When ShowbizMonkeys.com gets a chance to interview someone cool, but it's not part of one of our other featured podcasts, then it falls to our long-running (and always insecure) Kinda Sorta Maybe Like a Podcast. With no discernible format, we do get to talk to some really awesome folks, including comedians, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and more.
Often hosted by Paul Little, other contributors include Andrew Lizotte, J.D. Renaud, and Mark McLeod.
This year's SheDot Festival ("Toronto's Festival of Funny Women") runs from May 4-7 and features stand-up, sketch, and improv shows; workshops; and industry panels. Now in its fourth year, it has grown from an essentially local Toronto festival to one featuring a majority of its performers from across North America.
Rebecca Reeds started her comedy career in Ottawa, performing at open mics and eventually being part of an Ottawa Fringe Festival show.
Tim Gray and Matt Nightingale are veterans of the Winnipeg stand-up comedy scene, and this year they're both a part of the local contingent at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Besides their accomplishments as stand-up comics (Gray's first comedy album comes out this June, while Nightingale is a regular host at Rumor's Comedy Club), they're also members of the sketch troupe HUNKS.
Amanda Brooke Perrin is a veteran of the Toronto comedy scene who recently moved to Los Angeles.
Whether you've heard his stand-up, read his articles for The Onion and The A.V.
Pete Johansson has spanned the globe with his comedy. After performing in Vancouver for several years, Pete turned a successful visit to the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal into a move to Los Angeles, performing around the U.S. and appearing on American and Canadian television. Then he moved again.
Andy Kindler has often been called a "comic's comic" – someone who many of your favourite comedians love and appreciate. But while that term is certainly meant as a compliment, it's also selling his career in comedy short.
After decades in the business, Jeremy Hotz is a tried-and-true name in Canadian comedy. While he's lived south of the border for close to 20 years, he always manages to spend time in Canada, both personally and professionally.
Shazia Mirza doesn't tend to stay in one place for very long. The award-winning stand-up comic, originally from Birmingham, England, has toured throughout Britain, the United States, Canada, Pakistan, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Germany, the United Arab Emerits, and India.
Full disclosure upfront: the first stand-up comedy CD I ever purchased and listened to multiple times over was Demetri Martin's 2006 debut, These Are Jokes. I bought the CD while on a road trip to Minneapolis to see a concert, and listened to the album multiple times on the 8-hour drive home.