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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Podcast episode 485ish: Kathleen McGee

We had to get Kathleen McGee back on the program before she moves away in May and we got her. In this very enjoyable romp, Ms McGee talks about her favourite musicals, partying around sports, heckling athletes, telling vibrator jokes to her grandparents, dying pets, and she even manages to drop the c-word on our dear Co-op radio listeners. This episode brought to you by Kit Pellow.

Here you go. Have fun listening. If you don't want to miss an episode, go subscribe to What's So Funny? on iTunes. Highly recommended.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Feb. 18: Jo Dworschak

Tonight we have a first-timer on the show, but no stranger to Co-op Radio. Jo Dworschak is a programmer on CFRO so I see her around the station sometimes (okay, once). Tonight she visits What's So Funny? to talk about her life and career in general, and her baby Story Story Lie, in particular – a live monthly event that's two-thirds storytelling and one-third telling stories (it's also a podcast). The next instalment is Thursday, February 22... or is it??? (Yes, it is. There have been no lies in the making of this blog post.)

Tune in tonight to hear all about Jo and the show. We're on the air in Vancouver at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM or you can livestream us out of town on coopradio.org. We can also be found on the TuneIn Radio app that can be found on your computing devices.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Podcast episode 484ish: Ken Lawson

What does Ken Lawson have in store for me in this episode? In the past, he's "coached" me against a 13-year-old ping-pong champ (I got slaughtered), and tried to teach me improv (he failed bigly). On his latest visit, he got me off my chair and onto the floor to test my strength. How did I do? You'll have to listen to find out, but you probably know the answer already. We also talk about his body ad nauseum, and his many hernias. And if that doesn't suitably entice you, you're dead inside. But maybe his talk of dancing topless for a living with the Comic Strippers will seal the deal. It's always a blast when the Silver Fox visits us.

Go ahead, treat yourself to this episde. Thank me later. Listen here or download us at iTunes, Stitcher, PodBay, or anywhre else you can think of.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Feb. 4: Rod Crawford

I love talk about bygone eras. I guess that's a function of being old and grizzled, but I was always fascinated with earlier eras even when I was wet behind the ears. Our guest tonight should be able to regale us with tales of yore since he's a wily veteran of the improv scene. A few weeks ago, I was at Yuk Yuk's for The Brett Martin Show and Rod Crawford was on stage doing improv. During his sit-down segment with Martin, he mentioned legendary Vancouver comic, the late Colin Campbell... Crickets... But I was excited. I saw Colin perform lots in the early '80s and even once played basketball with him when he visited Victoria. He was one of the best, but because there aren't any public recordings of him, people don't know him. Anyway, this isn't to say we'll just be talking about Colin Campbell all hour. After the show at Yuks, I spoke with Crawford and knew instantly he'd be a great guest. So here we are. Rod has run a comedy club, invented improv forms, acted, and... I'm sure lots more, which we'll get to tonight.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver tonight at 11 pm. Or livestream us at coopradio.org. Or listen in on the TuneIn Radio app. We'll be there.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Podcast episode 483ish: Mayce Galoni

Galoni (centre) with left-hand man Sam Tonning
Our first guest of 2018 was Mayce Galoni, a few months after his 10-minute tryout a few months earlier. The 27th most famous name from Hamilton, who has been a Vancouver resident for seven months, talks about overcoming his anxiety of speaking in public to become a teenage barroom magician before transitioning to standup. He also tells us some sage advice given to him by his comedy hero Doug Stanhope. And I tell him all about convent living.

Here you go. On me. Listen for free below, or go download us (also for free) at iTunes or Stitcher or PodBay or elsewhere.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Feb. 4: Kathleen McGee

I recently heard the sad news that Kathleen McGee was abandoning us and moving to Edmonton soon. Is it true? We'll find out tonight as Kathleen joins us. She'll sort everything out for us. It's been two years since she was last (and first) with us and she's one of my favourite people on the scene. The standup comic and host of the Kathleen McGee is a Hot Mess podcast always has lots on her mind so we'll have lots to talk about.

We're on the air at 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM here in Vancouver. Her Alberta, Ontario, or California friends and family can stream us on coopradio.org of find us on the TuneIn Radio app.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Podcast episode 482ish: 2017 Highlights, part 2

And here's the companion episode to the last one. This is the second half of our highlights from the year of our Lord 2017. We hear snippets of conversations we had over the year with the likes of Chuck Byrn, Barry Crimmins, John Cullen, Ivan Decker, Harry Doupe, Shawn Farquhar, Diana Frances, Lori Gibbs, Ryan Gunther, James Kennedy, Colin Lamb, Darryl Lenox, Gavin Matts, Joel Plaskett, Brad Upton, Ron Vaudry, and Garry Yuill.

Check it out (here or at iTunes, Stitcher, etc.) and see if any whet your appetite for their full appearance. They're all over at iTunes in their entirety.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Podcast episode 481ish: 2017 Highlights, part 1

Were you in a coma in 2017? If you missed some or all of our 2017 episodes, I've got the fix for you. This is part one of our 2017 highlights package, where we play snippets from everyone who graced our microphone last year. Only it's spread over two shows, so this one has half the guests we welcomed: Harris Anderson, Paul Anthony, Wes Barker, David Beckingham, Camilo the Magician, Andy Cañete, Randy Charach, Garrett Clark, Charlie Demers, Fred Ewanuick, Katharine Ferns, Shirley Gnome, Kevvy, Leland Klassen, Johnny Perrotta, Jon Reep, Christina Sicoli, Alex Sparling, and Oh Susanna in this episode.

Listen right here, or download us at iTunes, Stitcher, et. al.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Jan. 28: Ken Lawson

That's Ken on the far left sucking in his gut.
I did a story this week in the Georgia Straight about the Comic Strippers, and focussed on Chip Stick, aka Ken Lawson, one of the shirtless wonders. We were at a coffee shop talking so he kept his shirt on. We had such a good chat, I thought I'd invite him back on the program, where he's been twice before. We'll talk about the art of topless comedy and whatever else comes up, because as one of the best improvisers around, he is trained to go where the conversation leads. Should be fun.

Tune in to CFRO 100.5 FM here in Vancouver at 11 pm for our conversation. If you're one of the many Chip fans across Canada, in the western States, or down under in Australia, you can try livestreaming us at coopradio.org or find us on the TuneIn Radio app. We'll do our best to be there, too.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Podcast episode 480ish: Jon Reep

Here's the episode we ran on the radio on New Year's Eve to ring in 2018. It was recorded in mid-November, though. But it's as fresh today as the day we spoke so if you missed it originally, don't you worry. Jon Reep tells us about his futile high school football team, his cop dad's bullet injuries, how his day job producing and editing television facilitated his entry into standup comedy, and how he managed to play Opie in Mayberry. It was the former champeen of Last Comic Standing's second time in Vancouver and second appearance on What's So Funny? Ain't that sumthin'?

After our morning conversation in his hotel room, I caught his act at Yuk Yuk's. After the show, he and some fans hit up a Legion for some karaoke. Jon loves his karaoke. So I end up driving him there and watch as he absolutely destroys the room with his version of... I forget now, but it was a country-rock barnburner. Photo evidence to the left. (For the record, I didn't sing.)

I'm digging our new gizmo (see below) that allows you to listen to the show right here and now. Hope you are, too. But don't forget, you can still download us on the go at iTunes and Stitcher and them such places.