I Guess I’ll Do It with Pat House

Monroe Martin’s First Time

Monroe Martin is a fantastic comedian and an even greater podcast guest. As soon as we start talking, he immediately starts complimenting me. Big fan of when episodes begin like that. Monroe and I have been on countless shows together as we came up through the Philly scene, and since his move to NYC, he’s been on Comedy Central, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Last Comic Standing.” We share some Philly stories, talk about comedy homework and wearing suits on stage.

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Carole Montgomery’s First Time

Creator of Showtime’s “Funny Women of a Certain Age…” comedian Carole Montgomery sits down with me for a comedy chat covering everything from her early days in NYC to her laundry-list of credits including “Tough Crowd,” “Politically Incorrect” and one of my favorite long-lost gems, “VH1’s “Stand-Up Spotlight.”

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Blake Wexler’s First Time

Blake Wexler started doing stand-up in the Philly-area when he was 15…and I hated him for it. OK, I didn’t hate him, but he stole my thunder of being the youngest comedian in Philadelphia. Blake is a very close friend and we had a lot to say in this episode. We share some Philly-related stories from our early days, how he would call bars to see if he was even allowed in to perform, his mom driving him to open-mics, his days at Emerson College in Boston and then moving to Los Angeles.

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Joe List’s First Time

Joe List and I have a ton of similarities in comedy – both of us started shortly after high school, neither one of us had any idea what were were doing, but we both knew that we loved doing stand-up comedy. We cover everything from performing in Chinese restaurants in Boston, moving to NYC, performing on all the late-night shows and appearing on Netlfix’s “The Stand-Ups.” Joe and I talk a lot of comedy and realize we have a lot in common.

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Tom Dreesen’s First Time

“After 51 years in stand-up, I still get excited about new material.” Tom Dreesen is 81-years-old and still out there making people laugh. His new book, “Still Standing…” is filled with countless stories across his five decades in comedy. Tom was half of the first (and only!) black-and-white comedy team alongside Tim Reid, he has made dozens of appearances on Johnny Carson and David Letterman and spent fourteen years performing in every casino, theater and arena as Frank Sinatra’s opening act. He shares alot of great stories with me – everything from poor kid shining shoes in Harvey, IL to performing in front of 40,000 people in HI opening for Sinatra and everywhere in between!

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Amy Miller’s First Time

Starting in Oakland, moving to Portland, now currently living in L.A, Amy Miller is one of the hardest working comics out there. Amy has won Portland’s Funniest, appeared on The Adam Carolla Show, NPR, Doug Loves Movies and her own “Comedy Central Presents…”

Amy and I met years ago in Portland, where a snowstorm canceled half of our shows with Tom Segura. We share a bunch of fun stories from that week and have a great comedy chat covering everything from performing in laundry mats to proper green room etiquette and not being a complete dickbag in this industry.

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Adrienne Iapalucci’s First Time

When I moved to Hoboken, NJ in 2011 to tackle comedy in NYC, Adrienne Iapalucci was one of the few comics to take me under her wing and show me around the scene. Since then, she’s been featured on The Degenerates on Netflix, The Best of Netlfix Stand-Up 2020 and she was my first friend to perform on David Letterman. Born and raied in The Bronx, Adrienne’s mother dabbled in stand-up and Adrienne dreamed of being on Saturday Night Live, but then found herself doing stand-up as well. In this episode, we share some horror stories from the road, talk a lot about bombing, why the best-paying gigs are usually the worst shows and why I couldn’t make it work NYC.

Pat House is a nationally-touring comedian based out of Philadelphia. A regular performer in comedy clubs, casinos, and theaters all over the country, Pat has been a choice opener for Sebastian Maniscalco, Tom Segura, and Dan Cummins. He recorded his first album Biggest Thing in 2013, and his latest album Heard Enough Yesterday, hit #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Both can be heard on iTunes, Amazon, and Pandora.

Adrienne Iapalucci is writer, comedian, and podcast host who made her stand-up debut on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Netflix’s Degenerates S2, This Week at the Comedy Cellar, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV. She was a featured performer on JFL’s New Faces. She won the first ever People’s Choice award at the New York Comedy Festival. Adrienne was also a semifinalist in the festival’s New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition and a runner-up in the New York Underground Comedy Festival’s Best of the Boroughs contest. Adrienne wrote for What’s Your F@3King Deal?! with Big Jay Oakerson. When she’s not touring comedy clubs around the country, she can be seen regularly at The Comedy Cellar and The Stand in New York City. She also co-hosts the popular weekly podcast ‘Vadge’ with Sarah Tollemache

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Tom Rhodes’ First Time

Starting 2021 off with a bang! Tom Rhodes is one of my favorite humans on the planet. He first saw live stand-up comedy when he was 12-years-old, and with the help of a fake ID, he was actively performing at 17. From Florida to L.A. and N.Y.C. to San Fran, after cutting his teeth in America, Tom began working the international circuit, tackling Ireland, Sydney, Beijing, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Hong Kong, and everywhere in between.

Tom and I have known each other for fifteen years, and we share a lot of memories and compliments. Crashing on my couch, his love of Philly, the New Years Day when he quit drinking, to a recent traumatic event he witnessed, Tom shares some deep thoughts and life experiences  – and in true Tom Rhodes fashion, gets some jokes out of it.

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2020 Wrap Up Show

 A quick one to wrap up 2020! The first half of this episode is me solo, recapping some podcast highlights and what it was like performing live comedy during the pandemic. The second half, my producer, Andrew Moose, joins in on the fun! We chat about working on the podcast together, his behind the…

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Mark Normand’s First Time

After a few rough sets in Lousiana, Mark Normand headed to New York City and made the magic happen! From Conan to Jimmy Fallon and a special with 4.5 million views, Mark has blown up the last few years. We talk about performing in front of huge theater crowds, getting compliments from Seinfeld (Mark, not me) oue earliest jokes and doing live shows during the pandemic.

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