An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: The Tonight Show, The Improv & the Early Days of Chicago Comedy with Tom Dreesen

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[display_podcast] Tom Dreesen is the main reason I became a stand up comedian. We both grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, and while I am still struggling to sell my wares, Tom is known in Chicago as the “Godfather of Comedy”. He has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including more that 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. He was a favorite guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosted the show in Letterman’s absence. For 13 years he toured cross coun … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 116: German Visitor, Ron McGehee & Greg Hahn

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[display_podcast] My family is hosting a German teacher as part of an exchange program for three weeks. Not a foreign “student” exchange, but teacher. My wife is a teacher as well, so the two of them – my wife and Simone - have a lot to talk about. At first, I was very nervous about the whole affair. Three weeks is a long time for someone to stay at our home. Even my own sister can only last two days before she reaches her maximum tolerance and has to leave. But we were offered a lot of infor … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 115: Kindergarten, Andy Beningo & Jeff Allen

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[display_podcast] It was such a landmark moment when we put our youngest child on the bus, sending him to kindergarten, for the first time. Mom was crying. Dad was doing a celebratory dance. ON the other end, the kindergarten teacher was weeping, soul searching, doubting every career move leading to this day. My kids were confused about what kindergarten even is. I think this is because of its very name. Kindergarten is German, literally meaning “children’s garden”, which doesn’t even seem to m … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 114: State Fair, Kerri Pomarolli & Derrick Tennant

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[display_podcast] I took my family to the Minnesota State Fair this year. It was my dad, my sons and me. Now, my dad gets the same look when he enters the State Fair as when he enters Sam’s Club: this bedazzled, mystical gaze. I guess he’s hypnotized by all the oversized fried food. And, according to tradition, my dad refuses to park in the State Fair parking lot. Instead, he insists that we park on the front lawn of one of the local homeowners who have graciously opened up their sod-covered oas … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 113: Working From Home, Clayburn Cox & David Horsager

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[display_podcast] I have a home office that I work out of. People often assume that it’s nice working from home and I must get SO MUCH WORK DONE, since I don’t commute to work. Now, when I first began this venture, I read a book about how to work from home. The book said that if you have a family, prepare yourself! Because your family will have a very hard time leaving you alone. I read this and thought, “Oh, no. Not my family. My family is considerate, thoughtful, and loving. They would never … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 112: “Human Being Origins”, Chris Rossetti & Ron Pearson

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[display_podcast] I like thoughtful debates. But when I worked full-time in radio, we would get the strangest phone calls from listeners; and I rarely had an opportunity to have a thoughtful discussion. I remember a time when I was about 19 and I had just finished a book about etymology, which is the study of word origins. I learned that root word “ped” means “foot”. Therefore, this is where we get the English words “pedestrian”, “pedometer”, and “pedicure”. This may not seem very interesting t … [Read more...]


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