Interviews

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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My Interview with an Alex Grey Painting

Evan Vest, contributor For this issue I really wanted to interview renowned psychedelic artist Alex Grey, but unfortunately my e-mails were never returned. I assume Alex is too busy at a farmers market or making a homebrew, something cool like that, so all is forgiven. The good news is that I took a phatty rip of some DMT off a …

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Home Is Where the Fart Jokes Are – The Trevor Lockwood Interview

Humboldt comedian Trevor Lockwood is the “fat, funny kid” from high school who everyone said should do comedy and then actually went for it. In his less than two years onstage he’s become a local staple. I talked to Trevor about his humble beginnings, his idea of a “dream home,” and his dick-and-fart-joke laden podcast. Isaac Kozell: What’s your living situation like? …

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Waiting in Line – The Dave Stone Interview

Dave Stone is an LA-by-way-of-Atlanta comedian with a damn good biscuit recipe. Stone has been touring the country, refining his act, and slowly piecing together his career for over 10 years. In that time he’s performed on The Late Late Show, started a podcast with Kyle Kinane called The Boogie Monster, lent his voice to Squidbillies, and released a full …

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