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JALS #124: LIVE from Sac Comedy Fest at the Sacramento Comedy Spot

Better late then never. This is our LIVE Episode from the Sacramento Comedy Festival. All the usual suspects are there, Junior, Leo and our 1 Man House Band Hunter Hill. Hunter sings a couple of his jaunty tunes then Leo does a few minutes of Stand Up. We then turn the stage over to one of Sacramento's most well known Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen. It was a fun filled night. We can't wait till next year.

JALS #121: Comedian/Podcaster Hunter Hill

Our buddy Hunter Hill returns to the show to talk about life, comedy, and everything else! Check it out!

Episode 118: Comedian Matt Raymond

Matt Raymond returns! When we last had Matt on, he hadn't even been doing stand-up for an entire year yet, but had just won a competition that granted him the opportunity to book at least three shows at the Sacramento Comedy Spot (the site of the competition). Roughly ten months later, he's produced five shows under the Comics With Attitude (CWA) name, and has even started promoting that show at a second venue as well! We talk to Matt about what it's been like becoming a show promoter, and how that's changed his comedy habits. We also delve into the reasoning behind Matt's recent disappearing act from the scene earlier this year. It's a harrowing tale about running from the law, being mentored by a fellow named Cheddar, and befriending a large white man with bad breath named Dragline! Give a listen, and then hit up a CWA show near you!

For more on Matt Raymond, check out his Facebook page here.

Episode 117: Sketch Comedy and Improv Performer Jesse Jones

It's a nuts and bolts discussion about sketch comedy with The Syndicate director/writer/performer, Jesse Jones! We get into what makes sketch comedy work from the genesis of an idea to its final form onstage. We also talk about working in an ever evolving group of performers of varying experience, and any hardships that might create. We also get into Jesse's journey, first into comedy performing, and then into his move to LA. He shares what it was like living down there, taking every writing class he could find, and the most important thing he learned from his last teacher in his last class, that ultimately helped lead him back to Sacramento. We also talk a bit about his foray into writing comics. Lots of great information on this episode for anyone that's ever wondered about doing sketch comedy. Check it out, then go check out The Syndicate!

For more on The Syndicate, check out there Facebook page here.
For more on Jesse Jones, check out his Facebook page here.

Episode 115: Comedians Michael O’Connell, Mike Betancourt, Michael Calvin Jr. and Mike Sinclair (The Mikes!)

On this episode we chat with the four comics that make up the themed comedy show, The Mikes! Of course, the only "theme" this show has going for it is that all of the comics are named Mike, and that they're all really really funny! It was great to talk to Betancourt, O'Connell, Calvin Jr., and Sinclair (via phone) and see what makes each one of them tick, how they came to be together, and where they hope to take this show in the future. We also learn how they've changed as comedians since they started putting this show on nearly a year ago. Take a listen, and then support these guys when they roll into your area.

For more on The Mikes, check out there Facebook page here.
For more on Michael O'Connell, check out his website here.
For more on Mike Betancourt, check out his Facebook page here.
For more on Michael Calvin Jr., check out his Facebook page here.
For more on Mike Sinclair, check out his Facebook page here.

Episode 108: Comedian Myles Weber

Comedian Myles Weber drops by the studio to talk. He had the longest commute of any guest so far. Myles grew up and honed his skills in the east bay area, then after a break up and with nothing holding him here, he made the move to Los Angeles. He has released comedy albums, written for Smosh and featured on Ricki Lake, Myles is on the move. And his new girlfriend has a serious right cross. Listen and enjoy.

Episode 107: The Friday Show.

It's been a while since our last Friday Show. The Boys talk shit about a bunch of things. That is all. You can also tell who wrote the description.

Episode 105: Comedian Stephen Furey

On this episode of the show we sit down with comedian, Stephen Frurey. We talk to him about starting in comedy, his process, what he believes it takes to succeed, writing under the influence, and hie style of comedy. We talk about bringing family to comedy shows to early, and pitfalls that can arise if you bomb in front of them. All this and More!!!

Episode 104: Junior & Leo LIVE feat. Michael O’Connell, Nick and Micaela Pettigrew, Swahili Passion

On this LIVE episode of The Junior & Leo Show we've got the masterminds behind the great geek comedy show, Critical Hit (Nick & Micaela Pettigrew)! We've also got comedy from Michael O'Connell (Comedians with Disabilities, The Mikes), and the sweet tunage of dynamic duo, Swahili Passion! We got it all, recorded LIVE at the Sacramento Comedy Spot.

For more Critical Hit go here.
For more Michael O'Connell go here.
For more Swahili Passion go here.

Episode 103: Comedian Andrew Ouellette and the Sketch Suicide Crew

When we booked comedian Andrew Ouellette to be on our show, we were only expecting to talk to him about his journey as a stand-up comic, and eventual move to the River City. What we got was that, plus a big announcement about his brand new sketch comedy show called! It's called Sketch Suicide, and if you want to know any more about it, you'll have to take a listen. To talk about the new project, Andrew brought his co-horts on the project, returning guests Derik Bishop and Claire Fischer, and future solo guest, Bryant Tarpley! They also brought beer, which Junior really appreciated, and forced Leo to reconnect with his twelve steps. 

For more information about Andrew Ouellette's comedy, check out his official website

For more information about Sketch Suicide, check out its official website.

Episode 101: Comedian Michael Patten

On this episode we talk to stand-up comedian, Michael Patten, about his year in comedy, why and when he decided to pursue stand-up, his time living on Hawaii, and how the scene and comedy in general has treated him since deciding to "come out" on stage. Check it out, and if you like it, share with a friend, maybe? 

Episode 99: Chino LaForge and Sunny Dennis


Sun, Surf, Sand and Comedy? It’s not what you would usually think about when you visit Maui, but there is scene building there. I just recently returned from this Jewel in the Pacific and when I was there I got a chance to meet a couple of real funny and talented Comedians Chino LaForge and Sunny Dennis. These guys are responsible for the majority of booked shows on the island. I met the boys before a weekly open-mic at Stella Blues Café in Kihei. We talked about the local scene, other islands and the mainland as well as many more topics. It’s great to meet people who are making things happen. So if you are going to Maui hit these guys up. If you want to link up on Facebook Chino LaForge , Sunny Dennis , Power Up Comedy

Pictured Sunny Dennis, Leo Zuniga , Chino LaForge

Episode 96: Cheryl Leff


If Cheryl Leff tried to put all her hats on, she would need a dozen heads. She has degrees, makes movies and has had books published as well as many more accomplishments. Cheryl sits down with Junior and Leo to discuss many topics, one that is at the forefront is the Sacramento International Film Festival which the Boys participated in and Cheryl is in charge of. We also find out about Access Sacramento and how it can help the start you on the road to Film, TV and Radio. Take a listen.

Episode 93: Comedian Diego Curiel


A past guest Diego Curiel stops by the studio to talk about his progress since we last met. He has moved from an opener to a feature to now headlining some local shows. He has also dipped his toe into booking gigs. Go, Diego, Go is his most recent endeavor. It’s nice to see the upward swing of this young man and how with hard work, hitting the mics a lot and neglecting his family, you can succeed in Stand-up Comedy. Go! Diego! Go!

Episode 82: Comedian Carlos Rodriguez


On this episode of show the guys welcome the well-traveled and extremely funny comedian, Carlos Rodriguez! Carlos has been ascending through the Sacramento comedy ranks for a few years now, branching out to do shows in the Bay Area, San Jose, the 209, and even the Ice House in LA among other places, but his journeys only begin there. Carlos is also a world traveler, venturing off to far away lands for weeks at a time. Listen as the guys not only talk comedy and Carlos' past, but also what it's like to break out of the local bubble, and see what the rest of the world has to offer. We also speak about podcasting, and Carlos' podcast and it's many incarnations. To check out more Carlos Rodriguez, look for him online on Facebook and Twitter, and check out his podcast, Calculated Spontaneity!

Episode 80: Comedian Jason Violation


On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show we welcome Stockton based comedian, Jason Violation to the show! We talk to Jason about what life was like before comedy; how it has changed since starting comedy; what pushed him to make the leap on stage; how he juggles being married with children and still hitting open mics; his DUI troubles; and if he feels hindered by his choice of stage name! To get more Jason Violation in your life, check him out on Facebook!

Episode 79: The Junior & Leo Show LIVE w/ Rich Brockman & Hans Eberbach

It's the second LIVE episode of The Junior & Leo Show, but the first in our brand new Friday at 8pm time slot! Featuring stand-up comedian, Rich Brockman, and our musical guest, Hans Eberbach! (Recorded live at the Sacramento Comedy Spot)

Episode 78: Comedian Michael Calvin Jr.

On this episode of The Junior & Leo Show comedian Michael Calvin Jr. drops by the studio to chit chat with the guys. In that chit chat we talk about his start in stand-up, being a father to two girls (one teenager and one toddler), his recent decision to give up drinking, his childhood trips to the liquor store with his uncle, and what it's like to be a comedian with a stutter! This conversation take a lot of left turns, and included a lot of laughing, so turn the volume DOWN a tad to avoid your ears being blown out. To get more of Michael online, visit his Facebook!

Episode 77: Comedian Mike E. Winfield


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:

Episode 75: The Friday Show


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.

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