Malignant Brain Humor
By Michael Blejer
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Interviews with Comedians and other Artists by Mike Blejer, philosopher, pedant, and scientist (unlicensed).
||CleanGreat Friday with Pastor Tom Ryberg||Had a chat with Pastor Tom Ryberg about Good Friday, dirty hippies, and the appropriation of religious iconography by non-religious folk. Fun! Tom is a pastor at the United Church of Christ, presently serving a church in Battle Creek, MI....||3/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode: Pastor Present & A Political Heaton||On the show today I check in with Andrew Heaton. and Pastor Tom Ryberg about politics, religion, and the coming Trumpocalypse. Check out Heaton's full length episode here, and check him out online here. Tom is a pastor at the United Church of...||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode: Sex(y) Mythbusters||Welcome to our third 5 Minute podcast. I'm working together with the people at sparemin.com to take calls from anyone and everyone, a few of which will make it into my podcast feed. If you want to talk with me for five minutes about Comedy, the world,..||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Myqutes in Heathens||Myq Kaplan and I talk for 5 minutes||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode: 5 Minutes in Heaton||Andrew Heaton in: All Trumped Up||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean88: Sam Dingman||Ding ding ding! Man.||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean87: Religion (Live show)||W/ Myq Kaplan, Sarah Pappalardo, TJ Young, and Andrew Tavin||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean86: Political Correctness - LIVE||Panel Fiiiiiiiiiight!||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean85: John Rodgers: Idiot (Micah Sherman & Dan Hirshon)||Three Idiots Talking||9/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean84: Women in Humor Live at The PIT||Live from the People's Improv Theater||5/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean83: The OCDelightful Lance Weiss||Lance Weiss is a hilarious comedian and a delight to chat with. He was a Top 4 finalist in CMT’s “Next Big Comic”, and on NBC’s “The Today Show,” MTV, Bravo, PBS, NY1, Sirius/XM,...||4/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean82: Anxiety, Alcohol, Catholicism, & Jason Sáenz||A Fox Worthy Interview||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean81: Social Media Sociopaths, The Saddest Sorrority, and Mara Wilson||Being Born 40||2/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStand & De-Libertarianism with Andrew Heaton||Political Manimal and Author Extraordinaire||1/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean79: The Architecture of Comedy & Aaron Kominos-Smith||Art, Artisans, and Rage-Filled Cops||12/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean78: Slow Publishing, Fast Company, & Joe Berkowitz||The Writer Speaks||11/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean77: ILL Literature & Dan Wilbur||Author of How Not To Read||11/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean76: Epic Zach Prattle with Rap Addled Zach Sherwin||In which Mike is too caffeinated.||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean75: Sensuality, Art Flakes & Heartbreak, MOVED, & Julie Sharbutt||Friends, Sex, Monogamy and Inequality!||10/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean74: Marriage, Divorce, TruTV, and Kevin McCaffrey||College, Monologue jokes, Relationships and Pure Class||10/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean73: Wicked Funny 2||With Lisa Romagnoli & Kevin Froleiks||8/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean72: Public Mourning & Robin Williams - Live Podcast||Ted Alexandro, Abbi Crutchfield & Nick Turner||8/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean71: Music, Memes, and PBSing with Mike Rugnetta||me me meme||8/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean70: Friendship, Functionality, and Forever Dog||Gotta Make More Content!||7/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean69: Creeks, Caves, Community, & Rebecca Trent||#WTFMTA||6/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 68: Ben Kronberg||Go Fun Yourself Ben Kronberg||6/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 67: Myq Kaplan||Small, Dork, and Handsome||5/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 66: Fort Tilden||with Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers||5/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 65: Katharine Heller||Sex, Death, Rape Jokes, & #CancelColbert. AKA SPRING BREEAAAAK!!||4/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 64: Michael Shawki||Do'Rantin'||3/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 63: Miguel Dalmau||The hilarious Miguel Dalmau is on the podcast today, catch him in Bloomington Illinois at the Laugh House from the 20th-22nd, if you're in Indiana, get tickets today: http://laughbloomington.com/show.cfm?id=301262 And in general, check Miguel...||2/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 62: Jonathan Coulton||A Wonderful episode with musical master of melancholic comedy, Jonathan Coulton! Check him out at http://www.jonathancoulton.com/ and on Twitter @Jonathancoulton Check out the new episodes of the College Cooking News Feed...||1/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 61: The Worst Landlord (Kevin Froleiks & Will Carey)||Will Carey and Kevin Froleiks are on, we discuss depression, self-image, and of course The Worst Landlord. Great episode! Check them out...||12/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 60: Lucas Connolly||Sex drugs and rock'n'roll. Mostly drugs. @Lovablelucas||11/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 59: Joe List||Check out the very funny Joe List: on Comedy Central at http://www.comedycentral.com/comedians/joe-list At http://comedianjoelist.com/ On Twitter @JoeListComedy In his new podcast coshosted with @MarkNorm, Tuesday with...||11/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 58: Jeff Maurer||The hilarious Jeff Maurer joins me to talk about DC, NY, and being a clever curmudgeon! Http://Jeffcomedy.com @Jeffmaurer1980||10/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor Live @ The Pit||Terrible sound quality for first 30 minutes, then... slightly better. Double Release Day as penance! Guests: Jared Logan http://jaredlogan.com/ @JaredLogan Jenny Jaffe http://jennyjaffe.com @JennyJaffe Myq...||10/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 57: Greg Warren||I talk with the hilarious Greg Warren, check him out at http://www.gregwarrencomedy.com/||10/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 56: Aparna Nancherla||Writer on the W. Kamu Bell Show, hilarious human. Check her out at: http://aparnacomedy.com and @aparnapkin||9/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 55: Jenny Jaffe||Alumnus writer from College Humor and Nikki & Sara Live Jenny Jaffe comes to the podcast. Check her out http://jennyjaffe.com and on Twitter @JennyJaffe Hilarious sketches by Jenny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zgGd_7pTSI...||8/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 54: Adam Newman||Adam Newman (Letterman, Oliver's NY Stand-up Show) is on the podcast. Much goodness. Get his album, Not For Horses, Check him out at: http://adamnewmancomedy.com and on Twitter @adam_newman||8/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 53: Laura Crawford||The Very funny former Bostonian and current Los Angelan, Laura Crawford (@CrawfordComic) is on the podcast. Check'erout! And the Ted Talks I mentioned in the intro are...||7/29/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 52 - Ken Reid||Great ep with @KennethWReid. Marvel v. DC, Old Comedy v. New. Abusive Family v. Dead Family. All the classic battles of our time. http://ikenreid.com||7/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 51 - Scott Sharp||Scott Sharp, College Winner of The Mark Twain Award for Comedy, 26 year old manager of The Laughing Devil, and red headed comic extraordinaire. This talk is fun. Dig it. http://www.sharpcomedy.com/ @sharpcomedy||6/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 50: Alex Edelman||Alex and I talk Jewiness, the joys and pitfalls of early success, Political Correctness, British vs. American comedy and of course brains, mind and ego. Much fun, much funny. Check him out at: http://alexlikestowrite.tumblr.com/ and check out his...||6/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 49: Sorabh Pant Pt2||Part 2 of my conversation with Indian Comic Sorabh Pant. Super fun conversation, super fun guy. Check this out now so you can impress your friends soon. Watch him be hilarious at http://www.sorabhpant.com/ And read his awesome book...||5/29/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 48: Sorabh Pant Pt1||Such a fun episode with Indian Comic Sorabh Pant. We discuss cross cultural comedy Algebra, Censorship, and how incredibly little I know about Hinduism. Really fun talk, tune in next week for part 2. Check him out at...||5/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 47: Dave Hill||Dave Hill: This American Life contributor, Twitter maven, King of Miami and all around Raconteur is on the show. Dave Hill Online: http://www.davehillonline.com/ Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident:...||5/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor Live @ The NYC Podfest||Our first live show. Was fantastic. Featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Jermaine Fowler, Micah Sherman and the inimitable (unless cloning is perfected) Zach Sherwin. Listen now! Watch soon, if the video ever gets delivered to me in it's entirety (you know who..||4/22/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBHumor 46: TM Bishop||Hilarious Kiwi Comic TM Bishop, check her out at http://www.tmbishop.com and at Twitter @TMBishop Also check out the Prop 8 Gay Marriage vid I mentioned at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfYIjwhDjVE||4/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Mike Blejer's Insightful Comedy Interview Show
If you have ever wondered what makes comedians tick and what they talk about with each other when they're not performing, this is the podcast you should follow. Mike Blejer brings in a wide variety of professional comedians to talk about their experiences and the perspectives that color their outlook on the absurdities of the human condition.
A considerate, yet probing interviewer, Mike allows his guests to reveal their introspective nature. His background in philosophy permits him to pursue topics into deeper territory than you'd expect from a discussion with comedians. No subjects are off limits: religion, politics, drugs, sex, abuse, and relationships come into play as Mike learns what makes each guest unique and fascinating.
Aspiring comedians will find Malignant Brain Humor instructive; we learn how the guests have progressed from being the class clown to a featured performer on late-night shows such as David Letterman's and Jimmy Fallon's. The guests may even expose how they have modified materials they picked up from other comedians to incorporate them into their own individual style of comedy. It's often amusing to hear how particular events in a guest's life ended up being part of their performance.
What's really intriguing about the episodes is that each interview is likely to wander into unexpected territory; in addition to understanding the guest comedians, we also learn about what Mike has experienced and how his own routines are developed. He doesn't hold back on anything that has formed his perspective on life.
So, I highly recommend Malignant Brain Humor. Try it and I guarantee you'll come back for more.
I couldn't agree with the first reviewer more. What an incredibly intelligent and insightful interviewer. I thoroughly enjoyed the Gary Gulman episode as the two comics talk "shop."I never before connected comedy to psychology to philosophy through comic style. I look forward to more podcasts.
Fun conversations, zany humor, great guests, this podcast has it all. I look forward to every episode! Recommend Highly!