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In this week's issue of TYF!, we speak with Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling. Formerly a writer and performer on The Howard Stern Radio Show, Jackie has a million stories, and we heard a small percentage of them.

We travel out to Jackie's beach home in Long Island to talk about how he got his start there, how he got into comedy by producing his own shows, about how he wrote for Rodney Dangerfield, about his infamous falling-out with Rodney, and about how the "Jackie's Jetty" incident illustrated the power and the reach of the Howard Stern show in its heyday. All this and Julia Wertz gives herself a plug in the interview.

Part 2 of the interview features a lot more Stern Show talk, and it will drop some time in November, or possibly December. To hear it on November 1st, become a contributor to our Patreon campaign and also help support the TYF! podcast. You can do so at


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Category:comedy -- posted at: 12:36 AM

In this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, we speak to comedy great Lewis Black about his early days in the theater, starting standup opening for plays, how standup helped his playwriting, how he has always believed in running his own spaces, how he threw a chair across the room at the legendary Catch A Rising Star, what he teaches his comedy students, and how the news media has failed and will rise again.  This is a particularly great one, and we highly recommend giving it a listen.

In addition, Jennifer Glick tells us a story about going on an extreme diet as a teenager, and Jamie Casbon tells us part one of a story about coming to terms with being a transgender male.

Also, Liam McEneaney talks about his first time doing standup as part of a contest.


Buy Lewis Black's latest special Old Yeller here, and the rest of his back catalogue here.


In this week's issue, we speak to Gary Marinoff, a real New York comedy character; a 35-year veteran of the open mic comedy scene and a regular background actor on 30 Rock.

And before you decide to wait until next week for a more famous interview, definitely take the time to listen to this, one of the most compelling and human interviews TYF! has done.

Gary discusses what it takes to follow his dream in show business, how he's been homeless, has been in and out of the shelters, about losing his mother, the only person who believed in him and supported his showbusiness ambition and encouraged him to live his life to the fullest. And about how Tina Fey is one of the nicest people you could want to work for in showbiz.

In addition, we get a poem from Dale Goodson and a fan favorite story from Bob Powers.

You can support the TYF! podcast at Patreon.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:20 PM

This week, another live issue of the TYF! podcast recorded at le poisson rouge in downtown Manhattan on Bleecker Street. This week, Liam enjoys a freewheeling conversation with comedy legend JANEANE GAROFALO about her favorite television series, the origins of her neoludditism, the elimination of colors from the rainbow and planets from the Solar System, about how the line at Whole Foods is civic action at its finest, and so much more.

In addition, Liam talks to his cousin, the musician Sarah Goldstone and singer/songwriter Matt Sucich.

Please support TYF!'s crowdfunding campaign at

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Category:comedy -- posted at: 6:16 AM

In this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, we speak to Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, about gender roles in fabric in the Middle East, about living in Brooklyn, about a proposed Mitch Hedberg hologram show, and about her pro-reproductive rights rally Saturday, September 27th, called "V to Shining V" held in cities across the nation, and about which you can learn more at

In addition, Kambri Crews tells us a story about her entry into show business, and Bob Powers tells us a cautionary tale about falling in love with your driving instructor.

All this, and Liam discusses the People's Climate March, the outward migration of hipsters, and what it means to have an "Only In New York" experience.

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This week, we break format a bit, to highlight some of the routines and albums that really spoke to me before I ever thought about doing standup. With many of these albums, I can still remember exactly where I was when I first bought them (Bill Cosby's Greatest Hits was purchased in the record section of an electronis store on Queens Boulevard, George Carlin: Classic Gold was purchased on cassette at the old Sam Goody next to the subway near the Queens Center Mall).

The following is a track list, and where you can buy the albums:

Steven Wright, Jiggs Casey, I Have A Pony
Eddie Murphy, Ice Cream Man, Greatest Comedy Hits
Tom Lehrer, The Vatican Rag, That Was The Year That Was
George Carlin, A Place For My Stuff, A Place For My Stuff
George Carlin, Seven Words You Can't Say On Television, Class Clown
Cheech & Chong, Dave's Not Here, Greatest Hit
Nichols & May, Mother and Son, In Retrospect
Mel Brooks, Hope For The Best (Expect The Worst), Greatest Hits
Mel Brooks, Springtime For Hitler, Greatest Hits
Woody Allen, The Vodka Ad, The Third Woody Allen Album
Woody Allen, Q&A, The Third Woody Allen Album
Bob Newhart, Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Ave., The Button Down Mind
Bob Newhart, The Grace L. Ferguson Airline & Screen Door Company, The Button Down Mind In Concert
Steve Martin, Funny Comedy Gags, Let's Get Small
Steve Martin, Excuse Me, Let's Get Small
Richard Pryor, When Your Woman Leaves You, ...Is It Something I Said?
Richard Pryor, Rumplestilskin, The Wizard of Comedy
Bill Cosby, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With

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In this week's issue of the TYF! podcast, we talk to Clara Bizna$$ of Brooklyn hip-hop trio Hand Job Academy. Liam and Clara discuss hip-hop, being taken seriously as a hip-hop artist, mental illness, suicidal depression, and audition to be a Princess at, and working as a cartoon in, The Happiest Place On Earth. It's a truly riveting conversation, and you're gonna like it.

In addition, we get two stories from Bob Powers, and Liam McEneaney briefly eulogizes Joan Rivers and tells the story of getting arrested for prank calling a schoolmate.

You can buy Hand Job Academy's debut album, #IKEAMonkey, at

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Category:music -- posted at: 7:50 PM

This week's issue of the TYF! podcast is Best of Volume 2, with stories from Adam Wade and Kambri Crews, and music from Alana Amram and Eden & John. 

Also, enjoy some of the best excerpts from interviews with Lewis Black, Gilbert Gottfried, Baratunde Thurston, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ophira Eisenberg, Julia Wertz, and David O'Doherty.

To support TYF!, please contribute at


Long-time fans will recognize David and Caroline from previous live issues. Live show #1 (with Gilbert Gottfried and Lewis Black) heard Liam McEneaney making fun of them for finding a seat up front after the taping had started. Live show #2 (with Andy Borowitz, Jessi Klein, Chris Gethard, Ophira Eisenberg, and MORE) found Liam reading from an old Dear Abby book her found in their apartment.

For the third live taping show, Liam takes the action to David and Caroline's back yard in Long Island City, Queens, for a relaxed barbecue/podcast taping in front of a select audience of some friends. Returning TYF! champ Mike Doughty debuts a pair of new songs from his next album, Stellar Motel, plays banjo publicly for the first time ever, and talks about crowdfunding and the most surprisingly popular item he offers as an incentive.

You can still pledge to Mike's campaign here:

After getting of to a bit of a rocky start, Julia Wertz opens up about her career as an "urban explorer," breaking into abandoned sites and taking pictures, about her hellish birthday vacation with a politician who told her he cheated on her in an island paradise, and about her forthcoming book, Museum of Mistakes. 

You can check out her site:

All that, and Leslie Goshko tells a story about why she only took one friend on a family vacation that one time, and Liam McEneaney reads a piece he wrote for an evening of John Hughes fanfiction reading.

Episode recorded by: Patrick Holbert


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Next live taping:

August 27th
at Le Poisson Rouge, downstairs Gallery
158 Bleecker St
7:00pm // $5.00

with Janeane Garofalo 
and Sarah Goldstone 
Come out to the first of our regular monthly tapings of the TYF! podcast at the small Gallery space in the bar below Le Poisson Rouge.

My guests will be: 
Janeane is a comedian, actress, and activist, whose many film and television appearances include Wet Hot American Summer, Ratatouille, 24, The Larry Sanders Show, and many many others. Her standup credits include HBO and Epix specials, and more TV appearances than you can count on your fingers and toes.

Sarah Goldstone is NYC-based pianist, keyboardist, violinist and vocalist. She currently performs with Alex Winston, Matt Sucich, Germans, AM to AM, Firelights. She also plays classical piano, teaches piano and writes scores for film.

Matt Sucich (pron: Sue-Sitch) is from Astoria, Queens. He writes songs. He plays them with a guitar. He sings them with his voice. Sometimes he sleeps, but most times he’s awake. "Equal parts Lord Huron, Paul Simon and M. Ward, Sucich establishes his own voice on the playful, island flavored, 'The Lonely Dreamer.'" Bruce Warren, WXPN-FM

and MORE!


In this week's issue, we speak with Jon Ronson, author of the international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists, and The Psychopath Test,as well as co-writer of the movie Frank, in theatres now, about his adventures with the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band, as well as the forthcoming book, Frank: The True Story That Inspired The Movie.

We also speak with Maeve Higgins, Irish comedy star, author of the wonderfully charming memoir We Have A Good Time Don't We?, and cohost, with Jon, of the show "I'm New Here--Can You Show Me Around?"

We also get a story from Bob Powers, "Jeff and the 37 Year-Old Woman," and Liam talks about meeting George Takei and missing Robin Williams.

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Direct download: TYF_5.3__Geography_Lessens__with_JON_RONSON__MAEVE_HIGGINS.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:08 AM