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:
Musical comic Marcus Whisler joined me in the studio today. He even got out the guitar and played a few songs for us. You can check out Marcus at the following places online, and at the these upcoming shows:
Jordon Mazziotti believes in Utah’s comedy scene. He is one of the guys working on both sides of the mic; not only is he an active stand up comic, he produces the blog It’s Always Funny In SLC, and the quarterly Stand Up Comedy Showcase. Stay up to date with his happenings on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsalwaysfunnyinslc
I have a lot of great shows. I get to talk to a lot of interesting people with unusual stories…. today’s show went above and beyond my expectations.
Last week, I was at a comedy showcase; most of the performers are people that I know well. Abi Harrison was on the bill; I had heard of her but never have seen her perform. Abi proceeded to take the stage and absolutely destroy the crowd. She was hysterical… her quirky observational style hearkened hints of Mitch Hedberg and Maria Bamford. I immediately approached her and invited her onto the show, not knowing a single thing about who she really is. For the next few days, my girlfriend and I have been talking about how insanely funny Abi was. Prior to the show today, we didn’t have much time to get aquainted (no thanks to some chump at Wendy’s that came to work entirely too stoned to handle the complex task of putting together my order of a small fry and large Dr. Pepper). What you hear on the show is me getting to know Abi for the first time. The conversation takes a brilliant turn that I was not anticipating. I thought we were going to talk comedy…
Looks like I’m going to have to re-think some of my material after today’s interview.
Today’s show is a prime example of what I love most about this work. Thank you Abi for an incredible, candid interview about some pretty damn personal stuff.
SLC comedian Jamie Maxfield came by to talk shop today. We discussed the merrits of adoption, what it’s like when everyone hates your jokes, and waxed sentimental about Dr. Demento.
Jamie hosts a monthly comedy show at All Stars Sports Bar & Grill in Toole. The next show is on May 3 7pm ; $5 at the door. He hosts a podcast about comedy writing, “Where’s The Punch Podcast”, available on iTunes.
Check him out online at www.jamiemaxfieldcomedy.com
A few links from the monologue:
Utah comic Christian Pieper joined me today to talk shop. Christian just returned from a 3 week Armed Forces Entertainment European tour. He hosts the weekly open mic night at Wiseguys comedy. We had a fantastic conversation ranging from philosophy, to religious literature, to pickup artists, to why Louis C.K. is smarter than most people realize.