Get To Know Will Weldon Before Everyone Else Does (Which Will Be…Anytime Now)

You might as well surrender now because you are no match for “babyface” Weldon. He will win you over with his twinkly gaze and razor sharp wit. A transplant from the land of hockey and poutine, Will Weldon is making his mark on the LA comedy scene. His comedy style is reminiscent of Woody Allen, only much less whiney. Will has performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Seattle Comedy Competition and is a regular at the Hollywood Improv. He’s had several TV and commercial roles and will be winning audiences over at Riot LA and the San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival. PLEASE be sure to check out his Bill Burr impression as well because it is priceless! Johnny Pemberton step aside because there’s a new kid in town and he means business.

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Brendon Walsh Is Covered In Vomit

Remember what happened when the Gremlins ate after midnight? Well, apparently that’s what happens when you interview Brendon Walsh. Sheer madness. Pure intoxication.  You just have to love him and bear with the hilarious consequences. I’d like to believe Brendon was aboard Ken Kesey’s school bus with the “Merry Pranksters” and was accidentally dropped off in the lovely land of Philly. Brendon got his comedy chops in Austin, TX where he won “The Funniest Person in Austin” contest. From there he toured as opening act for Doug Stanhope for two years and started popping up all over the place. He has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “Last Comic Standing”, “Premium Blend”, “The Bob & Tom Show” and “Conan”. Brendon is about to embark on the Summer Value Tour with Toddy Barry and Neil Hamburger. Plus, he has a very hush, hush project in the works with Comedy Central. Brendon, of course, is MOST notorious for his bevy of pranks. On the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast (episode 60) he recanted the story of a crank call where he used a spoof card to call his good, good friend and try to convince said friend that he had raped his wife. Yes, you read that correctly. That is what I’d call pushing the limits of comedy TO THE MAX. Oh! That reminds me. He also does a Deathsquad podcast with Randy Liedtke and Davey Johnson called “The Bone Zone“. So hide those cookies, stash the Evian, and pull down the blinds. Consider Brendon the Mogwai unleashed!

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Pop Science Collective Awesomeness

You may have never heard of Super/Collider, but you may have to re-prioritize your interests after you read this little slice of heaven. Based out of East London and founded by Chris Hatherill—former tech, music and fashion journalist for both Dazed & Confused and Vice—Super/Collider is dubbed a “pop science collective”. It blends the worlds of pop culture and science into events that tantalize every demographic, bringing up questions about the world around us. This weekend, Super/Collider is curating the Vauxhall Ampera x Super/Collider Science Weekend at the new Kings Cross Filling Station (gas station, for those of us who are not privy to UK lingo) in London. We were lucky enough to get the low down on the event with Chris Hatherill himself, and the following is the product of our two masterminds.

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Skulls & Comedy: Meet Illustrator Dave Kloc

I recall the first time I attended “The Meltdown” comedy show at the Nerdmelt theatre in Hollywood. I came away from the experience feeling extremely satisfied, but it wasn’t only for the reasons you might think. Yes, I laughed heartily. There were amazing comics performing that evening. What else was it that made my night so complete? Well, I’d been lucky enough to purchase one of the most fantastic pieces of artwork I’d seen in a great, great while. And who was responsible for this brilliant work? A man by the name of Dave Kloc. I was not yet writing for SO at that time but I continued to attend “The Meltdown” show and admire the work of an obviously, gifted artist. Well, I’m ecstatic to say I finally have the privilege to share my admiration of this phenomenal illustrator and ultra cool person. Let his work speak for itself. Let his words please you even more. Enjoy!

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Podcast Out To 5 Of Our Favorites

Need a break from satellite radio on that long commute home? Searching for a distraction from those boring meetings? Longing to eradicate Bob Costas’ voice from your brain bank? Well, you are in luck my friend! We’ve found just the podcasts that will tickle your funny bone, massage your noggin, and soothe the savage Hulk inside you. Listen and laugh, people!

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You Should Absolutely Know Jim Hamilton

Comedian Jim Hamilton is one of our all-time favorites here at Serial Optimist, and if you aren’t familiar with him, we are big time excited to introduce. His new album Poems About the Ocean (out now) is a must listen, and after you read this interview you will first: be an instant fan, second: buy his album, third: smile hard. Enjoy.

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Rachel Bloom Is Just The Best

Her musical comedy videos are bigger head turners than Ryan Lochte’s grill. F*** Me Ray Bradbury alone has garnered her close to 2 million YouTube views. For peet’s sake, this viral commodity was nominated for a Hugo Science Fiction award! Her music videos have been featured on Funny or Die, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Wired and more. She has inspired many to learn the art of music by seeking out tutors from institutions such as takelessons. But this show tune lovin’ bookworm isn’t resting on her video success laurels just yet. She has also managed to impress us with her live musical sketch shows. And she landed one of the few female writer gigs on the insanely popular Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken”. Score! Who is this voluptuous braniac? She is no other than the delightful, the twisted, the alluring Rachel Bloom! Find out how she has transformed from grandparent-grandchild lookalike contest winner to today’s triple threat.

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Jesse Popp Brings The Smiles

You ever wonder who is one of the guys responsible for making that pasty and ginger late-night host get all the laughs every night? Well, I have a few hints for you. He’s a former resident of Michigan. He co-produced the weekly “Beauty Bar Comedy Show” in New York for 5 years. He taped a Comedy Central “The Half Hour” special you surely watched. Give up yet? He’s got a comedy album out called “You Stink” which you plan to buy. He’s probably delivered your newspaper, repaired your roof, measured your feet, parked your car, or sold you bath salts in Detroit. OK, maybe that last one was a fib. It’s Jesse Popp for goodness sakes! If you want to know what makes this sarcastic wizard tick either expend all that extra energy wiki’ng him or simply scroll down and feast your eyes on the gift that awaits you. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals!

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Photographer Spotlight: Sasha Phyars-Burgess

23-year-old photographer Sasha Phyars-Burgess takes photographs so that “I can learn how to love people better, so that I remember how I felt and what I saw in certain moments, and because very honestly, this is the only thing I know how to do, and the only thing I want to do.” Sasha is currently working on a series about living in Berlin using crisp black and whites that bring out the shadows and oddities of the Berlin art world.

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