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!  

Direct download: Episode_20_WDEK_Shalewa.m4a
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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.  

Direct download: Ep._19_WDEK_Jeffrey_Gamblero.m4a
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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). 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_18_Rashida_White.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

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.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_17_Greg_Johnson.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 1:06am EDT

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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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
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