Isaac Kozell

Isaac Kozell is a New Orleans based Writer and Standup Comedian. He spends his spare time skateboarding, gardening, and reminiscing about that one time back in '99 when he was invited onstage to perform with the band Sugar Ray.

Shunt McGuppin – Bad Honky

America. Whiskey. Tumbleweeds. Moustache. These are the feelings I had while listening to Bad Honky, the new EP from Shunt McGuppin (AKA Superego’s Jeremy Carter). In just five songs, McGuppin encapsulates what it is to be a human animal in this wild world. The opener, “Yesterday’s Porn,” reminds us that sometimes looking back on the past can be the saddest …

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Taking the Country Out of the Boy – The Billy Wayne Davis Interview

At nearly the 11 year mark in his comedy career, Billy Wayne Davis is really starting to make a name for himself. His name, Tennessee roots, and Southern accent have made his road to comedy a particularly tricky one to navigate, as he has worked tirelessly to be known for his original ideas, as opposed to being put in a …

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost – The Adam Bathe Interview

I recently chatted with Portland based and comic Savage Henry Comedy Festival performer Adam Bathe about stand-up, hallucinogenic experimentation, the singularity and – because this is the Spooky Issue – ghost hunting. Isaac Kozell: How long have you been doing comedy? Adam Bathe: I’ve been performing and touring for 3 years. IK: Where did you get your start? AB: I’ve …

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Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Some albums open with a warm-up track, an audio countdown of sorts, to prep the listener for the music to come. Peanut Butter, the new LP from the British five-piece Joanna Gruesome, bypasses that convention entirely and instead launches into a full-on assault that instantly provokes physical reaction in even the most skeptical of music fans. Lead vocalist Alanna McCardle …

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Covered in Mud – The Sam Tallent Interview

You’ve probably heard the Kevin Gates song wherein he proclaims, “I got six jobs. I don’t get tired.” I feel like Sam Tallent – versatile Denver comedian and member of the Fine Gentleman’s Club – has him beat. Tallent is an American comedy work horse who doesn’t let his ego get in the way of getting gigs. For instance, one …

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The DC Pierson Interview

You may know author, actor, comedian and casual rapper DC Pierson from his books The Boy Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To and Crap Kingdom, his role in Derrick Comedy (whose film Mystery Team is considered by many to be a modern cult classic), his stand-up comedy, or his rapping, which includes several guest spots on Childish Gambino tracks. Now …

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Neil Diamond – Hot August Night

Clyde McFadden, contributor Before I met the love of my life, my cat Mr. Jigglebeans, I used to describe the summer of 1972 as my best ever. That summer I was the Chief Cat Robotics Technician for the world’s greatest song man, Mr. Neil Diamond. Hot August Night, a live recording at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (not a …

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Vetiver – Complete Strangers

If Andy Cabic, a.k.a. Vetiver, set out to make the soundtrack to an uneventful day at a private beach, then mission accomplished. Vetiver’s sixth album, Complete Strangers, dips its toe ever so gently into several shallow pools of influence, including folk, synth, funk and tropicalia. The album title is fitting, as each track varies in style and mood. The common …

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Stealing the Show – The Dolph Ziggler Interview

As an 11 year veteran of the WWE and an aspiring stand-up comic, Dolph Ziggler was the perfect fit for the Savage Henry Wrestling issue. Ziggler’s wrestling persona has gone through several phases over his career and led to him being one of the most talked about – and possibly, most underrated – athletes in professional wrestling today. In the …

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6 Punk Albums My Dad Made Me Throw Away (and His Reasons for Doing So)

Like most teenagers, I went through a punk phase. This was much to the dismay of my father, who raised me on 1950’s sock hop tunes and whose idea of punk rock was Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” One evening, after returning from a church assembly where we congregants were warned about the dangers of Satanic rock …

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