15 episodes

Shaun Eli from The Ivy League of Comedy, with co-host Tom Capone from The NY Distance Learning Association.
Each week we chat with a comedian or two or others from the comedy industry. Sometimes it's about the business of comedy. Other times it's more like what stand-up comedians talk about backstage before and during a show. Sometimes it's just comics interrupting each other with jokes.

(These are free-form conversations and there may occasionally be a curse word or two)

Comedians in the Cloud: Coffee in the Clouds - with Comedians, from The Ivy League of Comedy & NYDLA Shaun Eli Breidbart

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Shaun Eli from The Ivy League of Comedy, with co-host Tom Capone from The NY Distance Learning Association.
Each week we chat with a comedian or two or others from the comedy industry. Sometimes it's about the business of comedy. Other times it's more like what stand-up comedians talk about backstage before and during a show. Sometimes it's just comics interrupting each other with jokes.

(These are free-form conversations and there may occasionally be a curse word or two)

    Comedians in the Cloud- 15th episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Cloud... with Comedians, guests Buddy Fitzpatrick, Mike Burton & Jeff Kreisler, in conjunction with the NYDLA

    Comedians in the Cloud- 15th episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Cloud... with Comedians, guests Buddy Fitzpatrick, Mike Burton & Jeff Kreisler, in conjunction with the NYDLA

    In this episode Shaun suggests that we have it backwards- retire when you’re young and then work the rest of your life to get back to even. Tom asks whether comedians are either rich and famous or almost broke and the comedians discuss this. Shaun compares being a comedian to baseball- the vast differences between being in the majors and being a minor-league player. Mike talks about how it’s impossible to predict who, among a group of really funny people, will be the breakout star. Tom asks why there’s no comedians union and the comedians explain why that hasn’t worked. Jeff talks about how comedy clubs that book people with a big social media presence but not enough experience deal with structuring shows.

    • 35 min
    Comedians in the Cloud- 14th episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Clouds - with Comedians, guests Moody McCarth & Robin Fox, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedians in the Cloud- 14th episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Clouds - with Comedians, guests Moody McCarth & Robin Fox, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedians Moody McCarthy and Robin Fox, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
    In this episode Moody shows off his family’s summer cottage (which he said they call a camp where he’s from). Robin talks about some Zoom shows she’s done and Shaun     Tom asks if the comedians prepare differently depending on the audience. Moody says no, his act is mostly the same no matter the audience, unless it’s an industry event in which case he’ll try to throw something in that’s related to their business. Robin talks about performing at a lot of private parties so she tries to customize her material for the audience and reveals a trade secret about how to make a joke seem like it’s about them when it’s not. Shaun says if he’s doing a show at a country club or a synagogue he has material that’s specifically for them. And the comedians talk about why they’re not really performing at colleges anymore. Robin talks about starting comedy at forty along with twenty year olds and how they couldn’t relate to each other’s material. Moody talks about parallel development, when two comedians independently come up with the same joke and that he had to stop telling a joke he wrote because Wanda Sykes had the same joke in one of her TV specials. And Shaun talks about why sometimes you shouldn’t listen to an audience member if they don’t like a joke.

    • 33 min
    Comedians in the Cloud- 13th episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Cloud... with Comedians, guests Ophira Eisenberg & Ryan Reiss, in conjunction w/ the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedians in the Cloud- 13th episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Cloud... with Comedians, guests Ophira Eisenberg & Ryan Reiss, in conjunction w/ the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedians Ophira Eisenberg and Ryan Reiss, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
    In this episode Ophira talks about her NPR show “Ask Me Another” and working with The Moth, Ryan yells at Ophira for having work to talk about and Ophira tells us how she snagged free office space to work in. Ophira talks about her book “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way To Monogamy” and that slutty doesn’t mean everyone gets a chance until Tom changes the subject. Ryan talks about travelling for gigs during the pandemic. Shaun talks about scary cheap food on the road with Ophira. Shaun talks about why stand-up comedians almost always stand up on stage. Ophira talks about testing out new material on Zoom shows. Shaun talks about performing outside for his neighbors to try out new jokes. Tom asks if the comedians always knew that’s what they would be. And when Tom asks about comedy classes, teachers and coaches, the comedians talk about how you know if you’re going to be funny. But Ryan and Ophira disagree as to whether anybody can be a comedian, with Shaun somewhere in the middle.

    • 35 min
    Comedians in the Cloud- twelfth episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Cloud... with Comedians, guests Tom Ryan & Joe DeVito, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedians in the Cloud- twelfth episode of The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Cloud... with Comedians, guests Tom Ryan & Joe DeVito, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    In this episode Joe and Tom Ryan talk about whether it’s okay to continue telling jokes that have been in your act for a long time, Joe talks about turning his apartment into a gym and all three comics explain why the Friday late show at a comedy club is no fun for the comedians. Tom Ryan says there are some clubs he no longer performs in, and why. Tom Capone asks when comedy clubs started and the comedians discuss the origins of comedy clubs in America. Tom Capone asks what the difference is between a smart-ass and a comedian (Shaun says the smart-ass gets beat up more). And all three comedians say that getting fired is what seems to lead to a career in stand-up comedy.

    • 36 min
    Comedians in the Cloud- The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Clouds - with Comedians, guests Myq Kaplan & Leighann Lord, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedians in the Cloud- The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Clouds - with Comedians, guests Myq Kaplan & Leighann Lord, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedian Myq Kaplan and Leighann Lord, with co-hosts Shaun Eli  (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning  Association)
    In this episode we talk about the benefits and challenges of doing comedy via Zoom, compare it to performing live or on  television. The comedians address what they’d want to say to the  president of Zoom who would be watching, and what they would suggest to  make Zoom shows work more smoothly. Plus the benefits of having a tech  person run a Zoom show. Myq talks a bit about the Edinburgh Fridge  Festival and the tour he’s missed out on because of the pandemic, and  that he managed to get his album released. That he works on a new hour,  then releases an album, but doesn’t run his romantic relationships on  the same timeframe.

    • 35 min
    Comedians in the Cloud- The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Clouds - with Comedians, guests Jill Twiss & Joe Matarese, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedians in the Cloud- The Ivy League of Comedy's Coffee in the Clouds - with Comedians, guests Jill Twiss & Joe Matarese, in conjunction with the NY Distance Learning Association

    Comedian Jill Twiss and Joe Matarese, with co-hosts Shaun Eli  (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning  Association)
    In this episode Jill talks about how she went  from musical theatre to stand-up comedy to writing for Last Week Tonight  with John Oliver to children’s book author. Joe talks about comedy two  decades ago and how comics got money for development deals, and how he  impressed his now wife. All three comics tell short jokes (meaning under  thirty seconds, not about height). Jill doesn’t plug her new book,  which comes out later this month (but we will: Everyone Gets a Say). And Tom asks what the comedians would be doing if there weren’t a pandemic.

    • 31 min

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