Monthly Archives: December 2013

FLAPPCAST # 38 – The Everlasting Podcast w/ Bil Dwyer

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Bil Dwyer joins hosts Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder to climb the peaks valleys and plataeus of his comedy career. Featuring a Punch It Up performance by Matt Neal.

Bil Dwyer began his stand-up comedy career in college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Il., where he took third place in the “Catch A Rising Star” competition held at the University. Bil later quietly killed the first and second place winners.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television, Bil spent a jobless summer in Carbondale before heading to Los Angeles, CA where he held a variety of jobs, one of them being a tour guide at Universal Studios. Bil studied improvisation at the L.A. Connection where he quickly moved through the ranks before becoming bored. He then took a job at the world famous Improvisation as a host and doorman, where his spark for stand-up comedy was rekindled. The next few years were a blur, as he continued doing stand-up comedy while he also got married and fathered two children with the assistance of his wife, Sara.

In 1993, Bil booked his first television appearance on MTV’s Comikaze. He later followed this up with bookings on Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Comedy on the Road, and An Evening at the Improv. While auditioning for Star Search (which he didn’t get), Bil was singled out by a casting director to read for a major motion picture. After a grueling series of auditions, he was cast as “Todderbert” in Ski School 2. Though the film and Bil’s performance garnered favorable reviews, he has yet to do another feature film but is now looking at scripts at real actor’s houses.

Being a dedicated performer, Bil continues to ply his stand-up craft at such Southern California locations as the Improv, Laugh Factory, Luna Park, Largo and the HBO Workspace. 1996 was a busy year for Bil. He won the American Comedy Festival comedy competition in April, booked a national commercial for Boston Market in May (which is still running), and in June, he was scheduled to do Late Night with Conan O’Brien, but on the day of the show was bumped for John Davidson, who apparently is trying to become hip again.

Bil guest starred on HBO’s “Larry Sanders Show” and performed at the 1997 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.

Mr. Dywer currently resides in Glendale, CA with his wife and two children and lives in a magic Tudor-style house where elves make him a new pair of shoes nightly.

FLAPPCAST # 37 – W/ Craig ” The Lovemaster” Shoemaker

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The Lovemaster himself, joins hosts Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder to discuss the family the funny and shares a few broken dreams for good measure. Featuring performances by Mike Hover and Gaby Dunn.

Craig Shoemaker is a modern day Renaissance man. Best known for his engaging, relatable standup and iconic baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster, Craig delights every audience with his multi-dimensional ability to entertain with relevance.

Craig has had several successful solo TV stand-up specials, co-starred in numerous films, hosted network TV shows, written two beloved children’s books and performed for four U.S. Presidents. Dr Shoe has a doctorate degree from Cal U of PA, is an ordained minister and is even credited for co-creating “On Hold Advertising.”

“Shoe” began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he honed his comedic skills and characters while bartending and attending Temple University, winning the “Best Comedian” award from Philly Magazine. A natural storyteller with sharp observational instincts; Craig’s performances are often based on the hilarious and sometimes shocking twists and turns of his own life.

Craig’s latest 90-minute standup special, “Daditude” was filmed in front of a SRO Webb Theatre audience in Anaheim, CA and aired prime time for three months on SHOWTIME Network. “Shoemaker is insightful and amusing…we are moved beyond laughter to tears,” says the Los Angeles Times.

He had his own syndicated radio show that, after only 10 months on the air, won the prestigious Communicator Award “Crystal” prize. Two stand-up bits made it to the all time Top 10 list on XM Radio; with his “Lovemaster” routine honored as the “Most Popular” on XM. The “Laugh it Off!” podcast is at an impressive #35 on I-Tunes and has soared in popularity, due to Craig’s great sense of humor, depth of conversation and incredible in-studio guests. It can be seen/ heard at CraigShoemakerShow.com

Voted Elevate Film Festival’s “Best Supporting Actor,” Craig’s film, TV and recording credits are extensive, He recurs as the head of the local Tea Party in NBC’s Parks & Recreation, and has a recurring role on The Bold and The Beautiful, was Neve Campbell’s teacher in Scream 2, and stars in Universal’s cult hit, Totally Baked, which he also wrote and produced. His very first Comedy Central show was voted by viewers as one of the “Top 20″ specials of all time. His second, “Unzipped” aired to mass acclaim and the live CD was on the Billboard Top 20 for six weeks.

Craig’s comedy style has earned him numerous awards, including “Best Male Standup” at the American Comedy Awards on ABC. His work as a writer, actor and producer for the regional TV network, PRISM, earned Shoemaker two NATAS Emmy awards. As a voiceover artist, Craig’s dead-on impression of Don Knotts and narration was featured in the film Pleasantville and has voiced many characters in numerous animated series, including all voices (and title song) for the new BBC cartoon, “Big Foot, Little Foot.”

Rev Doc Shoe is passionate about going beyond the comedy, officiating weddings of “HaHa-trimony,” as well as assisting people in mastering love & happiness. In 2003 he founded LaughterHeals.org, a nonprofit group dedicated to using laughter as a healing modality. Currently, Craig is producing a documentary called Live to Laugh, and developing a web series called, “Wholly Shift!”

Craig is happily married to his wife Mika and is father to three young sons, Justin, Jared and Jackson.

FlappCast # 36 – At the Movies ! w/ Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme

Steve-Lemme-1 Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme join hosts Barabara Holliday and Joshua Snyder to discuss their early days and the trials and fortunes of selling a movie independently and transitioning that into a stand up career. Featuring performances by Erik Escobar and Rishi Arya.