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Bites and Bits

Bites and Bits is a podcast where the worlds of comedy and cuisine collide! Co-hosts and foodies Mat Mailandt and Hisham Kelati bite into their favourite dishes and share a bit of their lives with their favourite comedians. There’s jokes, heartfelt stories and some hot takes. New episodes are released every other Monday!

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Help us win a Canadian Podcast Award!

Bites and Bits is nominated for 3 Canadian Podcast Awards! Producer Erin Conway and co-host Mat Mailandt share the details on how you can vote for us! Vote Here: http://www.canpodawards.ca/vote Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

1min

1 Aug 2022

Rank #1

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S02E11: Commitment with Lauren Ash

Superstore star Lauren Ash joins Mat and Hisham for a Korean feast – bulgogi with all the sides! Hisham regails Mat with stories of time spent with Mat’s family in Calgary during Sled Island Festival. Renowned animal lover Lauren shocks our hosts when she admits there is a creature that she is not so fond of. We see where  Lauren’s loyalties lie in our game segment and in a move no one saw coming, Lauren and Hisham fan girl over the 90 Day Fiancé franchise. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer:  Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

59mins

18 Jul 2022

Rank #2

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S02E10: Hospitality with Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek

At Collision Tech Conference 2022, Mat and special guest host Kris Siddiqi share some pancakes with Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek in front of a live audience! They chat about Mayor Gondek’s breakfast routine, test her crypto knowledge and learn about her love of working alongside communities to plan the future of her city.  Mat and Kris get unexpectedly schooled by an audience member about crypto currency and blockchains! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer:  Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

33mins

4 Jul 2022

Rank #3

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S02E09: Perspective with Aba Amuquandoh

Actress, writer and comedian Aba Amuquandoh joins Mat and Hisham for sushi burritos from Rolltation and Mihito Sushi. Mat shares his regret about a recent Shake Shack order in LA and Aba delves into her favorite street food and Instagram food culture. Unsurprisingly, Hisham has a hot take about lettuce! Aba shares her perspective on the future Canadian Comedy and why we need to showcase and hire more BIPOC artists. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer:  Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

58mins

13 Jun 2022

Rank #4

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S02E08: Reading the Room with Ashley Botting

Award winning Comedian, director and musical improviser Ashley Botting joins Mat and Hisham for some classic Canadian poutine from Poutine Lab in Toronto and Boogie’s Burgers in Calgary.  Mat and Hisham put Ashley’s social skills to the test during the game segment, Hisham admits to some shady UberEats behaviour and Ashley rebrands the podcast in her honour! Come for the jokes and stay for the burps! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By: Ryan Sheedy https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer: Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

50mins

30 May 2022

Rank #5

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S02E07: Leap of Faith with Ajahnis Charley

Comedian, writer and Geomatics Engineer Ajahnis Charley joins Mat and Hisham for bagel breakfast sandwiches. They each weigh in on toast vs bagel, discuss the pros and cons of the Michelin Guide coming to Toronto and dive into the intersectionality of cheese and fish!  Hisham test drives a potential Juno acceptance speech and things get surprisingly high brow for the game segment. Spoiler alert: Ajahnis is VERY smart.  Finally, the three get into some real talk about Ajahnis’ leap of faith into a comedy career and their ultimate goals as an artist. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

57mins

16 May 2022

Rank #6

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S02E06: Translation with Ayaka Kinugawa

Comedian and musician Ayaka Kinugawa (The Second City’s She The People; Tita Jokes) joins Mat and Hisham for donairs from Otto’s Berlin Doner.  Mat and Hisham share their plans for their summer gardens and Ayaka reveals secrets from her emo phase when she found Beethoven’s grave in Vienna. Things get international when the three discuss how manners translate from one culture to another, and the popularity of duos in the Japanese comedy scene.  Ayaka pulls out all the stops in a Bits and Bites first improvising some jingles and theme songs. She also reveals her first touring gig as a musician and it’s not what you’d expect! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer:  Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

52mins

2 May 2022

Rank #7

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S02E05: Humility with Alastair Forbes

Comedian and disc golf expert Alastair Forbes joins Mat and Hisham for Thai food from Imm Thai Kitchen. Hisham learns about disc golf, Alastair reveals he is in the top 15% of spice eaters in Toronto and in one of the best game segments of the season things get nerdy when Alastair guesses the fave snacks of fictional characters. To bring it home, the three talk about roasting the ones they love and getting roasted in return. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer:  Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

52mins

18 Apr 2022

Rank #8

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S02E04: Self Care with Nour Hadidi

Stand Up comedian and writer Nour Hadidi (The Debaters, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) joins Mat and Hisham for bao from Banh Mi Boys and iBaoza. This week Mat calls in from Calgary, Alberta and teaches Hisham about downhill skiing. Nour roasts Hisham for his recent Juno nomination, the group talks about vulnerability on stage and Nour admits her dad is the funniest person she knows. In our game this week Nour invents a unique pickup line for George Clooney. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer:  Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

1hr 2mins

4 Apr 2022

Rank #9

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S02E03: Competition with Miguel Rivas

Pretty Hard Cases and The Beaverton’s Miguel Rivas joins Mat and Hisham for some succulent South American stew. He schools Mat on Brazilian cuisine, shares some tales of growing up with three very funny brothers and dishes about just how competitive the writer’s room can be. In a Bites and Bits twist, he reprises his role as the host of Rapp Battlez, one of Toronto’s most iconic indy comedy shows and pits Mat against Hisham in a food themed rap battle for the ages during our game segment. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitesandbitspodcast Hosted By: Mat Mailandt https://www.instagram.com/improveats https://twitter.com/matmailandt https://tiktok.com/improveats Hisham Kelati https://www.instagram.com/hishamkelati https://twitter.com/blackcaptainkirk Produced By: Erin Conway https://www.instagram.com/eeene/ Music and Editing By:  Ryan Sheedy  https://www.instagram.com/rtsheedz Segment Writer:  Antony Hall https://www.instagram.com/hallandjokes Brought to you By: The Sonar Network Brought to you By: The Sonar Network

53mins

21 Mar 2022

Rank #10