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What's So Funny?

Published: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:47:42 +0000

Last Build Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:27:15 +0000

Copyright: 2017

What's So Funny? with Ivan Decker

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:47:42 +0000

Ivan Decker makes his triumphant return to the show three weeks after doing Conan, his first ever late night American talk show. Ivan takes us through the stages it took to get there, how he felt in the process, and reveals what O'Brien said to him immediately after. We play the set, too. All this plus the usual tangents.

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What's So Funny? with Darryl Lenox & Garry Yuill

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000

Darryl Lenox and Garry Yuill have big plans for comedy, not only in this country but everywhere. It starts here, though, with their hoped-for acquisition of the Yuk Yuk's chain. The American standup veteran (Lenox) and Vancouver Yuk's franchise holder (Yuill) have teamed together to bring this pipe-dream into reality. It hasn't happened yet, but they explain what their plan is and how you can get involved. Plus we play a clip from Lenox's set on Conan a few years ago and Yuill relates what a top-notch babysitter I was.

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What's So Funny? with Charlie Demers

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 03:47:52 +0000

Charlie Demers was last with us in 2010. Now he's authored even more books, released a brand new comedy album ('Fatherland' on 604 Records), and is the voice of Walter the Slug on Beat Bugs on Netflix. We talk about all of the above, plus anxiety, Humphrey Bogart, Herr Jordan, and steam & sauna rooms.

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What's So Funny? with Gavin Matts

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:15:16 +0000

Gavin Matts was the big winner in the 2017 SiriusXM Top Comic competition. In this episode, we teach the youngster about Raymond Burr and Yvonne De Carlo, he explains how he got the nickname 'Subway,' he confesses his love of One Tree Hill and his dream of dying on Riverdale, he explains the therapeutic benefits of jigsaw puzzles, and puzzles over the ephemeral nature of standup. On top of all this, we play two tracks from his new album 'Premature' on 604 Records.

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What's So Funny? with Paul Anthony

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:28:13 +0000

Paul Anthony returns! Every couple of years, it seems, Paul is our guest. In this episode, we start off by discussing the latest news, then we gossiped about Hugh Phukovsky and his urine gun, talked about the struggles of Talent Time, and re-enacted a Facebook Messenger conversation we had last year. And we ended things with a resurrected Funny or Not Funny? segment.

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What's So Funny? with Ron Vaudry

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 02:39:44 +0000

Ron Vaudry has been entertaining comedy audiences for 38 years. He was recently tweeted about by Norm Macdonald in a series of tweets about the early days of Toronto comedy so we talk about that, and what Norm was like in the early days. We also discuss Ron's net worth, his creation of the Crash 'n' Burn show at Yuk Yuk's, and squelching disabled hecklers.

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What's So Funny? with Shirley Gnome

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:12:13 +0000

Shirley Gnome has a new album out on 604 Records and came back to play some songs off it on her guitar. The album is called Taking It Up the Notch and we play a track off it, too. And we talk, as always. She tells us about going to high school with her album's producer, we count penises on her album cover, we teach her a classy new word for genitals, and she discusses playing the kazoo with her clam. This episode exudes class.

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What's So Funny? with Shawn Farquhar

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:45:05 +0000

Shawn Farquhar is one of the greatest magicians in the world. And one of the greatest guys, period. He's fooled Penn & Teller twice, he's a two-time world champion of magic, and the past president of IBM! No, not that IBM – the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He tells us of his early days touring bars and comedy rooms around British Columbia, and how he shaved off his pencil-thin moustache and left his suave, debonair magician persona behind to become himself on stage. (Hint: it involves drinking.)

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What's So Funny? with Wes Barker

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:56:24 +0000

Wes Barker's career took off soon after his first appearance on What's So Funny? three years ago. He wowed 'em on America's Got Talent and he fooled Penn & Teller. The comic/magician tells us what that was like. We hope this latest guest spot bumps him up to even greater heights.

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What's So Funny? with Randy Charach

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 18:08:53 +0000

Randy Charach puts audiences to sleep. But that's what they come for. He's a stage hypnotist, who has also been a mentalist, magician and comedian. He talks about all these in this episode and gives a very special gift to What's So Funny? listeners. You're getting sleepy...

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What's So Funny? with Alex Sparling

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:51:35 +0000

Alex Sparling is the greatest actor in the world (or so he'll tell you). Unfortunately, his acting career was derailed during a brutal attack. The Vancouver standup and proud Yellowknife son tells us all about it. And by the time you hear this, he'll be a Prince George comic. He also tells us why he's moving.

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What's So Funny? with Leland Klassen

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:21:03 +0000

Leland Klassen is a standup comedian who happens to work clean and sometimes perform in churches. He's also a big-time thespian now that he's the star of a dramatic motion picture. He tells us what it's like working with Kirk Cameron, about the perils of running and running, and getting mistakenly handcuffed by the authorities.

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What's So Funny? with Katharine Ferns

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 23:16:02 +0000

Katharine Ferns has had her fair share of troubles in this lifetime. So what does she do? She laughs. Because you can't just cry all the time. Her Fringe show, Katharine Ferns Is In Stitches, ran in Edinburgh for a month before she brought it "home" to Vancouver. By the time you hear this, she's back in England, where she's lived the past few years doing standup and ignoring her painting.

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What's So Funny? with Andy Canete

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:22:23 +0000

Andy Cañete is back talking Fringe Fest. His show, in particular: The Cañete Chroñicles. He also tells us of the dangers of soccer in Chile, the secrets of Gloria Makarenko, how Chris Farley ages him, discusses some bad jobs, and tells tales of Mariel Hemingway.

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What's So Funny? with Oh Susanna

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:59:39 +0000

Oh Susanna has another name when she's not performing her unique blend of alternative/country/folk/roots music. Suzie Ungerleider is how I knew her when we played softball together in the mid-late nineties, just as she was starting in on her music career. She moved from Vancouver to Toronto, where she's made quite the name for herself these last twenty years. We catch up in this episode and she tells us all about growing up in the 604 and how it inspired her latest album, A Girl in Teen City. We play a couple tracks from it, too.

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What's So Funny? with Johnny Perrotta

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:29:48 +0000

Johnny Perrotta has been on the Vancouver comedy scene for ages but this is his first time on our little program. But he did have the honour of being the first guest in our new/old studio. Johnny talks about making the big move from Old Italy to Prince George, tells us how he worshipped Tony Manero, and discusses his embarrassing acting roles.

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What's So Funny? with Chuck Byrn

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:36:48 +0000

Chuck Byrn is a real Vancouverite, going back generations. But he's been living in Toronto since forever. Byrn has got stories and opinions and he's willing to share them. He talks about the early days in standup, being the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel boy, hanging up on Jim Carrey, and vacationing in Hawaii with Kerry Talmage and Irwin Barker.

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What's So Funny? with Christina Sicoli

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:48:55 +0000

Christina Sicoli loves her sleep but she managed to stay up late and talk with us. The actress and improviser's earliest credit was Detroit Rock City, where she played "Foxy girl" sitting on a toilet. She's also tap danced with Gregory Hines. She's a woman of many talents and we talk about them all.

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What's So Funny? Tribute to Bob Robertson - July 2, 2017

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:13:10 +0000

Bob Robertson was a good friend to What's So Funny?, having visited us three times with his wife and comedy partner Linda Cullen. Together they formed Double Exposure, Canada's beloved political satire duo. Bob's career extended at both ends of his Double Exposure fame and we talked about it all over the course of their three appearances with us. Robertson passed away in March 2017 and in this extendo-episode pay tribute to the man by relistening to his story, as told to us over the years.

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What's So Funny? with guest David Beckingham

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:31:08 +0000

David Beckingham drops by the doorless studio to talk about his band's reunion. Hey Ocean! (with exclamation mark) is coming back with a tour and a new album. This after each of the three main players released their own solo work. David tells us why the band needed to take a break, does an impression of his 8-year-old British self, and reminisces about life in Kenya. He's too young to remember the movie or song Born Free, though.

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What's So Funny? with guest Diana Frances - June 18, 2017

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:04:18 +0000

Diana Frances is a Vancouver gal at heart but she lives in Toronto now, where she mostly makes her living writing for TV, awards shows, and radio. But she still finds time to do the odd bit of performing. It's mostly improv these days but we talk about her early standup days, why she's such a good podcast guest/lousy softball player, a bit about her crazy childhood/life, traffic and linguistic complaints, and vagina jokes.

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What's So Funny? with guest Kevvy - May 28, 2017

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:42:15 +0000

Kevvy, from the bands Fake Shark and Die Mannequin, has real comedy credentials. As a producer, he's recorded, by the latest tally, twenty-four standup comedians. He talks about his brand-spanking new Fake Shark album, Faux Real, getting kicked out of the Langley School of the Arts, his pink hair, his famed tattoo artist, working with Carly Rae, and opening for Marilyn Manson. And we put his jazz knowledge to the test.

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What's So Funny? with guest John Cullen - May 21, 2017

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:16:54 +0000

John Cullen was voted Most Likely to be a Comedian in his Grade 7 gifted class. So what better name for a comedy album? We play a couple tracks, and we put John to the gifted challenge. He also tells us about his many podcasts (two) and his experience drumming in bands, teaching high school, and sponsoring a Little League baseball team.

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What's So Funny? with guest Ryan Gunther - May 7, 2017

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:06:14 +0000

Ryan Gunther is a button-down comic with a wild past. He's worked in Fortune 500 companies and grew up in the wild. Basically, anyway. He talks about overcoming massive stage fright to take to the standup stage in his mid-30s. Now he performs his one-man PowerPoint presentation at Fringe festivals all over the world, skewering office workers everywhere.

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What's So Funny? with guest Garrett Clark - April 30, 2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:43:47 +0000

Garrett Clark isn't just a boner comedian anymore. No, he's got a new album out (Night Danger) making him... dangerous at night? He tells us about his adventures in Los Angeles and how many degrees of separation between him and Kevin Bacon (it's closer than you think). He also talks about creepy-crawlies in Australia, we over-analyze his commercials, and he does a few impressions. A full show!

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What's So Funny? with guest Colin Lamb - April 23, 2017

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:12:48 +0000

Colin Lamb doesn't play a lot of comedy clubs, but he should. His songs are hilarious, truly original, and he performs them with a commitment that makes them even funnier. They're also very naughty. Lamb brought his guitar into the studio and serenaded me throughout the hour, maintaining creepy eye contact the whole time.

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What's So Funny? with guest Brad Upton - April 16, 2017

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Brad Upton has been entertaining audiences for 33 years. And he still kills! The Seattle-area comic talks about the best way to deal with hecklers, how standup and teaching 10-year-olds are intertwined, playing mind games in athletic and comedy competitions, and dishes the dirt on the likes of Rodney Dangerfield, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Smokey Robinson, and George Jones.

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What's So Funny? with guest Joel Plaskett - April 9, 2017

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Joel Plaskett went from a power pop rocker with his band Halifax-based band, Thrush Hermit, in the '90s to a "nationally adored" singer-songwriter. In this episode, we talk about me fake-kissing his wife in university, Jimi Hendrix's high school career, getting heckled on Twitter, and John Candy's van. And, of course, Anne Murray.

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What's So Funny? with guest Camilo the Magician - April 2, 2017

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Camilo the Magician is... you'll never guess... a magician! He's also our first guest with a pop song written in his honour. It's a good one, too, by the band Said the Whale. In this episode, Camilo Dominguez (that's his given name) talks about growing up in Bogota before moving to Victoria at the age of 15, scaring religious old ladies on airplanes, and even performs a card trick for me. Nothing like magic on a podcast!

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What's So Funny? with guest James Kennedy - March 19, 2017

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

James Kennedy burst onto the Vancouver standup scene and became a headliner in short order after spending most of his 20s in a band. He's never met a competition – be it in comedy or music – that he hasn't conquered. Not bad for a kid who never finished high school. Oh, and he also loves monkeys.

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What's So Funny? with guest Harris Anderson - March 12, 2017

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Harris Anderson and I first met sharing a bowl of alcohol. Now he's in studio talking about his comedy and music. He also talks about his love of Jonathan Winters and Victor Borge, quotes Milton's Paradise Lost, says why jazz makes him nervous, and expresses his love of dogs.

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What's So Funny? with guest Barry Crimmins - February 26, 2017

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Barry Crimmins... the man... the legend. The great political satirist joins us despite having a love-hate relationship with podcasts. Despite industrial work being done right outside his hotel room window, we manage to talk for an hour about the best and worst US president of his lifetime, the problem with Hillary, his experience on Air America (or Err America, as he calls it), and the early days of comedy in Boston.

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What's So Funny? with guest Fred Ewanuick - February 5, 2017

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Fred Ewanuick teaches me how to pronounce his name and then we get down to business. The professional pretender talks about his time as a bad theatre student, performing improv in his mom's coffee shop, his role as Hank on Corner Gas, and his regrets about his starring turn on Dan For Mayor.

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What's So Funny? with guest Lori Gibbs - January 29, 2017

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Lori Gibbs returns after a 5-year absence. Or I return to her hotel room, is more like it. She talks about getting hit on in comedy clubs, how she got her nickname "the human antidepressant," her radio career, being a keynote speaker, the art of crafting, and we settle, once and for all, who has the bigger head.

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What's So Funny? 2016 Highlights Episode 2 - January 22, 2017

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Part two of our 2016 highlights, with guests Steve Bays, Graeme Duffy, Jy Harris, Ed Hill, Chris James, Richard Lett, Brett Martin, Efthimios Nasiopoulos, Scott Patey, Nancy Robertson, Ari Shaffir, and Sam Tonning.

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What's So Funny? 2016 Highlights Episode 1 - January 15, 2017

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

We look back at highlights from our shows in 2016. Clips from guests Dino Archie, Byron Bertram, Jason Bryden, Sophie Buddle, Sara Bynoe, Jeff Cooper, Grahaeme Cowie, Ivan Decker, Glen Foster, Jessica Holmes, Caitlin Howden, Paul Hooper, Shauna Johannesen, Sean Kent, Julie Kim, Simon King, Dave Merheje, Camille Mitchell, Tim Nutt, Rob Pue, and Mike Storck.

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What's So Funny? with guest Harry Doupe - January 8, 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Harry Doupe returns to rehash 2016. We go over the top comedy specials of the year, comedy deaths, the Human Rights Tribunal, game shows, SNL, and Harry gives us a taste of the book he's been working on since the 1980s.

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What's So Funny? with guest Nancy Robertson - December 18, 2016

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Nancy Robertson may be best known for her role as Wanda on the hit Corner Gas, but she's so much more. We talk about her start in acting, learning from one of the finest cowboy thespians in the business, and her formative years in improvisation. We also get into her love of British series, her dislike of her new slow cooker, and classic movies I've never seen.

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What's So Funny? with guest Sam Tonning - December 4, 2016

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Sam Tonning tells dirty jokes at night, but by day he's a mild-mannered paper-pusher for The Man. In this, his first episode with us, he talks about his unabashed and unironic love of Phil Collins, Ted Nugent, Jay Leno, and Dennis Miller. We also discuss TV talk show sidekicks, moustaches, and a whole lot more.

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What's So Funny? with guest Scott Patey - November 13, 2016

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Scott Patey is an actor, improviser and comedian. I think I got the order right. He hails from the border town of Lloydminster, which fascinates me. He explains how it works. We also talk about how his hockey career was cut short by a breakup, his funny brother, portraying Donald Trump, working with celebrities, I take him on in a best-of-five battle of Rock, Paper, Scissors, and he promises to take me to New York when he hosts Saturday Night Live.

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What's So Funny? with guest Graeme Duffy - November 6, 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Graeme Duffy returns to talk about his very public – and swift! – engagement. He tells of how he proposed to his girlfriend four months after starting to date in front of 1100 people at the Vogue Theatre. He also talks about getting bullied in Scotland, the busy local movie and TV scene, cruising the Baltic Sea, and his love of moustaches, tattoos and Kanye West.

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What's So Funny? with guest Larry Miller - July 31, 2011

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Larry Miller has done it all. He was one of Carson's favourites on the old Tonight Show and has been a ton of movies and TV classics. And he's still going strong, performing stand-up whenever he can, hosting a podcast, Tweeting, FB'ing, blogging and acting in films. We talk about it all and go a little longer than usual in the process. And could have gone on a lot longer. But we'll save that for another episode.

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What's So Funny? with guest Steve Bays - October 23, 2016

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Steve Bays returns, this time with girlfriend and actor Siobhan Williams in tow. To make things even, I brought my brother-in-law along. I do my best to get Bays to do one last tour with his band Hot Hot Heat, who has a new album out. We also talk about lyrics, ego, and emo. And we tie it all together with comedy.

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What's So Funny? with guest Sean Kent - October 16, 2016

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Sean Kent lives in the heart of Texas, if Austin is considered the heart. I have no idea. It is the liberal oasis, I know that. And that fits, because Kent is a liberal through and through. In this episode, we talk a little bit about the Norman Conquest and a lot about Donald Trump. And he recounts what it's like to be thrown out of a Trump rally.

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What's So Funny? with guest Sophie Buddle - September 18, 2016

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Sophie Buddle makes her debut on What's So Funny? The 22-year-old is making waves in the standup world. She's already a veteran of the Just For Laughs gala and hip Los Angeles comedy shows. She explains how she got started at the tender age of 15, talks about a photo shoot that wasn't a lot of fun, hobnobbing at an LA Emmy party, and explains why Woody Allen is innocent.

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What's So Funny? with guest Efthimios Nasiopoulos - September 11, 2016

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Efthimios Nasiopoulos gamely stepped up at the last minute when our scheduled guest fell ill. And only a week after he moved to Vancouver from Toronto, to boot! The biggest name in comedy talks about glaciers in Vancouver, two broken engagements, serving people summonses, retiring undefeated in boxing, and fudge.

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What's So Funny? with guest Brett Martin - August 28, 2016

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Brett Martin returns to the What's So Funny? studio and we talk running for mayor and writing for a major daily newspaper both without graduating from high school. We also discuss talk shows and he takes the Trivial Pursuit challenge.

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What's So Funny? with guest Jason Bryden - August 21, 2016

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Jason Bryden left Vancouver for good 3.5 years ago. He's Toronto through and through now, but we still love him. In this episode, he talks about quitting comedy, quitting theatre, quitting social media, and starting a new podcast (In the Dark with Jason Bryden). He may or may not have been wearing an adult diaper during the recording.

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What's So Funny? with guest Tim Nutt - August 14, 2016

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Tim Nutt manages to headline all over this great land and regularly perform galas at festivals and on TV all from his mountain home in the comedy hotbed of West Kelowna. He tells us how he ended up there after starting his career in 1993 in Vancouver, and the problem with open mics, human rights commissions, and parenting today.

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What's So Funny? with guest Jy Harris - August 7, 2016

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Jy Harris returns after a six year absence a new man. Manic on stage, he's found peace in his personal life. Or at least is on a never-ending quest for it. He meditates, is vegan, reads new-age books, and experiments with microdoses of psychedelics. He's feeling the Bern. We also talk about his Jerry Springer-like upbringing and his real-life Jerry Springer experience. Julian Angel-Joynt also performs a slam poem for us that's pretty damn cool.

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What's So Funny? with guest Simon King - July 31, 2016

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Simon King returns! Mighty Mouth is back in studio after a 7.5-year absence. We talk about England, comedy intermissions, protest comedy, Trump, funny voices, political correctness, and WWI.

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What's So Funny? with guests Jeff Cooper and Grahaeme Cowie - July 3, 2016

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Jeff Cooper and Grahaeme Cowie have known each other since high school, where they would meet by the smoking doors and swap their doodles. Today they run a small animation studio called Smoking Doors and are about to unleash on the world a cartoon series called Impotents (not its homonym Impotence), a show featuring four regular super buddies: Jesus, Buddha, Ganesh and Artemis.

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What's So Funny? More highlights from 2015 with various guests - June 19, 2016

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Part 2 of our 2015 highlights with guests Paul Anthony, Janice Bannister, Ian Boothby, Daniel Chai, Garrett Clark, Chad Daniels, Tanyalee Davis, David Dedrick, Fatima Dhowre, Robyn Daye Edwards, Chip Ellis, Mark Friebe, Goldie Hoffman, Jesse Joyce, Robert Kelly, Kathleen McGee, Aaron Read, Dylan Rhymer, Jacob Samuel, Erica Sigurdson, Bobby Slayton, Sheila Sharma, and Ron Vaudry.

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What's So Funny? Highlights from 2015 with various guests - June 12, 2016

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Remember 2015? Ah, it was a good year. Here's part 1 of a 2-part highlight show featuring clips from all our 2015 shows. Guests are Dino Archie, Diana Bang, Steve Bays, Matt Bilinski, Andy Canete, Graham Chittenden, Ewan Currie, Kate Davis, Ryan Hamilton, Mark B. Hughes, Ron Josol, Jesse Joyce, Jason Kryska, Sean Lecomber, Lauren McGibbon, Craig Northey, Dan Quinn, Melanie Rose, Marcus Ryan, and Glenn Wool.

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What's So Funny? with guest Glen Foster - June 5, 2016

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Glen Foster is one of the founding fathers of Canadian standup. In 1982, he voyaged west with a ragtag bunch of comedians from Toronto's Yuk Yuk's and brought laughs to our shores. We talk about that, growing older, and, as always with Foster, politics. I work my hardest to convince him that our dear leader, Justin Trudeau, is doing good work.

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What's So Funny? with guest Camille Mitchell - May 22, 2016

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Camille Mitchell has been in the acting game her whole life. The daughter of a bona fide Hollywood movie star who acted alongside such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. In this, her podcast debut, Mitchell talks about her dad as well as stories from her own career on TV and the stage, including getting punked by Burt Reynolds.

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What's So Funny? with guest Jessica Holmes - May 15, 2016

Fri, 27 May 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Jessica Holmes makes her podcast debut on What's So Funny?! Exciting times! The former Air Farce cadet talks about why she doesn't like playing comedy clubs anymore, gets into some frank talk about her depression, moves on to discussing her year-and-a-half in Venezuela working as a missionary for the Mormons, and explains why couples don't need to have activities in common to make a good relationship.

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What's So Funny? with guest Richard Lett - May 8, 2016

Tue, 10 May 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Richard Lett is no stranger to the podcast. Somehow, we always have things to talk about. This time, we sat in the great outdoors, shooting the breeze in the breeze. Richard spoke of being sober but never clean and even performed some spontaneous beat poetry. At least it was beat after I was done adding the bass and drums.

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What's So Funny? with guest Julie Kim - May 1, 2016

Wed, 04 May 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Julie Kim was positively glowing in this episode. That's right, the standup comedian/brainiac was pregnant. She tells us about her varied interests, from science and engineering to comedy. She also talks about growing up a rebellious chubby kid living on top of a variety store with all the free pop and chips she could eat. This episode brought to you by Lick's Burgers.

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What's So Funny? with guest Dino Archie - April 17, 2016

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Dino Archie joins the 5-time member club in this appearance. And that's no conspiracy. We talk about his wonder year – winning the Seattle Comedy Competition, recording sets on Jimmy Kimmel and Comedy Central – as well as Mexicans in the NBA, parallel parking, Fresno trivia, Hall and Oates, and I ask him leftover Reddit questions.

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What's So Funny? with guest Ed Hill - April 10, 2016

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Ed Hill returns to the What's So Funny? studios telling tales of his triumphant crabbing exploits. Along the way, we discuss piano lessons, boogers, drugs, gout, Googling racism, tweeting Jimmy Fallon, ghosts, and being a weirdo whisperer.

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What's So Funny? with guest Ari Shaffir - February 28, 2016

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Ari Shaffir pulls no punches. In this episode, the Skeptic Tank host and standup comic talks about Carlos Mencia, plausible deniability, adverbs in blogs, pedophiles, Jehovah, censorship, offence, practice making perfect, and his feud with Howard Stern. Lots to chew on here.

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What's So Funny? with guest Caitlin Howden - April 3, 2016

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Caitlin Howden steps into the great outdoors, i.e. What's So Funny?'s nature studio. We sat on a park bench in glorious sunshine watching the world go by recording this one. She tells us about being a dominating Grade 6 basketball player, getting cut from the improv team, stalking boys, making decisions, Big Brother Canada and The Bachelor, and boom boxes. Caitlin's instructions for listening: Go for a walk on a beautiful day to get the full experience.

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What's So Funny? with guest Dave Merheje - March 20, 2016

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Dave Merheje is a Toronto comic living in L.A. but representing the YQG on his headware. It's all very confusing. We talk about Catholic saints, rap and hip-hop, Winnipeg, ethnic comedy shows, the good and bad of Justin Bieber, and horrible gigs.

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What's So Funny? with guest Mike Storck - February 21, 2016

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Mike Storck zoomed into town just to speak with us. Well, and he was headlining one of the local clubs. We were so rushed, though, we had to record in the roving studio. He talked about the ethics of pranking, Star Wars, heckling, and storytelling.

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What's So Funny? with guest Sara Bynoe - February 7, 2016

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Sara Bynoe is all over the Vancouver comedy scene, creating and hosting a variety of comedy shows that aren't standup, sketch or improv. We try to get to the bottom of the correct label. We also talk about the Puppy Bowl, partying clean, being Kliph Nesteroff's muse, and being creeped out by Jian Ghomeshi.

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What's So Funny? with guest Chris James - January 31, 2016

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Chris James recorded this episode of What's So Funny? in one take. Impressive. He tells us about a horrifying real-life experience that he's weaved into comedy gold. And we talk a bit to his friend Vishal Ramesh, a comedian from India now living in Vancouver.

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What's So Funny? with guest Shauna Johannesen - January 24, 2016

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Shauna Johannesen comes to us sleep-deprived. As she should be, too. She was in the middle of a theatre run of her own play, Common Grace, and was starting work on a short film for the Crazy8s festival (which has since been completed). We talk about both those projects as well as auditioning, kids vs animals, and thievery.

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What's So Funny? with guest Ivan Decker - January 17, 2016

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Ivan Decker returns to What's So Funny? just in the nick of time. Literally. This time we discuss Bill Burr, wisdom teeth extractions, approaching industry types, observational comedy, his upcoming album, and science! He does a knock-up job.

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What's So Funny? with guest Byron Bertram - January 10, 2016

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Byron Bertram stops by the What's So Funny? studio before he takes off to Australia for a few months where he'll perform his one-man show and do some street performing. In this episode, we give him a dry shave as he talks about finding love on Tinder, the politics of accents, coming from an artistic family, playing dives, and his quest for fests.

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What's So Funny? with guest Erica Sigurdson - December 13, 2015

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000

Erica Sigurdson is the Duchess of Canadian Comedy. In this pre-Christmas episode, we brainstorm the rest of the royal line. She also talks about hitting people, doing corporate gigs, staying home instead of moving to the US, being engaged for nine years, and bombing... in Afghanistan. Plus she explains why giving is better than receiving. This episode brought to you by the Omnipod, your number one choice in Diabetic pumps. (Not really, but we're open to offers.)

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What's So Funny? with guest Norm Macdonald - July 15, 2012

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Norm Macdonald will talk for as long as he's talked to. Or until there's a knock at the door. Thankfully that knock didn't come for 90 minutes so he sat talking about hypochondria, God, science, childhood memories, and comedy among other topics. Deep stuff.

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What's So Funny? with guest Robert Kelly - November 29, 2015

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Robert Kelly is a standup comic, podcaster and actor. What's worse is that he's successful in all three! But to show he's human, he's only passable on a drum kit. In this episode he talks about his need to be liked, his love of honesty, his falling away from friends after having a kid, and his mother's love of... Well, just listen.

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What's So Funny? with guest Kate Davis - November 15, 2015

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Kate Davis has been entertaining audiences and embarrassing her children for 18 years. The Toronto standup started out as an adorable little English girl with a posh accent before moving to Canada with her cockney parents. Theatre gave way to standup and she hasn't looked back. Fun fact: Davis has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award 13 times (and never won)!

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What's So Funny? with guest Graham Chittenden - November 19, 2015

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Graham Chittenden takes time from his only day off on the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour to be with us. The Brantford, Ontario, native drops some analogies and whines about his hometown, interviewing Sarah Silverman, and not writing himself a recurring role on Mr. Dee.

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What's So Funny? with guest Ewan Currie - November 8, 2015

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Ewan Currie returns. The rocker was in town for one day, with a concert that night, but still made time for us. He tells us the comedy origins of The Sheepdogs' latest album, Future Nostalgia. He also talks about his musical theatre career in high school, hobnobbing with the country's mayors, his ideas for podcasts, his love/hate relationship with journalists, and getting photographed with the most hated man in Canada. Rock on!

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What's So Funny? with guest Melanie Rose - November 1, 2015

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Melanie Rose has been performing standup comedy for nine years, but we let her on the show anyway under the 10-year rule providing she avoids eye contact. In this episode, Rose talks about homelessness, mental health, bank robbers, farm living, the big city, and red theatres, among other things.

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What's So Funny? with guest Dylan Rhymer - October 18, 2015

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Dylan Rhymer returns to What's So Funny? after being MIA for a couple years. Never short on opinion or stories, he gets right to it in this episode. We learn about the origin of his now-gone mutton chops. He spills his guts on the breakup of his marriage and a UK tour from hell. He gives us the low-down on performing comedy with his dingly-dangly bits in full view. And there's even a bit of politics thrown in for good measure since this was recorded the day before the federal general election.

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What's So Funny? with guest Robyn Edwards - October 11, 2015

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Robyn Edwards finally gets a shot on What's So Funny? Her OutTV costars on Morgan Brayton and Other People have all had their turn. Could it be we saved the best for last? You be the judge. We talk about her other TV role as an FBI agent on a big, American show. We talk about her ultra-religious upbringing. We talk about her coming out. And we talk about the complaints she gets from customers she has served. We have a grand old time, that's for sure. This episode brought to you by Frozen Pizza.

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What's So Funny? with guests Mark Friebe and Sheila Sharma - September 27, 2015

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Mark Friebe and Sheila Sharma last visited us a loooong nine years ago. They drove in from the Giggle Dam out in Port Coquitlam to tell us about the fire that nearly destroyed them, the challenges of doing politically incorrect sketches, and Sheila sings all 66 books of the Bible in 43 seconds. Not bad for an atheist!

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What's So Funny? with guest Andy Canete - September 20, 2015

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Andy Cañete speaks real good English for a South American. We talk about how that's possible and what it's like to live under the thumb of a dictator, even one whose name sounds like a nice glass of wine or a wooden puppet boy. He also tells a good story about giving the silent treatment to Jennifer Beals and talks about his best friend, Senor Fantastico.

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What's So Funny? with guest Lauren McGibbon - September 13, 2015

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Lauren McGibbon isn't the son of a tree-dwelling monkey but she does tell us about her family's violent history. The improviser also tells us about her mad research skillz when it comes to acting in scenes, her brief standup career, her brief flight attendant career, and mom's brief career as a dancer on TV variety shows in the '70s.

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What's So Funny? with guests Ian Boothby and David Dedrick - September 6, 2015

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Ian Boothby and David Dedrick are busy guys. Not only do they do what they do when not podcasting, they also co-host three (count 'em!) podcasts. Okay, one of them is finished now but lives on in the ether. The mothership is Sneaky Dragon, the catch-all free-ranging and fun conversation. Then there's Compleatly Beatles, which they dissect every Beatles album and song. And also Totally Tintin, about, you guessed it, that charming Belgian comic book. We talk about all of the above and more.

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What's So Funny? with guest Janice Bannister - August 16, 2015

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Janice Bannister makes her second appearance on What's So Funny? – both without regular host Guy MacPherson. She must be getting a complex! This time she talks to Colleen Brow about her many-faceted career, from writing to producing to teaching to speaking to performing.

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What's So Funny? with guest Fatima Dhowre - July 19, 2015

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Fatima Dhowre is the first What's So Funny? guest who's been to Somalia, not once but dozens of times. We go into quite a bit of detail about that lawless land. We also talk about her having more in common with white guys than black because she lacks that urban quality the rest of her family possesses, her love of roasts, how she got over her obsession with video games, Bill Cosby as an early influence, and she reveals her hidden talent.

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What's So Funny? with guest Marcus Ryan - July 12, 2015

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Marcus Ryan joins us in the Roving Studio for his fourth appearance on the show. The Aussie explains the crazy insects and reptiles of his home and native land, discusses his one-man Edmonton Fringe show called Love Me Tinder, complains about the unrelenting heat of Vancouver summers, regales us with a harrowing tale of hitchhiking in Ucluelet, makes the case for why Burning Man is awesome, and has second thoughts about merchandising.

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What's So Funny? with guest Ron Josol - July 5, 2015

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Ron Josol performs all over the world. Or at least many places in the world. He joins in the Roving Studio, or Comedy Cab (aka my car), for a far-ranging conversation that covers performing in Haiti, the Philippines, and the US, as well as being adaptable enough to eat duck embryos, being there when Russell Peters hit it big, and the effect a family tragedy had on his life.

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What's So Funny? with guest Matt Bilinski - June 28, 2015

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Matt Bilinski makes his What's So Funny? debut five years after first appearing on the program as Matt Billon. In fact, he lived his first 36 years as Matt Billon. So why the change? He explains. Along the way, he tells us how he took down a criminal, tells us how he spurned Hollywood in his younger years, and regales us with tales of life on the road with the king of Canadian comedy, Mike MacDonald.

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What's So Funny? with guest Jesse Joyce - June 21, 2015

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Jesse Joyce wrote many of your favourite jokes from the Comedy Central Roasts. And he tells us some of them. He also talks about trying to sneak hand jobs in an Irish convent, gives his theory on the Canadian superiority/inferiority complex, and lists his favourite unsung comedy heroes, which include some Canadians (I had to point that out).

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What's So Funny? with guest Kathleen McGee - June 14, 2015

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Kathleen McGee has been living in Vancouver for one year... and loving it! Now, if she could just get it to secede from Canada. McGee talks about her troubles getting back into the US, as well as being a rugby playing theatre nerd, lady jails, political correctness, and feminist bloggers. It's fun! It's emotional! And she's available for children's parties!

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What's So Funny? with guest Steve Bays - June 7, 2015

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Steve Bays is the lead singer for Mounties, Hot Hot Heat, and Fur Trade but one of his first bands, Pilot Light, gets most mention in this episode. Steve is a regular guest on the show and we always seem to break new length records with him. This one is no exception as it clocks in at over two hours. But we think you can handle it. We discuss the do's and don't's of interviewing rock stars, drinking junky beer in Zurich, gruesome stage injuries, being Jew-ish, getting homesick in Tokyo, and the end of civilization. And more, of course.

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What's So Funny? with guest Dan Quinn - May 24, 2015

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Dan Quinn makes his quinquennial appearance on What's So Funny? (at least as far as our records are concerned). In this episode, Quinn reveals who's the moodiest participant in the Snowed In Comedy Tour, rails against amateurs running comedy rooms, talks about closing out an evening at Luna Lounge after Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, and Dave Chappelle, and tells us what it was like to perform on an all-Dutch show in Amsterdam. This episode brought to you by the word 'Abominable.'

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What's So Funny? with guests Mark B. Hughes and Jason Kryska - May 17, 2015

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Mark B. Hughes and Jason Kryska love to push buttons. They love and perform (and love to perform) comedy that tilts towards the dark side. But their backstories couldn't be more different. Kryska has lived a button-down life and married for 18 years; Hughes overcame a heroin and cocaine addiction that landed him ten years in the slammer. Hughes has performed comedy in the nude; Kryska doesn't even like seeing himself nude. This episode brought to you by the Seven Deadly Sins.

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What's So Funny? with guest Chad Daniels - May 10, 2015

Sun, 10 May 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Chad Daniels is a regular visitor to Vancouver, but a first-time visitor to What's So Funny? The Minnesotan is a touring headliner, does the late-night talk shows yet still lives in tiny Fergus Falls, three hours outside of Minneapolis. What gives? He tells us why. We also discuss being a loveable asshole, counting down to popping his kid in the face, getting attacked on stage, unfair comparisons to Louis C.K., and how a sprained ankle changed the course of his career. The episode brought to you by Communication.

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What's So Funny? with guest Sean Lecomber - April 26, 2015

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Sean Lecomber buckles up for a trip in the roving What's So Funny? studio. He calls it Driving Miss Podcast. I like it. In this one, the Edmonton comic talks about t-shirts in swimming pools, self-confidence, squelching baby hecklers, the correct pronunciation of 'flaccid', Tisdale's slogan, Christian athletes, and sanctified abortions. This episode is loaded with fair points.

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What's So Funny? with guest Bobby Slayton - May 3, 2015

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Bobby Slayton may be billed as the Pitbull of Comedy but he's a real pussycat. But even though he's a big fan of vanilla, he's no vanilla comic. In this episode, I get hung up on An Evening at the Improv from the 1980s so we talk about those early days, and venture from there to L. Ron Hubbard, Fox News, his pop star daughter, and tattoos. This episode brought to you by Too Much of Everything.

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What's So Funny? with guest Goldie Hoffman - April 12, 2015

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Goldie Hoffman is no shrinking violet. Hence our extendo-episode. The actress/comedian (and pretend doctor), who is between the ages of 16 and 65 - chronologically young but with an old soul – isn't afraid to rock the boat. In this episode, she explains why Vancouver isn't a real city but one filled with "townies," discusses the problem with progressives, and rails against taxes on tampons. She also talks about growing up in what she calls the "cult" of Hasidic Judaism and being one of ten children. This episode brought to you by the Truth.

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What's So Funny? with guest Aaron Read - April 5, 2015

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Aaron Read is a triple threat: improviser, musician, and visual artist. No wonder he was a couple minutes late to the show. When the man with buns of steel showed up, we talked about kissing Ryan Beil, his obsession with beaded curtains, top phone mime techniques, noise music, burnt pubes in Finland, and we end it with the big closer: racism and misogyny. This episode brought to you by Duffin's Donuts.

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What's So Funny? with guest Dino Archie - March 29, 2015

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Dino Archie may be a Choosy Lover but he's indiscriminate when it comes to doing this show. This is his fourth visit as guest (he also hosted one episode). In this one, he gets down with us about softball, gratitude and having a good attitude, being a heckler whisperer, the Dubai/Mumbai connection, delivering ice cream to Charles Manson, and bike lane/weight room assholes. This episode brought to you by bonus tracks.

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What's So Funny? with guest Paul Anthony - March 15, 2015

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Paul Anthony returns to talk about his recent foray into European game show hosting. That's right, the unilingual actor/comedian just did a stint in Austria. What was that all about? Good question. Just remember, loopholes are part of ze fun! We also talk about Talent Time, peeing on Mozart, doing Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in LA, and the pros and cons of Gallagher. This episode brought to you (unofficially) by Red Bull.

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