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: 1:31 PM

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!  

 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._31.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 3:21 PM

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: 4:00 AM

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: 3:25 AM

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

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._28.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 12:52 AM

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: 2:07 PM

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. 

 

Direct download: WDEK_Live_HiFi_Ep.26.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 4:28 AM

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: 2:11 PM

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.

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._24.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 5:09 AM

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. 

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Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 11:35 PM



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