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Scott Higgins and Ace Aceto have 50 years combined of standing in front of crowds and making people laugh. Now they go Behind The Funny with entertainers in all stages of their career from national headliners, to comedy writers, to newer comics just starting out. Why did they start, what drives them, and what were some of the obstacles? Join Scott and Ace as they go Behind The Funny.
 
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What does an economist, working for HBO, who loves comedy, do in his spare time. Come up with the idea for Comedy Central. Art Bell was in the Acement this week and shared his story with Scott and Ace on how he came up with the idea for Comedy Central and how it came to be. You can read about it in his book Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Cen…
 
Normally we have an episode about the paranormal before Halloween. Ace booked a whole month of themed guests for Scottober 2021. Started with an inspiring story from comedian Dave Kane, then clips from episodes with actor David Naughton "American Werewolf In London", Cody Ray DesBiens & Satori Hawes "The Paranormal Couple", Ken DeCosta "Riseup Para…
 
One of our favorite episodes, the yearly recap of the Best of the Funny Bad Gigs from 2021. Comic stories from Judy Carter, Tom Anzalone, Tyler Hittner, Chris McGuire, Wes Martens, Greg Boggis, Mark Riccadonna, Al Romas, Rich Walker, Cal Verduchi, Jimmy Tingle, Brian Kiley, Richie Byrne, Paul Bond, Bobby Braciola, Chance Langton, Mo Mandel, Claudia…
 
Frank Santorelli is not only known for being Georgie the Bada Bing bartender on the Sopranos, he is also a hilarious comedian and one of the best storytellers. He is still the only comedian we know of to have comedy banned in a town after one of his shows. Listen and find out why.By Scott Higgins Live Productions
 
Claudia Stavola checks into the Acement this week. Claudia hosts the Monsters of Rock radio show so we start with a rock conversation. We turn to comedy and learn how not fitting in brought her to the stage and to be the opener for some big acts. Claudia has no fear on stage so we also discuss pushing the envelope. Check out Claudia at https://www.…
 
Our favorite subject is the funny bad gig story. What makes a gig bad? Comics don't always know walking in but occasionally there are signs. Ep 54 "You Know It's A Bad Gig When" Ace and Scott had John Perotta and Mike McCarthy in to come up with a top ten list of things that comics run into that they know it'll be a bad gig. It ended up being a top…
 
Ken DeCosta joins us in the Acement to help us wrap up Scottober. Ken is the founder of RISEUP paranormal and has a lot of experience with paranormal investigations. You've heard his voice on previous years October episodes when Tom Stewart played examples of EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). We talk about his history including investigations at …
 
Sitting in for Ace this week is our favorite Scottober friend, Tom Stewart. Tom and Ace arranged for special guests to join us this week. Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes, curators or The Paranormal Couple's Haunted Museum were in the Acement and they brought items from their collection. We discuss the items histories and what they have witnessed…
 
SCOTTober continues in the Acement with David Naughton. David was the star of "An American Werewolf In London" and "Hot Dog: The Movie" and he was well know for his Dr. Pepper ads. Besides acting, David had a huge musical hit with the song "Makin' It", the theme song from his sitcom. Check out David's movies at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0622544/…
 
Jason Hawes is in the Acement for our first Scottober episode. Yes the Jason from Ghost Hunters and Ghost Nation. Ace invited him in to talk about how they met, how Jason started paranormal investigating and how his shows started. Jason was an awesome guest but you can tell how much Scott loves these conversations. Check out Jason at https://www.fa…
 
Dave Kane joins us this week. He was part of the Periwinkles crew in the early RI comedy scene. Known for his aggressive style. Dave developed two very popular shows Misgivings and Jokes My Irish Father Told Me, that are still popular today. Tragedy struck when he lost his son in the Station Nightclub fire. Coinsidences became signs that gave his f…
 
Ace was in a movie, the lead, really. Boxed Man (1998) an independent film by today's guest Nick Pasyanos. Nick has written a book about making it called; BOXedMAN: I'm Going To Make A Movie - Why Are You Laughing? We talked about the movie from idea to filming to the book. Get the book at https://www.amazon.com/BOXedMAN-Going-Make-Movie-Laughing/d…
 
Mo Mandel is in the Acement this week. After Mo's first time on stage he was all in and he caught fire. Appearing on Chelsea Lately, Conan, The Late Late Show as well as acting in shows like Modern Family, Castle, and Happy Endings. He also has several writing and producing credits to round out his incredible resume. Mo's passion for comedy really …
 
Boston Legend Chance Langton returns to the Acement this week. It was a rough start getting him connected but once he was on, Chance's quick wit and one liners were on full display. We talked about Boston Comedy and his days working with Rodney Dangerfield. Check out Chance at https://www.facebook.com/chance.langton.7 Get your BTF gear at https://w…
 
BTF good friend Martin Olson returns to talk about his new book "The Conquest of Heaven", sequel to "Encyclopedia of Hell". The conversation starts with how he came up with the idea for the books and his vision for the hilariously twisted themes. Martin is a great story teller and shares a few great ones during this visit. What heavy metal band lov…
 
Scott and Ace talk to Rockin' Joe Hebert, creator of the RI Comedy Hall of Fame. He gives us a history on the HOF. Then Bobby Braciola (Sony Music The Orchard artist), this years HOF inductee joins us. Bobby is not a comic, he's an Italian Rapper with some huge hits,"Chooch to Gooch: The Ten Steps of Disco Dancin'" and "Everyone's Italian on Christ…
 
We welcome Rob Bartlett to the Acement this week. Ace talks to Rob with our friend Tom Stewart filling in for Scott. Rob Bartlett started in Long Island comedy with Eddie Murphy. They were actually part of an improvisational trio. Rob is well known for his time on the national radio show, Imus In The Morning, where he performed celebrity impression…
 
Paul Bond is in the Acement this week. Started playing guitar at 12 but his sense of humor brought him to a different stage. Paul's ability to combine those two talents led him to working with Jim Breuer and can be seen on Breuer's Hardcore special. What legendary heavy metal group did Paul play guitar in front of? Where did correctness and cancel …
 
In the Acement this week, Scott & Ace welcome Jack Lynch. Jack is a 30 year comedy veteran who started hanging out at the legendary Ding Ho before overcoming personal demons and finally climbing on stage himself. Jack uses his likable stage presence and great joke telling ability to spread a message that recovery is possible. Check out Jack at http…
 
Scott and Ace decide to check in with some friends of the podcast. First the Comedy Barbarian Mike McCarthy joins them in the Acement to talk about things opening up for comedy. Then Mary Ellen Depetrillo comes by to talk about her move to Florida. We talk retirement comedy plans and a special guest pops in.…
 
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