TV PRODUCING and COMEDY: ANDY FREEMAN [EP. 12]

 

Andy Freeman is the Senior Producer of Huckabee, filmed near Nashville, TN. 

Andy is a wealth of knowledge in TV Production, comedy and life.

 

 

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ANDY FREEMAN SHOW NOTES

  • Andy’s comedy influences.
  • Doing stand-up comedy in college.
  • Growing as a comedian with the likes of Emo Philips.
  • Why clean comedy is supreme.
  • How comedy has changed.
  • How comedy changes lives.
  • The true danger of Political Correctness.
  • What Andy looks for in booking stand-up comedians for the show.
  • Dennis Regan’s set on Huckabee.

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RICKY GERVAIS, JOKES and HOLLYWOOD [EP. 11]

Kicking off the new decade were the 2020 Golden Globes.  As time moves on, each Hollywood awards show becomes more and more about pushing agendas rather than celebrating talent, people and hard work.  The Golden Globes would prove to be more of the same, but then there was Ricky Gervais.  Never one to shy away from being politically incorrect and unafraid of offending groups, he let the jokes fly!

 

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DEFENSIVELY OFFENDED [EP. 10]

What is Defensively Offended?  It ‘s being offended for someone else assuming they will be offended.  In this short episode I unpack why we should stop assuming our friends, family and even people we don’t know will be offended.  I propose we should trust they have the maturity and even desire to take in jokes they may relate to.

 

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THE UNEMPLOYED ALCOHOLIC: AARON SORRELS [EP.09]

For anyone else, The Unemployed Alcoholic would be a woeful badge, but Aaron Sorrels wears it with a smile.  Pursuing recovery while facing rejection from the job market was painful.  He battled identity crisis, depression and anxiety — But he also found purpose.  Now he helps people laugh while highlighting recovery and faith.

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AARON SORRELS SHOW NOTES

  •  The Unemployed Alcoholic?
  •  Finding joy in recovery.
  •  Using comedy to impact lives.
  •  Meeting his wife in middle school.
  •  First time on stage was at LaughFest.
  •  Clean Comedy Time

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LAUGHING THROUGH THE PAIN: JOBY SAAD [EP.08]

Growing up in Nashville Tennessee, Joby Saad read of Harry Houdini and was performing children’s magic shows most weekends by age 12. He eventually became a stand-up comedian and hasn’t looked back.  Creating the character The Village Idiot, Joby’s big break came from his starring role on an episode of the family friendly television series Bananas Comedy in 2005. Then in 2006 came the Warner brothers “Thou Shalt Laugh” starring Patricia Heaton from “Everybody loves Raymond“. Featuring seven of the nations top clean comedians it went on to become the highest selling comedy DVD within its genre.  Joby is currently a judge and performer for the annual Clean Comedy Challenge which promotes clean comedy for younger comedians as well as veterans comics.

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  • Joby’s shares about his good friend, the late-great comedian Brody Stevens.
  • Starting as a magician.
  • Trying to understand why bullies bully.
  • Joby inspires the late-great Michelle McNamara to marry a comedian.
  • Creating characters.
  • Creative outlets.
  • Suicide jokes.
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    ROOKIE MISTAKES: BIG ANDREW KUYKENDALL [EP. 07]


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    BIG Andrew Kuykendall

    is a comedian based out of Atlanta.  In this episode Big Andrew shares his wins and struggles as a fairly young comic.  This episode is also fun because it was the first ever Free to Laugh recorded.

    BIG ANDREW KUYKENDALL SHOW NOTES

    •  Why BIG Andrew?
    •  Producing your own shows.
    •  Having someone to bounce jokes off before taking them to the stage.
    •  Is Political Correctness fair?
    •  Being reprimanded by other comedians.
    •  The problem with midget jokes.

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    DEAF COMEDY: CHRIS RUPPE [EP. 06]

    Chris Ruppe grew up in a small town and was raised by deaf parents. Chris was the class clown and made terrible grades. Somehow he went on to graduate from college and get a masters degree. Chris has been a pastor, consultant and has worked with several 501c3 organizations. Chris does comedy and speaking engagements with several adoption related charities to raise awareness and funds to support this great cause.


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    CHRIS RUPPE SHOW NOTES

    •  Being raised by deaf parents
    •  Working jokes about deaf people
    •  Being offended by other people’s real life experiences
    •  Doing warm-up for TV shows
    •  The downside of longer joke setups
    •  Using comedy to raise money for charity

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    FINDING JOY IN THINGS THAT SUCK: GRACE KLEIN [EP. 05]

    Grace Klein wanted to be a comedian from the very first time she got her family to laugh when she was a kid. It only took her a couple more decades to bring it to the stage, but once she started, she couldn’t stop. Grace brings her own spin to subjects like being single in your 30’s, not understanding church terms or young people. She feels stuck in a health crazed, hiking, Cross Fit, kale eating, Fitbit wearing society.

    Grace started as an improv comedian before transitioning into stand-up. “I had been writing down ideas and jokes for years, pages and pages full of them. And then one day I looked through them all and thought, ‘this is stand-up material’. Granted, most of the jokes weren’t good, but stand-up comedy was really the only avenue for delivering them.”

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    GRACE KLEIN SHOW NOTES

    • Finding joy in things that suck
    • The gamble with political jokes
    • San Diego comedy scene
    • Growing up an SNL junkie
    • Taking classes at Second City
    • The goal is to be funny
    • What kind of comedian do you want to be?
    • Quote on laughing vs crying from comedian Yamaneika Saunders (quote below)

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    THE POWER OF JOKES: CHRIS WINELAND [EP: 04]

    Chris Wineland is one of the most in-demand comedian’s and writers of today!  He has brought laughs to millions for over a decade and has written for Emmy Nominated “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”  Pursuing his love of late night comedy, Chris co-created the acclaimed Christian late night show Next Week with Jeff Durbin.”  He’s performed on the show Huckabee and is currently the host of the online late night sensation, The Monologue Show.”

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    CHRIS WINELAND SHOW NOTES

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    WHAT’S THE MOTIVE: BRIAN KOHATSU [EP: 03]

    Brian Kohatsu spent 20 years as an award-winning director before stepping away from the camera for a career in comedy.  He quickly found success in radio and gained national recognition when he was featured on Sirius/XM.  Brian trained with several improv troupes, before transitioning to stand up.  He now performs at various comedy clubs, casinos, churches and corporate events around the country.

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    BRIAN KOHATSU SHOW NOTES

    • Stand-up comedy vs Improv
    • Forming an Improv troupe
    • How Improv impacts Brian’s crowdwork
    • Miscommunication is funny
    • Shane Gillis podcast and SNL
    • Brian’s experience with passive racism
    • What’s are you?

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