FlappCast Episode #98 – Dabbling In Life… with Fred Stoller

FredStollerHeadshotFred Stoller, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses his book Maybe We’ll Have You Back, writing for Seinfeld, the lawsuit against him by the “real” Kramer, the before and after his years long hiatus from stand-up, and how he tried to have a process for writing stand-up. During Punch It Up, Keith Kelly and Paul perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

As a stand-up comedian Fred was known for his dating woes, and his thrill-seeker persona. (I drank milk that expired yesterday!) He appeared on Late Night With David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and HBO’s Thirteenth Annual Young Comedian’s Special.

Fred then guest starred on countless sitcoms, establishing himself as TV’s go-to nebbish: most notably as Ray Romano’s mopey cousin Gerard on Everybody Loves Raymond, Elaine’s forgetful date on Seinfeld, and Monica’s bossy co-worker on Friends. He’s appeared in the films Dumb and Dumber, Rebound and Little Man, among others. 

Fred & Vinnie, the indie feature he wrote and starred in, won the Audience award at The Austin Film Festival. 

Fred wrote for the animated series Handy Manny, where he also voiced the character Rusty The Wrench. He was a staff writer for Seinfeld and the author of Maybe We’ll Have You Back–The Life of a Perennial TV Guest published by Skyhorse Publishing.

Fred’s been traveling to colleges, theater groups, and other venues telling stories from his book about his life and the acting world. 


FlappCast Episode #97 – Winning A Fight With Just Words… with Joey Medina

JoeyMedinaJoey Medina, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses the similarities between being a boxer and being a comedian, being on the Original Latin Kings of Comedy, stories from when he was a cop, and how it feels to take a hard punch that you didn’t even realize you took until after it knocked you down.
He also talks about his upcoming fundraiser here at Flappers for The William H Parker Los Angeles Police Foundation on Sunday March 15th, and he’ll be headlining here on May 1st and 2nd.
During Punch It Up, Rishi Arya performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.


FlappCast Episode #96 – Don’t Try This At Home!… with Bobby Slayton

BobbySlaytonBobby Slayton, along with Joshua Snyder, discusses in delightful roast fashion how Josh intruduced just him as the “Bulldog” instead of the “Pitbull” of comedy, how Bobby started doing stand-up, the way that he deals with hecklers as well as front row texters, and he talks about when you know you have a good joke but need some extra development that’s illuding you. This episode definitly has mature awesome content! During Punch It Up, Mateen Stewart and Dave Neal perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

A true “comic’s comic,” Bobby Slayton, often referred to as “The Pitbull of Comedy”, has been performing his own intense style of stand-up comedy for over 30 years, becoming one of the best known, respected, and energetic comics working today.

Audiences around the country may recognize Bobby from his scene-stealing roles in movies such as “Get Shorty”, “Ed Wood”, “Bandits” and, most recently, “Dreamgirls”.  He’s been seen on dozens of television shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Politically Incorrect”.   Bobby’s many appearances on HBO have included “Comic Relief” and his own stand-up special.   He was a series regular on the HBO series “Mind of a Married Man”, and played Joey Bishop opposite Ray Liotta and Joe Mantegna in the critically acclaimed film “The Rat Pack”.

Slayton’s distinctive gravelly voice has often been heard on animated shows like “Dr. Katz’” and “Family Guy”, as well as many popular radio shows across the country including Howard Stern, Kevin & Bean, and Tom Leykis.

The NY Daily News called Slayton “Armed and Dangerous” and the Las Vegas Review Journal pointed out that “Slayton’s refusal to compromise his art has always made him worth a special trip.”

FlappCast Episode #95 – Down To DTF… with Ian Gutoskie

IanGutoskieIan Gutoskie, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses the National Lampoon movie Robodoc in which he played the Grim Reaper, the story involving a certain tattoo on his arm, him being bipolar II, his PodCast Down 2 DTF, his free book An Introduction to Stand Up Comedy, and some great advice for writing new material. Also, Geri Jewell from The Facts Of Life drops in for bit. During Punch It Up, Greg Gonzalez and Daniel Zaffron perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

If there were two words to sum up Ian Gutoskie they would be Authentic Goofball. Ian will be the first to tell you he can’t tell a joke to save his life, but listening to his undeniable ability to recreate stories from his life takes you on the most interesting journey you can take sitting down! As he brings you through some familiar experiences and some not so familiar experiences his intense, yet fun-loving nature creates an authentic mix of sweetness hilarity and passion. His comedy is silly and playful even though it deals with one of the toughest subjects today, mental illness. Ian is diagnosed bipolar II and talks openly about his challenges with it through stand up. His mission is to not only make people laugh but to provide a reference point and resources for anyone that is suffering with mental illness. 

Ian is now based out of Los Angeles and hosts 2 monthly showcases which can be seen at Sage in Culver City and Bob’s Espresso in North Hollywood. He also hosts a sketch based podcast called “Down To DTF” which can be downloaded on iTunes. 

He is also available for speaking engagements on mental illness.  

You’ve seen Ian in the Movie National Lampoon’s Robodoc, heard him on The Chatter with Robin Quivers, and he’s been a part of Comics On Duty entertaining the troops.


FlappCast Episode #94 – Stuttering to Success with Drew Lynch

drewlynchblueshirtsm091113150221Drew Lynch, along with Joshua Snyder, discusses how he got his stutter and how it affected his development as a comedian, the highs and lows of touring the college circuit, and his dog Stella who goes on tour and has GoPro filmed adventures with him. During Punch It Up, Aaron Black and Will Spring perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Born in Indiana and raised in Las Vegas, Drew graduated high school with aspirations of becoming a fully articulate film actor in Los Angeles. At age 20 during a company softball game, Drew got hit in the throat with causing his vocal chord to paralyze, turning his chattering into stuttering. This life-changing injury sparked a passion for writing and performing Stand up Comedy, bringing to life the social hardships of dealing with a newly-found speech impediment. Inspired by the comedy of Louis C.K., Dave Chappell, and the up and coming Samuel J. Comroe, Drew is on a mission to make you laugh.



FlappCast Episode #93 – Bringing The British Awesomeness… Matt Kirshen

MattKirshenMatt Kirshen, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses the specifics of various American and British accents, the process of doing Last Comic Standing, how British audiences are different from American audiences, and a great piece of advice for doing TV spots. Before that, Kyle Chrise talks about his upcoming show at Flappers, The Fastest Joke In The West. During Punch It Up, Paul Mckeown and Charles Greaves perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

London born Matt Kirshen’s precision wit has already earned him an impressive reputation on the international comedy circuit. Most recently his appearances as a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing has earned him a whole new host of fans in the United States and a surprising number of other countries worldwide.

He has also recorded a half-hour special for the World Stands Up, Comedy Central, appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has acclaimed festival appearances at Montreal, Kilkenny, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Amsterdam and Edinburgh.

His debut CD, “I Guess We’ll Never Know” was named in Punchline Magazine’s top 10 albums of 2009 and his hit appearance at the 2008 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal resulted in no fewer than 4 of his lines appearing in the Montreal Gazette’s round up of their best jokes of the fest.

FlappCast Episode #92 – The North North American… Harland Williams

HarlandWilliamsPicHarland Williams, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses how he worked as a skinny Santa Claus, how he almost got cut from his first time on Letterman because he was reserving his energy for the audience performance, and his app game Falopio for phone and tablet. During Punch It Up, Brent Lowrey and Trey Stewart perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.


Comedian and actor Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish stand-up and sketch comedy routines. Williams has starred in numerous unforgettable roles such as the pee-drinking cop in “Dumb and Dumber”, the loveable horse-killing stoner, Kenny in “Half Bake”, the hitchhiking serial killer in “There’s Something About Mary”, the silent motorcycle stud Slater, in “Superstar”, the goof-ball astronaut Fred Z. Randall in “Rocketman,” the whale-calling Sonar in “Down Periscope”, and Roberta, the ugliest red head in the world in “Sorority Boys.”

Williams is also seen regularly on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brian.” He has done solo stand-up comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, CTV, and CBC. In addition to his on-screen roles, Williams has provided voices for several animated productions including “Robots” and is also an accomplished author and illustrator of his own series of children’s books involving a little brontosaurus named Lickety Split.

FlappCast Episode #91 – Bookings and Beatboxing with Richy Leis

RichyLeisBrickWallRichy Leis, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses his life starting in Philadelphia moving to Florida to now L.A., being involved with musical theater as a kid, his start doing bookings for John the Stutterer going all the way through to being Head Booker for Flappers now, and beatboxing. During Punch It Up, Aubree Sweeney performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques… and then everyone discusses the different names for the “whoo-haa”.

Finalist in the 2010 Miami Improv New Faces Competition, 2010 Palm Beach Improv New Faces Competition, Stand Up Comedy on MTV’s “Is She Really Going Out With Him”, Improv Comedy on VH1′s Basketball Wives, and has opened for comedians Jim Breuer, John Pinette, Jeff Garlin, Steve Byrne, Dom Irrera, and more. Richy is on fire in the entertainment industry and with a new home base in Los Angeles can currently be seen in residence at Flappers Comedy Club Every week!

Through stand up comedy and “Boy Band” like vocals, Richard has an amazing ability to make everything fun.

Born and raised outside of West Philadelphia, crowd after crowd, love the relatability in his situational humor. Incorporating true life family and relationship experiences with a background in music and improvisation, Richy has created a unique brand of comedy that allows each performance to be wonderfully memorable and different. Stories of growing up the middle child of four with divorced parents and too many failed past relationships makes for nothing but hilarity.

FlappCast Episode #90 – The Rubber-Bodied (Ox)Nardian… Bryan Kellen

bryankellenBryan Kellen, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses how he met his wife at a comedy club, that he had a plethora of jobs before comedy including being a counselor for autistic males, and him being completely green for his first big show. During Punch It Up, Richard Park performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

Rubber-bodied and dynamically engaging, comedian Bryan Kellen has become an energetic, comedic powerhouse. Bryan’s feverish mix of storytelling, observational humor, and physical comedy produces one of the most universally captivating shows in entertainment today. He has become the regular theater tour opener for television star and notable comedian, George Lopez, who noticed Bryan’s reliable abilities and similar style of turning uncomfortable life experiences into hilarious performances.

Bryan’s career hit the ground running when he bested a long list of well-established comics and won the Rocky Mountain Laff-Off in Salt Lake City, Utah just two years after his first time on stage. This coup was followed up by a 2nd Place finish in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. Shortly thereafter, ‘Entertainment Business Journal’ named Bryan as one of the “Top 100 Comedians in the Country.”

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate invited Bryan to perform on their, “Best of the Bay” stand-up comedy show. Bryan next made an appearance on The WB’s popular morning show, “The Daily Buzz,” where he brought the audience, hosts, and fellow guest, basketball player Karl Malone, to hysterics with his hilarious improvisational skills.

Bryan was awarded one of his most coveted honors at the  After a national tour of critiquing professional comedians, The National Comedy Hall of Fame named Bryan as “America’s Best Up-and-Coming Comedian.” He has since reappeared at the Las VegasComedy Festival, as well as on NBC,Comedy Central, HBO, Last Comic Standing, Comics Unleashed and Lopez Tonight while becoming a favorite headliner at America’s top comedy clubs. While living in Denver, Bryan was a regular on the NBC Affiliate’s series “The Experts.” And most recently Bryan made an appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Maintaining an ever-increasing pace, Bryan has left audiences little time to catch their breath… gasping just long enough to demand more of this gifted and super-animated stand-up comedian.


FlappCast Episode #89 – Walking Around Your House By Yourself In “Character Mode”… with Keon Polee

keon3Keon Polee, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses him winning the 2012 Clyde’s Cup from Flapper’s Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Contest, playing college basketball before going into comedy, and some of the characters he does during his sets. During Punch It Up, Jason Visenberg performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

Keon Polee is one of the funniest and bright young comedians coming out of the bay area. He was the 2011 Battle of the bay winner, 2012 Rooster T Feathers annual comedy competition winner and 2012 Flappers Uncle Clyde’s comedy competition winner. You can see him on Aspire tv’s “we got next” season 2. Expect big things from him.