Christian Felix and Shonali Bhowmik became fast friends while working as temporary workers at a huge law firm in Manhattan. They share a love of laughing and giving each other hell. They may be called hipsters, old school, mainstream, irreverent, classic, country, gangster, or rock n' roll. All labels apply. Special guests, music, and attitude every episode. Past guests include: Jeremy O. Harris, Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress, Keisha Zollar, H Jon Benjamin, Amber Tamblyn, JD Samson, Sanjit De Silva, Patricia Clarkson, Eleanor Friedberger, Jon Glaser, Hari Kondabolu, Rebecca Vigil, Danielle Gray, Emily Flake, Ato Essandoh, Clare O'Kane, Selena Coppock, Har Mar Superstar, Sasheer Zamata, Melena Ryzik, Jeffrey Joseph, Tamara Best, Cole Escola, Maeve Higgins, Emily Wells, Janeane Garofalo, Mark Nadler, Starlee Kine, John Roberts, Rob Townsend, Hope Hall, Eric Lockley, Ted Leo, David Cross, Shannon Wright, Alison Leiby, Dolly Wells, John Feal, Myka Fox, Tessa Hersh, Holly Miranda, Felice Rosser, Kim Barker, Amanda Duarte, Tyson Meade, Yazan, M Lamar, Matt Higgins, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Rob Cantrell, Graham Norwood, Patrick Waldo, Eugene Mirman, Kendra Cunningham, Mima McMillan, Elna Baker, Bobby Tisdale, Marina Franklin, Schaffer the Darklord, Howard Altmann, Ben Lerman, Naomi Ekperigin, Andy Beckerman, Mike Denny, Dave Hill, Ambrosia Parsley, Brooke Van Poppelen, Ahna Tessler, Adam Schatz, Lisa DeLarios, Todd Perlmutter, Saundra Williams, Adam Lowitt, Seaton Smith, Greg Barris, Dawn Landes, Tevis Trower, Todd Barry, John Early, Amy Ryan, Kenny Leinhardt, Miyuki Furtado, Katina Corrao, Roger Clark, Hadiyah Robinson, Joe Celej, Danny Cohen, Sharon Spell, Katie Compa, Jena Friedman, Rashida White, Duane Harriott, Phoebe Robinson, Marcellus Hall, Jo Firestone, Matt Whyte, Shalewa Sharpe, Early Riser, Jason Lam, Darell J. Hunt, Sarah Dooley, Charles Scott, Jason Butler Harner, Aparna Nancherla, Chris Maxwell, Adam Wade, Pete Miser, Bridey Elliott, Jeffrey Gamblero, Greg Johnson, Dakota Hall, Nimesh Patel, Renaud Villacis, Jason Trachtenberg, JJ Sosnowski, Terri Girvin, Mickey Rapkin, and our moms
WDEK Ep. 100: Marcellus Hall An Artist in New York City - 2/22/22
WE DID IT! We created 100 Episodes - which mean we stuck together for 100 months celebrating people from all walks of life, the comedy found in our lives and world, the amazing art created by those in our community and the voices of a wide array of inspirational people. We are proud and we are not shy about saying we are excited about what is yet to come.
We open with the WDEK crew in different cities: Shonali in DC, Christian in Palm Springs and Justin in Brooklyn. Christian reveals his first "Daddy" t-shirt. When we look back over our 100 Episodes, we give shout outs to the many performers who delivered brilliant character performances throughout the years including (but not limited to): Alan Yaspan who played the Russian Hacker; Theo Koppel who played WDEK Dance Choreographer; Becky Chicoine who played Rhonda The Dog Trainer; Roy Koshy who played NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere; Jordan Clifford who played the Grumpy Holiday Guy; Nat Towsen who played the Podcast Protestor; Matt Hunziker who played Mitch The Enthusiasm Coach; and Matt Little who played Gary the (Bad) Vampire.
In this celebratory episode, we celebrate the work and career of our long time friend, illustrator and musician Marcellus Hall. Our own Justin The Intern aka Justin Joseph Hall was the director via his Fourwind Films and worked with Marcellus in creating a documentary series titled Marcellus Hall An Artist in New York City. For the first time we presented a virtual screening of a documentary and later interviewed and had a Q&A with the artist himself.
Listen and enjoy! We discuss the artistic interplay that Marcellus brings together in his music and illustrations, his approach to life not just music, his reaction to the pandemic as an artist and what's on the horizon for Marcellus including his upcoming Leestavall recording session - for which you should pre-order now!
Marcellus Hall's vibrant illustrations can be found throughout well-known periodicals and books including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Time, and The Cow Loves Cookies (Simon & Schuster 2010). Also an indie musician with his bands Railroad Jerk (Matador Records), White Hassle (Glacial Pace Records), and his solo project, he starts his career in New York City and falls deeply in love with it, intoxicated by its never-ending inspirations and possibilities. He’s recorded the city as well as the ups and downs of his personal life for years through his art and music, which are featured seamlessly throughout episodes. This award winning short series documents his creative journey from being seven-years-old drawing pictures to a successful working artist, and all the stages in between.
Thanks to all of you for supporting us over the years! Here's to 100 more Episodes together! For more info on how to view the documentary Marcellus Hall An Artist In New York City sign up for the Fourwind Films Newsletter !
WDEK Podcast Ep. 99: Subhah Agarwal & Michael Cyril Creighton - 1/25/22
Happy New Year! Justin, Christian and Shonali are together again virtually for their 99th episode. 99 months together and they start the year out with a bang. Insert - Shonali's video of a downpour in her apartment. Christian coins the term twinergy. Our first guest is stand-up comedian, writer, actress Subhah Agarwal (Late Night with Lilly Singh, Westworld, The Jim Jeffries Show.) She's bicoastal which we find out is not as not as glamourous as you might think. She started doing stand-up when she was 17 years old bc as she says, she was a "bizzarre" child! Subhah is getting married this year and is having an Indian wedding. To her fiancé's delight, there will be no "big robes" used during the ceremony. Follow Subhah on her socials and catch her live on a stage near you! For the first time ever Christian shares his singing talents in singing his recent collaboration with Adele! It's an emotional performance. One you might want to watch for yourself on YouTube or FB Live.
Our last guest of the evening is actor, writer extraordinaire Michael Cyril Creighton (Only Murders In The Building, Dexter, Spotlight, High Maintenance.) We find out what "character bleeding" means. Do you remember how self-centered we all were before the pandemic began? We discuss Michael's dream job working on Only Murders In The Building and what he's looking forward to in 2022. Be on the lookout for Michael in the upcoming final season of Dexter.
Please join us next month for our 100th Episode of We Don't Even Know! It will be SPECIAL!
WDEK Podcast Ep. 98: Julie Felix and Rashad Bashir - 11/30/21
Christian and Shonali are back with two celebrations under their bigger belt lines - Halloween AND Thanksgiving! Our special guests are NYC comedian, actor, host Rashad Bashir and for the first time ever, Christian's twin sister Julie Felix, an expert leader in diversity, equity and inclusion join us on the show.
Don't tell us you can't figure out what Shonali and Christian's 2021 Halloween costumes are. They discuss pandemic weight gain in the chest area AND the stress of Thanksgiving leftovers.
Julie Felix, Christian's twin sister joins us for the first time on WDEK! We delve into Christian and Julie's childhood which started out in the womb together. Womb Wars Julie Christian illustration by Jasper Patch.
The two grew up in Deerfield, Illinois in which Julie says they were "99.9% of the 1% of diversity in Deerfield." Shonali and Julie unite in their throat scratchers status which Christian hates. Julie shares her pet peeves about her brother. Can you guess what they are?
Our next guest is comedian, actor, host Rashad Bashir! We discuss Thanksgiving and Christmas with the Bashirs. Don't get Rashad started on cooking. He is also known as Chef Bashir in his home and we want some of his honey glazed brussel sprouts NOW. Rashad can dance too, just ask his fiancée! We talk about the beginnings of Rashad's comedy career, Dave Chappelle's recent controversial comedy special, and the show We're Here.
Rashad teaches us how to be better business people. His Venmo, IG and PayPal QR codes are shared here. Don't try to steal his Listerine flavored masks idea from him! Follow Rashad on IG at @rbashir_comedy and/or see him regularly at Harlem Nights Bar - every Monday night at 6PM or on Saturday at 7PM EST.
We are taking December off to be with our families! Happy Holidays and we will be back in 2022!
WDEK Podcast Ep. 97: Joaquín Torres & Jordan Carlos - 10/26/21
It's October and the creepy crawly mood is upon us. Shonali has her jack-o-lanterns lit. Christian says there's a chance that he'll be an N95 mask for Halloween. Justin and his family will be "Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti" (3 Happy Dead Guys!) Our special guests are former actor turned public servant, Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco Joaquín Torres and comedian, actor, writer Jordan Carlos.
You ever consider what it would be like to leave your current occupation to embark on a journey as a public servant? Our first guest has done that. Joaquín Torres explains how attending the Obama inauguration in 2008 inspired him. He quickly transitioned from a professional actor who received an MFA from NYU to working for a San Francisco mayoral campaign within no time. Now he is occupying his first job title for which he will need to win an election as Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco. He explains that the acting bug never leaves you but the education that comes from acting always stays with you. Learn more about Joaquín at JoaquinTorresSF.com!
Shonali's Game Changer this month emerged from the trauma of wearing a jumpsuit. Christian endorses the fanny pack! Writer / journalist Mickey Rapkin sends in a #GameChanger via text!
Comedian, writer, actor Jordan Carlos joins us after putting the kids to bed and walking the dog. Jordan loves history as it is a predictor for the future. We discuss grappling with what our roles are in the conversation surrounding race today. For this conversation, Jordan puts on his glasses and shares his personal evolution as someone who was seeking white approval to someone who currently is only working on projects helmed by Black peers. Check out Jordan's work on Tha God's Honest Truth with Charlamagne Tha God on Comedy Central on Fridays; his podcast #Adulting with Michelle Buteau which is coming back and Phoebe Robinson's upcoming 1/2 hour comedy Everything's Trash. Jordan and his family have their Halloween costumes DOWN. Listen to Ep. 97 for the details.
WDEK Podcast Ep. 96: Lizz Winstead & Saidah Blount - 9/28/21
It's September! Fall has arrived and WDEK is not looking forward to the pumpkin spice lattes signage that will soon be everywhere! Justin the Intern joins us from Duluth, Minnesota. Christian and Shonali have just returned from visiting their parents in Chicago and Nashville. They discuss the Jedi mind tricks of their respective parents.
The brilliant Lizz Winstead, comedian, co-founder of the Daily Show, founder of Abortion Access Front and co-founder of Air America amongst joins us from her abode. Find out how a 16 year old Lizz Winstead's life experience is directly connected to her activism today as the founder of Abortion Access Front. Do you know about the thousands of fake "clinics" in the US used to intimidate and spread misinformation to women regarding abortion? We discuss destigmatizing abortion and how men should contribute to the conversation surrounding reproductive rights. Follow Lizz on Twitter here! She's doing shows in Portland and San Francisco in November - you lucky West Coasters!
Per her Twitter profile our second guest Saidah Blount describes herself as a music industry maven, corporate goth, Sonos Senior Manager, Global Content. She joins us along Game Changers! This is the first time ever we bring our guests together to share trivial tips and/or life lessons which have changed their lives. We have some great ones for you this month including TSA Tips, bubble wrap tips, peeling egg tips, identity theft tips and more! Also Saidah's use of the term "frothed up" is a new one for Christian and Shonali.
As a woman of color who has worked in the music industry for years, we asked Saidah about her feelings regarding the long awaited conviction of R. Kelly in a NYC courtroom just the day before this show was taped. Have you heard of the saying "Dance now. Deconstruct later."? Saidah contemplates whether "music is too big to fail." Topics of discussion include the "shady" music industry, the non-stop work of a working performing artist, being the only WOC in the workplace, recently being "sweethearted," the the over-usage of the term "cancel culture" used as a "dog whistle." We get into it! We also have lots of fun. Saidah shares what brings her joy these days which is a new concept being that she's a workaholic. Christian shares an urgent urban wildlife PSA. And Saidah shares some hot music tips including Serpent With Feet and NAO. We could talk forever as you clearly can here! Enjoy your September and we will be back with another episode live on October 26, 2021 - 8PM EST!
WDEK Podcast Ep. 95: Merrill Davis & Táhlia Audrí - 8/31/21
Justin The Intern is the father of a month old baby! Whoa! Christian was mask shamed in Justin's home state. Shonali learns what "bussin" means. It's US Open Tennis Tournament time in NYC and we needed this! Our guests are comedian, performers, writers Merrill Davis and Táhlia Audrí!
Merrill currently lives in Los Angeles. She generously shares her expert napping techniques with us. She's a pro napper and she and Christian may go into business together! Merrill answers our questions about her experiences as a person with ADHD. Merrill has been doing a solo show on the challenges she has faced and the misconceptions about ADHD called Merrill Means Well. Follow her on IG to make sure you see her perform!!
Táhlia Audri, originally hails from Charleston, SC but came to NYC to fulfill her dreams as an all around performer. She shares the joy of drinking from a green goblet. Táhlia is relatively new to cycling in NYC and loves it. We talk biking attire and the videos she's been making while on her treks in Central Park! Táhlia sings, acts, writes and she performs a song live on our show. She's in search of the perfect hair care products for her 4C hair - she "needs more options." So go to her Twitter and share your advice if you will! Tahlia's QT 2020 musical comedy parody about quarantine life can be found here!
Special shout out to the Prospect Park Monarch Butterfly cyclist. If you know her, please let her know we love her.
Special shout out to Duane Harriott - former guest, former co-host and dear friend to WDEK! Today is his last day on the air doing the #DUANETRAIN show - a legendary show on #WFMU which weekly has brought us joy, good vibes, grooves and happiness for years! We love you Duane! Follow Duane on Soundcloud here!
Excellent Podcast! - Like a Variety Show for Your Ears!
The only podcast I know that can go from bizarre infant sleeping habits to werewolf hunters and meth dealing grannies and have it all flow naturally! Even after 60 episodes as of this review, Shonali and Christian always make the show feel like you arewith them in a cool club downtown surrounded by close friends. Always an interesting lineup of guests with fascinating stories and amazing talent.
Great mix of comedy, music and observations about life with an upbeat, positive attitude! Check it out!
So good you'll wet yourself
Bhowmik and Felix are hilarious! Their chemistry is super fun and spontaneous. We Don't Even Know is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to but it's even better when you get to attend the live recordings...unless you're one of those people who don't like peeing in your pants out of laughter.
Shonali’s laugh is one of life’s great pleasures. It is impossible to hear her laugh and not laugh yourself. I listen to Shonali and Christian talk about life and love and comedy while I’m stuck in traffic. And it makes me feel like I’m with friends.
And not slowly dying as the car inches along. Subscribe!