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TUESDAY 0618 hosts Osama Bin Reagan hosts Christopher's Deli Open mic. Click the name and go to their FB page for requests or questions... They scare me but you will "like" the page I am sure. Thanks.CLICK TO ENLARGE, THEN PRINT
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Episode #12 Musings, Music and Shop TalkCLICK TO ENLARGE
On this episode:
We talk about Laughs For Breath among other things with Comedian Kenny Nardozza. Details are on the flier on the left and on the Facebook page HERE.
Kenny plays some of his favorite metal tunes because that how he celebrates life! And we share stories and gigs and some inside poop on local comedy, theater and film.
Theater is a time machine!
See ya out there!
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A night of comedy to Cure Cystic Fibrosis.
This Thursday night, JUNE 13th I am part of great line up on a show to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Research, a cause that hits close to home for local comedian and event organizer, Jered Letourneau. Jered's neice Maddie has this disease that effects approximately 30,000 people in the United States presently and about 1,000 new cases of Cystic Fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
Jered has been doing the walks for a while and has been able to raise a little money each year. He figured he could raise more with a show. So he contacted the RI Comedy Connection, who are always willing to open their doors to young comics and worthy causes, so this was a two-fer!
Jered had taken the comedy classes at the Connection and has been working the open mics and showcases for a little over a year now. Once the club owners gave him the go ahead he says he simply "asked the funniest guys I know," to fill out the line up.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation uses 90% of all donations to fund CF research. "It [CFF] is an excellent group and my family has something to gain from more research, [so] I have been trying to help out as much as possible."
So come on out to Laughs For a Breath: a night of comedy to cure Cystic Fibrosis. A great line-up for a great cause.
Tickets are just $15 and available at the door.
Comedy Connection <--site
39 Warren Ave
East Providence, RI
(401) 438 8383
By Dan MartinKatie Fischer; selfie. She took the pics.
Hey there Laughtronauts!FUTURE SHOT! Josh Shank Redemption, winning Maltin!
A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending a comedy show in Providence, RI as a representative of WBOB.COM. I set out to see Comedian Doug Benson and his opener/friend Graham Elwood and perhaps have conversations with them. This is my story, the names and places have NOT been changed as to protect the legitimacy of the story. And when meeting Doug Benson, it is best to keep a record of events just to prevent THC induced amnesia from winning out in the end but we will get to all of that.
Let's start where most stories begin, at the beginning:
May 18th, a Saturday in Providence, RI I secured two tickets for myself and two to give away to see Doug Benson's road show and surprisingly enough it was in an off-beat venue of sorts. There are few venues for Comedy in RI and only two of those are or were at one time chains so there tends to be a lot of artist run shows in odd venues.
The show was at Fete Music Hall. Fete is a French word, pronounced /'fet/, not unlike the infamous intergalactic bounty hunter. Being the film nerds that Graham and Doug are as well as all of their rabid fans, myself included, you know that pun was made by most. Fete opened up in November 2011 and until now has mostly been host to music shows and night club style evenings with DJs and house bands. The word as a noun means Elaborate Party and in french speaking languages is used as a verb meaning to celebrate. And celebrate we did! I asked around and even searched the web a bit and this appears to have been their first listed comedy show. The first time I attended Fete was a few weeks ago for the Phoenix.com Best Of 2013 awards.
My unofficial photographer slash date and I arrived an hour early to get a good spot in line until they opened doors. Local comedian Rob Greene had won the extra pair of tickets by calling in to the radio show and confusing me. That episode was lost due to technical difficulties so you are going to have to take my word for it. Rob's plus one was another local comedian, Cory Tenchara. I didn't see them until inside the show. Back in line however I made new friends. I was hanging in front of the ticket window where I was assured that once doors opened there would be a guest list and I was on it. I met four show goers that frequent comedy venues in Rhode Island. Josh, Jess, Kayla and Larry. Josh and Kayla are married, Jess is Josh's younger sister and Larry is my new best friend! Josh is a stand up enthusiast he has seen Doug and Graham before and even prepared a game tag for Leonard Maltin. A game Doug plays on his podcast. More on that in a moment. The six of us, my new gang, myself and my date/photographer were all surprised and curious to see a comedy show from national acts in such an off-beat venue. We had questions. If you are a concert goer in RI you are familiar with places like Lupo's and the Met Cafe. Where you can see touring acts from Snoop Lion to Slayer! Its exciting as a comedian to perform in a rock venue, it lends well to a high energy show. As a show goer though you can't help but wonder, are we going to stand in the pit like a GWAR concert? Can I enjoy a comedy show standing up? When is it appropriate to start moshing to a stand up set? When comedy had come to Lupo's in the past it was much like a concert. The main floor was open as well as the balcony and people found seating off to the sides where ever there was a ledge or bench.Leonard Maltin with SteveVengers! (Not Winning)
Before we headed inside though we were kept in line for about forty-five minutes to an hour. My new found gang and I were a bit concerned with the quality of the show when we saw Graham Elwood pull up in the parking lot below us and was made to park out on the street. Graham, who had been driving from their previous gig, unloaded his suit case from the car and a man in a valet jacket approached him and asked him to move his car. We all shared a laugh when the man with a valet jacket didn't move his car for him. The the so called valet was kicking rocks out of the empty spots that by the by were all handicapped and empty. No one get's in this lot! Not even natural crustaceans. I was hoping that this wasn't a sign of how the show would be run. It's always fun to get to a show early and see the acts arrive, its disheartening to see them treated like every other schmuck. I mean, they are about to work hard for the hundreds of people that would have never come to your venue unless they were there. Its the circle of life! Maybe I am biased as a performer, or maybe Graham wasn't actually supposed to park there. Anything is possible. After all we were at an old converted building in the middle of a defunct industrial area in Olnyville, Providence of all places, on Dike St! (Cue hacky celebrity impression radio voice.)Josh and Wife Kayla share and inside joke
Once inside the venue was impressive. There was a large ball room where the show was held. The ball room has a large raised stage with better than average rock show lighting. The room has an open floor plan with a triple length bar along the back wall and a second floor balcony that wraps around the top of the room. Unfortunately that was closed, there was no "V.I.P" or "Press" section. In fact Doug was not doing interviews because he'd rather do a meet and greet with the fans by the merch table after the show and sign everyone's stuff. And that they did! I myself purchased Graham Elwood's book and had then both sign it, as Doug did write the forward. Beyond that he took a picture or five with everybody that asked. It was pretty sweet!Here's my autograph and here's my card.
The show itself ran smoothly, Doug came out and read live tweets from the show, including mine asking him for an interview of sorts. In fact I was pointed out a few times that night because I do have an at times obnoxious laugh and wore overalls and a Star Wars shirt and sat in the front row. Being white and in that get up I am aware I looked like a lot of horror movie serial killers and their knowledge is vast and knows no bounds or mercy. Nevertheless a great show, I don't mind being a target. Doug introduced the show in lieu of a host. When he finished reading tweets and a brief opening about the general format of the show he brought Graham up. Graham was great! He has high energy and he opened by referring to the incident with the Valet and did a bit about Rhode Islanders calling him on his bullshit and busting his balls. I know I could relate. When Graham was done he introduced Doug and when the show was over Doug brought Graham back up for Leonard Maltin which he recorded on his phone and made a mini podcast out of. You can get it HERE! "Rental Car XXIII"
It was a great time and the guys were great sports after the show hanging back to sign every autograph and pose for every picture after putting on a high energy show. They show was sold out at about two hundred and fifty people. I believe I smoked pot with every individual there after the show or as Doug and I called it, "our unofficial off the record conversation." Though it is no secret that the man like his Weed. He did write, direct and star in "Super High Me." He said during our post show session that [He] "I like smoking, it helps me get through the non smoking times." This was after we were thrown out of the smokers area of the club because they were flipping it over into a DJ fueled dance party for bro dudes and hoochie mammas. I don't get out much, I don't know but I know it wasn't good. We all sought refuge in the abandoned dirt lot next to the coveted handicap lot. By we I mean Doug and the thirty plus fans all "packing" their own "punch!"
Afterwards my date and I floated home on a cloud of kind bud and kindness. Another great night out in a sleepy little city. A state full of cynical ball busters just trying to do our respective jobs. Some poorly but most seek an escape, a beer and perhaps a laugh after a long day of doing whatever you do however you choose to do it. The comedy scene is good here in RI and is starting to get even better with the addition of new rooms like this. Perhaps we will see acts at the newly opened Columbus Theater soon enough. (Just a hope of mine, I have no insider info. so...) Here is hoping!
Hope you all enjoyed the tale,
-See you out there!
Graham Elwoood and Fan(boy) Martin!
TONIGHT I will be out of town on a gig.
The show will air as usual at 9pm but will be a rerun of EPISODE Tenny-Three and a Third, our special all Torgo's episode with Shawn Flanagan.
Enjoy that and come on back to the blog soon to check out "Dan Loves Comedy Shows" a blog from the Doug Benson show on May 18th, 2013. Its a little later than I expected but I included a sneak peek above. That is me at the merch table buying Graham's Book. You should too! Comedy Film Nerds Guide to Movies!
I will be recording a new Episode of Comic's Corner this Monday LIVE at 9pm and you can catch me LIVE this weekend doing stand up and even in a stage play!
Thursday 6/6 "Subject 62" begins it's RI run before we take it to the Planet Connections Play festival in NYC
We Run Thurs 6/6 8pm tix $15 Fri, same. And 6/11 Tue 8pm $15 Show and then after the show we ROAST Lenny Schwartz! Stay for free with your ticket from the show.
Sun 6/9 I will be performing Stand Up at the Comedy Connection in EP, RI 8pm $10
And Thurs the 13th I will be part of a Charity Show to benefit Cistic Fibrosis research. Tickets avail on the website www.ricomedyconnection.com for Thursday and Sunday shows.
I hope you enjoy all that we have to offer from Comic's Corner and Fan Martin. See you all out there!
Last Week's Comic's Corner was a doozy! Bruce and Jenn of Deleted Scenes, were busy editing and preparing content for our ImprovBoston show on May 23rd so I was rejoined in the Studio by Kenny Nardozza from episode 9 and a previous Blog about his Solo Act. Bruce and I had recently been guests on a new episode of Torgo's Pizzeria Podcast on iTunes, go download it, it's FREE! So I asked Shawn and Kevin to join me on the Corner to talk comedy. Kevin DeCrisofano couldn't be with us that night so co-host Shawn Flanagan was in studio for a terrific show. Give it a listen and then...
Tomorrow night we are all NEW! Bruce Botelho Jr. will be back with me in the studio and we will be joined by a guest from the local comedy scene. (I am confirming that as we speak folks.) We Stream at 9pm LIVE.
OSAMA BIN REAGAN is a Punk Band with a new kind of sound done the old way. Punk-apella! "Because you don't need instruments to make punk rock," says the band's porcine front man, Obese Bruce. He is joined on stage by rhythm vocalist Danny Decay, who often retorts, "That's right mate, I open me butt-cheeks and punk rock falls out!"
Their songs are anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds long and often touch on important and political issues. Songs like, "Smart Phone, Dumb User" paint the picture of an entire nation out of touch with basic human contact. When asked why they named the band Osama Bin Reagan, Obese Bruce replied, "We just wanted to name the band after the two most evil people we could think of." Danny Decay actually looks up to the ex president as a great american actor. Obese Bruce has no idea who he is.
Below is a video of the band's most recent assault on the public's good senses. It was taken by super fan Erica S. on her smart phone...
If you enjoyed this you may really enjoy OABG on Youtube as well.
Saturday May 18th Doug Benson is coming to Fete Music hall in Providence, RI. I secured the proper passes to get insode to see the show and possibly catch a word or two with the man himself.
I also gave away two passes won by a local comic that called into the show. I will try to give away tickets to any comedic events I can get my grubbies on!
Doug Benson, besides being a Stand up has made the Movie Super High Me and has a pod cast for FREE, Doug Loves Movies.
Check him out, whether you come to the live show Saturday or download the podcast or stream Super High me... you won't be dissappointed. Go to his website Doug Loves Movies for show dates and podcasts and more!
If you are a Doug Benson fan and have a question that you want me to ask him, drop it here or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to take a moment and thank the seven Fan Martins (my fb show schedule in about section) that came to the show at Twin River on Thursday. Four of the ladies I work with at my day job and they printed the coupon from the blog and came out to see me! Also two of my twitter followers Tim and Michelle, who have come to many shows and support me whenever they can. I had a great time and got some good audience feedback for my set, along with a few converts in the audience. And my good friend and artist Paul T. was in the house, he finally didn't have to give me a ride. haha.
Thank you all for reading the blog and following the live shows. I love you all!
-See you out there.
Thursdays in May: 7:30pm @ Catch A Rising Star (inside Twin River Casino) There is a showcase for local New England comics called: LOL Thursdays. Come on out and see a great performance. Several local comics are doing well and stop through here to utilize the stage time at this show. The pic (left) is a coupon. Click it to enlarge and print it out so you can bring a friend to the show. The coupon expires May 31st so go check out a show before then.
@FanMartin and Guest @Moshingmaniac Photo By JBlakemedia
Episode #9 of Comics Corner was so much fun to do. Considering some of our technical difficulties with the Corner, we were only able to share episodes 7 and 8 LIVE and were not able to podcast them. They remain LOST! If you didn't hear them lost guests Doug Key and Mike Murray will be back at some point in the future on a pod-casted episode. Doug's episode was during the week of the Boston Marathon and the episode included comedy news from the week. Mike's episode was unique because we had Doug Benson Tix to give away and a lot of local comedian's called in to yank my chain and talk shop. It was a great time.
This episode more than makes up for it! Local comedian Kenny Nardozza stopped by and we returned to our talk/music format for the night. Kenny is a huge metal head, it inspires his comedy and influences his act. So I had Kenny pick and introduce four songs. Bruce was in the studio as always and we were joined by Jenn Blake of JBlakemedia. (She took da pictarz!)
We talk about metal, comedy and Naked people and so much more! Tune in below and if you have an Android Phone download the 990WBOB app from the Google Play Store. Iphone still streams from the site on the web with the right flash player. ENJOY
Check out The Blog about Kenny and some upcoming shows by scrolling through the blog while you listen!
-See you out there.
KENNY NARDOZA: RUSSIAN DOLL
Local Providence comedian, Kenny Nardozza is the man of many faces. Many zipped up hoodie faces that is. Kenny has been performing stand up for a little over three years now and has developed his own style of impression, not unlike the concept of the Russian Nesting Doll. I sat down with Kenny to explore his world and get to the bottom of it all. Pun intended!
DM: Where did you get the idea to brandish your first zip up hoodie?
This week's Comic's Corner will record tomorrow, Thursday May 9th due to a scheduling issue, but it will resume. The Podcast will be available as well. I apologize for those looking for our last two episodes, they aired live and both were excellent but due to some technical difficulty they may not be available for download. We may have 2 LOST EPISODES! BUM BUM BUM
Saturday May 11th- There will be a Comedy Showcase:
Christopher's Deli (Cranston)
1458 Park Ave
Cranston RI 02910
The show starts at 8pm and has a great lineup:
* Bernie Perrotty
* Jay Burns
* Chris Barylick
* James Creelman
* Dan Martin
Email me if you'd like some FREE Tickets! Otherwise it's 10$ at the door. Money collected goes to the comedians. Donations accepted.
See ya out there!