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FlappCast Episode #175: Cocoa Brown – One Funny Momma

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Actor, Comedian, and unstoppable force of nature Cocoa Brown (For Better Or Worse, American Crime Story) shares comedy origins, how being a mom changed her comedy, and breaking into the world of dramatic acting.

When actress and comedian Cocoa Brown takes the stage, the world stands still.

Brown is undeniably one of the most talented comics and performers of this generation. The Newport News, Virginia native, born Farah Brown, assails her craft with such passion and soul-searching veracity, when she claims a stage the ensuing act is nothing short of a force of a nature. Cocoa Brown audaciously draws from painful reminiscences and hard-knocked lessons, bravely weaving humorous tales that uplift, upend, and upgrade everything you thought you knew about comedy. What drives the comic who female fans nationwide have nicknamed the “The Truth”? The sheer will of a woman who survived the worst life had to offer and is still standing.  The fiery performer, whose credits include Tyler Perry’s critically acclaimed comedy series “For Better or Worse” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network and a national commercial spot for Progressive Insurance Company, has assembled an extensive body of work. A career that began as an advertising associate for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a writer for various sketch comedy shows proved confining for the dynamic performer. She honed her writing and creativity to pursue her dream of being a stand-up comic. A decade later Brown had nearly mastered the art of comedy. She harnessed its essence and purpose, performing on top rated comedy shows including BET’s “Comic View” and “One Mic Stand”, and “Showtime at the Apollo”.

Today, she exemplifies mind-blowing humor, daring drama and contemporary reality wrapped in a boundlessly energetic package. Whether she is performing in honor of the incomparable Richard Pryor or acting in films such as “Lakeview Terrace” with Samuel L. Jackson, Brown exudes skill and discipline. Those characteristics, along with her chilling story of struggle and redemption, inspired Tyler Perry to create “Single Moms Club”, a feature film that casts the accomplished actress in the leading role. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in 2014. The comedy veteran and rising star, fueled by Perry’s powerful vote of confidence, is ramping up her ambitions in a relentless mission to become the performer many people doubted but even more admire. With a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild award under her belt, Brown has her sights set on an Oscar, anEmmy and a Pulitzer Prize. She is writing a revealing autobiography and producing her highly anticipated one-woman show, “Confessions of a Suicidal Diva”.

The lovable, down-to-earth celebrity and proud new mom keeps t-v audiences tuning in every week for an intoxicating dose of Cocoa infused humor. She also captivates audiences worldwide at renowned comedy venues. Her creative writing and meticulously produced sets coupled with the ever-changing hairstyles and gutsy sense of fashion ignites rousing, protracted standing ovations. Yet, amid such explosive success, Brown admits she desires very little. “I want audiences to connect with my story and in the course of that journey find their own. That is my inspiration, my peace. I am in a good place now. I am finally learning how to love myself and I am comfortable in my own Most importantly, I am not afraid to use my voice.

That is certainly a good thing. That beautiful, husky, unapologetic and very funny voice will no doubt, change the world.

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FlappCast Episode #174: Alycia Cooper – Somebody Send This Woman A Packet!

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Alycia Cooper drops by to talk comedy origins, self-producing your comedy album, and, oh yes, politics.

Quickly on her way to the top of the comedy food chain, mainstream comedienne, Alycia Cooper, is a force to be reckoned with. Her “take no prisoners” stand up is a mix between Chris Rock, George Carlin, and Margaret Cho (three of her idols). Alycia’s favorite topic is politics, but she has no problem sprinkling in observational humor and family stories, to round out the routine. Her brand of universal humor coupled with a razor sharp wit, keeps Alycia in the top of requested comics at comedy clubs and colleges all across the country.

In 2000, Alycia made her national television debut performing stand up in a segment called “The Flavor of the Future” on BET’s “Oh Drama.” After this, the television shows and DVD performances kept coming. Alycia has been featured on, “Comicview,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Mo’Nique Show,” “Wanda Does It,” “Gossip Queens,” “Nick’s Mom’s Night Out,” “The Bob and Tom Show,”
“Stand Up in Stilettos,” “Stand Up & Deliver,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” and is now a regular panelist on “Bethenny,” on Fox. She taped her first DVD in 2002 for a Christian Comedy Show called, The Spirit of Comedy.” She then produced two DVD’s: “Paper Chasin’,” and “Stimulus Package,” and recently released her first comedy CD: “Alycia: Unchained” to rave reviews. She is currently taping her third hour at this time.

Alycia has been the opening act for such household names as: Dick Gregory, Paul Mooney, Whitney Cummings, Felipe Esparza, Bob Marley, and Tony Rock, to name a few. She is so universal that one night Alycia killed it at an all Latino show, then rocked an all white, Ivy League audience in Princeton, NJ, and finished in South Philly at The Laugh House to a standing ovation.
How many acts can say this: NONE. “Don’t put Alycia in a box!”

More than a comedienne, Alycia has been acting since the age of 5. She began performing theatre at Howard University and continued throughout college at The University of Maryland at College Park. After becoming a comic, Hollywood called with acting roles in “The Parker’s,” “Grounded for Life,” “Party Psychic,” and “Raising Hope.” She also starred in the short film, “Knocked Down.” Alycia is also a writer/director/producer, having began her career as a television producer of some of Hollywood’s biggest shows. She has punched up comedies for film and television shows, and has ghost-written for some of the biggest names in the business. She has also written for “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, and was the first female audience “warm-up” person for several shows including “The Parker’s,” “Girlfriends,” “Wanda at Large,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” and most recently, ‘The Talk,” on CBS.

The biggest benefit of being a comic, to Alycia, is being able to perform overseas for our men and women in uniform. She has been to Japan, Korea, Guam, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Djibouti Africa. While there, she had the opportunity to entertain and meet some of the courageous Americans in the world.

In May of 2004, Alycia was featured in Essence Magazine as “One to Watch.” Today, she is still being watched by legions of fans in the United States and abroad. She has just begun to scratch the surface of where she’s going. So, hold on and take this ride with a future legend.

Lastly, hit her on twitter @AlyciaCooper, to stay connected.

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FlappCast Episode 173: DJ Demers – A Funny Guy Who Happens To Wear Hearing Aids…

D.J. Demers is an award-winning stand-up comedian.

D.J. appeared on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. He has performed stand-up on Conan and was the winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. After winning the competition, D.J. was invited to perform at a TV taping, the first time that has happened in festival history.

D.J. was also a featured performer at Toronto’s JFL42 comedy festival in 2014, the winner of the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl, was a finalist in NBC’s Stand-up for Diversity, and won ‘Best Breakout Artist’ at the 2015 Canadian Comedy Awards.

He also wears hearing aids.

AUDIO ONLY:

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FlappCast 172: The Kill Formula with Dat Phan

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Dat Phan is the Original Winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is a Headlining Comedian touring live across the U.S. He has made numerous TV and movie appearances including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Family Guy” voiceover, and “Cellular”. Most recently Dat has appeared on “The Tyra Banks Show” discussing racial diversity.

 

?Dat Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated with his mother to San Diego, CA. He suffered through financial hardships most of his childhood. After 9/11 he realized life was short and decided to go for his dream to pursue comedy full time. Moving to LA he had to live out of his car and even after being robbed at gunpoint he wouldn’t stop pursuing his dream. Dat answered phones for The Improv in Hollywood during the day and tried to get as much stage time as possible at night; this meant he often went on well after midnight when crowds were often more drunk than coherent. Later, Dat took the risk and auditioned for the experimental, comedy based show produced by NBC that would launch his career. The rest is history as he was named the funniest person in America on August 5, 2003.

 

?Dat’s culturally insightful comedy inspects ridiculous stereotypes, and shares his experience of being a regular American guy with a Vietnamese heritage. His youthful energy and truly unique life experiences, including all the tough times, are combined to create the message of living your dreams and reaching out for the stars. Dat Phan’s mission is to bring a more positive portrayal of Asian-Americans to mainstream entertainment and Hollywood. “We want to be seen as more than just martial artists, or bad stereotype token roles in American TV & Movies.”

 

?Dat Phan has been included in The Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition of The Top 10 Most Influential Vietnamese-American Individuals. The DVD “Dat Phan Live” was released in January 2010 and is available from Amazon.com. Dat’s CD, “You Touch, You Buy” is available on iTunes and his new CD will be available Fall of 2014. His most recent films “Sake-Bomb” and “Hungover Games” premiered early 2014 and are now available on Amazon.com. The film “108 Stitches”, in which Dat Phan is a co-lead, will premier Sept 12, 2014.


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Flappcast Episode #171: Flip Schultz

Flip discusses starting out in the Florida Comedy Scene & contributing to Dana Carvey’s latest Netflix special.

Skippy discusses… let’s just say it’s NSFW.

 

When Flip Schultz was eight years old, he won a summer camp talent show by performing stand up comedy. There was never a doubt in his mind that comedy would be his future.

For a while he performed wherever he could find an audience, whether at a family get together, bar-mitzvahs, seniors center; he didn’t care. He just wanted to make people laugh.

Finally, at 18, he braved a real comedy stage and won the open mike contest. For the next few years Flip performed at many comedy clubs (and bars) honing his craft, paying his dues and finding his comedic voice. And he still managed to earn his degree in theater.

After leaving South Florida as a local favorite, Flip now lives in Los Angeles and tours clubs & colleges all over the country, and has quickly become a sought after comic in Scandinavia.

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