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With her signature humor, honesty and keen insight, Kelly Carlin candidly converses with artists, comedians, thinkers, and writers looking to discover how to stay a little more sane and grounded in 21st century America. While openly wrestling with her own thoughts and feelings about art, politics, spirituality, Kelly remains genuinely curious about how others find meaning and success in their own post-modern American life. She believes that by sharing our hearts and minds openly, we just might usher in a new paradigm to live into in this new century. Is she crazy? Probably. Does she care? No

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If I do have to wake from the american dream...

In an interview world populated by polarized biased talking s-heads from both the left and right Kelly Carlin’s radio show is something of welcomed relief. It’s more process then punditry, which is like a gigantic radio salt lick of topical comedy love rather than the typical bitter issue pill that usually gets shoved down the listener’s throat demanding that he or she adopt the interviewer’s vantage point. Kelly is completely at home with her guests making the whole conversation based show incredibly fluid, interesting, and most importantly funny. Her access to guest is the stuff booking agents dream of. That coupled with her kick back shoot-the-shite format makes the shows I’ve heard intimately relatable and enjoyable. Not to say that large topics are not tackled it just that you don’t come away feeling like you attended political traffic school.

The Gary Shandling podcast was emblematic of this. Listening to it gave me that secret guilty pleasure one gets when they luckily find themselves in the right place at the right time sitting next to a couple of celebrities or entertainers just within earshot getting to hear their true un-rehearsed views, likes, and peccadilloes. Kelly’s style of relating to her guests is bright and charming -- a disarming smart bomb that when deployed has the calming relaxing effect that seems to help them let their hair down and go on the ride with her. These days when you listen to a show, any show, and the guest and the host are both laughing together, you know you’ve found something special.

Besides Kelly’s Shandling show, for starters check out the episodes that feature Lee Camp, Rick Overton, Laraine Newman, and Dana Gould. You’ll not only be entertained but you may actually learn some stuff that you didn’t know about these comedians before. And in a Faceborg world that more and more feels like there is nothing left unknown about our favorite entertainers because it’s seemingly all been said, posted, tweeted or had the “like” banged out of it, that is no small feat.

If we do have to in fact wake up from the American dream, Kelly’s show is there with great guests and a cup of comedy insight pointedly poured and topically topped off that to this listener’s ear tastes oh so sweet.

If Comedy Has a Purpose Listening to this Podcast is Part of It

I have listened only to Kelly's wonderful show with Van Wishart. The level of intelligent discussion of spirituality, the historical context, and the wide range of knowledge and sensitivity with wit makes this podcast alone something I recommend as highly as I can.

Familiar with the works of Joseph Campbell and perhaps especially Williams James' The Varieties of Religious Experience, I found this episode absorbing. Kelly and her guest were articulate and engaging and able to bring smart new context to timeless ideas.

What an amazing discovery! Lucky me that I found out about this on Twitter.

I see that other shows include names more familiar to me from the world of comedy and I am already downloading those. In fact, stop reading this and get on that. Now.


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