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Don't waste your money on a comedy class, because trust us, if you are going to be a comedian you are going to need every dollar you have! Each week Andrew Sleighter and Brandt Tobler explain Standup Comedy. They have been seen on Conan, Comedy Central and Espn! They've performed at colleges, corporate events, nudist colonies and cruise ships. They've done military tours, recorded CD's and wrote books. And to reach all these successes, they bombed countless times! They will talk about gettin ...
 
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Rising young comedy star Andrew Sleighter is with us, talking comedy shop talk, family, and zoom-tastic performances during the lockdown. Andrew has appeared on Conan, Dry Bar, and Last Comic Standing and has his own podcast The Cavalry. Aside from all that, he is a really fun, likable, and funny guy to share an hour with. It seemed like fifteen mi…
 
All about the changes in communication. From morse code and ham radios to the evolution of the phone, emails and zoom calls. The first ten minutes or so start out heavy as we ruminate about voter suppression and other maddening stuff then we lighten up with our memories of early phone use and work our way all the way up to the present, ending with …
 
Our guest this episode is Belinda Carroll. Comedian, writer, activist, actress, and singer. In addition to organizing the Portland Queer Comedy Festival and helping to organize Portland Dyke March, Belinda has appeared on Portlandia and has written for publications such as The Portland Mercury, Huffington Post, and Cracked.com. Oh, and she was awar…
 
Now that the country seems to be getting closer to opening up, what will the work market look like? What will your office job look like after a year of zoom meetings? Will you have to wear pants again? What sort of work are you willing to do? What weird jobs have you done in the past. These are the questions we ask each other this episode as well a…
 
So much happens in March. The Golden Globes, March Madness, colonoscopy awareness month... But this year is extra special because it's been one year since the White House decided to look the other way and cough, and all of our lives were impacted in a major way. I can't say we're celebrating one year so much as remembering the good and bad of the l…
 
Routines. We all have them. Some people love them, some people hate them. They can make you more productive and healthy and they can make you more bored and detached. Are you sleepwalking through your life or are you just simplifying your schedule so you can focus your energy on something new and creative? We talk about some of this stuff and bitch…
 
Social Media influencers. When did this start? How did we get here. What the hell? Seriously. So the first 12 minutes is just us talking about squirrels and birds so if you're not interested, fast forward through that and listen to us bitching about the scourge of influencers and the problems with social media. Real old people stuff.…
 
If you ever wanted to hear what Art sounds like on four hours sleep this is for you. Ice storm hit Portland last night and both of us experienced a power outage as well as falling tree branches. Half way through the episode, the power went out again, erasing the best audio version of the first half of the show. So thanks for your patience and under…
 
Seventeen percent of our population believes that a group of satan worshipping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control our politics and media. Thirty seven percent don't know. How did we get here? What is the allure of conspiracy theories and why do so many people get so lost in them that they alienate their families and friends. Also…
 
Seventeen percent of our population believes that a group of satan worshipping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control our politics and media. Thirty seven percent don't know. How did we get here? What is the allure of conspiracy theories and why do so many people get so lost in them that they alienate their families and friends. Also…
 
Hellvis is leaving the building. Deep clean the White House. The grown ups are back in charge. We're all on pins and needles waiting to find out how the last couple of days of this four year train wreck will play out. The Qanon mob and far right militias are poised and ready to cause violence around the country, then blame it on Antifa. And Biden i…
 
After being chosen by Willamette Week magazine as Portland's Funniest Person of 2018 , Jake Silberman has hosted two podcasts, and produced two comedy crowd work specials. This past year Jake has taken his comedy to the streets with a series of YouTube interviews in the middle of the protests of 2020. Portland has been the epicenter of culture wars…
 
Maybe the strangest and scariest week in the Trump presidency (and that's saying something). How do we get our heads around the events of Jan 6th and hold on to our hats for the next two weeks until the inauguration? Believe it or not we actually found some laughs in this emotionally exhausting week. We did our best to stay as light as we could but…
 
How will schools continue to teach our kids during the lockdown? Should we open up yet? What did school learn from the last nine months? We brought in our friend Dawn Greene to talk about it. Dawn is an administrator for a California magnet school. She has dealt first hand with the challenges and strategies presented by the pandemic. And she has so…
 
Seattle based comedian David Crowe is one of the funniest and most successful comedians ever to come out of the Pacific Northwest. Winner of both the Seattle and San Francisco comedy competitions, David has had a Showtime special, crushed at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and appeared on numerous television shows. Under the pandemic lo…
 
You are never too old to protest. Joe Rastetter and Melinda Pittman have been politically involved from the Vietnam War to today. They're as old as we are! And both had an influence on the Portland comedy scene back in the day. Joe, with his comedy class and as the driving force behind The Silver Dollar Pizza open mike (the main Portland open mike …
 
We're back! Art has been sidelined helping his wife recuperate from knee surgery. An intense couple of weeks. A lot has happened while we were gone. The vaccines, watching the Trump legal team flail like a blindfolded drunk trying to hit a piñata, a Thanksgiving during the peak of the Covid resurgence. It's been interesting. We have stories to tell…
 
It's the episode so nice, we aired it twice. Walter Cole, a.k.a. Darcelle turned 90 this week. So we decided to re-release our recording of this Portland legend. He's the oldest working drag queen in the world and as such, has the most interesting stories of anyone we've had on our show. He shared with us what the gay club scene was like back in th…
 
It's Election Day and we need a laugh. We taped the night before so we don't know the results yet. But we do know we need to laugh more than ever. That's why we asked our friend and guest from last year Duane Goad. And Duane delivers the laughs. Born in Canada, he is one of the most upbeat and creative comics around and just the tonic we needed on …
 
What are you reading? What books appeal to you during the pandemic? Susan and Art talk about what books that have impacted them since childhood and into adulthood, what reading means to them and why? Are you escaping into a good book or studying something new? Do you curl up with a book, a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and let your imagination tak…
 
Yes it gets political. We just couldn't let this week go by without trying to make some sense of a world where a presidential debate turns into a dumpster fire. So we got a hold of repeat guest Carl Wolfson, our political expert and wonderful comedian friend. Apologies for some bad sound. Carl's wifi connection was in and out so there's some glitch…
 
The Proud Boys converge on Portland from around the country for a rally that draws about 200. Counter protesters meet in a different park. No violence ensues. Sorry Fox News. Guess you'll have to show some clips from demonstrations in Kentucky or Wisconsin or Germany to prove what an anarchist state Oregon is. Also, Art does a live show at a casino…
 
In case you missed our live FB post last Friday on our FB page "Art and Susan's Podcast", here's the audio. 9/11 is sad enough even without a pandemic, and President Crazypants. Raging wildfires have turned the skies orange and made Portland's air quality the worst in the world. We're number one! We're number one! In this episode, Art mixed a littl…
 
Starting out the week with our old friend and former Portland comedian Robert Duchaine. What a hilarious guy. We really needed a laugh and he delivers. He talks about living in a casino in Vegas for a year and half and why he'd never do that again. He tells us why he changed his name from Robert Duchaine to Shane Roberts, then back again. But mostl…
 
We start off light with some good laughs then spiral a bit into the events of the week. Whatever you do, don't watch footage of pre Hitler Germany right before the evening news. If do, have a drink handy or a bong, or some chocolate or whatever it takes to tamp down the panic. (Apologies for the stereo sound. We’ll fix it when Art’s new computer ar…
 
We had the privilege of joking around with our good friends and comedians Geoff Young and Rod Long who have a new sports themed podcast called Lockdown Sports. Things have been weird for sports fans for the last few months as fans have been limited to choices like cornhole, tiddlywinks, and reruns of the 2009 Wimbedon Finals. And now that they're s…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss rather are not you should acknowledge that you are bombing! There are a couple different ways to handle bombing ..... do you address it, do you make fun of yourself, do you yell at the crowd for being awful, or do you just plow through and get your set over with? We discuss what has worked for us, and what really di…
 
Time is a concept. Hours. Weeks. Weekends. What does any of it mean? It's all quarantine time. Time to reflect on the disaster of the pandemic in America. Time to watch those in our society that don't think they should have to make the same sacrifices as the rest of us and so it goes on and on and on. Shoulder to shoulder pool parties. Quarter of a…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss the old theory that you have to have an awful life to become a stand up comedian. We talk about our upbringings, how tragedy has affected our comedy, and why tough times will help you prepare for the ups and downs of comedy, BUT you don't have to have tragedy + time.... to get to the comedy! #comedyclass #funny #sta…
 
Is this really happening or are we in dystopian science fiction novel? Instead of just venting about current events, we brought in political expert Carl Wolfson. Progressive talk show host and author of the book Slide, Carl is probably the most knowledgeable political junkie we know. Today he helps us stand back and look at what's happening downtow…
 
It's Friday afternoon and for many people, it's the end of the week. For many of the rest of us, it's just Friday. Another day in an endless weekend. But we did fit a little more of the happy into this hour. A prowler in the middle of the night, a new puppy, and a protest in downtown Portland that's still getting national attention. Yay Portland.…
 
On this weeks episode we and the question we know you all want to know.....When Should You Move To LA? We both lived in Los Angeles for almost a decade, and we share the good and bad lessons we learned. We will also have you answer one question and that will give you an answer on rather or not it's time to take the plunge and move to HOLLYWOOD and …
 
On this weeks episode we discuss Dealing With Rejection! Any comedian has had jokes rejected, been told NO by club bookers and festivals, and dealt with rejection emails from the industry! (If they even respond) There is so much rejection in this business, and we are here to help you realize that rejection is not a bad thing! #howtobeacomedian #com…
 
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