Are you ready to hear the stories behind the laughter?
On this week’s “Statesman Shots” podcast, American-Statesman business writer and successful stand-up comic Brian Gaar joins us to talk about his recent video special, “Jokes I Wrote At Work,” and his upcoming appearances at Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest, where he’ll open for comedian Patton Oswalt. Brian talks about what it’s like to perform at a comedy fest like Moontower, how he deals with hecklers and what went into filming his first one-hour special, which is available on Vimeo.
Also on this week’s episode:
- Does Austin need a new mascot? In a video Short Shot segment, we pitch our ideas to the city, including Toni the Organic Tofu, Hater the Austin Gopher and Ray Benson (because he’s an East Coaster who moved here and dresses like a cowboy). Seriously, Austin, let’s put this proposal before the City Council!
- In this age of instant streaming video and festival overload, how is it possible to be bored? Do popular new apps Meerkat and Periscope suggest we still desire random channel flipping as entertainment?
- Joe Gross discusses “Delicious Foods,” a new book by James Hannaham, in a Chaser segment.
- And in “A Toast,” we recommend the excellent graphic novel “Here” by Richard McGuire, the Austin Web series “Pretty Awful” and Don Hertzfeldt’s animated short “World of Tomorrow,” which left us reeling after Joe Gross told us about it last week and we watched it ourselves.
Come laugh with us!
How to listen:
Download the MP3 version here. (45 min.)
- Brian’s stand-up comedy video special “Jokes I Wrote At Work” is for sale and rental on Vimeo. You can also download his album “Never Gonna Be Famous” on iTunes among other places.
- Brian was our guest on Episode 12 of “Statesman Shots” last year! Were we ever that young?
- The full Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival schedule. We’ll be covering the fest on the Always Funny in Austin blog among other Statesman/Austin360 locales. Brian opens for Patton Oswalt on April 24.
- See Brian’s upcoming gigs on his website and follow his stream of jokes on Twitter.
- A Google Image Search for “Austin mascot” is frankly underwhelming. We like our ideas better.
- NYT’s Jenna Wortham on “Borecore.”
- Amber Demure may be our first Austin Periscope celebrity if she keeps it up.
- James Hannaham’s “Delicious Foods.”
- “Here” by Richard McGuire is a brilliant graphic novel. Wired gives you five more reasons to read it.
- Once again, we must urge you to watch Dan Hertzfeldt’s brilliant “World of Tomorrow” on Vimeo.
- Next week: LBJ Library director Mark Updegrove!