This week we sat with the hilarious Martha O'Neill and Karen O'Keefe to discuss their albums Fine Big Girl and Surprised Eyebrows. We touched on the process of recording an album, the state of comedy in Canada and the amazing powers of attraction granted to you on recording a comedy album. Thanks again to Karen and Martha for joining me and please go out and buy their albums today. You will not be disappointed.
Jason and Matt sit with Jim McAleese and Robin Archer to listen to the career-defining George Carlin album Class Clown. We discuss the impact George had on the comedy world and how he shaped our own views of comedy. We also discuss how his voice changed and evolved, his continued relevance and the lasting impression of his work to this day.
We also bid farewell to Jason Deline as the host of Comedy Album Book Club, thanks to Jason for two years of hosting the show. It has been a true adventure and a million laughs, we appreciate all your hard work. Matt Ardill will be taking over full time hosting duties and we look forward to many more conversations with comedians and comedy professionals about the work that inspires and defines their comedy experiences.
In April of 2019 we sat down with funny people Grace Smith and Ryan Hughes to talk about Beth Stelling's awesome album Simply The Beth. We spent a great hour talking about Beth, the accessibility of her material and the power a good burp. After the episode, we decided to reach out to Beth and seeing if we could chat with her about the album, her inspirations and her current projects. This past December we were able to reach Beth after her tour of Oregon and have a great conversation about all of those topics and more. Thanks to Grace and Ryan for chatting with us about Beth's album and thanks to Beth for spending some time with us.
It's that time of year again, we're back for our second annual holiday special this year with writer, musician, filmmaker and performer Emily Milling plus writer and performer John Budreski of Weird Town Comedy sat with their fellow Weird Town citizen Matt. We each selected one of our favourite funny holiday films. Emily selected the Gubinator's family-friendly smash fest Jingle All The Way, John picked the cult favourite A Christmas Story and Matt selected Colbert's A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Time to put a log on the fire, pop in those earbuds and slap on your kerchief for a long winter's nap and some holiday podcasting. Happy holidays from us at Comedy Album Book Club.
This past spring my wife Heather and I visited the UK, on our trip we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey also known as Flo & Joan. Fixtures of the Toronto sketch community who had returned to their native England sat with us over an initially sunny and progressively rainy brunch to talk about their influences both musically and comedically as well as the challenges and opportunities of performing in Canada versus the U.K., Fringe Festivals and some of their experiences performing. They are currently on tour and you can find more information on their facebook page. Thanks again to Nicola and Rosie for sitting with us and please enjoy the episode.
We do a second deep dive into Lenny Bruce's album The Carnegie Hall Concert this time joined by special guest writer, comedian, playwright, educator and activist Lara Rae. Lara has spent many years working with some of the greats of comedy and was able to share their encyclopedic knowledge of comedy with some terrific first-hand accounts of talking with people from Lenny's life. It was a real joy to sit with them and we look forward to doing so again in the future.
Jason and Matt sit down talk with Andrew Lizotte to discuss the immensely influential Lenny Bruce and his seminal recording The Carnegie Hall Concert. It's a really deep dive into language, relevance and how many comedians who model their work after Bruce just can't reach what he's attained.
Hey Chachi, put down your latte and get a load of Mr. Todd Van Allen and Mr. Chili Davidson taking a break and chatting with Jason and Matt about the 1988 debut album by Dennis Miller called The Off-White Album. We discuss the career of Dennis Miller and ponder what turned him from the comedian he was into the comedian he is (as well as the fact that the 80s were a very screwed up time).
We sit down with a batch of new comedians to talk about Jim Gaffigan's Grammy nominated album Mr. Universe. Thanks to Alicia Carrick, Liz Myers, Sunny B and Miguel Martin-Garcia for joining me to discuss the quiet and subtle darkness that is Jim Gaffigan.
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.