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Comedian Rajiv Satyal interviews comics, actors, politicians, and anyone compelling with his litany of 30+ questions designed to maximize deep discussion, witty banter, and tangents.

Comedian Rajiv Satyal interviews comics, actors, politicians, and anyone compelling with his litany of 30+ questions designed to maximize deep discussion, witty banter, and tangents.
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Comedian Rajiv Satyal interviews comics, actors, politicians, and anyone compelling with his litany of 30+ questions designed to maximize deep discussion, witty banter, and tangents.

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English


Episodes

Ep 126: Sanjay Manaktala Part I/I

5/31/2013
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Comedian; 04/29/2013 After originally meeting in Bangalore, India, during our Make Chai Not War tour of 2012, Sanjay Manaktala joined me as a guest on my podcast. We didn’t even dive into the questions (not sure if he even knew there were questions, now that I think about it) as we spent an hour discussing the burgeoning standup comedy scene in India. We discuss the differences and similarities in Indian and American (and Indian-American) audiences, the latest name of the Comedy St-… Laugh...

Ep 125: Jeremiah Watkins Part I/I

5/31/2013
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Comedian; 04/24/2013 I spot-traded with Jeremiah Watkins. Now, that’s a rare statement because the man doesn’t do that. OK, so that’s not exactly what happened. Dare I say we stand in mutual admiration of each other? I dare say, because it’s my podcast and therefore my description and therefore I’ll write whatever I want. Well, I can certainly speak for myself: I am a big fan of J-Dub and all he’s doing so I invited him on my show, where he brought his high-energy personality and quick wit...

Ep 124: Danny Jolles Part I/I

4/5/2013
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Comedian; 04/03/2013 Danny Jolles is a loser. Hey, his word - not mine. He owns it and, ironically, is therefore no longer a loser. The standup/sketch comedian recently relocated from NY to LA a mere 2.5 months ago and is meeting with some early success, performing often at the various clubs around town - that, too, after primarily focusing on the alt rooms on the east coast. We discuss how Jesus is looking down on him, why his favorite comedy is one of which I’ve never heard, seeing...

Ep 123: Kumail Nanjiani Part I/I

3/30/2013
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Comedian; 03/01/2013 On his only day off in what seems like months and on the eve of the shooting of an HBO pilot with one of his idols, Mike Judge, comedian Kumail Nanjiani finally came by after more than two years of trying to schedule a podcast appearance. (We thought it was a year and actually our first correspondence was January 2011, which is nuts.) And while he’s a kind man to acknowledge just how much I myself am out of LA, it’s clear to see why this man is so hard to pin down....

Ep 122: Bronston Jones Part I/I

3/30/2013
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Comedian; 02/27/2013 “Dane Cook is the Beatles." "I am Jim Carrey." So says Bronston Jones. OK, so I’m kidding. He didn’t really say those things… well, one of ‘em. You’ll just have to tune in to get the context. I interviewed comedian and former commercial/music video director & producer Bronston Jones after reconnecting with him at the Venice Underground last week. He and Matt Devlin (not to be confused with Max Devlin of 1980s Bill Cosby film fame) have been running one of the hottest...

Ep 121: Nick Cobb Part I/I

3/30/2013
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Comedian; 02/20/2013 NY- and now LA-based comic Nick Cobb came in swingin’, determined to bust thru the now 48 questions of my podcast - and succeeded. We reconnected after he dropped a funny video about the NY subway, picked up by Gawker (http://gawker.com/5979507/nyc-subway-car-gets-overrun-with-panhandlers-in-pretty-awesome-prank), after initially meeting whilst doing sets at Gotham Comedy Club. Nick walked around and admired my place, particularly my movie posters - and then...

Ep 120: Amy Schloerb Part I/I

3/30/2013
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Actress; 02/13/2013 Actor/Actress/Comedian/But-Not-Comedienne Ms. Amy Schloerb dropped by to drop some knowledge on the acting hustle. Schloerb (pronounced “shlerb”) and I have taken many the acting class together. The other night, when our teacher was leading a discussion on how to get ahead in Hollywood, Schloerb just had so many tidbits that I started to scribble out all of her gems but then scribbled them out and instead wrote, “Grab drinks with Schloerb." (I really like saying...

Ep 119: Eddie Brill Part I/I

12/30/2012
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Comedian; 12/18/12 Eddie Brill, the long-time booker for The Late Show with David Letterman, had me over to his East Village apartment, where I was wowed not only by the plethora of photographs of him with everybody from Barack Obama to Paul McCartney but also by his captivating, on-going commentary on such a wide variety of topics. Aspiring and established comics alike should take note of this particular episode, as Brill shares what he looked for as he booked Letterman and still searches...

Ep 118: Russell Peters Part I/I

12/14/2012
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Comedian; 12/09/12 I drove a mile up the street to interview the biggest comedian in the world. I sat down with Russell Peters at his mansion in our shared town of Studio City, California, to ask him my famous (well, after this) litany of questions in Episode 118 of The TanGent Show. As with all of mine, I did not edit, so what you’ll hear is a raw, real conversation between two comics and a peek into Russell’s daily life when he’s actually not touring the planet. Despite the fun...

Ep 117: Adam Curry Part I/I

12/4/2012
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Podfather; 11/13/2012 The Podfather. No less than Steve Jobs referred to my latest guest as the pioneer of the podcast. Adam Curry hopes to be remembered for more than just what I knew him as - my favorite MTV VJ from the 1980s. And I’m sure that he will be. (And we’ll know he “made it” when there’s a plaque of him displayed somewhere in a public place.) We cover his conversation with Prince, his theories on the world and politics, the pharmaceutical industry (“Is your kid acting too...

Ep 116: Nivedita Kulkarni Part I/I

12/3/2012
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Actress/Improviser; 11/10/2012 I met Nivedita Kulkarni thru my podcast’s 2nd guest, Melanie Kannokada. We reconnected recently as her improv team did a spot on a standup show I hosted at Caroline’s on Broadway. This talented actress and improviser discusses her love for UCB, finding your voice, tells us which word best describes her (“tenacious”), provides perspective on making it on your looks vs. talent, indulges me on a potential bit about how shallow people may actually be the deep...

Ep 115: Erin Jackson Part I/I

12/3/2012
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Comedian; 10/07/2012 “I quit comedy in my head all the time.” Such a true statement from a true comic. I think a lot of us do that. Whilst in DC, I dropped a guest spot with Erin Jackson at the Improv. She crushed, as usual - her headlining spot and my podcast. (She also rocked when I hired her to do 20 minutes on yogurt for Dannon, as part of my consulting company, www.StandpointAgency.com.) She tells, who she’d put on “Mt. Rapmore,” talks about her voracious reading habit, indulges me in...

Ep 114: Jay Davis Part I/I

12/2/2012
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Comedian; 09/06/2012 “When you think of garbage, think of Akeem.” - Coming to America. When I think of comedy in Los Angeles, I think of Jay Davis. And if/when you come to Hollywood, you will, too. The established comedian traces his rise from bar-back at the Whiskey on Sunset to bar-none THE promoter with the hottest crowds. And I do mean “hottest” - have ya seen some of the chicas at his venues? We talk about that, trace his legendary kindness back to his spiritual beliefs, reminisce...

Ep 113: Melanie Baldonado Part I/I

12/2/2012
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Comedian; 08/29/2012 A Wildcat and a Bearcat sit down to do a podcast. Comedian Melanie Baldonado, a UK grad, joined me, a UC alum, to talk comedy, money, dating, and chemistry, with “chemistry” referring to the rapport we had, as well as a subject that Melanie would choose as one of her categories on Jeopardy! The LA-area native shares her perspective on when men and women should pay whilst hanging out, how she made up a story about ghosts to help her gramma, and amusing run-ins at her...

Ep 112: Mo Amer Part I/I

12/2/2012
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Comedian; 08/29/2012 This is the closest I’ve come to tears on my podcast. Comedian (not comic) Mo Amer illustrates why his one-man show is named “Legally Homeless." He shares his incredible journey from living as a Palestinian in Kuwait during the first Gulf War to being a refugee in Texas. He got his start by the support of an incredible high school teacher who gave him "stage time” and extra credit to perform standup in front of his class. The wonder about the last several podcast...

Ep 111: Prashanth Venkataramanujam Part I/I

9/9/2012
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Comedian; 08/23/2012 ~“You must now live in the post-world of your having said what you said.” Think about that for a sec. An example of various aphorisms dropped by my guest, Comedian Prashanth Venkataramanujam. The man with a 25-letter name knows more than his fair share of dollar words, which he peppers into our conversation - with as much skill as I drop in puns - as we cover how we met (he and my next podcast guest, Asif Ali, both opened for me in Chicago years ago), how he got started...

Ep 110: Johnny Cardinale Part I/I

9/4/2012
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Comedian; 08/22/2012 Comedian Johnny Cardinale believes there are two types of people in this world - those who can laugh at themselves and those who can’t. He shared this as well as other pearls of wisdom and bits of pop culture during our hour together. The Italian American is the only person I can think of who’s been to all 50 states - and performed in 49 of them. The 3rd straight fellow Ohio comedian on this podcast sits down with me to share his experiences doing 7 USO tours, his...