What's So Funny?
Vancouver Co-op Radio Host Guy MacPherson interviews a multitude of comedians from across Canada and the US.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Mike Wilmot 09/25/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Mike Wilmot Mike Wilmot returns 13 years after his first appearance on the show. It's a new Uncle Mike now. He's lost a ton of weight, but is as filthy (and funny) as ever. We had a lot of fun on this one talking about lightweight drinkers, industry showcases, fears, Pete Tong, and, of course, his father's penis. Recorded September 22, 2020.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Bob Saget 09/10/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Bob Saget Bob Saget is a prince of a man. He took time out of his busy (no really!) quarantine to talk to us. We even made him late for his own podcast, "Bob Saget's Here For You." In this episode, we talk about him forgetting me but remembered a bad review he got in 1978 from the Toronto Star – and the reviewer's name. We also chat about his penis, he tells stories of Richard and Rodney (Pryor and Dangerfield, natch), and my brush with greatness: Mrs. Miller.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Ian Bagg 08/25/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Ian Bagg Ian Bagg last joined us a decade ago, when he was deported from America and had to slum it in his home province for six weeks. He's back safely ensconced in Southern California . In this episode we talk about his early days in New York (and getting animated on Dr. Katz) and even earlier days getting started in Vancouver. Also doing crowd work at drive-in shows and abusing cyclists at beach shows. Recorded August 20, 2020.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Shirley Gnome 08/20/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Shirley Gnome Shirley Gnome marks her fifth appearance on What's So Funny?, but first remotely. The songstress has always played for us in studio in the past, and she doesn't disappoint this time, either, offering us two live songs. And we talk about depression, hecklers, Nickelback, and cunnilingus.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Jeremy Hotz 07/30/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Jeremy Hotz Jeremy Hotz has been miserable on-stage for 30 years, and miserable off-stage for his whole life. But boy is that misery funny. Hotz, who's been living in LA the last 23 years, is one of Canada's best standup comics. In this episode, we talk about being a curmudgeon, murder, and Ernest Shackleton.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest bbno$ 07/16/2020
What's So Funny? with guest bbno$ bbno$ is a rapper, not a comedian. But his songs are pretty funny. They make you want to open up TikTok, point your camera at yourself, and start dancing. Millions do that, anyway. Some of us have no rhythm. But we have a fun chat with Baby No Money, aka Alex, aka Gucci.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Derek Edwards 07/13/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Derek Edwards Derek Edwards comes out of hiding to join us in the Isolation Studios of What's So Funny? Edwards barely has electricity, but we got a hold of him in his bunker and it was a delight talking to him again. We discussed great Canadian televised fare such as Open Mike with Mike Bullard (he was the first comic to appear on that late night talk show), Red Green (he played the funeral director on a few episodes), and Corner Gas (he "tripped down the stairs" in the audition and never appeared). And we reminisced about the disastrous Trailer Park Boys theatre show he was a part of in 2004.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Sugar Sammy 07/09/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Sugar Sammy Sugar Sammy is back, all the way from Montreal. It's his fifth visit with us. It's nice to see that as big as he is now, he's still got time for us. We talk about him being the French Simon Cowell, and how that prevents him from taking the Métro in Paris anymore. And he tells us about Les Dragons, his ball hockey team that never got to play anyone. It's always a good time with Sammy. Recorded July 6, 2020.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Dave Hill 07/06/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Dave Hill Dave Hill is a comedian, author, musician, actor, podcaster and part-Canadian. A very small part, granted, but his intentions are good. In his latest book, Parking the Moose, the Cleveland-born, New York-residing Hill travels across the frozen tundra to better learn about his grandfather's people. He quizzes me on the book and I quiz him on some important Canadian trivia. He also discusses Norway's darlings Witch Taint. Recorded July 5, 2020.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Ron James 07/02/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Ron James Ron James brings his blistering vocabulary and arcane Bonanza references to What's So Funny? for the first time. The quintessentially Canadian comedic icon regales us with his thoughts on the role of comedian in culture and talks about his bittersweet TV experience. It's an enlightening conversation with a real wordsmith.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Ellyn Marie Marsh 06/24/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Ellyn Marie Marsh Ellyn Marie Marsh must never sleep. How the Broadway star/podcast host/cabaret diva/trivia host/voice teacher/single mom had time to sit with us for an hour, I'll never know. But we're glad she did. We talk about her sporting youth, true crime obsession, being fired from her singing waiter job, and she fires a few trivia stumpers at us for good measure. Check out her newish podcast Obsessed With: Disappeared. Recorded June 23, 2020.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Darren Frost 05/13/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Darren Frost Darren Frost is back for his sixth go-round with us. He can't tour the country, as he was planning to do, but we've got him. We talk about crowd work, dark humour, cartoon voices, and Hairspray (the movie, not the product).
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Lachlan Patterson 05/08/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Lachlan Patterson Lachlan Patterson was last with us in 2005, as far as our records go. It takes a pandemic to get him back with us, but oh the fun we had. We talk about why he's glad he lost on Last Comic Standing, his worst Zoom show experiences, his reminiscences of Vancouver, he pitches his surfer caveman script, tells us why he still surfs, discusses his lady, baby pockets, and standup subtitles. Download his new special, Dark White, at lachlanpatterson.com.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Bonnie McFarlane 05/03/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Bonnie McFarlane Bonnie McFarlane hates earnestness, but we brought out some in this episode. She started her comedy career in Vancouver and we reminisce about the old days and the lessons she learned, the comics she dated. We also talk about living under Trump, living with Rich Vos, and performing for hecklers. She's also the only guest we've had who's been sung about by The Pursuit of Happiness.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Colin Mochrie 04/22/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Colin Mochrie Colin Mochrie finally makes his WSF? debut! It was fate. The improviser opens up (thanks to a bottle or two of malbec) and discusses a little politics, talks about his accidental standup set, his intellectual pursuits, explains why silence is golden, tells us which 1970s sitcom star brought him to tears, talks about acting opposite Paul Giamatti, hanging out with Donny & Marie, playing the Pyramid, doing mime, and his weirdest night in Hollywood.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Michael Gelbart 04/15/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Michael Gelbart Michael Gelbart (call him Michael) returns to the program, this time with 100 percent more Sam Tonning! In our Isolation Studios, Michael makes several pledges during this hour. He also fills us in on the ins and outs of leaving an 8x10 glossy at an establishment, discusses Byron Allen and Norm Macdonald, and explains the difference between being overly picky and just discerning. He also gives us a scoop!
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Marcus Ryan 04/05/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Marcus Ryan Marcus Ryan joins us in the social isolation studios all the way from Wonthaggi, in the great state of Victoria, in the wonderful country of Australia. We thought it was his third or time on the show. Turns out it is his fifth. We talk about what Oz is looking like under lockdown, what his new routine is, and discuss his myriad adventures in the 60-odd nations he's visited. This episode brought to you by snooker and jailbirds.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Dwight Slade 03/31/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Dwight Slade Dwight Slade joins us in the What's So Funny? Isolation Studios from his home in Boise, Idaho. We talk about how he's spending his days in his home hoarding toilet paper. We also talk about his work on cruise ships, his early days as the comedy partner and best friend of the legendary Bill Hicks, and seeing a flying saucer.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Eddie Brill 03/24/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Eddie Brill Eddie Brill was holed up in his Manhattan apartment while host Guy MacPherson and sidekick Sam Tonning were holed up in their respective Vancouver mansions. It was all in an effort to flatten the curve. Eddie talked about today's Gotham, as well as the state of late night TV talk shows, his salad days at Emerson college, the Comedy Club Network, meeting big names, doing drugs with Sam Kinison, and much, much more.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Carl Turnbull 03/17/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Carl Turnbull Carl Turnbull has comedy in his blood, as you'll learn in this episode. Sidekick Sam Tonning takes over the reins, but it's not because regular host Guy MacPherson was sick, as he incorrectly stated. He just wasn't there. No further questions. Carl and Sam talk about 90 Day Fiancé, Jay & Dan, school detentions, and relationship advice.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guests Paul Myrehaug & Damonde Tschritter 03/12/2020
What's So Funny? with guests Paul Myrehaug & Damonde Tschritter Paul Myrehaug and Damonde Tschritter are pals from way back. One still lives in Vancouver; the other now lives in the comedy hotbed of the south of France. But they've been touring Canada with the Snowed In Comedy Tour when they came by for a visit. In this episode, Tschritter is on fire, ripping into everyone, living and dead. Myrehaug tells us about his standing ovation while longboarding. And we all have a grand old time.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Eddie Ifft 02/25/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Eddie Ifft Eddie Ifft live in studio! How exciting. He's says he's not a people person, but clearly he is. The podcast king talks about cleaning up his act for his family legacy, tells tales about Last Comic Standing, we relive two of the top 75 jokes of all time, discuss sunning buttholes, Australian monsters, and identity politics.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Ed Hill 02/25/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Ed Hill Ed Hill is back for his fourth go-around. The dumb announcer on this episode said third. You can't get good help these days. Ed talks about why he needed to change his name, his upcoming special taping, and the Corona virus. The episode brought to you by Flunky cereal.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Andrea Jin 02/20/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Andrea Jin Andrea Jin makes her WSF? debut, but that's understandable because she's only 24 years old. But she's moving up the proverbial comedy charts quickly. She tells us about growing up in China eating worms for cheap laughs, her homeless grandfather, who her favourite Friend is, and peeing her pants. And we come up with a name for her upcoming album.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Lars Callieou 02/07/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Lars Callieou Lars Callieou makes the long drive from Edmonton to our Vancouver studios. Okay, he was in town for a corporation performance, but still made time for us. We talk about life on the road both as an adult and a child, and we get a special listen to his parents' country band. There are all sorts of other topics, too.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Jon Bryant 02/03/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Jon Bryant Jon Bryant is all alone with us this time around. The Nova Scotia-born singer-songwriter is all Vancouver now. He stopped by the show just prior to his cross-Canada tour to talk singing, being a former jock, comedy, OCD, and UFOs.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Jimmy Shubert 01/13/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Jimmy Shubert Jimmy Shubert knows how to get on a good rant. The Los Angeles-based standup tells us about performing in Canada and India, heckling at the ballet, opening for Sam Kinison, his closeted career as a close-up magician, and goes off on cancel culture.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Harry Doupe 01/13/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Harry Doupe Harry Doupe returns for his tenth go-round on What's So Funny? It's become a tradition that he is the last (or thereabouts) guest of the calendar year. He tells tales of his work on awards shows, his time living in San Francisco, and gives his opinions on Family Feud Canada and Don Cherry.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Brigitte May 12/05/2019
What's So Funny? with guest Brigitte May Brigitte May may be a first-timer with us but she used to work in college radio so she's no stranger to the airwaves. That was a loooong four years ago, though. The young improviser works with a group of fellow Asian improvisers called Fistful of Kicks that puts on a live anime show once a month. But she's getting Shakespearean on us this month with a show about that word that shall not be said in the theatre.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Steve McGowan 12/05/2019
What's So Funny? with guest Steve McGowan Steve McGowan isn't called "Shooter" because he loves to drink shooters. But he does love to drink shooters. He tells us how he got the nickname and what he thinks of it. He tells us of his long-lost days managing a comedy club before committing full-time to his special brand of party comedy.