Each week on Wonderful, Thanks, Brooklyn comedians Ramsey Ess and Adam Maid invite a guest to discuss the stories, facts and thoughts they have about that week's word.
Each week on Wonderful, Thanks, Brooklyn comedians Ramsey Ess and Adam Maid invite a guest to discuss the stories, facts and thoughts they have about that week's word.

Season Two, Episode Fourteen - Cones with John Murray

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Word: Cones
Guest: John Murray
Bio: You may recognize John from his many appearances on the UCB NY stage with his improv group Death By Roo Roo or the sketch team Stone Cold Fox. Or maybe you’ve seen him as one of the writers of TGS on 30 Rock, on The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Cooking Channel, or various TV commercials. Or maybe you just saw him walking around Brooklyn. He does that too.

Discussed: Sit-ins, college funk, Otto the Orange, and Tina Fey’s opinion of “Truth or Dare.”

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Adam and Ramsey have been busy. Sorry so sporadic. Here’s why they haven’t been around. (Just kidding. They just do their dumb Alan Arkin impressions.)

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Season Two, Episode Thirteen - Iron with Brian Raftery

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Word: Iron
Guest: Brian Raftery
Bio: Brian Raftery is a writer of books, articles, and stories. In terms of publications he’s written for Wired, New York Magazine, GQ, and SPIN. His first book, which looks at the world of karaoke and its impact on his life, has a title that he is not fond of so I won’t name it here and just let you click this link to buy it. Brian has also added significantly to one of my favorite genres of journalism: the oral history. Please enjoy his great oral history on the TV show Cheers, and be sure to buy his forthcoming e-book: an oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Links to his many articles can be found at his website, brianraftery.com

Discussed: Secret Papa John’s nights, Gentleman’s Quarterly Monthly, the appeal of Scientology, and the giant commercial that is SXSW.

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Season Two, Episode Twelve - Flip with Kevin Hines

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Word: Flip
Guest: Kevin Hines
Bio: If you like improv, then you already like Kevin Hines. Kevin performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NY every Saturday night with The Curfew, in their weekly show “Not From Around Here,” and Wednesdays with his brother (and friend of the show) Will as The Brothers Hines. He teaches a number of classes at the UCB Training Center. He runs a great Twitter account that I bet you’ll like and a website that, if I know you, I think’ll be right up your alley.

Discussed: Hanging other people’s Christmas lights, pitching multiple shows to the HG Network, and voicing cartoon cats.

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Season Two, Episode Eleven - Chips with Chris Donahue

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Word: Chips
Guest: Chris Donahue
Bio: Chris is a writer/comedian who makes a bunch of funny stuff, most recently the webseries “Chris Donahue Presents: How to Be a Man.” He works at MyDamnChannel where he makes all kinds of gifs and blog posts and videos. He performs stand-up around town, and you can find his dates on his always fun Twitter pagePhoto by Mindy Tucker

Discussed: Doritos 3D, baby heart problems, corn on the cob, and the California Highway Patrol.

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Season Two, Episode Ten - Strong with Stephen Levinson

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Word: Strong
Guest: Stephen Levinson
Bio: Stephen is a producer and writer of videos that have been seen in all sorts of venues, like The Internet, festivals, bars, movie theaters and all kinds of other places. In the past he has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the podcast “Wasted Words,” Channel101, and a number of events at 92YTribeca. He frequently works with his fellow Levinson Brother, Joel Moss, most recently on the animated series “Noah’s Ark,” starring Marc Maron and Jonathan Katz. If you’re more of a “text” guy you can also enjoy his Twitter account here.

Discussed: Old-timey razor blades, Des’ree, what happened to Homestar Runner, and joining and quickly quitting a gym.

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Season Two, Episode Nine - Kryptonite with Michael Hartney

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Word: Kryptonite
Guest: Michael Hartney
Bio: If you’ve seen a show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NY, there’s a good chance you saw the very busy Michael Hartney in it. He’s an actor on The UCBT Maude Team The Prom, has written his own show “So I Like Superman: A One-Nerd Show” and for the UCBT team Arbuckle, and has acted in about a billion different shows over the past few years. You may have also seen him on your TV on 30 Rock or in a number of different commercials for Hanes, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and others. He also runs a hilarious Twitter account, an equally hilarious Tumblr account, and currently hosts a character showcase show at the UCBEast called Characters Welcome. See? Busy!

Discussed: Various failed television shows, Five for Fighting, stolen vehicles, and Jurassic Park 3D (in theaters now)!

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Season Two, Episode Eight - Blue with Dan Chamberlain

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Word: Blue
Guest: Dan Chamberlain
Bio: Dan is a busy bee, but instead of honey he creates quality comedy. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the stuff he’s making: he’s a member of the Maude team Fambly, he’s a co-writer/co-producer of the sketch comedy podcast Left Handed Radio, he’s produces some super awesome mixtapes under the name Chambaland, which you can download for free on his Tumblr, and he’s also good at Twitter. Now enjoy.

Discussed: Sportscasters, American Top 40 Radio, slamming doors in front of parents, and podcasts about podcasts.

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Season Two, Episode Seven - Vacation with Josh Gondelman

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Word: Vacation
Guest: Josh Gondelman
Bio: Josh is a writer and comedian who runs two very funny Twitter accounts: one about himself, and one that he co-authors about modern-day Seinfeld episodes. He performs stand-up all over the place, but if you don’t live in one of those places, you can also buy his album, “Everything’s the Best.

Discussed: DMX, cocky retorts, travel agencies, and not being afraid of no ghosts.

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Season Two, Episode Six - Classic with Julie Klausner

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Word: Classic
Guest: Julie Klausner
Bio: Julie is the super funny and prolific host of the great podcast “How Was Your Week?" and writer of the book I Don’t Care About Your BandIn addition to that, she’s written for all kinds of TV shows such as TV Funhouse, SNL, Billy on the Street, and has written for publications such as The New York Times, Spin, Salon, and billions others. Also, Twitter.

To put is succinctly, she’s awesome.

Discussed: The cannibal cop, Archie conventions, umbrella inventing, and Mormon film editing.

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