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Episode 77: Comedian Mike E. Winfield

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On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show, we welcome Mike E. Winfield to the studio. Listen as Mike shares his second thoughts of even coming on the show after being followed by people on his way over. He also breaks down how he came to be in Sacramento, his start in comedy at a Laugh's Unlimited Open Mic, and his gradual ascent in the comedy world including Tribble Runs, local and college gigs, a spot on "The Late Show w/ David Letterman," and his foray into acting. You can also listen as Junior and Leo share their amazement about how Mike has managed to do it all while being a nice guy and staying humble. Check out more Mike E. Winfield online at his website: MikeEWinfield.com

Episode 75: The Friday Show

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It's another Friday Show for your listening pleasure. Junior and Leo talk about themselves, the show, the next live show they're doing at the Sacramento Comedy Spot, as well as anything else that comes to mind. Enjoy.

Episode 73: Political Satirist/Writer John Marcotte

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On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show, political satirist and pop culture writer, John Marcotte joins us! Together we discuss the recently reignited Prop 8 debate, and John talks to us about his efforts to have divorce banned and the media circus that followed, as well as pranks he's played around Sacramento and the Internet, how he uncovered In & Out's secret menu before it was a "thing," and he shares with us his latest effort to spread joy to the unfortunate hourly workers who have to work at fast food restaurants on Christmas called Cookie Project. Check out more of John and his work at his website: Badmouth.net.

Episode 72: The Friday Show

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On this episode of The Friday Show we talk about our first live podcast recording at the Sacramento Comedy Spot. We also talk about gun control, the future episodes we recorded this week, and some other stuff or whatever. Good times ahead!

Episode 71: Singer-Songwriter James Cavern

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On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show we talk to the incredibly talented singer-songerwriter, James Cavern! James has been heating up the Sacramento music scene with a vengeance for the last few years, and has recently made a serious push to begin performing elsewhere like SXSW (South by Southwest) and a multi-city, multi-state tour this summer. Listen as we talk to him about his time growing up in England, the balls it took for him to walk away from a good paying job to do music full time, and the importance of approaching music (or anything else) with a good understanding of the business side. James also performs his single, "In My Sleep" live in studio. For more on James, be sure to check out his website: JamesCavern.com

Episode 69: Comedian Dorian Foster

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On this episode the guys welcome comedian Dorian Foster to the show! Listen as they talk about Dorian's start in musical comedy by writing parody songs and teaming with others out of college, and then his eventual move to doing straight stand-up. The guys also discuss just what exactly the term "comedian" means these days, and Dorian shares his thoughts on shock comedy like Borat and Bruno. Dorian closes out the show with an incredible rendition of his song, "The Blow Job Song." Be sure to check him out online on Facebook!

Episode 68: Comedian Gavin Myers

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Gavin Myers returns to the podcast to talk with the guys about his comedy career so far. The conversation includes discussions about his life growing up with parents who liked to party a little too much, his distant relationship with his brother, and he shares a little bit about his the relationship he's lost since starting in comedy. We also talk about his first time performing at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and his crazy adventures while on a cruise to Mexico!

Episode 67: *LIVE* at the Sacramento Comedy Spot

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The Junior & Leo Show do their first *LIVE* podcast in front of an audience at the Sacramento Comedy Spot as apart of their first ever 48 Hr Comedy Marathon! On the show we have comedy and interviews with comedians Hannah Hosford and Saul Trujillo! Also featuring our one-man house band, Hunter Hill!

Episode 66: The Friday Show

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The guys discuss the week that was as they prep for their first live podcast at the Sacramento Comedy Spot this Sunday, March 17th!

Episode 65: Writer/Comedian Robert Berry

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Robert Berry is more than just another bald head and a goatee. He's a pioneer, being responsible for one of the earliest pop culture websites, retroCRUSH! He helped pave the way for all of the unadulterated nostalgia and snark on the interwebs these days, so if you don't like that stuff, he's a great man to blame. We happen to love that stuff, and were thrilled to have Robert drop by the Big Z Broadcast Studio to chat with us about his beginnings on the web, his days in sketch comedy, and his ultimate foray into stand-up comedy! Junior also expresses his nerd inferiority in Robert's presence. Leo doesn't say much. Be sure to check out Robert Berry's website: retroCRUSH.com

Episode 64: Internet Sensation Taxi Dave

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On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show, Sacramento's own Taxi Dave joins the guys to talk about his stint on Tosh.0, the highs and lows that lead him to creating the parody hiphop tunes that have gained him so much attention online, and his plans for the future! We also get surprisingly deep into TD's past and the business of being a cabby, and TD musically profiles the guys to demonstrate his ability to read people and create for them a superior taxi cab taking experience. To get more Taxi Dave in your life, check out his website: SacTaxiDave.com

Episode 60: The Friday Show

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On this episode of The Friday Show the guys talk about recording future episodes with Sacramento's own Taxi Dave and Autumn Sky that week. Leo talks about attending a Narcissists Anonymous improv show at Comedy Sportz; Junior talks about seeing the Comedy Kill show at the Punchline; and they both address "drama" pertaining to them apparently talking crap about a buddy and former guest on a previous episode.

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

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.

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!

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 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!

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.