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This week we welcome the hilarious Adam Mamawala. Adam has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and SiriusXM and has headlined over 200 colleges across more than 35 states. His debut album One of the Good Ones, released through Comedy Dynamics, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. Adam shares his experience getting over his divorce, the pres…
 
This week we welcome Michael Stahl back to the podcast. Michael is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Queens, New York, and the co-author of Big Sexy: Bartolo Colón In His Own Words, published by Abrams Books. Sam and Jon do a brief weekly check in before talking with Michael as we explore dating in COVID times and parallels between…
 
Support Spiraling Up... https://ko-fi.com/spiralingup This week Spiraling Up welcomes back the prolific and hilarious Myq Kaplan. Myq has been seen on Conan, The Tonight Show and The Late Show to name a few. His new hour of comedy A.K.A. has just been released and it is worth listening to from beginning to end. We discuss the goal of comedy, the su…
 
Want to support the podcast? https://ko-fi.com/spiralingup And as always, please rate and subscribe on iTunes This week we welcome the hilarious Moody McCarthy. Moody is the King of Astoria and has appeared on television shows like Conan, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Comic Standing. Jon brings Sam up to speed on how well Moody and Jon …
 
Very excited to welcome Alingon Mitra from Last comic Standing, Colbert, Conan the Late Late show. We share some New England memories before getting into Gretchen Rubin’s book The Four Tendencies. It’s all about how you react to expectations both internal and external (which I annoyingly call exterior - oops sorry) Alingon explains why it can be so…
 
My guest is comedian, author, podcaster Dan Wilbur. In addition to his books How Not to Read and Never Flirt with Puppy Killers, Dan’’s been featured on Sirius XM, College Humor, McSweeney’s and Someecards, where he was the Ecards editor. We start talking books and try to figure out when it’s okay to give up on a book. Then Dan gets a life lesson f…
 
This week I welcome host, podcaster, producer and show-runner Chelsea White We pick things up as I’m explaining why I don’t watch the NFL. Then we stress the importance of following Josh Gondelman on Twitter and what it’s like when a Chelsea meets another Chelsea. And we get into the similarities between OCD and Tourette. Plus how to date purposefu…
 
Excited to be back with guest Leah Bonnema. Leah has been featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and TruTV’s Comedy Knockout. She’s an undeniable force of funny on stage and we got to chat about her love for performing. Plus, being in a relationship with a fellow comedian and how to know when you’ve found the right therapist and how to know when y…
 
Back at the Olive Tree for Part 2 of talking with comedians about the ups and down of New York City comedy life. Joyelle Johnson from HBO”S Crashing and Late Night with Seth Meyers helps explain how she readjusted to the energy of New York City, the importance of a night off and 'therapy energy' at a show. Then Derek Gaines from The Last OG and the…
 
This episode I did a little something different. I sat down at the Olive Tree Cafe above the Comedy Cellar to do a quick chat with comics about New York City. Ups and downs, difficulties and positives and insights into starting to work at some of NYC’s best comedy clubs. This week its Chloe Hilliard from This Week at the Comedy Cellar and Last Comi…
 
Lance Weiss is my guest. Lance is a fantastic comedian who performs nightly in NYC, is a regular on the festival circuit and was the co-creator of one of my favorite shows in NYC: “Gandhi, Is That You?” We talk about the origins of my tiny head hats, why Lance if forever indebted to Anthony Devito and how to run a great show. Then we get down to th…
 
My guest this week is journalist and model comedy audience member Michael Stahl. He has written for Rolling Stone, Vice, and Huffington Post. Sorry for making you listen to some chewing noises right out of the gate but a few weeks ago I found out that Michael had never had chocolate babka and I made it part of the podcast day experience and we ate …
 
My guest this week is Brendan Eyre. Brendan has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Comedy Central show Adam Devine’s House Party. We jump in discussing our podcast origins, hear a background of Brendan’s start in comedy and get a window into how he learned to headline comedy clubs. Then Brendan shares the story of how he navigated his …
 
Evan Williams is a super funny man who has been seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival. We jump in mid conversation about the joys of comedy condos. Then we learn who inspired Evan to be a better comic and talk about himself on stage when he moved to NYC. Evan shares a pretty great reason not to get high …
 
Jacob Williams is a regular cast member on MTV’s Wild n’ Out. He has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, America’s Got Talent and Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. A huge talent and an original voice, it was a pleasure to sit down and talk. On the podcast Jacob tells us what it’s like to get sort of recognized and how he find…
 
Anthony Devito is my guest this week. Along with being one of my absolute favorite comedians and people, he has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special and has been heard on This American Life. On the podcast Anthony reminds me about the first time we met, explains how to treat a Special and br…
 
I am back with season 2. My first guest is Alison Leiby. She is a hilarious stand up comedian that has written for shows like The Opposition with Jordan Klepper and The President’s Show. She also has one of the absolute best twitter minds in the game. On the podcast we learn how Alison turned pain into comedy, what she misses every day and the diff…
 
I was thrilled to have Erin Jackson sit down with me in the lobby of the Borgata in Atlantic City. She is so funny & makes me laugh every time I see her. She recently appeared on Conan & is recording her 1st album at the DC Improv on Saturday July 14th. On the podcast we discuss why Erin is happy to see you even though she does not want to hug you,…
 
Rich Vos is a comedy legend. A master of the roast & all things stand-up, he has multiple albums & specials. He’s a 2 time Oscar writer & the 'Vos Roast' recorded live at the Village Underground will be available June 17th @VosRoast.com Rich & I were at the Boragata in Atlantic City performing for the week & he was nice enough sit down with me to t…
 
James Patterson is an author of many books. But another James Patterson is one of my favorite people in comedy. We started in Boston a few years apart & his standup is original & amazing. He’s been to the Montreal Comedy Festival & has appeared on Comedy Central. He just finished filming the movie Strangers in Berlin which will be out by the end of…
 
This week I get to talk with my extremely funny buddy Joe Larson. He has been seen on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, was featured in the film Standup 360 & was a finalist at the Great American Comedy Festival Competition We talk about how comedy can help & hurt when dealing with tragedy, what to do when you can’t do everything & the dream way to quit…
 
Sean Donnelly is a hilarious comedian that has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman & Conan. He is constantly touring & when he’s not he’s performing in the clubs in NYC. His latest podcast is ‘Defend Your Movie’ & his fantastic album released on Comedy Central Records is called ‘Manual Labor Face.’ On the podcast we learn how to impress …
 
Luisa Diez is responsible for producing some of your favorite comedy shows such as Too Many Cooks, Witch Hunt & Schtick or Treat which this Halloween celebrated its 10th year in NYC this past Halloween & has also expanded to Los Angeles. We pick things up mid discussion about the importance of setting boundaries. We find out how Luisa spells Comedy…
 
Paul Hooper is my guest. A fellow Astorian & OCD’er, Paul has appeared on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live & has performed in 42 states & 10 different countries. We pick things up with Paul & I discussing what makes a comedy situation ideal. Then we learn what out of state license plates means for your NYC neighborhood, how Paul feels about teamwork & w…
 
Daniel Tirado is one of the very few comedians to perform at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival in both French & English. He made his American television debut on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live & was selected to perform as one of the top 10 finalists on StandUp NBC. On the podcast we learn how to act like you belong at the party, when to do what te…
 
Nick Griffin appeared 11 times on The Late Show with David Letterman & is hands down one of the best stand-up comedians I have met. He is a true pro that has lived in NYC & LA & performed everywhere in between. On the podcast, we learn how after years of trying, what finally helped land Nick his first Letterman appearance. We get into when depressi…
 
In 2017 Nathan Macintosh appeared on both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert & Conan & he has the mugs & t-shirts to prove it. On the podcast, Nathan explains how we are from sister homelands, how being competitive may have helped with his big year & how it feels when you are never on the list. Plus we break down one of my favorite Nathan Macintosh…
 
My friend Tony Deyo has been seen on Conan & The Late Late Show. The Village Voice calls him “one of the tightest joke writers in the business” & I couldn’t agree more. On the podcast we discuss Tony’s approach to comedy & why having a strong work ethic is so important in comedy right now. Plus, hear how to wipe terrible shows off the calendar & ho…
 
Jessica Brodkin is a wonderfully funny standup comedian, an energy healer & former CIA. Her website is LoveAndLightServices.com There is a also a New York Post article about Jessica called I left the CIA to become a psychic medium By Kristin McNamara First, we get all up in the chakras, learn about Buddha & find out what kind of person may be open …
 
I welcome my ol’ pal Joe DeVito this week. Joe is a professional comedian to the tenth power. A Last Comic Standing alum with performances on the Late Late Show & Comedy Central as well as a regular panel guest on CNN & Fox News. In the episode, we reminisce about our early days as stand-ups in NYC. Joe reminds me of a time he was worried about me …
 
Gary Vider is my guest this week. A full-on joke machine, Gary has appeared on Conan & was a finalist on season 10 of America’s Got Talent. On the podcast I trick Gary into telling some of my favorite Gary Vider bits. We discuss when it’s okay to lie a little in a joke, what is an underlooked part of success & how to leave a club when you know you’…
 
An exciting week where I get to talk with my long time pal Shauna Lane. Shauna is a hilarious comedian, a wonderful actor & a sweet soul who has appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival & co-hosts The Gone Girls podcast. We learn who inspired Shauna to start comedy, when the ukulele seems like a good idea & how simple structure goes a long way. Mus…
 
This week I welcome the delightful & insightful Myq Kaplan. A man with 4 comedy albums, Myq has appeared on The Tonight Show, Letterman, The Late Late Show & Conan. You may also recognize him from Last Comic Standing or America’s Got Talent. I GET to talk to Myq (foreshadowing) about disarming a potentially hostile audience, Myq explains everything…
 
It’s a semi In the Tank reunion with Dan Shaki. It was great to be back at the mics with my old sidekick & pal. He had a breakout tv appearance on Live at Gotham, regularly tours with Nate Bargatze as well as Toddy Barry & is a favorite in Green Rooms across the country & in Canada. In the episode we reminisce about the In the Tank days before argu…
 
Giulia Rozzi is a super talent whose presence is felt across podcast, standup & storytelling worlds. She has been a TEDx Speaker & a Moth GrandSlam Champion. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening & SeeSo’s Night Train Show. We discuss what kind of kooky is okay with Giulia, if being less busy CAN be a good thing & how Giulia go…
 
My guest this week is Mehran Khaghani who is an absolute force of energy on & off stage. A hilarious comedian who has been seen on Last Comic Standing, is a regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York City & co-hosts the show Hush Money on Monday nights also in New York City. We discuss how stand-ups are like a gang. Mehran schools me on how how quick…
 
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