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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.




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!


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.


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


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 Jack's.


E13 - Lucien Flores Wants More Latino Hockey Players

E13 - Lucien Flores Wants More Latino Hockey Players by Adrian Burke


E12 - Bruce Wemple Was Born Because of an Avalanche

E12 - Bruce Wemple Was Born Because of an Avalanche by Adrian Burke


E11 - Connor Johnston's Dad is a Lumberjack

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Connor Johnston is a graduate of NYU Tisch. Connor’s theater credits include: Snow Falling on Cedars (Portland Center Stage), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (The Flea Theater), Rabbit Hole (Theatre with a View). Film/TV credits include NBC’s "Grimm" and CBS's "Elementary" & "Madam Secretary" and supporting roles in the independent films, "All These Small Moments" and "Something Like Summer.” Connor is also funny and performs with his improv team,...


E10 - Lucia Sawh Doesn't Know Where She's From

Lucia Sawh is an actor and movement artist dwelling in Brooklyn, New York. Don’t ask her where she’s from, because she won’t have a clear answer for you. Although she was born in Colombia to a Colombian mother, and Guyanese father, she was cultivated throughout the US, moving from state to state every few years. The only consistency in her life was her love for the arts. She is a conservatory graduate of Terry Knickerbocker Studio and is currently studying improv at UCB. While she continues...


E9 - Lauren Clark aka 'The Spike Lee of Broadway'

Lauren Clark is a New York City based comedian, actress, writer and filmmaker. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from DePauw University and several old student I.D’s from Comedy Schools in New York, Chicago and L.A. Outside of school (comedy and otherwise) she has been part of the cast and crew for various web series, shorts, indie films, plays and podcasts. Currently, she is one of the co-hosts of the show “PROFILED: A comedy show about racial profiling” at Caveat NYC and she is a...


E8 - Esther Burke (A La Mezcla Family Special)

Esther is a consumer behavior and motivation researcher who spends most of her time trying to understand why people do, say, watch and buy the things that they do, with a focus on deconstructing how the internet and emerging technologies are revolutionizing the way we interact, consumer information and make decisions. Esther grew up in a half-Peruvian, half-Irish household (the same one as Adrian!), so she's equally well-versed in making Pisco Sours as well as how to properly pour a Guinness!


E7 - Janette Martinez

Janette is born and raised in the Bronx, NY, where she developed an affinity for competition [dancing], music, and laughing hysterically with her twin sister. She works as the Assistant Manager of Education and Audience Engagement at Disney Theatrical Group. When she is not sharing her love for jazz hands, she likes to make multi-sensory theatre for young people and their families, volunteer with the amazing organization CO/LAB and write letters, haikus and short stories.