Tag: comedy

Comedy is the portrayal of humorous subject matter for the purposes of amusement. A comedy tries to entertain through honest depictions of life, unlike burlesque, which aims to please its audience through satire, or farce, which relies on absurdity, which, quite honestly is life in general. Right?

10. Rocco Stowe

10. Rocco Stowe

Rocco Stowe went from having a gun in his hand in South Philly to teaching Yoga in Santa Monica. His journey from the Marine Corps to dating Margaret Cho had a few stops in rough neighborhoods. To say the least, he has thrived in the face of challenge.

Rocco Stowe: “I know I’m on a spiritual path.”

Rocco Stowe is an actor and stand-up comedian with 10 years of hard-nosed experience. He is internationally Known on the microphone by doing the Comedy ROK tour in Korea for MWR in April 2010. He started in Los Angeles in 1999, and has been booked and paid to perform with headliners including Damon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Margaret Cho, and many more.

An Italian-Irish graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Rocco is no stranger to dangerous situations. He grew up in South Philadelphia, served as an Infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps, dealt drugs, and was nearly arrested. After a pivotal moment, he left everything behind and moved to LA.

“I came out here and saw the way people are living, and they are happy, and they’re talking with some kind of care. It wasn’t so callous. People seemed to be enjoying themselves. I feel like I got a second chance from that.”

As a former Marine, Rocco is an expert at creating calm amidst the chaos. A yoga instructor at Santa Monica Power Yoga, his meditation techniques and life hacks help his students cultivate compassion, wisdom and peace.

He currently resides in Hollywood, CA, and does the LA comedy circuit. does regular spots at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, The Improv, and the Comedy Union.

https://www.facebook.com/rocco.stowe

https://www.facebook.com/rocyoga1/

https://twitter.com/roccocomedy

https://www.instagram.com/roccocomedy/

Ships and Giggles Comedy Night on the Queen Mary in Long Beach: http://www.queenmary.com/events/monthly-ship-events/

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8. Ian Harvie

8. Ian Harvie

Transgendered actor, Ian Harvie opens up about transitioning from female to male at age 40, Ian opens up about transphobia, Margaret Cho, stand-up comedy and his work on the Amazon Prime’s Transparent.  Touching, spirited and funny!

Ian Harvie was born May 28, 1968, in Portland, Maine. Harvie knew he was transgender at a very early age, but didn’t have a language for his gender identity at the time. Harvie came out as queer at nineteen and as transgender at age thirty-two.

Harvie grew up on Beaver Pond in the rural mountain town of Bridgton, Maine, until the age of twelve. He has two older brothers, Rob and Jeff. Early comedy influences he has cited include The Carol Burnett Show, Flip Wilson, Rich Little, Hee Haw, Laugh-In, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, and Saturday Night Live.

Harvie began his stand-up comedy career in January 2002 at a small comedy club in Portland, Maine. Three months later he began performing at a sister club in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvie moved to Los Angeles, California, in June 2006. By November 2006 he began touring with iconic comedienne Margaret Cho as her opening act.

Cho cast Harvie as a permanent member of her off-Broadway burlesque comedy revue, Margaret Cho’s The Sensuous Woman. In April 2007, Harvie began producing and hosting his own self-titled comedy/talk show, The Ian Harvie Show, at Los Angeles music and comedy club Largo. The show is similar in format to other late-night talk shows but with guests who are all LGBT or connected to the LGBT community.

In November 2009, Harvie began his solo headlining career. His one-man show Parts Sold Separately, which features humor about sex and gender, played the Melbourne International Comedy Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia, in April 2010. In January 2011, Harvie performed his new solo show Balls OUT with Ian Harvie at SF SketchFest in San Francisco, California. In September 2010, Harvie and fellow sober comedians Felon O’Reilly and Amy Dresner began a three-person comedy group. They traveled around the US with their collective recovery-based standup comedy show, Laughs Without Liquor: the We Are Not Saints tour.

http://ianharvie.com/ twitter @ianharvie

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7. Eric Lampaert

7. Eric Lampaert

International performer and humorist Eric Lampaert riffs on his sexual experimentation, cancer scare, and his growing up as a homeless street urchin.

Eric Lampaert (Lamb Pear) is a standup comedian, writer and actor that has appeared on BBC2, BBC3, Ch4, Ch5, E4, ITV2, HBO and Comedy Central. He studied at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris & Theatre Arts at Middlesex University in London.

Eric has performed stand up around the world including, the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival 2014 in Montreal where his set recorded for TV went out on Comedy Central UK, the Johannesburg Comedy Festival in 2017, several solo shows at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he has supported Eddie Izzard (in English and French), performed a theatre run of his solo show in Paris last year, and in June 2016 he won the ComediHa Best International Comedian Award in Quebec.

Eric is slowly but surely making a name for himself in TV in both the UK and France. His appearances include Life’s Too Short (HBO), The Midnight Beast (E4), Impractical Jokers (BBC3) host of How To Survive A Disaster Movie (Channel 5) and starred in a prime time show for TF1 France. He’s even starred alongside Bruce Willis in a TV commercial!

Co-starring in this motion picture Moonwalkers, alongside Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman. A lead role in AmStarDam (Stoner Express) which has been nominated as Best UK feature film at Raindance Festival & at the National Film Awards. And with a substantial role in Luc Besson’s upcoming film Valerian & The City of a Thousand Planets, due for release in summer 2017, Eric is fast on his way to becoming a silver-screen star.

http://www.ericlampaert.com/ twitter @EricLampaert

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4. Perez Hilton

4. Perez Hilton

Self starter, creator of the most famous gossip blog on the internet, father of 2 – Perez Hilton opens up about Oprah, being a single father, gossip and his second chance! A Second Chance Podcast exclusive!

Cubano and Miami native Perez Hilton is the internet’s most notorious gossip columnist. He currently resides in Hollywood with his precious mini-Goldendoodle, Teddy Hilton.

The LA Times calls Perez, “like US Weekly, the Star, the Enquirer and Life & Style all rolled into one sweet yet snarky, sagacious yet salacious gay man.”

Perez was named the #1 Web Celeb for 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Forbes Magazine and has recently been tapped as one of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the US by People in Espanol and named 2009 Hispanic of the Year by Hispanic Magazine.

Since launching in 2004, PerezHilton.com — originally named PageSixSixSix.com– has become one of the leading go-to sites for celebrity news garnering over 300 million hits a month.

He has been featured in/on the L.A. Times, The View, The Wall Street Journal, MTV’s TRL, Larry King, CNN, E!, Time, Paper Magazine, LIFE, SPIN, CBS News, Business Week, Much Music, LA Magazine, The Advocate, Dateline, Howard Stern, Us Weekly, InTouch Weekly, NY Times, LA Times, Billboard and many more. “P Nasty” has created an empire which includes his own record label, Perezious Music, introducing acts such as Slimmy, Travis Garland and Semi Precious Weapons to the world. He also launched his mobile website at m.perezhilton.com, a new fashion website CoCoPerez.com and two best sellers in 2009, Perez Hilton’s Red Carpet Suicide and Perez Hilton’s True Bloggywood Stories.

Feel free to shoot over an email, some juicy gossip or any feedback to: Perez@perezhilton.com.

Twitter: @ThePerezHilton

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1. Margaret Cho

1. Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho drops by the Second Chances Podcast and recounts the infamous night she bombed in New Jersey, drunk and high, and what Jerry Seinfeld did to help her.  The Tilda Swinton controversy is explained.  Clucking during sex?  Yes! Plus vagina stories and more.

Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho drops by the Second Chances Podcast and inspires Greg and ANT with the story of her second chance.

Margaret Cho is an American stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially regarding race and sexuality. She has created music videos and has her own clothing line of crotchless underwear for men and women. Cho has also frequently supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community.

As an actress, she has acted in such roles as Charlene Lee in It’s My Party and John Travolta’s FBI colleague in the action movie Face/Off. Cho was part of the cast of the TV series Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime Television, in which she appeared as Teri Lee, a paralegal assistant.

She was just named one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time by Rolling Stone, along with Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, and Patton Oswalt.

Website: http://margaretcho.com/

Show Schedule: http://margaretcho.com/tour/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/margaretcho

Instagram:  @Margaret_Cho

Twitter: @Margaretcho

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Second Chances Introduction

Second Chances Introduction

Welcome to Second Chances. A podcast about life: addiction, recovery, and second chances. Each week comedians ANT and Greg Baldwin talk to celebrities and normal folk about their second chance in life.

We introduce or first ten guests who include people like Margaret Cho, Perez Hilton, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. We hope you like the cast, the guests and their stories.

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Second Chances. Heroic, inspiring, often comedic true life stories from people who are living theirs.