New Music Tuesday: Andrew Sheppard: Steady Your Aim [Album]

Well, it feels like this is going to the year of the amazing country infused singer/songwriter. We kicked off the year featuring The Wood Brothers, and now we have something insanely special to share with you all. Today we are featuring an amazing album from a guy who instantly stole my musical heart. His name is Andrew Sheppard, and his album Steady Your Aim is a prime example of a truly soulful cat who can, to put it bluntly, write the fuck out of a song!

I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Steady Your Aim, I was just looking to give it a chance. And god dammit if I didn’t give a little gasp of fear when the playlist ran through to competition without even realizing. So, I ran through another listen. And then another. And then another. And….you get the point. While some may wish to strip down Sheppard’s work as a collection of Country melodies, I feel very strongly that this is a wrong assumption. There is an essence of rockabilly and old school guitar screeching business that is undeniably strong throughout Steady Your Aim. And the songwriting! Sheppard writes songs that are deliberate, thoughtful, and quick (every song is under 4 minutes!). And he does it flawlessly!

The title track, “Steady Your Aim”, is an obvious hit single. But, to ignore a more hardcore track like “Lies As Cheap As Whiskey” or twangy “Here at the Bottom” would simply be irresponsible. Steady Your Aim is an album loaded with perfectly written melodies for every mood imaginable. Whether your filled with booze and joy, or dealing with darkness (with booze?) there is something here for you. It’s early in the year, but I have to call it…..Steady Your Aim will be known as one of the best albums of 2018. No arguments.

Steady Your Aim will be available for download or however you listen to music on March 23rd. Check out andrewsheppardmusic.com for details.

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Sunday Matinee: Harold Buttleman [Film]


“Buttleman (Hawkes, Winter’s Bone, The Sessions) is on the brink of TV stardom, a 3 am spot on the late night cable access, but the life of a daredevil stuntman is harder than it looks. Harold’s parents want him to move out of their basement and his girlfriend wants him to settle into a career selling bathtub parts. For Harold, it all depends on his big break. He gathers the entire town for his gala premiere celebration, but there’s a surprise in store. An offbeat comedy about following your dreams, and the finer points of being shot out of a cannon.” – October Coast PR

I have always loved John Hawkes. He is one of those guys who I don’t exactly follow, but I always excited to see show up the screen. I will never forget his brief, fatal, and eventually engulfed in flames performances as Benny of Benny’s World of Liquor in the greatest vampire film ever made, From Dusk Till Dawn. And his reasonably frustrated role on Eastbound and Down is brilliant. But, this is where we see John at his best. Right here in Harold Buttleman: Daredevil Stuntman.

I do have warn you dear readers, if you have any form of anxiety issues, this may be a tough film for you. This is do to the fact, which shouldn’t really be a spoiler, NOTHING goes right for this guy. It is a brilliant introspective into the world of a very naive human being who probably things the world is kinder than it really is, and shit just really doesn’t work out for him. But in all honesty, that is really what is most intriguing to me. It is a brilliant film with an absolutely amazing cast. John Hawkes is brilliant as he always is. But a HUGE shoutout has to go to Anita Barone who is an actress that NEEDS to be utilized more often. She was the lead actress in the sitcom that was unfairly ended far too early known as The War At Home, who’s cancellation was one of the dumbest decisions ever made by a studio. But, I digress, back to Buttleman. I really loved this film, for so many different reasons. But the main reason would have to be the “laugh at my pain” charisma that it provides, and the characters’ inability to accept the inevitable fate that they will eventually come to. I simply cannot recommend this brilliant indie film enough.

Harold Buttleman: Daredevil Stuntman will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play Feb 2, 2018. Here is the trailer:

 

Randy Gambill [Interview]

I am SO excited to have this man on the site today! If not for the singular reason that I believe that Randy Gambill may be one of the bravest men in Hollywood. He’s a guy who wasn’t afraid to, literally, put it all out there. I am obviously referring to his performance as the infamous Streaker in the brilliant film “Observe and Report”. But, as it usually goes, I was able to learn that there are a plethora of reasons to love Randy that go far beyond his one singular brave role. He turns out to be one of the nicest people we have ever had on the site, and as an abundance of credits in multiple fields of the film world that are all equally as impressive as being willing to run through a ball with your twig and berries exposed and swirling for the world to see.

So ladies and gentlemen, sit back and enjoy some amazing answers from a man who is well versed in not only the world of film and television (get ready for The Last OG!), but also in other subtle nuances of what it means to be a professional in the world of show business. For instance: it is very hard to take a proper Polaroid of your own penis. I’m almost ashamed at how much I relate to to this experience, and I’m not in show business in any way. That being said, please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant Randy Gambill!

While I primarily know you as an actor, I understand you are also skilled at art direction and props. How did you find yourself in this line of business? Was it something you were always passionate about, or did you just sort of fall into it?

I definitely fell into it. I went to film school at University of North Carolina-School of the Arts. Was in the first class they had for filmmaking back in 1993. I was actually a writing/ directing major. Made my own short films. It was there that I met Jody Hill. He was a few classes below me. We sometimes had a hard time casting our short films because there weren’t a lot of choices in NC and the school was against us using their acting students in our films for fear we would teach them dirty film acting habits that would ruin their stage performances.  So we cast each other. Jody actually cast me in one of his student films. I was older than his peer group so I would get cast as teachers and other “adult” figures.

Cut to a few years later in LA, Jody was getting ready to make The Foot Fist Way– it was extremely low budget and he was leaning on his film school buddies to help him out. He needed a Production Designer – I wasn’t working at the time- probably knew as much about production design as anybody in the group- I actually can namecheck guys like Rick Carter, Rick Heinrichs and Bo Welch- and I was the only one of the group at the time who had any interest or knowledge of interior decorating-so I got the job.

Ended up being one of the greatest experiences of my life and bonded me with Jody and those guys. And it got me some art direction/props work for a few years after. But my interest and intention was always more along the lines of writing/acting. And believe it or not I would still like to direct!

How much convincing did Jody Hill have to do to get you to perform that magnificent nude scene in the highly underrated film Observe and Report?

Not too much! Not sure what that says about me!

The way it actually went down is I was with a group of friends including Jody having Sunday dinner. He had just sold Observe and Report to Warner Brothers and was regaling us with his plans for the big finale of the Flasher being pursued by Seth Rogen. I laughingly said the Flasher sounds like the kind of part I would play. I remember the next detail very distinctly. Jody turned his head up real abruptly and I swear if a sound effect could have accompanied it, it would have been a PING! He smiled and said “Yeah, you should play the part.” I had seen Jody have that reaction only a few times before and it was always when real inspiration had struck, so weirdly I knew at that point I would be doing this.

Meanwhile, the writer’s strike happened and everything got pushed back. I reached a “rock bottom” period after 10 years struggling in LA. I moved back in with my parents in Winston-Salem, NC and got a job as an assistant teacher with my niece, who was a teacher there. Things were so bad I couldn’t even pay my cell phone bill so it was cut off. I remember one low point in the class wondering if this was where I was going to spend the rest of my life, when I checked my email on the classroom computer. The Observe and Report producers had been trying to call me but my phone was cut off! It was a request to come and play the Flasher in Jody’s movie! I felt like I had won the lottery!

Funny thing was for some reason before I came down to the location the Production Designer Chris Spellman, requested that I take a polaroid of my penis for the scenes in the movie where Seth Rogen has it as evidence. Not just a pic, but a Polaroid of my penis and send it to them right away. They need it for prep.

Two problems arose. At that point, 2008 it was next to impossible to find a Polaroid camera.

And secondly it’s really hard to take a really good, effectively framed  picture of your own penis. I’m sure my weight didn’t help but I really couldn’t get a great angle. So I went out in the woods behind my parent’s house with a new Nikon Camera my brother had given me for Christmas and really tried. Took about 15 photos and emailed them to the production. Figured the art department could take my photos and paste them onto a polaroid backing

Secretly I though maybe this was a “penis” audition and they were making sure mine was small enough. I was actually worried my penis wouldn’t past muster and I would lose the part!

Turns out the pictures had to be taken with a Polaroid camera.  The ones I sent wouldn’t suffice. When I came to LA for my wardrobe fitting (Everybody thinks of me as being completely naked but I did wear a trenchcoat) one of the wardrobe ladies hooked me up with a Polaroid camera. I tried to take a picture of my dick with the Polaroid  and it was just impossible to frame up. I was single at the time and didn’t know who I could get to take a Polaroid of my penis. I didn’t feel comfortable having any of my male or female friends do it.  Luckily a really good female friend’s brother was in town- he’s pretty non-plussed by things and we were close but not that close so it didn’t seem so awkward.  He took the Polaroid that was used in the movie and I didn’t have to show my junk to anybody I didn’t want to- before it’s big debut.

To this day I think it’s weird that all this had to take place before I arrived on-set since the movie had not started shooting- I was there for the whole shoot. Why couldn’t I have handled all this stuff when I arrived on location? With a little help?

I guess no one wanted to get near my dick before they had too! As a matter of fact I got no body make-up in that area either. The make-up lady wouldn’t get near it!

What was shooting like on that day? Were you able to keep it loose (the environment, I mean, obviously) and make it a fun experience? Were you nervous at all during that time?

The final sequence was shot last and took two days. By this time I had already simulated masturbation in front of Anna Faris and flashed Seth Rogen and Collette Wolfe in the first part of the scene. So any sense of shyness about my nakedness was gone. Also, it was a non-verbal part and I never stayed still long enough to have real interactions with the other actors. I was literally always in motion. So I didn’t really have time to feel self-conscious.

I’ve acted since then with dialogue and clothes and actually felt more self-conscious then. I feel like the sight of me naked was so shocking – almost like a special effect- that anything else I did was gravy. So being brave enough to expose myself was enough- whether my acting was convincing was an afterthought.

However, there were little acting moments I am proud of. Jody had me flip some of the extras the bird and then point to my junk. Donald De Line, the producer was at video village and after that take he threw up his arms and said “Great Job!”  That made me feel like I was doing a good job of acting and wasn’t just a dick joke.

I have to say it couldn’t have been looser or more fun set and Seth Rogen couldn’t have been nicer or easier to be around. I’ve been around some big name actors since and I gotta say doing that kind of scene could have been tense or unpleasant. Seth Rogen was a real prince and it was the first big thing I had ever been on. So I am eternally grateful.

The really scary part was getting shot! I had to get a fake prosthetic chest done and we only had two of them. It was all in one take and if we didn’t get it right on the first one it was gonna take hours to get me back in make-up and redo it. The pressure was on. I remember I did ask for a little whiskey before we did that take. So we did it and everything worked without a hitch! Everyone was ecstatic and the take you see of me running and getting shot in the chest by Seth Rogen is the one and only take!

As I’ve stated earlier, I think O&R is one of the most underrated films from the last decade or so. But, what are your thoughts on the final product that was the film?

I love it. I know I’m a little biased because I’m in it- but I’m really not in it that much. I think it’s a really smart, funny, dark comedy. I love the tone. I think Jody is a real master of that kind of tone. There’s a broadness to it but at the same time an undercurrent of reality, real tragedy even. Seth’s character- his life with his mother (Celia Weston- who is brilliant) is so sad, a real honest, sympathetic portrayal of the lower middle class and their dreams. I think it’s a real trenchant satire of the hero myth, laceratingly funny. I also think it’s real bravura filmmaking, very Scorsese-like which was intentional on Jody’s part. And Joey Stephen’s score is s great and all the song choices gives it so much excitement.  And Anna Faris and Michael Pena are so venal and funny. I think it’s a great film and still hope it comes back as a cult film in a big way. It deserves to.

Recently you appeared in a cool indie film that I am looking forward to seeing entitled Catfight. According the IMDb you are The Fart Machine. Can you elaborate on this role a bit for us? What would The Fart Machine be doing?

Catfight is a a film by my friend Onur Tukel. It’s his biggest budget film to date and I think it might be his best. It’s a really funny satire about class, gender and violence.  A real women’s picture with some great performances by Anne Heche, Sandra Oh and Alicia Silverstone. It came out early last year and I can’t help but wonder considering how everything has changed since October and the advent of the #MeToo movement if the movie may have had more impact if it was released now. Maybe it will be rediscovered!

I actually play a really small part. There is a running gag in the film where everyone is glued to this Daily News-type show hosted by Craig Bierko. As a button to his monologues he calls out  the FART MACHINE, who dances in a diaper and cape, performing amidst bursts of flatulence.  I play the Fart Machine. I must confess I didn’t do my own farting. It was added in post.

How was your experience on this film. What was it like working under the direction of Onur Tukel, and around actresses like Anne Heche and Sandra Oh?

I love working with Onur! He is a mad man and a genius. I love how prolific he is and how versatile he is as a filmmaker.  He actually cast me in one of his earlier films- Richard’s Wedding.  It is the best part I’ve ever had the chance to play and I am truly grateful to Onur for that. Lotsa dialogue and clothes! I only worked one day on the picture and all my stuff was with the great Craig Bierko.  I never met Anne Heche or Sandra Oh on-set but I did meet them later at some functions for the film and they couldn’t have been lovelier.

For the record, I think Anne Heche and Sandra Oh were brilliant in the film. Great to see two, fantastic actresses who don’t get to work in mainstream films as much as they should get roles they could sink their teeth into. Alicia Silverstone is amazing too. I think she has the funniest scene in the picture.

So what is next for you good Sir? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I am currently working on a TBS show called The Last OG with Tracy Morgan.  I’m working on the writing staff and I play a small part. Look for it to premiere on April 3.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Good question. Smiling is a little tough these days. I recently watched At Home with Amy Sedaris.  I think she may be the funniest woman alive. It’s probably a tie between her and Catherine O’Hara. Man, I couldn’t stop smiling.

New Music Tuesday: The Wood Brothers: One Drop of Truth [Album]


“What I really love about this record is that each one of these songs has its own little world. There are diverse sounds and vibes from one track to the next.” – Oliver Wood

The Wood Brothers has always been a band that has fascinated me for some of the most obvious reasons. In a world wrapped in obscurity and absurdity, sometimes it is nice to return to some good old fashioned blues-laced rock and roll. And when it comes to putting out solid old school meets new age blues, there simply is no other group out there doing it as well as The Wood Brothers. I will always remember being absolutely floored by their performance at Pickathon in 2012, and was obsessed with their 2015 album Paradise. But, I have to say here and now, I truly believe that One Drop of Truth finds The Wood Brothers at their absolute best. This album is so perfectly varied in sound and style, yet continues with the same brilliant sound that their fans have come to expect.

Whether they are getting just a little bit funky on “Sparkling Wine”, or bringing on the heavy hearted blues on “Laughin’ or Crying”, there is something on One Drop of Truth for just about everyone. There is a “just a little bit country” feel to this playlist that is undeniably appealing. “River Takes the Town” is an amazing display of the songwriter ability of The Wood Brothers, and should likely hit a soft spot for anybody who has found themselves in a relatable incident. As Oliver Wood said himself, these tracks are very diverse. But, I would argue that there is a sensibility about them that makes them absolutely specific to their own. Which is a damn good thing. If I were hard pressed to choose a “favorite track” on the album, it would probably have to be “Happiness Jones”, but this is from the viewpoint of a lyric loving guy. I love the idea of wisdom through hard times, and I haven’t heard a song so brilliantly describe something of this nature so well, in so damn long.

I know it is very early in the year, but I can safely say that  One Drop of Truth is the best thing I have heard this year, and I am certain that this sentiment will ring through all the way into the upcoming winter, and well beyond.


One Drop of Truth will be available on February 2nd wherever you find music. Check out the band’s website for more details.Wanna see the Wood Brothers’ magic live and in person? You can find them at a city near you:

Jan. 25Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
Jan. 26Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
Jan. 28Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 30Albany, NY – The Egg
Jan. 31New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Feb. 2 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Feb. 3Boston, MA – House of Blues
Feb. 9Miami Beach, FL – Groundup Music Festival
Feb. 21Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music Theater
Feb. 22Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
Feb. 23Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
Feb. 24San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Feb. 25San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Feb. 27Arcata, CA – Kate Buchanan Room
Feb. 28Ashland, OR – Southern Oregon University
Mar. 1Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Mar. 2Seattle, WA – Neptune
Apr. 11Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Apr. 12Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Apr. 13Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Apr. 14Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Apr. 15St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Apr. 17Cincinnati, OH – Taft Ballroom
Apr. 18Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Apr. 19Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
Apr. 20Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater

 

Check out the lead off single for the One Drop of Truth, right here:

Sunday Matinee: Sasq-watch [Film]

“Nigel and Oscar have finally gotten funding for their sasquatch expedition! But when their guide bails and rival Claus also joins the hunt, they must assemble a rag-tag crew of outdoorsmen to be first to track down the undiscovered beast.” – October Coast PR

The world is a frightening place these days. Whether we think a nuke is coming at us from the east, or we are wondering how we will survive during yet another government shutdown, life has become far too serious lately. So, I suggest we all take a moment to find something to laugh and/or smile about. And I believe I may have something that works wonders. It is a very funny and rightfully goofy film Sasqwatch.

Not every film has to have a real deep message involved in its story line, it only seems that way during the Awards season. Sometimes it is just about being a damn fun movie to watch. And Sasqwatch is a damn fun movie. It has every form of comedy you could want, from physical to self deprecation. With all the looming misery and despair going around, I feel like this film is just the right antidote to get us all back up on our feet and moving into a better direction.

Sasqwatch also holds an array of brilliant performances. Paul Brittain and Adam Herschmann have a brilliant goofball chemistry that is reminiscent of our favorite buddy comedy duos from the 90’s, and Christine Bentley is perfectly on cue as the straight woman who would rather be anywhere else, doing absolutely anything else than wandering the woods with a couple of full on dum-dums. And then there are the two that REALLY steal the show — Neil Flynn and Tim Meadows. Now, I am on record as stating that Tim Meadows is without a doubt one of the finest comedic actors of our time. There is not a single project that he has touched that wasn’t made better simply by his presence. His brief appearance in Mean Girls shot that films likability up a thousand points for me. As do his appearances on the somewhat lackluster of a show The Goldbergs. He simply can do no wrong. And he brings more of that brilliant deadpan humor to Sasqwatch and again he adds flavor to the whole dynamic of the film, even when he is playing the “bad guy”.

And Neil Flynn. Holy shit. Flynn really stole the show for me. He managed to take his signature straight-man in a goofy situation routine, and turn into a man of nature character. And boy does he deliver. If Neil was looking to put on a face that was consistently non-verbally stating, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?”, the dude nailed it! It is one of the most perfect performances of anything that I have seen in a great while.

Sasqwatch is available now on DVD and across all digital platforms, wherever you find movies. Check out the trailer here:

Amy Miller [Interview]


I’m just going to be straight with you all right off the bat: today we are featuring my absolute favorite comedian working today. You know that feeling when you just absolutely KNOW in your heart of hearts that somebody is a genuinely nice person, yet you have never met them? When I think about a feeling like this, I instantly think of the great Amy Miller. I’ve never actually met this amazingly talented woman. Hell, I haven’t even watched her perform live. But, I have spent hours upon hours just listening to her be her best hilarious self.

Now, I know that might sound a bit stalker like, so let me explain. I have managed to find Amy Miller in several variations of podcasts that I have been always enjoyed. I first found out about Amy the same way I have discovered several other hilarious folks who have appeared on this site. From a little show called Doug Loves Movies. I always knew that when I saw her name on the episode title, it was going to be a fun one. I felt the same way about a guy named Sean Jordan. And as it turns out, Sean and Amy had a connection to not only each other, but to the city in which I (sort of) hail from, the great Portland, Oregon. And this led to me hearing Amy appearing several times on All Fantasy Everything, which Sean Jordan is a co-host on, which would lead me to be a huge fan of her own podcast, Who’s Your God. Basically, I just want Amy to know that she is KILLING IT in the podcast game, and it is working for her, and she should do even more. But, that is just me being selfish.

Alright, that is enough rambling from me. I’ll just reiterate that Amy Miller is my absolute favorite comedian working today. She is a hilarious person who inspires me personally with her drive and determination to succeed in a business/world that can sometimes get you down simply because you weren’t born with a useless flesh stick. It’s because of people like Amy that I am determined to make sure that my daughter’s know that they can be whatever the hell they want to be in life. And for that, I have to say, thank you Amy!

So ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant Amy Miller!

What inspired you to jump into the insane world of stand up comedy? When did you realize that you were a hilarious and you could use that to make a living?

I sort of had a life crisis and was depressed but also needed a shake up and to conquer my extreme social anxiety and fear of public speaking. So I just dove in like a lunatic. Im still not sure I can make a living from it, but nevertheless, I persist!

You have been appearing consistently across the country, performing just about everywhere. So what are some cities that you love, that many people may not realize is actually a pretty great spot for comedy?

I love the crowds in Portland. They’re super supportive and ready for comedy, and Portland is much more varied than people realize, especially if you go out to Beaverton or Tigard or Gresham. While the town itself is VERY white, they’re not all bicycle riding flute player baristas or whatever the cliche is. Portland proper is surrounded by working class towns and people who wear Ed Hardy and voted for Trump. I do well with white trash crowds because it’s what I know and what I am. Not the voting for Trump part obviously. I also love working in Denver, Minneapolis, and Oakland where I started. The longest set I ever did was in Birmingham, Alabama. I loved that crowd but they really should have made me stop talking.

After a solid 3 years of working your way to becoming one of the biggest acts of the fair city of Portland, and rightfully moving on to bigger things, what is it like to go back? Does the reception from audiences feel the same now that you aren’t a physical residing in there?

When Sean Jordan and I moved out of Portland, 600 people came to our going away show. We sold out a theater. Portland’s support has never made much sense based on how much shit I talk about the place. But it’s real and it’s followed us to our podcasts, shows in other towns, TV appearances, etc. Portlanders like to see a local girl make good and they stay loyal. Im very grateful for it. Even tho Portland sucks and Im not from there. Heh.

And for the question I hate that I have to ask, but I feel it needs to be addressed whenever possible: What are some of the worst challenges you face as a woman in the world of stand up? In your experience, does it seem as though we are getting any closer to any resemblance of equality in the world of comedy?

Uhhh. I mean. The challenges I’ve faced as a woman in comedy haven’t been much different than what I faced working in music or tech, or any workplace I’ve ever had, from non-profit work to a cake shop. Misogyny and discrimination are everywhere and only amplified in comedy or other areas of entertainment because people/ comedy fans feel like they know comedians, they KNOW actors, because we lead semi-public lives. In some ways it’s an advantage for ME that people are talking about harassment in entertainment so much right now but it doesn’t address the fact that it’s rampant everywhere. Like nobody is writing think-pieces about the harassment my sisters have to deal with in their regular jobs. I think there’s more work for me than there may have been 10 years ago because a lot of the old farts who don’t REALLY care about diversity in booking or having a woman’s perspective are starting to finally just do it out of obligation, so that’s nice. But the day to day bullshit Im putting up with is still mostly the same and much of it perpetrated by my very liberal/ wanna-be feminist male coworkers. They still interrupt me, alienate me, mostly only help each other, tell shitty jokes about women, and talk about women in gross ways. But what am I gonna do, stop? (Editor’s Note: NO! DEFINITELY DON”T STOP!!!)

We have spoken with quite a few folks who also appear on Doug Loves Movies quite often. And this is actually where I heard you for the first time. With that, I am always intrigued to ask what it is like to do this show? Is it as much fun to do as it is to listen to?

It’s super fun! Yes. However I’ve always been sort of a teacher’s pet so while I am having a lot of fun Im also always worried about breaking Doug’s rules or structure. For the poster boy for weed, he’s much more regimented than I think people realize. This has become a bit now, where I just say “sorry, Doug” to him a lot when I think I’ve fucked up. But I love the people he picks to do the show, and many of them are my good friends, and it is a fun and silly time. It’s also a place where I never have to talk about or joke about politics or rape. So that is nice.

You also happen to have a new(ish) podcast entitled Who’s Your God? which is fantastic and very funny. But, it also gets very deep. So what inspired you to start to do this show? And how has the experience been for you? What has been your favorite part of creating WYG thus far?

I grew up very religious, as did my two co-hosts, and religion and beliefs aren’t things comics spend a ton of time talking about, either professionally or in casual conversation. Partially because any comic who DOES have religious or spiritual beliefs is often mocked by peers. So we wanted to create a space where people could really examine their universal VALUES. Comedy as a job can be so all-consuming that I think it’s hard to sometimes even take time out and think about the big BIG picture. Not like, “I want a TV show one day” but “why do we all exist.” My favorite part has been people feeling comfortable enough to open up about their own existence while we all navigate a job based on surface, survival, outward appearances, and narcissism. It’s big stuff!

If you were given the chance, after vomiting out all the nerves, to have a nice dinner with the amazing Dolly Parton, who I hear you adore quite a bit, what would be some conversation starters you would begin with? How do you think that dinner would go?

Dolly is extremely charming and we both have excellent social skills so I don’t think it would be that weird. I think it would feel normal. She is a very calming presence. I think the dinner would go like many other dinners with a friendly person would go – maybe we would talk about big stuff but maybe I would just ask for her biscuit recipe.

What does 2018 hold for you? Anything cool coming up that our reader’s should know about?

I wish I knew! Let’s hope this vision board works.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

A friend just told me that after she farted in front of her boyfriend for the first time, she said “I guess Time really IS up.” Im still laughing about it.

Find out more about Amy Miller and when she may be in a city near you at amymillercomedy.com.  And if you reside in the L.A. area, make sure you make your way to her show Two Doors Down on January 22nd to catch her, another co-host of the aforementioned Who’s Your God Steve Hernandez, and several other hilarious folks!


Lachlan Patterson [Interview]

 


We have another amazing comedian to showcase today for you fine folks! Lachlan Patterson is, amongst many other and far more important things, the first stand up comic I ever saw in an actual comedy club. And actually, the only comedy club I have ever been to. It was at the Funny Bone in St. Louis where I saw this hilarious man, and it was quite a different experience from other chances I have gotten to see live comedy (Theatres, USO shows, etc.). And I simply can not think of a better comic to see to bust my comedy club cherry, so to speak.

Again, I simply can not say enough great things about this man, and chances are that if you are just checking in here, it is because you already know this to be true. So with that, please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant and hilarious comedian, Mr. Lachlan Patterson!

When did you first realize that you were born a hilarious human being, and you had an obligation to stand on stage and make people laugh as a way to make a living?

When I was about 12 I was eating raisins at my buddy Andrew’s house. While we were eating the raisins I told him a story about how my Aunt had to go to the emergency room when she was a kid for getting raisins stuck up her nose. A little while later he was talking to his friend on the phone in front of me and I was bored so I put two of the raisins on the ends my nostrils. When he saw me do it he began laughing which caused me to also laugh which sent the raisins up into my nose. His laughter became so uncontrollable that he began to piss pants. Luckily I coughed the raisins out. I’ve been hooked on making people laugh ever since.

I am always curious about comedy scenes in different parts of the world. I understand you worked pretty heavily out in the lovely city of Vancouver, Canada. Can you tell us a bit about what it was like working out of this city? What is the comedy scene like in such a place?

Vancouver has a fantastic comedy scene. On any given night you can get up in front of a great audience somewhere in the City. The Comedians are some of the best I’ve ever seen anywhere. I really miss those days.

In your lengthy experience as a stand up comedian, what have been some of the more delightful cities you have worked on that are not L.A. or NYC? What are some of the hidden gems that many people may not realize are amazing places for comedy?

Man, thats a tough one because there are so many little cities all throughout the US that I love. Pretty much anywhere on the Pacific Northwest is fantastic but maybe I’m biased because I’m from there. I go to Fairbanks, Alaska every year and always have a blast. Salt Lake City is beautiful. Boston, Denver, San Francisco of course.

While I am definitely no expert, really just a fan, in the world of stand up comedy, I find the idea of tournaments or contests in the world of comedy to be a bit strange and inaccurate at times. For example, I enjoyed hearing jokes on a show like Last Comic Standing, because there were great folks like yourself on the program doing great stuff. But, I never understood how you all could be judged against one another. Am I completely out of line in this train of thought? Do you have an opinion you would be willing to share with us about LCS, or the “judging” of comedy in any type of setting?

It’s hard to judge stand up comedy because we all laugh at different things. Some people like a well crafted spin on some simple observation while others can laugh at how funny someones voice is. I love it. How does your perspective of performing change based on the audience type and size at any given show.

For example, I saw you perform on a Thursday night, on Cinco De Mayo, at a mall on the outskirts of St. Louis about a year and half ago. The crowd was pretty sparse, although I’m sure it grew over the weekend, and I’ve watched clips of you performing to thousands. So how do the different atmospheres effect what you do?

When the audience is small or perhaps, not really energized I know that I have to work a little harder to make the connection and give them a great show.

What sort of adjustments do you feel you need to make?

I have to be much more present and make sure that each and every person in the room is with me.

What does the future hold for you? Creating new and funnier content for everyone. Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my Instagram lately. They can check me out @lachjaw .

What was the last thing that made you smile?

A warm cup of coffee. Thank you! Thank you!

Check out Lachlan’s latest special, Live From Venice Beach, available on iTunes!