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This is an interview podcast that foregrounds the experiences of mixed-race and first generation actors and comedians in the NYC scene.

This is an interview podcast that foregrounds the experiences of mixed-race and first generation actors and comedians in the NYC scene.
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This is an interview podcast that foregrounds the experiences of mixed-race and first generation actors and comedians in the NYC scene.




E32 - Vishaal Reddy is Not Cool Enough To Be An Escort

For tickets to the premiere of Vishaal's show Insomnia follow this link: Vishaal Reddy is an actor, writer, and producer from Tennessee and based in NYC. He received his undergraduate degree at Boston University where he dabbled in Business Administration and the Theatre Arts. He was recently selected as one of 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Creator N.O.W. creators. Upon moving to NYC, he booked numerous Off-Broadway...


E31 - Karen Sepulveda Returns! And The Bodegaverse!

Karen Sepulveda returns to the show! Our first ever returning guest. She's here to promote her show BODEGAVERSE! In this show, written by Karen Sepulveda and Mamoudou N'Diaye, two bodega clerks realize their boss’ beloved bodega cat, Carter, has gone missing on the worst day ever. This five episode series takes place over the course of a day, following the pair as they track down Carter before their boss finds out while trying to keep the bodega in one piece. Everyone in the neighborhood,...


E30 - Gabe Pacheco Is a Chicano Socialist Dudebro

With over a decade on the NYC scene, Chicano comedian Gabe Pacheco has appeared at Caroline’s, The Creek & The Cave, and the Knitting Factory. He’s featured at the Asheville Comedy Festival. Accidental Comedy Festival, The Oak City Festival, and the Cape Fear Comedy Festival. His voice is on John Fuglesang’s Tell Me Everything, on Sirius XM, the “Katie Halper Show” and the “Eat Pray Judge Podcast”. He’s a member of the Story Pirates community. His Album “Risky Behavior” was released March...


E29 - Kyoung Park Does An Excellent Lady Gaga Impression

Kyoung and Adrian talk growing up in Chile with a Korean family, building an artistic career with skeptical immigrant parents, moving to the US, and the struggle of not fitting neatly into one box. KYOUNG H. PARK was born in Santiago, Chile and is author of DISORIENTED, TALA, PILLOWTALK and many short plays including MINA, which is published in "Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas" by Duke University Press. Kyoung writes and directs his own work as Artistic...


E28 - Ran Xia Is Gonna Write an Abstract Play about the NFL

Ran Xia is an interdisciplinary theatre artist originally from Shanghai, China. Her works have been at IRT (Pomegrenade, Arctic'sFridge Fest), HERE (Harmony), Dixon Place*, The Brick ([ai], an adaptation of Ayn Rand's Anthem), The Wild Project, The Tank (Echo; Tao at Dark Fest 2018, Independent Study by Ben Gassman). A frequent collaborator of Exquisite Corpse Co.** (audio/visual installation Echo at the Memory House, on Governors Island), a current Resident Director at The Flea, and a...


E27 - Glo Tavarez is a Virgo

Glo Tavarez is an comedian and actor who lived in New York City. Performs with her Harold team Reba and can be seen on High Maintenance and Patriot Act. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


E26 - Donald Chang's Dad Was a Legit New York Bad Boy

Adrian and Donald talk growing up first generation Korean, leaving and coming back to New York, how they got their start in comedy, being person of color in the NY scene, and much more! Donald is one of the funniest up and coming comedians in NY, be sure to check him out at Asian AF and on his UCB house team Din Din! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


E25 - Milly Tamarez Is Free To Be Dumb

Milly and Adrian talk growing up Dominican in Miami, moving to LA and eventually New York to build a comedy career, traveling to Japan, and Milly's work with Diverse as Fuck ( and the White Forgiveness Project. Follow Milly on her website: Milly Tamarez is a Stand up, and comedic actress/writer based out of Brooklyn, New York. She has written for The Onion Studios, Reductress, Magnifier Magazine, BRIC, and worked on a collaboration with...


E24 - Diane Chen Cannot Be Contained By a Podcast

Diane and Adrian talk growing up first-generation Chinese, secretly doing school plays , and being a non-binary actor on the scene in NY. Diane is an amazing wonderful human be sure to follow them on IG: @dianechen and check out About Diane: Diane Chen is an award-winning multidisciplinary filmmaker & theater artist based in NYC. Their award-winning series Here We Wait has garnered 31 nominations so far on the festival circuit – including a win for Diane as Best Supporting...


E23 - Lida Darmian Can Play Four Lawyers And A Baby If She Wants

Lida Darmian is a New York-based actor, comedian, and writer. She's a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Meisner Studio of Acting and the Classical Studio. Lida is a performer at the UCBTNY, where she performs at UCB Hell's Kitchen with the Maude team Night Eaters, and improvises with The Place We Live. She can also been seen performing with her sketch team Kids These Days at the PIT and at festivals around the country. She also produces an...


E22 - Josh Nasser Has Excellent Burp Technique

Josh is an actor, writer, and comedian based in New York. Currently, he co-hosts a comedy/variety show at Union Hall in Brooklyn called, "Oh, Such a Good Show, Oh!" and a comedy/cooking show at Babycastles in Manhattan called Live! From! Snackland! Other venues he's performed at include UCB, Littlefield, The PIT, The Magnet, The Players Theatre, Stonestreet Studios, Babycastles and Under St. Marks. He has had shows listed in The New York Times and has also been featured on as an...


E21 - Anita Flores Will Pioneer The Dementia-Com

ANITA FLORES has produced and starred in videos for Buzzfeed, Univision, and She hosts a monthly comedy show called Party of Two and is currently on tour with Awkward Sex and the City. She has a podcast called ‘I’m Listening’ where she explores different themes and pivotal moments from the show Frasier with a new guest each episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


E20 - Liz Days Was in The Gospel Choir

Liz Days is a comedic actor and standup comic in NYC. She's known for her high energy character work, both from her solo sketch show "Flighty Connections", and as Reverend Todd Lawn's zealous fireball wife Tammy in Andrew Nielson’s comedy series Plant (, for which she won several awards, among them Best Lead Actress in a Comedy at the Indie Series Awards (2017). She recently played the overdramatic spokesperson for Badass Beardcare (Skitish Media),...


E19 - Nicole Pasquale's First Job Was As a Paid Dancer

Nicole is an actor, comedian, director, host, writer, and some other things, based out of Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Anchorage Alaska, she now hosts and co-produces the popular WOKE AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show, a monthly comedy variety show about social issues @ucbtny. She’s directs monthly comedy shows with the comedy organization Boogie Manja, and performs regularly at the Asian AF @ucbtny. Sometimes you’ll see her in a commercial or playing “waitress” in some TV show. Overall, her...


E18 - Spring Ines Peña Plays Professional Football

Spring was raised in Jacksonville, and remained in Florida to study psychology and environmental science at the University of Florida. Afterwards, she continued pursuing her modeling career, which eventually introduced her to the world of hosting. It was during her first acting workshop that she learned her passion for acting. She began doing commercial work locally in Florida until moving to New York City to continue her training. After taking classes at various NYC studios, she attended a...


E17 - Fareeha Khan Does Radio Plays At Parties

Fareeha Khan is a comedian, writer, actor, and artist based in NYC. Her writing has appeared on MTV Decoded and Reductress, and she was part of the Riot x TBS Comedy Writers Lab in 2017. She has acted in comedy shorts for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, and Funny or Die. She performs stand up and improv around New York City and at the shows she hosts: The 'Sup Show at Caveat, OutCasts at Union Hall, and a messed up two-prov show she hosts sometimes with Rachel Kaly called Twins F*cking....


E16 - Marquis Rodriguez's Hair Gets Shows Cancelled

Marquis Rodriguez is a New York based actor. His theatre credits include the Broadway production and national tour of Disney’s The Lion King, Macbeth (Theater For A New Audience), Film: Land Line, Saturday Church, About Ray, and Television: Chicago Fire, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Affair, Younger, Hostages, Law & Order: SVU. He is thrilled to have been a part of the upcoming Netflix series Central Park Five, in which he’ll be playing Young Raymond Santana. Subscribe on iTunes!!!:...


E15 - Mike Cabellon Really Likes That Show "The Good Place"

A graduate of UCB and a current performer in the company at Story Pirates, Mike Cabellon has appeared on shows such as Crashing, High Maintenance, and Luke Cage. His web series Night Crew landed a development deal with Comedy Central after being chosen as an official selection for the New York Television Festival. He currently performs with BoogieManja at the PIT Theater every month. Say hi at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


E14 - Andrew Coalson Smiles While He Tells You Terrible Things

Andrew Coalson is a writer, actor, and comedian. He wrote Ino Badanjak: Private Eye, an official script selection of NYTVF and five time winner at Fighter Pilots. He studied screenwriting at Emerson College and won the TBS National College Comedy Competition. He taught sketch comedy at Reckless Theatre where he directed 25+ sketch shows. He has performed at Just For Laughs Chicago, DCM, UCB, PIT, Magnet, and Caveat. He currently co-hosts a comedy variety show called OYOYO at Lucky...


E13 - Lucien Flores Wants More Latino Hockey Players

E13 - Lucien Flores Wants More Latino Hockey Players by Adrian Burke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit