MAKING LAUGHTER IN THE HOME: REBECCA KENNEDY [EP. 20]

 

These times are crazy, to say the least.  In this special episode, my lovely bride Rebecca Kennedy and I share some thoughts and tips on making laughter happen in our home.

SHOW NOTES

  • Differences in what makes us laugh
  • Snuffing out stress
  • The advantage of being calm people
  • Finding humor in crazy places
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Being quarantined
  • Doc can’t stand rosemary

And much more!

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CONVERSATE: SHAWN MATHENIA [EP. 18]

 

Shawn Mathenia is a veteran comedian based out of Memphis, TN.  In this fun chat we talk a variety of topics, including:

SHAWN MATHENIA SHOW NOTES

  •  Shawn having been adopted
  •  How his comedy has changed over the years
  •  Unintentionally offending people at church shows
  •  Shawn’s little daughter telling jokes with him on stage
  •  Conversate with Shawn Mathenia

And a whole lot more!

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BEHIND THE BITS: SCOTT CURTIS [EP. 17]

Scott Curtis is a stand-up comedian based out of South Bend, IN.  Scott’s first time on stage came later in life when he was offered a chance to perform at work and from there started out on this wild journey.  Scott is also host and producer of the hit podcast Behind The Bits.

SCOTT CURTIS SHOW NOTES

  •  Scott’s early comedy influences
  •  First time performing stand-up comedy
  •  Learning why a joke may or may not work
  •  Enjoying comedy with a spouse
  •  Scott’s current purpose in comedy and the value of knowing yours
  •  The Behind The Bits Podcast

And a whole lot more!

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DEFENDING APU [EP. 14]

 

In this episode Jared Lovrak and I talk about The Simpson’s character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and voice actor Hank Azaria‘s decision to stop voicing Apu.

 

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APU SHOW NOTES

  •  The origins of Apu.
  •  Why Apu is a hero.
  •  Why people find the character offensive.
  •  Why Hank Azaria is stepping down from the character.
  •  Will this lead to more character’s being abandoned for the sake of political correctness?
  •  What racial stereotypes look like outside the United States.
  •  Why not laugh?

And lots more!

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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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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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