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.


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.


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”


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.


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. 


FlappCast Episode #105 – Mister Grizzly Knows His Manatees… with Forrest Shaw

Forrest_Shaw_400_400Forrest Shaw, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, explore the wonderful world of manatees (ah, the cows of the sea) and discuss his upcoming bus tour with Jim Jefferies,  Punch It Up comedians include David Studebaker (related to the guys who made the car) and Rebecca Lumianski (not related to the guys who make the car) who perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Forrest Shaw made his television debut on Conan in 2014. He has performed in numerous festivals such as, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, & the Big Sky Comedy Festival and was awarded 2013′s Ultimate Miami Comedian. Forrest is featured in season 2 of the FX show Legit and has also appeared on Animal Planet. Forrest is co-writer (and lead actor) of the award winning web series “Labor Days” & is co-creator of the weekly “What’s What Podcast”. He can also be heard on Sirius/XM Satellite radio, Pandora, and Spotify. His debut album ‘Mister Grizzly’ was released on November 18, 2014 on Comedy Records. Find more information at forrestshaw.net



FlappCast Episode#104 – The Skilarious Sklar Brothers

SklarBrothersWhatAreWeTalkingAboutRandy and Jason Sklar dish on the Flappcast about how they got their start and what they’ve got ahead of them.  They began as one zygote and later guest starred in many TV shows, including an Emmy Award winning episode of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm,the FX hit It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well as Adult Swim’s Childrens’ Hospital.They starred as conjoined twins in a memorable episode of Grey’s Anatomy and as warring agents on HBO’s Entourage.They currently host the critically acclaimed History Channel docu-comedy that highlights the ways in which statistics tell the story of America called The United Stats of America. In Nov. 2006 they wrapped Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic. The Onion A.V. Club named their latest comedy CD Hendersons And Daughters in their Top 10 Comedy albums of 2011. Randy and Jason currently reside in Los Angeles, where they record their popular weekly sports comedy podcasts Sklarbro Country and Sklarbro County for earwolf.com.

FlappCast Episode #103 – Hand-Me-Down Mattresses… with Justin Foster

JustinFosterHeadshotJustin Foster, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses him being a bartender here at Flappers, tending bar during the open mics, his comedic beginnings in Texas as the class clown, his podcast Foster The Podcast, and the various “hand-me-down” mattresses that have gone through local comedians. During Punch It Up, India Pearl and Galina Rivina perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Justin Foster is a Texas native area comedian now living in Los Angeles. His quick wit & faced paced style of comedy has been well received by audiences all over the nation for 7 years. Justin delves into extremely personal topics including having a dad in jail, his suffering from depression and panic attacks, and binge drinking. Throw in a dash of crowd interaction, a few hilarious stories from his stand up experiences, family, and dating advice, and you have a well rounded show that takes the audience on a fun yet honest journey. Justin has performed at the world famous Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, the Comedy Store, and is a regular headliner at the Improv in Addison, TX. He was featured on the cover of Addison Magazine & LIT Magazine, was a regular voice on the Pugs and Kelly Show on LIVE 105.3 FM, and was voted one of the top 10 Funniest Comics in Texas in 2009, 2010 & 2011. He also hosted the Body Paint Championships in Las Vegas, had a part in the upcoming film “Saints & Sinners”, did voice work for the cartoon “Sea of Idiots”, and is currently co-writing and filming a T.V. pilot entitled “S.O.L.”.



FlappCast Episode #102 – Discharging In The Best Way Possible… with Alex Ortiz

alex_ortizAlex Ortiz, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses his carreer path of military to firefighter to nurse to comic, the upcoming movie he’s in called I Am Gangster and how he got the role through method acting, and his love for voicing cartoon characters saying more adult things. During Punch It Up, Mihkel Teemant and Johnny Kwon perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Ex Firefighter, Nurse and Soldier And Now National headlining Comic Alex Ortiz Is a High Energy Showman With a Laugh a Minute Delivery and after 5 kids Two marriages and One Divorce His Life Experience and His Warped way of looking at the World Will Keep You In Stitches. His Impressions are Uncanny and Hilarious!!




FlappCast Episode #101 – Welcome To Flappers, Home Of The FlappCast… with Kel Mitchell

BarbKelJoshKel Mitchell, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses him doing various voice-over work including Veggie Tales, his start doing the show All That, and all sorts of other fun things! During Punch It Up, David Murphy and Tre Stewart perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Actor, Writer and Director Kel Mitchell was honored with a Cable Ace Award in 1997 for Best Actor in a comedy series for his work in the Nickelodeon series “Kenan and Kel” and also honored with a Kids Choice Award in 1999 for Best Actor in a comedy series for both Nickelodeon series “All That” and “Kenan and Kel”. Having a genuine understanding of today’s youth and roots in kid’s television, Mitchell speaks to youth across the country encouraging them to follow their dreams, to walk by faith and not by sight and live a Godly lifestyle. Kel is involved in putting on and hosting uplifting concerts in inner cities teaming up with major Gospel and Christian music artist. Mitchell is also the spokesperson for “The Black College Expo” providing numerous scholarships for students through out the year. Mitchell’s recent acting in television includes, Cartoon Network’s “Loiter Squad”, Nickelodeon’s “Sam & Cat” & “The Thundermans”, TV One’s “Love That Girl”, CW’s “Stupid Hype”, Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie” & “Liv and Maddie”, “First Family” and BET’s “The Game”.