FlappCast Episode #85 – Eating Your Friend’s Food Is Funny with Nate Bargatze

Ep48-Nate-BargatzeNate Bargatze, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses the time his magician dad opened for him when headlining, the writing and development process of a bit, and the differeces between writing sit coms vs stand up. During Punch It Up, Pablo Avion and Jordan Tuerler perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Comedian Nate Bargatze’s resume is nothing to laugh at. Born and raised in Old Hickory, Tennessee, he’s been following in his father’s footsteps on the long road to entertainment. Bargatze’s 2007 television debut on “CMT Comedy Stage” catapulted him into the world of comedy, as he was given his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and invited to perform on “Conan” three times. He has written for Spike TV’s Video Game Awards and received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival. When he isn’t winning comedy festivals in both New York and Boston, or performing at Bonnaroo, he might just be performing for troops in Iraq, which he has done Five times. To learn all about Nate make sure to listen to his interview on Marc Maron’s ” WTF” podcast. 

FlappCast Episode #84 – Comedy with a Side of Squirrel… Shawn Felipe and Amir K

Shawn_Felipe_HeadshotAmir_K_HeadshotShawn Felipe and Amir K, along with Joshua Snyder and Richy Leis, go on a journey through a multitude of topics ranging from the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten to the philosophical concept of the POV (point of view) of your comedy. But before all that wonderful wackiness, Kyle Chrise promotes the upcoming The Fastest Joke In The West comedian battle show at Flappers. During Punch It Up, Jordan Leer performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

Based on demand, Shawn’s live stand-up performances continue to extend worldwide from the U.S to Singapore, Canada, Japan, and the Middle East, as well as to universities nationwide. Most recently, Shawn and a team from Hawaii- “ALOHA PLATE”- casted in Season 4 of “The Food Network’s No.2-ranked reality show, “The Great Food Truck Race.” The season will premiering on Aug 18, 2013 – Finale on Sept 29 2013. The “ALOHA PLATE” food truck ended up winning the Season Four Competition-the finale of which was held in Washington, D.C–and Shawn and his team are currently starting up their own food truck business, with the goal of franchising and expanding their brand once they acquire more trucks. The Original “Aloha Plate” food truck that entered “The Great Food Truck Race” competition will stay in Irvine, CA.

Amir K is one of the fastest rising young comedians in Los Angeles today. Born in Tehran, Iran and raised in Southern California, his comedy is a hilarious blend of character work, storytelling and improvisation shaped by a multi-cultural upbringing. Amir has been featured on DFDTV’s live-laughs and has won the 100 comic Ultimate Laff-Down XVIII stand-up competition in Orange County. Amir K has most recently won OC’s Funniest stand-up competition and was a finalist in NBC’s 2010 Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase. Amir’s raw talent is showcased on a nightly basis at various venues including comedy clubs, colleges and theaters around the country. For more upcoming show dates check www.amircomedy.com

FlappCast Episode #83 – JJ Whitehead… Touring Tips and Tattoos (no, not that kind)

com0000001256_bigJJ Whitehead, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses first how his dad was in the movie Outlander with Jim Caviezel, how he started stand up in Edinburgh, and an in depth discussion on Military Tattoos… no, not that kind, the other… just watch this link:

During Punch It Up, Yedoye Travis performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

 JJ Whitehead is an International stand Up Comedian in demand. He brings to the stage a mix of storytelling and off beat one liners that catch an audience off guard. Don’t be fooled by the accent, 2014 sees his first foray on to American stages. He has performed at Comedy festivals all around the world including Dubai, Sweden, Amsterdam, New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne and Edinburgh where he has performed 8 solo shows and won the prestigious BBC Comedy Award. In 2011 he did a world tour of his critically acclaimed one man show ‘Letters From Mindy’. He has also appeared on numerous Stand Up television programs and panel shows throughout Europe, Canada and the Antipodes.

FlappCast Episode #82 – Lamont Ferguson… Lover Of The Canadian Delicacy Poutine

DSCF9756Lamont Ferguson, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses his upcoming Supernatural Junkyard show with Karen Rontowski, the reason why he only plays 8 places in the US, and the uplifting concept of how life is crap after 28. During Punch It Up, Sam Morrison, Dex Carvey and Tom Carvey perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

“Officially’ began his comedy at the age of 17 at the Comedy Store in La Jolla. The list of credits he has amassed since is rather impressive, including 2005 Winner of the Seattle International Comedy Festival, Twice named San Diego Comic of the Year, Voted LA’s Hottest Comic, Twice named “Top Ten Comics” at the Boston Comedy Festival, recently invited to perform at the Halifax Comedy Festival and he was a finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition; which lists him along with other finalists which includes Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres,  Sinbad,  Kevin Pollak, Dane Cook, Marsha Warfield, and Rob Schneider.  His television appearances include Comedy Central and Comics Unleashed. He has the distinction of being one of the only comedians to have been the opening act for all of the following comedy heavy hitters: George Lopez, Garry Shandling, Steve Harvey, Richard Jeni, Bill Cosby and George Carlin.

FlappCast Episode #81 – Comedy and Lady Lovin with Chaunte Wayans

DSC02950Chaunte Wayans, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses how she didn’t want to go into show business at first, featuring for Katt Williams, and lady lovin… in depth. During Punch It Up, Alex Weitzman and Paul Walter Hauser perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Chaunte recently toured for three months opening and featured for Katt Williams, performing in large theaters and arenas across the nation. While touring, she also taped a New Year’s Eve special with him at the Nokia Theater. Although Chaunte loves touring and performing her stand-up comedy, she remains busy working on several upcoming film and television projects, including “Suicidal,” written and directed by her. Chaunte will also be appearing in an upcoming dance film, in TLC’s television show “Trading Spaces” and as a cartoon character in the new animated series Thugaboo. She’s hitting the stage with a message to the ladies. Chaunte takes you into her life of alcohol and drug addiction, and with her firsthand experience of dating women, she describes how she relates to men about their relationships with women. Also be on the look out for Chaunte’s production company Anotha Way Productions which will have many new and exciting projects! Love, Laugh, Live.

FlappCast Episode #80 – Kevin Shea

kevinsheaKevin Shea, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder discusses preferred burial preferences, and that Kevin came right from the airport to the FlappCast. Before that, Barb goes over the current events of newly returned from vacation Josh’s life, banter on fashion, laundry, and an interesting way to “recycle” clothes, then Barb sings musical numbers. During Punch It Up, Rachel Scanlon performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

FlappCast Episode #79 – Humorous Stories of Heckling with Jiffy Wild

jeff-jiffy-wildJiffy Wild, along with Barbara Holliday and Richy Leis (Josh is still vacationing in the TARDIS), discusses how he got the nickname “Jiffy” from Chelsea Handler of Chelsea Lately, his worst heckling experience ever which also happened to be his first real show, and other cool stuff! During Punch It Up, Christina Marie Leonard and Skip Beals perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Jeff “Jiffy” Wild is an actor, known for Chelsea Lately, After Lately, and Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean to Brag.

FlappCast Episode #78 – Maronzio Vance Imparts His Phenomenally Wise Understanding

vance_blog_picMaronzio Vance, along with Barbara Holliday and Richy Leis (Josh is vacationing in the TARDIS), discusses his start in stand-up at the age of 15, his comedic influences, doing short notice TV spots, and his writing process. During Punch It Up, Jeremy Bassett, Monarey Martinez, and Jeff May perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Making people laugh for as long as he can remember, this witty, sarcastic, observation storytelling North Carolina-born comedian/actor (who also refuses to accept the fact that he comes from the South because his state starts with “North”) once waited in a men’s bathroom for two and a half hours for a chance to meet the Kings of Comedy– something he has vowed never to do again, unless he has something to do besides pull-ups in the stalls.

If you haven’t seen him in any local bathrooms exercising, you may have seen Maronzio on: “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment”, ‘Wanda Sykes: Wanda Does It”, “Comicview”, “Showtime at the Apollo”, or Montreal’s “Just for Laughs Comedy Festival”. 

FlappCast Episode #77 – Humorous Paranormal Activity with Karen Rontowski

karen_rontowski_headshotKaren Rontowski and her dog Courage, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses things paranormal and esoteric, such as Karen reading Barb’s, Josh’s, and others’ tarot cards, her being a Reiki Master, and her upcoming Supernatural Junkyard Halloween Show! During Punch It Up, William Nickerson performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

Comedian Karen Rontowski’s upbeat, optimistic and clean sense of humor has earned her headlining spots all over the world. She has been seen on the Late Show with David Letterman and also opened for such show biz legends as Bob Hope, Ray Charles and the Monkees. Often described as a “New Age Hippie” Rontowski says “there is no time like the present to be living in the past.”

FlappCast Episode #76 – Politics, Economics, and Comedy Galore… Jimmy Dore and Brian McDaniel!

Jimmy-Dore-1Jimmy Dore and Brian McDaniel, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, brilliantly discuss the completely painless topics of politics and economics, Jimmy’s new book Your Country Is Just Not That Into You, and Brian’s work on TMZ. During Punch It Up, Timothy Lang and Victor Pleacoff perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Jimmy Dore is the star of several Comedy Central specials, a writer performer for the Off-Broadway hit “The Marijuana-Logues”, the host of his own weekly radio show in Los Angeles on Pacifica Radio 90.7 and you can see him weekly on The Young Turks Network.  His latest effort “Citizen Jimmy” is the award-winning one-hour Comedy Central Special that was chosen Best Of 2008 by iTunes, and was named one the top 5 comedy DVDs of the year by Punchline Magazine.  Jimmy headlines and performs all over the United States and has performed on all the major networks such as NBC’s Last Comic Standing, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, The Late Late Show, and Comedy Central.  Jimmy has performed at all the hottest comedy festivals including: HBO Aspen Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Bumpershoot, Austin Comedy Festival as well as Portland Comedy Festival to name a few.  According to L.A. Weekly, “Jimmy Dore is completely offensive and very funny!”

Brian grew up in Prince George’s county Maryland, riding the bus to school where comedy was the ultimate factor in deciding social status.  Mostly, he just tried to avoid being embarrassed by the popular kids and the foul-mouthed big-banged girls that followed them.  But  he was learning by osmosis, picking up on what was funny and what was just swagger, which jokes made everybody laugh, and which ones just unified the cool clique in their superiority.  He couples this experience  with the pop culture expertise of a TMZ veteran  to write material that’s incisive, ridiculous, and surprising.
He’s got the seat at the back of the bus now, everyone’s laughing, and if you get ripped, well… you deserved it.
He graduated from USC, wrote for the CBS Diversity Showcase, and currently appears on TMZ and TMZ Sports.