Jeff Richards describes his early years, favorite impressions, and his musical comedy in a British accent that he sustains through the entirety of the 1 hr interview.
From the LA Weekly Article by Julie Seabaugh:
“Working with musicians Ben Seaward, Brandon Christy, Peter Von Pinnon and John Sanders he eschewed the clever acoustic-guitar ditties popularized by the likes of fellowSNL vet Adam Sandler up through duo Garfunkel & Oates, who are debuting their eponymous new series August 7 on IFC. Richards’s output is instead experimental and eclectic, something akin to next-level Reggie Watts by way of electronica and dubstep.
Above all, the songs are defiantly, joyously weird. (Sample lyric: “Lightning could strike you dead / Slip in the shower, crack your head / Tricked by an ex-wife with an improvised explosive device / Ripped apart by horses or stomped by horses or kicked by a horse or just fall off a horse” from the addictively hummable “Someday You Will Die.”) “You can laugh at it, and you can dance to it,” Richards explains. “I used to go out and dance, and no matter how I danced people would laugh at me, so I just wanted to make something that was the max percent of that feeling.”
The full-length Singles includes six highlight tracks from previous effortsA$$WAX and Rain Makes Me Wet, plus new numbers “Def Wanna F,” “Tracking You,” “Your Brain” and “Muscle Bitch.” The latter serves as the album’s de facto single complete with a music video incorporating sinister British accents, animation, Richards in a marching-band jacket and an elderly bodybuilder flexing in a unitard.”
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On this weeks episode Joshua Snyder interviews Ian Harris. A fascinating and funny mix of spot-on impressions and clever, cutting-edge
comedy, headliner Ian Harris’ act has landed him coveted appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central, DirecTV’s MMA drama “Kingdom, as well as his own hour TV special “Critical & Thinking” which AXS TV called “A truly masterful hour of wit, humor and derisive jabbing.” Ian was also named #25
on Entertainment Journal’s Top 100 Comedians list, was a semi-finalist in Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots Competition” and dubbed “Top Character Comedian in Town” by Backstage West. His keen grasp of science, evidenced by his satirical, skeptical take on everything from religion to global warming-deniers and beyond, has also earned him comparisons to favorite
thinking-man’s comics like Lenny Bruce, Bill Maher and George Carlin.
Hailing from Memphis, TN, Nick Cobb attended Indiana University where he majored in Psychology and learned to obsess over meaningless nonsense. This led him to work in his first comedy club, aptly named “The Looney Bin.” It was at a tiny Beale Street bar where Nick won a stand-up competition, was bitten by the comedy bug and moved to New York to pursue The Dream.
While in New York, Nick was seen on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, VH1′s Morning Buzz, AMC’s Date Night as well as on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where he not only earned a spot in the semi-finals, but was also featured in a montage of comics recognized for having highly original material.
Less than a year ago, Nick took his talents to Los Angeles. Since moving out West he won the March Madness Competition at the Hollywood Improv, appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, and had his late night debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also recently performed on AXS’s Gotham Comedy Live.
He also played the lead in the espn.com comedic web series “Team Players,” and has been seen in many commercials including Pepsi Max, Asthma.com, Joe’s Crab Shack, Carmax and starred in an e*Trade spot during halftime of the Super Bowl! When not performing standup, Nick is brooding over that one guy in the crowd who was texting during his act.*
Nick Cobb’s bio was written by Nick Cobb, but in the voice of an extremely enthusiastic fan.
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