Things we talked about:
Things we talked about:
One of Utah’s top comedic talents, Steve Soelberg, joined me in the studio to talk about the latest happenings in his career, his take on writing clean comedy, and even his dating life.
Follow Steve and get updates about upcoming shows here:
John Hilder, a brilliant stand up comic from Las Vegas, joined me in the studio to talk about his first time, Robin Williams, and why comedy worries his mother.
Hilder keeps a busy schedule, touring nationally. Connect with John here to find out where he’ll be performing next: https://www.facebook.com/johnhilder
Have you ever heard of a Hang? It’s pronounced “hong”, looks like a UFO, and is the youngest new musical instrument on the scene. The Hang was invented in 2000 by a couple of engineers. Despite it’s newness, it creates sounds that hearken to much older times. Hang player Ben Dieterle joined us to play the Hang and shared a lot of fascinating information about it.
Ben will be performing at Poplar Street Pub in Salt Lake City on Saturday, 23 Aug at 4pm. 242 South 200 West.
Check out more of Ben’s music at www.RedHang.com
More info on these instruments and the hilarious controversy surrounding them:
1 year ago, I went on stage to do the first edition of The Paul Duane Show. A confluence of serendipity, little voices in my head, and big voices in the community were responsible for this experiment. I was shocked, humbled, and massively inspired at how well received the show has been. I’ll never forget what it felt like to step on that stage, pick up the mic, and connect with that huge crowd. I knew I had arrived in a place I’ll call “home”, for lack of a better term.
Since then, I’ve had the honor of interviewing brilliant people, both from SLC and around the nation. The show has expanded to radio, becoming an anomalous spot on an otherwise exceedingly conservative radio station. One by one, fans of the show are cropping up not only in Utah, but around the nation. It’s truly an honor to be granted 2 hours / day in that sacred space between one’s ears. If stepping on stage for my first show felt like home, sitting down to the radio studio mic going on air for the first time felt like the den.
One haircut, 12 shows, thousands of laughs, dozens of pairs of tights, a few venue changes, 1 trip to Burning Man, hundreds of hours on the air later, the vision for The Paul Duane Show is even clearer:
The Paul Duane Show is the best cocktail party in town.
You know… the kind of party that’s brimming with great music, beautiful people, great drinks…
…the kind of party where you get to meet people you’ve heard of before, but never had the chance to talk with.
…the kind of party where you meet people that you’ve never met, but are glad you did.
…the kind of party where you hear something that challenges you live your life just a little bit bigger than you did yesterday.
This is The Paul Duane Show.
(L to R) Actor Jim Stevens, Fox 13’s Carly Figueroa, join me on stage for an interview. Jared Gilmore (right) worked tirelessly to keep the sound system under control. Photo by Kennedy Clark.
(L to R) Carly Firgueroa, Jim Stevens, comedian Marcus, Paul Duane. Photo by Kennedy Clark.
Dave Brewer and Jude Gillmore of the SLC Photo Collective were incredible hosts. Jonathan King was a force of nature in helping set up the space. Photo by Kennedy Clark.
Five Wives Vodka has been a huge supporter of the show – they are local, the make a great product, and are all around bad asses. When you are at the liquor store, buy Five Wives. It’s the right thing to do. For every bottle of Five Wives Vodka you buy, God spares a baby dolphin from being massacred by a gang of rogue sea lions. Photo by Kennedy Clark.
I cannot begin to explain how many ridiculously sexy women were in the audience. Jaclyn Easton (pictured) was one of them. Photo by Kennedy Clark.
(L to R) Jim Stevens, Carly Figueroa, Marcus, Paul Duane. Marcus is explaining what it’s like to not believe in ghosts while talking to ghosts. Check out his new web series, Ghost Hopping. https://www.youtube.com/user/GhostHopping Photo by Steve Conlin / Five Wives Vodka
The lovely and incredibly resourceful Kennedy Clark played a huge role in the nights success, from assisting with the bar, to making sure I was fed, to photographing the show. Photo by Steve Conlin / Five Wives Vodka
Dave Brewer (right) is the owner of the SLC Photo Collective, one of the most important places in my creative life. Brewer is a master host and is gifted at connecting people. Photo by Steve Conlin / Five Wives Vodka
We did it. There are A LOT of people included in “we”: Dave Brewer and Jude Gillmore of the SLC Photo Collective were amazing hosts, creating a space for the show that is second – to – none. Steve Conlin of Five Wives Vodka has been a stalwart supporter of the show all year – and last night they brought in an amazing bar. It was an open bar, free for everyone’s enjoyment (and enjoy they did!). Thomas Clement of Corbin’s Grille was our mixologist, creating the cocktails and serving up good vibes. Erin Western took care of the door and made everyone feel so welcome. My guests, Carly Figueroa from Fox 13, actor Jim Stevens, and stand up comic Marcus were brilliant stage companions. Joshua Delagarza and Chelsea Ott graciously filmed the show. Kennedy Clark filled more roles than I can reasonably enumerate here – including photographing the show and taking care of things I couldn’t. Jared Gilmore for taking care of the sound during the show. Jonathan King was a superhero, arranging for the P.A. and seating that were instrumental in making the show happen, putting in super long hours setting up & cleaning up the room after we were done. For all of you that have been to every show, that have told a friend about it, that have supported me when it’s been tough in all kinds of ways – emotionally, financially, creatively, logistically, organizationally – I am beyond grateful for you. You know who you are.
I get excited thinking about what the next year is going to bring for The Paul Duane Show. I don’t share ideas until they have made it past the idea stage, and into the action stage. That being said, here are some things that are in the works:
The April edition of The Paul Duane Show Private VIP Edition will be held on 20 April (which is Easter) and is also 4/20. Agr ain, it’s a private event with very limited seating. If you want an invitation to the show, add your email address (top right corner of this page) to our mailing list and watch your inbox.
John gave a great, insightful, funny interview. Toward the end, he dropped a nugget of gold. We were discussing the role of comedians in society, and he said:
“I think that comedians… I think that’s their function. To blend art, philosophy, and personal testimonial storytelling, to smooth it over with some humor,some silliness, some weirdness, to kind of talk about those things… faith, families, politics. I care about a lot of things, I could easily study history, I could be a lawyer, I could [use] these same talky, researchy, neurotic kinds of talents and use them for something good in the world, but I really think that comedy … I think that people who have a chance, that might have the right kinds of skills to fullfill that role, almost have a duty to try to, because I see people like Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, your Louis C.K.’s, Conans, so many of them… your Mark Twains, people like that, they made a dent – if we didn’t have our Mark Twains, I don’t know where we’d be. What if Mark Twain were an international lawyer and spent all of hhis time skimming the cream off of cool international deals? He could have. But he gave us so many brilliant things that have helped us understand ourselves better. I think that comedians coming out of Utah are in an interesting position to help a pretty big chunk of the nation speak with a big chunk of the other part of the nation more honestly.” – John Forbyn
John can be found online at:
How can donating your old Bon Jovi CD’s to a thrift store save you hundreds of dollars on your taxes? What were Greg and Paul doing buying used Honda Accords from the Russian Mafia? What tax advice does Walter White need right now? Stand up comedian and CPA Greg Kyte joined me on the show today. We talked about all of these things, and it was hilarious. If you didn’t listen live, I dare you to explain to me what was happening in your life at 1 – 3pm MST that was more entertaining than this. Enter it in the comments below. Seriously. Let’s see what you’ve got.
If you missed the show, you are in luck! You can listen to it here, or you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and get it there. Do the iTunes thing. It’s better.
Greg is going to be performing at Wiseguys in Ogden on 27, 28 September at 8pm. Go to it. He’s one of the 5 funniest people in Utah, I swear to Allah. Details here: http://wiseguyscomedy.com/event/151/greg-kyte
Check out his website here: http://gregkyte.com/
See some of his comedy here: http://youtu.be/JgW3ATYW9F4
Some tax related stories I referenced on the show:
SLC comic Brian pope performed for a full house at Five Monkeys on 28 March 2013, recording the show for his upcoming CD release. Stand up comedy is often the bastard child of psychotherapy and exhibitionism. Brian Pope follows in this long held tradition, covering topics such as racism, masturbation, abortion. Pope is a smart, dark comic with a congenial, nice guy candy coating. Much like meeting Doug Stanhope in person, it’s hard to imagine how a guy this nice is going to say something vile up on stage.
Anger is to the comic what charcoal is to the artist; though comics must take care to make sure the anger has long since stopped smoldering. At moments during his set, it is not clear how hot the anger really is, though if there was any question about Brian being a nice guy, the bulk of his jokes expose him as snarky uncle with a huge soft spot for his family.
Though not quite a father himself, ( “Every time I scramble eggs I think, “I could have been a dad”), he makes frequent reference to his family, particularly his nephew. What starts out as an extended masturbation joke, turns out to be a demonstration of Brian’s comedic prowess, using some great call back humor throughout his set. He weaves a hilarious tale that begins with his nephew catching him beating off, and ends with his brother demanding an explanation as to why this same child is vandalizing his cigarettes. It’s a fun ride.
This same nephew makes an appearance in my personal favorite of Brian’s jokes, something I’ll unofficially call, “Power Rangers: a Socioeconomic Allegory of Class Corruption”. The routine starts out with his nephew asking him to play Power Rangers. He gets into a debate with the young boy over which color of Power Ranger he will play the role of. This gives way to a hysterical stream of smart social commentary and satire, all packaged up in a rant delivered to his stoic young nephew.
Based on all of the comedic mileage Brian gets out of watching his nephew grow up, I can only imagine the hilarity that will ensue when he actually does become a father. Maybe one of these days he’ll choose to have his eggs served whole. I’m looking forward to it.
The well kept bar, the clean tables, the contemporary leather furniture, the spotless floor, the professional bar staff… none of these are harbingers of what’s about to go down on stage…
Every Tuesday night at 8pm, the best kept secret in Utah’s comedy scene whirs into action. Comedy Roadkill at The Complex hosts a comedy show that is unlike anything else in Salt Lake City. Every week, a different outstanding local comic hosts the show, featuring 4 showcase comedians. Open mic sets are interspersed throughout the show, moving the show along at a fun pace.
Stand up comedy is a raw human experience. As an audience member, laughing is a visceral, self induced medicine. Taking the stage is a display of vulnerability, a moment when the subconscious emerges into public view, for better or for worse. I’ve been participating in this show for the last 8 months, and I still feel the sense of buckling my seatbelt on a roller coaster as each show starts up.
Anything can happen.
I rolled up to the club on my skateboard, wave “HI” to the general assembly of smoking comics outside.
I walk in.
Find the host.
Get my name on the list.
Order a beer.
Find a table.
Take a seat.
The vibe is not good tonight. Before a single comic has taken the stage, I can tell that there is