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Episode 56: Comedian/Magician David Peters

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Magic and comedy are far from being strange bedfellows. They are a natural pair that when executed effectively, can result in Las Vegas shows, network specials, and millions of fans thoroughly entertained. David Peters comes from a long line of respected magicians, and when it came time for him to develop an "act," he knew that infusing comedy would not only aid in engaging with audiences, but it would also set him apart from the rest of the saturated Sacramento comedy scene. On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show we get a chance to talk to David about his history with magic, and what it's like to develop both a joke and a trick, how he has managed to take up acting later in life, and how he manages to balance everything with a day job and while raising his teenage son. David also blows our minds by performing a magic trick live on the show. Be sure to follow David Peters online at davidlpeters.com

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Episode 55: Comedian Lance Woods

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Lance Woods didn't choose to do comedy, he was chosen. Literally. Without any intention of becoming a performer, it was his mother and his church that decided that he would entertain them with funny impressions and jokes. Little did they know the path they were setting him upon; a path that would lead him away from the church to clubs, bars, and The Junior & Leo Show podcast! On the show we get a chance to talk to Lance about his beginnings, including his first time performing at the Sacramento Punchline, what it's been like for him to work the road, his joke writing process, and his desire for his material to represent a positive message, and be of a quality that his grandmother to lesson to and enjoy. His is a story of persistence, dedication, and a drive to make as many people laugh as is humanly possible. Be sure to support Lance online via Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 54: Podcaster Devin Maple (Game of Bros Podcast)

54.jpgPodcasting, as a form of entertainment, has yet to see its potential fully explored. Offering anywhere from news docs to pop culture reviews, podcasts have no specific way of doing things, making them open to anyone and everyone to produce. Our guest on this episode of The Junior & Leo Show is one such person. Devin Maple, a father, husband, comic book geek, and all around funny man, is one third of the podcasting posse known as the "Game of Bros." Each week these guys get together in their undisclosed bunker buried somewhere deep inside the bowels of Sacramento, and create a show that explores the fringes of what's socially acceptable over a few brews and a lot of dick jokes. Devin is the comedic anchor of the show tossing in funny quips, and sometimes even doing full on characters. Listen as we talk with him about how they go about producing their show, as well as how Devin balances his weekly podcast duties with being a family man and state worker. After the show, be sure to check out the Game of Bros podcast, currently available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and their website, GameofBros.com!

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Episode 53: Comedian Rich Brockman

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In many ways, the idea of being "tough" and "funny" seems impossible. For decades the comedy ranks have been overrun with self-conscious, insecure, hypochondriacs who use comedy as a source of therapy. They're folks seeking acceptance from strangers by venting their greatest fears and emotional scars, hoping to relate to somebody and not feel like a monster. Rich Brockman isn't one of those comedians. He's just funny. A Montana native, and legitimate cowboy who grew up ranching and rodeoing, isn't trying to make a deep emotional connection with you, he's just trying to make you laugh, and he does. On this episode, we talk to Rich about growing up a cowboy; what brought him to California; how he got into comedy; and what some of his tricks and tips are for booking shows while still being able to get his hunt on, all while having a day job and two kids. This is a fascinating conversation that any aspiring comic should listen to.

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Episode 50: Sac Comedy Spot Owner & Comedian Brian Crall

Brian Crall, a comedian as well as the owner and operator of the Sacramento Comedy Spot, doesn't know how to do things halfway. His "balls to the wall" approach has taken him from simple sketch comedy and improv performer to small business owner, creating a space where many of Sacramento's most talented performers can ply their trade. The road hasn't been easy, but from the sound of it, it's been incredibly rewarding creatively and emotionally, and after dropping several breaking news bits about the Sac Comedy Spot's future, things are only getting better. During this podcast, we got to talk to Brian about his early days as a comedic performer in the sketch comedy group, "Free Hooch Comedy Troupe." We also learned that while holding down a full time job at the airport, as well as being married with two kids, he would commute to LA to take comedy classes at UCB once a week for a couple of months. All of that and more on this episode of The Junior & Leo Show Podcast.

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Episode 49: Comedian John Ross

John Ross is not your traditional stand-up comedian. Sure, he looks like the happy Mormon father next door, but it's not the Lord's word he's offering if he comes to your door. It's laughs. Dark, sick, and twisted laughs. When John came on The Junior & Leo Show podcast, the guys expected funny, but didn't expect to hear a story of a comic who hasn't just leaned on jokes to make his way. To date he's founded and operated his own comedy centric newspaper; written, animated, and sold his own animated cartoon; started his own podcast, and even opened his own comedy venue in Chico, California--all while pursuing stand-up comedy, as well as being a father. It's that sort of outside-the-box thinking that many comedians should aspire to, especially in this social media driven society. In addition to John's many projects, the guys also talk to him about his writing process, what his early days in stand-up were like, and where he's looking to go in the future. Be sure to follow John on Twitter and Facebook.

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Episode 48: Comedians Derik Bishop & Monica Archuleta

Derik Bishop and Monica Archuleta have only been doing stand-up comedy for just under a year, and already they've strongly asserted themselves as comics to watch in the Sacramento comedy scene. On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show podcast, the guys get to know more about these two very funny people, as well as a few things they didn't expect. For example, not only are they funny people, mutually chasing the dream of stand-up, but they're also a couple that doesn't really talk comedy when together. Monica is also a mother of two struggling with baby-daddy issues that would render a lesser woman helpless and weak, yet she manages to hit open mics with force on a weekly basis. We also get to learn about their process for joke writing, their best and worst moments on stage, and how they've managed to come up in two very different comedy circles here in town. Give it a listen and see what it's like to be an up-and-comer in the River City comedy scene.

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Episode 47: Straight Jacket Strippers (Rock Band)

Ever wondered what it takes to form a band, maintain it, make time for gigs and practicing, and the song-writing process? We discuss all of that and more at length with Sacramento rockers, Straight Jacket Strippers, on this episode of The Junior & Leo Show podcast. We also discuss how songwriting credits are attributed,  the band history of the band's members, and hit them up to perform some of their tunes life on the show! Good times ahead on this episode, so be sure to check it out, and support the incredible Sacramento music scene!

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Episode 46: Leaf the Comedian

When it comes to turning a negative into a positive stand-up comedian, Leaf the-Comedian Leaf the Comedian is no stranger. Join hosts Junior Bruce and Leo Zuniga on this episode of The Junior & Leo Show Podcast as they speak to Leaf about his life before comedy as a mortgage lender, being a father (including a hilarious story about changing his daughter's diapers), his joke writing process, what it was like to bomb his first several times up on stage, his first comedy victory in front of a notoriously tough crowd leading to his first paid gig, what it's been like for him to be embraced by the cannabis community and the pressures that come with that to be an ambassador to the cause, starting a number of open mic rooms around the greater Sacramento, CA area, and the events leading him to spend the next two years in federal prison. Listen as Leaf makes no excuses for his actions and accepts his future with an unbelievably upbeat attitude considering the situation he's in.

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Episode 41: Justin Worsham (Comedian & The DAD Podcast)

Comedian and podcaster, Justin Worsham, enters the treacherous Big Z Broadcast Studio this episode to discuss his career as an actor, comedian, podcaster, and dad! He shares some of his experiences of being on the road, and away from family, as well as the joy he's found in creating podcasts. Also on the show: Leo almost gets in a fight with a random doucher, and Junior proves once again how big of a pussy he is.

Justin Worsham will be headlining Sacramento's Laughs Unlimited this weekend, Thursday, November 29th - Sunday, December 2! Be sure to get out and support him.

Justin Worsham: Twitter / Facebook / Youtube / Website The Junior & Leo Show: Email / Facebook

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Episode 40: Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen

On this episode comedian Keith Lowell Jensen drops by to talk about his evolution from joke slinging fly to political/observational comic. We also talk about how he balances doing gigs with a wife and three year old at home. Also on the show: Junior and Leo whine about being tired.

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Episode 39: Poet David Iribarne

On this episode of the Junior and Leo Show we have local Poet David Iribarne. David talks about his family and how some tragic events shaped his poetry. He talks about the local scene and recites some of his own works.

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Episode 38: Comedian Rick Pulido!

Artist, actor, and comedian, Rick Pulido drops by the Big Z Broadcast Studio and talks about his early forray into comedy, his subsequent years as a self employed freelance artist, and eventual return to stand-up.

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Episode 35: Captain Amazing & the Okay I Guesses

On this special episode, the fine gentlemen of folk rock band, Captain Amazing & the Okay I Guesses, drop by the Big Z Broadcast Studio to talk about their life as a band, where they got their start, how they came together, and how they balance being in a band with being men with responsibilities. They also perform their tunes "Golden Spiral," "I Know Something's Wrong" and "Who Needs a Girlfriend." Also on the show: Mustaches, Chest Hair, Dick Jokes, and Leo Zuniga!

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Episode 31: Comediennes Cheryl Anderson & Steph Garcia

On this episode a couple of The Real Housewives of Rio Linda, Cheryl "the Soccer Mom" Anderson and Steph Garcia drop by the Big Z Broadcast Studio to talk about their comedy careers to date, having supportive husbands, being funny moms, and even impart sage like wisdom to Leo about the art of comedy. Also on the show: Leo updates us about his traffic ticket debacle, Junior's garage door won't open, and we feature a couple of really inappropriate sexually charged rap songs for our breaks.

Be sure to check out The Real (Funny) Housewives of Rio Linda at the Sacramento Punchline on Wednesday, October 24th at 8pm. GET TICKETS!

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Episode 28: Author Pete Densmore

This week the guys welcome the author of "DADspirations: The First 100 Days of Fatherhood," Pete Densmore to the show. They chat about what it was like for Pete to go from occasional writer to full blown author, all while balancing a day job, a commute, a wife, and two kids. The guys also call up Stockton comic, Saul Trujillo, to talk to him about a Halloween themed comedy and music show he has coming up later this month. Also on the show: Leo shares what it was like performing at the New Faces of Comedy Showcase at the Sacramento Punchline, and Junior explains how awesome it is to need to poo and have a choice of which of his toilets to use!

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Episode 20: We Talk to Improver Mignon Foster!

On this episode we talk to Mignon about where she was born. If you said her frontroom you would be right! I won't even get into the crystal. About what got her started on the path to improv. Being part of Lady Business and much more.

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Episode 19: Talking about the Sac Comedy Fest!

In this episode Junior and Leo talk to Improv extraordinaire, Mignon Foster, about next week's 2nd Annual Sacramento Comedy Festival (SacComedyFest.com) which will be taking place September 7th thru the 15th, and include Stand-up, Improv, Sketch Comedy, and more! We also talk about Leo's birthday, and discover who YOU want to punch in the face with this week's Question of the Week! Listen and win free tickets to the Festival. Phone number is (916) 243-0992, please call and leave a message!

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Episode 17: Comedian Mike Betancourt sits in the Podcast Studio!

Junior and Leo talk to Mike Betancourt about all the different social media outlets for your comedy. Also wrestling, yaaa wrestling! To contact Mike, Youtube-mikebcomedy. Twitter-mikebcomedy. Facebook-Mike Betancourt. Facebook-Don't Smile Productions. Enjoy!

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Episode 6: Little Nikki and the News!

Olympic sex news and other titillating tidbits for your listening please.

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