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TYF! #6.15 “One of the Bad Ones” with SHADI PETOFSKI
Shadi sat with Liam at the great Hollywood coffee shop Sabor y Cultura and talked about her career, why her very successful TV show had to go away, about why she left standup comedy after a group of her friends were forced to fight with a Midwestern hack over her honor, and why she doesn’t want to consider herself a transgender role model. We also get into her time as podcast network owner during the most difficult time of her life, living in a house where she would see famous people coming in and out all the time, and a touching encounter with the late Brody Stevens.
TYF! #6.14 “The Twinkie Defense” with PAUL KRASSNER
This week’s episode of the TYF! podcast is a tribute to the great American iconoclast PAUL KRASSNER, a comedian, satirist, and editor and publisher of the great American magazine, The Realist. A founding member of the Yippies, he turned on to LSD with Dr. Timothy Leary, rode the bus with Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, and took Groucho Marx on his first acid trip.
Liam was fortunate to talk to Krassner a few years ago, via phone, as he plugged his latest book, Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders, and we play their conversation here unedited. It was recorded at ShowBriz Studios in Manhattan by Alex Brizell. Liam and Krassner talked about his friendship, and working relationship with Lenny Bruce, about Groucho, about the famous “Twinkie Defense,” a phrase he coined covering the case.
TYF! #6.13 “Robot and Pirate” with WILL HINES & BILLY MERRITT and EMILY FLAKE
Will Hines and Billy Merritt are two masters of the improvisational comedy form, having worked at the Upright Citizens Brigade as performers and teachers for the past two-plus decades. They’ve written a book on their shared philosophy on performing called “Pirate Robot Ninja: An Improv Fable,” available through Amazon, and Liam sits down to talk to them about how they got into improv, how they hooked up with the famed UCB at its beginning in NYC, and about what “Robot Pirate Ninja” means.
TYF! #6.12 THE BEST OF THE MUSIC
All the live performances from the first season of the Tell Your Friends! podcast in one, easy-to-listen-to format, providing more ROCK and less TALK. Eden and John perform a couple songs and tell us how they met legendary cartoonist ROBERT CRUMB and convinced him to join their East River String Band.
Plus performances from
and A Brief View of the Hudson.
TYF! #6.11 RITCH SHYDNER
Ritch Shydner is a classic comedian who achieved the kind of success starting in the 1980s that most working comics only dream of, scoring gigs on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman, plus his own HBO special. After years focusing on his writing career, he returned to standup in 2010 as documented in the film I Am Comic. He wrote about his career as a 1980s boom comic in the memoir Kicking Through the Ashes, and Liam talked to him in October, 2015, in his Los Angeles home.
TYF! #6.10 DAVID LOWE & CAROLINE KASNAKIAN and KEVIN ALLISON
David is a photo librarian who invented the Photographers Identities Catalogue System for the NY Public Library. Caroline is a visually-impaired psychologist at a huge university. They talk about how they met and fell in love, and how they ran the NYC marathon as runner and guide.
TYF! #6.9 DAVID ITZKOFF
David Itzkoff is a culture reporter for the New York Times who wrote Robin, the bestselling biography of Robin Williams. We talk about his career, how he went from working at “lad mags” to working at the Times, and about the four year process of writing this book.
TYF! #6.8 JAY STERN and EMILY FLAKE
On this week’s TYF!, Liam talks to Jay Stern, director of Say My Name, a fun romantic comedy set in Wales. Jay talks about being a Jew from Alabama, about going to the prestigious Tisch School at NYU and realizing what a scam that is. About studying film in Vancouver, and about how the long road to filmmaking wound through the theatre and improv comedy worlds of NYC. And also, he tells us the secret of getting famous people to say yes to being in your films.
TYF! #6.7 JIM & JEANNIE GAFFIGAN
This week, host Liam McEneaney visits the home office of comedy superstar Jim Gaffigan, and his wife and collaborator Jeannie Gaffigan. We discuss Jim’s latest special Noble Ape, how Jim and Jeannie met, how they work together, and a lot more. Jeannie also talks about the pear-sized tumor that was removed from her brain stem, and the book about it available for pre-order RIGHT NOW; When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People.
TYF! #6.6 CAROLINE WAXLER
This week on the Tell Your Friends! podcast, Liam sits down and spills some tea with his old friend CAROLINE WAXLER, writer, producer, and host of OnWriting: A Podcast of the WGA East. They talk about how Caroline went from financial journalism to full-time comedy writer. She talks about how she grew up with her aunt JOAN RIVERS in her life, and the weirdness of appearing on CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD with ICE T & COCO.
TYF! #6.5 EMILY FLAKE and MICHELE CARLO
This week on the podcast, Liam sits in a sunny window in Brooklyn and chats with cartoonist Emily Flake, the creator of the late, lamented weekly strip Lulu Eightball and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker. Liam talks to Emily about her cartooning career, about transitioning to a mainstream artist gig, and we get an exclusive about her first regular writing gig, for Jenny McCarthy on Sirius/XM.
TYF! #6.4 ROB KUTNER
This week on the TYF! podcast, Liam McEneaney talks to Rob Kutner, formerly a writer for Conan, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Dennis Miller Live, about his start in comedy, about how he made the jump from writer’s assistant to full-time writer, about how Dennis Miller insulting him was the greatest moment in his career, and more.
TYF! #6.3 MIKE DOUGHTY and ANDREW “SCRAP” LIVINGSTON
This week on the TYF! podcast, Liam McEneaney sits backstage with singer/songwriter (and TYF! podcast favorite) Mike Doughty before the sold out LA stop on his Ruby Vroom Tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark Soul Coughing album. Liam, Mike, and Scrap discuss life in LA, on the road in a tour bus, and the beginning and end, alpha and omega, of Soul Coughing as a band.
TYF! #6.2 w/ PAUL MYERS and PAUL SULLIVAN
Paul Myers, author of KIDS IN THE HALL: ONE DUMB GUY, the authorized biography of the legendary sketch group, talks about his start as a “failed” Toronto musician, how following stage fright led him to follow in his brother (and future comedy legend) Mike’s footsteps to a class at famed improv school Second City Toronto, which introduced him to Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald, and through them he met the rest of the Kids In The Hall.
TYF! #6.1 MARK BRAZILL and JEN DEADERICK
In the return of the podcast, Liam talks to Mark Brazill, creator of That 70s Show, over lunch at Denny’s. They talk about Mark’s childhood, his career starting as a writer for the original Dennis Miller Show with its legendary writer’s room, about his encounters with the homeless of LA, and what went wrong with That ’80s Show.
TYF! #6.0 “BRODY STEVENS: #PositiveEnergy”
Liam discusses the Brody Stevens he knew, from attending baseball games to Valley pride, from walking the streets of New York City to being on the field at the World Series. Then he plays an interview he conducted with Brody a few years ago when he guest-hosted The David Feldman Show.