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 Will Weldon

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by Ryan Meehan

Will Weldon is a comedian based in Los Angeles, but birthed in Canada. He’s done stand-up across both countries, and has performed at the Bridgetown, Riot, & Just for Laughs comedy festivals. He’s also appeared on Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening”, as well as Just For Laughs’ “Talk of the Fest”, and is a regular on well-known Los Angeles comedy shows such as “The Meltdown w/Jonah and Kumail”, “Power Violence”, and the UCB’s “Put Your Hands Together”. He likes to think his comedy has a positive message, delivered in a very depressing way.  Regardless we are proud to have Will Weldon as our guest today in 7 questions.   Continue reading

7 Questions with John Roy

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by Ryan Meehan

John Roy began his comedy career in Chicago, where he studied Improv at Second City, and the Annoyance Theater. He moved to Los Angeles in 2004. Roy has appeared on numerous television programs including Conan, The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, Last Comic Standing, and CBS’ Star Search, where he was the first comedy champion. John is a regular performer on the most prestigious independent shows in comedy, including Meltdown Comedy at The Knitting Factory and Whiplash, as well as the best comedy clubs in North America, such as the Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, and the Comedy Attic. John has performed in the Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the Limestone Festival, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR. Together with James Adomian, John wrote and performed, along with Marc Maron, in the web series “Maron In Space” for Funny or Die and IFC in 2013. He is frequently heard on satellite radio and his AST Records release “Alexander Hamilton” was named one of the Ten Best Comedy Releases of 2013 by the LA Weekly. John’s podcast “Don’t Ever Change” has comedians talk about their high school years and has featured Dan Harmon, Kumail Nanjiani, and Kyle Kinane. In the summer of 2014, John will perform at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

Best of 2013: Guests and Friends

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by Ryan Meehan

One of the best parts about writing for First Order Historians is that I get the chance to talk to some really cool people in the entertainment industry. Likewise, another great part is it gives me a chance to reach out to people I know that read the site and ask them what they are thinking as well.  Because this was my first year doing this, I also made some mistakes.  One of them is that this piece is also quite long, and that’s why I’m thanking you for reading it ahead of time.  So these are what our guests and friends thought was awesome this year, and of course I figured I’d throw my two cents in as well because you know how much I hate carrying pennies around. Continue reading