New streaming show premiers Fri., Oct. 10, with live Q & A by me

Hello, all. Putting the periscope up once again to launch the next streaming show: Accidents, Mistakes & Emergencies will premier on the Give The Drummer Some stream on WFMU. Time will be Friday, Oct. 10, at 3 PM EST. The link is here, After the premier and the live Q & A with me, the show will be available for download here, as well as with an annotated playlist on the GTDS stream and from my playlist page as well.

It’s kind of an upsetting show; real accidents, real mistakes, real emergencies.

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I’m talking about people talking. Two new Rough Mix shows up on


Folks –
I’ve emerged from hibernation to post 2 shows on They’re streaming online, they’re NSFW, and they emphasize my favorite non-instrumental portion of the musical spectrum: the talking part.

Show #1 (3 hrs.) showcases monologue artists ranging from Ruth Draper and Lord Buckley to Ana Deavere Smith and Danny Hoch. The listenable playlist at is here:
If you want, you can download the show (.zip) in easy-to-listen-to tracks here:

The second show’s title is “Walkin’ and Talkin'”; all the tracks are spoken word over music (3 hrs.). Speakers range from The Last Poets, Jack Kerouac and Jean Shepherd to William Burroughs, Jean Grae, and Saul Williams. The show ran once a few years ago and got buried because I never added any information about it. A listenable playlist has been coaxed into existence on here:
Download (.zip) here: A while back, I had a playlist on this blog for this show. I think most of the links, videos, and such still work. I will update the dead bits when I’m fully back in the swing of this.

Thanks very much. And major props to Mr. Finn for renewing this blog.

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The final two remix pieces for the Mashup show

At last, the stars have aligned, everyone’s schedules have meshed, notes were passed, changes made, tweaks tweaked.


Pete Holmes! And…

Reggie Watts!

And as the sun pulls away from the shore, and our boat sinks slowly in the west, I’d like to thank all the comedians involved for their forbearance with my meddling, and ultra extra super thanks to TJ (and the Comedy Channel) for the opportunity.

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The rest of the “Mashup” mashups (almost; two still waiting)

I believe these benefitted somewhat from my having done several other mixes by the time I got to them, not to mention TJ’s on-the-money notes. Still waiting on Pete Holmes and Reggie Watts, which will be forthcoming (one trusts) momentarily.

Jared Logan from show 102

CJ Sullivan from show 108

Mary Lynn Rajskub from show 103

Hannibal Buress from show 102

Chris Hardwick from show 101

Deon Cole from show 101


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Looking for one particular comic’s “Mashup” mashup?

We got your individual comedians individually right here, mashed up musically and individually by mois. More added as I finish them (please be patient. I’m one of those fine craftsmen, ya dig?).

Bryan Callen from show 104

Sean Flannery from show 104

Chris D’Elia from show 105

Erin Foley from show 105

Jon Dore from show 106

Nick Vatterott from show 106

Tom Segura from show 107

Jonah Ray from show 107

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“Mashup” remixes (or “Mashup” mashups, if you prefer)

As promised below, here is a .zip file (24 meg) containing the illuminated texts (mixed by a single monk working in an East Coast basement by candlelight) of portions of  Comedy Central’s  “Mashup”, featuring Brian Callen, Sean Flannery, Chris D’elia, Erin Foley, Nick Vatterott, and Jon Dore.


Do post a comment, hey. Curious to see what people think of these. Thanks.

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Isaiah Sheffer, R.I.P.

After I moved back into Manhattan proper from Brooklyn (circa ’86 or so), one of my regular  treats was attending the Selected Shorts series at Symphony Space. I liked it so much I even bought season tickets for several years. The only other venues I attended with such regularity were the hiphop clubs downtown, and this was a very different experience. No frisk at the door, for starters. The audience – a packed house at every performance, by the way – was split between  elderly, West Side intellectual types and, for some reason I never figured out, huge packs of teen-aged/twenty-something Indian-American or Pakistani-American women. Go figure.

Isaiah Sheffer would mount the stage and introduce the actors reading the stories; on a good night, he’d be one of the readers. The performances (directed by Sheffer) were almost always fine – beautifuly paced, well-thought-out readings.

Before the doors opened, I would take a leisurely stroll around the block to prepare, wander in to a seat, lean back, and close my eyes (I find watching anything while I’m listening to it quite distracting). Bliss, it was.

The performances so impressed me that I once badgered Mr. Sheffer into having lunch, and I asked him – as one spoken word producer to another – how he managed to get such stunning performances from different actors at each performance. “We rehearse. Sometimes just once, but if possible, two or threee times. I give notes, we talk, we make it work.” It had never occurred to me; in advertising, and radio advertising especially, actors saw the script as they stepped up to the microphone. No rehearsal, discussion or any suchlike. Read it and get out, pal. I couldn’t get rehearsal time for advertising (then or now), but it was enlightening to find out how one of the great pros did it. And, I got to lunch with one of the best.

I began buying cassettes of the performances as soon as Symphony Space started selling them. One of the first had Sheffer reading Roy Blount Jr’s story “Things In The Wrong Hands.”

Take a listen (11 meg download). It’s truly awesome (timing! emphasis!) and wildly funny; “My sister… is glued… to the dry cleaners!”

This audio is up without permission; if you’re the owner and want me to take it down, just let me know. It’s offered here as a reminder of a talented man recently gone. I mean only respect.


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