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Willie Macc – “If that’s true, then what else is true?”

Brian and Drew are joined by LA actor, writer, standup comedian and all around creative person Willie Macc. We have a great conversation that ranges from projects to stay sane during the pandemic/lockdown, maximizing your first appearance on stage, leveling up your writing by asking the question “If that’s true, then what else is true?”

Willie shares some of his interactions he had with comedy legends such as Bernie Mac and Dave Chappelle and we even break down some X’s and O’s of the LA comedy scene basketball team, tune in to find out who takes the last shot of this lineup of standup comedy stars and much more!

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Adrienne Iapalucci – “Baby Skeletons”

Brian and Drew are joined by NYC standup comedian Adrienne Iapalucci. Discussion includes delivering dark material, the benefits of writing with other comics you trust, why having a managers isn’t always a good thing, plus much more!

We break down some material from her new comedy album “Baby Skeletons.” Plus hear just how much of a train wreck Adrienne’s first manager was on her Just For Laughs trip.

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Jessica Watkins “Special–ish”

Brian and Drew are joined by Standup Comedian and Filmmaker, Jessica Watkins. The discussion with Jessica is inspiration for comedians to take on projects that can compliment your growth as a standup act. Her documentary “Special-ish” serves as a great example of a creative way to expand your name in the in comedy industry. They discuss funding large projects, editing, storytelling, networking, and much more!

For over eight months Jessica pushed a running stroller from Lewes, DE to Oceanside, California performing standup in a dozen cities along the way and filmed the whole adventure. Part comedy special, part documentary the feature film SPECIALish premiered at the 2019 Broad Humor Film Festival winning Best Feature Film, and is slated to be released through Random Media, April 2021.

Learn more: http://www.jessicawatkinscomedy.com/specialish-documentary

Looking back at Season 2 with Brian & Drew!

Brian and Drew reflect on our interviews from season 2 from comedians Jeff Dye to Mark Normand. We talk about our key takeaways and how it has helped us grow as comics. We also take a look into Season 3 including a clip from Adrienne Iapalucci who joins us on our first episode.

We discuss our online feedback mic — email breakingdownbits@gmail.com to request a spot – they are Tuesday nights at 9pm CST. We also talk about our upcoming shows in Austin, TX at WTF Icehouse on 1/29 and Lafayette, LA on 3/12 opening for Breaking Down Bits Season 2 Guest, Ian Lara!

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Mark Normand – “Comedy”

Comedy! Mark Normand joins the show and shares valuable insight for comics at any level including the early stages of podcasting, joke writing, trying out bits on stage, and much more! We break down a clip from his new special “Out to Lunch” Available now on YouTube and talk about his podcast “Tuesdays with Stories.”

What a great time with Mark to wrap up our season two. Who drops a surprise towards the end of the interview!

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Christina Catherine Martinez – “Clowning”

Wow! So much fun and such a unique prospective on comedy shared by LA art critic turned comedian, Christina Catherine Martinez. She shares some interesting influences in her comedic style including Philippe Gaulier’s clown philosophies that she was able to apply and reach new levels of vulnerability and honesty on stage.

This episode takes a different approach breaking down a television commercial parody that Christina created in collaboration with several other comedians in place of our usual standup comedy clip. We hope this clip and episode inspire you to explore other avenues to reaching audiences through your comedy than standup.

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Jay Jurden – “Autonomy & Anonymity”

You will pick up quickly that Jay Jurden’s passion for standup comedy is infectious. He shares so many great insights that can benefit comics at all levels including topics such as act outs, comedy contests, prepping for big sets, naming your debut album, and much more. Stick around through the end to find out why autonomy and anonymity is important as a comic.

Jay regularly performs comedy all over the country and has been seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonComedy Central Digital, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His debut album, Jay Jurden Y’all, debuted #1 on iTunes. Jay was selected as one of Just for Laughs Festival’s New Faces 2019. Vulture named him one of the “Comedians You Should and Will Know in 2020.”

Find Jay’s album and more on his website: https://jayjurden.com and follow him on social @jayjurden

Breaking Down Bits is hosted by Comedians Brian Gendron @thebriangendron and Drew Jordan @drewistalkward

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Joyelle Nicole Johnson – “Hitting Beats”

Catch our interview with comedian, actor, and writer Joyelle Nicole and find out what two pieces of advice Dave Chappelle gave her early in her career that helped her. We talk about how she was able to land some of her early breaks, writing standup, writing for television, and much more! We break down a set from Comedy Central Presents. All comedians, aspiring comedians, or just comedy fans will take away a few things from our talk with Joyelle.

“Comedy is mathematical and math is music so when you hit certain beats the audience is going to laugh.” – JNJ

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Ian Lara – “Always Bring It”

Ian’s accent in comedy is inspirational for anyone new to comedy or for maybe has been in it for a while and hasn’t gotten any big breaks. By staying focused and being patient he was able to earn the respect of comics that were able to help him further his career including landing a spot on the Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and HBO.

His message is clear, put the work in upfront so you can always bring it when you go onstage. Even if you bomb, comics and bookers will take notice you are putting in the effort. So many great tips and helpful experiences shared. Enjoy this excellent conversation with Ian Lara!

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John Caparulo – “Pippen > Jordan”

Yes you read that right, Pippen is better than Jordan. Find out how that statement helped John find his first manager as he discusses what comedians should be looking for in their own manager. We also cover writing on stage, finding your voice, finding comedy from your most frustrating and uncomfortable experiences and so much more.

We break down a set from John’s “Caplets” project where he decided to stop working on hour specials and focus on writing a new set every 30 days. Over a period of three and a half years he relapsed 44 of these all found on his YouTube channel and website – https://johncaparulo.com. You can also find his new comic book series! What a joy it was to talk comedy with John, enjoy!