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From Ukraine to NYC - Adventures with Boris Khaykin

1/16/2019
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I talk to comedian and writer Boris Khaykin about emigrating to the US from Ukraine when he was 7 and how his parents managed coming here with no jobs or money to build a better life for their family. We also talk standup comedy and writing of course. Visit Boris here: http://boriskhaykin.com/ ——- Leave a Review https://itun.es/us/c4pK9.c Email the show mailto:thegaryhour@gmail.com Hosted by Gary Levitt http://garygarylevitt.com Sponsored by Future...

Duration:01:03:01

Ep87 Musician and RISK! Podcast Producer JC Cassis

1/2/2019
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As an independent artist you end up learning a lot of skills you never thought you'd need to know. I talked to musician and RISK! podcast producer JC Cassis about her music and how as an independent artist she learned some of those skills and used them to help grow the RISK! podcast to over 1 million listeners per month. Check her out here: https://jccassis.com Hear her new track Christmas is Bullshit at the end of this episode. ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary...

Duration:01:25:23

Ep86 Facing Life Head On With Comedian Carolyn Castiglia

12/19/2018
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Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian known for her hilarious riffing, crowd work and wild storytelling. Carolyn has appeared on VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, NBC, We TV, Lifetime, as a talking head on HLN, and more.She's dealt with tragedy, hardships and joy head on. Hear the fun and energetic Carolyn Castiglia talk about her upbringing and current life. Check her out here: http://www.comediancarolyn.com ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future...

Duration:01:05:51

Ep85 From Architecture to Comedy with Aaron Kominos-Smith

12/12/2018
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He graduated Cornell University with a degree in architecture, only to give it up to pursue a career in standup comedy. Hear me talk with Aaron Kominos-Smith about that and other crazy decisions. Check him out at: http://funnyaaron.com ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:07:22

Ep 84 Daniel Perafan talks Comedy, Depression, and a 2nd Life

12/5/2018
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Daniel J Perafan is a hilarious standup comedian. Hear him open up about depression, a suicide attempt, and his dedication to the art and process of comedy Check him out on Twitter https://twitter.com/DanielJPerafan/ ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:06:10

Ep83 Filmmaker Savannah Rodgers - her Ted Talk, coming out, and filmmaking!

11/28/2018
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Savannah Rodgers is a narrative and documentary filmmaker based out of NYC and Kansas City. She is currently a TED Resident, an Adobe Project 1324 award recipient, a Narrative Shorts Programmer at the Slamdance Film Festival, and serves on the Board of Directors of Film Society KC. In 2018, she was recognized with the Spirit Award by Kansas City Women in Film and Television. We talk about growing up in Kansas, coming out to her parents and community, her upcoming Ted Talk, and the art,...

Duration:00:55:08

Ep82 AJ Jacobs - My Life as an Experiment w/ Radical Honesty, Gratitude & More

11/15/2018
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A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He's written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. We have a fun and enlightening conversation about radical honesty, gratitude, tools for life and marriage. A.J.'s new book "Thanks a Thousand" just came out where he embarks on an adventure to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. Check him out here: https://ajjacobs.com/ ——- Email...

Duration:01:09:42

Ep81 Comedy, Guns, Australia, and Psychology with Sam Kissajukian

11/8/2018
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Australian comedian Sam Kissajukian sold out 26 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured all over the place, I caught up with him for lovely conversation about comedy, Australians, The hard living of NYC, self improvement and psychology. Check him out here: http://www.samkissaju.com ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:17:23

Ep80 Dashing into Danger on 9/11 with Comedian & Photojournalist PJ Landers

11/1/2018
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On 9/11 PJ Landers was in NYC, but instead of running from the danger, he ran into the rubble to help rescue people. After that he got a police scanner and a camera to became a photojournalist eager to be the first on the scene of a crime or fire. Check out PJ here: http://www.mrpjlanders.com/ Mentioned in the episode: his photojournalism http://spotnewsvideo.com ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting...

Duration:01:43:56

Ep79 Cultural Perspectives and Positivity with Comedian Reem Edan

10/25/2018
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Reem Edan is a first-generation Iraqi-American comedian, writer and actor. We talk about vision boards, growing up in the Middle East and Colorado, Islam, religion and a slew of other taboo topics you're not supposed to talk about. Check her out at: https://www.reemedan.com/ ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:00:53:31

Ep78 Gunshots, Dead Girlfriends, Boxing and Comedy with Dominic Leonelli

10/18/2018
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Hear wild stories from Dominic Leonelli's bad boy past in Ohio, from being a boxer, getting shot at, to dead girlfriends and more. Here his wild journey into comedy..Check out Dominic here: https://www.facebook.com/dominic.leonelli ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:14:28

Ep77 The Psychology of the Elderly and Current Affairs with Psychotherapist / Photographer Herb Bardavid

10/11/2018
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This week I talked to psychotherapist and photographer Herb Bardavid about his project Getting Old and Getting Out where he photographs the elderly of NYC and gets them to tell their stories. We also get into the psychology of marriage, relationships, and some solutions to common problems. There's a lot of wisdom in this episode. Check out Herb at: https://www.herbbardavid.com/ ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's...

Duration:01:09:07

Ep76 Crafting Comedy and Perspective with Nick Vatterott

10/4/2018
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It's a re-post of one of my favorite episodes,(recorded 11/17/15), with Nick Vatterott! (Conan, Fallon, Comedy Central) There’s so much comedy in this episode. A joyful and fun one. We do take on some serious topics like how do we solve all the worlds problems? Maybe it starts with being decent to your waiter? Also, I play a song that Snoop Dogg hasn’t heard before but loves... Fun episode! Check out Nick Vatterott here: http://www.nickvatterott.com and get his record “For Amusement Only”...

Duration:01:54:43

Ep75 Madge the Vag, solo parenting, relationships, and comedy with Julie Kottakis

9/27/2018
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I think you’ll learn from this conversation. I know I did. Julie Kottakis is a comedian, writer, former lawyer, single mom, and character actor. Her popular Madge the Vag character has more than a half of a million subscribers. Hear about her sacrifices and adventures raising a child on her own while still pursuing her passions. Check her out: at http://www.juliekottakis.com Follow her on Twitter: @theweirdjulie ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future...

Duration:01:16:52

Ep74 Paying it forward with music attorney Matthew Kaplan ESQ

9/20/2018
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Matthew Kaplan ESQ is a music attorney for several indie artists and labels including Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst, Ted Leo, Barsuk Records, Team Love Records, Polyvinyl Records, and many, many more. We get into it and Matthew shares some stories and wisdom about the business and his history. Matthew also sits on the Board Of Directors of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a nonprofit charity that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet...

Duration:01:46:27

Ep73 Art and Independence with Amy Hood

9/13/2018
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Meet Amy Hood. See her art and hear us follow the darkness in search of where it comes from. Check her out on Instagram or http://www.viscousltd.com ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:18:27

Ep72 From the Navy to Comedy with Derek Humphrey

9/6/2018
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Have you ever been in the Navy during 9/11? Derek Humphrey and I have some laughs while he tells his intense story of growing up in Ohio, to serving in the Navy during 9/11, to his journey into comedy in NYC, Check him out: http://derekhumphrey.com/ ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:22:33

Ep71 Growing up in Comedy w/ Todd Montesi

8/23/2018
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You may have seen him on HBO's Crashing, or perhaps at a bar in NYC, Who is Todd Montesi? Hear about his wild upbringing and his journey in the NYC comedy scene for 20 years. Check him out: https://www.facebook.com/todd.montesi ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:18:52

Ep70 Writing and Creating in Many Forms w/ Matt Nagin

8/16/2018
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Gary talks to writer, poet and comedian Matt Nagin about writing in its many forms, self destruction, comedy, creativity and insanity. Check him out at http://www.mattnagin.com/ ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:20:49

Ep69 A Big Life with Writer and Actor Patrick Devaney

8/9/2018
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Gary talks with screenwriter and actor Patrick Devaney about his life on the road with bands in the 80's, how his dreams found him, and how he got sober and put that intensity to productive use. Check him out here: https://www.facebook.com/revpatrick.baileyjamesons ——- Leave a Review Email the show Hosted by Gary Levitt Sponsored by Future Moments Intro music by Gary's band Setting Sun Theme Song by Gary w/ a sample from David Bowie

Duration:01:18:11