7 Questions with Tara Egnatios

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by Ryan Meehan

Tara Egnatios moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to attend UCLA School of Law. In September of 2009 she began doing stand up for the sole purpose of impressing a girl, and as it turns out she was much better at performing comedy than practicing law.  In May 2011 Tara graduated from UCLA Law and was chosen to speak on behalf of her class at the ceremony. Addressing the crowd of over 1000, Tara told her family, friends, professors, classmates, and colleagues that she would be pursuing a career in comedy, not in law.  She followed her dreams and performed at The Comedy Store on The Sunset Strip, The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, The Hollywood Improv, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank and Claremont, and countless bars in the Los Angeles area. She also hosted and produced the main stage production of “Haters To The Left” and “The Tara Egnatios Show”. She semi-finaled in The First Annual Laugh Bowl and was nominated for an LA Comedy Award as “Producer’s Choice for Best Female Comic”.   In early 2014 Tara spent a month on the road with The Young, Hot, & Gay Tour. This national tour made stops in 10 cities including Nashville, Chicago, and St. Louis, and sold out in Denver, Michigan, and at The Idaho Laugh Festival.  We are happy to have her as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

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7 Questions with Greg Proops

 

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by Ryan Meehan

Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad. Really.  The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? He can be seen on the New Season on the CW.  Greg has a brand-new stand up special called “Live at Musso and Franks” which is available at gregproops.com and was recorded at the legendary Hollywood eatery.  Professor Proops has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. He has recorded it live in London, Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Dublin, San Francisco, Oslo, Amsterdam, Austin, Paris aboard a ship in the Caribbean and somehow, Cleveland. Find it at Proopcast.com or iTunes.  The Greg Proops Film Club is a popular new podcast covering old and new movies also available on iTunes. He records and screens a movie monthly at The Cinefamily in Hollywood.  Greg can be viewed on the new season of @midnight on Comedy Central.  Proople Rain brazenly smokes dope on TV on The Green Room with Paul Provenza on Showtime.  Greg has lent his voice to Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas and was Bob the Builder.  We are delighted to have the captain of the Proop Deck as our guest today in 7 questions.   Continue reading

7 Questions with Nate Phelps

 

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by Ryan Meehan

Nate Phelps is the son of the recently deceased Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, which gained infamy from their protests at soldiers’ funerals around the United States. He is the sixth of thirteen children, and was taught his father’s extreme version of Calvinism from an early age. This was accompanied by extreme physical punishments and abuse, extreme dietary and health requirements, and other extreme expectations. Nate left home at midnight on his eighteenth birthday, and moved to California where he built a new life away from his family. He later moved to Canada, and only recently began speaking out about his story after a chance encounter with a reporter while driving a cab in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Nate has now spoken about his story to many groups around North America, and even returned home to Topeka in 2010 to tell his story to the people in his hometown. Today Nate lives in Calgary, Alberta and works for the Center For Inquiry. He is a vocal LGBT advocate, and speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse. He is currently working on a book which covers his exceptional story, is the subject of an upcoming documentary film, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions.

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De La Soul – Smell The Da.I.S.Y. – Download for Free!

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The new De La Soul mixtape Smell The Da.I.S.Y. is now available for free download here – Link

We posted the excellent track Vocabulary Spills last week and highly recommend the whole mixtape.

About the mixtape:

De La Soul and producer James D. Yancy (J Dilla) defined New York hip hop for a generation: for more than twenty years, for more than a lifetime. J Dilla passed away in 2006. Smell the Da.I.S.Y. is dedicated to his legacy. The new mixtape consists of classic De La Soul lyrics over vintage J Dilla production. In honor of Jay Dee, it’s available for all. Download the BitTorrent Bundle for the 11-track mixtape, the J Dilla documentary, an audio letter, and wallpapers. And Smell Da Inner Soul of Yancy.

If you don’t know who J Dilla is (one of the greatest beats makers of all time) check out this documentary:

7 Questions with Andrew Santino

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by Ryan Meehan

Comedian Andrew Santino is currently a lead on ABC’s new series “Mixology” written and produced by the creators of The Hangover. He was recently named Comedy Central’s Top 10 Comedians To Watch and was in Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” comedy festival. His stand up television debut was on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. He also recently Guest Starred on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, on Netflix’s Arrested Development, HBO’s Family Tree, and NBC’s The Office. Andrew was also a Series Regular and writer on the final season of Punk’d for MTV, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading