Come And Take It: Comedy Take Over! Q&A

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From one of the folks that brought you the Houston Whatever Festival! comes the Come And Take It Comedy Take Over!

I was curious so I called Andrew Youngblood of Warehouse Live and Youngblood Booking to get further details. It’s a start.

Al Bahmani

So What Is It? Are we reenacting Texas history with comedians?

Currently it’s a two day comedy festival. It will grow next year, ideally it will be four days. It’s a two day comedy festival from 4pm in the afternoon to one in the morning. in all three rooms in Warehouse Live! Each room is a different venue.

All Stand Up?

It’s not strictly all stand ups. There are going to be podcasts, potential movie interruptions, improvisation, and even some burlesque.

So who’s going to be on it?

Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Kevin McDonald & many many more.

Wow! Those are some really big names. When can you announce them?

I can’t announce it until October 7th.

And what Houston Comics are on it?

As soon as I’m locking in larger talent first. I’ll start announcing the locals.

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The Truth & Iliza Shlesinger: Uniting Everyone Through Hate

Interviewed and written by Al Bahmani

Photo by Emily Higgins Used with permission of The Laugh Factory

Photo by Emily Higgins
Used with permission of The Laugh Factory

 

To say Iliza Shlesinger has the gift of gab is like saying Martin Scorsese is competent with a camera. Standing tall at 5 feet, 5 inches, Iliza Shlesinger is native Texan with a smile that conceals a sharp tongue that can cut right to punchlines in a heartbeat. In 2008 she was the first and only woman to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Her debut comedy special “War Paint” reached number 1 on iTune’s charts and is available on Netflix along with her feature film debut in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut “Paradise”. lliza takes some time off her busy road schedule to talk to Comedy Scene in Houston about her Laugh Factory produced podcast “Truth & Iliza”, her comedic origins and the miracle of uniting people through hate.

 

You begin every episode with the Henry Rollins quote “Nothing brings people together like a mutual hatred.” What mutual hatred can bring the rival cities of Dallas and Houston together?

You’re talking about that mutual hatred for one another?

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“You Don’t Know Dick Williams”

“You Don’t Know Dick [Williams]”
Interviewed and written by Al Bahmani

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Edited by: Magee Miller

“Dick Williams is one of the best people on Earth, no matter how evil he wants you to believe he is. He has been a dear friend to me and my family for as long as I’ve known him, both in Houston and in Los Angeles. Dick was great at putting together paid gigs here in Houston and always played a starring role in every fucked up story that ever happened. He’s my friend, my rabbi, my accomplice and at times my worst nightmare. Dick is one of the great unsung, underappreciated heroes of the Houston comedy scene.”

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In the multiple interviews with Houston comics who were around in the 1990’s Dick
Williams’ name pops up a lot. From John Wessling; Ralphie May; Rob Mungle; Caroline Picard & Billy D. Washington; many give him credit for giving them their first paid gig. The saying goes among comics, “If anyone knows how to create a gig, it’s Dick Williams”.

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Matt Kirsch: It Doesn’t Hurt To Have a Knife in Your Boot and a Gun in Your Underwear.

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Interviewed & Written by: Al Bahmani

Edited by: Magee Miller

Throughout my interviews with Houston Comics who’ve been around for more than ten years, one comic’s name pops up a lot, Matt Kirsch. With a list of jokes and industry credits as big as the state of Texas, to say Matt is a Houston comic’s comic barely scratches the surface. From his Humble beginnings in the late 1990’s to present day, Matt has crossed paths with all levels of the entertainment industry. Currently Matt is in charge of Comic Relief 2.0. Matt took a moment from his busy schedule to catch up with us.

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Remembering Touchee Jackson June 4th, 1974 – July 1st, 2013

Donta Touchee Jackson: June 4th, 1974 – July 1st, 2013

Written by: Al Bahmani

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Hey bartender how much are well drinks? $10!?!

Well, I guess I won’t be drinking.

– Touchee Jackson

News of Touchee Jackson’s death came out of left field. Within hours everyone in the Houston comedy community came abuzz. A flurry of frantic calls and texting eventually confirmed the worst, we lost one of our own.

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Paul Oddo Redux

Interviewed & Written by: Al Bahmani

Edited by: Magee Miller

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Winner of The 2012 Boston Comedy Festival Paul Oddo is regular in New York’s alternative scene. During his first year doing comedy Paul Oddo tied with Sam Demaris for Funniest Person in 2002’s Houston’s Funniest Person Contest. A coin was tossed and Sam won that year.

Nominated Best Local Comedian by The Houston Press in 2006, Paul Oddo is comedian that even the most jaded local comedians love to hear. Paul took some time off from shows & self promotion to catch up and tell us what he’s been up to.

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“Yes And” An Improvised Interview With Station Theater

Written by: Al Bahmani

Interview by David Gavri

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Among most stand up comics there is general ignorance about improv. Some like Robert Klein and Joan Rivers embrace it and incorporate it into their act. Others sneer at it and see no value in it at all. Then there are those who just don’t understand it. Like it or not, turn on a television and flip it onto any channel improv is on. Go to the movies improv is on. Way before late funny man Johnathan Winters became the voice of Papa Smurf, he was known for his comedy improvisations. Homer Simpson was a Second City player. So was Academy Award winner Mike Nichols. So were Emmy Award winners Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey. So was John Belushi, Bill Murray and most of the original cast of Saturday Night Live were too. Jon Lovitz, Elvira, Will Ferrell, Pee Wee Herman and Phil Hartman were in the Groundlings. Amy Poehler was a founding member of Upright Citizens Brigade. Former stand up comic Larry David employs improvisation into every episode ‘Curb Your Enthusiam’. Recently Station Theater has acquired a studio space. We sit down with Station Theater artistic director Lisa Friedrich and Station Theater manager Antoine Culbreath and try to bridge that gap of misunderstanding.

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Remembering Scott Kennedy

Written by: Al Bahmani

July 7, 1965- March 14th 2013

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1986 after a friend had entered him into a comedy competition at Froggy Bottoms Comedy Club in Lubbock Texas Scott Kennedy started his comedy career at an open mic. Shortly after that he made Houston, Texas his comedy home. And then he moved on to Los Angeles and then to Austin.

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