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Comedian: Dave Merheje, podcast interview

Comedian: Dave Merheje

Dave Merheje won the Juno award for best comedy album with his 2018 release “Good Friend Bad Grammar.”

I’ve been hoping to interview Merheje since I first saw him perform a killer set at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. His rhythmic comedic style celebrates family and personal frustrations that truly spoke to me, not only as a fan of comedy but more significantly as a father and a son.

Watch for his upcoming regular appearance in the Hulu show “Ramy,” with Ramy Youssef, which starts streaming April 19.

SHOW NOTES
Follow Dave on Twitter.
Follow Dave on Facebook
Follow Dave on Instagram.
Dave’s website:
davemerheje.com
Dave on Spotify

Dave on Netflix “Comedians of the World.”

See Dave Merheje this summer.
In June he’s in Hamilton, Ottawa and St. John New Brunswick: Tickets

Then he’s at the “Ethnic Show” at Just for Laughs in Montreal, July 10 – 25: Tickets

His New York clubs:
The Comedy Cellar: https://www.comedycellar.com/
Union Hall: https://www.unionhallny.com/
Comedy Juice at Gotham: http://gothamcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=128751

Ramy Youseff on Colbert
Mo Amer’s Netflix special:”The Vagabond

Snoop Dogg’s first album “Doggystyle” on Spotify.

Producer, Screenwriter: Ken Cuperus

Ken Cuperus is an award winning screenwriter and producer.

I first met Ken decades ago, when Ken approached me after one of my performances at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, asking if I’d help his comedy troupe.

A few years later Ken and his pals, known as the Brave New Weasels, were performing to sold out crowds.

We talk about the gutsy move to leave the comfort of being a big finish in a small pond, Winnipeg, to start with nothing more than one month’s rent in Toronto.

We also discuss working with Gene Simmons and Ken shares a hilarious story about his worst pitch meeting ever.

Actor: Colm Feore

Colm Feore is one of North America’s top classically trained actors. He’s appeared on stages around the world, on the big screen and television.

In the new Netflix series “Umbrella Academy” Feore plays Sir Reginald Hargreeves who adopts seven babies with miraculous powers and teaches them to be superheroes.

Boasting an all-star cast including fellow Canadian Ellen Page, Mary J Blige, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan and Kate Walsh, “Umbrella Academy” is receiving rave reviews.

The Los Angeles Times says: ‘“The Umbrella Academy” stands out among the countless other superhero series splashed across billboards and your viewing queues.’

The Boston Globe review includes this line “an imaginatively filmed show that follows no formula as it takes on a messed-up family and the roots of trauma.”

In our podcast, we discuss Feore’s stage work on Broadway with Denzel Washington, his work on the film “The Chronicles of Riddick,” with Judi Dench and Vin Diesel and his work at the Stratford Festival.

Colm is married to the very successful director/choreographer Donna Feore, so naturally, I asked him how they manage to have a happy marriage and raise their children while working in locations around the world. Don’t miss my podcast with Donna Feore.

Thanks to Kelly Monaghan, Neil Hawkins and Amanda Hatton for contributing questions!

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