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Hosts Keith and Chemda (of Keith and The Girl) ask comedian friends and performers about their first time on stage. The episode pokes fun at a time when the pros were just starting out. Listen to popular comics telling embarrassing stories of their first performances as they share some of their most terrible opening lines, awkward executions, and epic fails.

Hosts Keith and Chemda (of Keith and The Girl) ask comedian friends and performers about their first time on stage. The episode pokes fun at a time when the pros were just starting out. Listen to popular comics telling embarrassing stories of their first performances as they share some of their most terrible opening lines, awkward executions, and epic fails.
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Hosts Keith and Chemda (of Keith and The Girl) ask comedian friends and performers about their first time on stage. The episode pokes fun at a time when the pros were just starting out. Listen to popular comics telling embarrassing stories of their first performances as they share some of their most terrible opening lines, awkward executions, and epic fails.

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English


Episodes

14: Dan Soder's First Time

4/21/2018
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While selling the radio station records he was supposed to be playing, Dan Soder painfully learned how to write jokes, saw how alcoholism affected networking, and discovered the politics of picking an opener.

Duration:00:19:43

13: Ted Alexandro's First Time

4/14/2018
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25-year stand-up veteran Ted Alexandro talks about breaking out from a stand-up duo and going solo to begin his illustrious career as well as sharing his first joke on stage ever, his performance that led to being cast as a rape survivor on HBO’s Oz, and his Conan debut.

Duration:00:41:39

12: Gilbert Gottfried's First Time

4/7/2018
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12: Gilbert Gottfried's First Time

Duration:00:43:47

11: Alia Janine's First Time

3/24/2018
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Comedian Alia Janine not only talks about her first time performing stand-up, which happened to be with Andrew Dice Clay, but she talks about other firsts as well, including her first dance as a stripper, her first time masturbating on camera, and her first porn scene with another person. Frank, honest, and as raw as it gets, Alia shares her various beginnings and behind-the-scenes secrets.

Duration:00:51:42

10: Kevin Allison's First Time

3/17/2018
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Kevin Allison, from MTV’s The State and host of the Risk! podcast, shares his monumental firsts on stage. From his first time performing with members of The State (with no clothes on), to his first catastrophic character work following the show's cancelation, and finally to his first story-telling experience which helped him decide his new career path, Kevin covers all the milestones in this highly personal interview.

Duration:01:15:32

9: Christian Finnegan's First Time

3/10/2018
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Fletcher Christian Finnegan, Comedy Central staple and veteran stand-up comedian, talks about his performing debut at NYC's alternative art house Surf Reality, the same place where Keith and Chemda first met. Christian shares with us his thoughts on comedy and intellectualism, how he got his creative juices flowing, and the seemingly obvious mistake open mic'ers are making.

Duration:01:07:59

8: Myq Kaplan's First Time

3/3/2018
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Myq Kaplan has had many successes in comedy from competitions like Last Comic Standing, @midnight, and America's Got Talent to his late-night sets and live comedy tours around the world. Listen to this episode about his start in comedy, and why failing might be the way to the top.

Duration:00:35:12

7: Ruby Karp's First Time

2/24/2018
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Wunderkind Ruby Karp, who was featured in a video on feminism with Amy Poehler at age 7, performed a TED Talk at age 12, and wrote a book at age 16, shares with us the first time she performed solo comedy on stage. She can do it all, including being a basketball if she wants to.

Duration:00:32:11

6: Laurie Kilmartin's First Time

2/17/2018
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Emmy-nominated New York Times bestseller Laurie Kilmartin tells us when she first learned the shocking news that comedians don’t actually perform off the cuff onstage. With that knowledge at hand, and after seeing people floundering one after another, 22-year-old Laurie took the mic to show everyone how it’s done.

Duration:00:34:29

6: Ophira Eisenberg's First Time

2/10/2018
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NPR host and award-winning storyteller Ophira Eisenberg joins us to talk about her very first time on stage. Was the $300 for the stand-up class a scam? The teacher said she had great stage presence, sooo...

Duration:00:34:48

2: Jared Freid's First Time

1/27/2018
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Jared’s first time doing stand-up was at an open-mic known for being super supportive of new performers. Unfortunately, his act was the least supported ever. Find out why in this episode.

Duration:00:46:43

1: Emma Willmann's First Time

1/27/2018
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Emma tells her never-before-heard story of the actual first time she performed stand-up. It involved making sure her guests got more drunk than they wanted to, an awkward pep talk, and hiding behind a kitchen counter.

Duration:00:33:42

3: Adam Conover's First Time

1/25/2018
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When Adam first did stand-up, he chose to play a character of a tree doctor who healed trees while hating bushes. He was in a taco restaurant at an anything-goes open mic. Except this didn’t go. At all.

Duration:00:29:51

Keith Malley's First Time

1/10/2018
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In this intro-episode, Keith describes how he didn’t understand stand-up protocol and asked to perform for the first time at an already booked comedy show in Manhattan.

Duration:00:13:15

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