10 Questions with Paul Oddo

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Photo by Mindy Tucker

by Ryan Meehan

Comedian Paul Oddo recently released his debut standup comedy album, “Lost In Thought” (Recorded in Austin, TX) and his first book, “Nothing Too Fancy” which he wrote and illustrated. The two can be purchased on his website as a pair. Paul has performed at The Boston Comedy Festival and Competition, which he won in 2012 taking home a prize of $10,000. He has also been featured at SXSW, The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, NY Comedy Festival. He is a Featured Performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. He has been seen On “The Late Show With David Letterman”, “AXS Gotham Comedy Live” and “‘Best Of’ AXS Gotham Comedy Live”. His last name is pronounced, “Oh-Dough” like “Frodo”, and he’s my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Ben Roy

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by Ryan Meehan

Taking comedy audiences by storm since 2004, Ben Roy brings an unparalleled energy and unique voice to stage. Roy cut his comedic teeth in Denver at the legendary Comedy Works. Since then, he has been selected to perform at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, LA Riot Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Austin’s South by Southwest festival, and many more. He’s also been featured on HBO’s Funny as Hell series; in the John Wenzel Book Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and Dangerously Funny (alongside comedy greats like Patton Oswalt and Fred Armisen); and on the Comedy Central Show Adam DeVine’s House Party. Roy’s debut stand-up album, I Got Demons, was released in 2012 and ranked one of the “10 Best Comedy Albums of the year” by Laughspin. His second stand-up album, No Enlightenment in Sobriety, was released 2014. Most recently, Roy recorded his third stand-up album in March 2015 at Comedy Works. Roy and fellow Denver Comedians Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl (who collectively perform as The Grawlix) recently moved to LA where they are shooting 10 episodes for their new TruTV series Those Who Can’t, which is expected air in early 2016. Following that announcement, Variety named The Grawlix trio one of their “Top 10 Comics to Watch in 2015”. In addition to stand-up comedy, Roy is a prolific musician, currently the lead singer of SPELLS and I am very lucky to have him as my guest today in 10 questions.  Continue reading

10 Questions with Brooke Van Poppelen

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by Ryan Meehan

Brooke Van Poppelen is a NYC based comic, actress, writer and host of Hack My Life on truTV alongside Kevin Pereira. Brooke has been seen on @Midnight and John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, and IFC’s Comedy Drop. She has also appeared as a talking head & panelist on various MTV & VH1 shows and worked as a writer / producer for Girl Code and co-authored the Girl Code Book. This year Brooke released her comedy web series Seeing Other People which she co-wrote and starred in with Giulia Rozzi. The six episode web series has been gathering attention from the likes of IFC.comGlamour, & Laugh Spin and season two is underway. Brooke’s stand up comedy has been praised by SplitsiderEsquire, and Brightest Young Things. She was recently selected for the Headliners Showcase as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has also performed at The Bentzen Ball, Riot Fest LA, SXSW, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and Bridgetown.  In NYC she performs at UCB & UCB East on shows like Whiplash and has headlined Caroline’s on Broadway as part of their “Breakout Artist Series”. In Brooklyn she can be seen at Union Hall on her monthly show Comfort Zone which she hosts with singer/songwriter Julian Velard. Prior to NYC she performed and trained in Chicago at IO, The Second City and The Playground Theater. Brooke hails from the Detroit suburbs, loves Coney dogs, and she’s my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Andre Hyland

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by Ryan Meehan

Andre Hyland is a director-actor-writer-comedian-producer-and visual artist originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and currently based out of Los Angeles.  Hyland’s work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, The LA Film Fest, and AFI Fest. Rolling Stone magazine named his short FUNNEL one of the 12 Must-See Sundance Successes.  Hyland recently directed and starred in a TV pilot he created that was produced by Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island’s new FOX studio Party Over Here.  Hyland has created and starred in a couple Comedy Central pilots, one of which was co-created with Bob Odenkirk.  He’s also directed and starred in numerous segments for MTV, Funny Or Die, and Fuel TV.  His high-energy live character performances are a regular fixture at Los Angeles’ alternative comedy venues.  He’s also performed at SXSW, the HBO Comedy Festival and for two years hosted his own monthly talk show at the Hollywood Improv.  Andre’s fine art and graffiti work has been included in exhibitions at, and in association with London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA, and Cincinnati’s CAC.  We are very excited to have him as our guest today in today’s edition of 10 questions. Continue reading

Daytrotter Artist Profile: Mike Gentry

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Illustration by Johnnie Cluney

by Ryan Meehan

As the man who maintains the day-to-day recording sessions at Daytrotter’s Rock Island homebase recording facility, Mike Gentry has heard a wide variety of musical stylings as that establishment’s Chief Audio Engineer over the past seven years.  Mike honed his audio polishing skills at the word-famous Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences beginning at the turn of the century, dexterity that has proved to benefit all that have the pleasure of doing sessions at the Horseshack.  Daytrotter’s setup is very unique in the sense that all of the recordings are mixed live to two-track, meaning that Mike doesn’t use multi-track software or do any overdubs.  Everything including the vocals are cut as a live performance, and he records and masters anywhere from between thirty to fifty bands every month of the year which has amounted to over three thousand sessions.  From time to time Daytrotter does field recordings at festivals such as SXSW, Noise Pop, and Gentleman of the Road.  They’ve constructed a new recording facility across the river in Davenport, Iowa that was acoustically designed by George Augspurger and electrically by Soren Wittrup.  This state of the art facility will include a recording studio and a venue all within the same building, and that’s just one reason why Daytrotter has become so important to the Quad Cities and the artists travelling through the greater QC metropolitan area.  I am excited to have my close personal friend and Horseshack Chief Audio Engineer Mike Gentry of Daytrotter as the subject of today’s artist profile. Continue reading