Catching up with comedians “during” Covid — LSQC163 with Andrew Sleighter.
Andrew and his wife had a baby during Covid. Found out right after everything locked down and we all lost out jobs…. YAY!! Great timing. Like me, Andrew shifted his focus to the intraweb. he launched his own podcast (The Calvary) and very own series of online content. You can see it all over on his YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/AndrewSleighter
Andrew and I talked about the baby, Portland, Parenthood, what people say about raising kids, cruise ships, travel, The amazing achievement it really was too create a vaccine and get it out to people in record time, and how it’s probably because he world wide pandemic affected all of us, including the rich. When that happens…….. well, That’s when things get done.
Very cool catching up with Jeff. he heads off to Vegas for only his second road gig in the last 14 months. We talked about that, how rusty he may, be, segues, his work with the troops, “Battle Comics”, the file “I am Battle Comic”, old friends from our early days, and people stealing his shit…..
Very thrilled to have fellow Chicagoan Bil Dwyer on the show 2nite… we’ll talk about his poker losings…… We never got to his poker losing’s but I think Bil had other plans.
I’ve known Dwyer for years. Still misspelled his name in the promo. WHO THE FUCK SPELLS BIL WITH 1 L????? My friend Bil Dwyer, that’s who. We chatted about a lot of things. Talked about divorce, cruise ships, game shows (Gene Rayburn), doing spots at the old “Jon Lovett‘s comedy club” in front of no one. at Universal CityWalk, “Battle Bots”, and of course white privilege. Also, as a couple of guys who had kids and we’re family man, we talked about the ability or the necessity of re-writing or updating material as your kids get older and your relationship has changed within your family dynamic. It’s not as easy as it sounds for a comic when you’re used to performing from a specific perspective for 10 to 20 years. Life changes and you need to change your act with it…… or suck.
Comedian/Chiropractor Dean Larit joins us for LSQC160. Dean and I go back years and years. It shows, as we dragged on for 90 minutes. Deans a Chiropractor. Decided to become one while he was pursuing Stand-up. Smartest thing I’ve never heard of. Genius. Dean and I covered our thoughts on Covid, Comedy, the end of Covid, His Chiropractor decision, Jersey, Springsteen, How long he’s been around, Outdoor venues, LA opening up, and the train wreck that was the Academy Awards.
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Surprise curveball guest 2nite. Houston Comedian and pal John Wessling joins us for the second time. He might bring his kids.
Always cool to catch up with John. He was on the show a year ago, and he’s been busy since then. His most recent album “Warm at First” can be found on all platforms. (As well as his previous release “Three Dart Rhino”. John also just wrapped on an Independent Feature titled “DickHead”. You can even find him on Twitch (@Twitch.tv/sportsriotlive). starting next week. He’s going back to his early days with a Sports/comedy show. He’ll kick it off during the 2021 NFL draft. \
More from John over at Johnwessling.com
This show closes with a 5 minute clip of the great Carl Labove who passed a way 4/24/2021. Carl was the guy that made me want to do stand-up 32 years ago. He was a brilliant, amazing, and creative force on stage. I looked up to him. He will be missed. RIP Carl Labove
Mr Lukas did not disappoint. I’ve worked with Mike dozens of times. He’s a Second City Grad and a stand up comic. One of the most original and creatively funny guys I’ve ever known. We babbled on for nearly two hours. Old times, the road, ships, and the late night radio gig he had with his wife. “Gretchen and the Lukes”. the name actually makes fun of the old radio team thing. The show was a blast. We all got together, did numerous characters, and reported the “news” This show was a little ahead of it’s time. Much like “The Straight Dope”. a show Mike shot in Chicago back in 1996. Alot of what Mike does is ahead of it’s time. If comedy was sports , Mike would be “Most Underrated Athlete”, but it’s not, so he is just “Guy who used to do stand-up and now makes a living as a writer who lives in Dallas raising two kids with his wife Gretchen…..” It just doesn’t have the same ring.
This conversation was enlightening for me on several levels. I found out Mike is a Nichiren Buddhist. Now, I am not a Nichiren Buddhist, but during my therapy years I began to study and lean toward a Buddhist lifestyle. Big differences, small changes, but a better path nonetheless. Learning to “Let things go” changed and probably saved my life. Understanding the power of the mind and the egocentric tendencies I had was a significant lesson. One I try to teach my daughters, quite often to no avail. We talked about that, as well as Privilege, prejudice, MSM, and the agreed that a large core of the issues this country (and a lot of the world) is the 1% and their constant attempt to control us all through fear and lies. Yeah, it got a little deep. But, it has moved in to the #1 slot as my favorite Podcast.
I highly suggest you go to Mikes website and check out his writing. Hundreds of articles and pieces that i wish we would have talked more about. Next time.
Actress/Model Dianne Scott joins Lenny Schmidts Quarantine Comedy 2nite. We talk Acting, Dogs, and her Instagram Show @TheNeighborhoodWatch.
A great chat with Dianne Scott about her acting/modeling career. how she got started. What motivates her and the changes Covid has brought her. Speaking of Covid, she’s been spending the Pandemic with 3 step kids, 2 Pit Bulls (Wednesday and Pugsley), 3 cats and her husband. A full house to say the least.
Pugsley really took center stage here. Dianne started a web series starring her and Pugsley. “The Neighborhood Watch” has an Instagram with almost 150K followers!!! Dianne is a huge Pitbull advocate. It led her to publish a string of books Children’s books. “A Tale of 2 Pitties” teaches children life lessons through the stories of a couple of adopted Pit Bulls. It’s a beautiful series.