Jon Fisch is a New York Comedy scene staple. And it’s not just because he’s so funny, which he is. He is also a huge fan of comedy. His twelve years of experience plus his passion for the craft of stand-up have combined to form In the Tank with Jon Fisch, a standup comedy podcast that focuses on the scene on New York and around the country.
Jon, Dan Allen, and Dan Shaki joined forces in January to produce a standup comedy podcast about the ins-and-outs of comedy, about the skill that goes into writing and performing, and about current developments in the New York and national scenes. 24 episodes later, what has evolved is an in-depth look at comedy from a fun and informative angle that has been overlooked in the past.
I got to talk with Jon as he prepared this week’s episode (Episode 124 ), and he lamented the fact that there’s, “… so many things people still don’t understand about stand-up.” With each new installment of In the Tank, however, this group has been able to shed some light on the behind-the-scenes side of the comedy world by swapping stories and interviewing a different comic each episode for his or her ideas on anything from comedy movies to stage-time to stage-wear. Jon said that it’s geared towards those of you in a club audience who come up (or want to come up) after a show with questions about being a comic.
But even if you don’t have the desire to ever get on stage yourself, it’s also a really great resource for learning about some of your favorite comedians. Some past guests include Todd Barry, Ted Alexandro, and Laurie Kilmartin, to name a few. For a complete list of past Tank guests, check out the episode log HERE.
For those of you who have listened to the show before, you already appreciate the mix of perspectives that Jon, Dan, and Shaki bring to each interview. Jon is the host of the show; and like a host on any given night at the Comic Strip Live, he focuses on the guests and the over-all tone and pace of the episode. Dan is “Producer Dan” and, as well as taking on responsibilities off-air, is able to add his own anecdotes from his twelve-year career into the conversation.
Shaki, as a newer comic, infuses his enthusiasm and humor into questions and comments throughout each new episode. The result is a show over-flowing with true-life stories, fun interviews, a lot of talking about getting laughs, and, of course, a lot of laughs themselves.
Again, to listen to this week’s episode with Hannibal Buress, Right-click the link below to download the mp3 file:
Episode 124 | Hannibal Buress.
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Next week’s show will be taped in the showroom at the Comic Strip Live, and the guest will be Vic Henley. Check back on Friday for some pictures of the shoot! And don’t forget to join the Facebook group for In the Tank with Jon Fisch for all the latest updates about the show.