In celebration of Pittsburgh Craft Beer week, the Drinking Partners welcome local comedian Mike Sasson into their “office,” and even get him to sip on a beer. From the start, the comics heckle and tease, sharing stories from the Pittsburgh comedy scene and entertaining each other, as well as the listeners. Ed, Day, and Mike embarked on their comedy careers within months of each other, and their rising popularities are discussed and analyzed, especially the idea of comedy as a business. From there, the podcast shifts to a conversation about celebrity, fame, and the control that an entertainer has over his/her product. In the latter half of the interview, the conversation turns temporarily serious, as the men wax philosophic on their futures in the industry. In the closing minutes, Mr. Sasson offers grand advice that resonates beyond the comedy world: Know who you are.
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.
Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman makes a repeat appearance with the Drinking Partners as he visits the studio in this exclusive interview. Mr. Fetterman does not shy away from any questions that Ed and Day propose, from offering his views on the legalization of marijuana to explaining how the delegate system functions. “I lament the insincerity of a lot of politics,” Mayor Fetterman states, explaining how he has earned the reputation of being a candidate of and for the people. With stories from the campaign trail, such as how he drives himself to all of his events across Pennsylvania, the interview is a lesson in how politics can, and should, be. In perhaps what might be the most interesting moment of the podcast, Mr. Fetterman describes how his appearance has affected how he is perceived. Listeners should tune in to hear his response, one that represents how uniquely talented and greatly important he is for the state of Pennsylvania
Civil rights activist and socially conscience rapper Jasiri X, a founding member of 1Hood, an anti-violence community organization, shares a timely and important message with the Drinking Partners. The conversation shifts between compelling and relevant, as the trio discusses modern day racism alongside the process of creating a rap album. In addition to examining topics of great significance, the interview is lively and amusing, especially once Ed and Day begin to argue the top comedians of all time. The podcast closes with a conversation about the Wendy Bell situation and a very thorough analysis from all three men. Both personal and political, the interview features an intimate glance into the mind of Jasiri, who seeks to “free minds one rhyme at a time.”
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.
On a quaint (according to Day Bracey) street in Carnegie, the Drinking Partners join Apis Meadery owner Dave Cerminara and art director Joe Deck for a large sampling of their honey-sweetened mead. With a large, live crowd in attendance, the group discusses the process behind brewing mead, the amusing art that makes the space unique, and how Apis is currently the only meadery in the Pittsburgh area. Flavored with ingredients like passion fruit and rose petals, Apis’s mead might seem heavenly, but Ed and Day soon discover the devilish effects of its high alcohol content. The conversation is explanatory and enjoyable, and never dull, especially once Ed begins sipping from an “elephant tusk” goblet.
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
This week, we're live from Spirit w/ romance novelist Chloe Barlow and bar manager Ryam Firkle.
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.
Bek Hlavach a mother, chef, and owner of Sweet Peaches in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. This week, Bek joins the crew to share her spiked eggnog and to talk about what it takes to run a business.
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
Drinking Partners are live from Hop Farm Brewing Company for Jimmy Johnson's episode 48.Matt Gouwens joins the partners to talk local beer, free hugs, and a whole ton about deviled eggs.