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Behind The Bits with Scott Curtis

Scott Curtis

Every week, Scott Curtis talks serious with comedians about their craft. Were they inspired by Dave Chappelle or George Carlin, Paula Poundstone or Iliza Shlesinger? How do they write their comedy sets? Which jokes work and which one's failed? How do you find your comedic voice? Which comedy clubs are the best? We hit these topics and more every week so that you and I can learn from the professional comedians who have blazed the trail for us.
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Episode 90: Trent Mabry
Episode 90: Trent MabryEpisode 89: Carl SobelEpisode 88: Lace Larrabee
Lace Larrabee is an Atlanta-based actor and nationally touring stand-up comedian who can be seen at clubs from coast to coast. Festival credits include; the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, She Devil, Asheville Comedy Fest, Limestone, Red Clay, Accidental, Comedy Fort, She Dot Festival in Toronto and more. Lace was also named "2018 Best Local Comedian" by the readers of Creative Loafing Magazine. Lace has opened for such comedy favorites as Tig Notaro, Caroline Rhea, Rachel Feinstein, Dave Attell, Nikki Glazer, Mary Lynn Rasjkub, Maria Bamford and many more. From stage to screen, Lace's comedy has been featured on Viceland's Flophouse, The Weather Channel's Weather Gone Viral, and she is a FOX network favorite with several appearances on their TV shows; Laughs, Dish Nation and Punchline. Lace has also been seen on the scripted dark comedy, Queen America, starring Catherine Zeta Jones as well as the host of 3 episodes of Unprotected Sets on EPIX and as a "celebrity guest on 3 episodes of Caroline Rhea's , Caroline & Friends on the Game Show Network. Lace is also very passionate about helping to elevate the voices of other women. She founded Atlanta's first and only all female stand-up comedy class Laugh Lab at the legendary Punchline Comedy Club. Atlanta Magazine voted Laugh Lab, "2019 Best Comedy Class." Lace and fellow Atlanta comedian Katherine Blanford co-host the hilariously healing podcast, CHEATIES! CHEATIES is a delicious, juicy, part of a well balanced diet. Every week, these two snarky co-hosts interview a guest who's either been cheated on or been the cheater. This podcast focuses on the mistakes we all make in relationships and more importantly, how we overcome them and make it out on top. You can find Lace here: https://www.lacelarrabee.com/ If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Head over to the Behind the Bits website for extra content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/ Get on our mailing list for news about future guests and more great content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/p/mailing-list/
Nov 9 2021
57 mins
Episode 87: Jeff Altman
For most of his life, Jeff Altman resided in Los Angeles where he was a sought after stand up comedian, as well as an accomplished actor, starring and guest starring in TV shows the likes of the Dukes of Hazzard, Nurses, Baywatch, Night Court and the Tonight Show plus many others. In his career, Jeff starred in over 30 national commercial campaigns where he represented such companies as Budweiser, Arby's, Panasonic and General Motors. His movie credits include American Hot Wax, Easy Money, Highlander 2, Soul man and Doin' Time. And, of course, over 40 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. Now, because of the strangest of love stories, Jeff has moved to Central North Carolina and is focusing on his life long love of sleight of hand card magic. Growing up in Syracuse, New York, Jeff's love of card magic was instilled in him at an early age, as his dad, Arthur Altman, was one of the finest card handlers in the country. It wasn't long before Jeff, as a young boy, began fiddling with a deck of cards. Somehow, despite some of his "strange behaviors" Jeff was accepted into Johns Hopkins University to study Social and Behavioral Sciences. During his time in Baltimore, Jeff became close friends with card man extraordinaire, Frank Thompson. After graduating from college, Jeff immediately set his sights on Hollywood and the world famous Magic Castle. It was during this time at the "Castle" that Jeff was able to meet and befriend such card greats as Steve Freeman, Ricky Jay and the greatest of them all the "Professor" Dai Vernon. As his close friend David Letterman says: "If the magic has gone out of your life, call my friend, Jeff Altman, close up card handling at its finest. If you are not amazed and delighted, you may need a full neurological work up, He can do that too!" Check out Jeff’s magic page here: https://www.jeffaltmanmagic.com/ If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Head over to the Behind the Bits website for extra content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/ Get on our mailing list for news about future guests and more great content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/p/mailing-list/
Nov 2 2021
51 mins
Episode 86: Nina Kraus
Nina Kraus, Ph.D., is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning. She began her career measuring responses from single auditory neurons and was one of the first to show that the adult nervous system has the potential for reorganization following learning; these insights in basic biology galvanized her to investigate auditory learning in humans. Through a series of innovative studies involving thousands of research participants from birth to age 90, her research has found that our lives in sound, for better (musicians, bilinguals) or worse (language disorders, concussion, aging, hearing loss), shape auditory processing. She continues to conduct parallel experiments in animal models to elucidate the mechanisms underlying these phenomena. Never having accepted a lack of technology as a roadblock to scientific discovery, Kraus has invented new ways to measure the biology of sound processing in humans that provide unprecedented precision and granularity in indexing brain function. With her technological innovations she is now pushing science beyond the traditional laboratory by conducting studies in schools, community centers, and clinics. Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, she advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy. Nina’s new book “Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World” is available from Amazon and other resellers. About the book: Making sense of sound is one of the hardest jobs we ask our brains to do. In Of Sound Mind, Nina Kraus examines the partnership of sound and brain, showing for the first time that the processing of sound drives many of the brain's core functions. Our hearing is always on--we can't close our ears the way we close our eyes--and yet we can ignore sounds that are unimportant. We don't just hear; we engage with sounds. Kraus explores what goes on in our brains when we hear a word--or a chord, or a meow, or a screech. Our hearing brain, Kraus tells us, is vast. It interacts with what we know, with our emotions, with how we think, with our movements, and with our other senses. Auditory neurons make calculations at one-thousandth of a second; hearing is the speediest of our senses. Sound plays an unrecognized role in both healthy and hurting brains. Kraus explores the power of music for healing as well as the destructive power of noise on the nervous system. She traces what happens in the brain when we speak another language, have a language disorder, experience rhythm, listen to birdsong, or suffer a concussion. Kraus shows how our engagement with sound leaves a fundamental imprint on who we are. The sounds of our lives shape our brains, for better and for worse, and help us build the sonic world we live in. Check out Brainvolts for articles on how sound shapes our world: https://brainvolts.northwestern.edu/ Check out Light Me At 5: https://open.spotify.com/show/1sP1vjrRrMh34Cbq9j9r11?si=98f1f17ac13e4704 If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Head over to the Behind the Bits website for extra content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/ Get on our mailing list for news about future guests and more great content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/p/mailing-list/
Oct 26 2021
54 mins
Episode 85: Gwen SunkelEpisode 84: David BrittonCorey Ryan Forrester - One More TimeEpisode 83: Greg Warren
Greg Warren, most recently seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show and Comedy Central Presents, has built a strong fan base with an act inspired by his Midwestern upbringing. His CDs, Running Out of Time (Sept 2013) and One Star Wonder (June 2009) hit #3 and #6 respectively in iTunes Top Comedy Albums. An honest mix of self-deprecation, frustration and an arsenal of lifelike characters highlight Greg’s colorful perspective. Greg attracts a diverse audience spectrum, having performed as a finalist on BET’s Coming to the Stage and on Country Music Television. He is a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show, which led to touring theaters nationwide with The Bob & Tom All Stars Comedy Tour. Greg hails from St. Louis, MO, where his father was a high school wrestling coach and his mother made him play clarinet in the band. He has captivated audiences with anecdotes about the conflict inherent in meshing the two disparate high school identities of varsity wrestler and band geek. Greg’s “Flute Man” bit is a perfect encapsulation of the insecurities of high school and the ongoing quest to be cool, and is one of the most requested bits in the history of the Bob & Tom Show. Greg was also a West Point Cadet, where he distinguished himself by amassing an impressive tally of demerits and endless hours of pointless marching. After moving on to the University of Missouri, he studied journalism and became an All-American college wrestler. Greg & I talked about his writing regimen, his special, “Where the Field Corn Grows, and how he left his lucrative sales job for stand-up. Check out everything Greg Warren here: https://www.gregwarrencomedy.com Check out our new sponsor, FÜM and use the code “BTB” to get 10% off your first order: https://fumessential.com/btb Here’s the BTB Internet Talk Show’s Twitch Channel. Check out all their great shows! https://www.twitch.tv/drinksjokesnstorytelling If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Head over to the Behind the Bits website for extra content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/ Get on our mailing list for news about future guests and more great content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/p/mailing-list/
Sep 28 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Episode 82: Liz Miele
Liz Miele, originally from New Jersey, started doing stand-up at 16 in New York City. At 18 she was profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” She recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “This Week at the Comedy Cellar,” NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” Hulu’s “Coming To The Stage,” AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” and was profiled in the March 2015 issue of Runner’s World. She has several viral videos on Youtube, Instagram and Tiktok including jokes “Feminist Sex Positions,” “F*ck Finland,” and “London Cops Are Better Than American Cops” She regularly tours internationally and has three albums out on spotify and itunes and released her first special “Self Help Me” in May 2020 free on youtube. Her first book, “Why Cats Are Assholes” is available everywhere March 30th 2021. She wrote and produced season one of her animated web series “Damaged,” voiced by great comics including, Maz Jobrani, Hari Kondabolu, Ted Alexandro, Jermaine Fowler, Dean Edwards, DC Benny, Joe Machi and so many more. She also co-produced and co-starred in 40 episodes of a web series called “Apt C3” with fellow comic, Carmen Lynch and fashion photographer, Chris Vongsawat. Liz and I talked about her uncompromising approach to her very personal material and delivery. Check out everything Liz Miele here: https://lizmiele.com/ Check out our new sponsor, FÜM and use the code “BTB” to get 10% off your first order: https://fumessential.com/btb Here’s the BTB Internet Talk Show’s Twitch Channel. Check out all their great shows! https://www.twitch.tv/drinksjokesnstorytelling If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Head over to the Behind the Bits website for extra content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/ Get on our mailing list for news about future guests and more great content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/p/mailing-list/
Sep 21 2021
1 hr
Episode 81: Erica Switzer
Erica Switzer is a Chicago-born educator, comedian, and public speaker formerly based in Shanghai, China. With her unique energy and raw, biting wit, she has featured for veteran comedians Simeon Goodson, Mateen Stewart, and Justin Rivera and accomplished her first 30-minute headliner in April 2020. Along with founding Hei Now Comedy, China's premier Black comedy crew, Erica became the first Black comedian to perform in Mongolia at the inaugural Silk Road International Comedy Festival in July 2019. She has emceed Shanghai Black Expo and the inaugural For The Culture Awards Gala. Erica is also an award-winning public speaker. She has shared her story of overcoming anxiety twice at Shanghai's Unravel Storytelling and served as MC and storyteller for June 2020's Unravel and Hei Now Comedy's collaborative event "Matter is the Minimum," benefitting Campaign Zero. We talked about starting standup later in life and the contacts Erica made performing virtual comedy who chose her for in-person comedy based on the virtual funny. Check out everything Erica Switzer here: https://www.ericaswitzer.com/ Check out our new sponsor, Liquid Death Mountain Water and use the code “scottcurtis” to get 2 free koozies when you buy 2 cases of water or any of their cool merch: https://liquiddeath.com/ Here’s the BTB Internet Talk Show’s Twitch Channel. Check out all their great shows! https://www.twitch.tv/drinksjokesnstorytelling If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Head over to the Behind the Bits website for extra content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/ Get on our mailing list for news about future guests and more great content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/p/mailing-list/
Sep 14 2021
1 hr
Episode 80: Brian Atkinson
Brian Atkinson began his stand-up career later in life, but his radio and public speaking experience gave him the ability to move up the ranks quickly. His clean style makes Brian equally comfortable in clubs, business events, & churches. We talked about his overcoming the fact that he has a natural announcer’s voice which can take the audience out of the joke. We also talked about his first time on stage with fellow pastors at his church in attendance. Brian cohosts Clean Comedy Time with former guest, Aaron Sorrels which is a well-produced live show and also a popular podcast. Brian also talked about his comedy contest experience from earlier this year where Covid-19 ran rampant over the vaccinated and unvaccinated participants. This is an important episode that illustrates that we are not safe from Coronavirus yet Check out everything Brian Atkinson here: https://www.brianacomedian.com/ Check out our new sponsor, Liquid Death Mountain Water and use the code “scottcurtis” to get 2 free koozies when you buy 2 cases of water or any of their cool merch: https://liquiddeath.com/ Here’s the BTB Internet Talk Show’s Twitch Channel. Check out all their great shows! https://www.twitch.tv/drinksjokesnstorytelling If you'd like to support the show and get some cool perks, check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/btbpc Look for new stuff for Patrons soon! Head over to the Behind the Bits website for extra content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/ Get on our mailing list for news about future guests and more great content: https://www.thebtbpc.com/p/mailing-list/
Sep 7 2021
1 hr 30 mins
Episode 79: Steve DevinneyEpisode 78: Jeff OskayEpisode 77: Sean WhiteEpisode 76: Brian HicksRepeat Episode: Dwight SimmonsEpisode 75: Todd GlassEpisode 74: Bob FredricksMichael Palascak (Repeat)

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