Videocast

In conjunction with the New York Distance Learning Association
Each week Tom Capone from the NYDLA and Shaun Eli from The Ivy League of Comedy interview a comedian or two or others from the comedy industry, in a show Tom titled “Coffee in the Clouds- with Comedians.”

These are free-form, unedited conversations of roughly a half-hour, and may contain a curse word or two.

Episode Ten

Comedian Michele Balan and Scott Blakeman, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
In this episode we talk about baseball without fans. Even the Mets. Michele talks about being on a cruise ship in South America during the beginning of the pandemic. The comedians ponder what they’d say their first time back on stage after coronavirus is cured. Shaun suggests why Tom could barely get in a word and why there are so many Jewish comedians. Scott explains about ordering in food, we talk a bit about Brooklyn where Scott lives and Michele’s from. And Shaun tells a story about the fear of really inexpensive food when he was on the road performing.

Episode Nine

Comedian Jon Fisch and Ellen Karis, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
In this episode we talk about Greek food, Jon’s very new baby, more about comedy shows on Zoom, Ellen’s background in finance and Jon’s in a mental institution (as an employee). Shaun talks about his mother’s claim that stand-up comedy isn’t a career for Jews. Ellen talks about places to perform other than comedy clubs and Jon talks about the perils of professional management. Shaun talks about his novel and Ellen promises that she’s going to write a book. Shaun talks about the Ivy League of Comedy’s 13 camera TV shoot and wonders why late-night talk shows during the pandemic are all one-camera shoots.

Episode Eight

Comedian Myq Kaplan and Leighann Lord, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
In this episode we talk about the benefits and challenges of doing comedy via Zoom, compare it to performing live or on television. The comedians address what they’d want to say to the president of Zoom who would be watching, and what they would suggest to make Zoom shows work more smoothly. Plus the benefits of having a tech person run a Zoom show. Myq talks a bit about the Edinburgh Fridge Festival and the tour he’s missed out on because of the pandemic, and that he managed to get his album released. That he works on a new hour, then releases an album, but doesn’t run his romantic relationships on the same timeframe.

Episode Seven

Comedian Talia Reese and comedy club owner (and former comedian) Al Martin, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
We talk about shows on Zoom and the future of the comedy club industry once clubs re-open. Talia explains how she got started in comedy. Al talks about what it’s like performing in his own club when he sees something go wrong when he’s on stage. Talia talks about working in comedy clubs in NY and Al talks about his new book “DID IT ON A DARE: How I Created a Comedy Empire in 30 Short Years.”

Episode Six

Comedians Frank Vignola and Karen Bergreen, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
Karen talks about being home with her family during the pandemic and why she wants to be named Elizabeth. Tom asks the comedians what they would be doing today if there were no pandemic (the episode was recorded on a Friday afternoon). Frank criticizes Shaun for interrupting Karen and Karen talks about teaching comedy via Zoom. Frank talks about the career drawbacks of being a raunchy comedian and ponders about disruptive comedy class students. The comedians talk about the difference between a one-person show, stand-up comedy and a comedic essay.

Episode Five

Comedians Jim Mendrinos and Cory Kahaney, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
Jim says that everything I have that I love comes from comedy. Cory, Jim and Shaun discuss the late show on Friday, the comedy club show that comedians often dread because the audience has probably already been drinking for several hours. The comedians discuss the importance of the show’s emcee and what it’s like to follow Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Breuer or Sam Kinison in a comedy show. Cory explains why she no longer works in the restaurant industry. And some tips for a successful show on Zoom.

Episode Four

Comedians Tony Deyo and Jane Condon, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
Tony talks about marching bands and why he isn’t doing comedy shows on Zoom and Jane talks about the perils of performing at the end of corporate events. Shaun talks about working with Jane amidst political comedy, and not discussing politics on stage in America but insisting on it overseas. Jane refuses to disclose which of her parents was in a more dangerous occupation, her father the FBI agent or her mother the first grade teacher. Tom asks what we’d be doing if we weren’t comedians so the three comedians talk about what they did before becoming comedians. Tom asks if there’s a modern equivalent of getting to perform on Carson’s Tonight Show. And Tony talks about the ultimate revenge against a youtube heckler.

Episode Three

Comedians Wali Collins and Maria Shehata, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
Maria talks about why she went from being a U.S.-based comedian to a U.K.-based comedian and how it’s different, Wali talks about how his mother urged him to try stand-up comedy, Tom asks about performing during a pandemic and whether comedians all want sitcoms and Shaun talks about how he first met Maria and Wali, and performing for severely rich people.

Episode Two

Comedians Carmen Lynch and Liz Miele, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
In this episode we discuss going months without performing on stage, Liz talks about what it’s like to start performing comedy at 16, Shaun talks about being in his fifth grade play and why that kept him from trying stand-up for a long time and Carmen talks about performing all over the world in both English and Spanish. We talk about career obstacles, what it takes to be a comedian and how we have to adapt to new technologies to make a living as comedians.

Episode One

Comedians Kerri Louise and Clayton Fletcher, with co-hosts Shaun Eli (The Ivy League of Comedy) and Tom Capone (NY Distance Learning Association)
Kerri talks about her family, Clayton talks about being a paid jazz musician at age 12 and Shaun describes his job as standing on a box and talking into a stick. We discuss performing options during the pandemic and why both the comedians and the audience need to hear the laughter, and Shaun makes fun of Kerri’s math skills. Tom asks about comedians becoming actors and vice versa, and how we got started in comedy and Shaun keeps interrupting with jokes.

Audio-only versions
Episode Ten
Episode Nine
Episode Eight
Episode Seven
Episode Six
Episode Five
Episode Four
Episode Three
Episode Two
Episode One