Des Henderson is not only a comedian, but he's also the long-standing host of the Sacramento Comedy Spot's weekly Sunday night open mic. If you've been doing comedy for any period of time in the capitol city, you've no doubt met him and seen him work. On this episode of the Junior & Leo Show podcast, we get to talk to Des about what it's like to host/mc of an open mic for as long as he has--much longer than seems to be the norm in most cases--as well as getting into how he develops material, what his hopes and aspirations are for his comedy career, and if he worries about his comedy coming back to haunt him in his day job or with family. Junior also tells a story about how Des was the first comedian in Sacramento that he stalked online in attempting to gain the courage to get up on stage for the first time.
On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show, Sacramento area singer-songwriter Sandra Dolores drops by the studio to talk about her journey as a musical performer thus far. From her early days as a teen, just learning how to play guitar and sing at the same time, to today with her days spent grinding away at honing her craft hosting two open mics and gigging all over town, we discuss in depth what drives her to perform, how she creates, and where she hopes to go in the future. She also performs a couple songs, too!
To find out more about Sandra Dolores, check out her website: www.SandraDolores.com
What happens when life imitates art? Comedy of course! Real comedy. The sort of comedy you can both laugh at and be afraid of at the same time! Such is the life of comedienne, Janelle Murphey. Still only in her early twenties, Janelle has hit most of the stages in and around Sacramento, as well as become a booker, setting up shows in Midtown that feature some of the funniest women the Capitol City has to offer. Raised in a religious family in Lincoln, it was fun for us to talk to her about her first time venturing into Sacramento for the first time as a young adult, despite living just outside of it her entire life. We also talk to her about her process for joke writing thus far, and what her experiences have been like on and off stage working with the comedy community. Junior also steps in a giant pile of "DOH!" when the subject of a late relative is brought up, while Leo laughs maniacally at his faux pas.
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
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.
Podcasting, 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!