Jake is back after another week dark explaining himself. He's talking about the shallow pit he recently fell into, Bojack Horseman and his internal dialogue, his doggo Cosmo and his new cats and how nothing is wrong yet something is wrong. Then we jump into a time machine back to a test recording from before the start of the show with writer/actor and Elaborate First Mate, Paul Bianchi in which the duo discuss memories and Jake's inability to recall details that the seemingly Mutant Memoried Paul knows each and every detail of. Regular shows return next week!
We're back after a week off and Comedian/Actor/Filmmaker Eddie Pence is on the couch talking about the comedy/pro wrestling connection happening the world (and that brought he and Jake together in the first place), his father's knack for complaining about things he secretly likes and his son's knack for standup and stealing his material.
He also talks about growing up a suburban latchkey kid in Virginia to two government working parents, sibling friendships, his parental instincts and being a responsible modern parent while working in an industry that generally breeds irresponsibility, graduating virgina Tech before uprooting to LA to study film and television and discovering his calling as a comic, his earliest comedic inspirations and sharing a sense of humor with his son as well as talking in the cinema.
Also Ace Ventura is a bar for comedy which all other comedy is judged.
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Comedian Jonny Loquasto is on the couch talking about his new independent stand up album "Jonny Loquasto Presents Jonny Loquasto's Jonny Loquasto," being a self starter, his vast creative endeavors and his absolute warpath of a work ethic.
He talks about his suburban Pennsylvania roots from the whitest city ever that drove him to seek diversity in life, how the sketch show "In Living Color" and actor David Alan Grier inspired him to find the funny, being a physical therapist, the whim that brought him to LA and into standup, dealing with the bitterness from bouts of unpopularity and finding the positive reinforcement. He also talks about how he found himself as a pro wrestling color commentator for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood all because someone no showed.
Find his new album and more at http://www.jlocomedy.com
Comedian Mike Bridenstine is on the couch this week talking about tv shows Jake isn't watching (spoiler alert: one has both thrones and a game) the nickname Mike doesnt know he has, and their pro wrestling fandom connection before going off on an awful tanget about the misuse of words.
He talks about his small town Iowa roots and growing up the son of two teachers as well as being a funny bad kid, the sort of interests and comedy that caught his attention in his youth. They share thier mutual expierience of being directed towards fine art by being good kid artists who knew they werent that great. He also talks about being an outsider until making his way to Chicago and finding comradery in the comedy scene alongside talents like TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes.
He also talks about recording his debut standup album "The Hungry Wolf Hunt's Best" at The Mill, a venue his grandfather, aunt and uncle played as a blueglass family band when he was a kid and why it was important to him.
Also Mike has a lot of hostility towards the artist, Donatello.
"The Hungry Wolf Hunts Best" is available now on itunes and ASTRecords.com
She's been mentioned quite a bit on the show but Tybee Diskin is finally on the couch joining Jake this week talking about the genesis and ending of her podcast "InterroBang w/ Travis and Tybee" and the good it's done including the incredible "InterroPals" pen pal system she established that puts people in need in touch with others experiencing similar things, and how just being transparent in general helped HER discover information about ADHD/Autism she wouldn't know otherwise.
The two talk about Tybee's jovial drunk behavior and how misguided positivity made her cry on her birthday, Jake's sober behavior, being close friends who don't see each other often and how they're both fans of communication. Tybee talks a little about the actors grind that she's left behind, working with Wayside Creations and working on fan films like Fallout Nuka Break as well as the children's book based on her Ninento DS playing giant grandmother that she has put her creative energy into recently. She talks a bit about her grandmother's personality, confidence, and also tells the story of how her grandparents met and it's super awesome.
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Celia Gordon is a Criminal Defense Attorney, Yoga Instructor, Entrepenuer and co-founder of The Work-Shop in Huntington, NY. She also happens to be Elaborate host Jake's sister! Jake is home on Long Island sitting with his big sis and chatting with her about thier relationship, complex family and shared father. Celia discusses how she went from district attorney intern to being one of New York's top Criminal Defense Attornies working on high and low profile cases and defending people other's might consider undefendable. She talks about defending the wrongly convicted Jon-Adrian Velazquez in a now infamous homicide case covered by Dateline NBC, putting her work above all else including family and self and how her ego challenged her desire to slow down and eventually go home. She goes on to discuss how Yoga allowed her to shut off her mind, put away her cell phone and deal with her conflicted feelings as well as the difficult decisions she made to find herself where she is now, so far from where she started. Following the mantra the miracles in life happen when you stop trying to figure it all out.
Also, she went through a pretty intense dubsmash phase.
Follow Celia on social media @CeliaGordonYoga Find The Work-Shop at www.thework-shop.com & on social media @thework_shop
Writer/Director and the Man with No Foe, Matt "Lank" Hingstman in on the couch this week chatting kindness, work ethic, film school, being very tall in an M. Night Shamalayan movie that people don't like, having a "jerky rich kid in an 80s movie" vibe and a desire to be a cool kid. The duo also discuss connecting emotionally with frinds as well as what they do to combat thier respective motivation and attention issues including thier experience (or lack thereof) using prescription drugs. The bromance level is high on this one and Paul may have a run for his money.
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Actor/Stunt-Woman/Delightful Human Alex Marshall-Brown joins Jake this week and is talking about the hustle, multi-tasking, and focusing on the light (literally). Alex talks about growing up while moving all over the globe picking up interests along the way, about getting herself into a boarding school in North Carolina from South Africa at 12 years old as well as her relationship with her father and step-mother and "visiting adversity at unexpected age." She also talks about stealing the discarded costumes of carnival dancers in Trinidad and using them to haggle for a role in a school play years later, Professor Lucky, Learning Stage Combat & Martial Arts, Uncle Tom's Cabin and capitalizing on NY Times write-ups, talking things out and also, fighting!
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Actor/Producer and "Underwear Model," Kenny Cooper is on the couch this week. Kenny and Jake are long time friends and the two partake in a little "industry" talk as well as what it's like being DIY creative types and avoiding the low bars set by a flooded follower-driven digital landscape - and whether it's worth comparing yourself to the success of others. Do they sound bitter? Maybe. Probably.
Kenny shares the story of growing up everywhere, always feeling like an outsider despite making friends easily, how he went from sports medicine to the entertainment industry and the single question someone asked that helped push him there. He talks about being a radio personality along someone named Wookie as well as receiving fan mail from maximum security prison inmates. He also shares stories about his father "K. Brick" and his fascinating childhood growing up in the segregated south not knowing for many years that his biological father was sax player Frank Cooper who played alongside Jazz Legends like Miles Davis, Herbie Handcock and Quincy Jones. The two also reminisce about thier previous colaborations and Jake's affinity to make Kenny wear sexy clothing long before he was getting paid to do it underwear comercials. Don't miss this one!
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Actor/Writer/Producer Michael Bachman is on the couch this week and talking about the other The Mike Bachmann as well as his life as one of 12, yes, TWELVE SIBLINGS. His mother was pregnant for nearly an entire decade of her life. It was a fuller house for sure. He also talks about his friendship with Elaborate friendly and voice of Dragon Wagon Radio, Tony Wayne, and the duo's Shakespeare shenanigans in Wisconsin as well as his history in standup and sketch, holding temporary jobs, his sons nerdom, putting comedy over parenting and where the line is when it comes to playing tricks on your kids. He also tells the stories of how he courted his now wife via multiple New Years Eves in New York and about how his father lost the family business in a card game when he was a kid.
All that and Jake plays a voicemail Tony left him pitching a brilliant idea. This one is jam packed!