Category: Full Interviews With Our Guests

Merrill Markoe

New York Times bestselling author Merrill Markoe’s new book is Cool Calm And Contentious. In this hilarious collection of personal essays, Merrill reveals, among other things, the secret formula for comedy: Start out with a difficult mother, develop some classic teenage insecurities, add a few relationships with narcissistic men, toss in an unruly pack of selfish dogs, finish it off with the kind of crystalline perspective that only comes from years of navigating a roiling sea of unpleasant and unappeasable people, and—voilà!—you’re funny!
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Also new music from Gary Stockdale. And Dylan Brody recorded live in concert.

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Teri Garr

Paul Dooley, Paul F. Tompkins, Fred Stoller, Eddie Pepitone, Janie Haddad Tompkins Mark Thompson, Frank Conniff, Jeremy S. Kramer, Ben Zelevansky and Chris Pina. Our show is written by Steve Rosenfield, Guy Nicolucci, Ben Zelevansky, Paul Dooley, Frank Conniff, Dylan Brody, Eddie Pepitone and Karen Simmons. We are mixed and engineered by Alex Steen. Edited by Darren Ayres, and our production assistant is Alicia Cordova. Our Executive Producer is Troy Conrad.

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Robin Williams

Paul Dooley, Jeremy Kramer, Rick Overton, Chris Pina, Janie Haddad Tompkins, and Robin Williams. Musical Guest Will Ryan And The Cactus County Cowboys. Written by Dylan Brody, Frank Conniff, Ray James, Guy Nicolucci, Steve Rosenfield, Robert Smigel, and Ben Zelevansky. Executive Producer is Troy Conrad. Mixed and engineered by Alex Steen. Edited by Darren Ayres, our production assistant is Alicia Cordova. Special thanks to Rebecca Erwin Spencer, David Steinberg, Alan Minsky, Ali Lexa , Matt Perez and Jimmy Dore. Originally Broadcast on Pacifica Radio November 18, 2011.

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Brendon Burns

Brendon Burns’ television career began, alongside Sacha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais, as a performer on Channel 4’s late-night spontaneous comedy show The Eleven O’Clock Show. He has subsequently appeared as a presenter on the ITV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and as the conductor of masterclasses in stand-up (again on ITV).
Burns appeared on ITV2’s Comedy Cuts. Brendon won the if.comedy award for his show So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Also at the 2007 Fringe, Brendon Burns appeared alongside Adam Hills and Sammy J in a stage version of Breaker Morant by The Comedians’ Theatre Company directed by Phil Nichol.
Burns’ albums include: Buckets and Sulphur, Misspent Childhood, Not for Everyone, Brendon vs Burnsy, All My Love All My Rage, Sober not Clean, And The Thinking Mans Idiot.
He famously gave out Magic Mushrooms (then legal) to an entire audience at the Glastonbury festival as part of a documentary being filmed by friend and film maker Paul Provenza. Today’s show was edited by Ben Schultz.

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Barry Crimmins Political Satirist

Air America Radio writer and correspondent, internationally renowned political satirist and author of the acclaimed Seven Stories Press book Never Shake Hands With A War Criminal helped bring the Boston Comedy scene into the modern age when he founded two of Boston’s most fabled clubs: The Ding Ho and Stitches. Such acts as Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many, many others cut their comedic teeth in the rooms Crimmins started and at shows he produced.
The Boston Herald’s Robin Vaughn’s review of one of Barry’s shows included a concise Boston Comedy history lesson.

“In 1979, Crimmins, a politically minded comedian from upstate New York, started booking Boston’s brightest, brashest young wits into the Ding Ho, a seedy Chinese restaurant in Inman Square. The club, run for and by comedians, was an unpedigreed underdog, but broke conventions of the day in paying its performers reasonable fees and maintaining Crimmins’ comedy booking standards. He was hell-bent on originality and unforgiving of plagiarism. It was boot camp for the best comics in Boston and some of the most successful standups in the country. ”

According to that same Vaughn review, Crimmins hasn’t lost any prowess as a performer.

“To his old crowd, Crimmins is the patron saint of original, creative comedy in Boston and a brooding ideologue. His wit is as sharp as his sense of social justice, which has been known to eclipse a joke or two. But his hour-plus show, ‘Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul’, served as a persuasive example of what intelligent stand-up comedy, politically themed or otherwise, can be.”

After helping jumpstart Boston comedy, Barry left production to concentrate on performing. In short order he gained attention as one of the top political satirists in the country. He has made countless television appearances on everything from The NBC Nightly News to The HBO Young Comedians Special to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He has recorded two CD’s: Strange Bedfellows on A&M and Kill the Messenger on Green Linnet. His writings appear regularly in the Boston Phoenix as well as several other publications. He was a staff writer for the syndicated Dennis Miller Show and has toured in performance with Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Utah Phillips, Michelle Shocked, Steven Wright, Dar Williams and numerous others.
This show was edited by Ben Schultz.

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