7 Questions with Maryellen Hooper

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by Ryan Meehan

A veteran in the world of stand-up, Maryellen Hooper’s comedy has taken her from clubs and colleges to theaters and television. She’s appeared on “The Dennis Miller Show”, “The Martin Short Show”, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and has had her own ½ hour special on Comedy Central called “Lounge Lizards”. In 1998, the comedy industry awarded Maryellen “Female Comedian of the Year” at the American Comedy Awards.  A physical, story-teller, Maryellen’s act is an ever-evolving story about her life as a woman, wife and mother. Never crude or offensive, her accounts of life’s little annoyances leave audiences exhausted from laughter. From home repairs on her family’s “Fixer Upper” to colicky babies, no story is too sacred to share with her audiences.   Maryellen just taped her latest stand-up special, “Stinky Flowers” which will air this fall.  The special is based on her stories about Wifedom and Mommyhood from her hugely popular blog, Stinky Flowers.  We are pleased to have her as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

FOH First Listen: Jim Gaffigan – “Obsessed”‏

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by Ryan Meehan

As you know by now, April is stand-up month and Comedy Central will close out the celebration on Tuesday the 29th by releasing the new album from Jim Gaffigan entitled “Obsessed”. The pre-order for this disc has already charted #1 on iTunes, giving Gaffigan his fifth album in the Top 25 Comedy category on that website. The special will premiere Sunday April 27th at 10/9 Central, and will be available on the new Comedy Central App the very next morning. Continue reading

‘Draft Day’ Review

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If you follow anything I’ve written for the past couple years then it will come as no surprise that I’m a Cleveland fan who tends to get especially fired up for the Browns and Indians. Unfortunately, as far as the Browns go there hasn’t been a whole lot to be excited about in the past 20 years or so, which is probably the biggest reason Browns fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of ‘Draft Day.’ As far as movie history is concerned, Cleveland hasn’t exactly been Hollywood east and with the exception of ‘Major League’ tends to get left out of the spotlight. Kind of like most other things in northeastern Ohio. Continue reading

7 Questions with Jon Fisch

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By Ryan Meehan

Comedian Jon Fisch has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, has been featured in Maxim Magazine, and was the host of the widely popular podcast, “In the Tank”. A prolific monologist with universal appeal, Jon focuses on the idiosyncrasies of city living. Shortly after moving to NYC from his native Boston, he was chosen as one of Comedy Central’s Fresh Faces of Comedy and named one of Back Stage Magazine’s 10 Standout Stand-ups. His appearance on Last Comic Standing 4 – where he was the New York City Capital One Audience Favorite – earned him wide recognition and a new legion of fans. His other TV appearances include Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, VH1, Celebrity Apprentice, and 3 Men and a Chick Flick on the WE Network where he served as a host. Jon has performed at multiple festivals including the 2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the 2010 Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, Nebraska. In addition, he was a critical favorite at the prestigious Montreal “Just for Laughs” Festival where he appeared in both the “New Faces” showcase and the Club Series show “Dating It.” Following his impressive performances, Jon was singled out by the Hollywood Reporter and the Montreal Gazette as a “stand out performer”. Most recently, he was invited to perform at this year’s TBS “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival in Chicago. Jon also tours the country performing in theaters and colleges, corporate events and clubs. A staple in the NYC scene, he is a favorite at Gotham Comedy Club, the Comedy Cellar, and the World Famous Comic Strip Live and he’s our guest today in 7 questions.

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7 Questions with Aparna Nancherla

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by Ryan Meehan

Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don’t be scared! She’s a joke entrepreneur who pedals in both writing and performance (AKA scribble-scrabble and jibber-jabber). In fact, she recently wrote for and sometimes appeared on the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on FX-then-FXX.  Her artistic journey took off in Washington D.C. (it’s all about the Washingtons), but she now resides in the biggest apple in the gosh darn world. Aparna’s comedic goggles are dry and observational, and her act is sprinkled with absurdist wit and a whimsical point-of-view. Other credits include @midnight, Conan, LA Weekly‘s “12 Comedy Acts to Watch”, Serial Optimist’s “10 Comics You Must Know”, Splitsider’s “10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, 2013 New Face at the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, Last Comic Standing, SXSW, SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laughfest, the Great American Comedy Festival, NPR, Laughspin, Funny or Die, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, TimeOut NY, and Slate V.  She was kind enough to take time out from her busy schedule to be our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading