studio intern Jush here. This week’s episode is a little less xtreme than I’d like. Like on a scale of grinding fresh powder on top of Mt. Rushmore and visiting the Liberty Bell, this is the visiting-Lincoln’s-birthplace-and-grinding-on-the-edge-of-that-giant-stump of podcasting.
Jon’s guest this week is the very fun and funny Brock Wilbur, who is the kickflipping-off-the-Washington-Monument of podcast guests. Check out his album as well.
but yah its a good episode i mean they do say some pretty rottenlike things about Wayne Static which isn’t cool but as an intern i must remain impartial.
* * * show notes will hereon be handled by network intern Jush * * * hi all todays episode of jrtp podcast on the BLASTR AUDIO NETWERK is REAL HOT ALL and comedy of REAL SIZE its mad fresh like a day at the mall where you dont buy anything but you didnt have to buy anything? cause you were just having fun with the boys at the emo spencers be sure to rate teh show in ItUNES and like it on thefacebook peeaz Jush
Truly I thought that was that for the show. I was at the end of my rope, but then I was handed…another rope. In the form of the Blaster Audio Netwerk! Starting next week, Jon Reads the Paper will be released as part of this prestigious audio conglomerate.
Find out more in this announcement minisode!
I know! I’m excited too!
If you will, allow me to get REAL with you. It has been a good two years and change that I’ve been doing this podcast and I think it’s time to throw in the towel. My dear pappy always told me: you need to know when to quit, and when to quit is always.
So it’s been quite a ride, but I’ve had my fill. Due to health issues* and financial issues (me not getting paid) I have decided to call it in. Please enjoy this last episode with one Art Hickman.
Sorry I didn’t make it to 100.
*not my own**
**not those of anyone I know. Just health issues worldwide and with people in general
Hi people one day in the future from yesterday and four days from Thanksgiving! Did you have a good Thanksgiving, which was three days ago yesterday, when I was thinking about how you might respond to this question about how your Thanksgiving was?
And a Hearty Hallowumbus to you too! Coming straight at you from two days in the past, it’s yesterday’s news. Join my self and Nariko Ott as we devote most of our conversation to the intense battle between Homeland and The Good Wife. WHO WILL WIN?*
*We all of us win.
Joining me this week are Comedy Palz Jimmy Newstetter and Christian Ricketts who are both empirically the best. You might remember them from comedy and being on this podcast other times. And for their charity work!
As we get nearer to 100 episodes, I’d like to engineer some sort of milestone episode for #100. Some big-deal sort of thing. Perhaps a fireworks episode? Jon reads the fireworks packaging.
I had to search and make sure I didn’t title another episode “Any Given Sunday,” because it’s such a bad title I surely had used it by now. But here it is. All original.
I made sure.
I Googled it.
Maybe my favorite tag on any joke is when the comic says that. Because entering the joke as you tell it, word-for-word, into a search engine is an airtight way to be sure that somebody didn’t come up with the same joke.
That was my two-sentence rant about amateur comedy. Enjoy the podcast!
I’m way sorry if this is how you have to hear the news. On a podcast. That you can’t take your gun into the Starbucks anymore. It’s fiercely uncool and totally impinging on my ability to be a free American. Yours too.
I guess all we can do is pick up the pieces and carry on. So carry along with us. Whitney Streed joins me this week as we discuss guns, the Pope, and the lack of coverage of Kenya (it turns out you can’t cover news that hasn’t happened yet).
Oh, and come to Helium on Thursday, September 19 for the Host Auditions. I am one of the select few and somewhat-proud.
I’m also quite excited to say we have a new sponsor on this week’s episode. I might recommend checking out our previous sponsored episode, #26: Shoe City, because, well, it’s not necessary but it provides context.
Otherwise, keep it etc!
This time, I sidelined the news, and we read Choose Your Own Adventure book #39: SUPERCOMPUTER. My wonderful panel includes Brian Nickerson, Jason Traeger, Joann Schinderle, Dan Weber, Jimmy Newstetter, Shane Torres and Steven Wilber.
Enjoy it or something!
Super Fantastic episode this week! I’ve been meaning to get her on the show, and finally, via the miracle of Skype, I present my rad and talented sister Erin! Any slowness to the conversation is my fault; I thought it would be funny to try and delay talking about the newspaper for as long as I could, essentially stalling the episode on purpose.
What results is a typical conversation I have with my sister. And those are my favorite conversations.
This week, I finally get Marissa Louise on the show. She’s an excellent illustrator, a former co-worker, and all-around great person. We talk about Ed Snowden, independent film, and wingmen. I’m fairly certain I fail to explain all these things. Enjoy it!
This week, the delightful Jeremy Eli (I don’t have a link for him, but…you know) jumps into the fray to untangle Carlos Danger, Danica Patrick, and BEARS. Truly, this is the most terrifying episode of Jon Reads the Paper.
Please and enjoy and such.
What a super time we had on this week’s episode! For some reason during the episode I try to make the guests a surprise, but for the sake of backlinks (if I used that term correctly; I probably did not) I will name them and say that I had a great time with Barbara Holm and Christian Ricketts. I don’t know what more there is to say in these notes other than, you know, follow me on twitter and write a review on the ol’ iTunes.
SHOW NOTES TO FOLLOW! JUST ENJOY THE GOODNESS
HULLO. This is a hyper-interesting episode of Jon Reads the Paper. This week I take my first call, and not just any call, but an interview with a Newsmaker, in what I like to call our new NEWSMAKERS segment. Please tweet at me or email at me whatcha think of the variety of format; I’d love to know how much you love it.
Super Special Thanks to:
Everyone else can go soak their respective heads.
Another week, another newspaper inches closer to its fate. The Oregonian recently announced huge cutbacks on staff and delivery frequency as print media flops around and tries to figure out what’s up. Blithely criticizing it with me this week is Zak Toscani, comedian and all-around good folk. Enjoy!
This was a gosh-darned fun episode to do. This week we have Curtis Cook in the building, talking about the Pacific Northwest and our collective desire to leave. Please check out Curtis; he’s doing some of my favorite comedy in town these days.
Those days, not so much.
It’s always hard when your favorite character leaves a show. This episode is a tearful goodbye to great guest and great guy Jeff Oliver, who was not just a character on this show, but a a character IN OUR LIVES.
Otherwise, please come to Helium Friday, June 7, at 7:30 for my preliminary round of the Portland’s Funniest Person Contest. It’s a real thing. That can’t be denied. Email me if you wanna go for free.
This week I step into the octagon with Shane Torres, all-around good guy. I’m not sure what else to say here; we pretty much say everything in the show. Enjoy it; it’s one of the good ones! (There are no bad ones, though)
Nick Walker joins me in a monumental task in Jon Reads the Paper history. This week, I’ve been afforded an amazing opportunity in the “journalism” world. I can’t say much more and you should probably just enjoy the episode instead of reading these notes that nobody reads.
Sometimes I’m not sure if there is a point to the show notes. If you read the show notes, and email me, I will send you a quarter of a dollar. That’s twenty-five cents American.
This week I have Art Santana on for a chat. He works at Ground Kontrol, one of my favorite places in Portland! We talk about the shape apple pie comes in and eating cinnamon and just food and its extremes in general. It was a genial time. Come get genial with us, won’t you?
I don’t know what to say. It’s been a stellar weekend for me. The 2013 Bridgetown Comedy festival has come and passed, and now I’m posting a podcast from during it. As far as I can tell, a big part of Bridgetown is comics doing one another’s podcast during the daytime as they recover from the daydrinking of the day before.
Emmett Montgomery joins me this week in splendor! He dresses like a classy whaler and is truly a delight of a human being.
We are mere days away from Bridgetown (my first as a performer). Every sort of pride, stress, excitement and joy to be found in Portland comedy is this coming weekend. If you’re in town, check it out. There’s no better opportunity to see some of Portland’s best mixed in with the whole nation’s best. And Nature’s Best as well.
Otherwise, check out my schedule for the weekend to see when you can catch some greatness. Unoficially, you can also see me at midnight at Ground Kontrol on the 18th, with other Bridgetowners Gabe Dinger, Andrew Orvedahl, and Jake Weisman, and hosted by none other than Ian.
Let’s not make every post the “I haven’t posted here in a while” post. I’ma get better about punctuality.
Part of why this episode took so long was schedule calibration. Like a month ago, I had Nic Goans on the show, but the episode just wasn’t my favorite (a lot of intermittent crying, most of it unplanned) so I wanted a do-over. And here it is, and it is well worth the wait. Enjoy it nonetheless.
I want you to know this was the first time I ever spelled “nonetheless” right the first time.
This was quite probably one of the most fun episodes I’ve done. There was plenty in the news what with that broken boat and the pope quit and the President made a speech. Navigating these stagnant waters with me this week is Anthony Lopez, one of the funniest people I know.
Oh, and I forgot to mention what happened with the live episode on this episode. Maybe next episode. Great, now I’m having an episode. ACK!
That last paragraph was a “Cathy” cartoon strip.
I’m experiencing a lot of guilt about how long I sat on this episode. I may or may not have mentioned, but I moved a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t yet set up internet service. The building I moved into provides a free–but very slow–connection, and it can’t handle uploading a 45-megabyte file.
Still, this week’s episode is a great one. I’m happy to have Campy Draper (producer of the Spicy News and recent progenitor of Tweets of Lore) and Mandy Alietta (also of the Spicy News and general awesomeness) on the show this week.
And, if you haven’t made your plan for this Thursday yet, write in the second ever Live Taping of Jon Reads the Paper into your calendar! It’s gonna be quite rad.
Right now I’m in a crepe place and I came here thinking it would be more of a cafe but it seems like more of a sit down and have dinner or have dessert when you’re the kinda person who treats dessert as its own separate outing like you ate at home but you went out for dessert kind of place. And on top of that, there’s only one outlet in here and it’s right next to the one other person in here so I’m just right over her shoulder frantically ticking and ticking and ticking away at this keyboard I bet it’s really cheesing her off.
Very happy to have Alex Falcone on the show, who was nice enough to let me use his equipment. Kind of made me feel like I was on his show, Read it and Weep. (What a seamless plug!) Joining as well is Barbara Holm, who writes on Falcone’s Late Night Action and is a delightful person to boot!
And remember: the second live taping of Jon Reads the Paper goes down Thursday, February 7 at the Tonic Lounge! Be at there!
Such goodness this week. According to massive media, you’re all sick with the flu. So once you’re sick of all that sweet sweet daytime television programming, why not pump a little Jon Reads the Paper into your system?
In the good news department, I’m happy to announce the second ever live taping of Jon Reads the Paper! Thursday, February 7, at the Tonic Lounge in sunny Portland! Tell your friends! Stay tuned for the lineup!
Otherwise, make sure to write a review on iTunes, as always!
You’re just not.
Coming back at you, in full force, it’s one more episode of Jon Reads the Paper! This week I’ve got Gabe Dinger and Christian Ricketts joining me. It gets fun. It gets serious. It gets somewhere in between. Truly I enjoyed this episode, as you will. By force. You have to enjoy this podcast.
You also have to leave a review on iTunes.
And you have to like us on Facebook.
The Sunday New York Times is insane. It turns out there’s a lot of news that’s fit to print. We didn’t even get to any of the stuff by that puzzle dude from the radio.
Marcia Belksy joins me this week as we talk about the Apocalypse, death, murder, murderdeath, and Facebook. Truly it was a delight.
The other week, I was about to get in a car with some other comics to do a show out of town, and almost took my mic and laptop with me, thinking: “Four funny people in a car? That’s a podcast.” Sometimes I’m about to go to the grocery, and I think: “Hey, maybe I should make a podcast of this.” I’m still deciding whether or not to release the running commentary I recorded while pulling an ingrown hair.
This week, we’ve got Chuck Frederickson of the Chuck N Buck Show, which you can go see at Dante’s every Tuesday at 10. This coming Tuesday, I’ll be on the bill as the comedian guest. In other news, always be sure to email the show,
and leave butt-tons of compliments on iTunes!
Laugh all you want at these sexy nurse Halloween costumes, but god forbid you get in a sexy automobile accident and need a sexy blood transfusion. Ha ha ha. But seriously. We’re deep into the fall, the election’s just puttering away, and omigawd I’m putting pumpkin in everything.
This week sees the delightful Andie Main joining me on such topics as Big Bird, Botox, Boy Scouts and Gentleman Giraffes. It was a delightful chat. There were even callbacks! And animal death. Lots of animal death.
So how about that debate last night? I didn’t watch it, but I’m loving these memes. Can’t get enough of these memes. As soon as I walked into that bar, and they were playing the after-the-debate coverage, I knew this would be one meme-worthy debate. And boy howdy, did the internet prove me right!
Oh, and during the debate, I was doing this podcast with Nick Walker. He was funny. We both was funny, really. Get down!
I can only apologize so many times. We skipped last week due to geographical shift and general laziness. But this week’s Jon reads the Paper is way thematically appropriate!
New Roommate and General Good Guy Phil Schallberger joins me as I read the Oregonian that shows up on our porch mysteriously every day. It’s like that show “Morning Edition,” except we get the same paper that everybody else does. Listen to us delve through the mire of election politics! It’s fun of course!
This week, I have long-time listener, first-time caller Zak Toscani on the show. It’s a good one. We talk about Harry Potter, Green Day, and No Doubt. You know, important stuff. And we only digress into Portland Comedy talk like twice!
I hope you have the time of your lives, listeners.
This week I have little friend of the show Tynan Delong on, after way too long. Get as much of this kid as you can; he’s moving to New York soon and you’ll want to be able to say you knew him when he was in short pants. They’ve got a weird dress code thing in NYC. Keep yourselves glued to the Facebook and my Twitter; I’ll soon be announcing a second live episode of the show. Excitement! And again, thanks for bearing with the rather erratic schedule of the show as of late!
Hi persons, places and things! After one busy week off, I’m throwing you a rare, shambling orphan episode! It’s been like six months since I’ve done this, but I bring you one more guestless episode, in honor of what I thought was the year anniversary of the show.
I’m in the process of a move, and admittedly, have been very spotty at getting episodes of the show done. This might continue through to October, but please bear with me as I slowly right the ship. We will be sailing ahead at full steam as Fall comes upon us.
For now, enjoy and stuff.
It’s so great to bring you today’s episode, recorded live at the Tonic Lounge on a dimming August 22nd evening.
This show went very well and I totally didn’t have any stress dreams about the sound not working or the microphones turning into butter. Luckily, you can at least faintly catch the audience’s approval, along with the tinkling keys of Mr. Ira Novos, who randomly appeared like so many wild Pokemon.
Of course I’d like to thank Danny Felts, Stephanie Purtle, Kyle Harbert, Jessie McCoy, Christian Rickets, Whitney Streed, Gabe Dinger and Ian Karmel for coming out. Email Me your feedbacks, and hopefully we’ll be seeing another live show come around real soon!
I’ve been quite excited to have this week’s guest, Nathan Brannon, on the show. When I started doing comedy in Portland, he was one of the most funny and relatable voices I found on the local scene. In the last year and a half, I’ve only seen him get bigger and better. Enjoy!
In other news, tonight’s the night! Jon Reads the Paper Live on Ice is happening at the Tonic Lounge at 9:30. Come out! It’ll be good. If you’re out of state or don’t know what’s good for you or something, the episode will be up next week. Even the Portland Mercury and Oregonlive recognize my rad-ness! Excitement!
People! Yes! Today’s episode brings our first look at the Wall Street Journal since Nic and Campy and I tackled it like before last Christmas.
Delving into the abyss with me is the always-game Arthur Hickman. This is a grand old episode that I have nothing bad to say about until maybe later when I finally listen to it.
Otherwise, get yourself in gear for Wednesday’s Jon Reads the Paper Live on Ice! We’ve recieved brief writeups in both the Mercury and on OregonLive’s Hotlist. It’s going to be great; I’ve been having weird dreams about it not working out!
This is something of a tardy episode. But then again, it’s also an episode where we talk a bit about Linkin Park. So, you know, angst and tardiness go hand in hand.
This week I have the irascible Dan Duncan on the mic. We go over the Oregonian, talking fluoride, Olympics, and Shark Week. I hope you get this as it’s coming out, because I’d like to imagine you tucked in bed and listening in your jammies. Not in a weird way; just a mildly distressing way.
And, of course, remember that Jon Reads the Paper Live on Ice happens in less than two weeks! We’d love to see all of you there!
So mostly this week we talk about the Hobbit. I mean, three movies? What the hell? This week I have Scoot Herring in the basement. Be sure to check out Rippletron, and his yet-to-be-titled Dungeons and Dragons project.
And our live show is coming up soon! August 22nd, 9:30pm at the Tonic Lounge in Portland! It’s going to be quite rad.
What a pleasant surprise this week’s episode is. I walked away from recording yesterday with a sense of dissatisfaction that I misinterpreted as being me not liking the result of a very odd chat with Steven Wilber and Mandie Allietta. It turns out that dissatisfaction came from my realization that I’d have to now return to the boring hum-drum of everyday life. So here it is, world: an hour of reprieve from your dull-ass lives.
This week, I talk about cancer, blood, death and onions with Sean Jordan. I think we keep it relatively light; it was hard to find a positive spin on all that onion stuff.
Oh my goodness. It’s America’s birthday and I couldn’t be more in observance of it. But today, as you nurse your corn and potato salad hangovers, treat yourself to a little Jon Reads the Paper. Listen while you mow the lawn down to sort of match the burned-away patches from those illegal fireworks you didn’t take much time thinking of placement before you set them off.
Jimmy Newstetter guests.
Don’t make him angry. Listen to the episode.
And so we have the second appearance of the great Shane Torres on the podcats. If you haven’t listened to Shane’s first episode, please enjoy that one at your leisure. It’s one of my favorites for our ability to both make laughs and keep it real.
This episode leans more towards the real, so prepare yourself for that. Still, there’s a lot of stuff about Elmo and basketball, so be ready for some megalaffs.
Throw out your iPads, all of them you own. There’s a new tablet in town, and it’s quite set to gently blow your mind.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Pride! Living in the liberal burg of Portland certainly helps put Pride at the forefront of my awareness. It’s finally sunny out, perfect parade weather. And you all know how devoted to parades I am.
This week I have “Portland’s Funniest Person” semifinalist Xander Deveaux on the show to discuss the Portland Mercury’s Pride Issue. We talk about marriage, mainly, since that’s the topic the Mercury decided to focus on as well. Antics! I mostly worry myself about being insensitive. It’s fun!
I really feel like we broke through this week. It’s been 37 episodes since I last tried to mine the Old Grey Horsefucker for humor laffs. That episode came off fine, if a bit uneasy and dry. Now I know that the problem was me all along, because this week Whitney Streed and I did it! We read the New York Times and at least made one another giggle consistently. So I guess I’m saying I hope you’re into consistent giggling, because it’s going to be a bit part of the next sixty minutes of your life.
And I mentioned it at the end of the show, but next Friday, June 8th, is Helium’s Portland’s Funniest Person Contest. It’s a contest, which means it’s super-relevant and important. Come on out; my round is at 7:30. Mention my name when you call for tickets and get two for ten bucks. Or e-mail me an e-mail to try and get on the comp list!
Sometimes you try to do a good thing. You try to help out a couple of old-timer comics making their way through a press junket by having them on your show. And sometimes they razz you. And that’s just not okay.
I have a lot of conflicted feelings about this week’s episode. A lot. But I decided to be the bigger man, and put the episode out. Were they jerks? Was I overreacting? You decide. There’s only one right answer, but you decide.
Oh, hello. Didn’t see you come in.
Hiding something? Behind my back? Oh, this? This is nothing; just a little present.
It’s an episode of Jon Reads the Paper, just sorta threw it together. Thought you might like it.
There’s some pretty interesting news in the world. Some airplanes fell out of the sky and I learned what a duck boat is. And the President announced his support of gay marriage. Shampoo magnate Phil Schallberger joined me to discuss these current events. His insights are all hard-hitting, incisive, and often about Pokemon.