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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!

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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