Rhonda Hansome and Tom Ryan plus Professor Corey Brettschneider.
Today's show covers Boston's comedy scene, the Catholic Church, Matt Drudge, and Trump's Travel Ban.
Barry Crimmins is one of American history’s greatest political satirists. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait directed a documentary about Barry, it’s called Call Me Lucky and you can download it on all the streaming services. Louis CK just directed Barry’s new standup special it’s called Barry Crimmins: Whatever Threatens You and you can stream it over at www.LouieCK.net. This is what Louis says about Barry, “When I started out in the clubs in Boston, Barry was one of the Titans. One of the great comics of the time and he was singularly responsible for fostering a massive standup comedy scene in Boston that begat some of the best comedians of the last 35 years.Most importantly, Barry is hilarious and brilliant. A lot of comedians fall into categories or clusters but I've never seen what Barry does repeated anywhere. He has an approach to American life, American leadership and the people here and where we have been and where we are headed and why we do what we do that just blows me away. I think that his comedic voice is essential. That's why I made his special.”
Barry is also author of Never Shake Hands With A War Criminal.
Jimmy Pardo is the host of the wildly popular podcast Never Not Funny. In addition to his comedy CDs Uno, Pompous Clown and Sprezzatura, in 2007 Pardo appeared on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray. He last hosted the game show Race to Escape on the Science Channel.
Rhonda Handsome is an outstanding comedian BackStage Bistro Award winner and she has appeared on a few hit shows: Louie, Saturday Night Live, Caroline's Comedy Hour, Stand-Up Spotlight, Arsenio Hall, Evening at the Improv, Showtime at the Apollo, and The Joan Rivers Show as her movie reviewer. She’s also opened for Anita Baker, Diana Ross & Aretha Franklin.
Tom Ryan has two Late Show with David Letterman appearances and currently opens for Larry the Cable Guy and Brian Regan in the U.S., and has twenty years of standup comedy experience under his belt. In addition to being the opening act for Jerry Seinfeld, Aretha Franklin and BB King, Larry the Cable Guy, Brian Regan and many more, Tom Ryan performs for corporate events and is a regular at all the top comedy clubs in the country.
Tom’s no stranger to television either having appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central, NBC’s Late Friday and Showtime’s Comedy Club Network. He now resides in New York City and recently released his first comedy CD entitled Downtime Enthusiast.
Corey Brettschneider is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he teaches courses in political theory and public law. He's also Professor, by courtesy, of Philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Professor Brettschneider works at the intersection of constitutional law and democratic theory. He has also been a visiting professor at law schools, including The University of Chicago, Fordham and Harvard.
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