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Episode 30: Jon Rudnitsky (Hacking JFL and Getting on SNL)

Hello Working Comic Fans! I am super excited to share with you one of my FAVORITE recent interviews. I had the chance to meet with Jon Rudnitsky, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live! Jon was a featured player in SNL's 41st season that aired 2015-16. I met Jon a couple of years ago outside the Hollywood Improv and I remembered him being such a cool guy. At the time, he was most notable for winning the 2012 UCLA vs USC Laugh Bowl and then going on to star in some hilarious viral...


Episode 29: Lucas Cruikshank, Inventing Fred and Being the First YouTube Celebrity

In this episode, I sat down with viral YouTuber Lucas Cruikshank, the guy who created FRED. He had the first channel to get 1 million+ subscribers on YouTube and starred in three Nickelodeon Fred movies (with John Cena playing his Dad). These days Lukas is able to completely design his daily schedule and live off of the royalties from his two YouTube channels and movies. In this episode we talk about: - The origin of Fred - How to make money on YouTube - Making a movie - Growing up as Fred -...


Episode 28: Richard Sarvate (Producer of SF's "The Setup" and Former Software Engineer)

Hey Working Comic Fans, this week I had the opportunity to meet with Richard Sarvate. Richard is a fantastic up and coming comic and former Yahoo Software Engineer who made a name for himself in San Francisco and Los Angeles for creating the extremely popular show "The Set Up." This is one of the BEST SELLING and most popular shows in all of San Francisco. He also produces a big show called Comedy Vs Nerds where comedians do jokes about the tech scene (he graciously gave me a spot!). In this...


Episode 27: Jesse Warren (Self Help Books, Mindfulness, and Talking to Girls)

This is a special interview with my good friend Jesse Warren. Jesse is a relatively new comic to the scene making ripples in the Seattle scene. He is a regular at Laugh's Comedy Club and the Comedy Underground. He also produces a popular show called "Off the Top." Formerly software engineer at Microsoft and SpaceX, Jesse now spends his time focusing on stand up comedy full time. In this interview we talk about our formative years, self help, and some impactful books that have positively...


Episode 26: Brian Moses, Host of Comedy Central Roast Battle

Hello Working Comic Fans! I interviewed Brian Moses, the host of Comedy Central's hit show "Roast Battle." We talk about a TON of super cool stuff. In this episode, I learned that he essentially CREATED THE ROAST BATTLE FORM! Wow, that's huge. This interview is super informative and I attempted to break it up by topic below if you want to skip ahead to different parts. Hope you enjoy! Here's what we cover: - Pornhub Awards (0:50) - Formation of the Roast Battle (~10:00) - Selling a show to...


Episode 25: Fahim Anwar (From Hour Lunch Breaks To Hour Specials)

I interviewed Fahim Anwar! He is really cool and shares a ton of wisdom from his experience starting stand up in college (at UW) to becoming a Mechanical Engineer at Boeing in Long Beach to making it big in LA and getting an hour stand up special and, as of recently, an hour sketch comedy special! From his bio: "Fahim Anwar is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, actor and writer. Formerly an aerospace engineer at Boeing, Fahim traded the cubicle for the stage and has never looked back. His...


Episode 14: Emmett Montgomery, Comedian and Cultivator of Human Emotion

Hi Working Comic Fans, this is a very epic episode! I interviewed Seattle's favorite comedian, Emmett Montgomery. Emmett is a stand up comedian, storyteller, puppeteer, character comic, curator of talent, and just a quirky cool guy. You might've seen him at Bumbershoot or on Last Comic Standing! I really enjoy this interview because it gives Emmett a chance to showcase his incredible storytelling skills. He is absolutely captivating and runs some really cool unique shows in Seattle that will...


Episode 13: The Joke Editing Process with Sarah Martin

Hey Working Comic Podcast fans, I had a very interesting episode with Sarah Martin. In this episode we cover the joke editing process and talk about the following: - What bits to do at open mics - Which bits to develop - How to allocate stage time at mics - Recording sets - Reviewing your recording - The New England Comedy Scene


Episode 12: Bill Conway, Co-Founder of TheHardTimes.Net (1m+ unique visitors per month)

In this interview, I speak with Bill Conway and we discuss his experience creating The Hard Times, an online satirical newspaper with over 1,000,000 unique visitors every month. In this episode we talk about: - Creating viral content - The nature of the internet landscape for comedy - Leveraging social media for your comedy career And more! Hope you all enjoy this one.


Episode 11: Natalie Holt (Comedian and Producer), How to Run a Great Open Mic

In this epsiode, I was lucky enough nto meet up with Natalie Holt. Natalie is a leader in the Pacific Northwest Comedy scene. She produces several shows and runs the famous Comedy Undergroud Open Mic, the longest running comedy open mic in Seattle. Natalie has appeared at Seattle's large Bumbershoot festival, the 208 Comedy Festival, Asheville Comedy Festival, and 10,000 Laughs. In this interview we talk about some of the following: - Natalie's first stand up comedy experience - The state of...


Episode 10: Chris Reinacher, Former BuzzFeed Star, Going Viral and STILL Being Funny

In this interview, I had the privilege of meeting with Chris Reinacher. Chris is a former Buzzfeed celebrity and current writer, actor, improvisor, filmmaker, and editor to name a few. He has over 800k followers across his social media platforms and has mastered the craft of making viral content that is ALSO funny and doesn't sacrifice comedic integrity. In this interview we talk about a lot of cool things including: - Being in a popular sketch group - Learnings from BuzzFeed - Dealing with...


Episode 9: Building UCLA Comedy Scene featuring Nathan Mosher

In this episode of Working Comic Podcast, I co-host with one of my best friends, Nathan Mosher. Nathan Mosher is a stand up comic based out of Los Angeles. He helped me start and run Shenanigans Comedy Club which has grown to be one of the biggest comedy groups at UCLA. In this more free-formy episode, we share our experiences producing shows and developing a comedy scene from the ground up. We recorded this out of my girlfriend's car in Westwood right before performing at Boyband at The...


Episode 8: Kortney Shane Williams (Best in Northwest), Opening for Chappelle, Producing an Album

I had a great phone interview with Kortney Shane Williams - one of the TOP comedians of the Pacific Northwest Comedy Scene. We talk about what his experience was like getting into comedy, how to produce a comedy album, how to open for Dave Chappelle and Hannibal Buress, what moving to New York TWICE is like (and back), and some tips for up and coming comics! Enjoy!


Episode 7: Susan Jones, Road Warrior & Prepping for EVERYTHING from Bar Shows to Cruises

Hey guys, welcome to Episode 7 of Working Comic Podcast. In this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing the great Susan "Cupcake" Jones. Susan is a nationally touring comedian that has toured with Dana Carvey and Rob Schneider. She's been featured on several networks and just dropped her 30 minute album on Ride TV. In this conversation, we cover the following topics: - Handling crowd work - Preparing for different types of shows (i.e. bar show, club show, theater show) - Building a 30...


Episode 6: Ahmed Bharoocha, Different Comedy Scenes, Nailing a Late Night Set, and Sketch Comedy

This past Sunday, I had a fantastic interview with Ahmed Bharoocha. He was generous enough to have Marlina (my girlfriend) over his house on a Sunday evening even though his little baby was sleeping. Ahmed is a stand up comic featured on Conan O'Brian and Comedy Central (30 minute special), was featured in Montreal's Just for Laugh's, has a viral sketch comedy channel called Dead Kevin, and is on Adult Swim's Dream Corp LLC. In this conversation we cover a variety very interesting topics...


Episode 5: Michael Rousselet, from Cult Leader to 5 Second Films to Cyanide and Happiness

I had the amazing opportunity to interview the Michael Rousselet. Michael is one of the original members of the viral success YouTube channel '5 Second Films' which has featured Patton Oswalt and Weird Al Yankovic, he wrote the comedy movie 'Dude Bro Party Massacre III', is currently a writer for the popular online cartoon site 'Cyanide and Happiness', and STARTED the cult following for the movie "The Room." He is a very cool guy and I gained a lot of valuable insight about writing and...


Episode 4: Dave and Angela Dennison (Small Comedy Scene Club Owners)

I had the privilege of interviewing the owners of Laugh's Comedy Club, Dave and Angela Dennison, last night! Laugh's Comedy Club is located in the U-District of Seattle and is near and dear to my heart because it is the location of the first open mic I did when I moved to Seattle in August. This interview is very insightful and covers what it's like being club owners, how national headliners are booked, how shows are marketed and produced, what costs go into operating a comedy club, the...


Episode 3: Gina Ippolito (TV Writer), Building Community, Doing EVERYTHING, and How to Be A Writer

In this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Gina Ippolito. Gina is a professional TV Writer, Actor, Producer, Host, and V.O. Artist. She wrote for 'Regular Show', 'Powerpuff Girls', College Humor, Screen Junkies, CBS Diversity Showcase and currently Disney's "Bunk'd". She also started the LA Comedy Jobs page with 12,000 members and actively teaches Sketch Comedy classes. We discuss how she became the successful writer she is today, her writing process, and building the comedy...


Episode 2: Sean Carrigan (Coach Rafferty On ‘American Vandal’), Actor, Improvisor, And Comedian

Sean Carrigan is a professional actor, stand up comedian, sketch comedian, and improvisor. Sean recently played Coach Rafferty in Netflix’s “American Vandal” and Dr. Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn on “The Young and The Restless.” In this episode, Sean talks life balance, comedy, triumph and failure.


Episode 1: Dan Perrault (Co-Creator of 'American Vandal'), From YouTube to Netflix

In my first episode of Working Comic, I interview Dan Perrault who is the co-creator of American Vandal. Dan shares valuable insights on his journey from film school to the to the creation of the show. Our conversation explores the minutia of creating a YouTube channel and making videos to the self promoting and eventually being able to pitch to Funny Or Die.