What's So Funny?
Vancouver Co-op Radio Host Guy MacPherson interviews a multitude of comedians from across Canada and the US.
info_outline Norm Macdonald repeat from 2012 09/17/2021
Norm Macdonald repeat from 2012 Norm Macdonald was just the greatest guest... and the greatest guy. In this, our most-listened-to episode, we had a semi-serious (okay, almost completely serious) 1.5 hour conversation ranging from family to science to God to comedy to literature to death to cancer. Some of it is especially hard to listen to now that he's gone. Recorded in 2012.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Darcy Michael 05/10/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Darcy Michael Darcy Michael makes his sixth appearance on the program. The break-out star of the Halifax Comedy Festival explains Tik Tok to us, talks about his High School Sucked podcast, we discuss who'd make the best Jeopardy host, and the host promises to get a new computer.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Jacob Samuel 04/01/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Jacob Samuel Jacob Samuel has had a great year, Covid be damned. His album, Horse Power, was nominated for a Juno Award. We talk to him about it, jokes, Zoom, cats and dogs, and Larry Sanders. Plus we play a track from his album – it's legit funny.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Jackie Kashian 03/08/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Jackie Kashian Jackie Kashian has us in the palm of her hand in this episode. The former Wisconite comedian and host of two podcasts dorks out on The Dork Forest, extols the benefits of Zoom standup, talks of Kinison, Rickles, Burr and Bamford, and tells us where she got her optimism from.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Michael Teigen 02/18/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Michael Teigen Michael Teigen joins us from his cabin but it was the host's computer in civilization that wonked out for half the show. Still, we get unfiltered Teigen, which is always fun. He's an actor with 94 (count 'em... I did) imdb credits and a couple more coming soon. And he's a mainstay on the Vancouver improv scene. We talk about life without social media, William Shatner, Luke Perry, Bruno Kirby, and donating a kidney.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Jimmy Pardo 02/08/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Jimmy Pardo Jimmy Pardo lives up to his long-running podcast's name. The guy really is never not funny. In this episode, we relive his glory days doing community theatre, debate the term 'yacht rock', inform him on some great Canadian bands, draw a connection between Woody Allen and Chekov, discuss the proper way to hold a bass, and talk about his smart mouth in high school.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Sean Lecomber 02/01/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Sean Lecomber Sean Lecomber has been with us from his hotel room, the host's car, and now from the comfort of his home in Alberta. He doesn't care how you pronounce his name. The stay-at-home dad talks about what he has in common with Ricky Gervais, Derek Edwards, and Amy Schumer, and why he prefers doing a podcast to doing standup. And more, of course.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Peter Kelamis 01/25/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Peter Kelamis Peter Kelamis was last with us in 2010. We know him mostly as a standup comic but most of his work these days comes from acting. We talk about how Greek he is, Hallmark movies, voice acting, cosplay, Robin Williams, and Dane Cook.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Jon Dore 01/16/2021
What's So Funny? with guest Jon Dore Jon Dore becomes the first guest of 2021 (we're a little late getting started). And what a great guest he is. He speaks with us from his home in Juneau, Alaska. He's here to shill his new TV program called Humour Resources with Jon Dore on CBC, but we also talk about his job in a butcher shop, his best memory at the Ottawa Bluesfest, his similarities to Chris Elliott, and we relive an old tweet of his.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Todd Van Allen 11/16/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Todd Van Allen Todd Van Allen isn't above any pub in this episode. Todd is the host of one of the longest-running podcasts in the country, but we clear up that it isn't THE longest-running (ahem). We talk about butterflies, magic, cable access stardom, math, ICQ, voice-over work, and approaching celebrities.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Brian Aylward 11/09/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Brian Aylward Brian Aylward is big in Asia. But at 6-3 and 260 pounds, he's pretty big in all 28 countries he performed in. We speak to him from his home in Bangkok where he is convalescing from a scary motorcycle accident. The Newfoundlander and former Canadian Comedy Award winner has a new special, aptly titled Big in Asia, which he filmed in front of locals in Mongolia.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Dylan Rhymer 11/07/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Dylan Rhymer Dylan Rhymer, the old man of comedy, returns to the program in his 25th year of doing standup – even if he didn't do a whole lot of standup this past year. But he's okay with that. In this episode, we talk about Friday the 13th, watching movies all day and night for charity and fun, various other scary movies, his uncanny hack impersonations, and his State of the Week satire site. This episode is with 50 percent less Sam Tonning!
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Kenny Robinson 10/26/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Kenny Robinson Kenny Robinson is on the road again, bringing his special brand of blue comedy to the socially-distanced comedy clubs around the country. Yet he very thoughtfully censored himself in this episode. We talked about his early years in Chicago and Winnipeg, his brushes with racism in Canada, thoughts on a young Arsenio Hall, cheap millionaires trying to save eight bucks., and working swingers conventions.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Stuart Jones 10/19/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Stuart Jones Stuart Jones, the pride of Rutland, joins us for his second go-round on the program. We talk all about his new album, "By The Slice" on 604 Records. We also get into universities vs colleges, Christopher Cross, and tattoos.
info_outline What's So Funny? with guest Blaine Thurier 10/01/2020
What's So Funny? with guest Blaine Thurier Blaine Thurier returns to the show after a nine year absence. He reveals the news (to us) that he's no longer in New Pornographers after a nice two-decade run. We also talk about his evangelical background, classical music, time machines, and Teen Lust, among other things.
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.