THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: ERIC VETTER

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It’s a Throwback Thursday with my 2014 podcast featuring Eric Vetter! I met up with the No Name variety show host at the Indian Road Cafe in the Inwood section of Manhattan. At the time, we discussed the 20th Anniversary showcase of Eric’s long running variety show No Name. Starting in 1994, Eric began the No Name show to give stage time to a multitude of artists ranging from comedians and story-tellers to poets, magicians, musicians, and even a flamenco dancer! Hear how it all began and learn the talented names that have graced the No Name stage.

To attend a No Name open mic, stop by the Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights (NYC) on Tuesdays at 7PM. Also check out his other 7PM show No Name & a Bag O’ Chips on the second and third Fridays of the month at Otto’s Shrunken Head.  To find out more, follow Eric on Instagram at @eric.vetter.

NOTP PODCAST: DAN LAMORTE

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My guest this week on the NOTP Podcast is stand up comedian Dan LaMorte! We sat down in his office and discussed his career. We talked evolving each year as comic through new life experiences, how his teacher inspired him to write comedy, and ways to continue building as an artist. Check out Dan’s monthly comedy show The Manifest Show at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC and his upcoming podcast with Jack Byrum called In the Aisle (@intheaisle on Instagram and @aisleboys on Twitter). To find out where Dan will be performing next, visit his website DanLaMorte.com or follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @DanLaMorte .

THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: NEKO WHITE

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From the archives, here’s my 2014 interview with stand up comedian Neko White! An all time classic interview, we met at the Olympic Flame diner in Manhattan just prior to the recording of his first album Introducing… Me. Neko and I discussed his start in comedy at the age of 14, jumping into stand up full time after graduating high school, warming up the crowd for VH1’s Hip Hop Squares, and the support from his family especially his grandmother.

Catch Neko performing on Saturday, October 25th, 11PM at the New York Comedy Club (241 E 24th Street, New York, NY). Click here for tickets! Ticket are just $25 when you use the promo code “KANG“.

You can also follow Neko on his website NekoWhite.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @Neko_white93 .

NOTP PODCAST: ANDREW STEINER

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My guest on this week’s episode is stand up comedian Andrew Steiner! We sat down in Union Square and talked mental health and how it affects comedy (and vice versa), how diet impacts your mental health, and some relaxation techniques before hitting the stage. We also chat about working with John McGinley on some hilarious improv videos!    Follow Andrew on Instagram at @ndrewsteiner, listen to his podcast at truekpod.com, and get tickets for his show: How To Meditate: A Burlesque Show on September 20th at 10PM!

NOTP PODCAST: JOSH WELLS

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My guest on this week’s episode is stand up comedian Josh Wells! We met up at an amazing sandwich shop in Jersey City called Sub Culture (also home to Mark Henley‘s kickass open mic on Wednesdays).  We talk being “middle-aged” comics, working a 9-5 then hitting shows afterwards, and the return of Eddie Murphy to SNL! To see where Josh is performing next, follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @joshaintfunny and sign up for his newsletter The Josh Wells Weekly at joshwells.substack.com !

THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: EDDIE BRILL

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From the archives, here’s my interview with Eddie Brill from 2013. We discussed his early years in comedy from his time at Emerson College, how one’s comedy act grows and evolves through dedication to the art, working on The Late Show with David Letterman, and meeting President Barack Obama! Listen to Eddie’s podcast The Break with Eddie Brill on iTunes and Soundcloud!  To see Eddie perform live, visit his website EddieBrill.com.

NOTP PODCAST: ANDREW IAN BAYROFF

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My guest on this week’s episode is stand up comedian/author Andrew Ian Bayroff! We sat down at NYC’s historic Cafe Reggio and talked approaching open mics/bar shows versus performing at comedy clubs, taking advantage of check spots and last minute bookings, and giving every show (even the smallest ones) your best since you never know who is in the crowd.   Check out The In/Between Comedy Show which Andrew coproduces with Kim Manfre and his book Check, Please on CheckPleaseBook.com! Follow Andrew on Instagram at @andrewstandingup or on his website AndrewStandingUp.com.