2019 continues to be better than we thought it would be. Our Ep. 67 guests are stand-up comedian, writer, actor Sean Patton; actor, writer, producer Eric Lockley; and musician, comedian, artist Caitlin Cook.
It's February, the month of love, Black History Month, the month of the sauna and the red carpet for Christian and Shonali! Our first guest of the night is Eric Lockley, an actor, writer, producer and a winner of the Amateur Night at the Apollo as a seven year old! Eric is one of the founders of the Movement Theater and a Producing Artistic Leader. Eric was one of the producers of a powerful interactive experimental theatrical hit show called What To Send Up When It Comes Down by Aleshea Harris which was created to honor the black lives lost to “racialized violence." We talk collective truths, comedy in drama, how much fish is too much fish and Jennifer Lewis as next year's Oscar Host. Watch Eric's web series Blacker here!
For the first time ever in WDEK history, audience members, Catherine and Brad, have a lover's quarrel in the middle of our show. Shonali and Christian as love experts, naturally decide to bring them up on stage to discuss their problems. Shonali takes lead as a couples therapist. Christian is a skeptic.
Our second guest is comedian, writer and actor Sean Patton. You've seen him on Comedy Central, Fallon, Conan. Sean has Shonali's back regarding her comment about her husband's fart sounding like a question mark. Sean is from the wonderful city of New Orleans. Shonali got married there. We talk the Howling Wolf, Hurricane Katrina and Sean is emphatic that Spike Lee should have won an Oscar for When The Levees Broke . What joke does Sean tell when a stranger who finds out he's a comedian asks him to tell a joke?? Lucky for you we did not edit it out of this episode although we thought about it! Sean just returned from performing in China. Who do you know that has done that? Check out Sean's new podcast coming out later this month along with our next guest Caitlin Cook called Five Words.
We Get It Off Your Chest with audience member Jako Borren. Shonali does not appreciate strangers passing off their unfunny stories to her as a gift to her to use for on the stage. Christian talks about proper gifting techniques for clothing. Jako has not one but two GIOYC's regarding Black History Month and Valentine's Day.
Our final guest is musician, comedian, and artist Caitlin Cook. She happens to also be Sean Patton's girlfriend. The show comes full circle, we talk about love and what sealed the deal for Caitlin regarding her relationship with Sean. Caitlin has a master's degree in maritime archeology. Find out why Shonali is flipping out over who Caitlin's grandfather is. Although she wrote her first song at 4 years old, she never really felt the urge to perform due to growing up in LA where every kid is in show biz. Now that Caitlin has a code of conquering fears, she performs often to get over her stage fright. She performs her music under the moniker Candid Bandit to distinguish from her comedy music. Caitlin is preparing to perform her one woman show in Edinburgh this summer. Her new EP Bridges to Burn release party is on April 5th at Rockwood. Go see her! She performs a beautiful cover of Eiffel 65's Blue and an original titled Howl from her new EP. Enjoy!