Malignant Brain Humor
Interviews with Comedians and other Artists by Mike Blejer, philosopher, pedant, and scientist (unlicensed).
info_outline Minisode: 5 Minutes in Heaton 03/07/2016
Minisode: 5 Minutes in Heaton Welcome to our first 5 Minute podcast. I'm working together with the people at sparemin.com to take calls from anyone and everyone, a few of which will make it into my podcast feed. If you want to talk with me for five minutes about Comedy, the world, the mind or anything else that you think I'd dig, look me up, I'm @mike on sparemin (https://www.sparemin.com/Mike), and our chat will be posted on there and possibly on here.
info_outline 87: Religion (Live show) 12/08/2015
87: Religion (Live show) Holiest of Molies, get your rolliest of pollies to the showiest of showies! Ahem. All that is to say, we'll be talking religion at this month's Malignant Brain Humor. Our panel features comedic voices from the religious to the non. Bring your Jewish guilt, your catholic shame or your non-denominational self-esteem and enjoy the show! As always, if you have comedy vids that you especially like which touch on or around the subject, please post them below! I will watch them and be available to discuss them here or in person at the show. Religiolously yours, Mike On the show this month we've got: Myq Kaplan @MyqKaplan (Conan, Letterman, Ferguson, Comedy Central, Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myq_Kaplan)) http://myqkaplan.com/ Sarah Pappalardo @yourpappalardo (Co-founder of Reductress, Second City, IO Chicago) http://www.sarahpappalardo.com/ TJ Young @ThatTJ (The Beards of Comedy, Comedy Central, MSN) http://www.thattj.com/ Andrew Tavin @AndrewTavin (Awooga Comedy, Podcast Monsters, College Humor) http://andrewtavin.tumblr.com/ Also, Dominic has a degree in theology, so this could get real fuckin' real. :D
info_outline 85: John Rodgers: Idiot (Micah Sherman & Dan Hirshon) 09/04/2015
85: John Rodgers: Idiot (Micah Sherman & Dan Hirshon) I sit down with Micah Sherman (High Maintanence, The Second City, Improv Asylum, iO, Annoyance Old School Sketch Show, Please Be Seated) and Dan Hirshon (Funny Cakes Comedy, Grandma’s Favorite, Miracle Workers, and Kandid Films), to talk about their new sketch album, John Rodgers: Idiot. We also talk about Donald Trump and Kanye West a lot. :D
info_outline 83: The OCDelightful Lance Weiss 04/20/2015
83: The OCDelightful Lance Weiss Lance Weiss is a hilarious comedian and a delight to chat with. He was a Top 4 finalist in CMT’s “Next Big Comic”, and on NBC’s “The Today Show,” MTV, Bravo, PBS, NY1, Sirius/XM, Cosmo.com, AOL.com, Aboveaverage.com, NY Times, NY Post, NYmag.com, Comcast as well as in AT&T and Kit Kat Commercials. He was a semi-finalist in the New York Comedy Festival’s “NY’s Funniest Standup Competition,” and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, San Francisco Comedy Festival and a bunch more. Earlier this year he performed my first one man show, “Wine And Questions With Weiss” at The Pit Theater in NYC. FinalIy, he co-produces an awesome comedy show – “Gandhi, is that you?” in the lower east side of Manhattan every Wednesday night. It was part of the NY Comedy Festival and also headlined Carolines on Broadway. It's a good show. Go see it.
info_outline 82: Anxiety, Alcohol, Catholicism, & Jason Sáenz 03/20/2015
82: Anxiety, Alcohol, Catholicism, & Jason Sáenz Just coming off a stint writing for Night of Too Many Stars I talk with Jason Carlos Sáenz, hilarious comedian, improviser, writer on UCB's award winning maude team Onasis. Jason was a New Face at the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival and is the mind behind #SaenzSigns, which you should definitely check out (A couple are below, go check out the rest). Check out his upcoming webseries "Foxworthy and Friends," and if you're in NY go to the premiere party this Saturday in Brooklyn at Videology.
info_outline 81: Social Media Sociopaths, The Saddest Sorrority, and Mara Wilson 02/02/2015
81: Social Media Sociopaths, The Saddest Sorrority, and Mara Wilson In today's episode I talk to Mara Wilson about genetics, forced maturity and the lost of family, feminism, creepy creeps on the internet, love, coping with OCD, Nightvale and growing up under the shadow of Matilda. She's a joy and the whole damn episode is a joy.
info_outline Stand & De-Libertarianism with Andrew Heaton 01/19/2015
Stand & De-Libertarianism with Andrew Heaton Everyone knows how much I hate talking with people who have different beliefs than I do, but I really loved talking with Andrew Heaton even though he is a libertarian, and therefore evil.
info_outline 79: The Architecture of Comedy & Aaron Kominos-Smith 12/15/2014
79: The Architecture of Comedy & Aaron Kominos-Smith Excellent comedian and man about town Aaron Kominos-Smith comes on the show to discuss his path to Comedy which included an advanced degree in architecture. Which architect is represented by Louis CK? Which comedian is Frank Lloyd Wright? Which Building is like Larry the Cable Guy? Listen and find out.
info_outline 78: Slow Publishing, Fast Company, & Joe Berkowitz 11/17/2014
78: Slow Publishing, Fast Company, & Joe Berkowitz Hey folks! This episode went in the can ages ago, but a bunch of time-sensitive releases pushed it back. Thank goodness that the excellent writer Joe Berkowitz is still killing it over at Fast Company, and also in a wide range of other publications including The Atlantic, Mcsweeny's Buzzfeed, GQ and more (and more (and more)).
info_outline 77: ILL Literature & Dan Wilbur 11/06/2014
77: ILL Literature & Dan Wilbur Dan Wilbur joins the podcast to discuss his book How Not To Read, the differences between being funny in writing and being funny out loud, Venn Diagrams and the role of esoterica and self-promotion and internet culture on Comedy & more. Excellent episode, excellent fellow.
info_outline 76: Epic Zach Prattle with Rap Addled Zach Sherwin 10/20/2014
76: Epic Zach Prattle with Rap Addled Zach Sherwin Zach Sherwin 3: Epic Rap Battler and excellent MC-about-town Zach Sherwin makes his 3rd appearance to the show. We talk about his varying styles, collaborations with Watsky, and more while I am wildly over caffeinated.
info_outline 75: Sensuality, Art Flakes & Heartbreak, MOVED, & Julie Sharbutt 10/17/2014
75: Sensuality, Art Flakes & Heartbreak, MOVED, & Julie Sharbutt The multitalented Julie Sharbutt is an excellent and articulate actor, improviser, writer and producer. She and I discuss relationships, friendships, comedy, dramedy, gender politics, the necessary selfishness of artists, ego, inequality and unearned orgasms! We also discuss the excellent movie she wrote and directed, Moved, and so much else! I forgot how much I loved this episode till I went back and listened to it. Wowza!
info_outline 73: Wicked Funny 2 08/31/2014
73: Wicked Funny 2 Hey Great episode today featuring Kevin Froleiks (guest on episode 61: The Worst Landlord) and Lisa Romagnoli, Producer at Kornhaber Brown and owner of Notion Films. Her documentary about the New Hamshire comedy scene and NH Comedians, Wicked Funny 2 was just released on youtube.
info_outline 72: Public Mourning & Robin Williams - Live Podcast 08/13/2014
72: Public Mourning & Robin Williams - Live Podcast 72: PUBLIC MOURNING & ROBIN WILLIAMS - LIVE PODCAST
info_outline 71: Music, Memes, and PBSing with Mike Rugnetta 08/07/2014
71: Music, Memes, and PBSing with Mike Rugnetta This week the star of the PBS Idea Channel, Member of Memefactory, and musician extraordinaire Mike Rugnetta stops by the podcast to talk about technology in our time. Excellent chat, excellent mind, excellent episode.
info_outline 70: Friendship, Functionality, and Forever Dog 07/07/2014
70: Friendship, Functionality, and Forever Dog Alex Ramsey and Joe Cilio of Forever Dog productions appear on the show today to discuss wrangling a production company together, the idea of being a maker of "content," and life on the cliff-edge of college.
info_outline 69: Creeks, Caves, Community, & Rebecca Trent 06/26/2014
69: Creeks, Caves, Community, & Rebecca Trent Today I discuss systemic failures whether municipal or biological with Rebecca Trent, the owner/operator of The Creek and the Cave. Check out the Creek's schedule and go see a show there today.
info_outline MBHumor 65: Katharine Heller 04/14/2014
MBHumor 65: Katharine Heller The very talented and insightful Katharine Heller appears on the podcast, and we discuss all kinds of childhood trauma, the ethics of comedy and how we use humor to process or deflect and recreate ourselves over the course of our lives. Hot stuff.