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S01E14 Interview: Jen Meyers

podcastWe start the podcast by commenting that comedy is eternal, like the blue milk after a bowl of Lucky Charms, the brown milk after a bowl of Count Chocula or Cap’n Crunch mouth.

And then our guest interrupts and introduces herself, in a sense: Jen Meyers! Jen immediately impresses us with her use of Latin.

We jump straight in discussing the prejudice she’s had to deal with as the “token” woman of her comedy community. We talk about acknowledgment in the world of stand-up comedy. Acknowledge whatever particular group you belong to!

We learn what kind of comedian Jen is. She’s an unabashed female comedian who plays to the audience, tells jokes and tells stories. She regales us with a story of a show she did just the night before and how she augmented her set to suit it.

Then we discuss specialized comedy for ONLY women! These are jokes men can’t find funny, but girls can. What is the subject matter? What is the way this humour works that doesn’t tickle men?

Before answering these questions, Jen talks about her box.

Joel gets confused about some reproductive details pertaining to certain period details. This needs to be arduously explained to him by Kevin and Jen. The latter uses a personal story about her brother and having to work.

We discuss a battle of the sexes Joel witnessed featuring Jen. Also, we talk about David Green, a dear comedian who is very tender and fair. Then she tells us the joke which features Levi Mann, who we have interviewed. The joke involves Canada’s Wonderland and the Leviathan.

Now, the joke she performed was an INSULT comedy joke! That gets the gang talking about Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Bob Hope and Don Rickles. Kevin uses Joel’s resemblance to Clark Kent/Superman to illustrate what an insult comedy joke would be. Jen brings up the comedy central roasts.

Joel brings up what level of insult is funny and when it becomes just mean. Is it mean to start making fun of a person’s ears (because Jen is sensitive about her ears). We share what jokes we would do about her lobes. Then we talk about bullies and the loss of wit.

Then we discuss divorce and how it’s treated in the Nation. We talk about marriage between goats, platypus, lamps, tables, beavers. Of course, this opened up questions about adoption at the time.

And then we do “Give us a handle“! It gets pretty exciting and maybe even harrowing.

Then we get the 411 on how long Jen has been actually doing comedy and how long she dreamed of performing comedy. She has a list two hours long of comedians she loves! But her inspiration, not influence, who she emulates is Deborah DiGiovanni. She’s a stand-up comedy female comedian from Toronto.

Then Joel starts another great deep philosophical conversation about inspiration vs influence. This involves talk of Louis CK and Adam Sandler.

Then we do “What’s the Difference between me (Catharine O’hara) and you?”

Jen asks “who misses Chris Farley in the age of Rob Ford”. We are forced to go over a few of those details. But these days, because of decomposition, Farley would probably be hired for a Calvin Klein add.

Jen introduces Joel to Nikki Payne.

Then we do the sucky “Rob Delaney’s Tweets“. Of course, we mention the Kardasian’s in tandem with Delaney. This also brings out the wonder of elephant in the refrigerator jokes, Tarzan jokes and Chuck Norris jokes.

Then we do a brand new segment: “Can I be your?

Then we do “Comedy Soup“!

Befriend Jen’s Facebook Profile!

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Have a great week! Class dismissed.

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S01E13 Tribute: Chris Farley

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We open the episode discussing the throwback to the silent film era! The days of Charlie Chaplin when they used title cards to describe emotions. You’d be watching Journey to the Center of the Moon and music would be the indicator as well as a title sign. We discuss the importance of musical indicators. (That’s all in the first 2.5 mins! Very dense episode!)

Then Kevin makes an error in how we’ll be posting this episode, but that highlights the new way we’ll be coming up with our tributees! Very exciting development.

Before we completely reveal this, we describe Joel as a Tim Heidecker and Kevin as Eric Wareheim. They give their full names so that they can go out and work independently from the J/K Around.

Then we tell our students how we’ll be coming up with their tributees which will show how well we know comedy and comedians off the cuff (and out of a hat). We mention Wanda Sykes and Frank Caliendo as comedians we both have fought for in the past.

We honour the greats with the hat: Abbott and Costello, Sonny and Cher, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and The Three Stooges.

First Assignment: Not really sure if Cher ever wore a bowler. If so, tweet us the picture or post it on our Facebook page!

Our new direction is so exciting because, ever since we completed our 7 Trials of Hercules, we have now proven ourselves to be honorary PhDs of Comedy. Which we would probably get from Russia Oxford, Swedish Oxford or Nicaragua Harvard or Oxford.

The comedian we’re tributizing is Chris Farley, the fat, dead comedian. He became famous through Saturday Night Live (which is now called SNL). We give a brief history of the show from when it almost began with Chaplin and Buster Keaton to when Laurence of Olivier‘s son (Lawrence Michaels) began it officially in the 70s. This was the Vatican for the greats of comedy: Steve Martin, Steve Buscemi, Steve Albright, Jane Curtin, Dennis.

Eventually we start discussing Farley’s movies, starting with Beverly Hills Ninja which was a comedy remake of Kurosawa type films. That was very brave, but appropriate because in America everyone is obese! We talk about Fat Pride which got big in the 90s (hilarious joke) and the blessing that fat comedians in Farley’s time died before they were alienated by the decline of Fat Pride and growth of the health nut: John Candy, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bernie Mac.

We talk about the big question: Chris Farley, nude or not nude. Joel tells a story about seeing Farley dance for Chippendales with Kevin Nealon and Fabio or Famio?

Debate Assignment: Was it funnier when Farley was packed into that little outfit or when he took off the outfit? OR when he was taking OFF the clothes?

Then Joel tries to talk about the “Van down by the River” sketch, but Kevin refuses. Why?

He tries to distract the conversation by talking about the Folger’s Commercial.

Was he even in Wayne’s World 2? Dana Carvey, Mike Myers.

If you’ll remember Married With Children with Freida, who appeared in an SNL skit. That’s when things finally get serious… sometimes taking the magic out of comedy gets personal.

Then they bring to light an important tenet of the discipline: subtle comedy zappers. You’d see it in the sketch about adopting an adult.

And then we do WHAT IF? We ask, “what if Chris was a part of speech?”

Assignment: What are some nouns we could put in a hat?

Scholar Assignment: What is “Shalom” or “Farley Well“? Is it a greeting? What’s that called? Namaste? May Chris Farley be unto you?

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Have a great week! Class dismissed.

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S01E12 Interview: Ben Whipps

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This week begins by making sure everyone understands that our ‘cast isn’t just for “students” of comedy, but for everyone who enjoys hearing about comedians and the discipline of comedy.

Then we introduce our guest: Ben Whipps!

We discuss how exciting it is that our podcast will always be online and people can listen to current and past episodes for years to come and then that’ll be the future for them, but the past for us. Amazing! We mention gang violence in places like South Central United States and how this violence might not still be happening in the future.

We kick off talking about Whipps’ podcast “Braingasm“. He quickly decides to let both his stand-up and his podcast get destroyed in the holocaust when faced with his own Sophie’s Choice. Yet, he goes on to use science to say we only have one listener as opposed to his few listeners who he seems fairly indifferent toward.

Kevin and Joel breakdown the etymology of the title of Ben’s show. Are they correct? Ben tells them.

Then we touch on the idea of taste, preference. Someone might claim that Adam Sandler is, not unlike Barbra Streisand, the greatest comedy actor, director, producer, writer ever! But other people might say he’s absolutely the most horrendously over-rated, garbage-making idiot around.

A neat sneak peek into the origins of the JK Around podcast name. We discuss our interactions with Dr. Wawz. Interestingly, Ben had the same experience. It felt a lot like the Wizard of Oz, complete with Winged Monkey-type Munchkins. Joel was pretty sure he was a confidence trickster. Ben reveals where the guy went to school! Not Oxford or HarvardDeVry. It was the Music Man all over again.

We take a risk and talk about the hidden, banned, lost, cursed episode of Braingasm: Bread vs Pie!

Assignment: Tell us how many weeks Braingasm has been doing podcasts and which weeks did they miss?

We talk about co-hosts: Ben’s co-host Chesticka and Joel’s co-host Kevin. Is there romance in the air for either? Of course, Chesticka isn’t at all like Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein‘s monster. Ben makes that abundantly clear. She is afraid of fire, unlike Mowgli from Jungle Book. And then the cow puns begin. And then the scrapbooking discussion!

Next we explore Ben Whipps’ stand-up comedy stylings. His style of comedy is story-telling, which is a derivative of long-form comedy. Ben does NOT tell jokes!

Then the gang philosophizes about familiarity in our culture. We bring to light the warm embrace of a school shooting to Generation Columbine or Generation C. They feel bad for children who are so used to bullying, shootings in a Clockwork Orange type thing, but now they have to watch the 2014 Sochi Olympics, they feel anxiety. Munich was a good Olympics because it was relate-able, which is why Spielberg made a film about it. Schindler’s List was also a hug of a movie. Thank heavens the gays have been having a hard time during the Olympics this year, it’s familiar!

That transitions flawlessly into our new segment: Give us/me a handle!

The 2nd in our rapid-fire segment episode: What’s the difference between me and you (another comedian)? What’s the difference between Ben Whipps and Zach Galifianakis?

It comes out that Joel had a very dated version of hair removal/facial reconstruction surgery.

And then we do Rob Delaney’s Tweets!

Assignment: Did Ben read that tweet differently than Joel? Describe how on FaceBook and Twitter!

Finally, they do Comedy Soup!

Take the time to find, like and follow Ben and his podcast online:

Twitter: @braingasmpod, @braingasmben, @ohhsugar (Chesticka)

facebook.com/thebraingasmpodcast

braingasmpodcast.com

And the worst website ever: braingasm.com

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Have a great week! Class dismissed.

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S01E11 Tribute: Jerry Seinfeld

podcastWe open the podcast reminding our students about the ongoing, very late Garfield meme assignment. Then we talk about the Sunday funnies and how our government is keeping down the strong liberal and conservative voices of heavy hitters like Doonesbury. But this episode hopes to enlighten the listeners and make them red with passion like Sam Kinison or Satan.

We then introduce our tributee: Jerry Seinfeld! He is the people’s comedian with the Midas touch! They discuss the days of the gold rush, heading down to Texas to get the black gold (Texas tea) and getting their hands dirty (and souls dirty) with black gold.

Of course, Jerry Seinfeld is a huge fan of Superman and actually worked with him on some commercials for Mastercard. Is this a moral choice? Should these two titans be selling themselves to capitalism? It just makes logical sense that if you can do good with comedy, you can do bad with comedy. Kevin cites the Flintstones and the Jetsons being on both polar opposites of that coin.

Early-on assignment: Why are the Jetson’s evil because of technology or why are the Flintstones evil and the Jetson’s are not (in 500 words or less)? On Twitter or Facebook.

So, then it’s revealed that MAYBE Jerry and Superman were doing those commercials to save Lois Lane or something? Maybe the plot was thicker than a simple right or wrong question. It may have been an evil plot designed by Lex Luthorington. Of course, that leads to talking about Jerry Seinfeld’s personal marriage relationship life.

The duo discuss his show Seinfeld and how important that was to bring Jerry’s speech, perspective and jokes onto the couches, into the ears and minds of the world! And it’s made the world a better place. Where Jerry walks, the grass grows. He was asked to leave New York City because of that.

Then they gush for a bit about how great Jerry’s work is. Rocky is the eye of the tiger then Jerry is the eye of the bite (comedy, laugh, funny)!

The conversation turns to the Zach Shade episode in which we mention the Chinese bit of Jerry’s. This is something in the common vernacular like yada yada. Could Jerry have turned his comedy into gold like Rumpelstiltskin turned straw into gold? It started quotidian (aka quoted) and now it’s colloquial. So what’s the value? Has the value been sucked out of it? These are some deep questions the team deal with.

We talk about the Jewish heritage from the holocaust to Jerry being a Moses who lead his people out of Egypt, freed them from Pharaoh and turned the water into blood, sent locusts and then frogs to eat those locusts.

And then we do the “what if” segment! What if Jerry Seinfeld was greed?

Assignment: What if “what if” was actually a thing focused on “what if”? Help us with “what if”. What do you want to hear from the “what if” segment? Give us an example of a good “what if”!

Check out our YOUTUBE page, share our podcast clips with your friends!

Subscribe on iTunes!! And RATE and REVIEW us!!

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Have a great week! Class dismissed.