FlappCast Episode #115 – Some Day Playing Fezzik In The Princess Bride Remake… with Zoltan Kaszas

zoltan_headshotZoltan Kaszas, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses him moving from Budapest to Pittsburg to San Diego; how after a show was over, his mom took a hecklers side, as well as his current tactic for dealing with hecklers; how he started comedy at 19; and that he’s a cat person. Oh, and The Princess Bride is an awesome movie! During Punch It Up, Stu Kosh, Mike Faerber, and Roxy Cook perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

On August 10, 2006, Zoltan got onstage to perform stand-up comedy for the first time, and bombed.

From that day forward, he dedicated himself to perfecting his comedic art.  Once he found his unique storytelling style, his budding career was off and running.

Performing in comedy festivals, winning comedy contests, and doing his thing in clubs and at colleges, Zoltan was stamping his name onto the national comedy scene.  In early 2011, he released his first CD, entitled Naked Cartwheels.  He hopes it will stand the test of time, and survive the impending doom of 2012.

http://www.zoltancomedy.com/

FlappCast Episode #114 – Film Scores And Fruit… with Barb and Josh

flappers_logo_eat_drink_laughBarbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder discuss amazing film composer James Horner’s untimely passing, the concept of time passing at different rates during differnt periods in one’s life, and fruit… delicious delicious fruit. During Punch It Up, Ari Chapman and Paul McKeown perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

FlappCast Episode #113 – Barb And Josh Explore Their Jackassiveness

flappers_logo_eat_drink_laughBarbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder discuss Steve O and the Jackass series, the fun answer to the occasionally asked question if Flappers has a “Blacklist” for comics or customers, Tinder and the new Bumble on which Ed Shannon in the sound booth also chimes in, and many other Flapperish topics of discussion. During Punch It Up, Zak Wolf and Cheo Flores perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

FlappCast Episode #112 – An Epic Beard And Epic Tales… with Dan St Germain

dan_st_germainDan St Germain, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses starting comedy in New York, the different responses from LA and New York open mic audiences, his awesome beard, dating tips for those in dry spells, and twitter verification. During Punch It Up, PJ Baio and Trevor James perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Dan St Germain was chosen as a featured comic in Variety’s annual prestigious “10 Comics To Watch” list, was listed as one of Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Great Underrated Comedians, named Time Out NY’s “Comedy Break Out” of 2013, and he’s currently developing a show with FOX. He’s got a Half Hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Best Week Ever, @Midnight, We Love the 2000′s, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Electric Company, Guy Code, and will be on Friends of the People this fall. He’s the creator and star of the web series Kicking Dan Out featured on My Damn Channel, In Security on Comedy Central Studios, and has collaborated with Above Average. Dan’s been a guest on WTF with Marc Maron, Carolla, You Made it Weird, Ron and Fez, Bob and Tom, Fitzdog Radio, and The Artie Lange Show. He’s starred in a Super Bowl commercial with Howard Stern, Jack Links promos for Comedy Central, and was selected by Time Out New York as having one of the best jokes about New York City, a list that included Woody Allen. Check out My Dumb Friends, his podcast on the All Things Comedy Network and his album Bad at the Good Times on AST Records.

http://danstgermain.net/
https://twitter.com/DSGermain

FlappCast Episode #111 – Broken Juggler Pelted with Cherry Tomatoes… with Michael Rayner

mr_color_headshotMichael Rayner, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses shoulder gesticulation and dislocation, spinning over 10,000 total burgers on an umbrella, discovering the art of balancing shoes on his face, and his three most humiliating performances at kid’s shows. During Punch It Up, Sara Lee, Sherry Dadci, and Dawn WIlliams perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Michael Rayner www.MichaelRayner.com is 10-year warm-up veteran and has worked on such shows as Lucky Louie, Dharma and Greg, That 70s’ Show, Reba, Two Guys and a Girl, several pilots and various Nickelodeon projects.  He has also been an associate producer on Nickelodeon TV, a casting director for the Nickelodeon Variety show “What Would You Do?.  Michael has also performed in his own comedy variety show Bananas that has aired in syndication all over the United States and Europe.  As a commercial actor Michael has appeared with ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, Jane Seymour, Anthony Quinn, Elvis, Neil Patrick Harris, and other celebrities.  He’s done national commercials for IBM, Energizer Battery, Old Spice, McDonalds, Frank Sinatra’s Compilation CD and several other worth while products.  Recently Michael has appeared on the Gong Show with Dave Attell, Attack of the Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, 30 Seconds to Fame, and the new game show, Trust Me I’m a Game Show Host.  With all this experience Michael is the perfect choice to teach, TV Warm-Up one day workshop, the six week Teen/Tween Stand-Up class, and Clean Comedy 201.

http://michaelrayner.com/wp/

@brokenjuggler

FlappCast Episode #110 – There’s Something About Me, Myself, And… Jackie Flynn

Jackie_FlynnJackie Flynn, along with Barbara Holliday, discusses his first time on stage doing stand-up at college in Miami, then later fully diving into comedy in Boston; him being in various comedy films, several by the Farrelly Brothers; and various great stories from his long and awesome carreer. During Punch It Up, Taquita Love performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

Jackie Flynn has emerged as one of the funniest and most talked about comedians to come out of Boston. Joining the ranks of Steven Wright, Denis Leary , Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno. He has quickly parlayed his success as a stand-up to firmly establish himself in the film and television arena.

Early on in his career, Jackie was discovered on stage in Boston by the Farrelly brothers, who have since cast him in back to back roles in “King Pin”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “Me,Myself And Irene” “Shallow Hal” and “Stuck On You”, where he played opposite pop-diva Cher.

Fans of the hit show “The King Of Queens”, will recognize Jackie from his many appearances on that show, as well as his role along side the likes of Burt Reynolds, NFL Coach Jimmy Johnson and Jerome Bettis as one of the “Men Of The Square Table” in the hugely popular Miller Lite “Man Law” commercials.

He is also one of the proud winners of the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition, as well as a featured performer at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival gala. Recently he was chosen to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado produced by HBO.

Jackie is truly a “comic’s comic”, whose refreshingly unique brand of sarcastic observational humor puts him in a class all his own, apart from the many derivative cookie cutter comics plying the airways today.Audiences young and old appreciate his wit and rapid fire “take no prisoners” delivery.

http://jackieflynn.com/

FlappCast Episode #109 – Dolphins and Whales and Other Ocean Mammals oh my! … with Tim Lee

CRW_1279Tim Lee, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses him being a scientist turned comedian, various marine animal life, and did I mention SCIENCE!!! Before that, Barb and Josh discuss their unnamed, untitled, undiscolsed piot shoot that they can’t talk about, and also a magazine article on medieval history. During Punch It Up, Jackie Nash, Robin Ryan, and Michael Grepp perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Tim wasn’t supposed to be a comedian. A biologist by training, he graduated magna cum laude from UC San Diego with honors in biology. He went on to complete his PhD at UC Davis. He spent years developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics before he discovered that this bored him to tears. When he tried comedy for the first time the tears stopped.

Tim has become an underground sensation with over 4 million views on his YouTube videos. Piggybacking that success, Tim took the show on the road selling out shows from New York to Sydney. Audiences hungry for comedy that is smart and funny flocked to the show. Lee’s comedy uses scientific phenomena and tools to explain everything from the hair that collects on a bar of soap to how his standards drop rapidly with abstinence.

Tim has performed for universities across the country and at venues like the Venetian, the Punch Line and the Improv.

http://www.youtubecomedian.com/

FlappCast Episode #108 – It’s Time To Upgrade The VCR To A DVR… with Roy Wood Jr

roy-wood-jr_last-comic-standingRoy Wood Jr, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses the mother’s day gift he gave, and many other wonderful things. Before that Barb and Josh discuss being asked if there is a current resurgence of comedy, and also the difference between emojis and emoticons. During Punch It Up, Ayman Samman and Dan Greenberg perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of 12 comics to watch in 2009, Roy has been featured on Conan, was a finalist in this season’s Last Comic Standing, the new season of CBS’ THE LATE SHOW  w/ David Letterman, HBO’s DEF COMEDY JAM, TV One’s ‘The Funny Spot w/ Tony Rock’,  BBC’s THE WORLD STANDS UP- LONDON, , CBS’ LATE LATE SHOW w/ Craig Ferguson, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s BOB & TOM COMEDY TOUR. He’s also showcased at the prestigious  MONTREAL COMEDY FESTIVAL and is a regular guest on the E! Network’s ‘CHELSEA LATELY’.

Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Roy’s creative writing and dedicated work ethic has since earned him the right to perform his comedy in front of millions of people coast to coast.

The Montreal Gazette called Roy’s 2006 festival performance on the ‘New Faces’ show “tremendous” and the Hollywood Reporter called Roy a “standout”. Roy has also appeared on ‘COMEDY CENTRAL’S PREMIUM BLEND’, BET’s COMIC VIEW, CBS’ STAR SEARCH (2003) where he made it to the semi-finals, ‘IT’S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO’ and LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD w/ KIKI SHEPPARD’.

Steering clear of predictable topics and premises, Roy delivers comedy that gives an honest look at not only his life, but the world in which we live. The universal appeal of his comedy crosses all race and cultural lines which is why he has opened for an array of comedians ranging from D.L. Hughley, Ron White, Monique, Tommy Davidson, Bill Engvall and Katt Williams.

A two-time nominee for APCA’s title of ‘Comedian of the Year’ Roy works numerous college and university appearances into his schedule every year as well.

Roy has also carved a niche for himself in the world of radio. Until late 2006 he was head writer and producer of the Buckwilde Morning Show WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ– Birmingham, AL He is also a regular guest on the ‘Bob & Tom Radio Show, a syndicated morning show heard by more than six million people every morning. His hilarious prank phone calls are also carried in almost 50 different radio markets including stations in Canada and England.

In addition to terrestrial radio, his prank calls are a main stay on Jaime Foxx’s ‘Foxxhole Station’ on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. These same prank calls have been compiled into three nationally released CD’s. 2003′s ‘MY MOMMA MADE ME WEAR THIS’ , 2005′s ‘CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH SCHOOL BENCH WARMER’ and his newest CD, “I’LL SLAP YOU TO SLEEP”

http://www.roywoodjr.com/

FlappCast Episode #107 – Stories Explaining Various Inserted “Foreign Bodies”… with Rene Garcia

rene_garcia_headshot011012101309Rene Garcia, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses the horrible humidity in Texas, his Radiology degree, the various “foreign bodies” that are medically found in people’s pelvis’s, and how he blacked out after his first set probably because of the 5 shots of tequilla. Before all that, Dave Reinitz talks about his 99% Funnies podcast. During Punch It Up, Wynter Spears and Laura Hayden perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

If you ask anyone who has seen Rene’s show, they would tell you it’s great and hilarious! His energy and animation, mixed in with funny pantomimes, leaves audiences in laughter. His personal life experiences help create a fantastic act. He has quickly landed Miller Lite commercials, recently been featured on MTV Tr3s, & has just taped a stand-up special for Showtime due to air Spring of 2009.

When he first started his comedy career in Houston, Texas, Rene realized that performing in front of and making people laugh came naturally to him. You quickly see this as he takes the stage. Now living in Los Angeles, California, this young man is striving to take his career to new heights & higher levels.

What makes Rene’s show so unique is the fact that his comedy is not just for Latino audiences. He hits subjects that any race can relate to. His style has labeled him as the Latin Jerry Lewis. Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as a legend like Jerry Lewis is a great honor, says Rene. He has worked with acts, such as Tommy Davidson, Ron White from “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” Katt Williams from Friday After Next, and “Pimp Chronicles”, and current host of “Last Comic Standing”, Bill Belamy.

http://renegarciacomedy.com/

FlappCast Episode #106 – Meditating Upon How To Hate Yourself… with Laura House

laura_houseLaura House, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses her being a meditation teacher while still being a smart-ass, writing for TV, being a 7th grade teacher, the focal points of different accents, changing the view from “pursuing your dreams” to “following your preferences”, and her upcoming workshop How To Hate Yourself!. During Punch It Up, Tom Slovinski and Sarah Burrows perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Laura House is a comic, writer, and meditation teacher—tale as old as time.  She started as a 7th grade teacher by day, and stand-up comic at night in Austin, TX, then was quickly tapped to star in Mtv’s first fully-scripted sit-com, Austin Stories.  She’s gone on to write for lots of TV shows, including Blue Collar TV, The George Lopez Show, Samantha Who?,  Mad Love, Rosie and Mom (starring Anna Faris & Allison Janney).  She’s created and Executive-Produced a pilot for Nickelodeon and has had projects in development at ABC (with Barry Sonnenfeld directing) and Fx (with Katey Sagal producing).  Laura is a favorite comic and story-teller around Los Angeles, performing at Write Club, Flappers, and the Improv.  She’s performed on HBO, NBC and Comedy Central, and appeared opposite Natalie Portman in the film Where the Heart is. She’s a contributor to Comedy Film Nerds, and can be heard regularly on The David Feldman podcast and radio show (where she’s currently co-hosting with Jerry Stahl).  She has works in several books, including the well-reviewed True Tales of Lust and Love and recently obtained a publisher for her own memoir of personal essays. 

http://www.laurahouse.com/
http://www.laurahouse.com/fringe-fest/