Joining us via Google Chat we sat with Alsa Bruno from the sunny Bay of San Francisco and Izaak Runkel Sunleaf from the bustling black and white cookie filled metropolis of New York. These two joined us from two of the most influential comedy cities in the world to talk about Richard Pryor's revolutionary album Live on the Sunset Strip. We talked about pain, catharsis, the power of words as well as laughter. This was a really incredible conversation with two terrifically funny performers.
I had the pleasure of sitting with Second City and Sketchersons alumnus Brandon Hackett, Brandon had previously joined us on our Saturday Night Live album episode from the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. In our on one one conversation we were able to discuss his early influences, the writing process and underrated nature of MadTV.
Jason and Matt sit down with the incredibly funny and talented Grace Smith and Ryan Hughes to discuss Beth Stelling's album Simply the Beth. We touch on her incredible pacing, meticulous use of language and her instantly relatable humour, all whilst plumbing the dark arts of the dramaturge and family strengthening qualities of belching the alphabet.
Recorded live at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival we sit down with Robin Duke of Second City, SCTV, Saturday Night Live and Women Fully Clothed, Kerri Donaldson and Allie Entwistle of Brunch Comedy and their podcast You've Got Brunch as well as Brandon Hackett of Second City and The Sketchersons to talk about the 1976 cast recording of The Not Ready For Prime Time Players performing in season 1 and 2 of Saturday Night Live.
This historic album is an artifact of sketches gathered from a period when envelopes were being pushed and formats were being established. In the album you can start to hear the familiar patter of the Weekend Update desk segment but also sketches that would never make their way to air today. Our amazing panel bring a unique perspective of both life long fans and former cast members to this stellar discussion. Thanks go out to Andrea Miller for working the boards, it was nice to be back with her as an engineer again.
Episode 28 - The Episode where we enjoy a delicious brunch (From the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival)
The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is underway and Jason had the pleasure of sitting down with artists during a brunch gathering of sketch comedians. We talk with Carson Pinch about his show Carson Fears Fear Itself, Cam Wyllie about Cam Wyllie & Jon Plester Presents Fruit Cart Bonanza (and another show that we distinctly did not talk about because that's secret and we don't talk about secrets here) as well as the troupe Girl Brain consisting of Caley Suliak, Alyson Dicey and Ellie Heath. Much yummy food, zesty coffee and good conversation was consumed.
With the clock ticking down on SketchFest (tickets still available here) and the excitement building I just wanted to let everyone know about the exciting week we have planned next week. It will be our celebration of Canadian comedy! As well as our episode with four astounding Canadian talents recording this Saturday about an American show that is steeped in Canadian comedy history we will also be releasing 5 days of interviews where we sat with the Canadian Juno nominees.
So, tune into the podcast Monday for our hot from the stage Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival episode. This will practically be fresh from the stage and straight to your ears! Then Tuesday through Saturday we'll be releasing interviews with Chanty Marostica, Dave Merheje, Debra DiGiovanni, Mayce Galoni and Pat Thornton each nominees for the 2019 Best Comedy Album Juno!
Tune in Sunday to the Junos and see who wins but listen to them talk about their craft and their album ahead of time on the podcast and celebrate Canadian comedy with us.
We catch up with one of our very first guests Olivia Stadler (@ostadz). We have a great conversation about her last year and a half in the comedy world and how she's experienced her journey as well as the terrific new comedy show case she produces at The Comedy Bar called Literally Dead! It's a terrific conversation that touches on her inspirations, how dance has informed her performance style and some funny (and not so funny) experiences. Thanks to Olivia for coming back and we look forward to checking in down the road.
Additionally I'm happy to share that we are joining the lineup of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival! We will be returning to stage for a live show, guests and album to be announced soon but you can get your tickets to hear us live at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival website. We look forward to seeing you there.
Matthew Ardill & Jason Deline
Partners in crime we collaborate to create the Comedy Album Book Club, a deep dive into comedy history.