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Comedian Tim Barnes invites artists and performers to tell him funny true stories. Powered by and WBEZ.

Comedian Tim Barnes invites artists and performers to tell him funny true stories. Powered by and WBEZ.
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Comedian Tim Barnes invites artists and performers to tell him funny true stories. Powered by and WBEZ.




IAT Ep#81: Rapper, Rhymefest (LIVE!! at the Chicago Podcast Festival)

Recorded November of 2016 at the Chicago Podcast Festival: Che "Rhymefest" Smith joins It's All True! host, Tim Barnes, to talk politics, comic books, and Kanye.

Duration: 00:22:24

IAT Ep#80: Comedian Ron Funches [Explicit]

IAT Ep#80: Comedian Ron Funches [Explicit] by Tim Barnes

Duration: 00:23:55

IAT Ep#79: Comedian Shalewa Sharpe (LIVE!) [Explicit]

Comedian Shalewa Sharpe joins Tim Barnes at a live recording in Brooklyn’s Union Hall to talk New York vs. Atlanta, the origin of her album Stay Eating Cookies and to tell a story about solid advice from a mysterious grocery store employee.

Duration: 00:17:53

IAT Ep#78: Comedian/Writer Robin Thede (LIVE!) [Explicit]

Comedic actress and writer, Robin Thede, made history when she joined Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as head writer. She joined It’s All True! host Tim Barnes at a live show in Brooklyn’s Union Hall to talk about her late night TV experiences, what the White House Correspondents dinner was really like, growing up in a trailer park and much, much more.

Duration: 00:15:25

IAT Ep#72: Musician/Writer Tim Kinsella (LIVE!) [Explicit]

(2015)The It's All True! Podcast features interviews with the most creative voices in comedy, writing, performance and music and asks them to tell one funny, very true story. Host, Tim Barnes, chats with musician and author Tim Kinsella about his musical and writing career. Kinsella shares an incredible true story that involves nudity and a blonde wig.

Duration: 00:18:32

IAT Ep#69: Comedian Chris Redd (LIVE!) [Explicit]

(2015)The It's All True! Podcast features interviews with the most creative voices in comedy, writing, performance and music and asks them to tell one funny, very true story. Host, Tim Barnes, chats with comedian Chris Redd about finding his voice in Chicago and getting used to casually meeting celebrities in Hollywood. It's all capped by Redd's headlining story of running away from home.

Duration: 00:12:14

IAT Ep#68 Comedian Rebecca V. O'Neal (LIVE!) [Explicit]

It's All True host chats with comedian Rebecca V. O'Neal to discuss the art of self deprecating jokes and the Chicago comedy scene. Rebecca closes the episode with a show-stopping story about a complicated love connection.

Duration: 00:15:50

IAT Ep#60: Storyteller Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison talks about the formation of "The State" on MTV and how he delved into personal storytelling leading up to the creation of his hit series "RISK!" His headlining story is about how you're never on stage alone.

IAT Ep#56: Comedian Greg Proops

Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) talks about starting off in the California bay area comedy scene, the writing process for "The Smartest Book in the World" and why he thinks soul music cures the blues. His headlining story involves philosophy, danger and Mars Bars. |

IAT Ep#55: Comedian Clark Jones

Clark Jones describes starting his comedy career in Chicago and what the transition to New York has been like. He delves into the different styles of comedy seen in the north and south sides of Chicago and tells the story of his first case of romantic heartbreak.

Duration: 00:20:20

IAT Ep#53: Comedian Azhar Usman

Comedian Azhar Usman is described by some as "America's Funniest Muslim." He talks about discovering comedy as an outlet and ​how he deals with stereotypes both in life and through humor. His headlining story will make you laugh and maybe even tear up.

Duration: 00:25:00

IAT Ep#52: Comedian Katie McVay

Katie McVay talks about the formation of The Comedy Exposition (Chicago's DIY stand up festival), how Nicki Minaj changed her life and why she moved to Chicago to pursue comedy. Her headlining story involves her life long fear of cats coming into reality in the the worst, most hilarious way possible.

Duration: 00:19:45

IAT Ep#51: Comedian Lil Rel

Comedian Lil Rel Howery talks about starting off in Chicago and navigating the comedy scene divided by a segregated city. He delves into how the sketch comedy show "Friends of the People" was formed after the ill fated reboot of "In Living Color," and describes his influences ranging from Eddie Murphy to strangers on the street. His headlining story involves karate, birthdays and taxi drivers.

Duration: 00:24:03

IAT Ep#50: Comedian Andy Kindler

Comedian Andy Kindler talks about what it was like during the tail end of the comedy boom and beginning of the alternative comedy scene in the 80's. He also dives into his love for taekwondo, his addiction to Twitter and more! It all ends with his headlining story, "Young Child Figures Out Way To Avoid Severe Embarrassment."

Duration: 00:24:20

IAT Ep#49: Comedian Baratunde Thurston

Comedian and writer Baratunde Thurston describes the thought process behind his best selling book "How To Be Black," and reveals how he aims to connect technology with humor as CEO and co-founder of Cultivated Wit. His headlining story revolves around his bizarre and enlightening experience in the country of Georgia.

Duration: 00:22:00

IAT Ep#48: Comedian Brian Babylon (LIVE!)

Comedian and radio host Brian Babylon tests out new material, and describes his epic rise and fall in wealth during his first summer job. Brian records his first comedy album this May.

Duration: 00:18:14

IAT Ep#47: Comedian Maz Jobrani (LIVE!)

Writer, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani joins It's All True for its first live show to discuss his new book, "I'm Not A Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV," and shares the moments in his life that inspired him to write it. His headlining story is titled: "Lunch With Hezbollah"

Duration: 00:23:07

IAT Ep#44: Comedian John Roy

Comedian John Roy talks about starting off in the early Chicago stand-up scene and describes one of the worst road gigs ever. Host Tim Barnes confesses that he always thought John was black. John Roy began his comedy career in Chicago, where he studied Improv at Second City and the Annoyance Theater. He moved to Los Angeles in 2004. He has appeared on numerous television programs including Conan, The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, Last Comic Standing, and CBS’ Star Search, where he was...

Duration: 00:25:00

IAT Ep#43: Comedian J.F. Harris

Comedian J.F. Harris discusses what it means to be a road comic, the toll comedy takes on relationships and more. @jfharris_Comedy

Duration: 00:17:01

IAT Ep#42: Comedian Will Miles

Will Miles talks the difference between doing stand up in Chicago vs. New York and tells one of the worst dating stories ever.

Duration: 00:17:13

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