41 episodes

Slightly like WTF with Marc Maron.
But no cats. No garage.
Just the ABCs: Actors, Buskers, Bands & Comics.
Expelled student editors and subversives involved.
Plus whatever else Mark finds groovy.
Mark Roman. He puts the “I” in “improv”.

He's a comic who's opened for Lisa Landry and written for Hank Azaria. He wears short shorts while working new material. On Hollywood Blvd and the Las Vegas Strip. Reno 911's Thomas Lennon calls him "bigger". His Verified Twitter followers might grab your attention. These are his stories.

Mark Roman Empire (also a podcast) Mark Roman

    • Comedy
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Slightly like WTF with Marc Maron.
But no cats. No garage.
Just the ABCs: Actors, Buskers, Bands & Comics.
Expelled student editors and subversives involved.
Plus whatever else Mark finds groovy.
Mark Roman. He puts the “I” in “improv”.

He's a comic who's opened for Lisa Landry and written for Hank Azaria. He wears short shorts while working new material. On Hollywood Blvd and the Las Vegas Strip. Reno 911's Thomas Lennon calls him "bigger". His Verified Twitter followers might grab your attention. These are his stories.

    #41 – Oscar Armando – 22JUL2020

    #41 – Oscar Armando – 22JUL2020

    Mark interviews Oscar Armando, who produces, directs and writes for television and film. Oscar grew up in Orange County, while his parents hail from El Salvador. Mark shares many of Oscar's early influences, such as Jim Carrey and Robin Williams. Also shared is involvement with the community organization MutualAidLA.org. Oscar is known for his behind the camera contributions to such productions as "Balloon." "Son of Phantom." "Midnight to One" and "Wrong for Right". Mark explains what happened last week.

    Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
    Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
    Recorded by Mark Roman.
    Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

    • 2 hr 47 min
    #40 – Cassandra Salas – 08JUL2020

    #40 – Cassandra Salas – 08JUL2020

    Mark interviews singer-songwriter Cassandra Salas, a Herb Alpert Music Scholar who just graduated from LA City College School of Music. It's early days for Cassandra's music, and she's already known for "Singing the Blues" on SoundCloud and her very personal "Mannequin Head" on YouTube (performed at the Herb and Lani Concert Hall, LACC). A pianist and composer as well, her style includes pop, rock, R&B and alternative. A FOLF (Friend of Lt. Frank), Cassandra knows Mark from his early busking days in Hollywood. They discuss. Her new single debuts in weeks, and an EP is in the works.

    Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
    Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
    Recorded by Mark Roman.
    Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    #39 – Liz Miele – 01JUL2020

    #39 – Liz Miele – 01JUL2020

    By the time many figured out what to do with their lives, Liz Miele could have penned her memoir. Writing at 14. Performing stand-up comedy at 16. In NYC. At 18, profiled in "The New Yorker". At 22, appearing on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Originally from New Jersey, Liz Miele is an NYC-based comedian known for her joke “Feminist Sex Positions”, which went viral on YouTube and UpWorthy.com. Liz wrote and produced her animated web series “Damaged,” voiced by such as Maz Jobrani. She's toured with “Nobodies of Comedy” and Armed Forces Entertainment. Her latest special, Self Help Me is out now on YouTube. Hear Liz on her new weekly podcast “2 Non Doctors”.

    Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
    Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
    Recorded by Mark Roman.
    Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    #38 – Joe Klocek – 24JUN2020

    #38 – Joe Klocek – 24JUN2020

    A stand-up comic based in San Francisco, Joe Klocek also works with the homeless and addicted in the Tenderloin. He once spent 3 months in Shanghai as an artist in residency at a comedy club. Joe's a guy in recovery, working on being a good guy and a tolerable Zoom comedian. SF Best Stand-up Comic winner in 2011, Joe you've seen/heard on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham", NBC's "Last Comic Standing", NPR's "Snap Judgement" and the PBS local documentary "The Bridge So Far".

    Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
    Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
    Recorded by Mark Roman.
    Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

    • 2 hr 6 min
    #37 – Kevin Munroe – 17JUN2020

    #37 – Kevin Munroe – 17JUN2020

    Kevin Munroe is a Trinidad-born comedian and actor based in Los Angeles. A regular at major clubs and theaters nationwide, Kevin has worked with top talent including Tracy Morgan, Paul Mooney, Eddie Pepitone, Loni Love, and W.Kamau Bell. Kevin began performing standup comedy in San Francisco while working as a software engineer. After placing in local comedy competitions he walked away from Silicon Valley. Kevin is the other half of the Showtime & Kev podcast. (Hear Cory “Showtime” Robinson on MRE pod eps. 2 & 25.)

    Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
    Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
    Recorded by Mark Roman.
    Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

    • 2 hr 25 min
    #36 – Jen Friel – 10JUN2020

    #36 – Jen Friel – 10JUN2020

    Jen Friel launched her first business when she was 8 years old. A writer, she created the blog sensation "Talk Nerdy to Me Lover". Of course, Jen's delivered a TED Talk. Oh, and Jerry Bruckheimer bought her life rights. Twice. She's also another Verified who follows Mark on Twitter. And apparently Mark first asked to interview her on the pod ... ten years ago. (This pod launched in August of 2018.) Mark ponders the last two weeks and difficult conversations.

    Recorded at the Reasonable Desk at the
    Raymond Chandler Memorial Bachelor Pad, Hollywood, CA.
    Recorded by Mark Roman.
    Mixed & mastered by Ollie Holliday.

    • 2 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Corndontgrow1966 ,

Mark Roman

im loving your Podcasts Mark .. always making me laff and always Quite Entertaining love your singing and all the Voices keep up the Good Work #MarkRomanEmpire👍💕👋

Veecomedy ,

Buskers have a story too

The busking interviews are my fav. It’s A community not talked about. Mark also interviews actors and band, but the added stories of buskers bring a refreshing point of view and the added narrative where busking isn’t just something to pass the time till the person gets a big Hollywood break. It’s a community, a lifestyle and just people that want to make enough to pay rent, buy food, and put smiles on people’s faces. I would love to see a Hollywood where A-Listers are busking and it’s just so normal and fun and part of the Hollywood ecosystem. Mark is that busker that’s paving the way to normalize Busking. Well done!

Anders Dinarte ,

Hilarious!

A do it all podcast for all your comedic pick me ups you need throughout your day. Love it!

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