Comedian Rod Man Knows a Thing or Two About Being Subjective.

You never know how you're being received.
Put in your time, hustle hard, promote endlessly, and pray to be noticed are some of the basics when it comes to "making it" in stand-up. Oh, and a little TV face time doesn't hurt either. Rod Man practiced all of that for 20 years and got huge recognition by nailing down the big win on season eight of Last Comic Standing. If you liked him on the tube, you'll love him live when he takes his talents to the Brea Improv this Friday through Sunday. Before he hits Orange County this weekend, we hit him up to find out where his head was during the taping of the show, to see what he did with that glorious prize money, and to get his thoughts on the current state of comedy.

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Taylor Williamson Loves Facebook Game Requests

Categories: Q&As, comedy

I cried a lot and watched Anderson Cooper.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

Long before Taylor Williamson gave the country laughs galore, he put in his time crafting his unique, thoughtful, and somewhat quirky brand of comedy. Fortunately, his timing was off the charts when he arrived on the America's Got Talent stage and what he left with was an audience base one could never imagine. There's a reason Williamson was adored on AGT and you'll surely be feeling the love when he graces the Irvine Improv for one night only on March 26th. Last time he was in town we got to know him professionally with a straight up Q&A so this time around, we decided to dig a little deeper one of our favorite ways, Quick Questions.

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Pablo Francisco's Comedy Gets Even More Animated

I guess it's better to be a comic than a rock star.
Comedian Pablo Francisco is a fascinating cat because you never know what's going to come out of his mouth when you see him live and yet, you always know that you'll be left with laughter cramps that hurt so good. From start to finish, he slays with impressions, insane characters, unbelievable sound effects, points out the ridiculousness of widespread topics, and to label him as "high energy" would be a severe understatement. It's because of all of the before mentioned that the house is never not packed when he's in town so heads up, Pablo will be at the Irvine Improv this Thursday through Sunday so you might want to get a jump on grabbing your tickets. Another heads up, we heard he has an upcoming special he'll soon be taping filled with hilarious new material so we in turn called him up to ask all about it.

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Nahko and Medicine for the People is Empowering Earth Music

Categories: Q&As

Josué Rivas
By: David Garcia
Formed in 2008, Nahko and Medicine For the People have spread their message of harmony and inner strength throughout the world. Though the members of the five-piece hail from all around the globe, the group has quickly bonded with not only each other but their steadily growing fanbase, which they refer to as their tribe. Their sound encompasses a fusion of various cultural and musical influences each from their own personal journeys, making them a frequent addition to many major music festivals around the world. The band is currently gearing up for their first appearance in Europe after wrapping up the western leg of the Water Is Life Tour.

Last May, the band played at the Constellation Room in front of a packed crowd before heading up north to perform at the annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival. There, the band made history as they were the only non-headlining band to ever be called out for an encore at the event, showing just how compelling their music can be to those who are witness to it. The Weekly had the chance to reach out to the band's frontman, Nahko Bear, to ask him a few questions about his musical influences, the Water Is Life Tour and the tribe's evolution.

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Comedian Joe Sib Likes Coors Light. Enough Said.

Categories: Q&As, comedy

Do you really think that my last name only has three letters?
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

Because being the owner of SideOneDummy Records (who's celebrating its 20th anniversary this year) just isn't enough, Joe Sib decided to get his rocks off by jumping into the realm of stand-up comedy. His passion for the craft has clearly been noticed as he's been tapped to perform at clubs all over the country but most importantly, all over OC and LA. Setting aside Joe's punk rock roots, he's also a total mash up of engaging material performed with insane energy and on March 10th, you can see him for yourself on stage serving up a side of funny at La Cave in Costa Mesa. Before you head out for that much needed night of laughs, we rocked his world with a few of our favorite "quick questions."

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Sam Tripoli is His Phone's Bitch

Quickstyle Photography/Tina Compise
I can't believe it's 2015 and we're still pooping.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

This February 14th, try swapping out that overpriced romantic dinner for two crap and instead, get in the mood with a night filled with total debauchery at The Naughty Show presents: Sam Tripoli's Naughty Valentine's Day. On Saturday night you can release your wild side at Harvelle's in Long Beach at The Naughty Show that consistently kills it by giving you tons of eye and ear candy with a mix of fantastic comics, sexy pole and burlesque dancers, adult film stars, and of course, plenty of audience participation. Before you switch it up and skip the nice and go straight for the naughty this Valentine's Day, we ripped into Sam for our favorite type of randomness, "Quick Questions."

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Relax, Ladies. Brian McKnight Says It's Okay to Pleasure Yourself

What did they think? All of the sudden I was going to forget to how to sing?

Some of us over here at the Weekly have been fans of Brian McKnight since he burst onto the scene in 1992. And with an upcoming show at City National Grove of Anaheim on February 13th, we knew there'd be zero chance that we'd be passing up the opportunity to talk to him finally 20+ years later. "BMK" has had quite a solid career with countless albums and Grammy noms under his belt so we figured before getting your Valentine's Day brownie points on by scoring tickets for your sweetie to see this soulful crooner live and up-close, we'd dig in with everything we possibly could with Mr. Brian McKnight.

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DJ Cooch on Thinking Positive, Eating Salad, and Being Naked in Hallways?

Categories: Q&As, comedy

Quickstyle Photography/Tina Compise
I don't have to clock in anywhere anymore.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

Don't be fooled by the stage name DJ Cooch (aka Jorge Marroquin) because spinning hot tracks isn't all that this man does. Sure it's the way he got his name out there but parlaying his performing skills into comedy and the good old stand-up stage proved to be a great move for this man. And when you press fast-forward, he's toured the country headlining clubs and colleges for the last 10 years. With Cooch's gig at the Brea Improv (February 5th) fast approaching, we hit him with a round of randoms in order to get you better acquainted with the man behind the mic. OK, and the turntables.

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Steve Rannazzisi Is In a League of His Own

Hannah Cleaveland
It's important that it not be censored or anything get censored for that matter.
Actor and comedian Steve Rannazzisi kills it as Kevin MacArthur on the FXX show The League but on December 26th though December 28th (Friday-Sunday), you can ditch the family (unless they're cool) because he'll be rolling into town to bust up your holiday by bringing down the house at the Brea Improv. We chatted it up with Rannazzisi before his Brea dates to see what he thinks about the Sony leaks, what's in store for him in 2015, and to whine about how sad we are that The League will be filming their final season.

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How Justin Willman Turned Himself Into a Comedy Magician

Elisabeth Caren
Take one part actor, one part TV host, one part comedian, a sprinkle of musical ability, and then one part magician. Now blend them together and what do you get? Poof! Justin Willman! Justin takes the term "jack of all trades" and puts it to shame and he'll show you just that with his brand of comedic magistry (is that even a word?) at the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday (December 18th- 21st). Before the big event with Willman the wizard of entertainment goes down, we chatted it up with him about how he got his start, what people really think about magic, and what we can expect to be enchanted by with his performances this weekend.

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