7 Questions with Joe Zimmerman

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by Ryan Meehan

In 2013 comedian Joe Zimmerman made his television debut on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central, and since has appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show, Season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Nickelodeon, and recorded a Comedy Central Half Hour Special. He was also chosen as one of the New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal, where he was positively reviewed by The Spit Take and Time Out NY. In 2014, he recorded his debut album Smiling at Wolves which reached #2 on iTunes, and Buzzfeednamed him a “comedian you should be paying attention to,” saying “The combination of Joe’s calming vocalization and inventive writing is a thing of magic.” Praised for an accessible style pairing absurdism with observational and autobiographical material, Joe is an original member of the Beards of Comedy, which toured from 2008 to 2012 and released two albums – 2011’s Cardio Mix and 2009’s Comedy for People. Based out of New York City, Joe is currently touring the country with his new hour. He hosts a popular science podcast called Universe City which comes out every Tuesday, as well as a monthly show at Union Hall in Brooklyn called “Deeperness”. We are delighted to have Joe Zimmerman as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

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7 Questions with Josh Gondelman

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By Ryan Meehan

Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City. With years of experience as a preschool teacher and a pretty good guy, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. His talent for smushing words together earned him work writing for Fuse TV’s Funny Or Die Presents: Billy On The Street, as well as his current position as Web Producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where he writes and manages digital content for the Daily Show alum’s new HBO show. Josh is also the co-author of the forthcoming book You Blew It: The Guide To The Many Ways In Which You’ve Probably Already Ruined Your Life, out late summer 2015 from Plume. Onstage, Josh’s first break came when he traveled to Atlanta for the inaugural Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, where he turned heads and captured first prize! He has also performed at the Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen, CO, and headlined at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in Asheville, NC. More recently he has appeared in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest. Outside of standup, Josh’s writing has appeared in prestigious publications such as McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, New York Magazine’s The Cut blog, and Thought Catalog. He is the co-creator and co-author of the popular Modern Seinfeld Twitter account, and his own Twitter feed was named one of 2012’s best by Paste Magazine. The Ellen Degeneres Show took notice of Josh’s joke writing skill and featured him as part of their “Tweetly Roundup.” Josh’s work has appeared on television other times as well, much to the delight of his grandmothers. They were thrilled to see him on television on G4’s “Attack of the Show” and MavTV’s “Rooftop on the Road.” Josh’s debut standup comedy CD, “Everything’s The Best” was released in November of 2011 by Rooftop Comedy Productions, and he’s my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading