Ep. 47: Jeffrey Joseph, Amanda Duarte, Tyson Meade & Nimesh Patel - Oct. 25, 2016

Comedian Nimesh Patel fills and special guest co-host for our spooky October 2016 edition of We Don't Even Know. How Indian do you believe Shonali and Nimesh are? They wonder if anyone really cares.  Their first guest is comedian, actor, writer and teacher Jeffrey Joseph. What does he not do? We find out why he left a successful career in comedy to destress himself for ten years and what made him come back. Besides performing standup regularly, he teaches playwriting to youth and knows qi gong, a Chinese energy cultivation exercise. He also went to India before Nimesh ever did. What does that say about Nimesh?  Shonali and Jeffrey are chicken pox nose scar twins. Shonali has some frightening news for you.  Sorry to bum you out.  Our second guest is Amanda Duarte, a writer, performer, comedian and is responsible (along with her new friend - NYTimes writer, Jessica Bennet who created the art) for starting the viral sensation #PussyGrabsBack.  Sales proceeds of her PGB shirts on spreadshirt.com go to the Rape and Incest Network.  Amanda is not scared of ghosts, but she does share what she is scared of.  Go see her monthly show Dead Darlings at Judson Memorial Church. Today's #GetItOffYourChest guest is former WDEK episode 13 guest and Shonali's former personal trainer, Reno Villacis. Here from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, our special musical guest is a musician, painter and writer named Tyson Meade.  Tyson and Shonali have infectious laughs that could get on Nimesh' nerves.  Tyson has a similar story to Jeffrey Joseph's, in that he quit music for 10 years and has recently rediscovered himself as a musician.  In his early years as a musician, he influenced artists like Kurt Cobain, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Billy Corgan.  In between those years and now, Meade ran a boarding school in China and taught electricians to learn English in Saudi Arabia. He rediscovered music while helping a prodigal violin player student in China.   The end result is a new solo album to be released by him in February, and one released last year titled "Tomorrow In Progress."  Enjoy him hear singing "Tiniest of Guys" and "She's Gone Mad."  Enjoy and next month Christian will return for our November episode. 

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 9:59pm EST

Ep. 46: Tessa Hersh, Adam Wade, Yazan Fahmawi and Jordan Clifford - Sept. 27, 2016

While Christian is away, Jordan Clifford, comedian, producer, actor is our special guest co-host on Episode 46 of We Don't Even Know.  Jordan Shonali and Jordan are in need of new outgoing voice mail messages. Jordan has the look - he has a beard.  Our first guest is performer, teacher, writer, singer, actress, comedian Tessa Hersh, who along with all of her creative endeavors is currently happily teaching teachers.  Our intern Justin Hall shares a highlight from his father's experience as a teacher. Tessa explains sometimes a teacher must tell a child "you can't masturbate here."  Tessa performs regularly at the UCB Theater and has her own web series on Refinery 29's Riot YouTube channel. Check out her Truth Fairy series where she drops truth bombs on Riot which we love - the Baby Shower Rebellion Musical resonates particularly with Shonali.   Jordan is never ready for a fist bump.  Our second guest is Adam Wade, the world champion (that's what we call it - he's a 20 time winner) of the Moth Storytelling Radio show and also from New Hampshire. He too is a writer, comedian, actor, teacher AND he co-starred in Sardines Out of A Can with Shonali. Adam was on Girls and Lena Dunham instructed him to be meaner.   Adam's mom tracks his geographical location with her phone.  Our studio audience practices Adam's Tony Robbins influenced motivational advice. Turns out #DestinationSlice is not an effective dating technique.  Our audience member Walter Patrishan joins us on stage for #GetItOffYourChest.  Find out why the salad assembly line stresses Jordan out, impolite germaphobes bother Shonali and wrapping things unnecessarily in plastic gets to Walter.  Our last guest of the night is musician Yazan Fahmawi, a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from New York, who plays a blend of rural country blues, folk, and psychedelia.  He went to the UN School and describes it as utopian.  His secret to finding his unique sound and voice (literally) was sitting with a recorder and getting freaky.  Yazan is a lifer, when it comes to being an artist.  He shares his astute and insightful take on art, life and happiness and believes "Everybody's a weirdo!" We agree and are so appreciative of his brand of weirdness.  Yazan performs three of his song gems on our show - Tell Me Baby, I Wanted More of You, and Hahaha!  Enjoy!  And also so nice to meet Fontikady Sivion from Brukina Faso.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._46_.mp3
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

Ep. 45:  Christy Karacas, Jodie Wasserman and Ted Leo

Christian and Shonali talk beach time in NYC, Buddha and getting waxed.  Our first guest on Ep. 45 is animator, creator and director of Adult Swim's Superjail, Christy Karacas.  Christy jumps right in on waxing and how the new normal in art is trying to be weird.  #NothingIsEdgy Christy was a student at RISD and now teaches there.  It's expensive now and kids are mellow.  Christian & Shonali chime in regarding the DNC convention. Christian appreciates our first lady, Michelle Obama and how she brought up the fact that the White House was built by slaves.  Amen. There are dog chew toys of the presidential candidates.  Christy saw them. Christy is currently working on a new pilot for Adult Swim called BallMasterz.  We welcome Colin Buckingham to the stage to join us for a round of #GETITOFFOFYOURCHEST  - This time as usual, there is some blowback from Christian to Shonali and vice versa regarding their GIOYC,  but for the most part Christian drums up some big support for his anti #SANDALSandSOCKS stance. Christian and Shonali both approve of Colin's #GIOYC which have to do with transportation and giving directions.  Our second guest is comedian Jodie Wasserman. She is all about #REALTALK. If Danny Cohen, her best friend, was straight, she and he would be married by now.  Jodie loves to clean and feel productive.  She also has a thing with a bearded man.  #Don'tJudge  Our final guest is the one and only, musician Ted Leo.  We talk the NYC blackout, covering your feet, his duo called The Both with Aimee Mann and the release of his forthcoming album.  Do you know what it's like playing Madison Square Garden? Ted Leo does!   Ted Leo plays three tunes for us.  The High Party and two unreleased tunes;  The Little Smug Supper Club and The Future (is Learning to Wait Around for Things you Didn't Know you Wanted to Wait for)!  Enjoy! 

Special note to our  upcoming attendees - we will not have an August show. Next show is Sept. 27, 2016.    

Direct download: WDEK_Ep.45.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 12:21am EST

Ep. 44:  Amber Tozer, Cole Escola and Brad Lauretti of This Frontier Needs Heroes

Christian & Shonali quickly admit to things they never have before in their newest segment called Admissions.  The show is packed and hot, literally due to the fact that it is late June but also the lineup is yet again hawt with first guest comedian, performer, actor, writer Cole Escola in his summer wear: white denim cutoffs. Cole talks with us about growing up in rural Clatskanie, Oregon surrounded by a prison of trees,  following a boyfriend to NYC, getting a tv series at a very young age, and his favorite catcalling moments. Check out his video Mom Commercial and die.  We invite our WDEK friend Isabel Restrepo to Get It Off Her Chest and boy did she ever.  WDEK's second guest of the night is comedian, writer and storyteller Amber Tozer who just published her memoir Sober Stick Figure, a book chronicling her life as an alcoholic and her eventual recovery all told with the help of childlike stick figures.  For the most part her family has been supportive of her TMI book, but then there's Aunt Pam.  Amber admits drinking is so fun but then it took a turn for her.  Amber says she can become irritable and grouchy but Shonali can not imagine it.  Shonali has to Get It Off Her Chest with a story about a recent bullying incident at a birthday party.  Our last guest is Brad Lauretti, frontman of This Frontier Needs Heroes. Brad a former Brooklynite now lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he was inspired to start the Stetson Kennedy Songwriter Residency in Beluthahatchee Park, a place where both Woody Guthrie and Stetson Kennedy would spend time writing.  Brad calls himself an artistic refugee with regard to his move from NYC to Jacksonville.  He did not experience much culture shock moving to the south and claims that the south has changed dramatically since he was kid visiting his relatives in South Carolina.  He noted he met an Italian person working in an Italian restaurant.  Brad's music is beautiful and haunting.  His newest album coming out soon is called Real Job.  He sang three new tunes for our wonderful audience, Freemarket Music, I Love Immigration, and Don't Let the Dreamers Die.  Listen and be amazed.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._44.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 4:12pm EST

EP. 43 - Kim Barker, Sasheer Zamata & Holly Miranda - May 31, 2016

We catch up with Christian who auditioned to become a hand model & Shonali who returned from her honeymoon in Peru. Their new segment GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST is now open to audience members.  Please share your rants with us on stage at the next show. We will rap right along with you. Highlights of Ep. 43 include Christian's first time receiving a mani-pedi and Shonali's new fluency in Spanish. WDEK's first guest is journalist, NY Times reporter and author of the Taliban Shuffle, Kim Barker.  Kim shares her need to write a dark comedy about war after being the bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune in South Asia.  The movie version of her book, became Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey.  Kim grew up wanting to be a superhero but settled for being a journalist.  Find out about bruised peaches, her 18 points twitter rant and her love of writing New York stories, "a wonderful big awesome corrupt place." WDEK's long time sound engineer Stephen Kurpis is leaving but not without giving us his famous secret marinara sauce recipe. One secret - do not use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (see below).  Thank you Stephen. Comedian, actress and SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata talks duvets with Christian and Shonali. They are hard work.  Our conversation with Sasheer covers SNL, celebrity, Larry Wilmore's use of the N-word and what it's like to be confused with other funny black women. Also, watch out for Sasheer's mom who may very well become one of the newest cast members of SNL.  Our musical guest is Holly Miranda, also a former Tennessean who was given speech therapy to lose her accent when she moved to Detroit.  Holly who has been playing music since she was 16, very poignantly explains she "had a life" when she took five years off between her latest album and her previous one.  We talk Joshua Tree, Ayahuasca, and song writing. Between Christian, Shonali & Holly they have written at least 3 fan letters - find out to whom by listening to this special episode of We Don't Even Know. What a treat to hear Holly Miranda perform three beautiful songs for us.  We melt.  Please follow us on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.  We will meet again on Episode 43!

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._43.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

EP. 42 - JACQUELINE NOVAK, ANTONIA SANTANGELO, THE VELDT W DANNY & DANIEL CHAVIS - APRIL 20, 2016

Mr. Goatee (Christian) and Ms. Zenni (Shonali) have a new segment called Get It Off Your Chest.  Christian can not beat box.  We talk cheese shops, fire drills and self-hate. Our first guest is Antonia Santangelo, a multi-talented PhD Anthropology candidate, an archeology teacher, a Zumba instructor, a student of Krav Maga and a percussionist for Tigers & Monkeys. Whew!  Antonia is tough.  She comes from a long line of short & strong women.  She does way too much and loves it. Check out her new YouTube freestyle dancing videos she makes just for fun.  Christian shares some observations about Irish dinner at Shonali's apartment.  Our second guest is comedian/writer/actress Jacqueline Novak. She just published her new book How to Weep in Public on Penguin Random House.  We discuss depression, cheese steaks, college, belly dancing classes and crying.  Also find out how she found love and sealed the deal in one day!  Our final guests are Daniel and Danny Chavis, twin brothers of the Veldt out of NYC (originally Raleigh, North Carolina.)  Lots of 'whatever" will be heard during this interview.  We discuss family, white Jesus, playing music in church, grandma, Harriet Tubman and Bustin' Loose.  They perform both Morning June & Yesterday and Sanctified live during the show. Don't miss them at Webster Hall on May 9th with Brian Jonestown Massacre or May 22 at Union Pool. Also their new EP is out now, buy The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep.42.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 12:59am EST

Ep. 41 - Starlee Kine, Janeane Garofolo & Mark Nadler - March 29, 2016

It's March and 2016 is full in effect.  Christian and Shonali get some serious things off their chests.  The Man Bun (more like a Man Bud) phenomenon sweeping the country irritates Shonali.  An audience member explains the origin of the man bud hair-do came from. Christian is heckled at his own dinner party. By the way the heckler is back!  Christian talks tupperware.  Our first guest, Starlee Kine, is the creator and host of the #1 iTunes podcast Mystery Show. Starlee in her best vintage NBC wear teaches us so many things.   Starlee explains what "normcore" is for Shonali's mom in Nashville. She also gives great advice for anyone expecting to make a tv appearance.  We want to "ship" two people together. Dennis from Ticketmaster in Texas, please contact us  - we are all looking for you. Our next guest, comedian and actress Janeane Garofolo has a new backpack.  We talk about purchasing presentable pieces of clothing, AARP and Chris Christie's curves.  Flat front vs pleats.  Christian gets his Janeane -  Fight Club and Scream stories all wrong.  Janeane thinks she was foolish for being interviewed by Bill O'Reilly five times. What are your feelings on James Spader and gentrification?  Our final guest is the multi-talented pianist, comedian, cabaret entertainer & actor Mark Nadler.  Mark comes from Iowa and started to perform professionally at the age of 10.   Although he almost had a heart attack when he saw Shonali's little plastic keyboard, he manages to play some of his wonderful music for our audience. One of Mark's greatest musical influences is not a person but an animated character.  Guess who?  In addition to playing at HiFi on a shitty keyboard on Avenue A, Mark has played in Carnegie Hall on a 10ft long gigantic piano.  Check out Mark's PBS specialE or see Mark live in person at his monthly gig at Pangea in the East Village.   Thanks to all of you for listening! Our next show is Wednesday, April 20th! Until then enjoy all of our episodes on Facebook,  Tumblr, iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

Direct download: WDEK__Ep._41.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27am EST

Ep. 40: Kendra Cunningham, Patrick Waldo and Felice Rosser

Christian is back from Brazil with a new goatee.  Shonali talks for a little too long to an alkaline water saleslady at Whole Foods. Christian coins the name of a new segment for WDEK called Shit People Say.  Our first guest, Kendra Cunningham is a comedian originally from Boston.  She is an actress, filmmaker, bartender and former forensics psychologist. Her mom is stylie and loves garage sales.  Kendra doesn't like dating per se and is in a relationship.  Kendra handled being interrupted by a real live heckler very well.  Shonali was actually more annoyed than she sounds especially when Christian brought up the subject of mansplaining.  It's a real word, even though it comes up as a misspelling on spell check. Drew, the heckler strikes again.  If he were funny, you'd think he was a plant in the audience. The heckler has left the premises!  Our second guest is Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Waldo.  Patrick is a white guy. He brings the Black Lives Matter conversation into white spaces including spaces like the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Fox & Friends have used a quote from Patrick's Instagram.  Our featured musical guest is a power house vocalist and bass player from the band Faith, named Felice Rosser.  Felice is originally from Detroit Rock City and is multi-talented as a writer and an actress too.  She pursued college in NYC at Barnard but was enticed mostly to NYC by the burgeoning rock music scene.  Felice used to play in a band with her friend, Jean-Michel Basquiat which although was fun wasn't glamourous.  Felice sings two of her originals for our WDEK audience, Soul Seeker and Time To Fall In Love Again. Her voice will give you chills.  See her band at BAM Cafe, March 5th at 9pm.  It's free.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep.40.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

Ep. 39: Roger Clark, Patricia Clarkson & Matt Higgins w Guest host Katina Corrao - Jan. 26, 2016

Happy New Year everyone!  We dive into 2016 with special guest co-host comedian Katina Corrao along with our special guests:  NY1's Roger Clark, super star actress Patricia Clarkson and comedian/actor Matt Higgins. Our venue for our podcast is HiFi bar in the East Village and it was filled with guests ancy to get out of their homes after being cooped up over the weekend due to Jonas, the second biggest recorded snow storm in NYC.  Shonali touches on the loss of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Clarence Reid and Lemmy of Motorhead.  Katina doesn't listen to any of those artists. Katina and Shonali did watch Netflix during the snowstorm.  Our first guest is a reporter on Shonali's favorite network, NY1.  Roger Clark was lucky enough to cover the unplowed streets of NYC and talk to all the complainers. Roger, a pizza box and snow = 2,000 views instantaneously on FB.   Shonali is dying to know what goes on behind the scenes of NY1.  Let's start a Roger Show. Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Dallas - which one does Roger NOT watch?  We have Emmy Award winning and Oscar nominated actress Patricia Clarkson join us uncensored.  Like Shonali, Patti is a southern gal, a NY1 watcher and loves Roger Clark.  What was Patti's coming of age music? She goes on and on about Jasper, Shonali's husband which Shonali loves! Katina raves about Patricia's amazing comedic performance in Motherlover.  When Patricia talks about the snow you just want to melt.  Find out what question Christian asks her via letter which causes her to jump off of her stool.  Look for her starring in the film Learning to Drive with Sir Ben Kingsley. Our last guest is comedian actor performer Matt Higgins.  He is an improv master and auditions for commercials, like Shonali and Katina but unlike Patricia Clarkson. Do you know what state the Grand Canyon is in?  Have you ever seen someone do Alphabet improv? Well listen to the master.  Should Matt's new granddaughter call him PeePaw? We think so.  Duct tape makes Matt a dreamboat dad.  And that's a wrap!  Follow us on Twitter @WDEKpodcast and on Facebook. 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep.39.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 9:14pm EST

Ep. 38 - David Cross, Dolly Wells & Will Sheff - Dec. 29, 2015

This is Christian and Shonali's last WDEK of 2015. They had a great 2015 BUT the Happy Holidays weren't so happy for one of their audience members who thinks Shonali and Christian are too positive. Ep. 38 first guest is comedian, actor, writer and director David Cross.  David has maintained his success for a long time.  Shonali believes David's success has something to do with promptly answering emails. Which do you think is David's favorite thing to do:  stand up, acting, editing, writing, or directing?  David's holiday party was intense.  Check out Jon Benjamin and David's Icelandic Blue on YouTube.  The third and last season of David's show Todd Margaret comes out this week.  In the Christmas spirit, David leaves us with words about Jesus. The second guest on WDEK is Shonali's latest girl crush; actress and writer Dolly Wells of HBO's Doll & Em.  Dolly and Shonali take shoe pics together.  Dolly moved to Brooklyn recently from England and explains (Americans) our differences. She loves Jordan.  Dolly created her HBO show with her very best friend, successful actress Emily Mortimer. The show was huge in England. Dolly's kids, her husband and her mother are all cast within the show.  Dolly says she and Emily once took 9 years to write a script for a screenplay.  She inspires us all to shoot a pilot instead of writing treatments.  In addition to requesting another season of Doll & Em from HBO, look for Dolly in the show Blunt Talk with Patrick Steward and a very tiny part in the movie 45 Years.  Ep. 38 musical guest is songwriter, musician and leader of Okkervil River, Will Sheff.   Will's band started out in Austin, Texas where he worked at a video store and played music in his house.  After he was written up in Rolling Stone, everything changed for his father. Will sings an unreleased song that he did lots of research on called Famous Tracheotomies.   Find out why Will and Shonali are fellow fans of the Rock*A*Teens.  Will plays Car and Driver from the Rock*A*Teens - Sweet Bird of Youth.  Have you heard of the musician David Wiffen?  David Cross joins the discussion and shares his new favorite musician, from the 1970's, Chic Clerggg from Greenland.  Yeah, he's exactly who you think he is.  Happy New Year everyone! Please follow us on Twitter @WDEKPodcast and contact us at WDEKpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: Ep_38_WDEK.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:11pm EST



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