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Last update: 2013-04-28

TYF! #15: Eisner-nominated cartoonist JULIA WERTZ

2013-04-28
Length: 1s

TYF! returns this week with an interview with Julia Wertz, whose graphic novel, "The Infinite Wait & Other Stories," has been nominated for a Walt Eisner Award for Best Nonfiction Work. 

We talk to Julia about her process, her hobby of exploring abandoned buildings, why she continues to turn down big money opportunities in exchange for artistic freedom, and we solve a mystery live on-air.

Plus, Adam Wade tells us a story about how Rick Moranis has impacted his life in both positive and negative ways, and we spend another Moment with Stacey Nightmare.

All that and Liam explains where we've been for the last two weeks.

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SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Buy Julia's book, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories.

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Liam's recording his debut album June 5th and 6th in Brooklyn. Check out the Facebook event invite here.

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TYF! #14: ADAM SPIEGELMAN with BOB POWERS and STACEY NIGHTMARE

2013-04-07
Length: 59s

In this week's issue: We talk to television producer Adam Spiegelman, who tells us about how meeting Jay Mohr as a teenager in the New Jersey open mic scene led him to getting promoted to guest producer at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and about how he discovered Neil Hamburger.

Bob Powers tells us the only 10 ways you'll ever fall in love, and we spend a Moment with Stacey Nightmare.

All that, and Liam McEneaney reads us his exciting scientific monograph.

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THiS WEEK'S MUSIC:
Spiegs' interview theme is Up From Below by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, from the album of the same name.

The TYF! theme was written and performed by A Brief View of the Hudson (abriefview.com) 


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TYF! #13: OPHIRA EISENBERG with ADAM WADE & STACEY NIGHTMARE

2013-03-31
Length: 1s

In this week's issue: we speak with Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another and author of the book, Screw Everyone Sleeping My Way to Monogomy. We talk about beating the odds and finding a life partner in the dating wilds of New York City, aboot starting over from scratch in the Big Apple after being a successful comedian in Canada, and about the price of NPR fame (becoming "Ophira Eisenbag").

We also have a very touching story from Adam Wade about the unconditional love of a childhood pet, and another Moment With Stacey Nightmare.
 

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April 4th! LIVE TYF! PODCAST TAPING! FREE!
as part of the Jersey City Comedy Festival

with guests Jessica Delfino, A Brief View of the Hudson, and Mike Doughty.

Info at the Facebook event page 

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Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson 

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TYF! #12 with Eytan Mirsky and Ophira Eisenberg

2013-03-24
Length: 1s

In this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, we talk to singer/songwriter Eytan Mirsky, about how collaborating with Todd Solondz on an unlikely-sounding screenplay launched a career in writing music for film, about how he lucked into having music for The Tao of Steve all ready to go, and how nobody gets laid living in Forest Hills.

In addition, we have a story from NPR's Ophira Eisenberg about how the spell of a voodoo priestess works when you least need it. And Liam McEneaney reads memos written to his neighbors.

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THIS WEEK'S MUSIC:
You can buy Eytan's latest album, Year of the Mouse, here.

Ophira's theme is Gasoline, from The NEw York Howl's album People Will Come To See Us Ride.

The TYF! theme was written and performed by A Brief View of the Hudson. (abriefview.com)

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TYF! #11: DAVID O'DOHERTY, KAMBRI CREWS, STACEY NIGHTMARE

2013-03-16
Length: 58s

David O'Doherty is one of Ireland's premiere comedians, having won both the Perrier Best Newcomer and the if.comedy awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (in different years). He's appeared on Irish television as well as American TV appearances on John Oliver's New York Standup Show and his own Comedy Central Half-Hour special, and he tours extensively around the world. Liam McEneaney talks to him about the history of the Irish comedy scene, why the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is important, how Eddie Izzard got turned away for a spot at a comedy club, and how you can contact David to ask him how to fix your bike.

Also, we hear another story from Kambri Crews about the horse she owned as a child. And we spend another Moment with Stacey Nightmare.

All that, and Liam reminisces about his first European tour, and how everything worked out okay despite his own best lack of efforts.

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MUSIC FOR THIS EPISODE:
You can buy David O'Doherty's album We Are Not The Champions directly.
We hear the songs Summertime and Rosalee McFall from Jerry Garcia & David Grisman's album The Pizza Tapes.
David O'Doherty's interview  theme is Rocky Road to Dublin by The Rolling Stones & The Chieftans from The Long Black Veil.

You can buy Kambri Crews' memoir Burn Down the Ground here

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TYF! #10: Alana Amram

2013-03-10
Length: 44s

In this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, we speak to singer/songwriter Alana Amram about growing up in a musical household, how a musician listens to music, teaching music to kids, her life in art school, the craziest day job she's ever held, and how the music of Liberace can make your day instantly better. Plus she sings a couple of her songs, including an amazing lullabye she wrote for her friend's kid.

You can check out Alana's music at her website: http://alanaamram.com/

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TYF! #9: STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY with MIKE DOUGHTY and TED TRAVELSTEAD

2013-03-03
Length: 1s

Watch that first step, this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! is a doozy!

This week, Liam McEneaney talks to actor, podcaster, and author of The Dangerous Animals Club, Stephen Tobolowsky, about his work on films like Glimmer Man, answers listener questions about his roles on Deadwood and Californication, and one of the most touching Mel Gibson stories you'll hear all year. He also talks about why he prefers auditioning to being offered a role and he tells the unglamorous truth about sex scenes.

In fact, it's only March, but the quote of the year might be: "For you people out there who think you want to be part of a simulated sex scene in Hollywood, let me set you straight." 

All that and a Road Story from Mike Doughty and another trip down Ted Travelstead's Story Hole. 

And Liam talks about helping to scout interns at NYU, and how the NY Mets have the worst ownership in the history of New York sports, and how this might not be the Only Podcast That Matters.

Follow Stephen Tobolowsky on Twitter at @Tobolowsky and at his site, stephentobolowsky.wordpress.com

This week's music:

Stephen Tobolowsky's interview theme is Amazing Grace from the Jerry Garcia/David Grisman album The Pizza Tapes

The Road Stories theme is Country Roads, Take Me Home from Mike Doughty's album The Flip Is Another Honey

And the TYF! theme was written and performed by A Brief View of the Hudson (http://abriefview.com) 

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TYF! BONUS EPISODE #1: Novelization Live with "TV's Frank" Conniff, Todd Hanson, Joe Garden, Maggie Serota, Hand Job Academy, hosted by Heidi Vanderlee, Marlow Riley, and Liam McEneaney

2013-02-27
Length: 1s

This bonus episode of the TYF! podcast is a live show recorded at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY. It's a reading show called "Novelization: The Reading Show Based On The Major Motion Picture," an evening of folks reading novelizations based on major motion pictures.

Our next show is March 6th at Union Hall, and features readings from Mike Doughty, Bethany Hall, musical guest The Debutante Hour. For more info and tickets join the Facebook event!


LINEUP:
Heidi Vanderlee: Pretty in Pink
Liam McEneaney: Grease
Marlow Riley: Grease 2
Maggie Serota: Rocky IV
Joe Garden: Ghost Dad
Todd Hanson: Saturday Night Fever
Frank Conniff: Krull


MUSICAL GUEST:
Hand Job Academy: an original song based on Twin Peaks 

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TYF! #8: BARATUNDE THURSTON with ADAM WADE and SNEAK PREVIEW OF NOVELIZATION WITH "TV's FRANK" CONNIFF

2013-02-24
Length: 1s

In this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! The Only Podcast That Matters!, Liam McEneaney talks to NY Times-bestselling author Baratunde Thurston about his tenure as Political Editor at The Onion, about how he worked his way through Harvard at every end of the social spectrum, and about how everything that could go wrong with an interview was currently going wrong live on mic.

And 18-time Moth slam champion Adam Wade tells us a story about his salad days as a page for Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

All this, and Liam talks about the transformative power of seeing Jonathan Richman live, headlining an open mic contest at a gay bar, and performing at the surprise 40th birthday party of an ex-Navy SEAL.

Also, a sneak preview of the first TYF! bonus episode, "Novelization: The Reading Show Based On The Major Motion Picture." The episode is a live recording of a reading show in Brooklyn with "TV's Frank" Conniff, Todd Hanson, Joe Garden, Maggie Serota, rap group Hand Job Academy, and hosted by Heidi Vanderlee, Marlow Riley, and Liam McEneaney. It will drop Wednesday, February 27th.

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You can buy Baratunde's book How To Be Black on paperback and Kindle at this link.

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This week's music:

Baratunde's interview theme was Cissy Strut by The Meters.

We also played an excerpt from Jonathan Richman's I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar, from the album I, Jonathan

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TYF! #7: CATHERINE POPPER with BOB POWERS and STACEY NIGHTMARE

2013-02-17
Length: 1s

In this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! The Only Podcast That Matters!, we speak to Catherine Popper. Cat has played in bands like Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Hem, and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and she talks about all of that, plus stories about how Willie Nelson is just as cool as you'd hope he would be, and her triumphant showing at Levon Helm's legendary Ramble.

Also, Bob Powers gives us A Lecture On Internet Video Success From A Man Who Has Sex With Food, and we spend another Moment With Stacey Nightmare.

All that, and Liam McEneaney takes you behind the scenes at his three favorite screenings of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!

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MUSIC FROM THIS EPISODE:

Catherine Popper's interview theme is "Come Pick Me Up," by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, from the album Heartbreaker.

We also play an excerpt from the song "Stella Blue," from Willie Nelson's album Songbird.

And the TYF! theme by A Brief View of the Hudson.

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TYF! #6 CHRISTIAN FINNEGAN w/ STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY & KAMBRI CREWS

2013-02-10
Length: 1s

This week we speak with Christian Finnegan, star of a couple of Comedy Central specials, of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, and known from his appearances on TV shows including Best Week Ever and Chappelle's Show.  We talk about how he lived when he started standup, and how his music nerdliness got him out of that. Speaking of which, he is also the host of the brand-new podcast Audio Spackle, which I highly--highly!--recommend listening to.

Wait, wait, come back. Don't listen to that, yet, because Finnegan's interview here made me laugh really hard.

Also, we have a story from his wife, Kambri Crews, author of her memoir Burn Down the Ground, about what it's like to visit her father in prison and how she almost got caught sneaking contraband in.

We also get a story from Stephen Tobolowsky, author of the Dangerous Animals Club, about a working vacation that went terribly wrong.

And Liam McEneaney reads romantic poetry for all the lovers out there.

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Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson

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See TYF! live Wednesday, February 13th, at The Bell House.

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TYF! #5 with TODD BARRY and A BRIEF VIEW OF THE HUDSON with MIKE SACKS and TED TRAVELSTEAD

2013-02-03
Length: 1s

In this our first double issue of the TYF! podcast, we talk to Todd Barry (from the movie The Wrestler and his recent Comedy Central 1-hour special, Super Crazy) about getting his start in Florida with Carrot Top, how Larry the Cable Guy drove him to his first paid gig, and about how podcasting has yet to reach its final threshold: someone killing themselves mid-interview.

Plus, we talk to local NYC folk rock duo A Brief View of the Hudson, who tell us a few stories about their early days, explain their method for writing the score to Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, and then take to the streets of Williamsburg to serenade the locals with a couple of songs from their new album, Querencea.

In addition, writer Mike Sacks takes us up and down the emotional dial of morning radio and we take another trip down Ted Travelstead's Story Hole.

All this, and Liam McEneaney reads an excerpt from his entire book, "The 25 People You Will Meet In Heaven."

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Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson (abriefview.com)

You can buy Ted Travelstead's book, The Patraeus Files, at this link.

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ISSUE 4: SNL SUPERVISING WRITER BRYAN TUCKER with STACEY NIGHTMARE & TED TRAVELSTEAD

2013-01-27
Length: 1s

Bryan Tucker may not be a household name, but he's worked with so many that he can be considered guilty by association. In this episode-length interview, Liam McEneaney talks to Bryan about his first job working on "The Chris Rock Show," and riding with Rock in a limo to see Bill Cosby. He talks about writing the famous Race Draft and Player Hata's Ball sketches for Chappelle's Show and how that got him to meet Ice-T.

He also goes into the process of how he takes a sketch like What's Up With That? from concept to Mike Tyson, plus hanging backstage with Sarah Palin and much much more.

PLUS: A Moment with Stacey Nightmare and we take another trip down Ted Travelstead's Story Hole.

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Theme song by A BRIEF VIEW OF THE HUDSON (abriefview.com)

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WATCH THE PLAYA HATER'S BALL SKETCH RIGHT HERE: http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/v64ifb/chappelle-s-show-the-playa-hater-s-ball

WATCH THE DRESS REHEARSAL VERSION OF WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? with MIKE TYSON RIGHT HERE: http://www.hulu.com/watch/116577/saturday-night-live-what-up-with-that---dress-rehearsal…

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Issue 3: W. KAMAU BELL with BOB POWERS & STACEY NIGHTMARE

2013-01-20
Length: 42s

This week, Liam McEneaney talks to W. Kamau Bell, host of FX' Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, about how Chris Rock is his "foul-mouthed Yoda," about his Laughter Against the Machine tour and movie, and about how his mom is not allowed to parent him through Facebook.

Also, Bob Powers returns with a piece titled "When Siri Gossips About Us," and we spend another moment with Stacey Nightmare.

And Liam tells us the story of what it means to meet an idol.

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Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson.

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ISSUE #2: MIKE DOUGHTY with LAURA JAYNE MARTIN and TED TRAVELSTEAD

2013-01-13
Length: 55s

In this week's issue, Liam McEneaney interviews singer/songwriter Mike Doughty (ex Soul Coughing, The Book of Drugs, The Flip is Another Honey) about vacationing in Southeast Asia and what it means to "be the only white man in the movie," getting his start in the avant-jazz scene of the Knitting Factory in the '90s, and how Beavis & Butthead were the only critics who got it right.

Mike also sings a couple of songs, one that he cowrote with an unlikely trio and one that was commissioned for the Twilight soundtrack.

Plus, Laura Jayne Martin tell the story of her summer job driving an ice cream truck, and we take a trip down Ted Travelstead's Story Hole

All this and Liam describes his day working as a carnie.

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Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson.

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Episode 1: EDDIE PEPITONE with BOB POWERS & STACEY NIGHTMARE

2012-12-30
Length: 55s

In this episode of Tell Your Friends!, Liam McEneaney talks to Billboard-charting comedian Eddie Pepitone (The Sarah Silverman Program, 2 Broke Girls)  about how growing up in Staten Island cemented him as an outsider and about whether success will ruin his status as an "angry comedian."

In addition, Bob Powers tells the story of an ill-fated lake cabin guest book and we spend a moment with Stacey Nightmare. Plus, Liam talks about meeting a couple of born-again Christian gypsies, and how their attempt to convert him made him consider his stance on gay marriage.

This is a sneak preview of the January 7th episode.

January 14th, we return with Mike Doughty.

January 21st: W. Kamau Bell

January 28th: Bryan Tucker

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Watch Marc Maron and Eddie in an animated scene from Eddie's movie, The Bitter Buddha.

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Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson.

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Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!

NYC comedian Liam McEneaney hosts this weekly audio magazine, bringing you the best the city's culture has to offer. Every week brings you readings, musical performances, storytelling, and interviews with comedians, writers, and musicians. PRAISE FOR "TELL YOUR FRIENDS! THE ONLY PODCAST THAT MATTERS!" SPLITSIDER: "More of a magazine-style show than a straight comic-on-comic interview, the podcast also features a fantastic story by Bob Powers and a bizarre moment with Stacey Nightmare.... Tell Your Friends! has a more polished feel than the average podcast, tightly edited with jingles and commercials that you won’t need to skip through. Upcoming episodes include interviews with singer/songwriter Mike Doughty, Totally Biased's W. Kamau Bell, and SNL writer Bryan Tucker." THE AV CLUB says, "Like Comedy Bang Bang!, Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends! The Only Podcast That Matters! is based on a popular live comedy show and features a comedian host talking to other comedians; but that’s where the similarities end. Instead of the absurdist audio vaudeville of Scott Aukerman’s podcast, Tell Your Friends favors a genteel, literary tone that evokes the soothing storytelling of Ira Glass and This American Life more than the comedy-podcast template of comedians gabbing with other comedians about comedy stuff. Tell Your Friends combines charming literary vignettes from both its host and his friends—the most memorable of which involves the larger existential and philosophical ramifications of swapping pens with Bob Dylan—with entertaining interviews with comedians Eddie Pepitone and W. Kamau Bell and musician Mike Doughty, who plays a song he claims was rejected from the Twilight soundtrack. McEneaney’s curiosity and affection for people and their fascinating imperfections comes through in both his stories and interviews. Tell Your Friends has a cozy, nicely lived-in feel. It’s easy to imagine McEneaney—whose career recently got a boost when he appeared on WTF and A Special Thing released a terrific, star-studded Tell Your Friends! concert film on DVD and VOD—hosting in a comfy cardigan while sipping from a mug of cocoa in a book-lined apartment. Not everything on the podcast works, but its likeability and gentleness go a long way, and McEneaney’s willingness to playfully tweak the podcast form bodes well for its future. "

Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!


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