Still cold in NYC!  Shonali and Christian are happy to have been able to enjoy some warm weather in other cities.  Christian travels with a hungry German Shepherd and a lady who will be jamming up in heaven. Shonali, Justin, and Christian celebrate the success of their short film Sardines Out of A Can, the winner of the Best Romantic Comedy Short Film at the Bare Bones Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Shonali's parents share their expert thoughts on the newest Late Night tv hosts and the future of the Late Show.  Shonali's mom is way ahead of Shonali when it comes to keeping up with Comedy Central.  Adam Wade, the 18 time Moth Story Slam winner and co-star of Sardines Out of A Can is our special guest.  Christian's newest hashtags are #DestinationSlice #3StoriesInOneNight #MarieIsListening.  Hoboken has happily adopted Adam.  Adam hosts his own UCB East show called The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show.  Go see it.  He also teaches storytelling classes at The Magnet Theater. Shonali, Christian, and Justin are going to take his class.  Come join us.  Our Episode 22 song is Luna by the band Fear of Men. 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._23_Adam_Wade.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:35 PM

Whoa! It's already St. Patrick's Day weekend - Christian and Shonali have way too much to catch up on.    We talk Riverdance, Bronies, and walking strategies for New Yorkers.  Shonali is dissed by her dad. Christian is in a TMZ phase.   Shonali bombed an audition and Christian booked his. We share diatribes on hipster diatribes.   Our special guest this episode is comedienne and actress Bridey Elliott.  She just returned from Austin, where the film in which she co-stars, Fort Tilden, just won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.  We talk animal handling, teen age angst, and growing up in a comedy family.  Her father is Chris Elliott, sister is Abby Elliott, and grandfather is Bob Elliott.   We also talk boyfriends, strategies for avoiding getting raped,  Siri and butt dialing.  In addition to acting, Bridey does stand up and is also performing in Absolutely, her Maude Night improv group at the UCB Theatre. We had so much fun having Bridey as our guest.  You will hear Shonali laughing the ENTIRE episode.  GAWSH! Our Episode 22 song is Sunshine Love by Rikki Ililonga.   

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_22_Bridey_Elliott.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 4:31 AM

Happy New Year to all our WDEK listeners. Things are off to a good start in the WDEK studios with Christian and Shonali both getting sick over the holidays.  We are having a snow storm right now.  Christian talks about story hijackers and Justin lends us his thoughts.  Parents think they are better drivers than their kids and that's a fact.  Shonali's mom sends Christian a special FB message.  Subway sightings include a dancer at Union Square platform and a man with a carryon and a tennis racquet.   Our special guest is Pete Miser, the legendary front man of Five Fingers of Funk from Portland, OR and a rapper who has released 4 full length albums of his own, while helming the board at his own Ho House studios in Tribeca. He's worked closely with Dido and Imani Coppola and is always making new music.  Pete comes bearing gifts.  This one is especially for Christian and his former thigh chafing issues (as heard on Ep. 4). Pete was a B-boy who started to rap at age 16.  He will fill you in on what's happening in hip hop today, and what's not.  Did you see the Indian dancing boy star on India's Got TAlent? Are musicians sellouts for putting their music in commercials?   Shonali is reading the Miles Davis Autobiography.   Sounds are a singular experience. You can hear them by just reading about them.  Pete makes his world debut of Hands Up 3.3 on We Don't Even Know!  Put your HANDS UP!!!!!

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

Kenny Lienhardt is a one of a kind individual!  He's the legendary soundman of the Bowery Ballroom for 14 years.  He is the host of the Urban Angler public access fishing show for 10 years.  He was the front man of the death metal band Black Virgin in the mid 80's and he was the producer of Tigers & Monkeys' recent full-length release "The Animals Will Forgive Us Again" and co-produced "Loose Mouth".  He is a character that you never forget.  He was recently celebrated in the Jan 3, 2014  Village Voice and since we are still talking about how much we enjoyed having him as one of our first WDEK guests, we wanted to share some of the highlights from his visit to the WDEK Studio in Sept. 2012. In case you missed it or want to hear it again - enjoy!  Some of the language is offensive, so turn down while listening.  Sorry mom.

Direct download: Kenny_WDEK_Highlights_Reel.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31 PM

The trees, the lights, the people, the shopping ....ugh!  Shonali has a new look.  Marcellus Hall just had a release party and his Afterglow CD is available on Band Camp.  Christian calls Shonali "perky."   Holiday angst on the subways and streets of New York.  Gift giving is not so easy.  Christian uses the term "viral vids."  Tigers & Monkeys have a new CD, The Animals Will Forgive Us Again coming out January 7, 2014.  Episode 20 guest, Shalewa Sharpe is all about gift receiving this year.  Christian calls Shalewa "perky."  Some people are bold and break into millionaire's homes and throw parties. Some are even bolder and steal snow leopards.  Shonali understands animal facial expressions. Did you see the fake sign language translator on the Mandela Memorial? Shalewa is a rising comedian, former adult video store clerk and a new New York transplant from Atlanta. There are some surprises to working in an adult video store.  Long ago, Shalewa shared a very important video with Shonali. Shalewa had low expectations of her comedy career when she arrived to New York.  Lots of comedians talk about their junk.  Dad's stop understanding their daughters after they turn 9.  Justin and Shonali are going to Minneapolis for a free Sardines Out of A Canscreening party at Varsity Theater, Wednesday, December 18th at 7:30pm.  Shalewa is at The Creek and The Cave, December, 16th in Long Island City for Caught On Tape.  Deerhunter is a great band from Atlanta.  Here is their awesome video Back To The Middle.  Happy Holidays!  Don't let your family get to you!  

Direct download: Episode_20_WDEK_Shalewa.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44 AM

Happy Halloween! Happy Diwali!  Happy November!  Shonali just got her tooth drilled at the dentist office.  Tooth ash was spewing everywhere. Christian was beligerant on Halloween, not just beligerant, but the Beligerant Yogi. Pictures are up on our FB page.  Christian's landlord took his family on vacation to Burning Man and we're not judging. Christian, Shonali, Justin and special guest Jeffrey Gamblero have never been to Burning Man, so we don't even know.  Bathroom attendants are a thing of the past, thank goodness.  It's always so awkward. Christian ponders whether its the noises or the smell that would be the worst  Have you seen the Jumbotron at Barclays Center during a Nets game?  If so you definitely saw our Ep. 19 guest up there!  Our "Uber" guest is Jeffrey Gamblero, a super fan of Brooklyn Nets, former professional poker player, graffitti writer, artist and current Lofty Goals NYC art collective partner.  There is a viral meme out now with him on it regarding the Nets win over the Heat.  Jeffrey did not have gambling groupies while he gambled.  His beautiful wife to be, Kristi Evans, with the beautiful hair, is his partner in Lofty Goals.  Jeffrey and Kristi will be hosting interactive art shows - ie. gambling for art.  Our special music comes from Four Tet, a song called Parallel Jalebi in honor of Shonali's newlywed friends.  

Direct download: Ep._19_WDEK_Jeffrey_Gamblero.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:07 AM

Christian celebrates his birthday in a new graphical Urban Outfitters sweatshirt. Disclosure,  WDEK Ep. 18 does not cover the Government Shutdown, Miley Cyrus or twerking.   Shonali and Christian question the intentions behind gift giving. Christian is impressed by Shonali's first official home office chair with movable arm rests and lumbar support.  Shonali is screening her short film Sardines Out of A Can in NYC on Oct. 24th at Wythe Hotel.  Christian had a role on Guiding Light, better than that, he auditioned for All My Children via a self taped video and we have the proof.  The next generation of techies are gamers.   Kids today can sneak on to planes, steal SUVs and hack phones and tablets.  The empathy sucker - smartphones as per Louis CK and Christian.  Our special guest is a former Apple technician, teacher, writer, musician and DJ extraordinaire Rashida White.  Rashida and Shonali met as volunteers at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. Have you tried Alchemy Vegan Ice Cream.  Shonali tried to make a video letter for Bloomberg.  Our song of the episode is Lazy Soldier by Sam Jayne (Love As Laughter). 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_18_Rashida_White.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 6:35 PM

Christian and Shonali are back with a summer recap!   Highlights include Chuck. E. Cheese, a 20 year old Ford Aerostar Van, a special summer care package and a dirty driver's license.  Christian has a special relationship with the TSA and body scanners.  The heated NYC Mayoral race brings out the best in our current Mayor.  Robots are taking our jobs.  Did Watson, the Jeopardy computer ever lose?  We are hiring fact checkers at WDEK.  Our special guest is comedian and longtime friend, Greg Johnson. Christian, Shonali and Greg worked in a major Manhattan lawfirm together.  Greg is a former "Chron King" and "Bros Blog" writer.  He is known as the "best blogger alive." Greg teaches us complex job exit strategies and how to get Cher to respond to your tweets. Greg coined "war dialing." Remember our story from Episode 16?  What's with all the hoax viral videos these days?  Our music this week comes from the American brother and sister folk duo (Brad and Jessical Lauretti),This Frontier Needs Heroes with a song called George Clooney.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_17_Greg_Johnson.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 5:06 AM

Happy Heatwave to all of you.  Christian and Shonali discuss the unique New York City sights, sounds and smells that happen during a week long scorching heatwave.  Our latest episode is brought to you from Justin's apartment in Bushwick recorded live in front of a studio audience; Justin's mom- Dorie, Dad - Mark, and little brother Dakota who happens to be our special guest this episode.  Krissy Chula has a meltdown along with our friend who is responsible for inserting the term "war dialing" into our vernacular.  We discuss phone etiquette and Christian's rules for modes of communication.  Our special guest, 16 year old Dakota Hall is from Walker, Minnesota, knows everyone at his high school, plays the piano, and listens to Jack Johnson and John Mayer (whew!  for a second there we thought he was going to be listening to someone we had never heard of - turns out we were way off.  We probably heard of them before he was born.) Shonali would like to go to Walker for the weekend Eelpout fishing festival they have in February in an ice village on a lake along with 10,000 people.  It may just be the heat.  Savages are an English all woman band that rocked Shonali's world a few weeks back at Webster Hall in NYC.  Here is the first song of their debut full length Silence Yourself. The song is called Shut Up.

Direct download: WDEK_16_Dakota.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19 AM

For our Special Episode 15 Mother's Day edition of WDEK, we talk to the WDEK Moms.  Shonali avoids getting spit on in the subway.  Christian shares a story about a boy and his piggy bank.  We first talk to Shonali's mom, Shubha Bhowmik who lives in Nashville, TN.  She loves comedy and tv shows on TV Land.  Giving birth to Shonali was no big thing.  As for Justin, his mom, Dorie, lives in Walker, Minnesota and was a radio broadcaster and host of her own variety radio show.  She tells us about Justin the lost adventurer. On one of his trips, Justin was confused when he was in Frankfurt, Germany instead of Frankfurt, Kentucky.  Dorie also is a musician and has released some albums.  We will play her Polka, Waltzes, and Foxtrots soon.  Christian's mom, Madeleine lives in Evanston, IL and tells us some unexpected stories about Christian. Madeleine like Christian has a beautiful way with words.  Teasers are Mother Theresa, to-do lists, and a hole in the wall.  We all love our mothers so much.  Now that may seem obvious, but heck it's not true for everyone.  We feel lucky.  Thanks Moms! We love you.  Tame Impala takes us out with Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind!

Direct download: WDEKMotherdayep.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49 PM



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