251 episodes

A podcast that interviews funny and interesting people to discuss their careers and some of the challenges they have faced. I hope to use this platform to normalise and encourage the discussion of failure, particularly through the lens of the entertainment industry, to show that it can be a stepping stone towards the road of success.

Nothing is better than humour to normalise a situation, so having deep and meaningful conversations, interspersed with comedy and laughter, helps us celebrate and appreciate life’s frustrating moments.

Funny In Failure Michael Kahan

    • Comedy
    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

A podcast that interviews funny and interesting people to discuss their careers and some of the challenges they have faced. I hope to use this platform to normalise and encourage the discussion of failure, particularly through the lens of the entertainment industry, to show that it can be a stepping stone towards the road of success.

Nothing is better than humour to normalise a situation, so having deep and meaningful conversations, interspersed with comedy and laughter, helps us celebrate and appreciate life’s frustrating moments.

    #246: Phil LaMarr - Courage to Walk Your Path

    #246: Phil LaMarr - Courage to Walk Your Path

    Phil LaMarr is an actor, improviser and writer and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of MAD TV, the voice of SAMURAI JACK, “Hermes” on FUTURAMA, “Static” on STATIC SHOCK, “Green Lantern” on JUSTICE LEAGUE and as "Marvin" in PULP FICTION.
    For over 30 years, Phil has thrilled audiences with his work on camera and behind the mic on tv shows such as Family Guy, Young Justice, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Trek: Lower Decks, The Flash, Supergirl, Get Shorty, Lucifer, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep; feature films like Madagascar 2, Incredibles 2, and The Lion King (2019) and video games including Jak & Daxter, Fortnite, Shadow of Mordor, and The Metal Gear Solid, Injustice and Mortal Kombat series.
    His stage work includes productions with the actor’s gang, south coast repertory, sacred fools theatre, and Phil also portrayed “Cowboy Curtis” in "The Pee-wee Herman show" both on at the Stephen Sondheim theatre on Broadway and in the Emmy-nominated HBO special. Currently, in addition to writing and producing the animated series "Goblins," (goblinsanimated.com), Phil is performing monthly onstage with "the black version" (theblackversion.com), performing onscreen in Hamster & Gretel, The Craig of the Creek Movie, Invincible, Mulligan, AMC’s Cooper‘s bar, a new season of Futurama on HULU and performing the role of “Sherlock Holmes” in Audible’s series Moriarty.
    We chat about the courage to walk ones path, old school thinking, Futurama, Mad TV, Improv, his many voices, when shows come back, gratitude towards the fans, rejection, value of your art, Pulp Fiction and paving the way.


    The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

    Check Phil out on:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phillamarr

    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@phillamarr

    X / Twitter: https://x.com/phillamarr

    Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/phillamarr

    Website: https://www.phillamarr.com/

    The Black Version: https://www.theblackversion.com/

    • 1 hr 27 min
    #245: Martin Urbano - Ups and Downs

    #245: Martin Urbano - Ups and Downs

    Martin Urbano is comedian, actor, writer and quiz master.
    As a standup, he has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Comedy Central's Featured, the CW's Howie Mandel Gala, and Chris Gethard Presents and Late Night With Seth Meyers. He has also performed at Just For Laughs (New Faces), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where he was nominated for Best Newcomer), and even in international waters on the Impractical Jokers Cruise and The Friendship Cruise, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, New York Comedy Festival, and the Boston Calling Music Festival.
    Martin has written for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Chris Gethard Show, Danny Brown’s show on Viceland and National Lampoon’s Radio Hour. He also has hosted such projects as “Comedy Amateurclass” for Chris Gethard Presents, and his own brands of game shows, “Who Wants $2.69?” and “Why Would You Ask Me That?” He also played a featured role in This Fool on Hulu as the other Julio.
    His show “Apology Comeback Tour,” where he somehow manages to cancel and redeem himself onstage within the same hour of jokes.
    We chat about mindset shifts, crazy story of how he got on Jimmy Fallon, highs and lows of Edinburgh, standup, Who wants $2.69?, rising above the lows, agents that ghost, fear, collaboration and letting go of material.



    The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

    Check Martin out on:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/martinurbanojr/

    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@martinurbanojr

    X / Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinurbano

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ivan Decker - This Is When You Quit

    Ivan Decker - This Is When You Quit

    Ivan Decker is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer known for his sharp, polished, and multi-layered observational comedy. He is originally from Vancouver but is now based in Los Angeles.
    His first comedy special, “Underwater Scissors,” is a part of the “Comedians of the World” collection on Netflix. Ivan has had numerous television performances filmed at the Just for Laughs Montreal festival, the Winnipeg and Halifax Comedy festivals for CBC Television, and can be heard across North America on Sirius XM radio. Ivan can also be seen and heard on the popular CBC radio program “The Debaters." In 2017, Ivan was named a “Comic To Watch” by TBS at the New York Comedy Festival, and subsequently made his U.S. television debut on “Conan.” Ivan’s debut comedy album "I Wanted to be a Dinosaur" was the recipient of the 2018 JUNO award for “Comedy Album of the Year” which can be heard on all major streaming platforms, including iTunes.
    His new comedy special, “Popcorn!” is available on YouTube now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsF_7e6rukY&t=1s
    Ivan shares his hilarious and very personal experiences about being married and a first-time father while trying to balance touring around the world.  His material is relatable and filled with stories we can all identify with and can laugh at ourselves about -- especially his passion for ‘popcorn’ and how to make it ‘last in your mouth to postpone it’s delicious good feeling for later on – he swears popcorn gives you a ‘rush of serotonin and dopamine that is better than any drugs’ hence, the ultimate inspiration for title of his upcoming special. 
    We chat about being on a Jet, “fitting in”, imposter syndrome, his latest comedy special, discomfort, clowning, moving above quitting and always wanting to get better.


    The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

    Check Ivan out on:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivanwdecker/

    Standup Special (Popcorn): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsF_7e6rukY&t=1s

    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ivanwdecker?lang=en

    X / Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivandecker

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivandeckercomedian/

    Spotfy: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0B07Djm1S0HJ2LSJwWhh0V?si=7gD8GkDESvej70ZcvHM3XQ&nd=1&dlsi=cc9cee8f3f4d4fc2

    Website: https://ivan-decker.squarespace.com/

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Ernie Hudson - Game of Life

    Ernie Hudson - Game of Life

    Ernie Hudson is an actor, author, speaker and executive producer. He is perhaps one of this generation’s most well-versed actors. He is currently back as Winston in “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, one of the original OG’s from the classic films.
    He currently stars opposite Raymond Lee and Caitlin Bassett in the reboot of “Quantum Leap” on NBC and streaming on Peacock, which just finished season two. Ernie also stars and executive produces the television series “The Family Business,” now in its fifth season on BET Plus and streaming on Netflix. He previously starred in the acclaimed Netflix’s drama series “Grace and Frankie,” starring opposite Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. He won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series for his performance in HBO’s acclaimed prison series “OZ.” Other television credits include, Modern Family, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Law & Order, LA’s Finest with Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, Twin Peaks,” Scandle, Blue Bloods, Grey’s Anatomy, and Ballers, with Duane Johnson, the Rock.
    His film credits include all five “Ghostbusters movies, “The Crow,” with Brandon Lee, “Miss Congeniality 1 and 2,” with Sandra Bullock, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” opposite Julianne Moore and Rebecca DeMornay, “Congo,” with Laura Linney. More recent film releases include, “Champions,” with Woody Harrelson, “Retirement Plan,” with Nicolas Cage, and “Prisoner’s Daughter,” with Brian Cox.
    We chat about life changing fights, the crazy story behind how he got Ghostbusters, moving beyond adversity, horrible agents, fork in the road moments, happiness, beautiful story of how he got his acting scholarship, his grandmother and plenty more!
     
    The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

    Check Ernie out on:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erniehudsonofficial/

    Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/kirbyzook

    X / Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ernie_Hudson

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErnieHudsonOfficial/

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    • 55 min
    Francois Chau - Raise Your Hand

    Francois Chau - Raise Your Hand

    Francois Chau is an actor with an extensive resume spanning over 4 decades in television, film and theatre. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Dr. Pierre Chang in Lost, Quick Kick on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Dr. Chang in the film 21 & Over, Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Jules-Pierre Mao in The Expanse, Walter on The Tick and Zane in KC Undercover.
    He has also appeared as a guest star in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Barry, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., The Unit, NUMB3RS, ER, Baywatch, Alias, Shark, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, JAG, Medium, The Good Doctor, The X-Files, Bones, Stargate SG-1, The Mentalist, Childrens Hospital, Castle, Chuck, Last Man Standing, and NCIS. Francois also portrayed mob-boss Mr. Keo in Cathy Yan's live action DC adaptation of Birds of Prey and was in Rescue Dawn.
    We chat about why he loves conventions, rejection & auditions, martial arts, his love of acting, Lost, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ego, being dubbed without being told and his favourite role that was cut too early.
     
    The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

    Check Francois out on:

    Instagram: Francois Chau

    Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/fchau

    X / Twitter: https://twitter.com/francoischau?lang=en

    Facebook: Francois Chau


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Xander Berkeley - Novices & The Great Masters

    Xander Berkeley - Novices & The Great Masters

    Xander Berkeley can do it all, he is an actor, writer, producer, director as well as a photographer, sculptor, painter and makeup artist. Over long-standing career in Hollywood, he has over 280+ credits on IMDB which is unheard of. Here are just a few of the many…
    He has starred in blockbusters such as Terminator 2, Apollo 13, A few Good Men, Heat, Air Force One, Gattaca and Shanghai Noon. He has also starred in hit series such as 24, The Walking Dead, Nikita, Salem, The Mentalist, The Booth at the End and Truth Be Told.
    Plus, you may have seen him in Mommie Dearest, Candyman, Taken, The X Files, 12 Monkeys, The Rookie, Amistad, Kick-Ass, Son of Batman, Sid and Nancy, The Mandalorian and Transcendence to name a few.
    He has also won best actor awards in a variety of domestic and international film festivals and at the Streamies as well as well as the coveted Art Carney Award for lifetime excellence as a film character actor, a Lifetime Achievement in film from The Garden State Film Festival and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for best ensemble cast. 
    He has next set his sights on directing and producing projects in his new home state of Maine where he lives with his wife and actress Sarah Clarke (who’s also been on the podcast).
    We chat about being a painter, sculptor and make-up artist, view of fame, sacrificing vanity, The Walking Dead, being honest about the industry, why he thrives as a villain (on screen), success, and his new chapter in Maine.
     
    The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

    Check Xander out on:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xanderoriginal/

    Website: https://xanderoriginal.com/

    Threads: https://www.threads.net/@xanderoriginal

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xanderberkeleyoriginal/


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    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

funnymanfun ,

Great pod

Very informative and funny !

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cool podcast!!

i loved the new ep with jorm!

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