Comedy Central

Comedian Matt Kirshen Joins Us

Matt Kirshen has been a stand-up comedian since the tail end of 2001, has performed in over 20 countries, and has been seen on such television shows as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Nerdist on BBC America and Last Comic Standing, where he was a Season 5 finalist.

With his British accent and his "maths" degree from Cambridge University, Matt Kirshen lends some much-needed gravitas to the proceedings. Matt is currently writing for the Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central and co-hosts the very funny and intelligent Probably Science podcast. Follow Matt on Twitter to get a daily dose of very funny original jokes.  

Comedian Shawn Pelofsky: Bad Jew

Shawn Pelofsky discusses her life as a Jewish comedian and how her religion has come into play throughout her career. She also describes her experience opening for Bill Maher and the first time she met Bette Midler. We also discuss her unique role in the movie "This is Meg".  This is a very funny and informative interview. Don’t miss it!

Shawn Pelofsky was born in Oklahoma. Performing since the age of 8, it's only natural that Shawn decided to pursue a career in comedy. She attended the University of Southern California and received a B.A. from The School of Theater. During her time at USC, she joined an improvisational group "Comedius Interruptus" which became her motivating force to train at The Groundlings.

By the age of 20, Shawn Pelofsky was performing sketches and improv with Will Ferrell. With a couple years of improv under her belt, she became a member of The ACME Comedy Theater. During her time at ACME, Shawn flourished in the field of stand-up comedy culminating with her current status as a regular at The World Famous Comedy Store. When she's not touring or performing for our troops in places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bahrain and Guantanamo Bay, Shawn performs weekly on their infamous Main Room stage. Adding to her many comedic accolades, Shawn has been featured in The Montreal "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival and in the all female hit comedy tours Pretty Funny Women, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, and The Hot Tamales produced by Eva Longoria. She has opened up for greats such as Richard Lewis, Robert Klein, Bill Maher and Margaret Cho.

Shawn has given the comedy competition circuit a run for its money as a finalist for The Funniest Woman in Orange County and in Comedy Central's "Laugh Riots". Her television and film credits include Community (NBC), Lip Service (Showtime), The Gossip Queens (LOGO), Chelsea Lately (E!), Pretty Hurts (LOGO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Tonight Show (NBC), Pauly Shore's Minding the Store (TBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Playboy Channel and Free Enterprise starring William Shatner.

Catch Shawn Pelofsky taking gay male audiences by storm performing with the Atlantis Cruises worldwide, Gay Prides around the USA, hosting HRC events and at The Comedy Store with her new monthly hit wonder "The Bathhouse Show". Make sure to check out her new comedy album: “Lady Haha” on iTunes.

Promoting Skepticism Through Comedy w/ Willie Barcena

Comedian Willie Barcena is not afraid to take on religion as a stand-up comedian. In his 2016 Netflix special “The Truth Hurts” he challenges the existence of God and the accuracy of the Bible.

Willie Barcena is a comedy veteran that never shies away from a challenge. Willie’s talent has garnered him 12 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” more than any other Latino Comedian in the history of the Tonight Show. Jay even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan. Barcena helped provide much-needed laughter to that part of the world. 

Willie has appeared on many TV shows including: “Moesha,” “The Wayans Brothers,” and he was chosen to be the host of the popular Si-Tv production “Latino Laugh Festival – The Show.” He’s also made multiple appearances on tours such as “Que Locos,” “Latino Laugh Festival,” “Montreal’s Just for Laughs,” and “Crown Royal Latin All Stars Comedy Explosion.” Willie had his one hour Comedy Central which was received with rave reviews.

Willie joined us to discuss his career as a comedian and how hard it has been to challenge the stereotype of a Latino comic. Willie is no stranger to adversity. In his comedy he challenges religion, race and politics. Don’t miss this very funny and insightful interview with Willie Barcena!