Monthly Archives: September 2013

FLAPPCAST # 27 – with Matt Iseman

98160005a Matt Iseman (host of American Ninja Warrior) joins Barbara Holiday and Joshua Snyder to discuss how to transition your comedy career into an acting/hosting career, and the importance of building a strong core group of comedy compatriots when you are starting out in the business. Featuring performances by Kevin Jacobson and Chase Bernstein.

Although he always loved being the center of attention, Matt started down a very different road. After graduating with honors from Princeton University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he received his MD, he returned home to the University of Colorado for his residency in Internal Medicine. Then, in a move that shocked patients and parents alike, he quit his job as a doctor and moved out to Hollywood to pursue stand up comedy and he never looked back.

Matt quickly began headlining clubs across the nation and was selected as one of 10 comedians to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. His world experience did not stop there as he made his first overseas trip to entertain the troops on 9/11 of that same year to perform in South Korea. Since then, he has bunkered down with the troops sharing his comedy in Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Around that time, Matt also started appearing in commercials for Pontiac, Dodge, JC Penney, PlayStation, Bank of America, Off! and Lamasil. He fulfilled a life long dream to be a superhero when he was featured in a campaign for Net10 as Captain Obvious. No, he didn’t get to keep the suit. And, no, you can’t visit the Fortress of Obvioustude.

You may also recognize Matt’s voice from campaigns for Six Flags, Land Rover and as the voice of DirecTV for three years. He also voiced his first video game, Command & Conquer 3, which thrills Matt as he finally can now write off playing video games as business research.

Matt began his hosting career with the show Scream Play on E! which allowed Matt to combine his love of movies and dangerous stunts. He then got lucky as he ran the streets of Las Vegas hosting Casino Night for GSN. Shortly thereafter, he started a 5 year run as the Goto Guy on Clean House, the #1 show on the Style Network. He also hosted a spin-off show called Clean House Comes Clean and tackled 5 Messiest Homes in the Country, garnering ratings 400% higher than Style had ever seen and earning Matt a Daytime Emmy (the first ever for the network).

Matt also combined his lifelong passions of sports and laughing to host Sports Soup on Versus. He currently hosts American Ninja Warrior for NBC and is the voice of Dumbest Stuff on Wheels for the Speed Channel. He’s also hosting a special for the History Channel called Invisible, about the world around us that we don’t see.

Matt is adding the title Producer to his resume as he just created, sold and produced his first show Saving Mom on the Style Network. He’s also producing the Best of American Ninja Warrior for NBC.
Matt made his movie debut in Transformers 2 and made appearances on the Drew Carey Show, NCIS, Courting Alex and had a recurring role on General Hospital. No, he did not play a doctor. He’s appeared on Premium Blend on Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and he’s a regular panelist on RedEye. His CD, I Want a Happy Ending, has become an iTunes sensation. You can also hear his comedy on SiriusXM, Pandora and countless radio stations around the nation.

Matt is based out of Hollywood but you can usually find him online.

FLAPPCAST #26 – TRAINING YOURSELF w/ Shannon Gettins (Dean of Flappers University)

FU_Logo_WhereLearningisaJoke_Small Shannon Gettins, the Dean of Flappers University, joins hosts Barbara Holiday and Joshua Snyder to discuss the variety of comedy classes we offer here at Flappers Comedy Club, and the importance of learning the basics of joke writing and stand up performance. Featuring performances by Alexander Senate and Keenan Baker.

At Flappers University we believe that comedy is truly an art-form, a combination of raw talent and technique. Talent can be lost without technique, so we first teach joke structure and the basic language of comedy. We also believe that what makes a great comedian is being personal and authentic and, perhaps, a rule-breaker, so we provide a safe and fun environment where you can be just that: authentic, inspired and successful. Whether you are already a working comedian or looking to make it your profession, or simply need help with that next presentation or just want to come and have fun, we can help you find the path to funny.

For More Information and Details About Classes – Email Classes@FlappersComedy.com

EPISODE # 25 – PUNCHING IT UP WITH JOEY MEDINA !!!

joey-medina-3 Latin King of Comedy, Joey Medina, joins hosts Barbara Holiday and Josh Snyder to discuss the joys, the trials and travels that paved his comedic path. Featuring performances by Aristotle Georgeson, Clarke McMakin, and Robert Vertrees.
Joey Medina, a Puerto Rican who was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, is one of the freshest and funniest comedians around today. Joey spent most of his teen years perfecting his boxing skills that would one day earn him a State Championship as a Professional and a shot at the world title before becoming a heavy-hitter in the comedy arena. Joey is a veteran of over 50 television appearances including his own SHOWTIME Comedy Special, titled “Joey Medina: Taking Off The Gloves”. Joey hosted his own hilarious Morning Radio Show in Los Angeles on KXOL 96.3 FM. Recently, he toured alongside, Russell Peters in New Zealand and Australia where he performed in front of over 36,000 fans. He headlines comedy clubs, casinos and theaters throughout the United States and has also toured Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He also has proudly performed for the US Armed Forces during wartime in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq several times, as well as the USS Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Joey also starred in Paramount Picture’s “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy” with Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, George Lopez and Alex Reymundo. which grossed $8.5 million in DVD sales in the first six months of its release through Paramount Pictures.The Original Latin Kings of Comedy is still the highest grossing Latino Stand-up Comedy DVD of all time. Joey produced & directed “Cholo Comedy Slam” a brand new comedy and music special which can be found in stores. He also starred in “Latin Palooza” – A hilarious DVD that Joey hosted and produced. Which followed his award winning debut comedy CD “Below the Belt.” He can also be seen on “Cheech Marin and Friends: Live From South Beach” DVD by Comedy Central and “Comedy on Steroids” & “Nightclub Girls” DVDs both distributed by Laughing Hyena. His first screenplay, “El Matador” in which he made his directorial debut, swept the 8th Annual East Los Angeles Chicano Film Festival in 2002 by winning Best Film, Best Director and Best Acting awards. The film is currently available on DVD through Maverick Entertainment. Joey wrote, produced and hosted Sí TV’s first scripted television show, “Circumsized Cinema.” Executive produced by award-winning film producer, Moctesuma Esparza (“Selena”). The show re-edited campy Mexican movies into 30-minute “mini-movies” with totally new scripted English audio tracks for a hilarious and utterly original half-hour television show. In addition, Joey is also recognized as one of the hosts and producers of “Loco Comedy Jam,” a stand-up comedy show featuring some of the best Latino comedians in the country on Mun2 Television. He was had a co-staring role in the action-comedy “Zombie Strippers” with Jenna Jameson and Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger). He also wrote a screenplay for R & B artists Baby Bash and Chingo Bling called, “Primos” and is currently in pre-production on his seventh screenplay, a family film entitled “CHEWY.” Joey has also co-stared with, Danny Trejo and B Real from the rap group, Cypress Hill in the film “Devil Inside.” Latin Style Magazine says “Joey Medina is one of the few comedians that can bridge together urban with mainstream comedy to make his style a hit throughout the country.”

EPISODE #24 – FLAPPY ANNIVESARY!!!

Flappers3yearBdBashFlyer_Josh Host Joshua Snyder joins proprieters Barbara Holiday and Dave Reinitz to celebrate Flappers Comedy Club’s 3rd Anniversary, by discussing the origins of the clubs in both Burbank and Claremont, as well as, the origins of the relationship that started it all. Featuring performances by J.P. Peasenelli and Andy Hartley.