INTERVIEWS

Brendon Walsh: En Garde with the Avant-Garde

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You’ve seen Brendon Walsh most recently in Doug Stanhope’s “Comedians Comedian’s Comedians” special on Seeso TV. You may recognize him from his ‘Comedy Central Half Hour’ or his appearances on Drunk History, @midnight, The Late Late Show, Conan, Comedy Bang Bang, HBO, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tru TV’s World’s Dumbest, Another Period, Maron, the film ‘Punching Henry’ starring JK Simmons & Henry Phillips, or the Nekrogoblikon video “Dressed as Goblins”. Walsh has performed at numerous comedy festivals around the world including the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and the Melbourne International Comedy Fest in Australia. Walsh was also …

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07/24/2018

INTERVIEWS

Brett Erickson: Escape from Peoria.

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Brett Erickson is a comedian and writer based in Los Angeles, CA. A fearless, back-of-the-room comic’s comic, Brett delivers a dynamic, free-form show that’s consistently out front of anything any other comics are doing. It was just this sort of brave, bold, damn the consequences style that led legendary comedian Doug Stanhope to take notice and call Brett, “one of the funniest comics working today.” Their connection has flourished and Brett has become one of Doug’s favorite opening acts over the years. A featured player in the cult-comedy classic, “The Unbookables” the story of a group of comics Stanhope …

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Interviews
07/10/2018

INTERVIEWS

Allen Strickland Williams: King of the One Liners

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Allen Strickland Williams is one of the best one-liner comedians in the game. From getting a standing O on Conan to the new Netflix show (Cooking on High) where he appears as a judge on a cooking show for stoners. Williams is hitting all the markets. Williams performed at South by Southwest, Moontower Comedy Festival, Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, CROM Comedy Festival in Omaha, Comedy Carnivale in Salt Lake City, Hell Yes Fest! in New Orleans, and the RIOT Festival in Los Angeles. Williams was also one-fourth of the …

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Interviews
07/05/2018

EVENTS

Loudon Wainwright III: The Fourth Member of Spinal Tap?

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Aside from being a talented and influential singer/songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III has become a hip household name for his sense of humor. From the road where Loudon is polishing his new Netflix special, he confesses, “I’ve always liked making people laugh, if possible. I have friends that are comics and I certainly have watched a lot of stand up. When I perform, I have a guitar that acts as a fig-leaf and as a shield for protection—so I’m relaxed.”

With 23 albums under his belt, appearances on TV—including M.A.S.H and Judd Apatow’s underrated Undeclared—and a hilarious role as an irreverent …

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Events, Interviews
05/11/2018

INTERVIEWS

Jason Mewes Has Paid His Dues

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When Clerks hit the big screen in 1994, for millions of mostly young adults, it was like lightening split the theatre in two. And it wasn’t just New Jersey youth who related to the characters and their syntax, it was the birth of a new comedic duo Jay and Silent Bob.

There was something classic about the interplay between Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith). Like an X-rated version of Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy and Martin & Lewis, Mewes solidified his place in comedy history.

From a rough and tumble beginning to stardom, Mewes has been vocal …

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Interviews
04/19/2018

INTERVIEWS

Bob Saget puts the X in Gen X.

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Here’s a disclaimer: I’ve never seen Full House. I am aware of the characters and where the house is located in San Francisco, but the daily tribulations of the Tanner family escaped me. And yet, I feel like I grew up with Bob Saget. I saw him on Johnny Carson and the other talk shows of the day. I saw him as the host on AFV. To me he was, in some ways, the archetypal comic. A guy who could clean it up onscreen and throw it down live onstage. And when I look at his vast multi-faceted career …

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03/07/2018

INTERVIEWS

Carlos Mencia: Defintely Not Normal Part Deux

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In our first interview with Carlos Mencia we went back in time and revisited Mencia’s first decade in the business. This time around, Mencia is about to record 5 shows at the San Jose Improv (tix here), for his latest album(s).

Transparency: the recorder glitched at the beginning. So let’s dive into Carlos Mencia talking about his new 3 hours of material and breaking it down for the new album.

Mencia: When I do current jokes I try and tie it into an emotional idea. But once those moments go away, I can’t really use that material again. Last year I …

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Interviews
01/22/2018

INTERVIEWS

Chris Titus: Champion of the People.

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Chris Titus: Champion of the People.

Christopher Titus has to be one of the longest running, hardest working comedians in the business. From his major success at 35 on his own television show, Titus, to his ground breaking comedy albums, the guy’s work ethic is staggering. Last time SUSC talked with Titus, he was angry at life, angry at love and angry in a downhearted, but hilarious, way. Now that the entire planet is coming apart at the seams, Titus has found his stride and new confidence. Like Hunter S. Thompson said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn …

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11/13/2017

EVENTS

Barry Crimmins in Santa Cruz

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The big man will be at the Food Lounge on Saturday April 15th

Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2922415

A brief bio of Barry Crimmins looks like this: Former Air America Radio writer and correspondent, internationally renowned political satirist and author of the acclaimed Seven Stories Press book Never Shake Hands With A War Criminal helped bring the Boston Comedy scene into the modern age when he founded two of Boston’s most fabled clubs: The Ding Ho and Stitches. Such acts as Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many, many others cut their comedic teeth in the rooms …

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Events, Interviews
04/10/2017

INTERVIEWS

Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero Up A Tree. . .

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It’s fascinating when you see your comedy friends and acquaintances taking huge strides forward. It’s as if there is a veil between this regular ordinary world and the world of fame and they have managed to pierce it. SUSC was nervous about interviewing Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher, Moshe has always been a pretty brilliant and intense Mofo and Natasha is a fast rising star whose stage persona is barbed and sharp. Natasha is crushing it on her co-written, produced and directed Comedy Central show Another Period and Moshe just launched a “coming to Showtime”  series slated to …

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05/19/2016

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