Podcast: Jackie ‘The Joke Man’ Martling previews new book

Legendary joke machine Jackie Martling recently called in to talk about ‘The Joke Man: Bow To Stern’, his new book that details his years in stand-up, music, radio and television. In the second half of the show, New Jersey’s Grip Weeds preview their new concert DVD.

Aside from his years on the Howard Stern show, Jackie talks about his upcoming TV projects, a new documentary about his career, tales from the road, what happened to Jackie’s Joke Hunt and the seldom-discussed connection between corn and television.

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Jackie book cover

Music played during the show:

Third Of Never – Automat

Jackie’s Music Hunt – The Bad, Bad Timin’ In The Monologue of Life Blues

CJ Grogan – Bacharach

Best Defense – Atom Driver

Jackie’s Music Hunt – Let The Rain Fall Down

Jackie’s Music Hunt – La Te Da


Jackie’s upcoming appearances:

June 10 – Laugh It Up Comedy Club (845-264-7974/laughitup.net)

June 17 – Brokerage Pub (516-785-8655/brokerage.govs.com)

Aug. 19 – Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa – click here for tickets)

Full Jackie Martling appearance schedule


Jackie Martling on the web:





Preview/purchase the new Grip Weeds live DVD





Audio: Novelist/Letterman writer/Truant Bill Scheft returns

Our all-time favorite podcast guest Bill Scheft returns to reflect on the moving (and often hysterical) memorial service for his wife and certified comedic genius Adrianne Tolsch.

The wide ranging conversation also ventures into the sensitive state of comedy, dinner with Don Rickles, a cathartic road trip to the Grand Canyon, a fresh joke from Bill’s former employer and the first shot fired in my attempt to interview someone connected to the show “Ed”.

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Bill’s previous appearances on our show.

Bill Scheft’s books available from Amazon.

Music featured in this episode:

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Fearless – Pink Floyd

Sweetness Follows – R.E.M.

Mystic Slide – Third Of Never

Realms of Shade  – Tuatara

Time Won’t Let Me* – The Smithereens

*(we’ve used the original so often I decided to throw my acquaintances from New Jersey some airtime)

Podcast: Steve Kilbey of The Church and Kilbey Kennedy

When I recorded this interview with Steve Kilbey, The Church were on an American tour in support of their superb album Further/Deeper.

I conversed with Steve Kilbey via Skype. With me at home base in North Carolina and Kilbey beaming in from a hotel room a few states away, it should have been a normal podcast recording. I’ve recorded around 100 of these things over the years and have rarely had any trouble.

As fate would have it, during the interview an electrical storm of Zeus proportions arose and my power flickered around a dozen times. This caused Skype to stutter, thus making chunks of the interview unusable for publication.

The first half of the interview focused on the writing process for Further/Deeper. It was no surprise to learn The Church write as a collective. There was talk of how seamlessly new Church member Ian Haug fit into the band. A minute or so of the conversation focused on some questionable record label behavior a couple of years earlier.

Sadly the topics covered above can’t be published because the audio is too choppy due to the storm. After recently rediscovering the audio from that evening, I found a 15 minute section that was in good enough shape to publish.

What you’ll hear in this episode is the second half of the original interview. Sections of pertinent songs are mixed in and I have to say I’m eternally grateful for Steven’s generosity and patience with the obstacles mother nature was hurling my way.

Near the end of the podcast you’ll hear Steven open a package of mints. Also, I hold a small square of a Steve Kilbey painting up to the camera for Steven as it was included in a package I ordered from his website. I keep it in my studio for inspiration.

As for the salvaged portion of the interview, we touch on Steven’s favorite song from Further/Deeper, his opinion on mp3 vs. vinyl, “Day 5” from Uninvited Like The Clouds, his solo album Painkiller, the ongoing Kilbey Kennedy project, and how a guy in Hungary tried to steal a classic Church song.

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CLICK HERE for the 343Collective.



Garden Spot Festival set for April 27th through April 30th


The four day Garden Spot Festival is set for April 27th through April 30th in La Grange, NC.

Along with the small town charm La Grange is famous for, the Garden Spot festival adds a classic car show, children’s amusements, arts, crafts, live music and an eclectic mix of food vendors to the mix.

Amusement rides will be provided by Inners Showsa company that services fairs and festivals from Pennsylvania to South Carolina.

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Spare Change is performing on Friday from 7 to 11 p.mOn Saturday Night The Bill Lyerly Band and Dakota Blue will be on stage from 7 to 11 p.m.

On Thursday night only, a wristband can be purchased for $20.00 for unlimited rides. This wristband is only good for Thursday night.

2017 Garden Spot Festival Schedule:

Thursday April 27th (6:00 pm – 10 pm)

Friday April 28th (6:00 pm – 11 pm)

Saturday April 29th (10:00 am – 11 pm)

Sunday April 30th (12:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

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