10 Questions with Josh Alton

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by Ryan Meehan

Josh Alton is a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy: He’s an athlete-turned-comedian.  After playing his final collegiate football game, Alton hung up his cleats and shoulder pads for a microphone and a note pad and began doing stand up comedy. He moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Chicago where he studied improv at the famous Second City Theater and continued doing stand up. Eventually Alton became a regular performer at several Chicago comedy clubs including the Laugh Factory, the Improv, and Riddles Comedy Club.  Alton was also featured in the stand up comedy documentaries, “Road Dogs” and “American Smartass” and once did a commercial for the AMC Channel.  Now he lives back in Des Moines and tours all over the country, headlining comedy clubs and private corporate shows. Alton married the love of his life, and has a daughter with her. His wife is a doctor so when he’s not touring he stays at home with his little girl. For this reason Alton is considered the ultimate “trophy husband”. You can read all about his adventures on the road and at home with his daughter on the Trophy Husband Blog which is located on Alton’s website: joshaltoncomedy.com, and you can check him out my guest today in 10 questions.   Continue reading

7 Questions with Michael Palascak

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by Ryan Meehan

After moving around the Midwest during his early years, Michael Palascak (Pal-a-sack) ended up in Wabash, Indiana– “The First Electrically Lighted City in the World.” He spent his formative years there, and then, after college, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy and living at home with his parents.  In the last five years, Michael debuted on Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also performed at The TBS LOL Lounge in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. He also has performed at Caesar’s Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO’s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. He won the Chicago region of Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and went on to make his Comedy Central debut on Live at Gotham Season 3.  Last year, he was selected as one of 12 comedians in America and internationally to debut his half hour special on the inaugural season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour.  Desiring to perform all forms of comedy, Michael took sketch and improv classes at The Second City in Chicago, iO, and Annoyance. In Chicago, Michael debuted his one-person sketch show–Pursuing Happiness: A bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents’ house, got a real job and got married. Performed by a guy who didn’t.  Michael connects to the youthful innocence in everyone as he relates his stories onstage. From becoming an uncle to going down water slides, Michael’s stories allow everyone to laugh a lot and he’s also my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

First Look: ‘The Greg Gutfeld Show’

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by Ryan Meehan

Sunday night brought us the first episode of ‘The Greg Gutfeld Show’, FOX News’ bizarre new television program from which none of us really knew what to expect.  Being a fan of Greg’s and the proud owner of all three of his books, I consider myself to be pretty well versed as to the product he is trying to put on the air.

That being said, I have no clue what it was that I just saw.  The word “weird” seems to be the theme of the subject matter, but doesn’t even begin to do this hour of madness justice.    Continue reading

A Chronology of the Death of Boxing – Part II

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In the first installment in this series, I made the assertion the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight marked the official death of boxing.  But I also said it was a slow and painful demise. In the second installment, I will explore the rise and fall of Mike Tyson, the proliferation of boxing’s sanctioning bodies, and why boxing has no future in America.

Mike Tyson, Part I – The Buster Douglas Fight

Hence, we enter the “Tyson” era of boxing history.  Mike Tyson is the last “rock star” heavyweight champion, and short of Don King, nobody plays a larger role in the demise of boxing.

Mike Tyson was almost a perfect real-life representation of “Clubber Lang” from Rocky III.  He was downright scary, and his fights on the way to the title were less about boxing and more about sheer brutality.  Throughout the late 80’s on his way to the heavyweight title, Tyson…

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A Chronology of the Death of Boxing – Part I

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Originally posted on Dubsism:

If you were one of the folks who ponied up the $100 to watch the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, you saw the death of boxing live on Pay-Per-View.  If this were one of those television medical shows, that fight represents the moment where the doctor angrily snaps off his rubber gloves, tosses them disdainfully toward the trash and mutters something like “if only we could have stopped the bleeding.”

Face it…that fight sucked. You had the classic defensive fighter up against an aging puncher with what we found out later was an injured shoulder.  So, in what is likely the last gasp for boxing in America, we got rooked for a C-note to see basically nothing.

Let’s be even more honest.  In the case of boxing, it really wasn’t a quick demise. in the 1950’s boxing was one of the “top four” sports in this country, but by the 1970’s things were…

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