Thursday, October 9, 2008
A Big Starr
While it’s true that comedy is always evolving, it’s nice to know that there are a few guys out there who still do things old-fashioned way. Joe Starr describes himself as a throwback to classic comedy, influenced by the era between Charlie Chaplin and when television went to color. With the style of the “Rat-Pack” and the charm of an everyman, Starr has found a way to be uncommon, unique and familiar all at the same time. Joe is a favorite at the Montreal “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival, having played there five times, and is a regular on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend
Those of you who watched the first and third seasons of NBC’s reality show Last Comic Standing know that along with his unparalleled ironing skills, Rich Vos is a great comedian. Though he's often described as a ‘comic’s comic” (which normally translates into “not really funny”), Rich possesses the ability to connect with all audiences and keep them laughing with his tales of life after marriage and living as a divorced, former alcoholic, single dad. Vos was a regular on "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," has starred in his own Comedy Central Half-Hour Special, appeared on "Chappelle’s Show," and does the podcast "My Wife Hates Me." Follow Rich on twitter.
Anyone who has ever spent any time listening to the BOB&TOM show has no doubt heard a song by legendary comedian Heywood Banks. That’s because Heywood’s catalogue of classic tunes includes fan favorites like "Big Butter Jesus," "I Like Summer," "Toast," "18 Wheels on a Big Rig," "Punjab" and "Wiper Blades" just to name a few. In fact, Heywood has appeared on 36 of BOB&TOM’s comedy albums, more than any other artist by far. We’ve just been informed that Heywood may be adding to his already extensive list of songs when he visits us next. Now we’re just hoping he knows the lyrics. Check out Heywood in "GeoPirates."
Though he was admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band Traffic, Dave Mason is still considered to be one of classic rock’s most underrated artists. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s Mason enjoyed a successful solo career while at the same time recording and sharing the stage with many of the greats over the years including Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Now after almost 20 years, Mason is set to release his newest solo album, 26 Letters – 12 Notes. Dave will be our guest in the studio along with his guitar player, John Sambataro