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FlappCast Episode #42 – Broken Juggling with Michael Rayner

mr_color_headshotMichael discusses appeling to all ages and other demographics, and goes into the structured improvisation of his performances. Michael also gives advice to aspiring comics.

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Michael Rayner’s a regular at the Center for Inquiry/Steve Allen Theater where he is beloved by atheists (Patton Oswalt profused a volley of profanity in favor of him), but has also been written about in Daniel Radosh’s Rapture Ready! (Michael’s a friendly Christian) He’s been a frequent guest on Nickelodeon TV and has appeared with Dave Attell on Comedy Central’s Gong Show and with George Gray on the Game Show Network’s Extreme Gong Show. Michael performs locally with top comics Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, Jimmy Dore and with Frank Conniff in Cartoon Dump.

His show has been described as “preposterous brilliance” and “whacky jugglement,” a combination of hilarious tricks and stunts with uproarious stand-up and a bounty of improvised fun. He frequently pops up in TV commercials. He was a weird scientist for IBM and a dork washing a cardboard car for Saturn. He played a hapless gas station attendant who tries to take a photo of Elvis in an Energizer battery commercial and has appeared with Ringo Star, Jane Seymour, Neil Patrick Harris and Anthony Quinnpromoting other worthwhile products . Maybe his proudest achievement was having the pre-dead Frank Sinatrapersonally approve him to promote his compilation CD for a Capitol Records commercial. Michael has done warm-up for many sitcoms including Lucky Louie, The Chocolate News, That ‘70s Show, Reba, Dharma and Greg, Stark Raving Mad,Then Came You, Two of a Kind, Two Guys and a Girl and the specials Thou Shalt Laugh II and Home for the Holidays.

When not performing, Michael writes. He has written for E! Entertainment, The Gameshow Network, Nickelodeon, Backstage West, Modest Proposal and The Spark Factory .

He’s married to Moira Quirk and has two little girls who all help him dress.

FlappCast Episode #41- Josh Blue- Living at the Last Comic Standing

Josh_Blue_Web_ImageJosh gets together with Flappers Owner (and his former college agent) Barbara Holliday & they talk about old times (i.e. insulting Barbara). Josh also gives advice to aspiring comics. Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially. Most recently, Josh debuted a new special, Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

Possessed with an undeniable likeability and comedic timing that belies his youthfulness; Josh continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities one laugh at a time. His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.

Josh has appeared as a regular guest star on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and his story has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC. He was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and made a standout guest appearance on Comics Unleashed. He became the first comic to debut a stand-up special on the big screen when 7 More Days in the Tank was shown in theatres across the country. Portions of the performance also aired on Bravo Network as a half-hour comedy special. Josh is a repeat guest on such nationally syndicated radio programs as NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Mancow Show and has been featured in numerous print publications including People Magazine and The New York Times. Josh has also performed at the prestigious HBO-Aspen Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. Josh has even become quite an Internet sensation with his top two YouTube videos approaching 2 million plays.

Despite his extensive schedule of stand-up tour dates, Josh maintains an active role on the US Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest sporting event.

Josh resides in Denver with his wife, Yuko, their son, Simon, and daughter, Seika.

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FlappCast Episode #40 – Dream Jobs with Don Friesen

NOTE NOTE NOTE: Next weeks episode with Josh Blue winner of the last comics standing will be released on THURSDAY January 23rd Stay Tuned
Don Friesen joins Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder in a playful discussion about dream jobs and pursuing a career in Comedy.

Fresh, frenetic, and self-deprecating to a fault, Don Friesen’s comedy is outrageously physical yet thoroughly relatable. Don’s willingness to admit his flaws and exploit them for maximum comedic potential has a way of not only entertaining, but at the same time tapping into the humanity in all of us. It’s a uniquely fun, clever, and clean act with an incredibly broad appeal—an act that has earned him rave reviews and die-hard fans throughout the country.

Growing up in Fresno, CA, Don was a bright and somewhat hyperkinetic baseball fan who idolized Willie Mays and dreamed of someday playing centerfield for the San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, being a late bloomer who couldn’t hit a curve ball, Don’s dream died an early and relatively unceremonious death at the Bullard High School tryout camp.

Fortunately, he also idolized Bill Cosby. As a child, Don would check out Cosby’s albums from the library, memorize the routines, and wear them out on whoever he could get to listen (mostly his kid sister.) Later, in his teens, he would do the same with Steve Martin albums, eventually moving on to Woody Allen, Robert Klein, and Monty Python.

But despite his lifelong passion for comedy, Don was a shy kid from Fresno who never considered that this was something he could do for a living. After high school (and a few stints in junior college) Friesen went directly into the work force, trying his hand at everything from construction worker, security guard, waiter, bartender, cab driver, car salesman, water salesman, Rainbow Vacuum salesman, and commercial real estate agent, just to name a few. Eventually he regretted skipping college and decided to go back, earning his business degree at USC. It was there that his career took an unexpected turn… As a senior with some electives to burn, Don took an improv class and discovered that, along with his passion for comedy, he also had quite a knack for it. He loved it so much that he started a campus improv troupe called Commedus Interruptus, and his fledgling comedy career was off and running.

After graduation, Don began doing stand-up at open mikes in Los Angeles. Around this time, he met his wife Jill, and in less than a year they were married. After a couple of years of cutting his teeth at open mikes, Don realized that the best way to continue growing as a comic was to go on the road, so in January of 1995, he loaded up his Chevy Nova and began tirelessly touring America. Friesen’s first year on the road, he logged over 50,000 miles on his car, and slept in it countless times, but it definitely turned out to be worth it, as he discovered that the combination of non-stop writing and non-stop performing were quickly enabling him to find his comic voice.

Since then Don’s career has soared. He quickly became a national headliner, and in 1999, he won the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, the same competition that helped launch the careers of Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sinbad. He returned to San Francisco in 2005 to win the competition again, becoming the only comedian in the 30-year history of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition to win it twice.

Other career highlights include getting such a great response on his first network TV appearance—the Martin Short Show–that they actually held the audience over and had him perform a second set, opening for the Counting Crows and Goo Goo Dolls for crowds of 8,000 and 10,000, playing the Pacific Amphitheatre with Bill Engvall and Craig Shoemaker, and taping his concert DVD “Inexplicable” in front of a sold-out crowd at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. He has also recently taped Live at Gotham” in New York and performed at the “Just For Laughs” Festival in Montreal and TBS’ “The Comedy Festival” in Las Vegas. He can be heard regularly on the KLOS 5:00 Funnies and XM Sirius satellite radio.

Friesen currently lives in S. Pasadena, CA, literally 20 minutes from Hollywood, but maintains a very normal home life, spending as much time as he can with his wife and kids. And despite not yet having that big Hollywood “break” to point to, Don’s career continues to thrive, keeping him in constant demand in comedy clubs, theaters, Las Vegas, cruise ships, and corporate events. Thousands of fans come to see him again and again (and drag their friends along with them,) because they know that he is always writing new material, and has an incredibly fresh, ¬energetic show that will have them crying every single time.

FLAPPCAST # 39 – The Lost Art of Being Cleverly Offensive w/ Quinn Dahle !!!!

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Quinn Dahle joins hosts Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder to discuss how he started out, and his writing process. Featuring a “Punch it Up” performance by Ayman Samman.

With appearances on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comedy Central, Lopez Tonight and Carson Daly, Quinn is a smart, clean and witty stand-up comic with impeccable timing. He has worked with such names as Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Dane Cook, Dana Carvey, Norm McDonald, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Frank Caliendo, David Alan Grier, John Witherspoon, Tommy Chong, John Pinette and Harland Williams.

Originally from Minnesota, Quinn has lived in Colorado and Arizona before settling in Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in comedy. He tours from coast to coast and has even entertained our troops as far away as Japan. Quinn’s comedy appeals to all age groups and ethnicities and he loves to talk about them all. Being married to a Mexican-American girl from east L.A., he is never short of material. However, audiences often come back just for his improvisational crowd work where he can be the most spontaneous.

Quinn is currently developing a sit-com based on his life and looks forward to using the silver screen to further build his fan base.