so many doughnuts – all delivered from the viewpoint of a guy who happily grew up in the …
 
Re-air of my firs episode with the legendary Tom Dreesen! Here’s the BTB Internet Talk Show’s Twitch Channel. Check out all their great shows! https://www.twitch.tv/drinksjokesnstorytelling If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Check …
 
EDGY. ANGRY. HONEST. HILARIOUS! Slowing down is not in Steve Sabo's vocabulary. Tirelessly working the road an astonishing 52 weeks a year, this comedy road warrior brings laughter and joy all over the nation, and beyond. No stage is too big or too small; he has performed for crowds as large as 5,000 and as small as two. First hitting the comedy st…
 
Forrest Haigh & Ruben Cagnie wanted to make an app that allowed comedians to perform anywhere without restrictions. They came up with a Live Show App. This app has open mics every day and now has scheduled shows. 2 great things about a Live Show App: 1. It costs nothing! You don’t have to buy anything to participate and you don’t get deluged with a…
 
Mark Riccadonna grew up an artsy jock outside of Youngstown, Ohio. At age 17 (like a bad independent movie), Mark moved to NYC in search of himself and happiness. He pursued Theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, joining “The Company” after graduation. Soon after, Mark stumbled upon Stand-Up Comedy and found success as a storyteller, per…
 
Dustin Chafin is a stand-up comedian based in New York City who The New York Times said “is getting laughs every time he speaks.” Chafin has had the honor of touring with the USO, performing for the troops in Korea, Japan, Africa and Iraq. He is a regular on SiriusXM, where he’s been featured on Jim Breuer Unleashed, Court TV Radio, Blue Collar Rad…
 
Art Bell got his dream job working for HBO after working with the government and CBS. That dream job was predicting subscriber numbers and wasn’t all that glamorous. Then he came up with the idea of a 24 hour comedy channel and that idea was promptly shut down. He pitched it again and Michael Fuchs, the head of HBO liked it. The channel became Come…
 
A standup comedian since 2015, James is a Navy Veteran, Comic Book Nerd, Writer, Filmmaker, and Podcaster. James Creviston is cohost of The Clean Comedy Podcast, a long form conversation with guests that is becoming popular on iTunes James is also the brains behind Comedypreneur a site dedicated to bringing you comedy tips as well as ways to make m…
 
Anthony Jeannot has played sold out gigs in London, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Stockholm, Adelaide and Sydney. He has a new comedy album out aptly titled “Stand Up Comedy Album & a wonderful podcast called Highbrow Drivel in which he takes a humorous look at a different subject each week with a comedian friend and an expert on the subject. We talked abo…
 
My hometown club is reopening in a new location. The Drop Comedy Club has a new home at the Aloft Hotel in Downtown South Bend, IN. I talked to Heather O’Laughlin & Jim Kliss, two of the partners in at The Drop about the reopening and having the great Stewart Huff kick off opening weekend as their headliner. Comedy clubs and comedians have really s…
 
One of New York City’s top comedians. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wali was and still is an accomplished drummer. Wali has played in R&B, Pop, Funk and Jazz bands. And he was the youngest to ever join the New England Jazz Society. After College, Wali was working on being the best Architect New England has ever known. But the calling for show…
 
April thought she had finally found Mr. Right and became engaged after just three dates with the man of her dreams. However, her fiancé became increasingly jealous of her 16 ventriloquist puppets that she uses in her one-woman touring show. In less than a year, he gave her an ultimatum: “It’s either me or your puppets!” The British tabloid “The Dai…
 
Aaron Simmonds was a BBC New Comedy Award finalist in 2017. He also won Jewish Comedian Of The Year in the same year. His credits include The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC Two), The Edinburgh Show (BBC Scotland), BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Unexpected Fluids podcast and Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session (BBC Radio 5 Liv…
 
Corey Ryan Forrester’s love for comedy started when he was a toddler watching Carson (and then Leno) from a blanket on the floor next to his daddy Dale. By 2nd grade, he had already informed his teachers that he was going to be a comedian and didn’t ever consider another profession. At age 16, he worked up the nerve to do his first open mic (lying …
 
Ben Sorensen started putting on his own vaudeville style shows in Australia as a teen. He found out his keen sense of humor and natural ability at marketing made him a great all-around entertainer and spokesperson. Ben has found himself emceeing large events, hosting popular trivia shows, and helping businesses market themselves in unique ways. Ben…
 
Leighann Lord has been performing comedy in all parts of the globe for 25 years. She also has the distinction of being and actor, author, & keynote speaker. Leighann graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Baruch College with a degree in Creative Writing & Journalism. From there, she chose to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. She has received the NYC Bla…
 
Born into a biracial family, Collin quickly realized he had to embrace diversity or go crazy. Choosing the former (the jury’s still out on the crazy part), he learned to make fun of his differences while developing a unique brand of standup. Collin’s humor manages to artfully touch on areas usually considered taboo, letting him cover topics that mo…
 
Chicago based Paul Farahvar has continued to delight audiences with his self-deprecating dry humor, centered on being a single son of disappointed middle eastern parents. After becoming a regular at Chicago stand up clubs like Zanies, Comedy Bar and Laugh Factory, Farahvar was given the rare opportunity to host and produce his own monthly (now week…
 
Comedian Gabe Kea's unbridled enthusiasm for entertaining audiences is what truly sets him apart. With a personality as big as his 6'5" frame, Gabe melds well-crafted jokes with his comedic physicality to create an unforgettable show. Gabe spent his youth living in both the US and Canada and found his love for performing in St. Louis. Currently res…
 
Joe Bates is a hero. His absurdist confidence is only beaten out by his lack of understanding why he shouldn't have it. Currently in Indianapolis, Joe works regularly at Cracker's and is a writer for Bob and Tom. Joe and I had a great talk about Indianapolis comedy, his non-sequitur style, and writing foor Bob & Tom Show. We also discussed his new …
 
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