Tell Your Friends! The Podcast!

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Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast! is the cult-favorite audio magazine hosted by LIAM McENEANEY. Featuring short stories, audio essays, and interviews with some of the country's most interesting comedians, writers, musicians, and artists, including Lewis Black, Gilbert Gottfried, W. Kamau Bell, Mike Doughty, Kaki King, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Ronson, Maeve Higgins, & more

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In this week's powerful Tell Your Friends! podcast repeat, Liam sits in Williamsburg's McCarren Park with the late comedian and classic New York City comedy character Gary Marinoff. Gary traces his career in standup, living with his mother while taking odd jobs. After her death, he descended into the homeless shelter systems of New York and Hollywood, Florida. Gary gave it all for comedy, his one love, and he talks about it all. Plus a story from Bob Powers and poetry from Dale Goodson. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio

Aug 2019

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Six years ago, Liam trekked out to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where cupcake maven Allison Robicelli and her husband Matt were neighborhood fixtures, having grown up there, and turned their bakery into an international institution.  Liam talked to Allison about her cookbook, the Robicelli's bakery, being famous in Japan, seeing their food used in porn, and her years managing the late Pip's Comedy Club in Brooklyn. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio

Aug 2019

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This week's Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast! is a corker, as this week's guest, writer/showrunner/show creator/comedy force of nature SHADI PETOSKY starts busting Liam's ball immediately. Shadi has created some great TV for kids and adults, from segments for Yo Gabba Gabba! to her own beloved show, Danger & Eggs. Shadi sat with Liam at the great Hollywood coffee shop Sabor y Cultura and talked about her career, why her very successful TV show had to go away, about why she left standup comedy after a group of her friends were forced to fight with a Midwestern hack over her honor, and why she doesn't want to consider herself a transgender role model. We also get into her time as podcast network owner during the most difficult time of her life, living in a house where she would see famous people coming in and out all the time, and a touching encounter with the late Brody Stevens. Also, Liam outs himself as a total bougie fancy lad. PLUS, in a mighty intro, Liam talks about the Gilroy Garlic festival shooting, weird hotel toilets, and how Paul Krassner helped inspire him to create an alternative high school newspaper that somehow failed to get him into trouble. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio

Jul 2019

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On this week's Tell Your Friends! podcast classic, Liam ventures in a NYC winter to the West Village home of Dave Hill where they talk about Dave's insane commute to his first writing job, what goes into a This American Life piece, and all about his vacation at a men's prison in Mexico where he played some music and almost got murdered. PLUS 2 stories from Bob Powers. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio

Jul 2019

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This week's episode of the TYF! podcast is a tribute to the great American iconoclast PAUL KRASSNER, a comedian, satirist, and editor and publisher of the great American magazine, The Realist. A founding member of the Yippies, he turned on to LSD with Dr. Timothy Leary, rode the bus with Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, and took Groucho Marx on his first acid trip. Liam was fortunate to talk to Krassner a few years ago, via phone, as he plugged his latest book, Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders, and we play their conversation here unedited. It was recorded at ShowBriz Studios in Manhattan by Alex Brizell. Liam and Krassner talked about his friendship, and working relationship with Lenny Bruce, about Groucho, about the famous "Twinkie Defense," a phrase he coined covering the case. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at https://patreon.com/radio

Jul 2019

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In this classic edition of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, Liam sits in the Brooklyn home of "Guitar God" (per Rolling Stone) KAKI KING. Liam and Kaki discuss how she got her start busking in the subways, how she created her first album, about her tapping guitar technique, about writing a Foo Fighters song and touring with, and playing onstage with, the Foo Fighters in front of a hundred thousand people. Also, we check in with TYF! favorite guest MIKE DOUGHTY for the release of CIRCLES (et. al), a reimagining of some classic songs from the Soul Coughing catalogue. Plus a story from KAMBRI CREWS about how Satanic rock led to her salvation. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio

Jul 2019

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Will Hines and Billy Merritt are two masters of the improvisational comedy form, having worked at the Upright Citizens Brigade as performers and teachers for the past two-plus decades. They've written a book on their shared philosophy on performing called "Robot Pirate Ninja: An Improv Fable," available through Amazon, and Liam sits down to talk to them about how they got into improv, how they hooked up with the famed UCB at its beginning in NYC, and about what "Robot Pirate Ninja" means. Also, Emily Flake reads a page from Melania Trump's diary, and Liam shares fond memories of the 2003 NYC blackout which happened just as he was about to enjoy a free ticket to a Bob Dylan concert. You can support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio

Jul 2019

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In this live show recorded at The Bell House in Brooklyn, Liam hosts a  roundtable about TV comedy writing with comedy writing superstars ANDY BOROWITZ (The Borowitz Report, co-creator "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"), JESSI KLEIN (Inside Amy Schumer, SNL), ANDY BLITZ (long-time Conan writer), BRYAN TUCKER (SNL, Chappelle's Show), and CHRIS GETHARD (The Chris Gethard Show). Plus stories from Ophira Eisenberg, Michele Carlo, and Bob Powers. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at www.patreon.com.radio

Jul 2019

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In the history of the Tell Your Friends! podcast, we've talked to some of the best singer/songwriters and musicians in New York City and the world. This week we hear performances and talk from some of those, including EDEN & JOHN of THE EAST RIVER STRING BAND talking to us about how they met and recruited legendary underground cartoonist ROBERT CRUMB to join their band. Plus, live performances from A BRIEF VIEW OF THE HUDSON, EYTAN MIRSKY, ALANA AMRAM, and MIKE DOUGHTY. Support Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast! at www.patreon.com/radio

Jul 2019

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In this encore episode of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, taped live in a rock club in Manhattan, Liam talks to Lewis Black and Gilbert Gottfried about their careers, about how Gilbert learned that Twitter can be an expensive hobby, about his career as a Shoedini pitchman, and about how Lewis created a show for himself and was replaced by Kathy Bates. Support this podcast at www.patreon.com/radio

Jun 2019

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DAVID LOWE is a photo librarian at the New York Public Library and he created the Photographers' Identities Catalogue, a database allowing users to search the Library's collection of over 600,000 images by year, name, gender, location, and so on. CAROLINE KASNAKIAN is a blind psychologist at a large university. They've been shackin' up for the past nine years, and in this week's episode LIAM ventured out to the wild fringes of Queens to their apartment to talk to them about how they met, how they ran the NYC marathon last year as Runner and Guide, how they got into running, and about the first time Caroline saw David's face. Plus, a story from KEVIN ALLISON of the Risk! podcast about life, love, and the pursuit of romance in the big city. Also, Liam lets you in a little bit with a list of interesting facts about his life. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at patreon.com/radio. THURSDAY: A Tell Your Friends! podcast classic with LEWIS BLACK and GILBERT GOTTFRIED.

Jun 2019

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In this encore episode of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, we listen to the first of many of TYF! favorite JULIA WERTZ's appearances on the show. Liam squeezes into her Hobbit hole apartment in Greenpoint to discuss her cartooning career, her life, her relationship with her fans and we discover with her how they knew where she lived. Plus a great story about love's labors lost from ADAM WADE. Support the Tell Your Friends! podcast at patreon.com/radio

Jun 2019

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David Itzkoff is a reporter on the culture beat for the New York Times who has written a stellar biography of the late great comedian Robin Williams, titled Robin, and available in paperback today through Amazon or your local indie bookstore. Liam talks to Dave about his career, rising from the lad mags of the turn of the millennium and how his first memoir got him noticed by and, eventually, hired at the Times. They discuss Robin Williams, and Dave talks about going comic book shopping with the man. Also, we get to hear the almost four year process of writing a book like this, and the toll of being a man in the world with a wife and a newborn baby and a book to finish. About how Dave got so much access to Robin Williams and his world and the people in it. Also, Liam discusses the new Bob Dylan documentary, Rolling Thunder, and discusses the value of honesty and truthfulness in art. That's not as unbearable as it sound. Support the TYF! podcast at patreon.com/radio

Jun 2019

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Liam sits on a park bench with former JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE producer Adam Spiegelman to discuss his career, starting as an open mic'er in New Jersey with JAY MOHR, and how that eventually led him to make the jump to guest producer on the show. Support TYF! at patreon.com/radio

Jun 2019

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On this week's TYF!, Liam talks to Jay Stern, director of Say My Name, a fun romantic comedy set in Wales. Jay talks about being a Jew from Alabama, about going to the prestigious Tisch School at NYU and realizing what a scam that is. About studying film in Vancouver, and about how the long road to filmmaking wound through the theatre and improv comedy worlds of NYC. And also, he tells us the secret of getting famous people to say yes to being in your films. PLUS: A charming story from Emily Flake brings us to the characters of the Breakfast Club twenty years after the events of the film.

Jun 2019

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On this week's rerun, Liam sits with Ophira Eisenberg, host of the smash radio hit game show "Ask Me Another," to discuss dating in NYC, moving from Canada to NYC and starting her career over from the bottom, and how she met and married her current husband. Also, a story from Moth Grand Slam champ Adam Wade.

Jun 2019

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This week, host Liam McEneaney visits the home office of comedy superstar Jim Gaffigan, and his wife and collaborator Jeannie Gaffigan. We discuss  Jim's latest special Noble Ape, how Jim and Jeannie met, how they work together, how writing a joke about Trump is a lot like writing about religion, and a lot more. Jeannie also talks about the pear-sized tumor that was removed from her brain stem, about how the work helped speed her recovery in a year's time from surgery to directing/producing/writing on Jim's latest special. In fact, she wrote a book about it available for pre-order RIGHT NOW; When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People. All this, and storytelling legend Kevin Allison of the RISK! podcast tells a hilarious and true story about the search for love in all the usual places. All this, and Liam regales us with one of his road stories. Support TYF! at patreon.com/radio

Jun 2019

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This week on TYF! classic, we talk to singer/songwriter Eytan Mirsky, as he talks about his career, how he ended up writing the theme songs for movies like 'Happiness' and 'The Tao of Steve,' and the struggles of the creative life in central Queens. Plus, Eytan sings us a few songs. Also, public radio's Ophira Eisenberg drops in to tell us a story. Support TYF! at www.patreon.com/radio

May 2019

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This week on the Tell Your Friends! podcast, Liam sits down and spills some tea with his old friend CAROLINE WAXLER, writer, producer, and host of the WGA's podcast 'On Writing.' They talk about how Caroline went from the lucrative world of pre-Internet magazine journalism to full-time comedy writer. She talks about how she grew up with her aunt JOAN RIVERS in her life, about hanging with a pre-fame GARRY SHANDLING, the weirdness of appearing on CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD with ICE T & COCO and LARRY THE CABLE GUY, working on BEST WEEK EVER. Support TYF! at http://patreon.com.radio Rate us 5 stars on iTunes!

May 2019

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Liam McEneaney sat down with Irish comedian David O'Doherty the year he won the big prize at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to talk about the Irish comedy scene, Eddie Izzard's start and the night he came back to the International Comedy Club on Wicklow Street, and a lot more. Plus, a story from Kambri Crews and A Moment With Stacey Nightmare. Support TYF! at patreon.com/radio

May 2019

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This week on the podcast, Liam sits in a sunny window in Brooklyn and chats with cartoonist Emily Flake, the creator of the late, lamented weekly strip Lulu Eightball and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker. Liam talks to Emily about her cartooning career, about transitioning to a mainstream artist gig, about moving from Baltimore to Chicago to Baltimore to Chicago and New York City, and we get an exclusive about her first regular writing gig, for Jenny McCarthy on Sirius/XM. You can pre-order her book That Was Awkward on Amazon. Also, we have a story from Michele Carlo about being a native New Yorker in gentrifying Brooklyn. Support TYF! on patreon: www.patreon.com/radio

May 2019

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In this week's encore Tell Your Friends! podcast episode, Liam visits singer/songwriter Alana Amram in her Boho Bushwick apartment under the JMZ. She talks about growing up in a musical family, how Liberace helps her when she wakes up in a foul mood, and she plays some beautiful songs. Support TYF! at patreon.com/radio

May 2019

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On this week's TYF! podcast classic, Liam talks to actor, author, and raconteur Stephen Tobolowsky about his long career thath as seen him playing roles in TV shows and movies such as Deadwood, Californication, Groundhog Day, and of course, the stone cold cinema classic The Glimmer Man. He has a story about them all, plus he talks about why, even as an esteemed and in-demand character actor, he still prefers to audition for roles. Plus stories from Mike Doughty and Ted Travelstead. Support TYF! at patreon.com/radio

May 2019

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This week on the TYF! podcast, Liam McEneaney talks to Rob Kutner, formerly a writer for Conan, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Dennis Miller Live, about his start in comedy, about how he made the jump from writer's assistant to full-time writer, about how Dennis Miller insulting him was the greatest moment in his career, and more. Also, Liam talks about nightlife on Hollywood Boulevard and a brand of American music that has all but vanished. You can support the TYF! podcast at patreon.com/radio

May 2019

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Back in 2013, Liam co-produced a LIVE show called "Novelization: A Reading Based On A Major Motion Picture," where producer/hosts Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, and Heidi Vanderlee asked their friends "TV's Frank" Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Todd Hanson (The Onion), Joe Garden (The Onion), and Maggie Serota (SPIN magazine) to come to Union Hall in Brooklyn and read from the cheesy novelizations of cheesier movies. In addition, Brooklyn favorite hip-hop group Handjob Academy did a set that was kicked off with a song inspired by Twin Peaks. Support TYF! at www.patreon.com/radio

May 2019

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This week on the TYF! podcast, Liam McEneaney sits backstage with singer/songwriter (and TYF! podcast favorite) Mike Doughty before the sold out LA stop on his Ruby Vroom Tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark Soul Coughing album. Along this time for the conversation is Mike's longtime collaborator and touring partner Andrew "Scrap" Livingston. Liam, Mike, and Scrap discuss life in LA, on the road in a tour bus, and the beginning and end, alpha and omega, of Soul Coughing as a band. Plus, Liam stretches with an epic intro and talks about life as a native New Yorker suddenly thrust into the interstate driving life. Support TYF! at www.patreon.com/radio

Apr 2019

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In this week's encore TYF!, Liam meets on the waterfront with BARATUNDE THURSTON--tech guru, TV fixture, former editor for The Onion, and NY Times bestselling author of How To Be Black. They talk about hiss humble beginnings growing up in DC during the Crack Wars, working his way through Harvard, and much more. Plus a story from Moth multi-slam-winning champ Adam Wade

Apr 2019

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This week on the TYF! podcast, Paul Myers, author of KIDS IN THE HALL: ONE DUMB GUY, the authorized biography of the legendary sketch group, talks about his start as a "failed" Toronto musician, how following stage fright led him to follow in his brother (and future comedy legend) Mike's footsteps to a class at famed improv school Second City Toronto, which introduced him to Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald, and through them he met the rest of the KIds In The Hall. We also hear about how his friendship with the Barenaked Ladies launched him from rock journalist to acclaimed biographer, and how his long-running friendship with the Kids led to the publication of this book. It's a hell of an interview and you can't miss a single second. PLUS: We talk to baseball expert, and host of the Locked on MLB podcast, Paul Sullivan about the controversial proposal to bring the Designated Hitter rule to the National League.

Apr 2019

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In this week's TYF! podcast classic, bassist extraordinaire Cat Popper tells us about life as a touring musician, about playing Levon Helm's legendary Ramble, about how Willie Nelson is as cool as you would hope, and a whole hell of a lot more. Plus, another story from Bob Powers.

Apr 2019

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In the return of the podcast, Liam talks to Mark Brazill, creator of That 70s Show, over lunch at Denny's. They talk about Mark's childhood, his career starting as a writer for the original Dennis Miller Show with its legendary writer's room, about his encounters with the homeless of LA, and what went wrong with That '80s Show.   Liam also talks to Jen Deaderick, author of She The People, a Young Adult guide to the history of women's rights in America, about the long rocky road towards an Equal Rights Amendment.   Plus, Liam talks about the return of the podcast and his big move across the country to live in Hollywood, city of dreams.   Support the podcast at our Patreon: https://patreon.com/radio

Apr 2019

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Originally airing on Valentine's Day, this TYF! Classic features a walk down memory lane with big deal comedian Christian Finnegan, a romantic story from Stephen Tobolowsky, another romantic story from Kambri Crews, and a Moment with Stacey Nightmare... for lovers only. Support TYF! at www.patreon.com/radio Learn more: www.tyfclassic.com  

Apr 2019

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In this ep, Liam McEneaney hangs in Todd Barry's sweet bachelor pad and discusses standup comedy, comedians you only hang with in airports, and his rise from the North Miami comedy scene to comedy star. Also, A Brief View of the Hudson, the band behind the TYF! theme, hang in a North Brooklyn junk shop, talk about touring europe, and sing a couple of songs. And we take another trip down Ted Travelstead's Story Hole Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/radio Share and enjoy: www.tyfclassic.com  

Apr 2019

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To interview master sketch comedy writer Bryan Tucker, Liam McEneaney sat with him in his offices at Saturday Night Live in 30 Rockefeller Center. They discussed Bryan's days writing for Chappelle's Show and MAD TV, and being called "gangsta" by Ice-T. Plus, Stacey Nightmare and Ted Travelstead. Support the TYF! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio Learn how to get involved at www.TYFPodcast.com

Mar 2019

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On the eve of the launch of FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Liam McEneaney sat with Kamau and talked with him about his beginnings in the Bay Area comedy scene and how Chris Rock discovered him. Plus, another story from Bob Powers and a Moment with Stacey Nightmare. Support this podcast at www.patreon.com/radio Discover more at www.TYFPodcast.com  

Mar 2019

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In this week's TYF! Classic repeat, Liam McEneaney travels to the wilds of Flatbush to interview rock n' roller Mike Doughty. They talk about his career, about what it's like to see yourself on Beavis & Butthead, and what it's like to collaborate by proxy on a song with Nikki Sixx and Dan Wilson. Then Mike plays a few songs. Plus, a story from Laurie Jayne Martin and a trip down Ted Travelstead's Story Hole. You can support the TYF! podcast at www.patreon.com/radio For more TYF! podcast, go to www.TYFPodcast.com  

Mar 2019

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In this encore presentation of the premiere episode of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, Liam McEneaney takes a walk through Central Park with quintessential New York comedian and actor and "Bitter Buddha" Eddie Pepitone. Also, a short story from Bob Powers and a Moment with Stacey Nightmare. To support the Tell Your Friends! podcast, go to www.patreon.com/radio For more Tell Your Friends! go to TYFPodcast.com

Mar 2019

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In this surprise new episode of TYF!, Liam discusses the Brody Stevens he knew, from attending baseball games to Valley pride, from walking the streets of New York City to being on the field at the World Series. Then he plays an interview he conducted with Brody a few years ago when he guest-hosted The David Feldman Show. Photo by Jason Spiro (Surf Reality, NYC, 1998) Music: "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" by Charles Mingus and "He Was  A Friend of Mine" by Willie Nelson The Tell Your Friends! theme was written and performed by A Brief View of the Hudson Classic TYF! episodes every Thursday. Brand new TYF! episodes Mondays starting in April SUPPORT TYF! at patreon.com/radio

Feb 2019

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