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Greg Warren

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a fascinating conversation featuring the incredibly talented stand-up comedian, Greg Warren. Get ready as we take you on a rollercoaster ride through Greg’s comedic journey, from his daring leap into full-time funny to honing his craft on stage. Join us as we uncover the secrets behind his gut-busting jokes, share heartwarming tales of mentorship, and explore the vibrant landscape of stand-up comedy.

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In This Episode:

  • Family and Humor: Learn about how Greg’s family reacts to being part of his comedic material.
  • Stand-Up Process: Discover Greg’s process for creating new content from journaling exercises to listening back on performances.
  • Comedy Influences: Hear about influential comedians in Greg’s career like Eddie Murphy and Bob Newhart.
  • Wrestling Background: Find out how wrestling shaped Greg’s work ethic and performance style.
  • Acting vs. Stand-Up: Understand why Greg chose stand-up over pursuing acting or sitcom roles despite opportunities.
  • Audience Interaction: Get an inside look at how audience engagement plays a role in shaping a live comedy set.

Quotations:

“In standup comedy, it’s a little different because it’s a long road, but I enjoy most performances and the writing process.”  ~ Greg Warren

“The joy in standup comedy is like, it’s all the joy is always the new joke, the new premise, or the new thing you’re working on.”  ~ Greg Warren

“You are around funny people and you start to develop a personality with some of your comedian friends off stage and being around funny people and that’s not intentional, but it just sort of happens. And, I think over time, some of that seeps into your act.”  ~ Greg Warren

“Take the thing that’s doing the best. Take your best joke. And spend an inordinate amount of time on that. Cause that’s where all the gold is. Don’t hit a false bottom there. Just keep digging, keep, keep digging right there.”  ~ Greg Warren

“We’re not humor columnists. We’re stand-up comedians. You know, we’re not writing something that’s mildly interesting or mildly funny.” ~ Greg Warren

“I think of it talking to the audience is a little bit more of a skill than an art. There are some guys that have made it an art form.” ~ Greg Warren

“I think comedy is like sort of this never-ending process  of getting wider and narrower.”  ~ Greg Warren

Guest’s Bio:

Greg Warren recently released his special The Salesman, co-produced by Nate Bargatze and 800 Pound Gorilla Media. The project tells the story of his post-college phase when he had a stint selling Jif and Pringles for Procter & Gamble which eventually led to his decision to become a full-time comedian. According to The New York Times, Greg “…has done for peanut butter what Jerry Seinfeld did for Pop-Tarts and Jim Gaffigan did for Hot Pockets.” An honest mix of self-deprecation, frustration, and an arsenal of lifelike characters highlight Greg’s colorful perspective. He can be seen in his Amazon Prime Special, “Where The Field Corn Grows”, Fish Sandwich on Dry Bar Comedy, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show, and Comedy Central Presents. Greg attracts a diverse audience spectrum, having performed as a finalist on BET’s Coming to the Stage and on Country Music Television. He is a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show, which led to touring theaters nationwide with The Bob & Tom All Stars Comedy Tour. Greg’s comedy has been a daily staple on Sirius/XM’s Laugh USA and Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup channels for a decade. You can hear him guesting on podcasts like Nateland, Never Not Funny, Bertcast, Dumb People Town, The Adam Carolla Show, and many more. He’s performed as a New Face of Comedy at JFL, on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Greg hails from St. Louis, MO, where his father was a high school wrestling coach and his mother made him play clarinet in the band. He has captivated audiences with anecdotes about the conflict inherent in meshing the two disparate high school identities of varsity wrestler and band geek. Greg was also a West Point Cadet, where he distinguished himself by amassing an impressive tally of demerits and endless hours of pointless marching. After moving on to the University of Missouri, he studied journalism and became an All-American college wrestler.

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Jeff Dwoskin

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This week on Here’s What We Know, host Gary Scott Thomas had an engaging conversation filled with nostalgic moments and hidden gems from the past. Our guest is Jeff Dwoskin, an award-winning comedian known for Laughs, Detroit International Comedy Festival, and Live from Detroit: The Jeff Dwoskin Show. Listen to hear incredible stories from throughout his career, providing unique insights into his journey. Persistence, passion, and identity were key themes explored in this conversation–truly inspiring for anyone pursuing their dreams! Remember, each ‘no’ today could potentially turn into a ‘yes’ tomorrow! 

Join us as we continue exploring engaging conversations with individuals who’ve left an indelible mark on popular culture over decades!

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In This Episode:

  • The Birth of Classic Conversation: Discover how the podcast evolved from a concept about social media named ‘Viral Intentions’ to its current form, focusing on pop culture nostalgia.
  • Guests Galore: Learn about the variety of personalities that have graced his show.
  • Interviewing Process and Preparation: Gain insights into how potential guests are approached and what goes into preparing for each interview.
  • Memorable Moments and Surprises: Hear fascinating anecdotes involving unexpected phone calls leading to impromptu interviews with comedians Robert Klein and Bernie Kopell, among others.
  • Special Highlight: Al Jean Interview: Don’t miss out on hearing about one of our most interesting guests, Al Jean, executive director and showrunner for The Simpsons!
  • Insightful Conversations: Tune in as we discuss intriguing topics stumbled upon during interviews.
  • Persistence Pays Off: Understand why persistence is key when reaching out for interviews despite initial rejections or ignored requests.

Quotations:

“When they know that you know them, then they’ll start telling you more stuff and they’ll open up to you and you’ll get a better interview because they start to trust you.”: ~ Jeff Dwoskin

“You can go back and ask again, just cause someone said no. At one point, the timing might have been wrong. I, you know, so it’s always worth it to kind of go back to that.”  ~ Jeff Dwoskin

“Some of these folks have dedicated their lives and do things that are so much cooler than the pop culture and nostalgia thing that we love.”  ~ Jeff Dwoskin

“You can tell the people that are timeless and amazing and really put the time in. It  definitely, uh, it definitely shows.”  ~ Jeff Dwoskin

“ I like finding stuff that I like. That people do that, um, that they don’t necessarily usually talk about.”  ~ Jeff Dwoskin

Guest’s Bio:

Jeff Dwoskin is a tech entrepreneur, podcaster, and award-winning comedian. Born in the suburbs of Detroit, he grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Jeff is known for Laughs (2014) and Detroit International Comedy Festival (2010). He was the prestigious winner of the Dick Purtan Comedy Showcase and has appeared in numerous festivals.  As the host of Live from Detroit: The Jeff Dwoskin Show (2020), he fuses his passions for comedy, trending topics, pop culture, and all things social media into an ear-pleasing show with amazing guests from the worlds of comedy, acting, and social media.

He started his journey in the tech industry back in 1997, Jeff founded his own website development company, which quickly became one of the pioneering forces in the country. Amidst his tech endeavors, his comedic talents blossomed, beckoning him to the stage as a professional stand-up comedian. Additionally, Jeff is renowned for his significant contributions to social media. He founded Hashtag Roundup, a platform that facilitates over 8,000 top 10 USA trends on Twitter, showcasing his knack for understanding and engaging online audiences. Recognizing the power of platforms like Instagram, Jeff established Stampede Social, aimed at assisting creators in driving traffic to their content through innovative means beyond traditional links in bios.

Jeff Dwoskin’s versatile journey, seamlessly melding tech entrepreneurship and comedy, stands as a testament to his creative ingenuity and unyielding passion for both fields.

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Fortune Feimster

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, our host Gary Scott Thomas had a fascinating conversation with Hollywood’s comedy sensation, Fortune Feimster. For over two decades, Fortune has been crafting an innovative, inclusive, and unparalleled career. Whether she’s on stage, in the radio studio, or on screen, her contagious and joyous comedy continues to touch lives and bring people together every day. Fortune shared her career journey, starting from humble beginnings in a small town to achieving success in Hollywood through sheer determination, hard work, humor, and a dash of luck. Her continued humility despite her growth is truly inspiring!

Join us in this exciting episode and hear more of Fortune’s story about her comedic techniques and future aspirations. With opportunities rolling in as quickly as punchlines, it’s evident that this determined and unflinching comedian is just beginning her remarkable journey. Indeed, Fortune Feimster is making waves everywhere.

Be sure to check her tour schedule to see if she’s performing in a city near you and experience her extraordinary talent in person!

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In This Episode:

  • Fotune’s Humble Beginnings
  • Career Progression
  • Upcoming Events
  • Netflix Special Projects
  • Acting Techniques
  • Future Goals
  • The Power of Podcasting

Quotations:

“I was like a kid in a candy store.” ~ Fortune Feimster

“I just couldn’t believe that they were like taking that kind of time with even someone like me who was such a small part of that.” ~ Fortune Feimster

“At this point, I’ll take anything to make whatever part of my body I could use to make people laugh, I’ll use it.” ~ Fortune Feimster

“I think stand-up will always be part of my career just because it’s the one medium that you have complete control over. It’s a way to connect to your audience without any middleman, and I really love that part of my business. And I think it’s the thing that has made people get to know me the most and, uh, understand who I am as a person.” ~ Fortune Feimster

Guest’s Bio:

Fortune Feimster, a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for her affable and charismatic presence, wields her unique brand of confessional comedy to unite people from all walks of life. You can catch Fortune across various media platforms, whether through radio broadcasts, appearances on both the big and small screens or during her nationwide stand-up comedy tours. Her first one-hour special, Sweet & Salty, is currently available for streaming on Netflix and earned a well-deserved nomination for Best Comedy Special at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Prior to this, Netflix showcased her talents in a half-hour special as part of The Standups in 2018, which garnered enthusiastic reviews. Fortune has graced late-night television with memorable sets on Conan and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She also boasts another acclaimed half-hour special on Comedy Central. Starting her career in Los Angeles as a member of the esteemed Groundlings Sunday Company, Fortune first gained national recognition as a writer and panelist on E’s popular show Chelsea Lately. This was followed by series regular roles on Hulu’s The Mindy Project and NBC’s Champions. Her versatile talent has led to numerous guest appearances and recurring roles on a variety of TV shows, including Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Dear White People, Drunk History, Claws, 2 Broke Girls, Workaholics, Glee, Idiotsitter, Tales of the City, The L Word: Generation Q, Life in Pieces, and @Midnight.

On the silver screen, Fortune has made her mark in films like Office Christmas Party, Social Animals, Father of the Year, and Yes Day. Her distinctive voice can be recognized in various animated roles, such as Evelyn on The Simpsons, Brenda on Fox’s Bless the Harts, and Ava on Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp. Fortune can be heard alongside Tom Papa on Sirius XM’s channel 93 in their show, What a Joke with Papa and Fortune, every morning. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast with her partner, Jax, aptly named Sincerely Fortune.Her career has continued to flourish with recurring appearances on Lights Out with David Spade on Comedy Central. Currently, she stars alongside David Spade in the new Netflix series, The Netflix Afterparty. You can also catch her playing Pam on NBC’s Kenan or Pinky in the recently released Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar. Not limited to her on-screen endeavors, Fortune’s creative prowess extends to writing. She has co-written and sold two comedy pilots to ABC, with one of them produced by the esteemed Tina Fey. Additionally, she is set to co-write and star in two feature films, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Field Trip, both acquired by Spielberg’s Amblin Pictures.

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Scott Edwards

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This week, our guest is a seasoned entrepreneur with an intriguing journey spanning across various industries—the man behind the laugh, Scott Edwards. We talked about how he started his journey at the age of 17 with a small construction company. And, later transitioned to entertainment as a DJ and opened the 12th full-time comedy club in America by age 24. Listen as we dive into the art form of stand-up comedy, which reveals fascinating insights about creativity, determination, and adaptability. From honing material to understanding audience responses, these aspects are not just crucial in comedy but translate well into many professional scenarios. His story serves as a reminder that resilience in the face of ups and downs is integral to entrepreneurial success.

Tune in to hear more of his story about how success doesn’t require wealth but hard work, focus, and a passion for excellent customer service.

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In This Episode:

  • The Journey Begins
  • Embracing Entrepreneurship
  • Riding the Waves of Business
  • Customer Service – The Key to Success
  • Starting Small, Dreaming Big
  • From Alabama to California
  • Recognizing Progress Over Prejudices
  • Comedy Club Chronicles  
  • Lessons from Laughter

Quotations:

“I figured this out. I make my employees happy. If I make my employees happy, they’ll make the customer happy. If all you do is make the customer happy, you will make your employee’s lives hell. But if you make your employees happy, they will make the customer happy.” ~ Scott Edwards

“I think that one of the reasons I’ve started so many companies is that once I’ve found success in one, the thrill of building it and creating it wasn’t there. And I was looking for my next adventure.” ~ Scott Edwards

“They don’t understand what it took; you know, it’s so great ’cause you always hear about the overnight success. And they don’t realize there were years of driving around in your car, sleeping in your car, working gigs, and, you know, little to no money.” ~ Scott Edwards

“But imagine all the others. 98% of the people who want to get into standup comedy or show business have to work because it’s not natural for everybody. In fact, the fear of public speaking is the number one fear in humanity, more than the fear of death. That’s why I respect the industry and why I love the art form. It’s not enough that you have to get up on stage in front of a bunch of strangers, but then you have to write material and be creative, and it’s all just you.” ~ Scott Edwards

“For some reason, the audience has gotten a really thin skin. They forgot how to laugh at themselves. We’re all human beings. We all have Piccadilly, and sometimes comedy is pointing those Piccadillys out that we all share.” ~ Scott Edwards

“I think that the public is tired of the oversensitivity, and to be honest, I think we’re healthier as humans if we can laugh at ourselves.” ~ Scott Edwards

Guest’s Bio:

Scott Edwards has established more than a dozen companies during his remarkable career journey. His ventures have spanned diverse industries, ranging from a humble construction company to the ownership of unique establishments like a Submarine and Beach Shack and even a foray into the world of Disco production. With an enduring passion for comedy, Scott channeled his enthusiasm into producing a wide array of entertainment, including Live Comedy Shows, TV Series, and Concerts. It wasn’t long before he ventured into the realm of comedy club ownership, ultimately founding his inaugural club, Laughs Unlimited. Through unwavering dedication and ingenuity, he successfully transformed Laughs Unlimited into a thriving chain of comedy clubs that stands as a testament to his entrepreneurial acumen.

Scott’s extensive career has afforded him the privilege of collaborating with some of the most iconic figures in the comedy world, including luminaries such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, and Dana Carvey. His wealth of experience and industry connections continue to shape his enduring legacy in the realm of entertainment.

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