This week Matt chats with burlesque and nerdom power couple, Brettzo and America Online @aol.com! They chat with Matt about their burlesque beginnings, their favorite acts and themes for shows, the power of comedy in burlesque, as well as how they are keeping busy and artistically fulfilled in a time of quarantine.
Time for another brand new episode! This week Matt welcomes podcast, comedian, improviser, magician, writer, and mind noodler, Matt Donnelly! They talk about how they met, Matt D’s podcasts, Abracababble and Matt and Mattingly’s Ice Cream Social, as well as Matt D’s love of magic and comedy. They also chat about tour with Piff The Magic Dragon, building a live show, the origins of Matt D’s desire to mind noodle and his appearance (and job) on Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
This week Matt welcomes actor, writer, singer and internet nerd, Lisa Foiles, to the show. Lisa has a brand new fantasy/fiction book called “Ash Ridley and the Phoenix” out right now. Lisa chats with Matt about the origins of her new book, the process of writing it, getting it published, and the difficulties along the way. They also talk about her cat nemesis Kevin, creating on YouTube, returning to song writing, growing up a child actor and finding your focus to grow what you love.
This week Matt is joined by comedian, actor, improviser, writer, and web explorer Mark Vigeant. Mark hosts the comedy show “Internet Explorers” monthly at Caveat in NYC (December’s show plays 12/20 at 7pm). Matt and Mark chat about Mark’s comedy roots, the origins of his monthly show, as well as his one man show, “Let’s Make A Website.” They also discuss NYC theater, Neopets, YouTube, creating themes for live shows and why we outgrow some of our favorite comedians.
In this episode, Matt welcomes back nerd, comedian, game enthusiast, and musician Insane Ian! The two catch up on Ian’s life since his last Crash Chords appearance 3 years ago. Their conversation ranges from Ian’s appearance with Beefy (“I Don’t Get It”) on Vince Vandal’s latest record, FNFII: Advanced Friends & Fandoms, to his project with fellow comedy musician TV’s Kyle called Scooter Picnic and their latest song “This Groove (Is Too Dope For Us).” They also talk about Ian’s upcoming solo work, his YouTube series “1st Ian-pressions,” as well as how recent life events have affected his focus and his music.
In this episode, Matt welcomes Omar Holmon, a poet, writer, and co-founder of the website Black Nerd Problems. He and Matt chat about Omar’s appearance at Flame Con 2018, his return to poetry, and what it’s been like competing for as many years as he has. They also talk about the origins of Black Nerd Problems and how the site has grown and changed over the years, as well as what the future holds for the site. Finally, Matt and Omar gush over a variety of nerdery from TV to games to movies to comics and more.
For week number six I want remind everyone how important it is to laugh. My latest choice is the newest release from the folks over at Bad Lip Reading called “It’s Not A Moon” What I love about every song they put out is that not only are they funny and charming but they are also catch as hell. These human know who to make solid, get stuck in you head for days type music. The songs are great on their own but the video is the complete experience. FYI the song isn’t on Spotify yet but I’ll add it to my playlist as soon as it is.
Today, Matt welcomes Alissa May Atkinson, a comedian and bartender hailing from Brooklyn, NY. A bar manager at Precious Metal, Alissa (along with her comedy partner Lauren Vino) produces and hosts monthly comedy shows called Midd Riff Comedy, which are held at Precious Metal on the first Friday of every month. With Matt, Alissa chats about how she got started in comedy and what inspires her joke writing. They also chat about the origin of Midd Riff Comedy and how bartending (doubling as a form of entertainment) preps her for performing. And so, from her fascination with the comedic process to her plans for the future, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Alissa May Atkinson.
Today, Matt welcomes Rachel Schenk, a musician, comedian, and actress hailing from Astoria, Queens. Rachel is no stranger to the world of Crash Chords; she appeared in ep. #95 (with bandmate Mark Robert Turner) as a member of the comedy music duo Afterbirth Monkey, and also in ep. #166 as herself. With Matt, Rachel chats about her newest day job working for The Ride NYC, her chance discovery that she can freestyle rap, and also about her growth as an artist. They also chat about her newest concept album with Afterbirth Monkey called Making a Beeline to Wasted and also about her solo album in the making. And so, with some reflections on her acting, her role in The Restaurant (a film written by Eric T. Ford) and her experience in improv, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Rachel Schenk.
It’s day three of our five-day event series with today’s episode marking the last entry in our 2016 review season. We thought we’d end the year nice and light, dabbling into some comedy, some satire, and of course, some obnoxious pop music. Join us as we follow the rise and fall—and rise again—of protagonist Conner4Real in the summer comedy flick, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. With the film and its original soundtrack both written by members of the The Lonely Island (who also star in the film), we’re keeping to our goal of incorporating more cross-media material… and by gum it doesn’t get more cross-media than that! Join us as we stroll through the film, wade through its myriad of cast members, and address the successes and pitfalls of both film & soundtrack as works of comedy. Enjoy!