Comedian Greg Stone (https://twitter.com/GregStone_) killed on his last LKP appearance (ep 22 w/ Anthony Devito), so when he invited me to smoke a bunch of weed and appear on the premier episode of his new podcast "Greg Stone-d," I jumped at the opportunity. And I also asked if I could use the recording as an episode of my own podcast, too.
So this is a historical episode bc:
1) I'm high for the first time on the podcast.
2) It's the first crossover podcast episode of all time
3) It's also the premier episode of the "Greg Stone-d Podcast"
4) Does anyone actually read this? Ass Lobsters.
Why do I interview so many of my friends on here? Because I know cool people who do cool shit. This week, my guests are two old college friends of mine, Busayo and Chitra. Busayo started her own clothing line: http://www.busayonyc.com/ And Chitra has her own condiment company (http://brooklyndelhi.com/) and her own cookbook coming out soon!
I've been a fan from afar of this week's guest, comedian Nick Mullen, for a while. I enjoyed his epic trolling as alter ego "Nicole Mullen" on thought catalog, and found out he's also the man behind everyone's favorite website, http://childporn.sexy/ .
I finally got a chance to sit down with him in NYC, and find out a little about the man behind the trolling.
Have you are ever been walking through the NYC subway and spotted a band playing genre-defying intrumental music while wearing "Eyes Wide Shut"-esque masks? Well, chances are, that was a band called "You Bred Raptors?" I sat down with the band's core members, Bryan and Peat, and we compared and contrasted my life as a comedian with their lives as busking subway musicians.
The epic conclusion to the first 2 part episode in Louis Katz Podcast history! Another hour of me and Guy Branum sipping champagne and talking shit.
Guy Branum graciously shared with me the champagne he purchased to commemorate the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision. We drank it, ate strawberries and chatted for so long that I decided to make this a 2-parter. This episode (Part 1) includes a story about Guy's 1st trip to a gay bar and his 1st pride parade.
Sat down with two very old friends of mine, Zoe & Rebecca, when they were both 9 months pregnant to talk about...them being 9 months pregnant!
I went to the Queens apartment of two of my favorite up-and-coming NYC comedians, Greg Stone and Anthony Devito, where we discussed how they grew up together in Jersey, action figures and child molesters. This is a super funny one.
This week's guest is a VERY old friend of mine. Like super old. Like 87. It's my Grandpa! Hear him tell exciting tales of the world's 1st computer, living in Depression era Ohio, and moving to Boyle Heights (back when it was also el Jewish barrio) in LA!
I sat down with one of the best comedians in the business, Greg Fitzsimmons (http://www.gregfitzsimmons.com/), and we talked about comedy and fistfighting technique.
Greg's one of my favorite comedians to watch. He's constantly changing up his sets, and he had one of the greatest put downs of a heckler I've ever seen (he called a woman "9/11." Quote: "You're not like 9/11, you ARE 9/11").
Jewish summer camp. It's a rite of passage for many young Jews like myself. To commemorate the 20 year anniversary of my time at Camp Alonim, I sat down with two close friends of mine from those days, Danny and Ben. We talk camp memories, anal fissures, and life in general.
You may know Al Madrigal as the Daily Show's "Senior Latino Correspondent." I know him as the "King of Confrontation" (actually, I just made that up, but whatever). Al's a dude who constantly calls people out on their bullshit and who, despite his small stature, will not back down from any one. Which leads to some pretty hilarious stories...
I was getting a lot of requests from fans of the podcast to do a soup-themed episode. So I trapped 3 comics in a van and forced them to talk soup. You wanted it, now you've got it: SOUP TALK w/ Karen Kilgariff, Drennon Davis, & Greg Edwards!!
After briefly beefing on twitter about the newest wave of PC Culture that's sweeping the nation, my good friend Guy Branum (www.guybranum.com) and I sat down and discussed this issue in person like real people.
This week's guest is Marcella Arguello (http://www.marcellacomedy.com/), a very funny comedian from the 'Mo (Modesto). Like me, she is a true hater. I think that's why we get along so well.
Eliza Skinner (http://elizaskinner.com/) and I take on the big issues like shitting in your pants at Disneyland.
I've been anxiously waiting to see "Mad Max: Fury Road" since I was 10 years old. I loved this series when I was a kid. So I decided to re-watch all four Mad Max movies in 24 hours and then discuss them with podcast regulars Jason & Vinh. We drank as we watched, and since there were a lot of movies, we did a lot of drinking. Hopefully not too much...
Finally made it back to the states, although my luggage took an extra day to get here!
To commemorate being back in Los Angeles, I'm releasing this very LA-ish podcast, featuring me and my West Coast co-host Jason, bullshitting while taking in a view of the entire city at sunset from a hill in Griffith Park. We talk about various hobo survival techniques and the rise of choco chicken. Trust me, it's a good one.
For the last international edition of the podcast, I actually hooked up with one of my good friends from back home, comedian Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher).
He's been working in Rome on Zoolander 2 for the past month, so he decided to come up to Norway to kick it with me for the last leg of my tour. And then I returned the favor by coming to Rome to hang with him for a bit!
Mosh and I go way back, so we got some interesting tales to tell...
My tour of countries full of unexpressive white people with varying degrees of English comprehension continues!!
Last week, I did shows in Latvia, Estonia and Finland before heading to Saint Petersburg, Russia, for some much needed R&R.
But before that, I was traveling around the Baltics with these guys:
Mantas Katleris, one of the biggest comedians in Lithuania, who performed in English for the very first time on this run, and Daniel Veinbergs, an Estonian comedian who turned 19 while we were on tour.
These guys were very funny and cool to hang with on the road. And, they're making history as pioneers of stand up in their respective countries.
The first leg of my 2015 European Comedy Tour is over!!
I had a blast performing throughout Sweden, and it's all because of one man: Stockholm-based comic and all-around good dude, Martin Soneby. He put together my entire Swedish run and promoted the hell out of the shows on his own podcast, to the point that that his listeners got sick of hearing my name. And his efforts paid off: we had 3 packed shows in Malmo, Gothenburg and Stockholm!
At the very end of the run, we sat down to reflect on our little tour, and talk a bit about life and comedy in Sweden.
Guy Branum is the very first friend I made in comedy. Mostly because he had a car and we both lived in the East Bay. He's had a very successful career writing for Chelsea Lately and Totally Biased, but this year, he finally broke through as a stand up as well. We sat down and talked about how after killing it in relative obscurity for years, he finally got people to notice his stand up. We also talk a bit about the LA and NY comedy scenes and today's backlash against "mean" and "offensive" comedy (I know, I talk about that on like every episode. Sorry.).
Enjoy, and please buy Guy's album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/effable/id977936207
We recorded this episode on 4/20, so I had planned on talking about drugs to some extent. We ended up going way past weed to ayahuasca, a psychedelic drug known for giving users profound insights into life and existence. So yeah, things get kinda deep. And then we talk comedy a bit.
Anyway, it's a good one.
Be sure to follow all my guests, @myqkaplan, @zachsherwin and @gograntgordon
Sat down with a couple of very funny comedians, Grant Gordon (@gogratngordon) and Janelle James (@janellejcomic).
Grant and I host a weekly show together in Brooklyn known as Sack Magic. He also lived with my parents and I for two weeks this Winter.
Janelle opens for Todd Barry and Hannibal Buress on the road. She's also the very first female guest I've had, making her the Valentina Tereshkova of this podcast.
Wow, Janelle's credits look way more impressive than Grant's. He's gonna hate me for that.
Alon, a new guest to the show, joins me and Jason, my irregular West Coast co-host. Alon has a baby on the way, so that influenced a lot of our discussion. But not the part where we talk about gay porn.
This was Jason's first sober podcast. Can he still entertain without being mentally lubricated by the liquor???? There's only one way to find out!!!