I hope you get a couple of laughs as I interview guests from all aspects of the comedy world. Tell your friends you found Some Kind of Comedian and bring them along for the ride. (You see, I am still doing a bringer show! F$%^&!!!)
NYC guy, Paul Hallasy has shaped and built his artistic career through writing, perseverance, grit, networking and reinvention – but especially writing. While some follow Hemingway’s advice of “write drunk, edit sober” Paul takes a different tact of “write early, edit later.” He has learned that it’s vital to get your ideas down on paper when they’re freshest – for him that’s as soon as he wakes up – and worry about culling and editing later. His best advice: Always keep pen & paper nearby and don’t be afraid to write stream of consciousness.
Japanese-born, USA-inspired, Kilara is a one-of-a-kind stand-up comic performing her craft in a conservative culture. In a country where people don’t typically talk about their problems and where it’s unacceptable to “poke fun” at others, Kilara has had to evolve and adapt her comedy into a “safe zone” for Japanese audiences. But, all that may be changing as the online world is rapidly bringing a diversity of opinions and previously off-limits conversations to the forefront of Japanese consciousness.
A denizen of New York City, Vanessa might be the hardest-working person in the comedy biz. Drawing on her own life experiences and being raised by an unconventional Mother, Vanessa’s humor reflects a rawness and vulnerability that goes to the heart of the matter. Delivered in her unique hard-hitting style, Vanessa’s audiences easily engage in the comic relief she delivers.
Originally a denizen of the Floridian West Coast, Gaye is a 31-year resident of New York City. After a longstanding career in production & film making, and comedy, Gaye is now making her aspirational move to concentrate on her own comedy show.
Born and raised in New York, Nicky recently made the big move to sunny LA in order to stretch his comedic talents. By expanding his career training, honing is acting talents, and expanding his world-view, Nicky is on a tear to even greater comic success in 2021.
Nicky is a natural-born “funny guy,” always “on” and ready to fill any room with laughter. He’s a disciplined professional who writes daily and is ever on the lookout for an audience that needs a laugh. He’d like to land a big acting gig in LA (who wouldn’t?) but comedy is his first passion and all the world is his stage.
Born and raised in New York, Donna has come full circle. From a vibrant career as a young comedian to a long hiatus, she’s back and funnier than ever. Donna gives us insight into what it's like to make a comeback, and how the thrill of standing alone on a stage never left her after so many years.
Donna’s career feeds her soul and keeps her sane in this crazy world – there’s nothing else she’d rather be doing. Her best advice to her younger self or a young comedian is “treat your craft as a business first.”
Greek Australian, Jim Dalakas has lived a real life “Coming to America” dream. After first being invited by The Actors Studio to study at The Lee Strasberg Institute, Jim returned to America in the mid-90s to pursue acting and comedy and has stayed ever since. Jim’s international background affords him a unique perspective in understanding that funny knows no borders. With that perspective, Jim is able to deliver an energetic, memorable and hilariously funny repertoire to diverse audiences around the globe.
Terri-Ann & Terri spend a little time reflecting on their journey to creating Some Kind of Comedian Podcast and what they are thankful for this holiday season. While Thanksgiving won’t be the same this year for so many, these ladies turn their focus on recalling some of their favorite holiday traditions and recipes. From overnight mashed potatoes to mincemeat pie and carrot soufflé, TAZ & Terri share their more unusual family recipes and reflect on their many blessings this holiday season. TAZ & Terri also take a moment to give a big shout-out to their generous sponsors and amazing guests who have helped to build their podcast audience one funny story at a time. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful, save and Happy Thanksgiving!
Rob, a naturally shy guy, developed his comedic stylings after many years of avoiding the limelight. It was finally his stepping on stage, and telling his first joke that allowed Rob to graduate from comedic potential to comedic possible. Rob has rubbed elbows with first-rate comedians and has garnered respect and appreciation by sharing the backstage world with his comedy family. He now lives his passion and enjoys giving back to his comedy community by, what he calls, facilitating others to find their humor. His best advice: Do the drive! Driving headliners has not only opened backstage doors for Rob, but it has also taught him how to mentor and “pay it forward” which has culminated in founding his online comedy workshop JokeZoom.com.
Julie draws much of her comic inspiration from her father, who always found the funny in every situation. For Julie, exploring deep, personal matters of health, happiness and humanity allows her to cultivate humor from those, sometimes, painful truths. “Going Deep to Go Funny” is a personal journey that allows Julie to come out the other side with soothing humor that makes soulful connections with her audience.
Finding humor in the midst isn’t just the name of Kate’s workshop series, it’s her life’s philosophy. Her best advice? Always carry a notebook and pen because you don’t write comedy, you just write it down. Kate believes humor is medicine and each of us has a unique role to play in offering that medicine to others. Is there anything better than making others laugh and learning not to take ourselves too seriously?
Her most brilliant career advice? Find your unique voice – the journey is longer, but you’ll have much more staying power once you hit your stride.
Leighann Lord took to time to chat with us about her comedic journey, which includes stand-up comedian, author, writer, award-winner, and radio/TV co-host of the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson. She has performed for U.S. troops in the Middle East and has appeared on HBO, Lifetime, Comedy Central, and The View.
Kevin describes his brand of comedy as “personal” drawing material from his family and life experiences. He loves performing comedy on the road – traveling the country with his mentor and close friend, Carlos Mencia – but considers New York Comedy Club his home club. “New York just does comedy right,” he says.
Kevin’s road to comedy is paved with dozen of odd jobs but never as a drug-dealer or prostitute – not that there’s anything wrong that. He now performs regularly on SiriusXM, hosts his Podcast, Just Joking, and is debuting his album, High on Molly.
Kevin says the best comedy advice he’s ever gotten is “You’re smarter than what you’re writing.” The best advice he can give is “Stop overthinking and keep moving.”
Brooklyn-born Jeffrey Paul now calls Staten Island his home. Evolving his comedic craft over many years, first as a writer, and now on-stage, Jeffrey believes what makes a great comedian is living an interesting life. Living that personal mantra, Jeffrey lives and works hard – constantly honing his craft, keeping a life-balance, and seeking out great mentors, which have all contributed to Jeffrey’s success as a late-comer comedian.
Drawing on her Brooklyn upbringing and family dynamic, Randi’s unique brand of comedy springs from her belief that “there’s healing in laughter and in telling the truth”… and the reality that the truth can be absurd, ridiculous, and oh so comical!
From her first comedic inspiration working at Chicken Delight (an iconic Hudson County, NJ fast food restaurant), to her family of funny people, to the high school classroom, listen in on how stand-up comedian, Janet Regensburg finds the funny in everything.
In this, our pilot episode, indeed, EPISODE ONE, hosts Terry-Ann Zander and Terri Walters discuss the crystallization of Some Kind of Comedian. They provide you with the who, what, when, where and why of the show, and how they hope to shine a spotlight onto the backstories of today’s Stand-Up funny guys and funny gals.