10 Questions with Brooks Wheelan

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by Ryan Meehan

Twenty-nine year old Comedian Brooks Wheelan was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but raised in the sleepy little town of Manchester in Delaware County just forty-five minutes north of there. He attended the University of Iowa, where he received a degree in biomedical engineering. Somewhere along the line he stayed on that career path but also pursued stand-up comedy, a decision that on paper probably didn’t make a whole lot of sense at the time but has since ended up paying huge dividends. Since then, he’s had a #1 comedy album on iTunes titled “This is Cool, Right?” and ended up with the job of a lifetime when he was hired to write for Saturday Night Live for the 2013-14 season. That gig got even better when a week before the season started Wheelan was upgraded to cast member. The gig lasted just one short year but Brooks has also appeared on such programs as The Comedy Central Half Hour, Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ridiculousness, @midnight, and Adam Devine’s House Party. He’s also performed at the South Beach Comedy Festival, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Moontower & Bridgetown Comedy Festivals among many others. I am honored to have the one and only Brooks Wheelan as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Pete Bladel

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Photo by Mindy Tucker

 

by Ryan Meehan

As a comedian and writer living in New York City, Pete Bladel likes to pretend that he’s artsy. The truth is, he comes from a very non-artsy background. A former football player at the University of Virginia (despite never being very good at football), Pete based his whole career off of grit and scraptitude. He brings that same mentality to the stage, performing all over New York at places like Caroline’s On Broadway, Stand Up NY, and Gotham Comedy Club. A contributing writer for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, Pete has opened for some of his favorite comics, including Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, Neal Brennan, Artie Lange, Colin Jost, and more. He also hosts a weekly podcast called “Comedy Jocks” where he and some fellow comics discuss the biggest stories in sports. Look him up online, become his new best friend, and learn more about him here as he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading