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Between Awesome and Disaster with Will Carey

Comedian and musician Will Carey sees life as a balance between two kinds of moments, awesome and disaster. He sits down with a guest to talk about their life, creative interests, and taking a disastrous moment and turning it into an awesome one. www.awesomedisaster.com
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Now displaying: 2019
Jul 22, 2019

Comedian Cyrus McQueen and Will never thought they would swap travel stories about Phuket Thailand but that is where this conversation begins.  He talks to Will about his experiences with his Wife in Phuket, growing up in The Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Loving Sci-Fi and Jimi Hendrix, studying abroad in London, having an epiphany to move to NYC at a rave in London, dealing with hecklers and his experience on Last Comic Standing.

 

Cyrus on Twitter: @CyrusMMcQueen

Support the Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MDBxX0iqT

https://www.patreon.com/awesomedisaster

Will on Twitter: @ComicWillCarey

The Pod on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod 

Jul 15, 2019

Comedian Marcia Belsky's comedy is much more than clickbait headlines written on a deadline.

She talk to Will about growing up Jewish in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Starting comedy in Portland Oregon, confronting vitriol on social media, writing a musical, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and coping with Cynicism and fear in the face of current events.

 

Brooklyn: Get tickets to Marcia's Show Stevie at Union Hall July 30th 

 https://www.unionhallny.com/e/stevie-61427525382/

http://www.marciabelsky.com/

Marcia on Twitter: @MarciaBelsky

Will on Twitter: @ComicWillCarey

The podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

 

Support the Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MDBxX0iqT

https://www.patreon.com/awesomedisaster

Jul 8, 2019

Host of the 100 Words or Less Podcast and Singer for the Melodic Hardcore band Taken Ray Harkins is the perfect guest for the 100th episode of Between Awesome and Disaster. 

 

He talks to Will about Interviewing guests for his podcast including the experience of his amazing interview with Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail.  Growing up in Orange County California, the Southern California Punk Scene, Taken's beginnings in the DIY music scene, His experience's Touring Japan with his other band Mikoto and later returning with a reunited Taken, and the creation of the 100 Words of Less Podcast.

 

Ray on Twitter: @xpurposex

100 Words of Less on Twitter: @100wordspodcast

Taken's New EP: https://music.apple.com/us/album/with-regard-to-ep/1334879054

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/awesomedisaster

Donate to the podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MDBxX0iqT 

Jul 1, 2019

Comedian Mike Brown and Will have known each other for close to 10 years, and don't get to see each other very often so they have a lot of ground to cover.  Mike tells Will about growing up in New York City.  Moving from deep Queens to Harlem,  Music, missing out on certain aspects of pop culture.  His approach to Stand Up Comedy, Sketch Comedy,  coping with tragedy while struggling with depresssion, and how he's trying to break Stigma around openly discussing mental health issues with his podcast You Good? With Mike Brown.

 

Mike's Podcast

https://www.yomikebrown.com/podcast

Mike on Twitter: @YoMikeBrown

 

Support the Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MDBxX0iqT

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The Podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

Jun 27, 2019

Comedian Sharron Paul is more New York than you.  She talks to Will about growing up in Brooklyn, loving early 2000s Teen Pop music.  Loving comedy before being encouraged to try Stand Up, performing internationally, and what goes into producing one of the best, longest running Stand Up Shows in Brooklyn Cheap Date Comedy.

 

Sharron on Twitter: @Sharronica

Support the Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MDBxX0iqT

Will on Twitter: @ComicWillCarey

The Podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

Jun 24, 2019

Comedian Brad Hagan almost served his mission as a Mormon in Wyoming.  He talks to Will about growing up as one of six children in New Hampshire, Soccer, being raised in the Mormon Church, being sent home from his mission before it even started and breaking from his religious upbringing, and why he moved to New York City and away from paid feature work in the New England area.

 

Brad's Stand Up Special on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc3A9cwdvfE

Brad on Instagram: @thefunnybrad

 

Support the Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MDBxX0iqT

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The Podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

Jun 17, 2019

Comedian Usama Siddiquee's retro gaming skills feed into his stand up comedy skill set.  He and Will discuss their experiences performing comedy internationally, Growing up in the Suburbs outside Dallas Texas, the decision to move to NYC to pursue stand up comedy, getting passed at the Comedy Cellar, his experience performing at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and his plans for his comedy special.

Usama's website: http://www.usamastandsup.com/

Usama on Twitter: @UsamaBinLaughin

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey 

The podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

Jun 10, 2019

Comedian and Podcaster Billy Procida thinks people don't like him and created his popular podcast Manwhore in part to learn more about himself.  He talks to Will about being bullied early in life, stand up comedy, talking to ex romantic partners, and turning those conversations into a podcast, the business side of podcasting and why Nina Hartley is the coolest Porn Star he has interviewed.

Billy on Twitter: @TheBillyProcida

Listen to Manwhore everywhere you listen to Podcasts and support on Patreon.

https://www.patreon.com/manwhorepodcast

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

Jun 3, 2019

Comedian and Podcaster Tracey Carnazzo Feels like a regular person before she feels like a comedian.

She Talks to Will about growing up in Forest Hills Queens, how the grind of Stand Up Comedy is over romanticized, The excessive levels of drug fueled madness she was surrounded with when she was working in the restaurant business, and touring with rock bands while working for a record label, 80s hair metal, starting stand up comedy, and interacting with the cast members who are the subject of her podcasts Teen Mom Trash Talk and 90 Day Fiance

 

Tracey on Twitter: @TrixieTuzzini

http://www.traceycarnazzo.com

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

 

May 27, 2019

Harrison Greenbaum is both a Comedian and Magician in equal measure.  He talks to Will about opening for Paul Mooney at Carolines, an encounter he had with Patrice O'Neal shortly before O'Neal's death.  growing up enamored with magic as a kid on Long Island, deciding to pursue comedy towards the end of his time at Harvard University.  His start in comedy clubs in NYC, performing magic at the Sydney Opera House, performing as the warm up comic for Katie Couric, the experience of making his late night TV Debut on Conan, and plans for his first comedy album and his magic special.

Harrison on Twitter: @harrisoncomedy

https://www.harrisongreenbaum.com/

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

May 20, 2019

Comedian Kunal Arora has learned to see comedy as a series of instances.  He talks to Will about performing comedy in India, how New York doesn't prepare you for bombing abroad, growing up in Flushing Queens, his early experiences taking comedy classes at the Comic Strip, the ever changing face of New York City, and the perspective that therapy gave him on handling grief, heartbreak and how he applies those tools to comedy.

 

Kunal's Website:

 

https://kunalarora.com/

 

If you are a Stand Up Comedian Kunal put together a very helpful resource.

 

http://www.comedysafehouse.com/

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

May 13, 2019

Actor and Voice Over Instructor Paul Liberti has a career that ranges from A Chorus Line on Broadway, touring with A Chorus Line, Working with Jim Henson on puppets for Sesame Street, and providing the english voice of Professor Elm on Pokemon.  He talks to Will about growing up near Trenton New Jersey, being a working actor at Age 12, working with Jim Henson, freezing in an audition in front of Stephen Sondheim, how he began voice acting which lead into voice over directing and teaching.  As well as what he thinks the job of an actor is and what he tries to teach.

 

Paul Teaches Voice Over frequently at Actor's Connection.

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The Podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

May 6, 2019

Alex Von David is an ADR writer and Voice Director for Anime including Black Exorcist , Kill La Kill, Accel World, as well as two of Will's favorite anime, Sword Art Online and the film 5 Centimeters Per Second.  He talks to Will about how he came to animation voiceover from directing commercials, The balance of maintaining the original intention of a Japanese script while making the english adaptation as natural as possible including specific moments from the SAO Movie Ordinal Scale , the specific process of dubbing and directing voice actors, what he loves about SAO as a fan of something he gets to work on.

Plus Alex and Will get nostalgic about Punk Rock, Bass Guitar and the amazing 8 floor Anime and Collectables shop Mandarake in Akihabara in Tokyo.

 

Alex on Twitter: @alexvondavid

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The Podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

 

Sword Art Online Alicization is airing Saturday Nights On Toonami

Apr 29, 2019

Episode 89 - Mike Borchardt

 

Mike Borchardt Singer/Guitarist for Nihiloceros and Guitarist for Treads rarely slows down.  He tells Will about growing up in Chicago, including some great stories about Legendary Punk Rock Venue the Fireside Bowl, discovering punk rock and the community around in in St Louis, Hilarious drummer mishap stories in Los Angeles, where to play if your a band in NYC and how he finally achieved sobriety after a failed attempt, plus Mike plays a couple of Nihiloceros songs including an early version of a song that will appear on the next Nihiloceros record.

 

www.nihiloceros.com

 

Listen to Nihiloceros

 

https://nihiloceros.bandcamp.com/

 

Listen to Treads

 

https://treads.bandcamp.com/

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

 

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

Apr 22, 2019

Comedian Steve Hofstetter is well known for heckler videos, and as a comedy club owner, but Will knows him as his former boss who once kept him from getting punched in the face. 

He talks to Will about the days of the Laughing Devil Comedy Club, growing up in numerous neighborhoods in Queens, being exposed to political comedy early in life, starting stand up comedy and producing shows in NYC in the early 2000s, his early days on the road and performing in colleges, and a great story of a road trip he took with his father shortly before he passed away with comedian Dick Gregory.

 

Steve on Twitter: @SteveHofstetter 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AwesomeDPod

Apr 15, 2019

Episode 87 - Tom Rhodes

 

Comedian Tom Rhodes has toured the world performing Stand up Comedy.

 

He talks to Will about a rough year spent in NYC early in his career based on the advice of Jay Leno, the San Francisco comedy scene in the early 90s, being the first comedian to sign with Comedy Central, his friendship with Mitch Hedberg, wanting to know who a comic is through their jokes, and how his short lived NBC Sitcom led to him touring and performing comedy in over 20 countries all over the world and hosting a Late Night Talk Show in Amsterdam.

 

Plus Will recounts the story of the time he navigated Police Blockades in Istanbul, Turkey on Labor Day on the same day that he performed Stand Up Comedy on a sold out show of mostly non-english speakers.

 

Get Tom’s New Album Around the World on iTunes now!

 

Tom on Twitter: @_TomRhodes

 

http://www.tomrhodes.net/tour/

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

 

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod

Apr 8, 2019

Comedian Nick Callas commits to what he is doing fully when it comes to comedy.  He talks to Will about growing up loving comic books and manga before it was considered cool.  Starting stand up comedy in New York City, His experience auditioning for Saturday Night Live, how he bounced back when his MTV pilot didn’t go to series, as well as some hardcore shop talk on Stand Up Comedy and Live performance.

 

NYC! See Nick headline Carolines On Broadway April 18th!

 

https://www.carolines.com/comedian/nick-callas/

 

Nick on Twitter: @MrNickCallas

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

 

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod

Apr 1, 2019

Will knew Ryan as Comedian RG Daniels for a number of years before he left New York for Texas.  Now that he's back Will and Ryan discuss Growing up on Staten Island,  The Beastie Boys, Hair Metal, The NYC comedy scene of the early 2000s, his decision to move away from Stand Up, to move to Texas, and to move back to NYC as well as his new project the satirical Food Blog NOSHKONG.

 

Ryan's Food Blog:

https://noshkong.com/

 

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

Follow the Podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod 

Mar 25, 2019
Paul Cohen was ready to get in the van and go on tour with his band, but when the other members wavered he found himself looking for another path to follow.  He talks to Will about growing up on Staten Island,  Their shared love of Pop Punk, Bass Guitar, and how he found Sketch Comedy and Improv and began working with Will in the Sketch Comedy Group Backdoor BBQ.
 
Backdoor BBQ's Next show is at the Pit in NYC on 3/28/19
 
Backdoor BBQ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/backdoorbarbecuecomedy
 
Will on Twitter:  @comicwillcarey
 
The podcast on Twitter:  @awesomedpod
Mar 18, 2019

Ben Rosen appears frequently in Will's journey through the New York Comedy Scene.  He talks to Will about performing Stand up on the Streets in Union Square, trying to figure life things out at the bar of the Grisly Pear, auditioning for Comedy Central, his time working at Gawker, Buzzfeed, Twitter, and Snapchat, and how he feels his current work at mschf internet studios combines all of his passions for entrepreneurship, comedy, and internet based creativity.

 
Ben on Twitter: @Rosen.
 
Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey
 
The Podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod
Mar 11, 2019

Comedian Brandon Ream has always felt on the outside of conversations trying to join in through jokes.  He talks to Will about understanding why Serial Killers come from the Midwest having grown up in Iowa,  heavy metal, having niche interests that few others share.  The comedy scene in Iowa, and why the NYC comedy scene makes him feel like he is never doing enough.

 
Brandon on Twitter: @reamkor
 
Listen to Brandon's podcast with Patrick Hastie "The Nostalgic Front" on Itunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.  
 
Will on Twitter @comicwillcarey
 
Follow the podcast on twitter: @awesomedpod
Mar 4, 2019

Comedian and writer Ashley Bez began writing jokes on Twitter and had to learn how to be funny on stage.  She talks to Will about growing up with 3 sisters,  growing as a performer after gaining a solid presence on twitter, how getting off birth control lead to her starting comedy, writing for TV Land's Younger, and what she's learned about writing a TV pilot.

 
Ashley on Twitter: @Bez
 
https://www.ashleybez.com/
 
Will on Twitter:  @comicwillcarey 
 
Follow the podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod
Feb 25, 2019

Tim Rogner is the Singer/Guitarist for one of Will's favorite bands.  Allister.  Tim talks to Will about growing up in the suburbs of Chicago,  The legendary underground punk venue Fireside Bowl where he was first exposed to Punk Rock.  The beginnings of Allister, Drive-Thru Records, their massive following in Japan, Guitar, Songwriting, balancing career and family.  Plus some amazing stories from touring in Japan with the band Ellegarden and the powerful friendships that are formed through time spent on the road. 

Allister's New Record Best Of... 20 Years and Counting is available on Itunes now.

 

Japan!  See Allister Live in March!

3/10/19 – Chiba, Japan @ Chiba Look

3/12/19 – Shibuya, Japan @ Club Quattro

3/13/19 – Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro

3/14/19 – Nagoya, Japan @ Club Quattro

3/16/19 – Ishinomaki, Japan @ Blue Resistance

3/17/19 – Yokohama, Japan @ F.A.D Yokohama

 

Tim on Twitter: @HumbugRog

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

The Podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod

 

 

Feb 18, 2019

Kevin Allison was in the belly of the whale for years in between the end of The State on MTV and the creation of his amazingly popular and funny storytelling live show and podcast Risk.  He talks to Will about knowing he wanted to move to NYC at a very early age,  joining the State while attending NYU, what sketch comedy taught him about group dynamics, His perspective on the dissolution of The State, forgetting your act in the middle of a performance at Luna Lounge, and how advice from Michael Ian Black and a storytelling show at UCB lead him to personal storytelling and the creation of Risk.

 
Kevin on Twitter: @TheKevinAllison
 
Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey
 
Follow the podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod
Feb 14, 2019

Comedian Sam Z and Will are in the middle of workshopping their storytelling shows, so now is a great time for Sam to return to the podcast to discuss storytelling, what sparked his interest in Storytelling, and what inspired him to want to start working on his show Trust Fund Baby.

 

NYC See Sam and Will Live for Free

2/15: Branded Saloon at 8PM.

2/18: Pete's Candy Store at 8:30PM.

 

Sam on Twitter: @hellfrasier_

Will on Twitter: @comicwillcarey

Follow the Podcast on Twitter: @awesomedpod 

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