Music and Comedy have very similar purposes to society. Can
you name a civilization in the history of the world that didn’t have a version
of music or comedy? It is a universal constant throughout the history of the
world. The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers combines the incredible world of music and
comedy into an hour and a half of podcast gold.
This Spotify exclusive podcast counts down the top 500
albums according to Rolling Stone magazine but with a twist. The host Josh Adam
Meyers, a hilarious comic, invites his funny friends and uses “facts from the
albums and song meanings as a road map to interview each guest.” The guests are
either already fans of the artist/ album they are talking about but you can
really tell they did their homework before going into the studio to chat with
Comedians are also the most suitable people in the
entertainment business to comment on such albums. The best of both music and
comedy evoke deep emotion from their audience whether it is a song that makes
you cry or a joke that makes you laugh (or in today’s society enraged), there
is always a reaction. The journeys of a musician are so similar to comedians as
well. It takes experience to become a respected musician and years of rejection
(for the most part, at least the artists of the albums on The 500 list), which
almost every comic has had to experience. There is not one comic that doesn’t
have a story about them bombing or a bad show.
It is self-described as “The 500 is the first Music Album
Book Club representing the next decade of his life’s work talking to creative
about the greatest recorded music in history. The first episode is the last and
the last episode is the first. This is the only podcast where you know when it
will end, on May 31st, 2028.” You will want it to last forever but
unfortunately there is an expiration date.
Josh has gotten great comedians! Every episode has something
to offer but here are some notable episodes
White Stripes White Blood Cells with Bill Burr
BB King Live in Cook County Jail with Ryan Sickler
Elvis Costello Armed Forces with Dana Gould
Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear with Roy Wood Jr
Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual with Big Jay Oakerson
The Smiths (Self-titled) with Christina P
The Fugees The Score with Andrew Santino
For a full list of episodes click here! The podcast world is evolving and can sometimes feel like listing to the same story from the same people. The 500 stands out in the sea of interview podcast! Take a listen!
To add to the amazing list of talented comedians releasing new specials this year, Tiffany Haddish has released her new Netflix special, Black Mitzvah. The name of the special came to Haddish after she took an ancestry DNA test that revealed she was of part Jewish descent on her father’s side. The special is now available for streaming and is quickly gaining both traction and notoriety.
Haddish describes the special as a celebration of her own bat mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony that traditionally occurs when one is around thirteen. She adds, “I want to do something that represents growth and maturity.” Haddish’s late father was a Jewish refugee from Eritrea, which she discovered as a teenager. She even had some experience working as an entertainer and dancer at various bar/bat mitzvahs as she started her career.
Early reviews of Black Mitzvah have been favorable and have praised Haddish for her comedic chops. An article by FastCompany claims that it is a “comedy special as PR and it works.” The special highlights her humorous commentary on life, including the moment she discovered she was part Jewish. Check out the trailer HERE. To prepare for the special, she spent time reading the Torah and learning the Jewish language to prepare for her actual upcoming bat mitzvah ceremony she is having to celebrate her heritage as well as her 40th birthday.
Haddish has come on to the comic scene from film roles in Night School, Girls Trip, and Like A Boss. In addition to those credits, she also was part of NBC’s show, The Carmichaels, that aired from 2015-2017 and TBS’ The Last O.G. with Tracy Morgan. Black Mitzvah is her second Netflix special, the first one being They Ready, which premiered earlier this year in August.
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt there was
no escape? Have you ever experienced something that you didn’t think you could
come back from? Do think about it now and realize that it only made you who you
are today? When you tell the story of it
now, are you able to laugh at it?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then The
HoneyDew with Ryan Sickler is the perfect podcast for you. Every Tuesdee, you can hear some of the best
storytellers talk about some of their lowest points in life. Hear how they
bounced back and are able to laugh at it now.
If you answered no to any of these questions then this is
the perfect podcast for you too. Listening to Sickler and his guests talk about
some of the darkest moments can provide some much needed therapy and
perspective. As the tagline says, The HoneyDew is “Highlighting the Lowlights”.
There hasn’t been a more concise and accurate motto ever.
The HoneyDew is only a year old but with 300+ episodes of CrabFeast, Sickler is a professional interviewer at this point. Having been in the game so long, he is able to bring the best storytellers in the entertainment landscape. Guests like Adam Ray talking about his childhood sheds light on Ray’s origin story to becoming a comic. You can “hear in the throat clear”. Joey Diaz, who has more stories than anyone, talks about fighting a nun. Brad Williams virginity story is hilarious. Relive the stroytelling show Comedy Works had in January 2018 with Ari Shaffir by listening to Steve Simeone’s episode. It always goes deep but is able to remain playful and fun because Ryan Sickler’s ability to guide the conversation, his authenticity, and of course his laugh. This podcast is more than just your usually interview and people aren’t just going to promote things. Everyone seems excited to be there.
One of the most interesting things about this podcast is the format and what it will become in the future. The HoneyDew was made with the fans in mind. Not just to make a podcast that entertains fans but also to involve fans. Eventually, once the podcast becomes huge, which is just a matter of time; there is a chance you can be on it! Comedians aren’t the only people that have crazy stories and Sickle Cell knows that. He knows there are plenty of you out there with great stories and wants to provide an outlet in which fans can highlight their lowlights. With an ever-changing platform, fan involvement is just the next step in podcasting. Plus what better way to get through the hard times than to have Ryan Sickler’s laugh as constant reminder that it going to get better.
It is Valentine’s Day and our number one love is Comedy! Comedy that has influenced the next generation of brilliant entertainers. Back in August, CNN wrote an article rating the 50 most influential comedians the world has ever known. These people are timeless and have nothing but given the world much needed love and laughs. Check out these comedic genius, you may find a new favorite! Keep an eye out for some of these comics coming to Comedy Works.
From New York to Denver, The Friends crew is making the trip just for you! Rave reviews from the run in New York, make sure you get your tickets today for there shows this week at Comedy Works South at the Landmark. Relive the magic of one of the most beloved shows to have aired!
As travelers head into Denver on DIA train they are now greeted by local veterinarian, comedian and TV personality, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. While on the terminal, travelers are invited to check-out 15 of the most environmentally friendly dog houses that are competing in a BARKitecture Dog House Competition. For more information on the competition and how to get involved visit: flydenver.com/bark
It’s been researched that the average adult (18+) spends almost 3 hours a day on their cell phone. For most people, disconnecting is certainly a struggle. However, when we disconnect we are able to connect with the ones around us even more. Here at Comedy Works we are ahead of the game and have already implemented Yondr, a service that allows events to have a phone-free space. Check out what Buzzfeed had to say about it! Watch full video