Adam is someone I would describe as being a classic comic. He’s naturally funny and has great comic timing and sophistication that can’t be taught. For being in comedy such a short time, he’s amongst the head of the pack. He’s got great stories and my recollection is that he calls me a racist at least twice. He’s a lot of fun to talk and listen to, and he’s not as mean as he looks. I believe he would enjoy ripping a heckler limb from limb, but he hasn’t had the opportunity yet. Because he looks like he could rip you limb from limb.
I had the privilege of hosting Steve while he was in town performing for Lonnie Bruhn’s professional comedy series “Stage Left Comedy.” He is a font of knowledge about doing comedy and about the comedy industry. If you have interest in becoming a road dog like he is, or just enjoy listening to a funny and entertaining individual, you will appreciate this interview.
Steve is the first non-Portland comic I have interviewed to date.
Tirelessly working the road an astonishing 52 weeks a year, this comedy road warrior performs all over the United States and has also performed internationally. No stage is too big or too small; he has performed for crowds as large as 5,000 and as small as two. First hitting the comedy stage straight out of high school at 18, he has honed his craft at comedy clubs, dirty bars, shiny casinos, military bases, cruise ships, colleges, corporate shows, fundraisers, restaurants and even a back yard or two. His comedy has universal appeal, and his experience shows it.
In his 23 years as a performer, he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with comedy legends such as Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Kevin James and Tom Green. He has made television appearances on HBO, NBC, E! and Comedy Central. He is heard regularly on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and has appeared on the nationally syndicated “Sex Talk Live” and “The Jiggy Jaguar Show”.
In addition, he landed the lead in a low-budget horror film (“Hell’s Lake”, currently in post-production), entertained the troops in Iraq and Kuwait, performed at 2007’s “Gathering of the Juggalos”, and has been seen nationally and internationally at such festivals as Calgary’s “Funnyfest”, “The Detroit International Comedy Festival” (twice) and “The Great Plains Comedy Festival” (twice). In all, he has performed in 46 states, 7 countries and 4 islands.
An admitted workaholic, Sabo has released four full length comedy albums, including 2009’s “A Mouthful of Sea-Monkeys” which was considered “One of the top ten comedy albums of 2009” according to the Serious Comedy Site. He is currently traveling the globe working on material for his fifth as of yet untitled comedy album to be released sometime in 2014.
Brandy Feit was named after the song “Brandy (you’re a fine girl)” by Looking Glass in Chicago, Illinois. Her earliest memories were at 3 years old and includes her blowing out her big bird birthday cake and her panic attack at age 4. She quit smoking at age 7. She wanted to do standup comedy since third grade and being called funny is still the best compliment she could ever hear. She studied nonprofit management & public affairs at Indiana University and she wishes she studied journalism if anything at all, but she thought that was practical at the time. Follow your dreams kids. She greatly cocktails and works in the spirits industry. She aspires to be famous or at least revered in some way so she can sleep with younger men and live abroad if her potential husband dies too prematurely. She has never killed anyone.
Aaron is easily the youngest comedian I’ve interviewed so far, but for someone just entering his twenties, his comedy is smart and sophisticated, with a touch of the tragic. Hailing from Skokie, Illinois, he moved to Portland in 2013 specifically for the comedy scene, not recognizing that Skokie is a hotbed of hilarity. He was recently referred to as that “young motherfucker who is funnier than me” by me.
Jason Traeger can truly be described as a Portland renaissance man. Writer, director, actor, artist, standup comic, photographer, distiller of hard liquors, he is a hipster’s hipster without coming across as a douche. He also owns a car, so I guess he isn’t a hipster at all.
His low-key delivery and surreal observations will knead your mind in a pleasant and disturbing way. His art is human industrial. He is a photo documentarian of the Portland comedy scene and he likes to compare what he’s trying to do with this website with what he is trying to do with his photography. He doesn’t take a bad picture. Of other people, I mean.
Lonnie Bruhn is a one of a kind in Portland. Besides being highly talented, very funny and occasionally offensive to some audiences, he brings with him a long, storied history in Portland’s burgeoning comedy scene.
I sat down with him last summer and lo and behold, the nearly two hour conversation didn’t get recorded on my iPad. But not only do I give him 90% of the credit for building this website, but he indulged me in yet another interview.
He is a man of many opinions and much wisdom and there is no way I could capture everything he has to say in just one interview, so look for an upcoming series to further flesh out this multi-dimensional human being.
In his own words: “I’ve been labeled many things – edgy, dirty, or X-rated, but I don’t think I’m any of those labels. I’m just honest. I like to say I’m uncensored. Life is uncensored so why should a comedy show be any different? Recently, I did a show at a casino where I couldn’t swear or say god’s name in vain. It was a challenge, but I did it. I really had to get creative though. What I am – honest, curious, uncensored, funny, physical, and kind of weirdly lovable (according to my fans). What I’m not – mediocre, bored, predictable, or coordinated.” Also included in Lonnie’s interview are a couple of songs by his favorite band, Asylum Street Spankers. On the front end of the interview, you will find “Walkin’ & Whistlin’ Blues” and on the tail end, “Hometown Boy.”
Danny Felts is not the Watergate operative known as Mark Felt (Deep Throat), though I’ll be he can do a pretty killer imitation. Other than a natural funniness, the thing I took away from my chat with him is that he is one of the few Portland comics who can do voice impersonations. He can do a great Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, but don’t get the wrong idea-he’s not creepy and scary like them, as far as I can tell.
A spry up-and-comer in the Portland, OR comedy scene, Danny’s comedic style contains elements of storytelling, and surrealism; all in the name of shedding light on the hidden absurdities the universe chooses to dump on him.
Felts has been featured on IFC’s Portlandia, and Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Art Beat”. In addition, he has also performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (2012-13), the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival (2012-13), the 2013 Savage Henry Comedy Festival in Arcata, CA, and most recently the 2013 Salt Lake City Comedy Carnivale.
When he is not performing, he can be found editing the wildly popular/masochistic web series The Spicy News, which he is also a contributing writer to. He performs regularly around Portland, Seattle, and Northern California.
Danny’s comedy is very much like Iceland. Obscure, layered in an array of sweaters, and breathtakingly beautiful.”
To learn more about Danny, check out his website:
On December 13, 2013 I sat down and interviewed Dan Weber in the Too Wet To Burn studios. Dan has had nothing short of a remarkable life. To the significant child abuse he suffered, to being evaluated as having a genius IQ, his near death experience when his heart stopped which helped turn his life around, and finally his total devotion to comedy at the cost of his personal life, you will no doubt find his story as compelling as I did.
The content has some pretty graphic descriptions of child abuse, so if you’re sensitive to that, this might not be the podcast for you. Thank you for listening to the Too Wet To Burn podcast.
Sons of Huns, Dan’s favorite local band, has graciously given me permission to include their music on this podcast.
The TWTB website project has been a huge undertaking. However, I am proud to announce that we’ve finally gotten to the stage in the process where I am uploading the Too Wet To Burn podcast episodes. This is the first of only two interviews I recorded, re-edited and kept for this project. I’m calling this two part series “From The Vault”. Enjoy an interview with Portland’s own king of the one-liners, Tim Hammer.