The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper visited Donald Trump’s rally in Nashville on March 15, 2017 to ask supporters “Why Is President Trump Campaigning Again?” His report aired on Comedy Central Tuesday 3/21:
“I was talking to comedian Billy Wayne Davis last year about where he was in his career after having done comedy for over a decade and he said, “I knew my path was going to take a little longer.” That self-awareness comes from the knowledge that as a Tennessee born-and-raised comic with the accent to prove it, juxtaposed with a big picture progressive outlook on the world’s most vexing issues, he would have an uphill battle to do the kind of comedy he wanted to do, especially in his current home of Los Angeles. In the course of his unconventionally persistent career he’s done Last Comic Standing, WTF, and a freedom-based road trip documentary with Morgan Spurlock for CMT. Recently he added another unique feather to his comedy cap: the full-length album Billy Wayne Davis Live at Third Man Records. Recording a comedy album in one take, directly to vinyl, is a rare experience for a comic in the digital age. I talked to Davis about the process of recording at Nashville’s Third Man Records, avoiding pandering, and his plans for 2017.”
Read the interview with BW at SplitSider.com.
Chad Riden loves hot food, especially Nashville hot chicken. A buddy tagged him on a facebook post advertising an eating competition in Franklin, TN and Riden had nothing planned for that night so he went. Turns out, he won.. and CBS This Morning happened to be there filming as snot ran down his nose and people around him vomited. “I almost died in this video,” says Chad. “If you pause it at 3:01 you’ll see a wounded animal, barely holding on to life.”
Riden runs a monthly stand-up comedy show in Nashville called “Comedy Cataclysm” where comics eat hot chicken and then attempt to tell jokes. The next one is December 17th at Third Coast Comedy Club and features a special headlining set from musician Mishka Shubaly.
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Nashville Public Radio ran a nice story about #BrokenRecordShow featuring interviews with and clips of Chad Riden, D.J. Buckley, Mary Jay Berger, Narado Moore and Megan Gailey. Thanks to Kevin Gotkin for hanging out at the show and for producing this story! Listen in / read the transcript on WPLN’s website: “Nashville’s World Record Comedy-Thon Basks In The Absurdity Of Endurance Feats”.
Our friend Tony Youngblood wrote a lovely profile of Nashville comedian and musician Sean Parrott which was published in Nashville Arts Magazine. The full interview is available on their website, NashvilleArts.com. Here is an excerpt, where Sean explains how he started becoming interested in performing stand-up:
“I was writing plays in college and looking for a more self-centered way to make people laugh, without all the trouble of sets, costumes and, worst of all, actors. (Don’t trust anyone who wants to lie for a living.)”
Read the full interview over at NashvilleArts.com.