Hot Snakes Prove That a Band With Two Drummers is Twice as Good

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Hot Snakes' first two records (2000's Automatic Midnight and 2002's Suicide Invoice) feature Jason Kourkounis on drums, but the band's third release, 2004's Audit in Progress, was recorded with drummer Mario Rubalcaba, who became a permanent member for the group's final two years. So, when singer/guitarist Rick Froberg, guitarist John Reis and bassist Gar Wood decided to reunite in 2011, they had a decision to make.

Luckily for fans, the threesome opted to include both Kourkounis and Rubalcaba, allowing each drummer to perform the material he recorded. Taking a quick break mid-set to change skinsmen might sound odd, but it's not. In fact, it's fucking awesome not only because audiences get to see both versions of Hot Snakes but because Kourkounis and Rubalcaba are phenomenal drummers who deserve to be heard.

Still, having two drummers isn't the norm, which is why I spoke to Rubalcaba and Kourkounis in regards to their band's upcoming show at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on Sept. 18 to find out what they plan on doing when the other guy is on stage.

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Hey, Matt Iseman. How Well Do You Know Your Co-Hosts on American Ninja Warrior?

Categories: Q&As, TV, comedy

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Matt Iseman (right): I think we celebrate the differences rather than actually point them out.
The stars of the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior are ultimately the competitors but there is a lot to be said about the hosts as well. Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, and Matt Iseman spout off play-by-play, do interviews, and have a repartee that makes them almost as entertaining as watching the ninjas run the course itself. I was lucky enough to snag an invite from Iseman to see the set while they were in Las Vegas (which starts airing September 1st on NBC) and while there, I met and talked to Jenn and Akbar as well. Full disclosure, I didn't know much about the show before I went there so I pretty much asked them all of the same questions about it. When compiling it all together, it sounded a little dry. Totally my fault. Because of that, we decided to cover our asses by flipping the script on stand-up comic and host extraordinaire Matt Iseman for a little friendly competition to see how his answers compare to his ANW co-hosts.

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Hi, I'm Bob Saget and I'm a Riffaholic

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Christopher Victorio
I mean, I'm not a complete fool.
Anytime Bob Saget performs in OC, it's a party. Songs will be sung, poop stories will be shared, someone in the audience will likely get drunk, pass out and wake up with a dick drawn on their face. Anything can happen. Due to his unpredictable nature, it should be no surprise that the former-TV-star-turned-suck-dick-for-coke-bad-boy is all about riffing on stage and in life just to see where things go. The only thing we know is that he'll usually end up in some place funny (and probably disgusting). We got to talk with Saget recently to catch a little preview of the comedy riffmaster in action before his upcoming stint at the Brea Improv August 22nd through 24th. If you're not sure how random topics like carpool lanes, the physical properties of laughter and the romancing of animals can possibly amount to a funny conversation, we suggest you get curious and check this one out.

See also: Bob Saget's Helpful PSA's: Yogurt Cures Yeast Infections, Politics Are Boring, Don't Fuck Animals

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The New Irvine Improv Gets Major Upgrades

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The newly located Irvine Improv has been open for a few weeks and while the turnout has been pretty fantastic, that's just been a "soft-opening." Today is the day for the grand-opening and what's about to kick off is a week-long event filled with A-list comics that has Orange County all a-buzz. Sure you can look at the line-up to see who is coming up but we decided to go straight to the source for some inside info by talking to the owner Robert Hartmann. After this chat, we couldn't be more excited for what's to come for the new and extremely improved Irvine Improv.

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Mick Foley: The Hardcore Legend and Hardcore Santa Lover?

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I learned to work much more effectively within boundaries.
From kicking asses in the wrestling ring to kicking it in clubs all in the name of humor, Mick Foley is really starting to make a name for himself in the wide world of comedy. With his upcoming show "Hardcore Legend: An Evening with Mick Foley" hitting The Ice House in Pasadena on Aug 12th, the Ontario Improv on August 13th, and the Brea Improv August 14th, we jumped at the chance to chat with him. What we realized when we were done was that whether you call him Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mankind, or even just plain ol' Mick, after you see his stage show and get a glimpse into this fantastic guy, you too will be calling him a complete and total class act.


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Lisa Lampanelli Would Be a Fantastic Mom for Many Reasons

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Dan Dion
I have way too many pet peeves to list because I'm effing crazy.
Lisa Lampanelli is dubbed the "lovable queen of mean" for a good reason. On stage, LL knocks out crowds with her sharp tongued comedy but off stage, she's a god damn sweetheart. She'll be gigging at the City National Grove of Anaheim for one night only on August 15th and if you haven't had the chance to see her do her thing, you have to get in on this show! If you have seen her before and you just can't wait to see what she'll be saying next, well, your chance is right around the corner. Before the show, she was good enough to let us fire a few questions at her.

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Chris Fonseca's Comedy is Rolling Right Along

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Cyrus McCrimmon
It used to bother me, until I figured out the perfect response.
[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.]

Chris Fonseca may be challenged in some ways but one thing he isn't doing is letting that slow him down. Nicknamed "Crazy Legs" and "America's original sit-down comic," Fonseca's cerebral palsy may keep him wheelchair-bound but that doesn't stop him from bringing crowds to their feet when he headlines cities across the country. Since we already know he's done Letterman, been on HBO, and he just recorded his seventh album, "You'll Like Me, When I'm Angry" we just had to learn more about the man that makes em' laugh while not letting the odds that are stacked against him get in the way. In order to do just that, we threw a couple of our favorite "Quick Questions" at him!


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Comedian Matt Cole Needs Cash....For Strippers.

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I seriously can't stand Styrofoam.
[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.]

Matt Cole is a newbie to the comedy game but through hard work and quick wit, it's proving that transitioning into this realm was a great move for him. Currently hosting "The Clubhouse Comedy Show" in Placentia the first Tuesday of every month and with the next show being August 5th, we decide that we need to learn more about this man wielding a mic. Instead of going the normal Q&A route, we hit Matt up with our "Quick Questions" and this new kid on the block handed it like a pro!

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The Anthony Cumia Show Prepares For Totally Unrestricted Mayhem

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Within pretty much a month, I was fired and now I'm up and running again

By now, you've surely heard the story about radio jock extraordinaire Anthony Cumia getting fired by SiriusXM for his recent Twitter rant so we're not going to get into it. Whether you stand by Ant or not, life moves on. There'll be no apologies necessary when his HD video podcast "The Anthony Cumia Show" hits the web on August 4th and the lines of dialogue open up. And make no mistake, these lines will be very open.

In the spirit of exercising freedom of speech, there'll be no rules, no restrictions, and no bosses to tell him what to do so if you're looking for something to be offended by, The Anthony Cumia Show will no doubt do just that. For the rest us who are looking forward to watching him succeed, we'll be tuning in to see what he'll do and say next because finally, "Now we're talking uncensored."


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Jeff Richards' Musical Comedy is All Over the Map

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Neil Visel
That's how I kind of came out my shell.
Jeff Richards' brand of musical comedy is a little bit like taking a tour of the '80s on acid...while wearing a leotard. Watch a few seconds (or more) of his latest video for the song "Muscle Bitch" and you can see that the former MADtv and SNL cast member (remember "Drunk Girl"?) enjoys getting down on some really weird shit. But this mix of mad scientist techno pop is only one flavor that is represented in his latest comedy CD, The Shingles (out now). We talked to Jeff to find out what inspires him to keep pumping out these hilarious jams.

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