Hosted by Brooklyn-based comics Dara Jemmott and Brandy Thomas, the Comedians for Hire Podcast focuses on the never-ending struggle of pursuing a dream in comedy while also trying to survive. Whether it's waking up at 5am for a garbage route, hiding a hangover while attempting to teach algebra, or voluntarily leaving a six-figure career, we get to the nitty gritty of everything comics go through for their love of the stage.
Ep 46: Forty AF and Not Giving AF! With Calise Hawkins
NYC comedian Calise Hawkins chats about recording her debut comedy album 'Calise Hawkins is Forty AF,' why it's important to be easy on yourself during quarantine, and how learning how to love your "mess" is the key to both personal and comedic growth.
Check out Calise's new album, 'Calise Hawkins is Forty AF' in the iTunes store: https://music.apple.com/us/album/calise-hawkins-is-40-af/1523137696
Ep 45: Living for the Now With Robby Collins
South African comic Robby Collins shares how he went from being at the height of his career (touring with Dave Chapelle, being invited to the Netflix Comedy Festival, etc) to then being locked down in quarantine, why he's using this time to focus less on comedy and more on his mental health, and what he sees for the future of global comedy.
Ep 44: #1 COVID-19 Story of the Year with Richie Redding
NYC comic Richie Redding talks about the insane experience of recording his comedy album, #1 Album of the Year, on March 14th to then having to drive down to Palm Beach, FL to take care of his girlfriend's parents who both contracted life-threatening, ventilator-inducing cases of COVID-19. This episode talks a lot about the unexpected, onset symptoms of COVID and is important for anyone who's trying to avoid dying from it (hopefully you).
Ep 43: Motorcycles, Comedy, and Cross-stitch Oh My! With Natalie Cuomo
NYC comic Natalie Cuomo shares how she went from pursuing a fun hobby with her fiance to launching a full-blown magazine during quarentine, to growing a whopping 18k+ social following, all in the time-span of about 3 months. Plus what it's like to be a native New Yorker, the difference between the NYC and LA comedy scene, and how she managed to turn cross-stitching into a lucrative side-hustle.
Ep 42: The Dateable Hooker pt 2 With Wendi Starling
In part 2 of this episode we chat with NYC comic Wendi Starling about her methods for addressing uncomfortable topics on stage, how COVID-19 has impacted her job (both as a comic and hooker), the prospect of a new, long-term relationship, and the refreshing, yet anxious feelings she’s having about settling down.
Ep 41: The Dateable Hooker pt 1 With Wendi Starling
In part 1 of this episode we talk with NYC comic Wendi Sterling about growing up with a bipolar diagnosis and how it’s impacted her life, the serendipitous experience that brought her to comedy, and how signing up for the app “Seeking Arrangements” as a joke turned out to be an extremely lucrative career move.
Game Changing Podcast!!!
I love this podcast! It gives amazing insight to life as an up and coming comedian. So interesting and helpful to those trying to get in the biz or just get insight into the biz.
And Dara and Brandy are AWESOME interviewers. They get to the REAL- REAL! Just the way I like it. Keep going ladies!
Love the perspective, funny and witty. Very worth the listen!!
This is the pod to listen to!!
As a comic, it’s cool to hear how my peers are hustling for our dream. Dara and Brandy do a great job highlighting some amazing comics while keeping it super funny. I look forward to new eps every week. Def subscribe!