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For today’s episode, I am delighted to introduce my longtime friend (and a fellow disciple of Carl Warmenhoven, our comedy guru from Episode 23). I first met Craig Gass years ago at Seattle’s oldest and most important standup club, the Comedy Underground. Before he was a comic, Craig was a rock and roll roadie, traveling the country as a teenager. After deciding on a career in standup, he began honing his incredible talent for mimicry — and has become very famous for his dead-on impressions of Sam Kinison, Gene Simmons, Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Tracy Morgan, and countless other celebrities.
In addition, we discuss Craig’s amazing family background, one that has had a great impact on his stage performance. You’ll easily understand why he was one of Howard Stern’s favorite guests, and how he’s made so many memorable appearances on shows like Law & Order, Sex and the City, The King of Queens and American Dad!
Craig Gass at the Gene Simmons Roast
Craig Gass as Al Pacino
Craig on Shaw TV
Welcome to Episode 49 of Yoshi Didn’t. This week I welcome my friend and a great independent thinker, Rick Hall. Without Rick (and Jeff Marton aka Hatman), I would never gotten a job with porn powerhouse Evil Angel ten years ago. Rick is an incredibly smart and well-read individual with a complicated past life. While his Secret Service father was protecting the President of the United States, Rick was struggling with a heroin problem in the ’80s. He was able to stop using drugs in 1990, transitioning from the music scene into the adult business. Between singing in punk bands like the Stallions and the Stupor Stars, he also wrote for the infamous Al Goldstein in NYC, and eventually moved to Los Angeles, working for Hustler’s Larry Flynt, and finally for Evil Angel’s John Stagliano. Currently, he’s back in school, creating visual art and making his living with freelance writing.
If any of you have connections in Japan and can help Rick relocate and work there, please contact him through his twitter account:
I think he can make a meaningful contribution to Japan. Please help a brother out!
As an honorary Malaka (that’s Greek for jerkoff), it pleases me to introduce my great pal and Greek-Canadian comedy legend, Angelo Tsarouchas. In this podcast we discussed his career in acting (Mad Men, Fred & Vinnie, Cinderella Man, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and standup comedy. Angelo is, in my opinion, the best opener for Russell Peters; he’s also Russell’s close trusted friend. Angelo also talked about his family, and he was beaming when we got on the subject of his baby daughter and Alina, his lovely wife.
I’m excited to announce that on November 24th, Angelo will become the first North American Greek to do a major standup comedy show in Athens, Greece. Tickets are on presale for the Athens performance: only 10€! All proceeds from this show will be donated to an arts nonprofit, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. Visit http://www.mcf.gr/en for ticket information and follow @georgethirteen for show updates.
And here’s Angelo’s contact info:
This new episode of Yoshi Didn’t episode was recorded on Halloween Eve, and was ten months in the making! Let me introduce world-famous William Lustig, the great director of the 1980 horror classic Maniac, as well as Vigilante (1983), Relentless (1989), and the Maniac Cop series. He was kind enough to share his time and film knowledge with us. Also, we’re joined by Bill’s number one superfan, Bonnie Rotten (@thebonnierotten)! This heavily-tattooed beauty is both an up-and-coming star of adult entertainment and a devoted student of horror flicks.
Returning to the show is Peter Warren (@peterwarren); this well-respected editor of AVN (Adult Video News; @AVNMediaNetwork) appeared previously on our very first episode! Today, Peter shares his love for Lustig’s movies, and gets entertained by tales of Bill’s early career in porn and the history of the adult business in NYC. Lastly, my great friend and cinephile, David Chien (@thedavidchien) chimes in with questions for Bill.
Please support Mr. Lustig’s company, Blue Underground (www.blue-underground.com & @blunderground), a premier DVD distribution company dedicated to preserving classic and forgotten genre films!
Here are clips of Bill’s movies:
Maniac 1980 Trailer:
Maniac Cop 1:
Maniac Cop 2:
–This coming Friday in LA, please join the evening with Bill Lustig!
MANIAC COP 2
You Have the Right to Remain Silent…FOREVER!
Friday, November 8th at Midnight
Landmark Theatres Nuart
11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Followed by Q&A with Director William Lustig
– This episode is sponsored by Midnight Ice Cream!
– Also, we dedicate this episode to Skateistan. Please consider contributing to this amazing organization that was created by Oliver Percovich. I visited Oliver’s skatepark in Kabul last April; they are a wonderful group making the world a better place, one skateboarder at a time. This non-profit organization uses skating as a tool for empowering youth (especially girls) to create the potential for change. Skateistan is currently very active in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Check them out!