Shonali Bhowmik and Christian Felix co-host a chat, music, variety talk show with guests comedian and oversharer Calvin Cato; humorist, cartoonist, artisanal pencil sharpener and tv host David Rees along with music by Tigers and Monkeys. Christian Felix is back in his co-hosting seat after a trip to Singapore where they know how to deal with the heat. 

Calvin Cato, a self professed oversharer, explains how as a premed major, he made his way into the world of comedy.  Calvin wrote an open letter to his white male friends and WDEK endorses his sentiment.  Get It Off Your Chest with audience member Martina Potratz.  If you ever wondered, strangers really do yell things out at pregnant women in the streets.  

David Rees is a master of many trades including a fact checker, an artisanal pencil sharpener, the creator of the cartoon Get Your War On, the host of a tv show called Going Deep (find it online) but one of his most important works was his Financial Transparency - Journey Into Hell presentation. Both David and Christian protect themselves from the heat with help of a handkerchief.

Tigers & Monkeys, a band led by WDEK's own Shonali Bhowmik just released their third full length album titled Saturday Destroyer. Shonali along with bandmates Jason Lam, Anthony Cangelosi and Russell Dungan perform stripped down versions of their songs Over The Sun, Magic Marker and Dinosaurs Surrender

 

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We Don't Even Know Ep. 62 live at Red Room hosted by Shonali Bhowmik and guest co-host comedian Greg Johnson with special guests comedian Maeve Higgins, comedian Hari Kondabolu and musician Camille Harris. Get It Off Your Chest with our audience member Maggy Adeleye.  

Special guest co-host comedian Greg Johnson joins Shonali to host Ep. 62 of WDEK Live at Red Room while Christian Felix is away on the hottest night of the year so far.  Greg, Shonali and Christian met while working on a huge case at a Manhattan law firm which is why the word "chron" makes them giddy.   Greg was our Ep. 17 guest 5 years ago on 9/10/13. Greg Johnson's #1 is the first stand-up comedy album to be released by Little Lamb Recordings, Shonali's label. 

Our first guest is comedian, author and actress Maeve Higgins.  Maeve first impressed Shonali with her sparkly sandals but Maeve's undeniable wit and intelligence are what sealed the deal in their friendship.  We discuss Maeve's new book Maeve In America along with worldly topics like vagina extensions, M&M world, mental illness, Irish America and the seduction of being white.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu FINALLY is a guest on WDEK live.  The discussion starts out light regarding signing autographs and wet t-shirt contests and things get serious when Shonali confesses she was a prom queen and mathlete in high school.  Hari has a new Netflix special out called Warn Your Relatives and TruTV documentary The Problem With Apu.  Most importantly, Hari and Shonali both have brilliant mothers.   

Our audience member Maggy Adeleye joins us for our Get It Off Your Chest segment.  We discuss using the word "sweetie", saying you are "color-blind" and being asked to be co-host for WDEK on a day when the heat index is 99 degrees in NYC.

Our final guest is Camille Harris!  She is a musician, writer, teacher, comedian and actress.  Camille came to NYC as a former prom queen and international baccalaureate. Prom queens unite! She wrote a musical called Muffin Man and has been recently working on a children's album called Silly Jazz with Camille.  She is not on social media. Impressive, right? Camille performs two songs in the Red Room, Trying Something New and Baby On The Subway.

Also Shonali has a band called Tigers and Monkeys which has a new album coming out on Sept. 17, 2018.  It is called Saturday Destroyer.  Tigers and Monkeys will be the musical guest on the September 18th WDEK Live show.

 

 

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Guest co-host Jordan Clifford joins Shonali for Episode 61 while Christian Felix is in Singapore doing who knows what. Jordan helps Shonali analyze her disgusting dream.  Our first guest is actress, dancer, comedian Sunita Mani. Shonali and Sunita are family friends. Jordan and Sunita were in the same crew together in college at Emerson College.  Jordan tried to make Sunita cry once.  We discuss Sunita's success as an actress (Mr. Robot, GLOW) and if it has gone to her head. Look for Sunita in No Activity.  Out of nowhere, a podcast protestor interrupts our show!  Our second guest is comedian, writer & producer Myka Fox.  Myka just celebrated her birthday and Shonali forces Myka to tell a depressing story about a specific past birthday. Find out whether Myka ever had an ex-boyfriend help her move?  Myka has the best Twitter account & you must follow her.  Check out Myka's Friday night weekly show at the Cobra Club called Live From Outer Space.  Sidenote: Have you seen the PBS documentary on Maya Angelou? It's on Netflix now.  Ep. 61 Get It Off Your Chest is with audience member Ricky Trabucco.  We have some good ones: airplane boarding eagerness, people with clipboards & purchasing lottery tickets.  Our final guest is musician Shannon Wright.  Shannon is a guitarist, pianist, singer-songwriter and her performances are raw, emotional, breathtaking and powerful all at one moment.  Shonali & Shannon are long time friends who just discovered they both sold ice cream and were accused of stealing as adolescents.  Shannon is shy.  Shannon is a prolific artist who is starting work on her 11th solo album.  She is adored by the likes of Jordan Clifford, Steve Albini, Yann Tiersen and recently composed the music for  French director Guillaume Nicloux's To The Ends Of The World.  Listen to Shannon Wright perform Avalanche live at We Don't Even Know.

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We celebrate our 60th episode of We Don't Even Know with special guests comedian and family documentary photographer Ahna Tessler; comedian, writer, actor and director Jon Glaser; and improv musician and comedian Rebecca Vigil.  Shonali & Christian applaud the  awesome audience in attendance at WDEK Live for getting out of the fetal position and making it to the show while the news cycle continues to kick all of our asses.  Our first guest of the night is comedian, actress and photographer Ahna Tessler.  She is also a mother and we all agree doesn't get enough attention these days.  We told her she could swear as much as she wanted during the taping.  Ahna's longtime comedy partner Lauren Engle was in attendance at the show.  They are legends. Ahna has made so many fantastic videos which she calls 'dumb' but we call hysterical.  There was a little controversy surrounding Ahna's breastfeeding video.  Check out Ahna's beautiful family photography. She is humble and doesn't brag about it bc she is a woman. 

Our next guest, Jon Glaser is a comedian, actor, writer and star of Jon Glaser Loves Gear and also the Adult Swim show Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter. Jon is a powerhouse in the comedy world.  As you expected, Jon has lots of gear.  We get the low low low low down on how Jon came up with the idea for the show Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter.  It's so dumb.  We love it.  Shonali and Jon used to jam together and after you hear Jon's new summertime hit tune you will understand why they are ready to take the show on the road.

During #GetItOffYourChest with audience member Michael McMenamin, we learn that you must make sure the washing machine is fully drained before putting in your clothes.  Christian uses the words 'fecal air.' Gross. Shonali's rants about unnecessarily expensive fashion choices. 

Our final guest of the evening is improv musician and actress Rebecca Vigil .  Rebecca went to 13 different schools and still sings about love.  She's remarkable for many reasons, but we are super impressed with her big winnings while on a game show. Two of our lucky audience members, Sergio Douglas and Maggy Adeleye were interviewed by Rebecca on stage and then ....well listen to see what happened, will you?

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WDEK Ep. 59 Medium

Welcome to our 59th Episode of WDEK Podcast. Justin the intern starts the live show on a Tuesday night at the Red Room in NYC! Christian just returned from father's retirement party in Chicago. Shonali just returned from Nashville where she kept up with the news about a racist crazy tv star and her tweets. What's it like to have your creative work rejected in person to your face over and over?  We ask our first guest that question. She is cartoonist, illustrator, writer and performer Emily Flake.  She has "cobbled" together a living as a cartoonist for a long time now. She's come a long way from being an ad sales person for alt weekly New York Blade to becoming a successful cartoonist who has had hundreds of her works featured in the New Yorker.  She's written a book about parenting called Mama Tried. She's a parent who refreshingly doesn't think being a parent is the MOST awesome thing in the world. How cool is that? Look out for her upcoming YA (Young Adult) book she's working on now, a fictional fanzine from 1992.  Our second guest is H. Jon Benjamin, a comedian, actor and writer probably most famous for his work as the voice of Bob in Bob's Burgers and the voice of Archer in Archer.  Benjamin as Shonali calls him (they are old friends) used to host a comedy show in the East Village called Midnight Pajama Jam. It was the best. JB's written a book that just came out called Failure is An Option: An Attempted Memoir.  Shonali's been listening to the audiobook and loves it.  She is intrigued by Jon Benjamin's love for disco, roller skating and disco balls.  Jon explains what the main take away from his book is in two words. We Get It Off Our Chest with illustrator musician Marcellus Hall who refuses to rap with us. Our final guest is musician, singer, songwriter Rob Townsend.  Rob is originally from Spartanburg, SC.  He's also a part time sailing instructor and may be the only gay sailing captain on the Hudson. We like the idea of a gay sailboat. We discuss the difficulty of selling music during an era where everyone gets their music free.  Rob moved to NYC from Austin, TX where he was in a folk band.  His music has changed drastically.  He is humble and self deprecating but we think he's awesome. He sings an original song called Clatskanie and a Randy Newman tune called Short People! Welcome to our new sound engineer Ezana Million! ENJOY!!! Photo by Daria Huxley.

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Episode 58 was taped on April 3, 2018 - the 50th Anniversary of MLK's" I've Been to the Mountaintop" final speech.  Shonali & Christian have been traveling.  When was the last time you stayed in a hostel.  Our first guest is actor, writer & director Sanjit De Silva who recently closed out a run at New York Theater Workshop starring in the play An Ordinary Muslim written by Hammaad Chaudry.  After working for 15 years as an actor, the play was his first time to be in a majority brown people cast. We talk breaking our parents hearts and the glamorous life of a working actor. Pat Alvarado joins us for our Get It Off Your Chest segment or does he? Our second guest is comedian & writer Alison Leiby.  Alison wrote for Comedy Central's The President Show and currently writes for Jordan Klepper's The Opposition. Find out what Alison thinks about Christian's solar system shirt.  She shares her recent dealings with Twitter trolls and how a near death experience led her to comedy. Alison has great advice for up and coming female comedians.  Our impromptu Get It Off Your Chest guest Tim Ewing also has words for Christian's shirt. Our final guest is musician Graham Norwood. Graham, who is legally blind, started to focus on his own solo project only two years ago after spending 15 years working on the music of other artists.  Outside of music, Graham is the Director for the Foundation and Corporate Relations for the Partnership for The Homeless.  Wow! Graham sings two songs for us including Collapses to Zero and Lazarus Avenue.  

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 12:13am EST

 

While we've been mourning the close of our former WDEK podcast home, the HiFi Bar we are excited to host our first show of 2018 at Caveat, a new speakeasy space in LES which showcases "intelligent nightlife." Yeah, we know what you are thinking.  Let us be delusional for a little while, will you? Christian and Shonali discuss good (not so good depending on who you are talking to) times had at the MLK tribute at BAM, the NYC Women's march and Barry's Bootcamp. Below is the pic we shared of Christian from the Women's March during the show.  Our first guest is New York Times reporter Melena Ryzik.  Melena is a bad ass NYC bicylist.  Find out why she had to get fingerless gloves.  Melena is a journalist at the forefront of covering the MeToo movement and sexual harassment in the entertainment world (Louis CK, Russell Simmons.)  We get into it.  Christian says he wants to listen .... let's see how long. 

Our second guest is a Russian Hacker* Eugeny Smith who happened to be in our audience during the show just as Shonali suspected.  He not only confesses to reading Shonali's emails but he reads them to the world. So embarrassing.  

Our third guest is multi instrumentalist, composer, producer, visual artist Emily Wells.  Emily's work is stunning.  She describes growing up with a Music Minister father, building a world around her during her performance, choreographer Pina Bausch and her love of what she does. Purchase Emily's music asap!  Emily performs two songs for us at the end of the show. 

Uta Seibicke joins us for Get It Off Your Chest!  Man of The Woods, adults charmed by their young children's bathroom breaks, and the subway are our topics of conversation.

Our last guest is Danielle Gray, former Obama Cabinet Secretary and Senior Adviser to President Obama. Kudos to her for making it to the show on what was for her a very tough night (listen to Ep to find out why.)  Danielle tells us what is was like for her working at the White House. She also gives us some insight as to how during this past year she stays focused on causes she believes in and stays a good distance from social media.  Have you heard of 3 Card Monte? Danielle a real New Yorker knows what it is.  

Our Russian Hacker is played by Alan Yaspan. 

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Episode 56 is a momentous occasion, with the news that HiFi will close at the end of October 2017, this is the last time we will tape our show in our beloved home space.  Currently we are looking for another home and expect to return to a new space live in front of an audience in January of 2018. Christian & Shonali open the show with quality conversation about bunions, butts and adult day care. Our first guest is lawyer, environmental activist and national carryout bag expert Jennie Reilly Romer.  After helping San Francisco and Los Angeles enact laws on plastic bag policy, Jennie moved to New York with the mission of doing the same thing here.  She came really close!  Jennie explains why these thin plastic bags are so problematic, what we can do to help (plasticbaglaws.org); who is lobbying against the policy and how Christian did the wrong thing by putting the plastic bags in the recycling bin.  We salute Jennie on her work and look forward to her to running for New York City Council! Go Jennie.   With the news that HiFi will close at the end of October, we are excited celebrate the man who created this safe haven for indie rock n roll bands in the mid 90's, East Village neighbors in the 2000's  and podcasters and comedians in the late 2010's.  Here is a special interview with the owner of HiFi (formerly the legendary East Village rock club Brownies) Mike Stuto.  Find out about Mike's time as a club owner who had do idea what he was doing. There were good times (David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Mel Brooks) and bad (Sugar Ray, Milemarker) but Mike has always managed to this day to bring together a community that is heavily indebted to him for giving them a space to create, learn, unite, celebrate and collaborate.   After listening quiz: What band made Mike want to work in rock n' roll?  Our final guest is Grammy nominated singer and storyteller Chaney Sims.  Like Mike, Chaney is a native New Yorker and the East Village was her playground.  She is the daughter of a great blues musician, Bill Sims Jr. with whom she performs with in the Grammy Nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra.  Her recent solo performance of songs written from her Haiku 365 project at Joe's Pub was with a string orchestral accompaniment by Root Stock Republic.  The performance will be released as a live album recording soon. Listen to Chaney blow you away with her performances of Leadbelly's Go Down, Old Hannah and Nina Simone's C-Line Woman.  Have a great rest of the year and until our next show, do yourself a favor and binge on the many earlier episodes of We Don't Even Know.   

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Welcome back Christian! The news today bummed us out to no end so we had to talk about it.  Christian went to Haiti and all he brought back was the Missing Key Story.  Our first guest is comedian, writer and Employee of the Month talk show host Catie Lazarus.  Catie is an expert on germs in the gym. Christian is one on airplane germs.  Catie grew up in DC with a Public Policy White House advisor father and a peace activist brother. Find out how a doctoral student becomes the "funniest resident of NYC."  Shonali and leftovers don't go well together. Comedian George Gordon is from Virginia. He currently supports his comedy by bartending. What makes a great bar patron? Comedian Doug Stanhope changed George's life. He's good at doing a "tight five." #GetItOffYourChest is back with audience member and former WDEK guest Alan Yaspan! Our last guest is musician Lori Scacco.  Lori and Shonali are old friends who both started their music careers in Atlanta, Georgia. Lori currently has many musical ongoing projects including her own music which she calls "highly orchestrated computer music" and her collaborations such as Storms.  She recently composed music for the Joyce Theater Ballet Festival for dancer Gemma Bonds.  We discuss creative identity, Atlanta, family and the legendary Clermont Lounge.  Lori has an upcoming live show in October. You must go! We play an excerpt from the ballet called The Giving and the first song on her full length Storms album called Wolves and Bells

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Ep. 54 Group Pic

Shonali's special guest co-host is comedian Danny Cohen, her favorite FB live video maker! Guests include scientist Kelly Reidy, filmmaker Heather Fink and musician Miyuki Furtado.  "The Summer of Shonali and Danny" thus far has included a trip to a cemetery in the Berkshires and eating lots of snacks. Danny was banned from Facebook.  WDEK's first guest is scientist & indie songstress Kelly Reidy.  Say "theoretical condensed matter" three times real fast. Kelly is a Museum Hack tour guide and recently gave Rob Lowe and his family a Natural History Museum tour.  We talk ghost sex (it's a thing) and ghost attire.  Follow Kelly @drunkascheese on Twitter and Instagram. Danny and Shonali discuss DuckFace and why it still exists? Our second guest is filmmaker, actress, director, comedian Heather Fink.  Heather took a leap of faith and changed her career path from stand-up to filmmaking. We talk believing in yourself, rejection, getting dumped and her first feature length film Inside You which will be screened in NYC on August 6th at Kew Gardens Cinemas Festival. It's a body switching sex comedy in which Heather is lead actress and director. How did she do it? Here's the Inside You trailer!  Our regular segment #GetItOffYourChest is back!  Thomas Kelsey joins Danny & Shonali to vent.  In no particular order we vent about A capella singing, littering, and angling (walking diagonally) while you walk. Our last guest is musician Miyuki Furtado.  We discuss growing up in Hawaii, being a member of the Kiss Army, his former band The Roger Sisters and his current solo project Divining Rod.  He releases a Double A side single on July 28th which showcases some of his psychedelic southern roots which will be included in his upcoming album.  Miyuki brought his suitcase kickdrum & guitar and performed 3 of his original songs including Love Come Tumbling, Darling Down the Road, and Hemlock Blues.  They are brilliant. Enjoy!  Also Christian is to be back with us on August 15th!  

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We return from our two month break after our WDEK Variety Fest with a Sizzling Summer Show - SSS show - BAM! Is it still considered alliteration if the words start with the same letter although letter doesnt have the same sound - Sss vs sh? Will you look that up for us?  While Christian is away, our special guest host this month is a longtime friend of WDEK; the multi talented (musician, illustrator and writer) Mr. Marcellus Hall! Our first guest is comedian, writer & actress Becky Yamomoto.  Find out how she got to NYC and created a successful career here as a standup & actress although her Mom and Dad never go to her shows.  Her web series Uninspired is one of Shonali's favorites.  Shonali performs a new song yet to be released called The Dream Is Still Alive with Marcellus on harmonica.  Our second guest is Mars Ganito, guitar player, singer and one of the leaders of the punk pop indie band Aye Nako. We talk about life on the road, growing up in Arkansas within a large family and his love of country music. Mars has described his band's music as "sad songs about being queer, trans and black," however we don't find them so sad. They make us happy.  Reminiscent of the best of early indie rock bands like Superchunk, Helium & Pavement; their sound is ragged, raw and dissonant but also catchy, fresh and original.  Special guest co-host Marcellus Hall performs one of his new tunes called Our Devices.  WDEK's last guest is Mike DuClos, a brilliant musician who has performed with lots of great bands and musicians   Listen and learn about tourbus etiquette and performing with Joan Baez and Dire Straits.  Mike is what we call a professional musician. He's even played on Broadway before.  He hated that.  He's a great storyteller who is known in most circles as being a "wise ass."  He agrees.  Listen and decide for yourself.  Thanks to all of you who support us and listen to our show.  We have t-shirts for some of you lucky fools! Email us! And lastly Listen to Aye Nako's Spare Me!

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:36pm EST

Our first ever We Don't Even Know Variety Fest held on April 23, 2017 at DCTV in downtown Manhattan was a smashing success! To all of you who were able to attend - we love you and because of you we are certain to do it all over again next year.  Although we won't be able to share all of the performances via our podcast format from that day, we are honored to share with you our dear friend, a living music encyclopedia, WFMU's Duane (Train) Harriott and his interview with soul and dance music icon, one of the original lead vocalists of Chic, the legendary Alfa Anderson.  

Duane explains his spiritual connection to disco and introduces us to the amazing Alfa Anderson.  Alfa talks about coming to New York City from Augusta, Georgia as a young woman seeking a teaching job until the moment she realized she could actually make a living as a singer.   Does the name Luther Vandross ring a bell? "Big" Luther and Alfa used to hang out on a park bench near W. 72nd Street before they became famous! Alfa explains to us how to be "Haughty!"  Duane talks about the music of Chic, how it changed his life and plays another one of his favorite Chic songs including At Last I'm Free.  You will also hear about Alfa's songwriting process for her brand new solo release, From My Heart and thank goodness she could not resist singing along with her new song titled "When Luther Sings." Alfa is  truly a magical spirit and we were so humbled by her presence.  We hope you enjoy hearing her as much as we did.  Check out Alfa's website and her Facebook page here.  Be sure to join us in attendance at Alfa's upcoming show at Joe's Pub on 7/7/17 at 7:30pm!  We will see you there.  Special note - this was recorded in a cavernous room & you may hear the sounds of a creaking door throughout the interview.  Probably spirits who just had to join us in the room for the interview perhaps?

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Returning from Hawaii to a blizzard has Shonali feeling down.  Leave it to Christian to come up with a story about his jacket to cheer her up. The Get Out of A Funk episode starts out with special guest actor & performer Colin Buckingham.  Shonali is impressed with Colin's stage combat skills which he has had to use in real life. Do you know what a "half nelson" is?  If you want to fight a drunk person "take out their knees."  Colin has a achondroplasia which is a form of dwarfism.  We discuss labels, entitlement, empathy and privilege.  In addition to acting professionally on film and tv, Colin has recently joined the cast of Sleep No More.  He is also in a new tv show which he can't tell us anything about.  Look for him in Black Magic for White Boys at Tribeca Film Festival pilot series.  Our second guest is comedian, writer, actress Selena Coppock.  Selena has a popular twitter feed @NYTvows which makes fun of what she calls the "wedding industrial complex."  She has written a book and she is currently on a television show called Red Oaks on Amazon, but she is yet to release a comedy album.  Well that is until now!  Selena has plans is tape her first live comedy album very soon.  Make sure you are there!  Our last guest is musician & artist M. Lamar.  Lamar opens with a performance of "They Took You From Me" from his latest releast "Funeral Doom Spiritual."  Originally from Alabama, Lamar has lived as a musician in New York City for the past 10 years.  He is a fan of metal music and classical music and has coined himself "Negro gothic devil worshipping free black man in the blues tradition."   Find out why and what his mom thinks about that. Lamar comments on how current moments speak to so many other moments of the past, be it police brutality today or being on a slave ship.   Lamar recently performed at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.  The New York Times wrote about it.  Check it out. Christian and Shonali are proud to announce their very first all day We Don't Even Know Variety Fest to happen Sunday April 23 at DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street. Make plans now to join us and our amazing lineup! 

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We celebrate our 50th Episode of WDEK on Mardi Gras with party horns, beads and great guests.  Shonali shares a feel good story about a NYC cabbie. Christian gives us his take on rules for shushing at the movie theater.  We have new WDEK T-Shirts for sale at the show and now online. Our first guest is a comedian, writer, filmmaker, author, Ted Fellow...the list goes on and on, Negin Farsad.  She made a film which came out in 2014 called The Muslims Are Coming which follows a group of Muslim American comedians as they visit towns all over the US to combat Islamophobia. Turns out it can be exhausting combatting Islamophobia.  She also met Bono and turns out they have something in common.  Negin has a political roundtable podcast called Fake the Nation and wrote a book called How to Make White People Laugh. She is an inspiration.   We play a special WDEK 50th Ep trivia game with our WDEK regular audience member Isabel Restrepo.  Somehow Isabel wins a WDEK t-shirt without passing the quiz.  Our second guest is comedian and writer Mike Recine. Out of the gate Shonali brings up Mike's side hustle, Recine Brothers Pasta Sauce and wants a jar of sauce.  We are sorry to hear Mike's grandmother just passed away. Mike is originally from Jersey and the 2016 presidential win threw Mike off his comedy course. He's been rethinking his views on his people, the working class. "Tastykakes" & "WaWa" are mentioned.  Look for Mike performing stand-up live all over the country or check out Mike's Comedy Central half hour on Hulu or his Conan guest spots online right now. #GetItOffYourChest features our audience member Stacey Mills who talks about reactions to her camouflage jacket.  Shonali requests being polite to loved ones.  Christian reiterates his shushing policy.  Our last guest is musician Beth Wawerna of the band Bird of Youth. She and Shonali share a connection to Atlanta and a love of The Rock*A*Teens and The Replacements.  All of which their influences can be heard in her music. A former music journalist, Beth now plays in a band comprised of multi-talented musicians.  They have released two full lengths, Defender and Get Off. She plays two songs, one called Glory Knows and the other titled Dad. Thanks to all who celebrated our 50th Ep with us!  Remember to save the date, April 23rd for our first ever all day WDEK Fest at DCTV in downtown Manhattan.  

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 6:43pm EST

Ep. 49: Amber Tamblyn, Damien Lemon & Ani Cordero - Jan. 3,2017

Happy New Year All! Christian and Shonali have brand new haircuts and new resolutions.  A familiar audience member has lots to say about our resolutions.  Our first guest is actress, writer, poet and director Amber Tamblyn.  She comes to us with a Guinness in hand and a baby bump. We discuss her busy schedule this past year which includes a 50+ city tour promoting her own poetry book Dark Sparkler about the lives & deaths of child star actresses.  She toured along with her husband comedian David Cross and they got along perfectly on the road.  Amber is also just finishing up a film festival circuit for the upcoming April release of a film which she wrote and directed, Paint It Black, based on the Janet Fitch novel.  Wonder Woman Amber is also currently enjoying writing her first novel while expecting her first baby.   Our second guest is comedian and writer Damien Lemon.  You may have seen him on Guy Code or as the host of TruTv's Comedy Knockout but he has been performing standup for 11 years.  He knew he was funny when he was 9 years old.  He was influenced by Eddie Murphy, tours lots and always gets the racist report when going to new cities and clubs.  Christian brings up Damien's visit to The Breakfast Club.  He brings up shellfish.  For 2017, Damien says "trust your gut!"  We #GetItOffOurChest with comedian LeRonn McGowan.  Christian and LeRonn don't like to talk.  Our last guest is musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ani Cordero.  Ani grew up splitting her time between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up in a family of musicians, Ani has been playing music since she was a kid. She has performed as the drummer of Os Mutantes while also leading her own band Cordero. She is active in promoting social justice & worries about the erosion of civil liberties. Ani released her last album Recordar, an album of Latin American songs of love and protest music and is now about to release her newest album Quierido Mundo, a new album of her own political protest and love songs this coming February 2017.  Check her out singing two songs live in our sh Me Tumba and Choferito 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._49_Amber_Ani_Damien.mp3
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 2:10am EST

Ep. 48:  John Roberts Jr. & Eleanor Friedberger - Nov. 29, 2016

It's a rainy night in NYC, only a few weeks after the election and our mood has taken a turn for the "what the hell happened?"  Christian does in fact return to the show after a two month absence.  He brings us stories regarding cologne and Shonali shares her important scientific findings as to why the election turned out the way it did.  Christian and Shonali been longtime fans of both of our Ep. 49 guests! Our first guest is comedian, John Roberts Jr. who is gay (don't worry - he's out) and an Emmy nominated voice actor for the character Linda Belcher on the show "Bob's Burgers." But before that, did you see him on YouTube in one of our all time favorite videos The Christmas Tree. We are so happy John is back from the West Coast where he smoked too much pot and now resides only an hour away from NYC with his two cute dogs, Yoko and Iggy. He's also back to cooking at home with his mom. Love ya for it John! As we head towards our 50th episode in February and our upcoming WDEK All Day Fest on February 18th, we are looking towards sharing more with you about a youth homeless shelter called The Covenant House. Listen to Alan Weinroth explain in more detail what this organization does for kids in need. Shonali sings the Neil Young song, "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and she screws up the lyrics a little. Audience member Anthony Cangelosi joins us on stage for #GetItOffYourChest.  We are currently searching for therapy for him. Our final guest is musician Eleanor Friedberger (solo performer, member of Fiery Furnaces, & Shonali's fashion icon.) Her hair is the best! She has been on tour for the past year in support of her latest album "New View" - including playing in Tel Aviv on our election day and Rome the day after. Shonali insists it takes a lot of work to be the leader of a touring band.  Fortunately Eleanor now has her own room when she tours. We are excited to hear Eleanor play "Your Word" and "Sweetest Girl" for us.  Til we meet again - next show is January 3rd, 2017 at HiFiNYC. 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._49_Chapters.mp3
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 1:13am EST

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

Ep. 37 - Marina Franklin, Howard Altmann & Schaffer the Darklord - Nov. 24, 2015

On this special Thanksgiving WDEK episode 37, Christian and Shonali talk to comedian/actress Marina Franklin about working in a writers' room (HBO's Divorce), is it actually better for women in comedy today and dating in New York City.  Have you heard of the dating app Bumble? Marina likes Chicago house music and has her own podcast called Friends Like Us which features women of color discussing various hot topics of the day.  Look for Marina in the film Trainwreck!  Special guest Howard Altmann a former banker, is a writer, playwright and a poet.  Howard describes himself as sensitive and an introvert but is he? Howard tells us the most annoying question he gets as a poet. Shonali believes Howard is funny although he has never written a funny poem.  Howard shares some lines from his Academy of American Poets published poem called Paris Winter.  Christian presents a wonderful Thanksgiving cooking aid to our winning guest Ramona Clifton.   Musical guest Schaffer the Darklord is a former heavy metal and punk rock drummer and is now out as nerd-core, horror-core hip-hop artist, although he insists he recites nursery rhymes over beats in front of drunk people.  Yeah, listen and you'll understand.  Schaffer and Shonali are unafraid to talk about liking the Eagles.  Hi-five Schaffer! Apparently there is a difference from what nerd-core music is about and what Schaffer sings about but we sure as hell couldn't tell.  Schaffer performs two of his greatest hits for the audience, "Do Sex" and "The Giant Iron Snake."  Schaffer left WDEK with these words, "Your podcast won't be your Appetite for Destruction!" and we couldn't be happier he did.  Thanks to all of our guests, our intern Justin Hall, photographer Daria Huxley, and sound engineer Stephen Kurpis.  

Direct download: WDEK_EP._37.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

Ep. 36:  Katie Compa, Har Mar Superstar,  Joyelle Nicole Johnson - Sept. 22, 2015

What a show!  Christian is back and elevates his singing performance thanks to our guest co-host Katina Corrao's vocal chops last month.  Shonali gives a candid account of her first ever bachelorette party and shares visuals with our guests.  Our first guest is comedian Katie Compa who tells a chilling tale about a wedding speech, her first time on stage as a stand-up, and uses the word "yammer."  One of her comedy shows is called Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes!  Musician Har Mar Superstar (Sean Tillmann) is our second special guest.  He doesn't have to have a day job and is currently working on a new release.  He loves Minneapolis  and Sade.  Check out that shirt.  He sings two special songs for us, Everywhere I'm Local and Lady You Shot Me.  Here's Har Mar's fantastic video Christian was talking about co-starring Juliette Lewis called Prisoner.  Our last special guest is comedian Joyelle Nicole Johnson.  She was searching in her purse for the longest time for her carryout Maker's and Ginger.  She's cool.  She's met her idol Chris Rock and hear what he had to say about that meeting.  She's a yoga instructor AND a misanthrope.  We had a great discussion about assholes which include chefs and comedians.  Her mom doesn't think she'd be a good doctor.  Lucky for us she is a comedian!  No please enjoy the show! 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep.36.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 1:53am EST

Ep. 35:  Elna Baker, Bobby Tisdale, Andy Beckerman, Naomi Ekperigin, and Ben Lerman

Special guest co-host and former Ep. 6 WDEK guest, Katina Corrao is filling in for Christian Felix this episode.  He gave his blessings and boy were we blessed.  Katina  and Shonali talk weight loss and men who are disgusting to women during the summer months.  Our first guest, Elna "Not Another Story" Baker (This American Life, The Moth) candidly shares her story about being naked in front of a bunch of "yoga L.A." strangers.  Elna was a Mormon.  Do you know about her relationship with coffee?  Our surprise guest comedian Bobby Tisdale is a legend for many reasons.  We never see him anymore because he moved upstate to the Catskills.  We talk fart sounds, baby girls, living upstate and BlackPeopleLoveUs.com.  Our third guest segment includes two guests who are not only comedians and writers but also and an engaged IRC (interacial couple), Andy Beckerman and Naomi Ekperigin. We talk courtship, milkshakes, handholding and making a relationship work when there are two creatives involved.  Shonali takes notes. Our musical comedy guest is Ben Lerman, who is also engaged and planning a wedding in Mexico.  He knows Elna well via her stories on This American Life.  We talk wedding invitee etiquette.  We meet audience member Sergei from Salt Lake City, Utah who happens to be sitting beside Elna, the former Mormon.   Ben sings a song about Wedding Planners Murder and another about Lazy Eyes.  This show was recorded in the back room of HiFi in the East Village.  Thanks to Stephen Kurpis for sound, Justin Hall our intern, and Daria Huxley our photographer!

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_35.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 9:30pm EST

Ep. 34:  Eugene Mirman, Mima McMillan and Mike Denny - July 21, 2015

Happy Heatwave everyone!  New York City is so adorable in the summer time.  Our first guest in comedian Eugene Mirman.  Old friends, Shonali and Eugene, share their road stories from their rock n' roll comedy tour a decade ago.  Eugene explains how a polka dotted scarf and moustache can cause trouble.  Check out Eugene's new Netflix Special.  Our second guest is artist Karmimadeebora "Mima" McMillan.  Mima is a Taurus like Shonali.  She recently moved to NYC from NC via Boston.  Mima's personality is just like her art, colorful, exuberant and bright!  We talk Punky Brewster and the Black Panther coloring book. Mima is currently street artist Swoon's business manager.  You can check out Mima's art which is currently on display at Fringe Salon.  Our final guest is comedian Mike Denny.  Mike just got off of Tinder because it didn't feel right.  Christian asks about Mike's tattoo.  Mike spent his high school years exclusively on a skateboard.  Christian knows a little skateboard lingo and that's about it. Do you know the 5 P's.  Mike does.  Mike hosts a the Monday night hit comedy show Broken Comedy, at Bar Matchless along with perfect attendance Nimesh Patel (former WDEK guest) and Michael Che.  See you there!  

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

Ep. 33:  Dave Hill, Brooke Van Poppelen and Ambrosia Parsley - June 23, 2015

Episode 33 of WDEK was taped on a hot and muggy day at HiFi in the East Village. Shonali has just returned to NYC from the even hotter and muggier city of Nashville, TN.  She was irritable earlier in the day and now Christian is late to the show.  Shonali makes friends in bathrooms and has tips for those who snore while awake.  Comedian/rock star Dave Hill is our first special guest.  Dave Hill explains what shredding is.  He knows how to do it well.  Shonali and Dave talk about John Mayer for entirely too long.  Dave, here's the video Shonali was referring to with Marty Balin spooning his guitar in jail.  Shonali and Dave talk bidets, the new wave that is sweeping America.  Dave has a new comedy album out now called Let Me Turn You On. Buy it now on iTunes or Amazon.  Just in time for the second guest, co-host Christian Felix joins the show.  Special guest comedian, writer and TV host of Hack My Life, Brooke Van Poppelen joins us on stage in gorgeous colors that pop.  She introduces us to the concept of Wikifeet and explains what a #LifeHack is. We talk bitchy band groupies, comedy nerds and women who would bang Craig Ferguson.  Guess who? Late Night TV hosts are so "psyched!"  We leave it at that.  Our last guest is musician Ambrosia Parsley who wears a #PinkJumpsuit on the night of her birthday.  Ambrosia has a new album out called Weeping Cherry.  Ambrosia was paid to sing in Russia for one night by The Client along with Kesha and Amy Winehouse.  Ambrosia comes to us with a story about 9 dildos and bed bugs.  Got your attention right? Ambrosia has an beautiful voice and she shares two songs accompanied by a WDEK former guest, Chris Maxwell.  She sings "Make Me Laugh" and "Rubble."  Special thanks to soundman Stephen Kurpis, photographer Daria Huxley, and bartender Tracie Matthews.  

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

Ep. 32:  Todd Perlmutter, Lisa DeLarios and Adam Schatz - April 28th, 2015

 

 

         Shonali returns from New Orleans where she overate and went to a lingerie store for the first time. Christian just started seeing a nutritionist.  Now they both understand the importance of taking proper measurements. This episode's first guest is musician, former Blue Man Group creative director and Pianos owner, Todd Perlmutter.  His first gig as a voice over artist was for a horse byproduct.   Todd has been successful for a long time but there was a time when he hit rock bottom. Chicken was involved.  He played drums for MC Shan before Yo MTV Raps was a thing.  Todd is a brilliant drummer and producer who currently plays in a surf band and a tuba duo.  Be on the lookout for his new theatrical production company producing a Western philharmonic project. Any can can dancers out there? Our second guest Lisa Delarios is a stand up comedian from Texas.  She moves back and forth from Texas to NYC often.  Although she has lots of big time comedy credits, Shonali wants to talk about Texas comedy credits.  Lisa was voted 3rd Funniest Person in Austin, TX twice where she says there were only two comedy clubs. Lisa works for ASPCA and has five pets and two roommates.  She has a big heart. Our last guest is musician Adam Schatz.  He plays in a number of musical projects, most notably his own band Landlady and the band Man Man.   Adam's parents are cool folks who play in an electric country band covering artists like Gram Parsons and the Byrds.  How cool is that?  Adam performs two songs for us including Driving in California and The Fourth of July or is it J-U-L-Y You Ain't Got No Alibi? You will have to listen to find out.  Oh and here is the video Christian talks about earlier in the show.  

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 9:31am EST

Ep. 31: Saundra Williams, Adam Lowitt - March 31, 2015
It's Spring time in New York City! Yes, it's is still chilly, overcast and we are all tired of the winter. In honor of the Spring that has not happened, Shonali brings in the March episode of WDEK in a purple dress, a sun hat, sunglasses, bright green bucks as in shoes and shaking her pom poms.  Christian had nightmares the night before the show. The entire audience monitors Christian and Shonali's use of "like", "um", "wow" and "no."   Our first guest is the talented singer Saundra Williams. She is a member of new Daptone recording artists, Saun and Starr, and also a back-up singer for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.  She's from the South Bronx and has been singing since she was a young girl.  She talks about her journey as a performer, including church choir, her father, a wedding band, her special relationship with Starr Duncan Lowe and Sharon Jones, appearances at Live at the Apollo in Harlem and so much more.  Saun and Starr just debuted a new video featured a soul funk hit called Big Wheel.   Our second guest is comedian and executive producer of the Daily Show, Adam Lowitt.  Adam is a newlywed and Shonali recently attended his wedding.  Adam sent himself to Outward Bound for a reason. He also helped build part of the Appalachian Trail.  Adam sits beside John Stewart during writers' meetings. All the writers bomb in front of John when preparing for the show. Jason Lam was in consideration (in his own mind) as John Stewart's replacement. Check out his audition tapes.   Do you know what Adam's dad's name is? Let us know. Do you know how to pronounce Shonali's name? Neither does Christian. Happy Holidays everyone!  

 

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Ep. 30 - Danny Cohen, Sharon Spell, Early Riser - Feb. 24, 2015

Christian returns from performing in the Off Broadway run of the hit play Great Lakes! Shonali and Christian survived Hurricane Sanday, Blizzard Juno but not the 2015 Oscars. They go on and on and on about it.  WDEK is 30 episodes into its existence and but the temp is way below 30 degrees in NYC!  Christian relates the temperature to crazy behavior on the subway. Special guest comedian Danny Cohen is a stencilist and recently discovered marijuana.  He rides the Q train and has a torn meniscus. He feels like he is a failed comic but Shonali knows otherwise.  He owns his own home!  Our next guest is comedian and artist Sharon Spell who has been sober as of a year ago and is feeling good about it.  We are too.  She is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi has nice snow boots and also has a torn meniscus like Danny. She is more southern than Shonali and calls her father, "Daddy."   Our musical guest is Early Riser (Heidi Vanderlee and Kiri Oliver) who so graciously played an extra song for us which was the debut of a new song, they have never played live before in front of an audience. The song is called OH NEVER MIND! And we were all like, YEAH WE DONT MIND! You ladies are fantastic. ENJOY!  

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Ep. 29 - Darell Hunt, Greg Barris, Tevis Trower, Seaton Smith, Dawn Landes - Jan. 27, 2015

Happy New Year! WDEK enters 2015 on the day after the NYC blizzard bust called Juno. Ain't no stopping us. Darell J. Hunt joins Shonali as our special guest co-host as Christian is acting in a hit off-Broadway play called Great Lakes.  Shonali has been stalking Darell on the internet since she saw his video Soul Train Babies! Owww! on YouTube this past summer.  You should stalk him too.  We were joined by four incredibly talented people in this episode. Comedian Greg Barris talks starting comedy at age 9, young roommates, and Mind Warriors.  Work life balance coach Tevis Trower teaches people how to chill out.  Comedian Seaton Smith has been smoking too much weed, sworks it and discusses the ups and downs of show business. Musician Dawn Landes a former Kentuckianan has been working on a musical called Row and is playing at Lincoln Center on Valentine's Day. Go see her in her new cape! Here Dawn sings two of her original beautiful songs, Bluebird and Money In the Bank. Thanks to DJ Duane Harriot for bringing his WDEK playlist for the after party and  thanks to everyone who made it out to the show! We luv it!  We will see you at the February show when we discuss Katy Perry's Super Bowl wig! 

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

Ep. 28: Todd Barry, Marcellus Hall, Jo Firestone - Nov. 25, 2014

Our Thanksgiving episode includes a star studded lineup with the one and only comedian Todd Barry, the talented illustrator and musician Marcellus Hall, and game show expert - the charming comedian Jo Firestone.  Thanksgiving begins with going home for the holidays and most of the members of our studio audience did not.  Shame on you.  Christian and Shonali discuss what is annoying about the holidays.  Special guest comedian Todd Barry joins us for the first time.   Just who was Todd in high school and college?  Did he get "after it?"  You already know that Todd is a very famous comedian, but did you know that he just released a comedy tour film called Crowd Work Tour via LouisCK.net? Purchase it now because it's GREAT. Christian learns the meaning of a new word which truly isn't user friendly.  Marcellus Hall tells us about his recent illustration gig, going on a road trip with an international group of chefs in the Yucatan and illustrating the party.   Some guys have all the luck. Marcellus plays two brand new songs for the first time live on We Don't Even Know. Some audiences have all the luck.  Comedian Jo Firestone has a horrible flashback.  Have you ever kept a secret?  Do you have a 5 year plan!  Jo has done both.  Jo hosts her own live game show with her dad, Fred Firestone here in NYC.  Find out why Jo does not appreciate Gillian Flynn.  Listen to Jo's Dr. Gameshow on WFMU on Monday nights.  Thanks to everyone who attended the show.  We will not be having a show in December.  Our next show is in January.  We will see you then.  In the meanwhile share this link with others and Happy Holidays everyone

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

Ep. 27: Phoebe Robinson, Joe Celej, Sarah Dooley and Sefa, the Podcast Crasher

Tis the season to go to a Haunted House and discuss all things scary. Shonali has a tough time with one-liners that aren't funny. Christian has a hard time with compliments.  Yeah, we don't even know. Our special guests are comedian Phoebe Robinson, dancer Joe Celej, musician Sarah Dooley and a special surprise guest - Sefa, the Podcast Crasher.  Phoebe discusses paying dues, soap making, Blaria, freelance writing and exactly why African American women pat their hair.   Dancer Joe Celej, started tap dancing as a 3 year old and has danced with his most recent dance company for 9 years.  He has met the squirrel whisperer, introduces us to Leomy the street dancing sensation, and explains the "Death Drop."  During our Halloween Trivia segment, a gentleman stood up and started giving feedback on WDEK.  His name is Sefa, the Podcast Crasher.  Shonali was kind enough to invite him to the stage.  Christian was semi entertained. We found out he is a comic, who spends lots of time at UCB.  His favorite diner is Neptune's in Astoria.  Our final guest was musician and comedic actress Sarah Dooley!  Life after graduation for Sarah has included coaching sports for babies and issuing her first full length album "Stupid Things."  She sings "Watching Goonies At My House" and "Stupid Things." Buy her album now! Enjoy!  

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EST

Ep. 26: Amy Ryan, Jena Friedman, Roger Clark and Matt Whyte - September 23, 2014

Christian and Shonali host another edition of WDEK in front of a live audience at HiFi.  Special guests include actress Amy Ryan, comedian Jena Friedman, NY1 reporter Roger Clark and musician Matt Whyte.  Christian has a brand new industrial blender and cooking injury. If you had to get plastic surgery, what kind would you get?  Even Justin shares his thoughts?  What is it like to become a professional actress just after high school?  Academy Award nominated actress Amy Ryan answers that question and more.  Catch her in Birdman with Michael Keaton, Louder Than Bombs with Gabriel Byrne, and Steven Spielberg's newest with Tom Hanks.  Unbelievable right?  Comedian Jena Friedman shares her insight into the ebola epidemic, Letterman, The Daily Show and American Girl mania.  Follow her on Twitter ya'll.  One of our favorite tv personalities, NY1's morning features reporter, Roger Clark is a bowler, a rock n' roller, and sometimes gets star struck. Have you seen him doing parkour, air guitaring to Rush, or break dancing at the Flushing YMCA?  Check out his band Perp Walk.  Musician and former Earl Greyhound, guitar player/vocalist, Matt Whyte just finished a new solo release called Rupe Shears.   Find out why kids in high school liked him outside of the fact he wore Malcolm X glasses.   For the WDEK audience he played two songs.  One called The Hoover Dam, and the other was a Bossa Nova tune, which he sang in Portuguese so we have no idea what that one was called.  

Stay tuned for a pic of Christian's injury. 

 

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 12:28am EST

Episode 25: Shonali's Show And Tell (Special Live Show) - August 26, 2014

Our programming changes up a little with this episode. Continuing on the heels of our first We Don't Even Know live show at HiFi last month, while Christian is out of town -  Shonali curates a new monthly show at HiFi in the East Village.  This one is called Shonali's Show And Tell.  Shonali along with her special guests:  Starlee Kine (This American Life), Duane Harriott (WFMU, Negroclash), Katina Corrao (stand up extraordinaire, actress) and Jason Trachtenburg (musician, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players).  Listen now to find out what types of stories come from a birthday card received in junior high, a Chinese newspaper, a sealed Russell Crowe CD, a peeled grape in a plastic bag and a pair of nice binoculars.  Enjoy!  Christian is back next month for another edition of We Don't Even Know.  Starlee is missing from this picture.  Photo by Molly Larrison

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 10:11am EST

Ep. 24: Jason Butler Harner, Aparna Nancherla, Chris Maxwell, Darell J. Hunt - July 29, 2014

For only the second time ever, We Don't Even Know was taped in front of a live audience (1st time being on the eve of Hurricane Sandy), but for the first time ever, this was in a bar with a proper sound system and a full bar in close proximity to the audience.  The lineup for our special live edition of WDEK was a dream come true for us.  And the show was a blast.  First, we must disclose that we had some technical difficulties at the top of the show.  Let's just say, it was the first time Justin, did live sound in such a setting and Christian had train issues - along with 50 people staring at them while we were trying to get everything working right.  It may have been for the best, because Christian and Shonali's rendition of You Don't Have To Be A Star is probably something that doesn't need to preserved for eternity. Let's just say this was a special gift for the audience who joined us in the new backroom of Hi Fi, formerly the legendary rock n' roll venue Brownies, located in the East Village.  We will probably be doing many more shows in this venue - while also continuing to do our regular in studio episodes.  

In terms of the show, we are happy to share with you actor extraordinaire, Jason Butler Harner, who just co-starred with Greta Gerwig in the play, The Village Bike, and is currently finishing up work as a young Christopher Walken in the new feature, The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman.  Most importantly Jason had a nice segue to Christian's story about wanting privacy in the bathroom.  Who doesn't?  Our next guess, was Shonali's longtime friend and musical talent Chris Maxwell.  He sings for us and shares his witty stories of days in Arkansas playing rock n' roll as a teenager and more recently as a guitar player in a band called Skeleton Key in Brownies in the mid 90's.  We were lucky to have the smart, witty, and stylish comedian Aparna Nancherla perform and talk to us about many things, including her general state of anxiety.  Lastly, Shonali took it upon herself to find the gentleman who created one her favorite videos, Soul Train Babies.  She clicked and clicked until she found a message link on the YouTube video, and asked if by any chance he lived in NYC.  That's all it took!  Ladies and gentlemen, Darell J. Hunt, the genius behind, the YouTube video, Soul Train Babies, was our final guest, and shared lots of his wisdom including, his nostalgic view of "Hood" life.  Please be sure to look up all these amazing people including yourselves.  It was wonderful to be in an intimate space with you, laughing, talking, and drinking!  Thanks to all of you that came to the show!  We look forward to seeing you at our next show. Please share this show with your frenemies.

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 1:09am EST

Episode 23:  Adam Wade - April 23, 2014

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: 7:35pm EST

Episode 22: Bridey Elliott - March 16, 2014

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.   

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 12:31am EST

Episode 21:  Pete Miser - January 21, 2014

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!!!!!

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

WDEK Rewind - Ep. 4 Highlights with Kenny Lienhardt

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

Episode 20:  Shalewa Sharpe - December 11, 2013

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!  

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:44pm EST

Episode 19:  Jeffrey Gamblero - November 4, 2013

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.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:07am EST

Episode 18:  Rashida White - October 8, 2013

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). 

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

Episode 17:  Greg Johnson - September 10. 2013

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.  

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 1:06am EST

Episode 16:  Dakota Hall, Justin's 16 Year Old Brother - July 20, 2013

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: 11:19pm EST

Episode 15: Shonali's Mom - Shubha, Justin's Mom-Dorie, Christian's Mom-Madeleine - May 5, 2013

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: 5:49pm EST

Episode 14:  Nimesh Patel - April 21, 2013

Our hearts go out to the city of Boston and all those affected by the awful attack they endured last week.  Due to the high pollen count in NYC, Shonali's asthma has been flaring up and Christian is of no help. Christian's barber knows foreign policy.  Little things can get under your skin, like babysitting the babysitter or an entitled toddler in Prospect Park. Our WDEK Episode 14 special guest is Nimesh Patel who comes straight out of Jersey.  He is Indian, but grew up in Jersey, lives in NYC and is a comedy finance guy.  Yup, very unique.  He promised us on Friday he would be hung over on Sunday morning, and he accomplished his goal although we couldn't really tell.  He was as fiesty and belligerant as he usually is.  Ep. 11 guest Marcellus Hall turned Shonali on to Nimesh's comedy.  Nimesh advises Shonali to use Vicks for her asthma and informs us on a number of Indian cure alls.  Nimesh killed it at his office holiday party and gained mad respect.  Ladies, Nimesh is on Tender (the Grinder for straight people) if you need some tenderness. Ever heard of the "We Just Got of Jail" comedy show?  Nimesh hosts a Monday night show in Williamsburg, at Bar Matchless called Broken Comedy.  He wants you to come to his show on April 29th.  He's  hosting a special pilot taping of Minority Report.  Our new music, comes from the amazing, Shannon Wright.  She has a new release titled In Film Sound coming out next month.  This is the first song, Noise Parade.  She is currently on tour in Europe and will be in the US next month.  

Direct download: Ep._14_Nimesh_Patel.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Episode 13: Reno Villacis - March 29, 2013

Happy Spring everyone!  Here at WDEK Headquarters we are eagerly awaiting the warm weather which brings sunlight, vacations, drinking, working out, the beach, wearing short shorts, speedos, and mini skirts.  To help us look good and laugh hard for the spring is our special guest Renaud "Reno" Villacis, Shonali's physical trainer and comic relief in the gym.  Shonali got a new haircut and is wearing her high waisted jeans.  Christian is wearing a headband.  Justin is going to his godmother's for Easter.  Christian coins the term "life fans."  WDEK is blowing up on FB with new "likes" from all over the country.  The current North Korean dictator looks like a lonelier version of his dad.  Team America is hilarious. Reno will not date a woman that litters.  Listen carefully to Reno's eating and exercise tips.  Reno's favorite girl is his dog Chloe. Guess which one of us wears Speedos?  Reno has a tattoo on his neck and he regrets it.  If you want to check out some of Reno's work outs on his youtube channel at RockReno1. Reno will not return to Ecquador. Reno met a special woman via a smoothie.  Boney M's Rasputin has 26 million views.  

Direct download: Reno_WDEK_Ep_13.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EST

Episode 12: Hadiyah Robinson - March 17, 2013

Top O' the Mornin' To Ya!  I've always wanted to type that! Lucky for us, WDEK was recorded live on St. Patrick's Day, and Irish Christian Felix made us some tasty Guinness Chocolate pudding to enjoy during the show.   Our special guest was comedienne, former MTV employee and all around awesome lady, Hadiyah Robinson.  She claims she is Irish too.  We are all frightened of bed bugs and roaches. Have you been to John Early's Showgasm?  It is frighteningly wonderful. There are a number of ways to burn off your hair.  Men, we've said it before, please don't groom yourself too much or too little.  Easy enought, right?  Hadiyah does not like male back hair.  Shonali does not like ear hair.  Christian tells Shonali to embrace her baby moustache.  Do you have a kickstarter campaign? Justin was part of a terrible Kickstarter campaign. If you have one, let us know and we will post the link on to our FB page please.  We just may donate to it.  We'll have to think about it. Hadiyah is from Michigan. She performs stand up all around the city and on tv.  Please check out Hadiyah's 365 Days for Oprah here.  Crazy coincidence that Hadiyah is featured in the April issue of O Magazine, which drops on March 19th, her birthday.  Today!  There is a Brooklyn expermental jazz electronic duo called Live Footage.  Their tune Nomadic Ant ends the show.  Alright ya'll, we hope you enjoy. 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._12_Hadiyah_Robinson.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm EST

Episode 11: Marcellus Hall - March 1, 2013

Well, well, well, if it hasn't been over a month since our last show.  Shonali took off to India with her parents for an entire month.  Christian has been working out at the gym.  Needless to say, we are happy to be back with our very first WDEK illustrator/musical guest,  Marcellus Hall. Shonali shares India traveling tips such as taking your Cipro, drinking bottled water, and making friends with mosquitos.  Christian has great disdain for subway aromas and drunk passengers on planes.  Is alcohol a truth serum, that is the question? Marcellus knows a crazy friend who uses unusual expletives when he is intoxicated. Christian challenges Shonali's goat meat appreciation.  Have you heard of the Harlem Shake? Marcellus Hall, an illustrator for The New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, children's books, and his parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary invitation has an awesome website.  His music, writings, and artwork are featured there.  Shonali has been a fan of his for a very long time. Marcellus was the leader of Railroad Jerk, White Hassle and currently is the leader of Marcellus Hall and the Hostages.  He is preparing to do a kickstarter campaign for a new release.  WDEK was lucky enough to have Marcellus perform two songs live in the studio, He's No Longer With Us and Soulmate.  Hey, did you catch that surprise last tune, a salute to WDEK's Shonali and Christian?  Marcellus named the area in Manhattan in which he lives Tribedel.  He will be famous for that. 

Direct download: Marcellus_Hall_Ep._11.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

Episode 10:  Jason (JJ) Sosnowski - January 5, 2013

Happy New Year WDEK Listeners! We assume that each and every one of you have a fantastical holiday story to share with us because we have so many to share with you.  Christian got to meet Thumper and Bumper.  Shonali sits in the back of the plane. Christian's uncle is concerned about his finances.  Shonali's five year old niece taunts her.  We are in a new studio, Christian's apartment in Park Slope.  JJ Sosnowski, professional dancer, educator, yoga teacher joins us as our first guest of 2013.  Shonali makes an OD to DD conversion of her niece.   JJ spent his holidays in the Northlands.  Terms to be banished for 2013. Christian does not like "bucket list" among many others.  Don't fall off the (fill in the blank) cliff!  Justin has an opinion about "super foods." Shonali is obsessed with Christian's passion.  JJ fills in Shonali's blanks..."pundit" and "frame." JJ is now a dance teacher in the NY Public Schools.  JJ has been performing as a dancer since he was a little kid.  There are two sides to Christian.  All kids need attention.  JJ shares a sweet story about working with kids.  WDEK introduces a new term for 2013, "mist spitting."  JJ fills out an incident report on a kindergartner.  Kids say the darndest things.  Yoga is about meditation, practice and not a substitution for a workout.  Local Natives have a new album coming out January 28th.  Listen to their song Heavy Feet now.

Direct download: Episode_10_JJ_Sosnowski.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48am EST

Episode 9:  Terri Girvin - December 12, 2012

Happy Holidays! We are smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  We have already attended enough holiday parties and dinners so that we are going to detox before Christmas even arrives.  Okay, that's not true, but we wish we had the willpower to do that.  In preparation for a special holiday party, Shonali blow dried her hair way too straight for comfort.  Christian worked in LA and was given some Man-Up cream. We use the word "girth" alot in the WDEK studios but this time we've added the words "man boobs" to our repertoire. Our special guest this episode is the multitalented Terri Girvin (comedienne, actress, writer, bartender).  Terri and Christian became friends while working at a non-profit organization as performers who created and performed for children in hopitals and care facilities across New York. The work is intense and inspiring. Terri took two years off from her artistic life and enjoyed living a life with more ease.  She is now back to performing and created and starred in her own one-woman show called Last Call with over 700 sound cues.  Being a good bartender is being a good multi-tasker.   Find out how to get good service from a bartender.  Waving money in front of a bartender is never a good idea.  Learn what word Christian refuses to hear from a bartender even if that bartender offers him a free shot of Jameson.   The phrase "will turn from Urkel to Mr. T" were used in this episdoe.  Yeah, guess who said that?

Direct download: Ep._9_WDEK_Terri_Girvin.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

Episode 8:  Mickey Rapkin - November 20, 2012

Episode 8 is the first WDEK episode to be taped post Super Storm (was not classified as a hurricane when it hit us) Sandy and the 2012 Presidential Election.  Shonali has power, heat but still no internet.  Christian has nothing to complain about but for the noise of sirens the day the storm hit, yeah, seriously.  Shonali was a poll watcher in Philly.  Christian causes a commotion on a flight on election day.   Shonali saw Madonna live for the very first time.  Special guest Mickey Rapkin  joins us in the WDEK studio (Shonali's dining room).  Mickey has seen Madonna live before only tickets were much more inexpensive then.  Everyone loves Elmo, don't they?  Christian has a new nickname for Elmo.  Author Mickey Rapkin tells us about his days as an acapella singing group member. The movie Pitch Perfect (currently in theaters - written by the fantastic Kay Cannon and starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine) is based on Mickey's book Pitch Perfect.  How do you write a book?  Mickey has written two.  His latest is titled Theater Geek.  Pitch Perfect's Riff Off made Shonali's Sandy blues disappear.   What are your Thanksgiving rituals?  Saying thanks?  Movies?  Commemorating the first Thanksgiving? Eating in front of the television?  Christian thinks Daniel Day Lewis is Lincoln.  Shonali loves that Anthony Hopkins is opinionated.  Mickey saw Life of Pi.  More Indians in Hollywood.  Mickey interviewed Neil Young TWICE! Mickey is a GQ Docker's Man of Style and Christian has cool new glasses, so there's that.  Happy Holidays from the WDEK crew.  We are thankful for you, our listeners.  The Vince Gauraldi Trio takes us out with Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. 

Direct download: Ep._8_Mickey_Rapkin.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26am EST

Episode 7:  Ghost Stories w Magnum PI and Bagelgher - October 28, 2012

We apologize for being out of touch last month, but we promise that this episode of WDEK will prove to have been worth your wait. Episode 7 is a super special edition of WDEK. We taped the show outside in front of a live audience on the eve of Hurricane Sandy, a few days before Halloween on the Brooklyn deck of our good friend Stephen Vesecky. Stephen shared a Johann Wolfgang von Goethe scary story while ominous sounds of the city howl behind him, literally.  Our special guests were the sexy Magnum PI and the one and only Bagelgher.   Listening to their tales of fright and horror will make you shake and shiver.  Christian finished up his run of shows for the play, Blacken the Bubble.  Shonali's gym teacher needs advice about flights to Siberia.  Have you heard Hot Cheetos and Takis?  Shonali would like to touch Magnum's stache.  Christian doesn't like being called a little girl.  The Bagelgher doesn't like rap videos.   Must see visuals are attached: Bagelgher's Bagelmatic and Bagel Gun.  We were quite out of control and feel lucky to have enjoyed such a wonderful afternoon on what would be the eve of a devastating hurricane that ripped apart our city.  For those of you that are still affected by Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts are with you and we hope that those of you that can help, contribute time and/or money to the relief efforts going on throughout our city.  Special thanks goes to Tory Harris, Matt Carlin, Justin Joseph Hall, Ricardo Rosario and our live audience.  Ya'll are the best!

Direct download: Ep._7_We_Dont_Even_Know_Ghost_Stories.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

Episode 6:  Katina Corrao - September 25, 2012

Happy Fall!  For all you busy people out there, we shortened the show - so downloading won't be such a pain.  Fall has begun.  What's wrong with saying "Happy Fall"people?  Weddings with comedians.  Christian and his white button down. Psy is chubby, 34, a pop sensation and fabulous.  Our wonderful guest is the lovely Katina Corrao.   She is a standup, actress and comedy writer who just finished her first season writing for the Newlywed Game Show and is the star of Dance School and Separate Checks (check them out on YouTube).  Why don't we know anyone that makes sex tapes outside of Christian's barber?  Tony Danza is the Boss!  New song by Prince Rupert's Drops - their newest release will be out in November!  

Direct download: Ep._6_Katina_Corrao.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am EST

Episode 5:  Charles Scott - September 7, 2012

Shonali went to the US Open and Christian booked a lead role in a new play.  Don't mess with the Bathroom Police.  Why do people break lines? The summer has ended and Lupe Fiasco is going to retire.  Our special guest Charles Scott is the quintessential endurance athlete, writer, family adventurer - only because we know noone else with all those titles.  Charles just ran his 6th Iron Man in which he guided a 69 year old blind competitor.  Here are some questions we had for Charles:  Why run a 14th marathon, what's wrong with 4 or 5? Why cycle across the entire country of Japan, over 2500 miles in 67 days with an 8 year old?  Why leave a 14 year career at Intel Capital and decide to write your first book?  Are you crazy?  Some people use swords as everyday weapons.  Charles is worried about Christian and Shonali's relationship.  Is it time for you to make that change? Charles punched a tree.  Charles is a truly inspiring character.  Catpower's newest release is out.  

Direct download: Ep._5_Charles_Scott_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

Episode 4: Kenny Lienhardt - August 25, 2012

It's our intention here at We Don't Even Know to host a diverse lineup of fabulous guests whose voices you may have never heard before.  This week I believe we nailed it.  We are happy to share with you, Kenny Lienhardt, the hilarious and legendary soundman of the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.   Discussions include Shonali's bed head bias, Christian's non chubby armpits,  forcible shearing, Justin Joseph Hall's vid Pudding Bet, Kenny's Les Paul turtlenecks, PATH train stands for, inoffensive vomiting,  Liz Phair's lingerie, Kenny's fishing show, and for the first time you will hear all about his Mayoral platform (yes we are forcing Kenny to run for mayor)! Also make sure you hear which artists are the worst humans Kenny's worked with. He's worked with everyone. Lastly we'll outro with Kenny's thrash metal band Black Virgin.  Apologies to you for all the laughter.  We couldn't stop.  We'll be more serious another time.  

Direct download: Ep._4_We_Dont_Even_Know_Final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EST

Episode 3:  John Early - August 14, 2012

In this week's episode of We Don't Even Know, Shonali and Christian are joined by the hilarious John Early whom they recently saw starring in the Witchelor live (here's the trailer on Youtube). They discuss everything from male manicured hair, Neil Young at Red Rocks, guilty pleasures while working out, topless in NYC, being chubby, the Witchelor, Toni Collette, air guitaring poorly, Mike Tyson on Broadway, making out lots, and a new song by K. Michelle DuBois.  

Direct download: Ep._3_Final_We_Dont_Even_Know.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EST

Episode 2:  Duane Harriott - August 2, 2012

Christian Felix and Shonali Bhowmik just completed their second episode of We Don't Even Know.  They still give each other hell, laugh way too much, and are happy to share their inane conversations with the world.  Their fantastic guest this week is the fabulous Duane Harriott, DJ to the stars, WFMU Phenom, and the only man that has a greater laugh than Shonali and Christian.  Discussion topics in this episode include Miami vice with Pops, eye twitching, The Electric Slide, the Olympics, holding a blend, Rupaul's Drag Race, Carole King Demos, a porno tribute to Duane, girls gone grazy on the Subway, and Sixto Rodriguez.  

Direct download: We_Dont_Even_Know_Ep._2_Final_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EST

Episode 1:  Jason Lam - July 26, 2012

Christian Felix and Shonali Bhowmik are longtime friends who met as temps at a huge lawfirm in NYC.  Due to their love of laughing and giving each other hell, they figured a podcast would be the best way to share their fun with the world. Christian is from Chicago, IL and Shonali is from Nashville, TN.  They are both a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll.  Wait, correction - Shonali is a little of both.  Christian, is well Christian.  

This first episode was done as a test pilot and we figured no one would ever hear it, but we decided to hell with that.  Who cares?  You may actually enjoy it and who are we to stop you.  This episode includes discussions on the Hipster Riviera, Girls, Nudity, Christian's father, the NYC Soda Ban, Denny's and David Cassidy.  Our special guest is Jason Lam - food blogger for Me So Hungry, rock star, mashup king and passionate Tim Tebow fan!

Next week we dissect our test pilot.  Guess what words we will omit from our vocabulary?!

Direct download: We_Dont_Even_Know_EP_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56am EST

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