In an extraordinary, live podcast from the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, the Drinking Partners welcome W. Kamau Bell – one of the country’s best socio-political comedians and a rising media star. As host of the Emmy Award nominated United Shades of America on CNN and his own podcast –Politically Reactive – Mr. Bell converses with an entertaining ease and blazing wit as Ed and Day fire questions his way. Despite an emphasis on the current political climate, the interview brims with humor and charm as it winds its way from maximum security prisons to Bruce Lee, before returning back to what is ahead for W. Kamau Bell. A must listen with one of today’s most important voices. For links to his book, podcast, and upcoming shows, find Mr. Bell at http://www.wkamaubell.com.
Sipping on ales provided by Voodoo Brewery, the Drinking Partners are joined by Mike Pound, host of Beer Me – a Pittburgh-based video series that explores the brewing scene’s styles, trends, and personalities. Humbled with an expert in the studio, Ed and Day listen in as Mr. Pound explains the culture of beer and expands their brewing terminology. From guessing what will be the next movement in the craft beer industry to exploring the history of neighborhood breweries and pubs, the men leave no stone unturned in their analysis of the growing scene. A conversation about flavors and ingredients leads to an admission from Ed that shocks Day and changes the course of the interview. An informative and interesting listen for those who enjoy the craft beer world. To watch Beer Me with Mike Pound, visit: https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/beerme/.
The Drinking Partners welcome special guest and nationally touring comedian Myq Kaplan into the studio in this extensive, admission-filled interview. What follows is an exceptionally open exploration into Myq’s journey across the comedic world. From his early days in college to his comedy album specials, Mr. Kaplan reveals what it takes to make it to the national stage. Throughout the interview, one that is flavored with wit and wordplay, the men’s discussion does not slow as it covers topics from rap battles to comedy roasts and includes a detour that contains Game of Thrones spoilers. In the latter half, the comedians verge back into talk of craft and performance, highlighting the art of stand up comedy. However, the closing minutes let up on the brakes and allow the men to reflect on love and relationships without restraint. Find Myq Kaplan and his albums at www.myqkaplan.com. The Drinking Partners will be live at Comtra Theatre August 26.
The opening minutes in the latest Drinking Partners release features Day praising the wonders of bologna and guest host Jared Evans loving on Heaven Hill bourbon before introducing Helicon Brewing’s Chris Brunetti. Located in Oakdale and open since November, Helicon specializes in German lagers and seeks to create light and refreshing beer. The inspiration behind the Helicon name to how the brewery began highlight the interview with pauses for jokes and stories from the hosts. Toward the closing minutes, Mr. Brunetti explains how beer-tasting competitions work, which might be of particular interest for listeners. Epicast producer Buzzy Torek makes his first appearance on a Drinking Partners podcast, so be certain to tune in until the closing minutes. For more information about Helicon Brewing, find them at www.heliconbrewing.com.
Pitchwerks host Scot MacTaggart joins Day in the studio to guest host as the men welcome Josh Lucas, founder of Work Hard Pittsburgh and Academy Pittsburgh. In the opening minutes, Mr. Lucas explains how Work Hard launched and highlights its mission as a business cooperative and co-working space. With the self-admitted aim of preferring to “steal your talent instead of your money,” Josh promotes opportunities for those who might struggle to find them elsewhere. Listeners will hear how Work Hard is structured to benefit each member and embodies a shared wealth approach. Soon, the interview deepens as the group considers how to transform desires into reality, yet examines the effects of poverty on such a transformation. In the latter half of the podcast, a particular moving discussion develops around empathy, which will invoke self-evaluation and contemplation. A moving interview that is not afraid to explore human weakness while offering ideas for advancement and improvement. To learn more about Work Hard Pittsburgh, visit http://workhardpgh.com.