The Jest of It

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“Get to the point. Make It funny.” This is often what most aspiring comedians are told when trying to figure out their material— or as I like to call it, the gist and the jest. We’re all trying to find our voice and own our stories. As a comedian, artist and writer, I'm venturing into podcasting to share my own stories, and those of other people from all walks of life to educate, entertain and look for the gold in even the darkest of places. You don’t have to be a comedian to find the humor in life and realize no matter how pointless this life may seem sometimes, there is greatness to be found in the midst of it. It's a storytelling podcast... with a twist of humor. That's the Jest of It... with JJ Barrows.

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It's Just A Feeling with Brian Apprille (Part 2)
Sep 30 2020
It's Just A Feeling with Brian Apprille (Part 2)
Part 2 with Brian Apprille (be sure to check out last week's episode before listening to this one... at least for context's sake, or not if you prefer to be confused :D ) This week Brian continues his story of recovery from facial paralysis, crippling depression and eventually getting back onstage... including his epic Simpsons audition!    Per last week: Brian Apprille is a stand-up comedian, voice actor, and motivational speaker who performs across America for comedy clubs, businesses, churches, and any audience who wants to laugh or hear an inspiring story. Even critics (and JJ) describe Brian as “brilliantly entertaining,” and “coast-to-coast funny!” Brian is best known for his high-energy comedy and impressions; he has been dubbed “The Man with A Thousand Voices” and throughout his performances slips between Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin, Alan Rickman and hundreds of other characters both real-life and animated. Brian’s career took a turn for the serious in 2009 when he developed facial paralysis as a result of a rare disease called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. In today's episode, we talk about how he found humor in the midst of his challenges and got back on the stage after over a year of fighting Ramsay Hunt Syndrome’s debilitating symptoms and severe depression. Now an activist and a comic at once, Brian raises awareness of facial paralysis and inspires hope in fellow sufferers with plenty of belly-laugh healing along the way. He founded San Diego’s first facial paralysis support group and has appeared on NBC’s Inspiring San Diego to share his story. You can listen to the stories of notable facial paralysis survivors like Mary Jo Buttafuoco and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on Brian’s podcast, Unique Smiles: The Facial Paralysis Podcast. You can find Brian on Social Media as @comedybrian, as well as hosting his comedy podcast: Uncommon Comedy, available where all podcasts are available (or just a click of the Uncommon Comedy button!) To help Brian with his facial paralysis surgery, please visit:    More Comedy!? Check out drybarcomedy.com/jjb for JJ's stand up special, and keep an eye out for Brian's coming soon!
It's Just A Feeling with Brian Apprille (Part 2)
Sep 30 2020
It's Just A Feeling with Brian Apprille (Part 2)
Part 2 with Brian Apprille (be sure to check out last week's episode before listening to this one... at least for context's sake, or not if you prefer to be confused :D ) This week Brian continues his story of recovery from facial paralysis, crippling depression and eventually getting back onstage... including his epic Simpsons audition!    Per last week: Brian Apprille is a stand-up comedian, voice actor, and motivational speaker who performs across America for comedy clubs, businesses, churches, and any audience who wants to laugh or hear an inspiring story. Even critics (and JJ) describe Brian as “brilliantly entertaining,” and “coast-to-coast funny!” Brian is best known for his high-energy comedy and impressions; he has been dubbed “The Man with A Thousand Voices” and throughout his performances slips between Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin, Alan Rickman and hundreds of other characters both real-life and animated. Brian’s career took a turn for the serious in 2009 when he developed facial paralysis as a result of a rare disease called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. In today's episode, we talk about how he found humor in the midst of his challenges and got back on the stage after over a year of fighting Ramsay Hunt Syndrome’s debilitating symptoms and severe depression. Now an activist and a comic at once, Brian raises awareness of facial paralysis and inspires hope in fellow sufferers with plenty of belly-laugh healing along the way. He founded San Diego’s first facial paralysis support group and has appeared on NBC’s Inspiring San Diego to share his story. You can listen to the stories of notable facial paralysis survivors like Mary Jo Buttafuoco and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on Brian’s podcast, Unique Smiles: The Facial Paralysis Podcast. You can find Brian on Social Media as @comedybrian, as well as hosting his comedy podcast: Uncommon Comedy, available where all podcasts are available (or just a click of the Uncommon Comedy button!) To help Brian with his facial paralysis surgery, please visit:    More Comedy!? Check out drybarcomedy.com/jjb for JJ's stand up special, and keep an eye out for Brian's coming soon!
It's Just A Feeling with Brian Apprille (Part 1)
Sep 17 2020
It's Just A Feeling with Brian Apprille (Part 1)
Brian Apprille is a stand-up comedian, voice actor, and motivational speaker who performs across America for comedy clubs, businesses, churches, and any audience who wants to laugh or hear an inspiring story. Even critics (and JJ) describe Brian as “brilliantly entertaining,” and “coast-to-coast funny!” Brian is best known for his high-energy comedy and impressions; he has been dubbed “The Man with A Thousand Voices” and throughout his performances slips between Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin, Alan Rickman and hundreds of other characters both real-life and animated. Brian’s career took a turn for the serious in 2009 when he developed facial paralysis as a result of a rare disease called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. In today's episode, we talk about how he found humor in the midst of his challenges and got back on the stage after over a year of fighting Ramsay Hunt Syndrome’s debilitating symptoms and severe depression. As mental health advocates, we care deeply about discussing mental health issues and raising awareness, and are excited and grateful to have had this time to sit down with Brian.  Now an activist and a comic at once, Brian raises awareness of facial paralysis and inspires hope in fellow sufferers with plenty of belly-laugh healing along the way. He founded San Diego’s first facial paralysis support group and has appeared on NBC’s Inspiring San Diego to share his story. You can listen to the stories of notable facial paralysis survivors like Mary Jo Buttafuoco and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on Brian’s podcast, Unique Smiles: The Facial Paralysis Podcast. You can find Brian on Social Media as @comedybrian, as well as hosting his comedy podcast: Uncommon Comedy, available where all podcasts are available (or just a click of the Uncommon Comedy button!) To help Brian with his facial paralysis surgery, please visit:
Lemon Juice with Melissa Lima
Sep 2 2020
Lemon Juice with Melissa Lima
Born in Los Angeles but raised in New Hampshire by immigrant parents, Lima experienced the power of stories through her parents as they tell her about their homeland of Guatemala. As her parents learned how to speak English through watching television, Lima’s fond memories of family times were spent gathering around the TV to bond over sitcom shows, telenovelas and film.  With her professional background being in higher education and the nonprofit sector, Lima produced 26+ comedy shows in Santa Barbara with LA based Don’t Tell Comedy (pre-COVID). Through her love of entertainment and Latin (i.e.salsa) dancing, Lima continues to expand her creativity by exploring comedy, storytelling and writing. One day she hopes to follow in the footsteps of Mindy Kahling and Phoebe Waller Bridge to write and create television that tells the stories of the heart of humanity and the power of representation. This was our first recorded episode, a huge thanks to Melissa Lima for navigating unknown territory with us, sharing a story of her own, and providing necessary insight to a successful podcast, like “yes, you should definitely have outro music!”   Tune in this episode to hear one of Lima's original stories about when life decides to chuck lemons at you! (2020, anyone!?)     Find Lima on Instagram: LIMA ON IG   Tune into Lima's playlists on Spotify: LIMA'S JAMS!    Find this week's graphics in prints and products in: JJ'S ART SHOP!         Find us on Instagram for more current updates and stories!! THE JEST OF IT ON INSTAGRAM!