My Dining Room Table with Adam Cayton-Holland (general)







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And so we conclude My Dining Room Table. Will I randomly put out an episode when I feel like it, when I have a really good interview to share with the world? Perhaps. Will I do this podcast live at festivals if asked? Probably. Those are fun. But for now, and most likely, forever, this is the last episode of My Dining Room Table, live from the High Plains Comedy Festival. Thanks for listening, everyone. It really has meant a lot to me.

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And so it has come to this. I'll be taking the summer off of podcasting to focus full time on the production of Those Who Can't. But fear not! New episodes will resume in August/September of 2015. So come back around! In the meantime, have the best summer ever and KIT!

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Denver-raised, but groomed by comedy in the amazing scenes of Atlanta and New York, Noah Gardenswartz is a gentle giant with a furious wit. He's also a deeply profound and thoughtful dude. One of my favorite episodes in awhile. Enjoy.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep58_NoahGardenswartz.mp3
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Kevin O'Brien - ole Kev! - finally takes a seat at the table to pontificate on growing up Cornhusker, college radio and how weird it is when you realize you and your fuck up friends were maybe actually the ones who had it all figured out.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep57_KevinOBrien.mp3
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I sit down with Nick Nunns, the man behind TRVE brewing, to talk craft-beer, Satan, and how comedy and brewing aren't all that different.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep56_NickNunns.mp3
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Gregarious gadabout Brooks Wheelan and I take it to the dining room table to talk Instagram, old explorers of yore and why when performing in a new city you should always, always spring for the rental car.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep55_BrooksWheelan.mp3
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Nathaniel Rateliff is the most talented singer-songwriter I've ever met and he just so happens to live right down the street. I finally snagged him to talk touring, drinking, cholos and Night Sweats. 

Direct download: MDRT_Ep54_NathanielRateliff.mp3
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I pow-wow with Kristin Rand for an exit interview before she departs Denver for LA. We talk SNL 40th Anniversary, how people who are awful on social media are the f-ing worst, and how when you don't know how to end a sketch, you should just sing!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep53_KristinRand.mp3
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Greater Than Collective record mogul, former Suburban Home Records guru, and Illegal Pete's all-around good guy Virgil Dickerson gets the Dining Room Table treatment to talk poop stories, learning from your failures and how dim sum hasn't been taken over by hipsters. Yet.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep52_VirgilDickerson.mp3
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Wrist Deep Productions founder and the man behind the infamous Squire Lounge open mic, Greg Baumhauer was one of my first true friends in comedy. In this amazing conversation, we look back over our early days in comedy through the lens of Greg's new-found and hard-fought sobriety. Chicago lives!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep51_GregBauhauer.mp3
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Episode Number Fifty! For this special anniversary episode I sit down with my co-horts in The Grawlix Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy to talk Those Who Can't, our favorite Grawlix memories, and what habits we have that annoy the bejesus out of one another.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep50_TheGrawlix.mp3
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In our Louie/Maron episode Ben Kronberg and I talk coming up together in Denver, career jealousy, making spicy comedy choices and keeping it Christian clean.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep49_BenKronberg.mp3
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Picture me. Now picture Todd Barry. Now picture me and Todd Barry in a Denver hotel room talking about comedy and Bobby Flay. Can you picture it? You can! Then behold: you have pictured the very episode now in your possesion. Good for you.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep48_ToddBarry.mp3
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Behold, Dave Ross, in all his deep-voiced glory! From a Colfax hotel room Dave and I discuss being fan-boys of one and other, general podcast weariness, and how a generation of young comedians may be web-policing each other into utter blandness.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep47_DaveRoss.mp3
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Wende Curtis is Comedy Works. Comedy Works is Wende Curtis. Get to know the woman behind one of the greatest comedy clubs in the country. And her little dog Lucy. 

Direct download: MDRT_Ep46_WendeCurtis.mp3
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Portland-raised, Chicago-helmed, turned into a goddamn man by Los Angeles, Matt Braunger gets the dining room table treatment and waxes comedic on Korea, mustaches and Big Daddy Kane

Direct download: MDRT_Ep45_MattBraunger.mp3
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John Crist is hilarious. In any comedic realm. But he also just so happens to be one of the fastest rising stars in Christian comedy today. We sit down and talk mega-churches, five-tool athletes and Free Willy. 

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And then the Governor up and comes on your podcast! Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sat down to the dining room table to discuss sketchy 80's Denver, Kurt Vonnegut and why Peyton Manning is a real class act.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep43_JohnHickenlooper.mp3
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Troy Baxley is a Denver legend and he may just be the funniest comedian I've ever met. If you don't know him, your bad. Get to know the man, the myth, the leyenda, as Troy opens up about his past, his comedy career and narrowly surviving a recent brain-swelling that left him in the ICU. Baxley speaks! You should listen.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep42_TroyBaxley.mp3
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Live from Denver's (and my) High Plains Comedy Festival it's My Dining Room Table all up in your face! Coming at you from Mutiny Now bookstore and cafe I welcome Beth Stelling, Nick Thune, Andy Juett, Nate Bargatze, Emily Gordon and last-minute, boy-hero addition Kumail Nanjiani! Bees. Knees.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep41_LiveHighPlains.mp3
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Coming at you en plein air, TJ and I sat down in his parent's backyard in Denver to discuss growing up together, philosophy, and of course, death and people's aversion to discussing it openly. And how we both love East High School more than words can express. Hey-lo-lo, hey-lo-lo, hey!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep40_TJMiller.mp3
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Troy Walker, Denver native-son, lawyer, criminally-inept lover, amazing comedian, newest Denver addition to the New Faces at Montreal, sits down for the dining room table treatment to talk about quickly becoming one of the best comics in the city. And Prince.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep39_TroyWalker.mp3
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Coming at you life from the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase on South Broadway, I get weird at a tiki bar with some of my favorite local musicians including A. Tom Collins, Spells, In The Whale, Chella Negro and The Ned Garthe Explosion.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep38_LiveFromUMS.mp3
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Jonah Keri, author and all-star sits down at the Dining Room Table to talk baseball, fatherhood and why the Colorado Rockies are eternally doomed to fail. And why it's okay for comedy fans to like sports.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep.37_JonahKeri.mp3
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I sit down with Illegal Pete's impressario Pete Turner to talk about how a struggling, hole-in-the-wall Mission-style burrito joint in Boulder turned into a Colorado empire. While never losing it's sense of cool. We also talk Steinbeck, Van Morrison phoning it in at Red Rocks and fatherhood.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep36_PeteTurner.mp3
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Only fitting that the first episode of the summer features the King of Summah, Howard Kremer! I toured with Howard across the country on the Road to Oddball tour and somewhere along the way we broke out the podcasting gadgetry in a hotel room to talk Austin Stories, Dragon Boy Suede and why we are both about ready to stay in one place for awhile. Have a summah!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep35_HowardKremer.mp3
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Coming at you live from the Crom Comedy Festival in lovely Omaha, Nebraska I welcome Ben Kronberg, Ian Douglas Terry, Chris Charpentier, Dave Ross and Rory Scovel to the podcast. Feats of strength ensue.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep34_LiveFromCrom.mp3
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National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and Queen City of the Plains alleyway-wander Ken Arkind stopped by My Dining Room Table to talk about how a poet's life and a comic's life aren't all that different, and how he and I are both going to wind up old men, lamenting our lost Denver of yore. The parts we were born to play. Denver is lonesome for her heroes. Less so with Ken Arkind around.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep33_KenArkind.mp3
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Tommy Johnagin got the dining room table treatment on the balcony of the Comedy Works condo in scenic downtown Denver. We talked Letterman, babies and why Ken Griffey Jr. is the man.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep32_TommyJohnagin.mp3
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Emily Heller came by My Dining Room Table! We talked about Friday Night Lights! Then I asked her a bunch of questions and tried to make her answer on behalf of all female comedians. She did so politely and then schooled me on why it's annoying to always have to do exactly that. Then she showed me Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton videos! And we both agreed that their chemistry was something you cannot fake.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep31_EmilyHeller.mp3
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Ian Douglas Terry is the boy-prince of Omaha comedy. He also has three names. I love Omaha. I also have three names. Thus, we are dear friends. IDT is a punk-rock kid who got into comedy and basically just invented his own scene. DIY and all that. We caught up in a West Des Moines Hilton Garden Inn hotel room and talked shop, wrestling, then we got drunk and ate Mexican food and talked shit about Rory Scovel (after the outro music, secret track!). Somebody had to

Direct download: MDRT_Ep30_IanDouglasTerry.mp3
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Can you believe My Dining Room Table has been around one year?! I can. I was there for literally every episode. Trust me: it took a year. So we decided to celebrate with a live episode from the amazing Sidewinder Tavern, featuring Ben Roy and Chuck Coffey of the band Spells, Jordan Doll, Nathan Lund, Amber Tozer and Andrew Orvedahl! Rock. Thanks for a year, gang!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep29_OneYearLiveShow.mp3
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Bienvenue to the first MDRT episode of Ben and Adam Do Things, wherein I, Adam, team up with my buddy Ben Roy, he of Ben fame, and head out and do things! We intend to do these sporadically and for our inaugural effort, we headed out to buy pot, legally, as only us Coloradoans can. Enjoy.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep28_BenAndAdamDoThings.mp3
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Kyle Kinane is the type of guy who likes to roam around. He's never in one place. He roams from town to town. Today he wandered into Adam's dining room. And by Adam I mean me! Yes, this is the episode where we abandon the third-person facade and get right down to the truth that I, Adam Cayton-Holland, am writing these episode descriptions. So take it from me, this episode rules.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep27_KyleKinane.mp3
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Kevin Fitzgerald is like Forrest Gump but Irish. And not mentally disabled. The stand-up-comedian/star of Animal Planet's "Emergency Vets"/former crack security team-member for The Rolling Stones has lived one of those amazing, mercurial lives that defy all reason. He sits down with Adam to chat George Burns, P. Funk and Mongolian vultures. Par for the course.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep26_KevinFitzgerald.mp3
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Mustachioed fine gentleman Chris Charpentier stops by the dining room table to talk drugs, sports, and why it's not ever worth it to try during an improv class until you actually get to perform in front of an audience. Give this episode a listen and learn all about what makes Charpie tick. Sponsored by the one and only TRVE Brewing Company. Rock.

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Your pal and mine, comedian Kumail Nanjiani, stopped by Adam's house to talk about life, pop culture and growing up on Picket Fences in Pakistan! Get answers to important questions like, Will Doctor Jill Brock win the mayoral race?! Will Carter learn the secret of the UFO?! Has anyone ever actually googled "Picket Fences" to come up with random plot points for a podcast episode description!? Tune in and find out!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep24_KumailNanjiani.mp3
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Well hey there, kids! Look who stopped by to say hello! It's Rory Scovel! You know Rory? He brought a fancy piano-man to Conan and yelled! He also played the principal on Those Who Can't, Adam's (and Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy's) sitcom pilot thingee. He's a Southern gentleman and he's real nice and he knows Jack White personally! Listen as these two beardos talk about life, liberty and the persuit of doing the best comedic German accent on stage.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep23_RoryScovel.mp3
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Last time, we released an episode a few days late. This week we're releasing the episode a few days early. We are all about balance here at MDRT. Just like our guest, Baron Vaughn. Join Adam as he chats with Baron about important shit like what's the difference between single camera and multi-camera. Yeah. Important shit. Happy holidays, kids!

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Oh, sweet Bobby. Sweet, sweet Bob Gleeson. Adam's L.A. connection comes on the show to talk the BIZ, baby. Hollyweird. Werdowood. The Dream Factory. Like, for realzies. Take a listen as these two new Hollywood starlets gab their little heads off about their life as newly crowed stahhhhhhhrrrs! Oh, and Julia Robert's hideous legs.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep21_RobGleeson.mp3
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Geeks Who Drink's John Dicker is a man of many passions. He loves to challenge geeks nationwide with trivia and merriment. He enjoys some minor political discussion about 1970s presidential policies. And he loves being 40 and skateboarding on his own personal bowl and breaking his arm in the process. Like we say, many, many passions. Join Adam as he talks about the world of trivia with one of the most prominent nerds of our generation. Do you know what a rumble strip is for? Find out here!

Direct download: Ep20_JohnDicker.mp3
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Hey, team! Do you know what time it is?! It's Sam Tallent time, of course! Adam sits down with Denver's number one DIY troubador to talk about life and dogs and all sorts of rock 'n roll lifestyle wonderment. Sam attacks life like he attacked those offensive linemen back in high school... or was it defensive? Either way, the man is a force, a force for funny and good in this world, and you should catch him any time you can when he comes to your town, on your couch, in your basement.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep19_SamTallent.mp3
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Hi guys. This is Producer Taylor. I don't really get a chance to talk to you so I'm going to do so via this podacst description. I just want to say I'm sorry. I'm sorry to you guys, I'm sorry to Josh Blue, I'm sorry to Adam. This has been a real tough time for me, dealing with the loss of the first Josh Blue episode we recorded, and now the embarassment of losing part of the second recording. I hope you guys can find it in your hearts to forgive me, or at least to enjoy the 30-odd minutes of interview we did get with Josh, which are AWESOME. Adam and I both love Josh - he's a super nice dude and a super great comedian. We hope you enjoy this show, padded by a bit of Grawlix fun. And I promise - I'll do better next time. I will. Thanks for listening. Over and out. -Producer Taylor

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And now Adam welcomes the first musician to the show! Aaron Collins is the lead singer and songwriter of A. Tom Collins, and he was formerly the guitar player for Denver's legendary Machine Gun Blues. The dudes talk partying. Partying hard. Partying long. Partying till the sun comes up, or the ping pong table gets thrown, or your goddamn tooth gets knocked out. Listen to a couple songs resulting from Aaron's partying on this episode, and be sure to check out A. Tom Collins' new album, Stick & Poke.

Direct download: Ep17_AaronCollins.mp3
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And now for Adam's first expert guest! Sexy Pizza and Denver Relief's Kayvan Khalatbari joins ACH to discuss flower (a.k.a. marijuana for the layman) and all the ways things are going down in Colorado, gettin high-wise. Kayvan is the man in Colorado marijuana industry and in the entreprenuer interested in supporting comedians industry. We hope you like the conversation! Be sure to check out Sexpot Comedy, that is if you ever get invited to the exclusive comedy event put on at Sexy Pizza South. 

Direct download: MDRT_Ep16_KayvanKhalatbari.mp3
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Chuck Roy. Denver Comedy's patron saint. The Man. The Myth. The Bear. The gentleman who left LalaLand behind and said no. Adam checks in with one of the titans of Denver comedy who happens to be a big fan of parks, sunsets, the board game Risk, and comparing comedy to all manner of other industries. Get all up inside the Hollywierd machine with Chuck, y'all. It's a mesmerizing ride!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep15_ChuckRoy.mp3
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So guess what, guys? It turns out Adam co-created the High Plains Comedy Festival on August 23rd and 24th just so he could record his first live podcast! Not a terrible reason. Not a great reason either, but as you shall hear, the results were phenominal! Join your ole Denver-lovin' pal ACH as he chats with comedians Ben Roy, David Gborie, Kyle Kinane, Kurt Baunohler and special guest Marc Maron with an extra special appearance by Matt Braunger! Holy cripes! Meyhem ensues! Racial tension is released! Hotel secrets are revealed! Don't miss out, kiddos. It's a good one.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep14_LiveFromHPCF.mp3
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Behold! The man! The myth! The legend of Ian Karmel! Can this powerful comedy beast of a man from Portland be real!? Of course he is, numbskull. Pull your head out of your ass... and listen in as ACH and the Mayor/Governor of Portland talk hometown loyalty, sports, music and whatnot.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep13_IanKarmel.mp3
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Adam takes a moment at the begining of this episode to remember his sister who passed away a year ago this month. He is then joined by Bryan Cook, maestro of mean, the principal of put-downs and the director of hey okay you can stop it now that was really uncalled for and you're hurting my feelings. Take a moment to listen as these two friends share stories and jabs, won't you?

Direct download: MDRT_Ep12_BryanCook.mp3
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Back to back brother episodes? Really? Yeah, really. That's how we roll at MDRT. Evan and Adam Nix are two of the finest filmmakers around. They make The Grawlix web series with your boy ACH et al, and they filmed the pilot for Those Who Can't. So if you're looking for some kick-ass guerilla filmmakers in the muthaheffin Denver mist who moonlight as a fake German electro band, look no further.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep11_NixBros.mp3
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Adam's streak of superior guests continues with Randy and Jason Sklar. They are two of the coolest dudes going, and they also happen to be two of the twinniest brothers in comedy! Join these three sports nuts as they discuss the important things: baseball, comedy, John Elway and life.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep10_SklarBros.mp3
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Well look who decided to have two female guests in a row!? ...It's Adam, you guys. Adam decided to do that. So... yeah... that's the answer to the question. Look, I don't know why you're still skateboarding around here all menacingly. I just told you. It's Adam Cayton-Holland. Yes. Comedian and interviewer extraordinaire. Yes. YES! Look, I appreciate your need for rebellion, but Adam sat down to talk to his pal and fellow stand-up comedian, Mara Wiles, and they hashed some shit out and y'all need to just be cooL with it! She has lupus, she had kidney surgery, she's doing much better, GET OVER IT FICTIONAL SKATE-PUNK KIDS! SHEESH.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep9_MaraWiles.mp3
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MTV's Nikki Glaser is a good pal of ACH's. She appeared in the pilot for Those Who Can't as his love interest, and funnily enough, love is one of their shared interests! Or at least love disgused as lust for stand-up comedians. Join Nikki and Adam as they discuss the wonderful world of makin' it, in every sense of the word.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep8_NikkiGlaser.mp3
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Holy moly, what a show! Adam traveled to the great state of Nebraska to perform on the OK Party Comedy kids' Crom Comedy Festival. While he was there, he grabbed up some audio interviews with comedians in various states of sobriety or lack thereof. On this episode there are interviews with Ian Douglas Terry, Timmy Williams, Zack Peterson, Bobby Crane, Ron Funches, Howard Kremer (who led everyone in a beautiful prayer circle), Davie Gborie, Stephanie Hasz, Sam Tallent, Chris Charpentier, Ben Roy and Sean Patton. How's about them apples?

Direct download: MDRT_Ep7_CromFest.mp3
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Adam talks to Mr. California, a.k.a. Chris Garcia about comedy in San Fran and L.A. and about dealing with real life shit on stage. The audio was a bit wonky on this one - y'all can blame Taylor... AND y'all can go suck yah own dicks.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep6_ChrisGarcia.mp3
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Erin Rollman and Brian Colonna are Denver theatre impresarios. They, along with their fellow Buntportians, have built one of the best and most consistently compelling theatre companies in the whole world. Adam talks to them about how they did it, and how their definition of success has everything to do with lifestyle and very little to do with fame and fortune... but also a lot to do with hardcore birdcage fucking. Like, hardcore. Seriously. Hard. Core.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep5_Buntport.mp3
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Andrew Orvedahl is the final member of the Grawlix to appear on MDRT - THERE SHALL BE NO OTHERS! Mostly because there are no others. Adam asks his pal Andy about his salad years filled with plastic surgery and 3 hour commutes to $7/hour jobs. Plus Twitter follower statistic gauntlets are thrown about with reckless abandon. Don't miss out on the carnage!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep4_AndrewOrvedahl.mp3
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In this, the third installment, Adam and comedian/podcaster Jonah Ray share a good dog talk. Oh, and they discuss stand-up, L.A. vs. anywhere else, and some band names get thrown around all willy nilly-like!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep3_JonahRay.mp3
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The hilarious and gregarious Sean Patton joins Adam on episode two to discuss a lifetime of bedwetting and OCD... oh, and to make the funnies and shit-talk Hollywood.

Direct download: MDRT_Ep2_SeanPatton.mp3
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On Adam's first episode, he talks to comedian and fellow Grawlix member Ben Roy about sobriety, Denver, and how he can go all jiu jitsu on your ass while wrestling a gigantic snake!

Direct download: MDRT_Ep1_BenRoy.mp3
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