They say to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. And before we at Karl Show! set out to beat the best, we had to meet the best: the best in this case being the hosts of Portland’s best live talk show Late Night Action, Alex Falcone and Bri Pruett. Now in its fifth season, Late Night Action is a throwback to the heyday of Carson, Letterman and Conan, but with a focus on Portland celebrities, musicians and comedians. We were also joined by Late Night Action writing staff members Anthony Lopez and Christian Ricketts, two of our favorite comedians in town.
We talked with the Late Night Action gang about why they created such an earnest homage to the talk show format, how they blend their individual and distinct comedic voices to suit the show’s sensibilities and how jealousy can be fuel for their creative fire.
Also in this episode, Anthony shares some of his strong opinions, Bri shares her spot-on dolphin impression, Alex talks about his joke database and Christian comes clean about his recent dolmade obsession.
You can see Late Night Action live every month at Mississippi Studios. For tickets and more info, check out their website. Alex, Bri and Anthony also run the Earthquake Hurricane stand-up show, along with Curtis Cook, every Wednesday at Velo Cult. And you can follow all of these guys on Twitter: @lateaction, @alex_falcone, @bripruett, @anthonylopezpt2 and Christian is @aheavyboy.
Are these the words that will become Aaron Duran’s epitaph? Possibly, but it’s too far early to tell, and, after all, we came to praise the brother on this episode, not bury him. Aaron is one of the hosts of Geek in the City, the long-running podcast that breaks down all the goings on in the world of comics, sci-fi, gaming and more.
In addition to being a podcaster, he’s a comic book writer who’s penned the titles La Brujería (drawn by James Sinclair) and Dark Anna and the Pirates of Kadath (drawn by Ethan Slayton) , as well as a regular contributor to Newsarama.
Aaron joined us to talk about his geek origin story, the rise of geek culture (and the inevitable corporate co-opting that followed) and how he came to answer the bloodthirsty call of the Jolly Roger.
We also talked with Aaron about his lengthy relationships with James Brown, Queen and Metallica… or, at least with their music.
You can listen to Aaron and his Geek in the City cohorts @scottdally, @Pwn_Toney and Dan Clark of @pdxyar live every Wednesday at 8pm on the Funemployment Radio Network (after a certain show that’s not nearly as popular as theirs) or later on their website. You can also check out Aaron’s comics on Comixology and follow him on Twitter @geekinthecity.
We were so pleased to have Joe Biel, founder of Portland’s independent book publisher and distributor Microcosm Publishing, join us once again on the program and we were especially delighted to have Microcosm’s in-house design goddess Meggyn Pomerleau on the show as well.
We talked to Joe and Meggyn about the creative process they employ to put together Microcosm titles such as:
- This Ain’t No Picnic: Your Vegan Punk Rock Cookbook by Josh Ploeg
- Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs
- Henry & Glenn Forever by Tom Neely
- Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout Records by Kevin Prested and
- Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules by Sarah Mirk
We also talked with Joe and Meggyn about how coloring books can make you think more than you think they can and why Microcosm is perfect place for Meggyn to be.
To check out the fine work of Joe, Meggyn and the folks at Microcosm Publishing, visit their website here. To check out Meggyn’s other design work, illustration and photography, visit her website, megpom.com. And you also can follow Joe on Twitter @beaugheale and Meggyn @Leg0Tron.
Whether your thing is comics or movies, sports or celebrities, wrestling or bathrobes, chances are you’re a fanboy on some level. Being a fanboy is genderless, ageless and sometimes senseless, but the great thing about podcasting is that it quite literally gives fans a voice. We were very pleased to be joined on this episode by D. Jacob Ryals, the host of BCX Radio, the podcast for fanboys (with a life) on which he conducts spirited discussions about the major pop topics of the day with guests from comics, music and comedy. We were lucky to have comedian/bathrobe enthusiast Rusty Diamond join us as well. Rusty is the host of the Public Access Podcast and one of the many colorful personalities in the DOA, Portland’s independent wrestling league.
We talked with Jacob and Rusty about the art of podcasting, the difference between fantasy and negative sexualization in comics and why the worlds of wrestling and so-called geek culture aren’t as far apart as some people make them out to be.
We also talked with Jacob about how why Portland shouldn’t be so quick to judge those with Southern roots.
Check out Jacob’s fine podcast on bcxradio.com and follow him on Twitter at @BCXradio. You can also follow Rusty on Twitter @papodcast and check out his Public Access Podcast on YouTube. Further information on Portland’s D.O.A. Wrestling League can be found here.
This episode is Part 1 of our discussion with filmmakers Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald. Part 2 has not been scheduled as of yet, but it will be. There were simply too many questions and not enough time to fit all of our questions into one show. Zodrow and MacDonald are the producer/director team behind Whitelandia, a documentary that examines the state sanctioned racial discrimination that prevented Black Americans from living in the state of Oregon from its inception and how those policies are inextricably connected to what Oregon has become in the 21st Century.
Zodrow and MacDonald know why they’re making the film; after a successful run producing documentaries for PBS in Florida (including three Emmy wins), they returned to NE Portland and didn’t like what they found… a neighborhood that had been gentrified and a black community dwindling in number and diminished in voice. Their search for answers as to why became the basis of the film. But getting that message across has had its challenges to say the least. The criticism of Whitelandia’s production has been voluminous and it’s been personal: from skepticism as to the motives of two white filmmakers tackling this subject, to the claims of one of Portland’s leading black scholars that the producers used her work as the backbone of the film without giving her credit or asking her for permission.
Still and all, Zodrow and MacDonald are committed to completing Whitelandia in 2015 and we talked to them about why this story is important to them, the difference between white guilt and self-reflection and how they’ve handled the scrutiny of their production as a couple.
We also talked with Devin Williams, a NE Portland native, about how he himself went from being a skeptic to becoming an associate producer on the film.
But we need to talk more.
At its heart, comedy is all about sharing and the Portland comedy community is lucky to have among its ranks Kristine Levine and Crystal Kordowoski, two delightfully dirty comedians who have no problem whatsoever sharing who they are and what they think with audiences.
We were lucky to enough to have Kristine and Crystal join us to share how they each overcame their difficult childhoods and self-doubt to pursue stand-up, how they feel about the feminist movement in comedy and what effect motherhood has had on their lives and careers.
Kristine also tells us how a moment of inspiration prompted her to take a self-portrait (of sorts) and share it with her boyfriend, Crystal and the world.
Program note: this episode is not suitable for playing at work, church youth groups, bar/bat mitzvahs. christenings or Thanksgiving dinners. On second thought, what the hell… have at it.
A little obsession is not only good for the soul, it could be great for your career. Just ask Dan Halsted, who parlayed a love for 70s exploitation and Kung Fu films into a prime gig with one of Portland’s most beloved entertainment venues.
Dan is the head film programmer at the Hollywood Theatre, Portland’s popular, independent art house movie theater. The Hollywood is not only known for its retrospective film series such as Grindhouse Film Festival and the Kung Fu Theater (curated personally by Dan), as well as Hecklevision, Brew Masterpiece Theatre, but for its selection of first-run films ranging from Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Dan joined us to talk about what he has in common with Quentin Tarantino, the subtle differences between film and digital projection and how a little detective work led him to discover a treasure trove of films thought to be lost forever.
Dan also shared with us what occurred during an unexpected encounter with Portland Police that would change his life.
At the Hollywood Theatre Saturday, Nov. 15th at 7pm is Movies in Black & White’s screening of Rocky III, with a Q&A session featuring guest panelists writer David Walker and comedian Anthony Lopez. You can get advanced tickets here.
If what you’re currently reading isn’t fun, chances are it probably wasn’t written by Shawn Aldridge. Fun comics are what Shawn is all about, particularly his creator-owned series, Vic Boone, which is an incredibly satisfying genre-blend of noir, sci-fi, and 50’s monster movie sensibilities. Vic Boone has been an IGN Editor’s Choice and Best of 2011 selection, as well as a Stumptown Comicfest’s Reader’s Choice award-winner. He’s also written such titles as GoGetters, Fubar, and worked as a colorist and letterer on such books as the comic adaptation of the film I, Frankenstein.
Shawn joined us to talk about how coverless comics found in the trash became his treasure, how he learned the value of the hustle, what influence Benny Hill, the Marx Brothers and Monty Python have had on his work and what troubles him about phones.
Shawn also shared with us his thoughts on what digital distribution might mean to him and the future of comics.
And once again, our research dept. demostrates why they won’t be receiving any Christmas bonuses this year or any year.
For more on Shawn and his work, check out his blog, his tumblr page and pick up Vic Boone on Amazon or GoGetters and his other books on Comixology. You can also follow Shawn on Twitter @shawnaldridge.
Fate, destiny, a blessing in disguise… call it what you will, but when radio producers/personalities Greg Nibler and Sarah X. Dylan were fired from their terrestrial radio gig five years ago, it may have been the best thing that ever happened to them. Because merely days later they created Funemployment Radio, a podcast driven by their charm, wit and wry perspective on the wacky world around them. Funemployment Radio has become a key stop on the Portland promotional circuit and they’ve interviewed such popular entertainers as Adam Carolla, Tracy Morgan, Meat Loaf, Marc Maron, Tom Green, Maria Bamford as well as members of The State, Kids In The Hall, Broken Lizard and Jackass, among many others.
Along the way, Greg and Sarah have expanded their operations into a network of several other podcasts and have cultivated a loyal listenership with whom they’ll be celebrating at their 5th year anniversary party being held Friday, Nov. 14th at the Bossanova Ballroom (for which advanced tickets are available here).
The hosts of Funemployment Radio joined Jason and guest host Aaron Duran of Geek in the City to reflect on their first five years of podcasting, their most memorable moments, some not-so-memorable ones, entrepreneurship and the future of radio.
Greg and Sarah also shared how their inability to rest on their laurels motivates them to pursue other creative endeavors such as music, acting and dog portraiture.
If you’re not already a listener, catch Funemployment Radio streaming live on their website Monday – Friday, from 12:30pm – 2pm, as well as on iTunes and many other podcasting platforms.
“Dibs to the Nibs!”
Our guests in this episode certainly know how to make an impression… after all, they do it everyday. Lame statements like that abound in this episode, but tattoo artists Joseph Bergin III, Skot Olsen & Karla Yvette didn’t seem to mind, bless their hearts. We were lucky enough to speak with Joseph, Skot and Karla about how they first discovered tattoo art, the trial and errors that occurred during their first experiences working on clients, how tattoo culture has changed in the 21st Century and how tattooing has changed the way they approach the art they create in other media.
Also we talk with Skot and Karla about what support they provide each other as a couple to keep their respective skills sharp.
In addition to his tattoo work, Joseph is a talented caricaturist, graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist whose clients include Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics and IDW.
Program note: contrary to what’s stated in this episode, Joseph didn’t try to open his own tattoo school, he was raising funds to go to tattoo school. Our research dept. was heavily fined for the error.
You can see Joseph in action at Albatross Tattoo (1125 SE Division, Suite 103 in Portland) and check out his tumblr at sayunclecomics.tumblr.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @sayunclecomics and @albatrossinkpdx.
You can make an appointment with Skot or Karla at Adorn East (2535 SE Belmont St. in Portland) and visit their individual websites: skotolsen.com and karlayvette.com. You can also follow Adorn East on Twitter @adornbodyart.
And she hasn’t stopped yet. Jemiah Jefferson is the author of a series of novels sometimes known as the “Vampire Quartet”: Voice of the Blood (the first draft of which was written in 24 hours), Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet. She is also the author of St*rf*ck*ng, a collection of short erotic stories about celebrity obsession, and Mixtape for the Apocalypse, a novel about music, slackerdom and end of the world paranoia. In addition, she has also written for Willamette Week, Just Out, Plazm, 2Grlz Quarterly, and Popshifter.com and she currently works in the editorial department at Dark Horse Comics.
Jemiah joined us to talk about her childhood growing up a “mutant” in Denver, how she discovered reading and writing erotica at an early age and how Nick Cave, Bonnie & Clyde and Apocalypse Now have influenced her work.
We also talked with Jemiah about what inspired to her write about vampires, sex and consequences and why she could care less about “vampire rules”.