Looking for fascinating and highly entertaining insights? Join us as Valerie Lopez gets in into the mind of our headliners Rochelle McConico and Amanda van Nostrand LIVE!
Launched in 2016, the Comedy Wham podcast brings you funny people and their stories. As a fan, host Valerie Lopez likes to delve into a comic's background and motivations and will usually take a detour along the way. Consider the interview a way for you to get to know the folks that make the comedy scene as fascinating offstage as it is onstage.
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Amanda Van Nostrand
Amanda is a comedian, writer, podcaster, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her dry, dark and honest approach paired with characters and impressions makes her comedy charming, relatable, and absolutely authentic.
Rochelle McConico is the founder and CEO of MoonCricket Productions, a live entertainment company specializing in interactive, multisensory comedic events. She is a visionary, writer, producer, and performer.
Valerie grew up watching Saturday Night Live, ALF and has seen live comedy across the country. She started interviewing local Austin comics for the podcast extension of ComedyWham.com in January 2016 because she wanted to know more about the lives of comics off stage. After attending local comedy festivals, she boldly asked if national comics would also talk to her and lucky for her and us, many have said yes. She’s interviewed comics from Austin, Canada, Los Angeles, New York, and even England.
Her style of interview is very much a meandering conversation - did they also watch ALF? what was their first set like? What inspires, scares, brings and keeps them in comedy? The answers are almost always fascinating and highly entertaining insights into the mind of a comic. With her casual and friendly interview approach, she hopes to one day be known as “The James Lipton of Austin Comedy”. A girl can dream can’t she?
When she’s not podcasting, watching or performing comedy, Valerie is a proud parent of a smart-aleck junior comedy fan and works as a number cruncher. Her co-host Miss Purrington can often be heard contributing to the podcast.