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!  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._34.m4a
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.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_33.m4a
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.  

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._32.m4a
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!  

 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._31.m4a
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!  

Direct download: WDEK_EP_30.m4a
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! 

Direct download: WDEK_Ep_29.m4a
Category:general, comedy, good+times -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

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