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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.

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.

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.

Episode 45: Bobby Slayton…Almost!

On this episode we have the Pitbull of Comedy Bobby Slayton...almost. Take a listen and enjoy.

Episode 44: Comedian Hunter Hill

On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show: The guys talk to Sacramento, CA area singing comedian, Hunter Hill! Over the hour they discuss Hunter's journey as comedian, songwriter, as well as his own podcast "Werewolf Radio."‏

Episode 42: Comedian Matt Raymond

Sacramento comedian, Matt Raymond, stops by the studio to talk to Junior and Leo about his new show happening at the Sacramento Comedy Spot December through February, as well as being a young stand-up, and how he got his start.

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.

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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.

Episode 37: Owner of Empire Comics Vault Ben Schwartz!

Check out episode 37 of The Junior & Leo Show with our special guest, Ben Schwartz, owner of the lovely Empire's Comics Vault, as well as a comic book writer and reviewer. Listen to Leo and I rant about election day stuff, and then listen to us talk to Ben about writing comics, owning a shop, and playing with pugs.

Episode 36: Artist Tomas Overbai

Illustrator and comic booker, Tomas Overbai, drops by the Big Z Broadcast Studio to talk about his life as an artist, his philosophies on creation, and about some of his projects he's working on.

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!

Episode 34: Eben07 Creators Eben Burgoon & Dan Bethel

The creators of the webcomic, Eben07, Eben Burgoon (writer) and Dan Bethel (Artist), dropped by the Big Z Broadcast Studio to talk about their webcomic work, working together, and the origin of Eben's name. Check it out!

Episode 32: Mike Millerick (Founder of Stockton-Con)

On this episode the creator/founder of the Stockton comic book convention, Stockton-Con, Mike Millerick, drops into the Big Z Broadcast Studio to talk about what it took to set up Stockton, CA's first ever comic book convention, his travels to other cons around the country, and we even get a little geeky about comedy and television. Also on the show: A song from Sweet Vine, and Junior's outrage at his guests uncanny ability to dominate him at SongPop.

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