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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

31: Shane Mauss's First Time

10/28/2018
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Shane Mauss, comedian who made it to national television by year 3, shares his ups, downs, and secrets to success. From him calling up his local club and saying, “I want to be a comic,” to headlining, to late night TV and his own Comedy Central special, Shane shares the joys and devastations of his chosen profession.

Duration:00:55:40

30: Paul Hooper's First Time

10/5/2018
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Road Dog Paul Hooper is this episode’s guest. After visiting 10 countries and 42 U.S. states, Paul talks about life as a comedian on the road for over 2 decades. We chat about how audiences differ from place to place, the changes in how comedians have been treated over the years, and the appeal of living out of a suitcase. Find out, from this 2-time high school drop-out, if the classroom is actually important, and learn why classic books are dumb.

Duration:00:39:44

29: Mehran Khaghani's First Time

9/21/2018
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The hilarious and energetic Mehran Khaghani joins us to talk about his beginnings as well as his confrontations with Joe Rogan and Roseanne Barr. The gang talks about using laughter to combat physical violence, the comedy that changed their lives, and the hypocrisy of morality. Mehran describes the cocaine use on Last Comic Standing and how that show led to him regularly performing at the world-famous Comedy Cellar.

Duration:00:38:18

28: Abbi Crutchfield's First Time

8/30/2018
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Abbi Crutchfield shares how it all started, including her cultivating her own comedy… group? club? in college. Abbi talks with Keith and Chemda about small town living and everything that led to her hosting TruTV’s You Can Do Better.

Duration:00:30:12

27: Mark Douglas's First Time

8/17/2018
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Mark Douglas is the creator of the extremely popular YouTube channel The Key of Awesome, which has over 5.4 million subscribers. The channel features musical parodies of some of the biggest songs in pop culture including Kesha's TiK ToK (with over 160 million views). In this episode, Mark talks about his first time on stage in high school and his innate ability to lampoon. He addresses the horror of “ambush shows,” the necessity of a musician knowing Free Bird, and he even chats about some...

Duration:00:39:20

26: Mike Lawrence's First Time

8/3/2018
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Roast Battle Grand Champion Mike Lawrence worked at McDonald's for 7 years before landing multiple TV appearances. Mike discusses the effects of growing up with a comedian mom, discovering his comedy skills while working the fast food window, his move to The Big Apple and its financial burdens, and his rise to success.

Duration:00:45:12

25: Carmen Lynch's First Time

7/21/2018
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Carmen Lynch talks about being in the Top 20 on Last Comic Standing within 2 years of performing stand-up before regaling us with stories of how she learned the secrets of stand-up comedy, her attendance at a Learning Annex stand-up class while ignoring her psychology degree, the lust of David Letterman, and her recent appearance on America's Got Talent.

Duration:00:34:05

24: Lucie Pohl's First Time

7/13/2018
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Overwatch’s Mercy joins us to talk about her break in theater, television, and one of the biggest video games of all time. Lucie Pohl talks about her first times performing, getting a role taken away from her, taking away a role from someone else, and navigating the next level world of video game fandom. From her debut of jumping on a restaurant table and flashing her family and their friends at the age of 7 to performing her one woman show depicting the tumultuous end of her 10 year...

Duration:00:31:37

23: Bonnie McFarlane's First Time

7/6/2018
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Bonnie McFarlane talks about starting her comedy career in Canada, making her way to clubs in the U.S., and the differences between the audiences in the two countries. From her first time on stage to her first moment on television, Bonnie shares the unconventional ways she got passed at clubs and landed an agent.

Duration:00:39:33

22: Jimmy Pardo's First Time

6/29/2018
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Jimmy Pardo, host of Never Not Funny, talks about what he experienced in 30 years of stand-up , from soup to nuts. Jimmy covers the fear of the art form, the secret to success, the audacity of it all, and advice on how to begin a comedy career in the current climate.

Duration:00:22:40

21: Allison Raskin's First Time

6/23/2018
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Allison Raskin, of Just Between Us and the comedic soap opera GOSSIP, talks about getting fired from her improv group, her #MeToo moment, and leaving BuzzFeed. She explains why constantly performing could cause more harm than good.

Duration:00:24:45

20: Julian McCullough's First Time

6/9/2018
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TV regular and stand-up veteran Julian McCullough discusses his first times on stage including when he performed stand-up immediately after seating customers and how it felt serving fellow comedians. As a comic, he explains why it's important the jokes you DON'T tell.

Duration:00:46:13

19: Graham Elwood's First Time

6/1/2018
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Comedy Film Nerds’ Graham Elwood visits NYC to talk about his stand-up beginnings that include Judd Apatow and Doritos, and we have the tape! Graham discusses the lows that included bankruptcy and divorce as well as the highs that now include success and starting the first nationally-syndicated Native American stand-up comedy show.

Duration:00:31:57

18: Chris Mancini’s First Time

5/25/2018
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Today we visit with Comedy Film Nerds’ Chris Mancini, and we talk the beginning of podcasting and the early mistakes. We discuss his start in stand-up, his experience managing a comedy club, and what’s more important to him – his podcast or performing on stage.

Duration:00:22:52

17: Jeff Meacham's First Time

5/11/2018
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Actor Jeff Meacham is doing very well with the show Black-ish, but, before that, Keith and Chemda worked with him as children’s party entertainers. We catch up with Jeff and go over his rise to success, the scary detours on the way, and his stint with QVC.

Duration:00:45:12

16: Nick Thune's First Time

5/5/2018
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Comic and musician Nick Thune lets us know where and how it all began, the differences between comedy music and regular music to those in the business, and what he learned about women.

Duration:00:23:01

15: Gaby Dunn's First Time

4/28/2018
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Actress, writer, and comedian Gaby Dunn discusses her first times in the spotlight. Yes, she has a massive following and videos with millions of views, but first, there was MTV audition-crying. Enjoy!

Duration:00:28:09

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:00:20:43

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:00:42:09

12: Gilbert Gottfried's First Time

4/7/2018
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Legend Gilbert Gottfried covers his first times in comedy while sharing his need for attention and being raised by television. The gang covers Gilbert’s early impressions, his breaks on TV, and the time Jerry Seinfeld sucked off Boris Karloff. This god of laughter is hilarious and personal as he chronologically covers his rise to stardom.

Duration:00:45:33