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Checkin’ in with Interviewees May 2014

Believe it or not, those interviewed by The Annual continue to live their lives and produce new content after being interviewed. Here’s a chance to catch up on some of their current projects/whereabouts.

Tom Cotter:

Tom is set to headline the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on August 8th in Jamestown, NY. In the next month you’ll be able to see him live in Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey. Click here for his current tour schedule.

Gaby Dunn:

Gaby now blogs for What’s Trending Live while making occasional appearances on the show. She has also launched a new webseries with her best friend entitled Just Between Us, you can hear her Five Minute Not-Cast on Soundcloud and you can read one of her latest pieces in The Jewish Daughter Diaries which will be released on May 6th.

Ron Funches:

Ron plays Shelly on NBC’s Undateable premiering May 29th at 9pm, you can watch the trailer above. In the coming weeks you can find him in Portland, Denver, and San Diego. Click here for his current tour schedule.

TJ Kincaid:

TJ continues to produce around 4-5 new Amazing Atheist videos a week he also runs a new show called The Drunken Peasants.

Colin Mochrie:

Whose Line back on TV, Colin and Brad Sherwood continue to tour together, but did you know that Colin recently released book combining classic literature with improv, it’s called Not Quite The Classics.

Greg Proops:

Greg has digitally released a new hour long special Greg Proops Live a Musso and Frank for $4.99 at gregproops.com. He also continues to tour and release The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast. You can see him live at The Bellhouse in Brooklyn, NY this weekend and across Europe throughout the rest of May.

Nick Pupo:

Hitting it’s one year anniversary a little over a month ago, Nick’s podcast Stand Up Close and Personal has been chronicling the lives of three open mic comics.

Justin Roiland:

Rick and Morty has been picked up for a second season and while the return does not yet have a premiere date, you can catch reruns on Adult Swim and hear Justin voicing Lemongrab and various other characters on Adventure Time

John Safran:

While appearing regularly on Austrailian television, John Safran’s recent projects include a true crime novel entitled Murder In Mississippi chronicling the murder of a white supremacist that John spent an uneasy couple of days with while filming his Race Relations special.

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Ron Funches

If you’ve been following the Annual, and our special interviews of comedians and entertainers, then you are familiar with the usual format. I normally introduce the person I’ve spoken to in high esteem, with glory and majesty. The person I introduce to you now will be no different, and my hopes are that you will fall in love with him, or at least be inclined to find some of his stand up on Youtube. He has illuminated Portland with his mastery in comedy, and is now doing the same in Los Angeles. This man is delightful, and warm, and genuinely kind. He is…

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(There are moments in the interview where I note that Ron is giggling or laughing, but in reality, he’s giggling all the time. As you’ll soon learn, he’s exceptionally positive.)

David Luna: What is your earliest memory?

Ron Funches: In life?

DL: Yes, in life.

RF: [Giggles.] Let’s see. I don’t know how old I was, but probably like four or five years old. I had a Rambo helicopter that I liked to play with, because it had a little thing that you could press and it would make the rotator spin. That’s the first thing I remember.

DL: Growing up, who or what made you laugh the most?

RF: Probably my sister and Sinbad.

DL: Can you recall your first time doing stand up?

RF: The first time was at Harvey’s Comedy Club in Portland, I did five minutes about man-boobs, and I wore lady’s pantyhose over my stomach, because I read that it was a thing that people with man-boobs would do. It was very not good, but I had fun, and I ate a lot.

DL: Do you have any memorable train wreck sets?

RF: Oh yeah, a bunch [giggles]. I did a show at a nightclub that used to be a bank. That was horrible, people yelling at you and cursing at you during the set. That’s probably the one I remember the most. And they also had a mechanical bull on the side of the stage that you were told not to talk about.

DL: Why weren’t you allowed to talk about it?

RF: Because I guess everybody wanted to talk about it, because it’s a weird thing to have while you’re trying to tell jokes.

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