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EPISODE 96: MARK McCOY

There’s going to be a “Youth Attack" when a couple of dudes in their mid 30’s get together very far from Tony Victory’s house to kibitz with the awesome Mark McCoy about some of the lowlights from his time “doin’ vox” in seminal bands like Charles Bronson and Das Oath (not to mention Failures and Holy Molar).  Scary European squats, coping with onstage injuries, playing with bandmates you’ve never met, being influenced by MAD Magazine, and performing in shorts are just a few of the pathways we’ll go down.  Bundles of buttflaps on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 95: ROB BLATT

It’s a belly to belly suplex of bone-crushingly brutal baddies when Rob Blatt (aka “Bobby Phobia”) joins us in the squared circle for a no-holds barred talk about pro wrestling, music, and sideshow performing.  From a makeshift, disastrous tour with his college band, to wrestling in a dog-collar match, to the ins and outs of transporting a homemade bed of nails, Rob covers a lot of interdisciplinary crummy gigs with the bravura of a seasoned color commentator.  Gaggles of grappling on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 94: MATT RUBANO

Get a glimpse into the “Brotherhood of Session Bassists" when ace-rhythm man Matt Rubano pops ‘n slaps his way through a bushel of blatant bad ones, from performing with children on The View, to performing for children at Tommy Hilfiger’s son’s birthday party, to a very bizarre audition for 30 Seconds to Mars.  Matt also divulges his love for improv and stretches his comedic chops like a new pair of heavy gauge D’addarios on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 93: NOAH GARDENSWARTZ

We’re halfway to a minyan when comic Noah Gardenswartz shows up with a tale of terrible stand-up tour, bookended by two very similar (and very bad) gigs at synagogues.  Among other things, Noah’s got a unique approach to Jewish humor and is equally informed by his upbringing in Denver and Atlanta and coming up in “urban” rooms (don’t worry, plenty of bar mitzvah discussion in there, too).  Lots of l’chaim on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 92: KAKI KING

We head “down to the crossroads" with amazing guitarist/songwriter/person Kaki King, who delivers worst gig tale goods with the classic trifecta of accidents, inappropriate venues, and food poisoning.  We also delve into Kaki’s appreciation of new age musicher drumming skills, performing with the Foo Fighters, how she deals with press, and performing at school graduations.  Fonts of fingerpicking on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 91: EMMY BLOTNICK

Funny lady Emmy Blotnick takes a break from applying lipstick and joins us “in the Belly Room" to share stories of performing stand-up in warehouses, working for an old hag, writing for Nikki and Sara Live, meditating, and generally flying by the seat of her pants.  We’re all eating it on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 90: CHRIS CAIN

The black leather driving gloves come off when We Are Scientists bassman/resident jokester Chris Cain enters “the band area” with KO-kaliber tales of slagging off in the U.K. press and fighting other bands, hosting awards shows and being a “rock star dad.  We also get into W.A.S.’s patented brand of comedy “behind the music,” and celebrate the release of their brand spankin’ new album, TV en Francais.  ”Bass in your face say peace see ya later" on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 89: TAYLOR NEGRON

It most definitely doesn’t ”smell like Sao Paolo" when actor/comic/playwright/songwriter Taylor Negron "delivers a pizza" in the form of some incredible stories from his thirty-plus years in the business.  From attempting to do stand-up in Alaska to playing multiple deliverymen in some of the most beloved comedies of the 1980s to his uneasy relationship with Rodney Dangerfield on the set of Easy Money to “smelling crack” while shooting Nothing But Trouble, Taylor dispenses equal doses of mystic wisdom, goofy jokes, and quick-witted asides.  Follow a flock of fantastic film-biz fables on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 88: LIBERTY DEVITTO

Take a peek behind The Nylon Curtain when Liberty DeVitto - the man behind the backbeat to some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century - grants us exclusive access to his vast reservoir of memorable “worst gigs” from his thirty years playing drums with Billy Joel.  From crew members attempting to sabotage songs and Spinal Tap-esque drum riser malfunctions at huge arena shows to loading their own gear in the early days while driving around in rental cars and throwing McDonalds shakes at one another, it’s an awesome look into life playing music at a level alien to most of us.  Liberty talks about everything from living at this parents’ house to doing session work for Rick Wakeman to why he hates his drumming on “My Life" to Attila.  Tons of tales from the attic on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!    

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EPISODE 87: MIKE LAWRENCE

It’s a Coal Miner’s Glove Steel Cage Tuxedo Street Fight when the very funny Mike Lawrence “hits a spot" on the "Spanish announcers’ table" and slings his own bag o’ tricks into the ring.  From working and eating at McDonalds, to listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to what changes when you start earning a living from comedy, Mike’s got an anecdote for ‘em all.  Also we talk pro wrestling.  Lots and lots of pro wrestling.  Tons of Typhoons and Earthquakes on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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