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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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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