7 Questions with Lisa Landry

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by Ryan Meehan

Lisa Landry came up through the famed New York City comedy circuit to become an audience favorite at clubs, colleges and theaters across the country.  Landry has appeared on ABC’s “Comics Unleashed”, CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” & “The Bonnie Hunt Show” on NBC. She starred in her own half hour Special, “Comedy Central Presents Lisa Landry.” And a nationwide vote catapulted her special to third place out of 100 top comedians in Comedy Central’s annual “Standup Showdown”. She’s the first woman to ever place in the top three.  Landry’s CD Put Your Keys in the Key Bowl was selected by iTunes as one of the “Top 10 Best Comedy CDs” of 2008. She is one of a handful of comedians chosen by TBS for their “We Know Funny” series of stand-up style commercials. She’s also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and co-starred on NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU.”  The Louisiana native was featured on “Brett Butler’s Southern Belles of Comedy” DVD. She did commentary for E!’s “Forbes Top 100 Celebrities” and CMT’s “20 Greatest Redneck Moments,” where Landry was chosen as a “Top Pick” by TV Guide. Her guest appearances include Fox’s “Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” the “Bob and Tom Show,” Fox News’ “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld” and the “Hollyweird” segment on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country”. For four years, Landry was a comedy writer for US Weekly MagazinePunchline Magazine describes Landry best: “She’s an incredibly skilled comedian, a controlling presence onstage and a master of pacing and delivery.”  I am very excited to have Lisa Landry as my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Kelly Johnston-Gibson from Ides of Gemini

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By Ryan Meehan

In May of 2012, Ides of Gemini unveiled their debut full-length, Constantinople. Its mere existence was a triumph for the three band members — Sera Timms (vocals/bass), Kelly Johnston-Gibson (drums/backing vocals), and Jason Bennett (guitar/backing vocals) — but other folks had some nice things to say about it as well.  Following the release of their debut, Ides of Gemini spent much time touring. They performed a pair of shows with Old Man Gloom in the autumn of 2012, before embarking upon a European/UK tour that kicked off at Germany’s South Of Mainstream Festival and saw the band play direct support to Saturday night headliners, The Obsessed, and later to a full house at Holland’s Incubate Festival.  In January of 2013, Ides of Gemini had the honor of opening for their labelmates (and label bosses), Neurosis,  at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. A month-long North American tour as sole support for the anonymous Swedes of Ghost B.C. followed in the Spring. This successful journey coincided with two new Ides of Gemini songs on Hexagram 45, a special Record Store Day 7-inch released via Magic Bullet Records that had to be repressed before it even came out due to overwhelming record shop demand. Upon their return to Los Angeles, Ides of Gemini shared stages with Boris, Deafheaven, and True Widow before hibernating to finish writing and rehearsing new material. That new record is ready to see the light of day.  Listed among Alternative Press’ Most Anticipated Albums Of The Rest Of 2014 as well as The Obelisk’s Records Not To Miss Before The New Year Hits, the follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinople debut, Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the striking hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson. “The foundation for Old World New Wave was laid before Constantinople even came out,” Bennett reveals. “We had the title, most of the guitar tracks and basic arrangements in place at that point. We’ve been planning this record for a long time, so it’s incredibly rewarding — and a total relief — to finally have it out.”  We are very excited to have Kelly Johnston-Gibson from Ides of Gemini as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Mark Normand

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by Ryan Meehan

Mark Normand is a fun-loving New York comedian. He has done a Comedy Central HALF HOUR special, has appeared on TBS’s Conan twice, Showtime’s “Live at SXSW”, Inside Amy Schumer, TruTv, Best Week Ever, Last Comic Standing, @Midnight and released an album with Comedy Central Records titled “Still Got It” (It’s not bad). In 2013 he won Caroline’s March Madness competition, beating out 63 other comedians. And this is a real shocker for all of us but he was also voted Village Voice’s “Best Comedian of 2013″ (I know right?) In 2012, Mark appeared on “John Oliver’s New York Standup Show” on Comedy Central, and in 2011 was picked as one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.”  Mark was born and raised in New Orleans, LA surprisingly to two normal parents. Mark started doing comedy right after college and quickly moved to New York. Mark now does comedy clubs and colleges across the country and has been involved in many festivals including Portland, Seattle, DC, Boston, and was featured as a New Face at the Montreal Comedy Festival.  More annoying accolades that no one really cares about: Mark was named one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch for the 2011 New York Comedy Festival. Mark was also named Esquire’s “Best New Comedians 2012”, Splitsider’s “Top 10 Up and Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, and Time Out New York’s “21 New York Comedy Scene Linchpins”. We are delighted to have him as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

The “Force” of Stand-Up Comedy

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by J-Dub and Ryan Meehan

“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” ―Obi-Wan Kenobi

If you are a fan of Star Wars, you know all about The Force. Without getting all movie-geekalicious, The Force was a metaphysical, spiritual, binding, omnipotent and ubiquitous power that held enormous importance for both good and evil. In the real world, one can use those same terms to describe comedy, especially when it comes to having a light and a dark side.  And much like The Force manifested itself in several aspects, comedy is also broken down into various disciplines.

Stand-up is clearly comedy’s most fascinating art form.  The power to make a room full of strangers is at the same time not quantifiable, yet palpable.  There are people who have spent…

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10 Questions with Erik Rivera

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by Ryan Meehan

Since bursting onto the NYC comedy scene, Erik Rivera’s name has become synonymous with comedy. With quick wit, commanding stage presence, charisma and an infectious smile, Rivera has become a favorite act at comedy clubs, events and colleges throughout the country. He made his Late Night debut on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, a recognition that has been a springboard to many comedy greats. Since that prestigious opportunity, Rivera has proven to be on the top of everyone’s list. In the fall of 2013, Eva Longoria and her production company, UnbeliEVAble Productions, developed and sold a half hour comedy sitcom loosely base on and starring Rivera. This year he was chosen as one of the Top 100 comedians to be invited to perform in the re-launch of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. The National Council of La Raza and NBC reached out and tapped Erik as a presenter and official spokesperson for the ALMA Awards and NCLR. NUVO TV also hand selected Erik as their official spokesperson for Hispanic Heritage Month, presenting a daily Factiño commercial series. Rivera is steadily becoming a familiar face on cable networks nationwide as he’s also appeared numerous times on AXS TV, MTV, Comedy Central, TV Guide and NuVO TV.  With his diverse audience reach and unparalleled work ethic, Erik is one of the most requested comedians working today. In 2010, he had the privilege of being chosen by NBC to represent their network’s Stand-Up for Diversity College Tour. The tour took Rivera from coast to coast, bringing laughter to over fifty colleges and universities. The National Hispanic Media Coalition invited Erik to be their special guest performer at their annual Impact Awards Gala, which honors Latinos in Entertainment. He has also appeared at The Hollywood Latino Laugh Festival alongside Carlos Mencia, Gabriel Iglesias and Last Comic Standing winner Felipe Esparza to a packed house at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, winning the Diamonds in the Rough Award. In 2008, 2009, 2012 & this year Erik was honored to be the only comedian to perform for The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC – the only comedian to date to have been brought back a record number 4 times!  In high demand, Rivera continues to tour comedy clubs and colleges nationwide. When not touring, Erik calls both New York City and Los Angeles home and we are pleased to have him as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading