Interviews

Whatever Way Possible – The Matt Knudsen Interview

After a five-year run with the Merchant Marines, Matt Knudsen coasted into LA on the hope-and-dream fumes of becoming a comedian and actor. Since then he’s appeared in numerous shows and films, like Gangster Squad with Sean Penn, Workaholics, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and The League. He also just released his third comedy album, Yes And, recorded at the LA staple Josh …

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Henderson Centaur Interview

When the Henderson Centaur awoke from its 352-year slumber in the remote coastal village of Eureka, it was confused. The half-man/half-beast was disoriented and angry. In a moment of absolute desperation, the creature began screeching, screaming and vocalizing its discontent in a frightened, abrasive manner. These sounds can be heard while strolling through Eureka’s Henderson Center, the captive beast expressing …

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The Audacity of Soap

Evan Vest, contributor   In the later 1990s, Ryan Jaunzemis was the king of soaping, a sport that combined elements of skateboarding along with what now would be called parkour. Using shoes with a grind plate attached at the bottom, Ryan was soaping his way into magazines and sponsorships, until an e-mail blunder cost him almost anything. The short documentary …

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Smooth Like Granite – The Derek Sheen Interview

Derek Sheen was born a poor, funny child. His mother’s use of comedy as a retreat from the difficult periods in her life rubbed off on the young Sheen, who used jokes to combat school bullies and an abusive stepfather. “Comedy isn’t just a healing mechanism. It’s also a big, fat shield and a weapon when used correctly.” After a …

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Ngaio Bealum is no stranger to Humboldt County

Few things say weed and comedy more than Ngaio Bealum. The Sacramento-based comedian has been smoking and telling jokes across the country for years, even back when you had to go to the Bayshore Mall to see stand-up. He’ll be returning to Humboldt Feb. 7 to do a set at Humbrews.   Savage Henry: What was it that pushed you …

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Simply the Vest The Evan Vest Savage Henry Interview

About two years ago Evan Vest descended onto the Humboldt comedy scene from Oregon and has turned it on it’s head. Whether you’re a friend of his on Facebook and see the 3,000 new jokes he posts a day, or you’ve seen him live and wonder why the guy from the smoking section at your Jr. high school is on …

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In a Bathtub Full of Ice – The Shane Torres Interview

This past spring over the course of several nights I watched comedian Shane Torres perform in various New Orleans bars and venues, working out his Comedy Central half hour, which was taped at The Crescent City’s Civic Theatre in April. He has an interesting presence on stage that combines his hilariously dilatory delivery with a look that he describes as …

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The Most Spacey – The David Huntsberger Interview

If you missed David Huntsberger’s recent show at Humbrews in Arcata, CA, you missed out. He’s funny, but he’s not just trying to make you laugh. He’s also trying to make you think about the big picture and blow your mind while doing it. Big ideas have been the through line of Huntsberger’s career, which has included the popular science …

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A Whole New World – The Shane Mauss Interview

The last time I hung out with comedian Shane Mauss he was getting ready to record an episode of his Here We Are podcast at a chimpanzee refuge in Louisiana. While most working comedians today trade in the absurdity of everyday life, Shane has taken a slightly different path, choosing to focus primarily on science and psychedelics. He’s taken his …

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Relatively Cheerful – The Jackie Kashian Interview

Jackie Kashian is living the dork life and loving it. Her comedy career is growing, thanks largely in part to her podcast The Dork Forest and her critically acclaimed new album I am Not the Hero of This Story. She’s married to a game designer, and recently performed on a nerd cruise. I talked to Jackie about writing new material, …

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