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Best Madness Continues podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best Madness Continues podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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The second conversation I have with friend of the show philosopher and nihilist John Marmysz. The punk-rocker and philosopher of humor gives me his take on the weirdness that is COVID-19 and our strange COVID year.Unfortunately both he and his wife had it, but each has recovered, though he admits that it was rough.Check out John's writings on Amazo…
 
I talk with John McCombs, hilarious comedian based in Chicago about his experience in the military and telling jokes all over the world.The guy's work ethic and attitude is fantastic. One of these days I have to arrange a tour around Europe with the guy.Check him out online:https://www.facebook.com/johnmccombscomedy/https://twitter.com/realjohnmcco…
 
The whole freaking world is falling apart and yet Jeremy Miller is GROWING HIS BUSINESS.This guy not only grows his business, kicks ass and takes names, but he's also super personable and one of my favorite people to talk to.We have a couple of drinks during the coronavirus crisis and talk about how he's building his business despite the global dep…
 
I chat with Brandon Rhoten, CMO of Potbelly Sandwich Shop. He has a career of changing brands with unique and authentic voices and an eye on social and digital media.Brandon earned a reputation for creating the unique brand voice behind Wendy from Wendy's on Twitter.We talk about all kinds of things on this podcast; how to have an authentic voice, …
 
Matt Griffo and I met at one of the weirdest comedy shows I've ever been to in my life. It was at The Troubadour in London. Amazingly, we were two Chicago comedians who happened to meet at this strange little comedy show in London's west end.The guy is stupid talented - he plays instruments, he makes jokes, he does improv. Honestly, I wish I had as…
 
Ian Olasov is a philosopher professionally. In a way, I'm very jealous that he's decided to devote his life to intellectual and abstract thought.As I mention in the pod, I've been thinking a lot about what comedy and what philosophy can do in the world - and this guy is REALLY doing it. He literally sets up booths and talks to members of the public…
 
I know Michael Boothby through Facebook and Chicago comedy. Though now in Florida, he was in Chicago for some time telling jokes.Message with Purpose (https://amzn.to/2Gc5jIj) is an interesting take on dating in our modern times. Mike wrote it and pushed it all out himself! The guy pivots!Just shy of five stars on Amazon, he's had a great launch.…
 
There are a ton of great shows in Chicago, but of them, the most fun I've ever had was at Makespace at Packback's headquarters.Mike Shannon & Alex Prevolos have done an amazing and unique job creating a space for all kinds of creative people to come together and share their works.The night I did it there was music, graphic art, and of course, comed…
 
This week I'll be sending out a podcast a day... just a huge backlog of recordings I need to get out to you hungry listeners!Skyler Higley is a hilarious comedian originally from Utah who gets booked all over Chicago and is tearing up the festival circuit.Check him out here:Instagram: http://bit.ly/3aqhZsWBrian Roe, returning guest, is a great stor…
 
Dave Schwensen wrote the book on how to be a working comedian. Literally, that's the book he wrote.Dave got a gig booking talent at The Improv and had a whole career in it! He got a cross-section of all kinds of talent from the comedy world. For years he taught courses and coached comedians get work, until he got tired of answering the same questio…
 
Tristan A Smith is a friend from when I first moved to Chicago. We've been on the road and had shows all over the map (in both location and how good they were).Tristan and I both performed on one of the worst shows of our lives in Davenport, Iowa. We both took it on the chin.Tristan has the ability to be vulnerable, brave, even confessional on stag…
 
Zach Tomasovic and I met at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, we both had shows at the same venue. Whereas mine went on to receive horrible reviews, Zach received glowing reviews from The Scotsman, AP News, and Time.Time: http://bit.ly/2EtoX1CAP: http://bit.ly/36FzUZKZach is a very charming, super funny, and extremely personable guy - we hit i…
 
Lancey is a unique comic - I met him in Chicago years ago when I first moved there. The guy is both hilarious and a great friend.I'd been going through some shit recently with the passing of my grandfather, and Lancey made a point to reach out and make sure I was alright.We talk about comedy, Chicago, what it's like getting going in the city, how h…
 
Taking a break from heavy topics, I ran into Brian and Nick at The Laugh Factory in Chicago's Young Hustle show.Both of these guys are so funny and fun to hang out with, we sat down and just caught up for a bit on the podcast.Brian is a comedian who grinds hard in Chicago. He's constantly churning out new material and working on the craft. Check hi…
 
I sit down and talk with author, sales wizard, and all-around good-time boy Cory Bray! We talk about sales, problems with organizations, and even a little bit about comedy.He just released another book! This guy is on fire 🔥This one is all about hiring & onboarding sales reps. Even if you're not in the field, managing anyone new and onboarding them…
 
I came across Naomi Snider's book at The Strand in New York, jumping in to get out of the rain. The catchy cover and title caught my attention and after I picked the book up I couldn't put it down.She and her co-author, Carol Gilligan, take a stab at why the cultural condition we've lived under, patriarchy, is so well described and diagnosed yet so…
 
Matt Koff's new comedy album, Who's My Little Guy drop this Friday 11/1 on Spotify, iTunes, and his website, www.mattkoff.netHe's been a writer on The Daily Show since the halcyon days of Jon Stewart, and continued through the tumultuous Trump period. He's overcome a lot of frustrating comedy poverty (such as we all know), and all the while continu…
 
Rocco Siffredi is perhaps *the* most prolific male pornstar. He's transcended the world of porn, particularly in Europe, and is a genuine celebrity.Outside of his career, he's mostly a normal guy, a family man with a wife of 25 years and two great sons. How does he do it?Aside from his, ahem, career work, I took notice of him on the Netflix doc Roc…
 
An unofficial theme for this podcast from the beginning has been men and women and the #metoo movement.I saw Judith Taylor, professor of sociology and women & gender studies talking about Incels (involuntary celibates)on the CBC after the tragic events in Toronto (https://youtu.be/wEeLSTOZA2Q). She displayed a level of understanding and compassion …
 
Today on The Madness Continues, we talk to the business-minded comedian Ron Tite. Founder of Church+State, he cut his teeth in the world of comedy and advertising before moving more thoroughly into the world of marketing.He and I are of one mind about "marketers" - they're pretty eye-roll-y. He has an authentic, grounded, no-BS approach to branding…
 
On this episode of The Madness Continues, I talk with author and businessman Jeremy Miller. He talks with me about his new book, Brand New Name.We walkthrough the truth of what I've always expected: my life is meh because I'm "Brendon Lemon" and not "Raef Cortez." He talked me into changing my name, because I want to eventually be successful.Jeremy…
 
Headed to New York recently and caught up with my friend William Beteet and co-host of the upcoming SiriusXM show they have together, Keren Margolis.We have a chat about comedy, about hustle, about all kinds of things.Check them out.Bill:https://twitter.com/billbetweethttps://www.instagram.com/billbeteetBill's great podcast: https://soundcloud.com/…
 
Rodescu has always been one of the chillest guys from the moment I met him in the Chicago comedy scene. He's easy to talk to, has a great demeanor on stage, and always been one of the nicest guys.He has his hands in a bunch of great projects with other talented comedians in the city. I'm glad I finally had the chance to meet with him and record the…
 
Nick Ogle has always been one of the funnest comedians to watch in Chicago. He wins over audiences with his huge smile, and grinds shows all over the city. He's a member of The Young Hustle Crew.Forgive the talk about a porn festival I went to at the the start. Actually, don't forgive it, get into it, it's cool.Nick and I talk about all kinds of th…
 
I chat with heartthrob Zach Dietsch about what it's like to be a teen pop star AND comedy wunderkind.We worked together for about a year and he was my one link to sanity. After this I'm off the deep end.Zach talks about touring with his successful punk band Rust Belt Lights (found here on spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7hjCCpfiVNNsPLjJNZn…
 
I sit down and talk with Steve Curry. We get into some heavy spaces.Steve's a polarizing comedian in Chicago. We get into why, and some of his polemic views.He's not like every comedian in Chicago, and has a unique perspective formed by his experience growing up in Youngstown, Ohio. I relate to some of this, growing up outside Detroit myself.Love h…
 
In the second in our series of collaborations with Ciderscene (https://www.ciderscene.com/), I meet up with Nolan & Trevor to interview the wonderful Elle Correll from Buskey Cider.Started by Elle's husband, Will, back in 2016, the Richmond, Virginia based company has released a handful of fantastic ciders that had the twins raving.We learn about t…
 
I have all-around good guy and hilarious comedian Tyler Fowler over the studio to chat about how it's possible for him to be this nice, decent, and also good at comedy. I thought it was an either/or!I've known Tyler for years around the comedy scene as a member of Team Us comedy but haven't had the opportunity to sit down and actually speak with hi…
 
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