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Read the article at ComedyWham.com Episode #260 Jason Rodriguez talks with Valerie Lopez about The highly underrated accomplishment of reaching semifinals in the 2022 Cap City Comedy Club Funniest Person in Austin contest and the finals of the inaugural Austin Comedy Competition (hint: it's his broad appeal). How comedy is the first thing that he's…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Episode #259 Dave Buckman returns to talk to Valerie Lopez about The brutal years of the 2020-2021 pandemic as co-owner and Executive Producer of Coldtowne Theater All the buzz surrounding the celebration of the 16th anniversary of Coldtowne, including the return to a new (temporary) live performance space! The cu…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Episode #258 Ben Bosunga talks to Valerie Lopez about his incredible gift for not having a boss. Ever. Adopting a sports mentality when it comes to his commitment to comedy (think "the process") His travel adventures and how getting outside of his scene has lead to his ability to reset and grow as a comic Recorded…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Episode #257 John Hoeft talks with Valerie Lopez overcoming the effects of bullying by using the stage as therapy The perks (and pitfalls) of having an incredibly supportive family His experience with the 2022 Cap City Comedy Club Funniest Person in Austin and what it felt like to be a finalist Adopting a mindset …
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Episode #256 - Comedy with (Holly) Hart Holly Hart sits down with Valerie Lopez for her very first podcast ever to talk about comedy before, during, and after the pandemic, how her growth as a person has paralleled her growth as a comic, gaining recognition through advancing to semifinals in Cap City Comedy Club's…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Episode #255 Alyssa Spatola talks Valerie Lopez to talk about creating spaces for underrepresented and marginalized communities in comedy through Open Michelle and Texass Queer Comedy Show, finding more joy in helping comics rise up than in being on stage herself, and encourages anyone that wants to be a standup t…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Episode #254 Vanessa Gonzalez joins us for her 3rd conversation with Valerie Lopez by Zoom to talk about fighting feelings of failure after moving to Los Angeles and returning to Austin during the pandemic only to be rewarded with a 2022 Best of Stand-up Comic award from the Austin Chronicle and Variety's Top 10 C…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com JT Habersaat returns for his 4th episode with Valerie Lopez to talk about literally how his latest album, Swampbeast (800 Pound Gorilla Records) was made down to the vinyl color, shares the pros and cons of changing record labels, the continued adventures of touring with Eddie Pepitone, teases a new book project, …
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Casey Rocket talks candidly with Valerie Lopez about living life satirically, the learning process for being an absurdist comic, how getting the attention of one of the most powerful podcast producers in the country changed his life, and tells us that we're all going to land on our feet. We rate this episode "Mast…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Ivy Le sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about how comedy came to her (not vice versa), the process of becoming a reluctant host on the podcast FOGO: Fear of Going Outside, hosting the only Austin queer open mic Tongue & Cheek, and the return of Austin Sketch Fest. Austin Sketch Fest returns September 29 to Oct…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Ryan Cownie sits down with Valerie Lopez for his second time to talk about the trials and tribulations of moving to LA, how the Comedy Wham Isolation Comedy Zoom shows became a fun escape for him during the pandemic, and the mischief he's gotten into since returning to his 2nd home, Austin. This is a special treat…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Alden Schaub sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about how comedy saved him from a life of aimless (and sometimes dangerous) job hopping, life as a trivia show host, keeping busy hosting open mics around Austin, and we spend a lot of time talking about the practical side of being a comic. Oh, and Alden single-han…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Yola Lu talks honestly with Valerie Lopez and shares her comedy origins with standup in Seattle, launch of Y'All We Asian improv troupe, web series Uncomfortable, and ambitious goals she has set for herself over the next two years. Recorded August 2022 Follow Yola Website - yolalucomedy.com Linktree - linktr.ee/yo…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Mandy Kay talks with Valerie Lopez about the lifelong pursuit of learning (and ice cream), the mantras that see her through the challenges of life, her move from the Denver to Austin comedy scene, and how important it is to balance the chase of success with being yourself. Recorded August 2022 Follow Ma…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Andre Ricks talks with Valerie Lopez about the view from the new podcast recording location, how time is the most valuable resource we have, life as a comic in Austin before the pandemic and after, and his exciting new venture as co-owner of the East Austin Comedy Club. Recorded July 2022 Follow Andre I…
 
2022 Moontower Comedy Festival Series Read the article at ComedyWham.com Guy Branum sits down with Valerie Lopez to explain why lawyers and comics are both aggressive people who like to be coercive, his observations on the evolution in queer comedy in San Francisco and across the country, his wish for diversity to be addressed more thoughtfully, an…
 
2022 Moontower Comedy Festival Series Read the article at ComedyWham.com Erica Rhodes sits down with Valerie Lopez to discuss the milestones she's achieved during the five years since her first Moontower interview with us in 2017 including her debut album, Sad Lemon, her debut special, La Vie en Rhodes, touring (safely) during a pandemic, and share…
 
2022 Moontower Comedy Festival Series Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Avery Pearson sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about how a grade school crush led him on a path to perform but his wife encouraged him to commit to comedy, about a chance encounter with Sir Paul McCartney, and we celebrate the big year he's been having with his …
 
2022 Moontower Just for Laughs Comedy Festival Series Read the article at comedywham.com Mike Falzone sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about his start as a musician, the culture shock of moving from Connecticut to Los Angeles with his wife, being an early Youtube (and podcasting) star, the perspective he's gained from having not one, but two he…
 
2022 Moontower Just for Laughs Comedy Festival Series Read the article at comedywham.com Rojo Perez returns to talk with Valerie Lopez about his evolution as a performer, taking a necessary break from the New York City grind to live in Puerto Rico during the pandemic, and the release of his debut album, Words. Recorded April 2022 at Moontower Just …
 
2022 Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Series Read the article at comedywham.com Sophie Buddle sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about starting comedy at the age of 15, the Canadian's ambitions to perform in the US, what it's like to ask comics to write letters of recommendations, and settling into her new life as an LA comic touring the…
 
2022 Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Series Read the article at comedywham.com Jeremiah Watkins talks to Valerie Lopez for the 5th time about how focusing on himself has lead to bigger and bigger opportunities, his Standup on the Spot show becoming a series recorded at the world famous Comedy Store, the success of the Scissor Bros Podcast…
 
2022 Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Series Read the article at ComedyWham.com Andy Huggins sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about his 45+ year career in comedy, being a Texas Outlaw, the simple pleasures of paying bills on time, his America's Got Talent appearance, and his excitement to film his debut comedy special. Recorded April 2…
 
Live from the 2022 Lysistrata Comedy Festival Read the article at ComedyWham.com Live from the 2022 Lysistrata Comedy Festival in New Orleans, Amanda Van Nostrand sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about just how hammy she was as a child, turning a challenge into a victory, and how it feels to be in that transition period between standup comic an…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Trumaine Bradley sits down with Valerie Lopez by zoom to talk about how his Big Beard Energy (BBE) has taken him from Houston to Austin to Chicago, the big name comics who have given him opportunities to shine, and the plans he's making to keep challenging himself until he's ready to make it back to LA, his hometo…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com Maggi Mayfield sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about her start in radio, how she learned to play guitar and started writing parody songs, and gives us a sneak peak into some exciting projects on her horizon (including a new open mic!) Recorded February 2022 Follow Maggi: Website - www.maggimayfield.com Twitte…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Lukas McCrary sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about their move to Austin from Knoxville, TN, a fortuitous 1 minute set in front of one of the most powerful voices that garnered them even more attention, their eye for design, and their successful Main Course & Just Desserts shows. Follow Lukas Linkt…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, James "Murr" Murray sits down with Valerie Lopez via Zoom to talk about the start of The Tenderloins. the adventures of being an Impractical Joker, what it's like writing a new book every year, and why he's been touring the country. James is in town for 2 shows at the Paramount Stateside on Saturday Mar…
 
Read the article at comedywham.com This week, Cara Connors from LA sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about how she ditched graduate school to pursue comedy, landing an E! television show, and what it means to be your own marketing machine for her Straight for Pay national tour. Recorded February 2022 Follow Cara Website - CaraConnors.com Twitter…
 
Read the article at: comedywham.com This week, Sawyer Stull sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about being a new star on the Austin comedy scene (before Covid shutdown), staying busy with writing during Covid, running multiple shows since the reopening, and, in a maternal plea from Valerie, how he really needs to get some glasses! Recorded Januar…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Brandi Davis sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about finding comedy to achieve balance with her more serious day job, breaking the habit of being self-deprecating, and shares their insights on the Austin comedy scene. (Recorded January 2022) Follow Brandi Twitter - @lilbrandidavis Instagram - @brandi…
 
Read the article at comedywham.com This week, Monna sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about launching her comedy career in Fort Worth, Texas by carpooling with friends, the launch of her brand Claws Out Comedy, and shares the motivation behind her unflappable drive to succeed in comedy. (Recorded January 2022) Follow MONNA Website - MonnaComedy.…
 
Read the article at comedywham.com This week, for a live special event celebrating Comedy Wham Present's 6th Anniversary and Valerie's 200th interview, our very first guests, Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O'Grady join Valerie Lopez to talk about the Austin comedy scene. We reflect on changes in the Austin comedy scene since the Covid shutdown and wh…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Rochelle McConico sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about her start in comedy by way of being a teacher in some of the toughest cities in the country, her many talents and interests (maybe too many, she wonders aloud?) in comedy, and how giving back and lifting up are genetically encoded in her syste…
 
Trigger Warning: The article and accompanying podcast discuss suicide, self-harm, and abuse. If you or someone you care for is having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 If you or someone you care for are engaging in self-harm, contact a Crisis Counselor by texting 741741 If you or someone you care fo…
 
Read the article at comedywham.com This week, Mike Eaton sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about his start in and return to Austin, the valuable lessons he learned about performing in front of different audiences, and getting his Giggle Boys Podcast picked up by a major network. Mike's episode begins our final countdown to Valerie's 200th interv…
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Dylan Sullivan sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about his incredible job as assistant to Pauly Shore, how he coped with the fame of appearing on Lights Out with David Spade, and offers introspection about the Austin comedy scene. Follow Dylan Twitter - @dylanraysull Instagram - @dylanraysull Do 512 …
 
Read the article at ComedyWham.com This week, Brett VerVoort returns to sit down with Valerie Lopez to talk about how things have changed for her since her first episode in 2018, how she became more introspective during 2020, and how incredibly busy she's been in 2021 (including with her own show, High Tea). Listen up, she shared a huge announcemen…
 
Read the article at https://comedywham.com/interviews/roxy-castillo-shines-her-light This week, Roxy Castillo sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about how she's split her time as a standup/improviser/sketch performer, Lashonda Lester's lasting influence, and how she's managed to tame the tornado that her life (and calendar) had become. Follow Rox…
 
Read the article at: www.comedywham.com This week, Jacob Erdman sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about life since his last episode (2018 Altercation Festival), a change in career allowing him to perform across the country, and cultural and comedy perspectives on his pre-Covid travels around the world. Follow Jacob Twitter - @970Comedy Instagram…
 
2021 Moontower Comedy Festival Series Read the article at: www.comedywham.com This week, Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Gould sit down with Valerie Lopez to talk about Joy Ride their documedy (documentary comedy special) set for release October 29, 2021. In this abbreviated conversation after the first screening of the movie live at Moontower Comedy Fe…
 
Read the article at https://comedywham.com/interviews/jt-habersaat-toying-with-comedy This week, Jt Habersaat sits down for the 3rd time with Valerie Lopez to talk about a message he got right after the 2nd time we recorded together that he would be opening for Eddie Pepitone continues to fuel his love of comedy, how he confronted the difficulty of…
 
2021 Moontower Comedy Festival Series Read the article at: www.comedywham.com This week, Brad Williams sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about channeling Kid Rock and Eddie Vedder for the Goddamn Comedy Jam, his magical start in comedy, the lessons learned along the way, and how becoming a father during Covid turned out to be a blessing in disgu…
 
2021 Moontower Comedy Festival Series Read the article at: www.comedywham.com This week, Jeremiah Watkins sits down with Valerie Lopez to talk about how life has changed since our last Moontower check in in 2019. It's a lot: from becoming a father to releasing his debut comedy special Jeremiah Watkins: Family Reunion (both on the same day!), to lau…
 
2021 Summer Vacation Series Destination: Houston, Texas Read the article at: comedywham.com/ZahidDewji This week Zahid Dewji talks to Valerie as we return close to home for our final episode of the 2021 Summer Vacation Series. Zahid was one of our very favorite comics on the Isolation Comedy show and we're lucky that he regularly performs in Austin…
 
2021 Summer Vacation Series Destination Los Angeles, California Read the article at comedywham.com This week Erik Escobar talks to Valerie about breaking out of his introverted shell, bringing different worlds together, and his experience as a TED Talk speaker at the onset of COVID. Want to know more about comedy in Los Angeles, California (and out…
 
2021 Summer Vacation Series Destination: London, England Read the article at: comedywham.com This week Benjamin Bello talks to Valerie about his late and surprising start in comedy (a joyus Nigerian wedding is involved), the evolution of his alter ego, the honorable President Obonjo, and the challenges of achieving comedy fame as a character while …
 
2021 Summer Vacation Series Destination: Richmond, Virginia Read the article at: comedywham.com This week Mary Jane French talks to Valerie about how it took moving away from Richmond, VA to love it, her young start as a comic, and her transition's role in releasing her specials. Want to know more about comedy in Richmond, Virginia? Mary Jane's rec…
 
2021 Summer Vacation Series Destination: Los Angeles, California Read the article at comedywham.com This week Teddy Margas talks to Valerie Lopez about being born to perform, his love of standup comedy in all forms, getting to work with Joan Rivers and Rupaul, and his quest for his trademark glasses. Want to know more about comedy in Los Angeles, C…
 
2021 Summer Vacation Series Destination: Melbourne, Australia Read the article at: comedywham.com This week Janet McLeod talks to Valerie about her start in comedy involved an inflatable chair, how her helpful nature and love of comedy evolved into her role as a connector (which is exactly why we got to know her - without her, we never would have l…
 
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