I figured I'd add my two cents to the fervor around the finale of Game of Thrones. Plus some life updates!
As I brave a hideous man-cold, I talk about some exciting news (Dead Weight Citizens Brigade is gonna be on the radio!), and podcast pitches. I also ruminate about suicide, irrational guilt, the tragic and upsetting loss of the great Brody Stevens, and the aftermath, as well as having moments of clarity and joy in stand-up comedy. Enjoy!
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to once again interview one of my favourite comedians, the great Kurt Metzger. We talked about writing gigs, Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who is America', the problems with social media and his past controversies, as well as Louis CK's return to stand-up and more. Some good news: Since recording this intro, Just for Laughs and Sirius XM have reversed their decision and channel 168 will remain 100% Canadian.
I went live on Instagram for no discernible reason and discussed my goals for the year, as well as the prospect of facing burnout again, and trying to direct the flow of creative energy. I also whine about the masturbatory nature of most comedy podcasts, and my now shit-gone monthly standup show.
In a late(!) episode, I talk about the often-ignored weirdness of Christmas favourite, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Stupid and silly. Have fun, everybody!
Once again I nab an individual waaaayyy out of my podcasting league and interview Noam Dworman, owner of the legendary Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village, New York City. The iconic club is one of the most famous in the world and is seen in the opening credits of 'Louie'. The club and specifically Noam, have been in the news of late because Louis CK has returned to perform there a number of times. We connected over a recent heckler incident of one of CK's sets and talked about the media, Louie's misconduct, and the club's origins. Enjoy!
Addressing the recent reemergence of the idea that The Lord of the Rings universe, and by extension, JRR Tolkien, are racist. Some righteous nerd anger ensues.
I find dreams to be fascinating, and though I'm not a believer in anything mystic or divine, they are still interesting to talk about. Emily joins me to chat about some of our weirdest, scariest, silliest dreams, as well as to criticize my old fashion choices. Fun and silly. Do it up!
Hey the file was small enough to work! Emily and I recorded the second half of her playlist of real estate ads and we made jokes about them. Near the beginning, I say I fixed the sound, but when exporting the file from the screen recorder (which is still a little choppy) I forgot to export the sound with it, and edited the file before realizing that I did that. Soooo fuck it. Here ya go!
So my girlfriend and I recorded ourselves (audio only, thank god - you don't wanna see me in pajamas and no makeup) yapping over real estate videos of extremely extravagant homes and estates. It was fun! I laughed. Sorry for the choppiness; learned my lesson with the screen recorder!
Emily joins me for a fun, disjointed chat about a topic very dear to me: namely, the etymology of 'bad language'. We talk about the battles of Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and his seven words you can never say on television, and the Old English origins of vulgar language. We also talk about medieval history, GG Allin, and the intensity of Russian criminals.
Better late than never? Here, I chat about the recent controversy surrounding the cartoon of Serena Williams, and comparisons to the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Also, I bring up the reporting around Louis CK's first set back since he admitted to sexual misconduct, and build on my dislike of inaccurate and misleading reporting from last episode. Plus, at the end of the episode, check out a preliminary mix from the upcoming Dead Weight Citizens Brigade album!
I pledge to you good people that the podcast will go back to being updated regularly, even though I am in the mixing and re-recording stage of the Dead Weight Citizens Brigade Album. In this episode, I yap about my recent goings-ons, measles in Vancouver, and the Witcher Netflix series casting controversy, with some critiques on modern journalism. Please enjoy! BAME Ciri mega-thread... https://www.reddit.com/r/witcher/comments/9f2cs9/megathread_updated_information_regarding_the/ The case against... https://www.reddit.com/r/witcher/comments/9e2irp/bame_ciri_would_force_other_characters_to_also_be/ Sensationalist and inaccurate reporting... http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/news/a865896/witcher-netflix-showrunner-quits-twitter-backlash-ciri-bame-casting/ In my opinion, an unnecessary petition to Lauren Hissrich... https://www.change.org/p/lauren-s-hissrich-don-t-limit-ciri-s-casting-call-to-bame-only Listen to the Dead Weight Citizens Brigade EP! https://deadweightcitizensbrigade.bandcamp.com/releases My Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/taymooshow
I had the opportunity to interview Kate Stables, the multi-instrumentalist core of This is the Kit, after the band's soundcheck at the Fox Cabaret. We talk about jokes, Kate's writing process, the state of the world and our perception of it, and the issues of a small, indie band. Truly a lovely and thoughtful individual and I really enjoyed the whole experience. Enjoy.
Talking about my difficulties with mental health, as well as the recent suicide of Anthony Bourdain, stand-up comedy, career, and life stuff. My friend's poem: https://a-simple-writers-journal.tumblr.com/post/169497063075/tides
Vancouver/ Toronto comedian, David James "DJ" Roy and I sat down to talk about his life of homelessness, comedy, being on the periphery of "the scene", the Vancouver housing crisis, his porn career, and a plethora of other things. Heads up: The audio quality is super sub-par; not sure what happened, but my apologies. It was a fun talk. I hope you can understand it. Check out DJ: https://www.opencomedy.com/davidjamesroy
While things continue to develop with the musical side, the comedy element is coming along as well. Today I have evidence of that! The first published sketch from the Dead Weight Citizens Brigade! https://youtu.be/2QouO8m87xI Entitled "Fun with Autopsies", it combines my love for The Witcher, as well as dumb jokes (mild spoiler). I've been sitting…
I talk about seeing Ricky Gervais live, the Devin Townsend Project hiatus, and mental illness in the context of Bell Let's Talk, as well as the future of this show and other projects.
If you follow this site at all, I implore you! Check out the Facebook page, subscribe on iTunes, subscribe on YouTube (which is about 15 episodes behind, but...), give it a like, leave a comment on iTunes, give it five stars if you like it. We've got interviews with comedians like Jim Norton, Kurt Metzger,…
Discussing two women who heckled me at Goldie's Pizza recently. Forgot to mention that the one who I argued with said "I'm not hitting on you." I know that, stupid. Get over yourself. Full audio of the offending show: https://youtu.be/Vea3SrGoGPk
I'm a weirdo and had a dream about Devin Townsend after our chat.
Mark Hughes is a friend of mine; a Vancouver-based comedian, founder and producer of the Comedy Shocker, ex-convict and a former drug addict. He's been featured on CBC, Vice, and was the subject of a viral story about a little boy asking the then-Prime Minister for a gorilla. Last year, he came to my apartment…
I wrote this essay a few months back for... a thing I don't think is happening anymore. So I'm posting it here so maybe you guys will enjoy it. Check it out! So, I really don’t want to come off like I’m mansplaining, but ladies: please don’t rocks in your vagina. “What a bizarre…