Lee Terbosic, known as The Pittsburgh Magician, joins a select few as he returns to chat with the Drinking Partners in this follow-up episode. Mr. Terbosic, a nationally touring comedian and magician, brings his wildly entertaining show, Bamboozled, to Dave and Busters (Pittsburgh) each Saturday night. Despite Ed’s attempts to convince Lee to reveal some illusionary secrets, the magician deftly declines, although he does suggest that Ed must first purchase both a rabbit and a hat. Shortly after, Mr. Terbosic explains to Day that he needs more than “strong ankles” to be able to master Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal movements. The interview is one of the Drinking Partner’s best, balanced with information, amusement, and, of course, some classic Drinking Partner craziness. Be sure to have this on repeat play, especially once Mr. Terbosic begins to beguile Ed and Day with mentalist tricks, leaving both comedians ready to intern with The Pittsburgh Magician.
Philadelphia-born, but Pittburgh-living rapper Nerd Boy joins the Drinking Partners in this enlightening and energetic episode. Early on, Ed speaks on Nerd Boy’s charismatic originality while informing listeners that he is the only rapper who performs in “boat shoes.” With a combination of lyrical intelligence and a dynamic stage presence, Nerd Boy proves why he is a rising star in the rap scene. The podcast moves swiftly; an early discussion on the delicate line between being a performer versus being a minstrel is of particular interest. Toward the interview’s midpoint, the trio muses on the rising importance and acceptance of education in art and culture. While Nerd Boy works on his second album, listeners can check out his first, “Philadelphia Warriors.” Much like their guest, this Drinking Partners podcast is smart and animated.
Comedian Ray Zawodni, a “white dude with swag” according to Ed, joins The Drinking Partners in the studio for an hour of laughs. Sports talk soon commences, as the men muse about soccer and hackey sack, which Ray admits is the “most embarrassing thing that white people have done.” From there, the alcohol-infused interview goes wild, entertainingly untamed as the trio proposes a dating site for the homeless. At the podcast’s midpoint, the comics discuss the art of stand-up, offering up viewpoints on how to react to a hostile crowd and how jokes are crafted. Tipsy by the episode’s end, The Drinking Partners and Ray let loose and perform as if they are on stage, sharing uncensored and outrageous opinions and jokes, each bit more raucous and disorderly than the next. A frenzied, lawless, and amusing listen, but definitely not safe for work.
In the latest release from The Drinking Partners, Ed and Day welcome poet Fred “Fu” Underwood, creator and host of The Canvas of Words poetry series. Beginning June 25 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the series offers poets and visual artists an opportunity and audience where open dialogue is promoted and personal experiences shared. Encouraged by the Drinking Partners to recite some of his own work, Mr. Underwood drops lines with passionate ease and intellectual soulfulness. This cheerful episode ranges from entertaining tales of shopping adventures to a uniquely comedic take on American taxation. Another fine interview with a rising Pittsburgh artist.
Political ramblings from Day and Ed veer into unending laughs as the duo jumpstart their latest podcast from the very first moment. With comedian and self-named social vigilante Krish Mohan as guest, the Drinking Partners explore the roles that philosophy and belief play in stand-up comedy. On stage since he was a teen, Mr. Mohan explains the effect his Indian heritage has played in creating his identity as a comic. Host and creator of Fork Full of Noodles, a weekly, satirical web series, Krish has no problem keeping up with the Drinking Partners when the political banter disappears and a playfully wicked and personal conversation about dating ensues. Toward the end of the podcast, the trio settles into a discussion about professional mentors and influences, such as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Chris Rock. In the final minutes of the interview, the group reexamines the intersection between comedy and social change, with Mr. Mohan stating, “Being on stage gives me the opportunity to talk about whatever I want … and bring my perspective.” For more from Krish Mohan, tune into his new podcast, Taboo Table Talk.
Does Ed have a resting bitch face? Is Day the most charitable, foul-mouthed comic on the scene? These hard-hitting questions get answered in this week’s podcast, which features a Skype interview with Bree Whitehead, Chief Dreamcatcher of Stoned Media Group. With brands such as Stoned Girls and Naked Weed Report, Stoned Media centers around cannabis culture, and Ms. Whitehead enthusiastically represents the company in this free-wielding and fun interview. The discussion shifts from serious (legalization concerns) to delirious (how to properly wear Converse shoes), and the trio is madly entertaining throughout. The Drinking Partners gush over Ms. Whitehead, perhaps partly out of fear, dubbing her a true Kingpin. The latter half of the interview, once Day finally wakes up, is a carnival of fun, flashing and bizarre, and, ultimately, a great time.
With a Sunday evening sermon inside the studio, Ed and Day spread cheerful blasphemy, amusingly becoming the Drinking Pastors as they riff about religion and the church. With hip-hop artist Mars Jackson as their guest, Ed and Day get reflective as they discuss family and childhood. Mars, the first hip-hop artist signed to Pittsburgh-based Misra Records, shares the experiences that shaped his upcoming album Unemployed Faith. A self-dubbed “street poet,” Mr. Jackson explores the concept of language and self-expression, an exploration of how art evolves from the personal. A passionate debate closes the podcast as the Drinking Partners and Mr. Jackson argue the merits of Eminem, with Ed the lone dissenting vote against him. An exciting episode that changes course from thoughtful to rambunctious.
Members from Nevada Color and Emerson Jay: Adam Valen, Max Kovalchuk, Jarad Gulden, and Dan Evans join the Partners to talk about this weekend's Framework Music and Arts Festival.
With guest co-host John Dick Winters filling in for Day, the Drinking Partners welcome Geoff Tate and Emma Arnold, nationally touring comedians visiting Pittsburgh for the Burning Bridges Comedy Festival. The podcast opens with Mr. Tate and Ms. Arnold describing their local comedy scenes and how they came to work together with the Make the Rounds tour. As independently touring comics, their insight is valuable and relevant, both for comedy and for entertainment in general. The conversation provides a detailed look into the lives of comedians and the commitment it takes to become successful. A fun listen that offers listeners an intimate glimpse into the lives of working comedians.
In the latest offering from the Drinking Partners, Ed and Day visit Shu Brew for a live podcast in front of a rowdy and interactive crowd. Joined by owners Zach and Erica Shumaker, the podcast opens with a discussion on “hop-bursting,” as brewer Zach explains how his high alcohol-content beers earn their hints of flavor. With his dead-pan humor, Mr. Shumaker matches jab for jab with the Drinking Partners, which often resulted in applause and laughter from the standing-room only audience. Listen in for what caused Ed and Day to receive their first chorus of boos during a live event. However, the crowd quickly forgave them, especially once Shu Brew offered up naming rights for a newly-crafted beer. You won’t want to miss the unforgettable suggestion from Ed, which, like the beer itself, might just take your legs out from under you. Shu Brew offers an uncommon and unforgettable menu as well, with all members of the Drinking Partners team raving about the Asian-inspired dishes. Visit them in their Zelienople location and enjoy an evening of great beer and fantastic food.
Nationally recognized battle rapper Real Deal stops by the studio to chat with Ed and Day about how he came to be one of Pittsburgh’s most notorious battle rappers. A natural ambassador for the battle rap scene, Real Deal matches wits with the Drinking Partners as he teaches them the history (and secret language) behind the genre. For those who might be unfamiliar with battle rap, which is rapidly growing in popularity, the interview will be an enjoyable lesson, peppered with amusing anecdotes and interesting stories, perhaps most notably Real Deal’s appearance on BET. A thought-provoking hour with a rising star.
Emmy-nominated Rick Sebak, a folksy, beloved, documentary filmmaker, and perhaps the voice of Pittsburgh, joins Ed and Day live at Black Forge Coffee House, as the trio enjoys a keg from Hitchhiker Brewing. Pittsburgh-raised, Mr. Sebak returned to work for WQED and has spent years exploring the city extensively. Listeners will laugh and learn as they listen to Ed and Day alternate between the irreverent and appropriate during the interview. All bets are off once Mr. Sebak pulls a bottle of French cognac from his satchel. The drinks flow, laughter ensues, and the result is an extremely entertaining hour with one of Pittsburgh’s finest.
The women of Cak Dessert Lounge, Brianna Jackson and Shanon Williams, join Ed and Day, and the conversation swiftly showcases a unique male/female dynamic. Much of the interview focuses on the connection between food and relationships, and the importance of integrating business with community. In typical Drinking Partners fashion, the talk turns from informative to amusing as the foursome debates the difference between men and women.
We talk women in hip-hop, parenting, & keys to local success with the Mom of Pittsburgh hip-hop, Dr. Dr.HollyHood!!
This week, the crew heads to Reclamation Brewing in Butler, Pa for an evening full of beer and conversation. Reclamation is all about the community, serving Butler with delicious brew and food. Ed and Day drink their first nitro beer on the podcast, learn how some hops sound like stripper names, and get into the history of the IPA.
Renaissance man, photographer, and home brewer, Chris Rolinson joins Drinking Partners to talk about human responses and influences of fermentation and bee
T-Robe & Sereny hang out at the Epicast studios for a special Super Bowl episode. Talks of modern day racism, stand up comedy, and a how much of an idiot Donald Trump is are fueled by bottles of Victory Brewing Beer, oh and Terrelle Pryor checks in to give us a super bowl prediction.
This week, Ya Jagoff (Yajagoff.com) joins the crew to drinking Otter Creek, talk about terrible parking, and attempt to define the word "Jagoff".
Jake Bier and Zach Ingoldsby plan to open the War Streets Brewery early 2016 on the first floor of the historic Firehouse at 1416 Arch Street. Jake sits with Ed and Day to talk about brewing at 19 years old, cornering the hop market, and
LIVE from Hitchhiker Brewing. Head brewer and co-owner Andy Kwiatkowski join Ed and Day along with stand up comedian Alex Stypula for a round of drinks and laughs.
The crew heads to Full Pint Brewing in North Versailles to check out the brewery and sip brew as fresh as it gets. This time we bring a special guest, Ray Zawodni along for the ride. This week, Partners dive deep into beer, make fun of Day for having a VHS player with "Training Day" on constant rotation, and touch how Ed was able to talk himself out of arrest over the weekend.
Ed and Day take a trip to the Mayor's Office to sit down with Bill Peduto for a very special 50th episode celebration.
This week, Mayor John Fetterman joins The Drinking Partners with Asa Foster live from Brew Gentlemen to talk about the hustle to create youth-oriented programs, revitalize his town, and attract artists and other "creatives" to the community.
Update: Fetterman entered the race for Senate in mid-September.
Support his grassroots campaign here: https://johnfetterman.com/
Pittsburgh rockers Wine & Spirit join the crew at Black Forge Coffee House. This week, we get into Ed's hangover, how to feel out crowds while performing, and sip on an imperial pale ale from Crooked Current, RI