Sitting Down with Stand-Up Guys

Get to know some of Chicago's most talented comedians as they sit and chat about the comedy scene, the writing process and everything in between.
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Sep 22, 2017

George welcomes Tyler Snodgrass to the studio. Tyler is a comedian and one of the creators of the storytelling show/podcast, We Still Like You. He's also a staff writer for the satirical news site, The Whiskey Journal. 


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Topics of Discussion:

1:00 - Music Festivals

3:01 - True Crime/American Vandal

7:59 - Late Night Show Hosts

11:15 - The Whiskey Journal

14:01 - New York Trip

17:25 - Moving

19:20 - We Still Like You 

25:02 - Riding Bicycles

33:18 - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

34:02 - Power Ballads

36:10 - Brussel Sprouts

40:52 - Confederate Monuments

47:03 - Tyler's Mount Rushmore

57:55 - Upcoming Shows

59:44 - Halloween Plans

1:01:00 - Leave a Nice Tip!

Sep 22, 2017

Erin Field is a comedian and improviser that you can almost always see at The Second City. In this episode, she sits down with George to discuss Halloween costumes, true crime and the Second City classes she teaches at. 

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Sep 7, 2017

George welcomes Nilufer Yuce to the home studio for a conversation about her experiences doing stand-up in Georgia and what she hopes to accomplish as a comedian visiting Chicago.


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Aug 30, 2017

On August 23rd, Doug Benson taped an episode of his podcast, Doug Loves Movies, at Thalia Hall in Chicago. George was in the crowd and got to briefly be a guest on the show by playing (and losing) a game of Last Man Stanton.

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Aug 24, 2017

George Pira welcomes Brendan Gay back to the podcast to find about some of his experiences on the road and hear about what he plans to do next!

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May 11, 2017

George Pira sits down with Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comedian currently living in Los Angeles, to discuss his extensive resume that includes hosting The Morning Amp for 8 years, being a regular on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! and producing segments for Hannibal Buress.


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Jokes & Notes (2:40)

The Morning AMP/Vocalo (11:57)

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! (16:35)

Moving to L.A. (22:14)

Why? with Hannibal Buress (25:18)

Comedy Scenes: Chicago vs L.A. (31:00)

The Moth/Storytelling (37:45)

Stand-Up Comedian Quiz (4125)

My Mount Rushmore (49:39)

Meeting LeBron James (55:39)

Tinder (59:00)

Fuck with Macy's (1:03:00)

Leave a Nice Tip! (1:04:19)

Plugs (1:07:36)


TRACK INFO - "85 BTRON 1" by Brian Babylon


Apr 27, 2017

George Pira welcomes Erica Nicole Clark to the podcast to chat about her love for writing, comedy and to share some memorable stories of growing up with Mr. T as a father. 

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Apr 18, 2017

George sits down with Roy Wood Jr. for a brief conversation about his Comedy Central stand-up special "Father Figure" as well as his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Mar 17, 2017

Comedian/Improviser, Martin Morrow, returns to the studio to discuss what he's been working on and to tell us all about his new monthly show at The Laugh Factory, "Mondays with Morrow"

Mar 3, 2017

Kristin Fenchak & Carly Kane sit down with George Pira to discuss how they started doing stand-up and how that lead to becoming the hosts of a bi-monthly roast-show at The Laugh Factory called 'Afterthoughts'

Feb 25, 2017

On this episode, George Pira sits down with a comedian, actor, copywriter, improviser and voice over artist that's all rolled up into one neat little package named Greg Mills. 

Feb 16, 2017
039 - Blake Burkhart

Blake Burkhart sits down with George Pira to discuss why he chose the life of comedy, how he views success and how he became the newest producer of Comedians You Should Know, a weekly showcase at Timothy O'Tooles. 

Feb 15, 2017
038 - Kyle Scanlan

Kyle Scanlan, comedian and creator of The Whiskey Journal, sits down with George Pira for a discussion about stand-up, writing satirical articles and his love for the NBA. 

Jan 27, 2017
037 - Tim Brennan

George Pira welcomes Tim Brennan to his home for a fun conversation about wrestling, weight loss and working with the guys from Jackass. 

Jan 20, 2017
036 - Stephanie Weber

George Pira welcomes Stephanie Weber to the studio for a conversation about some of her experiences as a comedian, on and off-stage. They also discuss the inauguration, feminism and she leaves us all with a very nice tip!

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Jan 5, 2017
035 - Antonio Aguilar

On the first episode of 2017, George welcomes back Antonio Aguilar to tell us some of the latest horror/success stories of his work as a comedian on the road. 

Dec 8, 2016
034 - Brendan Gay

George Pira welcomes Brendan Gay to the studio for a conversation about how he got into doing comedy in Chicago and what he plans to do now that he's been at it for a whole year. 

Oct 24, 2016
033 - Robel Arega

George Pira invites Robel Arega to his apartment for a conversation about things like: dirty words, inequality and our problems with sports fans. 

Sep 20, 2016
032 - Coffee with Tim Barnes

George Pira took the podcast on the road and to a coffee shop in Brooklyn, NY where he sat down with previous guest and host of "Its All True", Tim Barnes. 

Sep 8, 2016
031 - Marty DeRosa

This week, George Pira sits down with Marty DeRosa of Comedians You Should Know. He chats about doing stand-up and recording his two wrestling podcasts, "Wrestling With Depression" and "Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling"

Sep 1, 2016
BONUS - Driving Megan Gailey

This week, George Pira welcomes Megan Gailey to the podcast for a short, but sweet conversation about dating comics vs dating normal people and what she misses most about Chicago. 

Aug 25, 2016
029 - Michael Boothby

George Pira sits down with comedian and improviser, Michael Boothby for a fun conversation about going stand-up in New Zealand and how even a bad Tinder date can lead to something good. 

Jul 22, 2016
028 - Cousin Vinnie

"Cousin Vinnie" Hickey sits down with George Pira for a great conversation about doing comedy, producing shows and overcoming the biggest obstacles life can throw at a person. 

Jul 14, 2016
027 - Jillian Ebanks

George Pira sits down with Jillian Ebanks who is not only a funny comedian, but also his funny co-worker. Follow her on twitter @curlyharenocare! 

Jul 6, 2016
026 - Jeff Arcuri

George Pira welcomes Jeff Arcuri back to sit down and chat about some of his latest experiences on stage and how his life has changed since his last visit to the podcast. 

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