Comedian Sara Hennessey on her move to Brooklyn, the Kids in the Hall and how homegrown comedy is treated in Canada, her new album They Know Too Much, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts.
John Mulaney is a comedian who originally hails from Chicago but currently calls Los Angeles home. One of the most gifted comedic voices of his generation and a brilliant standup, Mulaney wrote for Saturday Night Live between 2008 and 2014, co-creating memorable characters like Bill Hader’s Stefon. Recently he and Nick Kroll conceived of a pair of elder, opinionated New Yorkers in a stage show called Oh, Hello on Broadway, which they took to Broadway and filmed for a new Netflix special, which debuts June 13. His own 2015 standup special for Netflix, The Comeback Kid, is coming to vinyl, CD, and mp3 in June as well, courtesy of Drag City Records, and he’s touring his new show, Kid Gorgeous, across North America, including stops in western Canadian cities and a stand at Just for Laughs in Montreal in July. John and I caught up recently to discuss most of the aforementioned projects and people, as well as Donald Trump, Hasan Minhaj’s remarks at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, the Obamas, comedy’s role in the current political climate, Seth Meyers, meeting Bill Clinton in 1992, another new show he’s making with Nick Kroll, music, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee.
Hasan Minhaj is a talented comedian and writer currently based in New York City. Having gained acclaim for his web series The Truth with Hasan Minhaj, and his work as a stand-up comedian and actor, Minhaj earned a spot as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he continues to appear with Stewart’s replacement, host Trevor Noah. Between September 23 and 25, Minhaj will appear at Toronto’s Royal Theatre, as part of the JFL42 comedy festival with his highly successful off-Broadway show, Homecoming King. Here, Hasan and I discuss what it’s like in Minneapolis, his cool coffee order fix, knowing you’re a weirdo, half an ice cream and smart consuming, interviewing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on The Daily Show, a political crush and Hogwart’s, embracing Justin, losing Obama, the POTUS and FLOTUS and swag, releasing the socio-political Kraken, America’s publicly annotated downfall, temporal confusion, Canada’s short election cycle, a harried nation divided, belittling a belittlers, dumb and racist, E.Q. not I.Q., a no-lose situation, the voices of Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah, correspondent freedom, new bosses don’t have easy jobs, after the DNC and RNC, pop-ins by Stew Beef, Homecoming King and growing up in the agricultural town of Davis, California, a love story, acceptance and whiteness, Bethany Reed and secret interracial love, log kya sochenge, a special New Year’s announcement, when he address Congress about gun control, and that was it.