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Comedy rock band, Throwing Toasters combines the hilarious songwriting of Tenacious D with the onstage energy of Barenaked Ladies.  The only difference is that all their songs are clean there is only one band member, Grant Baciocco.  The rest of the members of seem to be figments of Grant’s imagination.  This does not seem to deter this one man Comedy Rock show from being a side splittingly funny and super high energy affair.

Grant cites “Weird Al” Yankovic as being the one who started him down the road of comedy music.  “I think Al’s Eat It! was the first real comedy song I remember hearing.  I loved that he was making fun of what was popular at the time.”  It would be the Comedy music DJ, Dr. Demento, though who would open his eyes to all comedy music has to offer. “Because of Dr. Demento, I started listening to The Smothers Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Bob Newhart and my hero Stan Freberg.  These guys all proved that you can be funny without being dirty.”  Baciocco carries this tradition forward by writing original comedy songs that try to go for real laughs, without vulgarity.

Grant started out writing song parodies like that of “Weird Al” in Junior High and High School in Northern California.  After graduating with a degree in Theater from Long Beach State University in California, Grant taught himself how to play guitar and started writing all original songs about daily observations; lines at A.T.M. machines, people who give away the endings of movies and the legal side of Nursery Rhymes.

Even though Grant will swear up and down that there are other members of Throwing Toasters, no one has ever seen them.  Grant always takes the stage alone with his guitar and has some excuse as to why the rest of the members couldn’t make it.  He still plays and sings his heart out and by the end of the hour long Throwing Toasters show, audiences have laughed so hard they don’t even care if the other members of the band actually exist or not!

Throwing Toasters has toured Colleges and clubs all over the United States and played at the Tokyo Dome in Japan helping to open the 2003/2004 NFL season.  In 2007, Throwing Toasters opened for”Weird Al” Yankovic on his STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD tour.  Currently available for college, corporate and comedy club bookings, Throwing Toasters is a unique and refreshingly clean “one man comedy rock band” that will give audiences an evening they will not soon forget!
Songs in the Key of Funny -  Hosted by Kristin Key from Last Comic Standing.  A Live Podcast that features Funny Songs and the Stories Behind Them. www.SongsInTheKeyofFunny.com

Executive Producer:  Barbara Holliday.  @LaughManager
Host: Kristin Key @KristinKey
VENUE:  @FlappersComedy
Filmed Live from Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant located in lovely downtown Burbank: The Entertainment Capital of the World.
www.FlappersComedy.com  | 818-845-9721

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FlappCast Episode # 182: Lou Santini

Lou Santini regales Barbara Holliday & Joshua Snyder with stories about making the jump from successful radio host to successful headlining comedian, Catalina Island T-Shirt debacles, and running into Steve Carell (aka his doppelgänger) in a Trader Joes.

Lou Santini won Detroit and San Diego Comedy Festivals was tapped as “Best of the Fest” at the 2016 Burbank Comedy Festival.  He has opened for Bob Saget and Paul Reiser.  His hosting and comedy has been seen on “Reelz Channel” and “Pop TV”, and acting on “Frank TV”.  You can hear his voices on the video games, “Evolve” and “Mafia 3″ as well as TV and radio commercials nationwide.  He was one of the writers and co-hosts of the hugely popular web series “1TrackMind” and is the co-writer and co-executive producer of the movie: “30 Dates on Craigslist”.  His second comedy album, “Let’s Get Bloated” is heard on iTunes and Amazon, where you can find two books he wrote.  See more of Lou Santini at lousantini.com.

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FlappCast Episode #181: JR DeGuzman – Songs in The Key Of Filipino

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JR De Guzman shares some of his favorite comedy songs with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder – you’ll never guess which song is his mom’s favorite…

 

Born in the Philippines and raised in California, JR De Guzman began performing comedy while working as a music teacher, which he quickly learned just meant teaching Taylor Swift songs to teenagers. He has entertained all over the world, having performed for Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Jokers Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam, the Edmonton Comedy Festival, and countless other international shows. Combining music and comedy, JR serenades the audience into laughter with songs, jokes, and stories of traveling the world, life after college, and family. He has shared the stage with Tim Allen, Margaret Cho, Daniel Tosh, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Shlesinger, and more. Catch him on Coming to the Stage Season 2 on Hulu, Comedy Central’s Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City, and MTV’s Acting Out. Also, check out his debut album on Sirius XM Radio’s Laugh’s USA.

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FlappCast Episode #180: Jimmy Brogan and Dana Eagle

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Jimmy Brogan (The Tonight Show) sits down with Barbara Holliday (Co-owner of Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant) and Joshua Snyder (Comedian and Promotions Director) and recounts a legendary career in comedy that includes best and worst show stories, getting the Tonight Show gig, and playing the video game “tanks” with Leno until 6am every night.  Dana Eagle (Last Comic Standing) and a great friend of Jimmy’s, joins in on the conversation.    

 

Jimmy Brogan is the son of John and Anne Brogan.  He was born in New England, but at the age of six moved to Chicago and then to Cleveland.  In a short period, he saved enough money with a paper route and a pyramid scheme to pay for his parents to join him.
Jim grew up in a Catholic family and went to Catholic schools all the way through.  His parents sent him to an all boys high school (St. Ignatius) and an all boys college (Notre Dame).
It was a good life for the young lad, his Mom stayed home and made his school lunches and his Dad sold landing gear for a living.  But Jim had other ideas of what to do with his life.
Armed with his degree in Sociology, he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of scaling skyscrapers with suction cups on his hands and becoming a Human Fly. His fear of heights quickly put an end to that dream.
While working day jobs as a tutor, a bartender and in advertising, Jim turned his attention to standup comedy.

     His first appearance on stage was with his Chinese-American friend, Larry Lee.  They billed themselves as The Brogan Brothers.  After one disastrous appearance, Jim struck out on his own.
His first act was an impression of a priest from Notre Dame.  That lasted two performances.  His second act was about going to an intellectual high school.  That lasted six months and even longer for the audience.
After four years of doing standup comedy, Jim was taken under the wing of legendary comedy manager Jack Rollins (Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Robert Klein, Nichols and May).  Soon Jim was moving to LA to star as an Angel in an ABC sitcom called Out of the Blue.  They made thirteen episodes and aired nine.  They are evidently still saving four for the next sweeps period.
Jim continued to do his standup comedy and did guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman.
He also got other TV jobs.  He hosted Laffathon (Showtime), Comic Strip Live (Fox) and You Asked For It, Again (Family Channel). The perfectionist that he is, he won’t be satisfied until he has been cancelled by all the networks.
Deciding that he could save a few dollars by not hiring a lawyer, he worked for nine years as an indentured servant on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  His areas of responsibility included being a writer and talent coordinator (booking comedians for the show).
Since leaving The Tonight Show, Jim has been busier than ever.  Besides doing his standup, he has written two movies and seen three others.
He also was a creative consultant on Yakov Smirnoff’s one-man Broadway show, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh.  He found out exactly how long we both shall laugh.  It was 24 performances.    

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FlappCast Episode #179: Songs In The Key of Kristin with Kristin Key

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Barbara Holliday (Co-Owner & Booker) and Joshua Snyder (Comedian and Sales & Marketing Director) rock out with musical comedian Kristin Key (Last Comic Standing), sampling tunes from her forthcoming album; songs about people finding true love in Lizard stores and fairy tale princesses who were probably drunk.

Kristin Key shares her thought provoking and hilarious stories about growing up gay and being a preacher’s daughter through Stand-Up and Musical comedy. It wasn’t always easy for her to discuss her sexual orientation publicly. Discrimination and isolation lead her to keep her true identity a secret, until recently. She originally sought out stand-up comedy as a form of therapy but after figuring out that she had a knack for making people laugh, she decided to make it a career. She is most recognized for her appearance on Last Comic Standing, additional credits include: Comics Unleashed, VH- 1′s 100 Greatest Series, The Bob and Tom show and is often played on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. @TheKristinKey

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FlappCast Episode #178: Discussing Seinfeld, Sandler, and Preferred Gender Pronouns

Barb and Josh recount what it was like to have the amazing Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler drop into the club for the first time and how to make sense of gender pronouns.  Two topics that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.  Or do they?  No, they really don’t.  But existentially, they might.

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FlappCast Episode #177: Lisa Sunstedt – A Pretty, Funny Woman

Lisa Sundstedt drops by and talks about her highly successful “Pretty, Funny Women” show, comedy beginnings, and finding the humor in being bipolar.

Lisa Sundstedt is an accomplished stand up comic, writer, singer, actress and producer. Her first professional gig was singing and dancing at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. She spent another few months singing on an Italian cruise ship, followed by four years on the road with the infamous 50′s rock group “Sha Na Na”. In 1995 her then-boyfriend said, “pretty women aren’t funny!” so Lisa became a stand-up comic and created “Pretty, Funny Women”…the longest running all female comedy show in the country. Their relationship broke up, but her career took off and she immediately landed herself a big time Hollywood agent, a holding deal with Tri Star Television, and the Montreal Comedy Festival where she shared the stage with Ray Romano. She then booked the Chicago Comedy Festival, where she shared a room with Doug Stanhope. She has written on shows like “Girls Behaving Badly”, “The Chelsea Handler Show” and “Chelsea Lately”, “Coach Charming” for TLC and was a producer on “Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor” for Nick Mom. She has done hundreds of national commercials and voice-overs, including campaigns for Vons/Safeway, Mattel, Ford, Kraft, and more.

Lisa produces live “Pretty Funny Women” shows at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, Flappers in Burbank & currently teaches stand up comedy classes for women in Los Angeles. Her hobbies include gambling and, well?that’s it.

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Flappcast Episode #176: Jen Kober From The Mindy Project

 

Jen Kober discusses growing up Jewish and gay in Louisiana, the evolution of her act, and harem pants (she’s got 20 minutes on the pants).

Also – there was much talk of Batiks.

Jen Kober is originally from Lake Charles, LA, and has recently bounded onto the national stage bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, story telling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy.  Her hard-hitting hour is phenomenally funny as Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh…

See Jen Now….

  • spinning stories on NPR’s Snap Judgement
  • as food court maven Brenda on The Middle
  • as Joan on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood  starring Kevin Hart
  • as Judge Selma on Franklin & Bash
  • as Nurse Dena on The Mindy Project
  • as Little Ed on Anger Management  with Charlie Sheen
  • knocking out Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • in the movie Paranoia  with Liam Hemsworth & Richard Dreyfuss
  • in the film Grudge Match  with Robert Deniro
  • in the riotous American Reunion as Ingrid
  • on stage at a comedy venue near you!