FlappCast Episode #53 – Impressions of an Impressionist with Melissa Villasenor

melissaredMelissa discusses being on America’s Got Talent, auditioning for SNL, absorbing her family’s mannerisms into her performance, the art of doing impressions, and guys making mix tapes for her.

Melissa is a Stand-up comedian, Impressionist, and Singer.
She has appeared on FrankTV on TBS, Family Guy,Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, America’s Got Talent on NBC.
And, she’s HAPPY TO BE WACKY!

FlappCast Episode #52 – Cowboys Fan Loves Action Figures with Jerry Rocha

pic_jerry_rochaJerry discusses being a part of Stand-Up Revolution, a surprise trip to WrestleMania, surviving going to an Eagles-Cowboys game, and his start in comedy which was in part being a prankster in catholic high school.

Jerry Rocha is one of the hottest comics on the scene, constantly on tour and leaving a trail of busted guts and broken hearts in his wake. Well not really, but he has been a featured performer on SiTV, The Latino Laugh Festival, was the subject of a half-hour documentary on the Travel Channel, and was a Semi-Finalist on Season 7 of Last Comic Standing on NBC. He has worked at comedy clubs all over the country, and is now
living in L.A., if that doesn’t work out, he’ll move back in with his Mom in Texas. His routine is all over the map, and he is able to make light of any subject, making people laugh at things they normally wouldn’t, and also making them laugh at the easiest target… himself.

FlappCast Episode #51 – Fools of April with Dan Gabriel

danheadshotDan discusses starting out in the San Francisco comedy scene, performing tv spots, and once performing for the Columbine survivors.

Dan Gabriel got bit by the comedy bug early in life. Dan grew up immersed in the world famous San Francisco comedy scene where his mom took him to comedy shows when he was just in grade school. While other kids were trading Garbage Pail Kids, Dan was trying to make his friends listen to Steve Martin albums on his travel case record player.

In college, he stepped up on stage for the first time and was instantly hooked. Ignoring his studies, Dan spent his nights at any open mic night or comedy event he could find. After graduation he began opening for his heroes like Dave Chappelle, Mitch Hedberg and George Lopez. Since then Dan has worked his way from opening act to nationally touring headliner.

Now considered a veteran jokesmith, Dan has appeared on CBS’sLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Showtime, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, CBS’s Star Search, NBC’s Late Friday just to name a few. He was an award winning writer for Thugs on Film on BBC America and the Winner of the L.A. Take Out Comedy Competition. Take Out opened the doors for Dan to co-develop and host the hit first season of Asia Street Comedy, on AZN TV. Today you can hear his podcast, “The Best Medicine” on iTunes as well as his two critically acclaimed comedy albums, “Giant Robot” and “Baby For Sale.”

FlappCast Episode #50 – Helen Hong Fights Back

HelenHong4Helen discusses loving Star Trek, being on The Thundermans, the organization Girls Fight Back, chasing down a mugger, her first time on stage, the importance of being confident in front of any audience, and Barb learns about Grindr.

Helen Hong plays “Janet Fung” in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and recurs as “Mrs. Wong” in Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans.” Her voice can be heard as “Thistle Lady” in 20th Century Fox Animation’s “Epic” and she has appeared on “New Girl” on Fox and “The Crazy Ones” on CBS. Helen’s comedy is featured on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” OWN Network’s “Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious,” TV Guide Network’s “Standup in Stilettos,” and the Showtime documentary “Why We Laugh: Funny Women.” Look for Helen in two Comedy Central series: “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Adam Devine’s House Party.” As a producer/director, Helen’s credits include “What Not to Wear” and “Say Yes to the Dress.” And she sings some serious karaoke.

FlappCast Episode #49 – Balls Deep in Comedy with Jimmy Shubert

Jimmy-ShubertJimmy discusses the difference between comics and comedians, how political correctness limits good word choices, performing in China, and how he develped his comedic “voice”.

Philly native Jimmy Shubert began performing stand-up right out of high school. After moving to Los Angeles, Sam Kinison included him as one of the original “Outlaws of Comedy”.  His hour-long stand-up comedy special won Punchline’s top 10 comedy dvds for 2010.

A plethora of television credits; most recently Jimmy has appeared on “Two Broke Girls” and “Off Their Rockers”. He also has been seen in a recurring role (17 episodes), his character appropriately named Jimmy, on CBS’s “King of Queens” for five seasons. He has also made appearances on such shows as “Entourage,” “Heist,” “ER,” “Monk,” “Reno 911,” “Rude Awakenings,” “Angel,” “Once and Again,” “Lucky,” “New Car Smell,” “Secret Service Guy,” “The Loop ” and “Youth In Revolt,” to name a few.

FlappCast Episode #48 – Bottle Service Comedians Thai Rivera and Jay Davis

ThaiRivera_JayDavisThai and Jay discuss open mics, the road, promoting both yourself and shows, and bottle service.

 

Thai Rivera will make you uncomfortable in the best way possible. His politically incorrect style of humor has taken the comedy world by storm.

Having moved from Arizona to LA Thai quickly became a fixture and force on the comedy scene. After becoming a favorite and regular at clubs such as the Hollywood Improv and World Famous Laugh Factory he started to travel across the country in the most unlikely of places, redneck bars.

He has performed with some of the biggest name’s in the world of stand up, some of you may recognize him from the Jo Koy Comedy Tour, he has also been featured on Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham and The Logo Network’s One Night Stand up.

While Thai is very proud of who and what he is his disarming style and easy going delivery will put you at ease and there is no doubt that by the end of his set you will understand that Thai is comic who happens to be gay and not a gay comic, or as he would put it “a comic who happens to be a fag and not a fag comic.”

Thai’s comedy has not only taken him across this country but as far away as Austraiia and Thule Greenland where he performed for our troops.

 

Jay Davis is best known for starring on HBO “Dane Cook’s Tourgasm” series. Davis has appeared on ABC television shows “Boston Legal” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. You can catch him in the web series “Unknown Sender – Laundry Day” starring with Mindy Sterling at Strike.tv. He was also a part of a nationwide Tourgasm theater tour produced by Live Nation. Davis can be seen on Comedy Centrals “Tosh.0″. Jay received a lot of respect from his comedy peers by creating and producing amazing live stand up comedy shows all over Los Angeles, California. He has produced comedy events at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Improv and Laugh Factory. He currently produces and hosts some of LA’s hottest shows “Comedy at The Parlor” Hollywood every Monday.

FlappCast Episode #47 – The Keys to Comedy: Professional, Supportive, and Funny

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THE KEYS TO COMEDY
PROFESSIONAL   |     SUPPORTIVE     |     FUNNY

Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant owners Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz, along with Sales & Promotions Manager Joshua Snyder, discuss the keys to being successful in comedy, House Manager Bobby Quinn Rice also joins in the discussion. Stand Up comedian Brandon Scott Keller perform his Stand Up Comedy Set during the Punch It Up segment.

FlappCast Episode #46 – Intentionally Ridiculous and Unintentionally Clean with Greg Hahn

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Greg, with his great and wonderful enthusiasm, discusses being in the Marines, doing corporate performances, and various stories from the comedy world… and exercising by surviving MMA training.

From Corporate Employee to Corporate Entertainer!

A favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan Obrien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV and CMT.

Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work, into a performance of immediate pandemonium and fun! His crazy, likeable stylings have led to numerous television, club, corporate and now theater appearances throughout the country.

Developmentally arrested, Greg was raised in South Florida where in high school he amused the Catholic nuns by poking holes in his pockets enabling pens and pencils to shoot out of his pant leg.

As a college basketball player his tendency for half court shots got him benched.

As a Captain in the Marines Corps, Greg kept his men highly motivated and could not overemphasize that camouflage is continuous.

While a buyer for Lockheed Corporation, he thought “Why make $200 a day, when I can be a comedian and make that in a week!”

After several serious jobs where he refused to be serious, Greg turned pro as a stand up comedian and landed the absurd gig as emcee for a lumberjack show at Six Flags Great America. This show supplied him with a microphone, four huge audiences a day, drunk ax swinging lumberjacks, and a log rolling dog.

Soon afterwards, he worked as stuntman in the Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show at Universal Studios. “For $20 an hour, I’d run out, fall down a few times and get hit in the head with a stick”.

He continually honed his unique style of comedy and headed to New York City.

While in New York, Greg developed into a touring headliner and costarred in the independent film Tomorrow Night which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Then, after successful shows at the Montreal and Chicago Comedy Festivals, Greg enjoyed hit television appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC), Premium Blend (Comedy Central), Make Me Laugh (5 episodes, Comedy Central), Louis CK’s Pulp Comics (Comedy Central), 30 Seconds to Fame (Fox), Cedric the Entertainer Presents (Fox) and Star Search (CBS).

When appearing on Star Search, Greg was spotted by Tom Griswold of the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show. Greg has since established himself as a favorite guest on the show and starred on the Bob @ Tom Comedy Central Special. He also headlines the Friends of The Bob @ Tom Theater Tour, which included a stop at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

A return appearance to the Montreal Comedy Festival along with the Halifax Comedy Festival and appearances on Country Music Television’s “Comedy Stage”, “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and being tasered on “TOSH.O” (Comedy Central) have also added to Greg’s popularity across the country.

Continuing to advance his career in film and television, Greg now lives in Los Angeles where in between shows, he goes ballistic on the drums, destroys his pathetic fellow comics in ping pong, and flies indoor helicopters into his ceiling fan.

FlappCast Episode #45 – Wisdom From The Comedic Road with Jackie Kashian

jackiekashian2061610193036Jackie discusses what you learn from going on the road, such as her now being able to “book a shi**y one-nighter in any state in the union”. She also talks about the various other creative areas realted to comedy that comedians can delve into, such as webseries and podcasts. Jackie has her own long running podcast, The Dork Forest.

http://allthingscomedy.com/channels/18/the-dork-forest

Jackie Kashian’s comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is comic, writer, and occasional actor… she just did her first late night set on the Conan O’Brien show, has a half hour special on Comedy Central and has recorded an episode of This American Life with Ira Glass, Her latest CD, “It Is Never Going To Be Bread” was one of the top ten comedy albums of the year on Amazon. She hosts a weekly cult fave podcast called “The Dork Forest” where she creates a safe space for people to admit that thing they dork out about more than anyone.

OTHER JACKIE KASHIAN FACTS
Jackie’s First Time: In 1985, Jackie got drunk and heckled Sam Kinison in Madison, Wisconsin. She was told, by management, that open mike night was on Sundays. Just three weeks later she did open mike. Proof that that was not a black out drunk night.

Jackie on the Road: She’s been touring about 17 years. Jackie now makes her home in LA and works the road about 25 weeks a year. This seems to be a good balance of crime and sanity.

FlappCast Episode #44 – The Fine Art of Pranking with Grant Cotter

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Club oweners Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz are interviewed by Cosmo Times about the origins of Flappers Comedy Club.

Grant discusses being one of MTV’s Jerks With Cameras, and also recounts his early days starting stand-up at the tender age of 19.

Originally from London, England by way of San Diego and Catalina Island, Grant Cotter is a Stand-up Comedian, Improvisor, Host and Writer.

Grant was a smart ass from a young age. Constantly getting in trouble at school for pulling pranks and disrupting his classmates he knew he had a knack for making people laugh. His school boy antics eventually lead to him winning his schools title of ‘Best Sense of Humor’ in Middle School and again in High School.

Since then Grant Cotter has appeared on numerous TV shows including, “The Henry Cho Comedy Show” on GAC, “1,000 Ways To Die” on SpikeTV, “All-Stars” on MTV, candid appearances on “TMZ” and on the Comedy Time Network’s “Man Up Stand Up”.

His stand up can be heard on Sirius/XM National Lampoon Comedy Radio. He was a recurring guest co-host on Indie1031.com’s ‘Space Invaded Radio’, ‘Wino Wednesday’s’ and can currently be heard weekly on the Cool Party Guy’s Podcast ‘Stand-ups Sit Down’.

Since the start of his career Grant has won multiple awards and contests such as The Irvine Improv’s Funniest Comedian in Orange County, Bill Word’s Ultimate Laff-Down, Funniest Comic in Anaheim and he is a 3 time winner of The Laugh Factory’s Fresh Faces contest.

Grant’s wild off the cuff anything goes style and attitude has made him a crowd favorite at comedy clubs across the country. Grant credits his approach to comedy to a summer spent in New York City where he performed up to 10 times a night.

In 2010 after a performance at The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, The Park City Record wrote of Cotter, “Grant Cotter has an eclectic brand of humor, quick wit, and rapid-fire delivery that never misses a beat.”

In 2011 Grant was one of the youngest comedians ever to be invited to perform in the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition where he performed for over 1,800 people and received honorable mention. He has also appeared in the San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival and the Ventura Harbor Comedy Festival.

Grant is a regular comedian on ‘Comedy Juice’ a show that Sirius/XM Satellite radio calls “The best Stand-up show in the country” and has been featured on CNN and US Weekly.

He studies Improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings.

As a Host, Grant shot an unaired pilot for CurrentTV, a music countdown show featuring the Billboard Top 40. He is the Host of ‘Cracktastic’ a pop culture web series featuring topical interviews with celebrities. He is also the producer/mastermind of the insanely popular, Rated R for RADICAL, a sell out live stand up show at the Irvine Improv hosted by Grant featuring performances by todays top comedians.

The OC Weekly recently wrote, “His raunchy subject matter and quick wit will surely leave you in stitches.Rated R for Radical isn’t just a clever name—and it’s definitely worth the $10 per hour you’re paying the baby sitter. ”

Grant Cotter has performed alongside the biggest and best comedians in the country such as Dane Cook, Ron White, Louis CK, Dave Attell and Daniel Tosh to name a few. You can see Grant performing regularly at The Improv Comedy Clubs throughout Southern California as well as The Laugh Factory in Hollywood and Long Beach were he Hosts the weekly ‘Class Clowns College Night’.

Grant Cotter currently resides in Los Angeles where he performs nightly.