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.

FlappCast Episode #88 – Jamie Kaler Has Declared That “He Will Destroy” Flappers Claremont This Weekend!

Jamie Kaler from websiteJamie Kaler, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses among many other things, his service in the Navy, how the name Callahan keeps popping up, his former sketch group I.T., and his voice work on Robot Chicken including the Blooper Guy Voice. During Punch It Up, Jeff May and Kevin Noonan perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Jamie Kaler was born in Hooksett, New Hampshire, USA. He is an actor and director, known for My Boys (2006), Spanglish (2004) and The Family Stone (2005). He is the youngest child of a large Irish family, and he served as a lieutenant in the US Navy after college, stationed in San Diego and traveled to Hong Kong, Perth, and Bangkok.

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FlappCast Episode #87 – Middle Names and Muppet Tension with Al Jackson

aljacksonAl Jackson, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses among many other things, middle names, the special tension between Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, and how current college kids are just way too oversensitive. During Punch It Up, Tony Alfieri and Julian Fernandez perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Al Jackson is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, writer, and TV/radio personality best known for his 30-minute “Comedy Central Presents: Al Jackson” special, and for his role as host of the BAFTA-nominated BBC series, “Officially Amazing”. In 2014, Al will also be seen on Dave Attell’s new Comedy Central stand-up series, on FXX’s “Legit”, on GSN’s Mind of a Man”, and on the NickMOM series, “Parental Discretion”.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Al began his comedy career while working as a middle school teacher in Miami. After two appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and winning several comedy competitions, Al further built his resume with a series of credits including: TBS’ “Comedy Cuts”, Showtime’s “Louie Anderson Presents”, hosting FOX’s nationally syndicated travel show “Awesome Adventures”, and writing for TruTV’s “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal”. He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “John Oliver NY Stand-Up Special”, “50 Super Epic TV Moments” and “50 Most Insane Celebrity Oops” (both on the E! Network), and serving as a coach on an Emmy-winning season of MTV’s “MADE”. Al can also be heard on the radio via the nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom Show” and on the “Opie & Anthony” show.

In addition to his work in television and radio, Al performs regularly at colleges, comedy clubs, and prestigious comedy festivals including the Montreal Comedy Festival, the HBO Comedy Festival, and the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival where, in 2011, he was voted one of the Best of the Fest.

FlappCast Episode #86 – Jackie Kashian, Queen Enchantress of The Dork Forest

tumblr_m8jqhdAjSi1rn42g9o1_1280Jackie Kashian, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses her getting a wonderful little gift from Flappers, her process for the writing of new material, and fields questions from the audience of which one answer involves dealing with dreaded children hecklers. During Punch It Up, Kyle Chrise performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques.

Jackie Kashian has a half-hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on CBS, NBC, and the Nationally syndicated Radio/TV show Bob And Tom. She has been a national touring comic for over 14 years and has performed at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, the Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and has toured Australia for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. This year she travelled to Kuwait and Iraq and performed for the troops.




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