Rank #1: WDEK Podcast Ep. 65: Holiday Episode w Shalewa Sharpe, Sharron Paul, Chris Laker & James Harvey 12/18/18
Our 2018 WDEK Holiday Episode 65 was taped in Shonali's apartment in front of a live audience w special guest co-host Shalewa Sharpe and guests comedians Sharron Paul, Chris Laker and musician James Harvey. This is a re-taping of our brilliant October 2018 show for reasons you will learn when you listen to Ep. 65. The cider was flowing and the holiday spread was spread out.
Shonali and Shalewa's friendship began way back in the ATL. Cover your ears mom for the first 5 minutes of this conversation. Christian, Shalewa and Shonali talk cornbread WET dressing and fried turkey.
Comedian, writer, producer, side hustler (aren't we all) Sharron Paul joins the party. They discuss holiday travel, improv passenger actors and using what Shalewa calls "fun airlines." Have you ever heard of ice cream theft? Exciting news ya'll! Make sure to check out Sharron's adult novelty website called TheNastyAmerican.com .
Comedian Chris Laker joins us in his festive socks and all around good shirt. We talk male Spanx, family (non) responsibilities, moving to Los Angeles and performing at the Fringe Fest. Look for Chris walking in the streets of LA bc he would rather not drive.
Our Get It Off Your Chest with Delmira "Dee" Lemus gets serious. Christian shocks us with his GIOYC. Shonali complains about herself. Shalewa has had it with bodega workers ruining her snack cake experience. Fortnite problems are messing with Dee's bank account. Pretty sure WDEK is the only podcast in which you will hear a serious conversation regarding Alfonso Ribeiro, Fred "Rerun" Berry AND pajama wear.
Pianist, composer, musical comedy performer James Harvey sock game is tight. Seeing Little Shop Of Horrors as a kid sparked his interest in writing musicals. He performs the five stages of grief from his one man show, The Bald Faced Truth. James is currently working on his new musical Amazon-The Musical, and it's not about the rainforest.
Happy Birthday to Jason Lam! He filled in for Daria Huxley as photographer. Also make plans to attend Shalewa's live album taping is January 27th at Union Hall in Brooklyn - two shows 7PM & 9:30PM!
Dec 29 2018
Rank #2: WDEK Podcast Ep. 53: Becky Yamomoto, Mars Ganito and Mike DuClos - June 27, 2017
We return from our two month break after our WDEK Variety Fest with a Sizzling Summer Show - SSS show - BAM! Is it still considered alliteration if the words start with the same letter although letter doesnt have the same sound - Sss vs sh? Will you look that up for us? While Christian is away, our special guest host this month is a longtime friend of WDEK; the multi talented (musician, illustrator and writer) Mr. Marcellus Hall! Our first guest is comedian, writer & actress Becky Yamomoto. Find out how she got to NYC and created a successful career here as a standup & actress although her Mom and Dad never go to her shows. Her web series Uninspired is one of Shonali's favorites. Shonali performs a new song yet to be released called The Dream Is Still Alive with Marcellus on harmonica. Our second guest is Mars Ganito, guitar player, singer and one of the leaders of the punk pop indie band Aye Nako. We talk about life on the road, growing up in Arkansas within a large family and his love of country music. Mars has described his band's music as "sad songs about being queer, trans and black," however we don't find them so sad. They make us happy. Reminiscent of the best of early indie rock bands like Superchunk, Helium & Pavement; their sound is ragged, raw and dissonant but also catchy, fresh and original. Special guest co-host Marcellus Hall performs one of his new tunes called Our Devices. WDEK's last guest is Mike DuClos, a brilliant musician who has performed with lots of great bands and musicians Listen and learn about tourbus etiquette and performing with Joan Baez and Dire Straits. Mike is what we call a professional musician. He's even played on Broadway before. He hated that. He's a great storyteller who is known in most circles as being a "wise ass." He agrees. Listen and decide for yourself. Thanks to all of you who support us and listen to our show. We have t-shirts for some of you lucky fools! Email us! And lastly Listen to Aye Nako's Spare Me!
Jul 12 2017
Rank #3: WDEK Podcast Ep. 62: Maeve Higgins, Hari Kondabolu and Camille Harris - August 28, 2018
We Don't Even Know Ep. 62 live at Red Room hosted by Shonali Bhowmik and guest co-host comedian Greg Johnson with special guests comedian Maeve Higgins, comedian Hari Kondabolu and musician Camille Harris. Get It Off Your Chest with our audience member Maggy Adeleye.
Special guest co-host comedian Greg Johnson joins Shonali to host Ep. 62 of WDEK Live at Red Room while Christian Felix is away on the hottest night of the year so far. Greg, Shonali and Christian met while working on a huge case at a Manhattan law firm which is why the word "chron" makes them giddy. Greg was our Ep. 17 guest 5 years ago on 9/10/13. Greg Johnson's #1 is the first stand-up comedy album to be released by Little Lamb Recordings, Shonali's label.
Our first guest is comedian, author and actress Maeve Higgins. Maeve first impressed Shonali with her sparkly sandals but Maeve's undeniable wit and intelligence are what sealed the deal in their friendship. We discuss Maeve's new book Maeve In America along with worldly topics like vagina extensions, M&M world, mental illness, Irish America and the seduction of being white.
Comedian Hari Kondabolu FINALLY is a guest on WDEK live. The discussion starts out light regarding signing autographs and wet t-shirt contests and things get serious when Shonali confesses she was a prom queen and mathlete in high school. Hari has a new Netflix special out called Warn Your Relatives and TruTV documentary The Problem With Apu. Most importantly, Hari and Shonali both have brilliant mothers.
Our audience member Maggy Adeleye joins us for our Get It Off Your Chest segment. We discuss using the word "sweetie", saying you are "color-blind" and being asked to be co-host for WDEK on a day when the heat index is 99 degrees in NYC.
Our final guest is Camille Harris! She is a musician, writer, teacher, comedian and actress. Camille came to NYC as a former prom queen and international baccalaureate. Prom queens unite! She wrote a musical called Muffin Man and has been recently working on a children's album called Silly Jazz with Camille. She is not on social media. Impressive, right? Camille performs two songs in the Red Room, Trying Something New and Baby On The Subway.
Also Shonali has a band called Tigers and Monkeys which has a new album coming out on Sept. 17, 2018. It is called Saturday Destroyer. Tigers and Monkeys will be the musical guest on the September 18th WDEK Live show.
Sep 06 2018
Rank #4: WDEK Podcast Ep. 56: Mike Stuto, Jennie Reilly Romer & Chaney Sims - Oct. 24, 2017
Episode 56 is a momentous occasion, with the news that HiFi will close at the end of October 2017, this is the last time we will tape our show in our beloved home space. Currently we are looking for another home and expect to return to a new space live in front of an audience in January of 2018. Christian & Shonali open the show with quality conversation about bunions, butts and adult day care. Our first guest is lawyer, environmental activist and national carryout bag expert Jennie Reilly Romer. After helping San Francisco and Los Angeles enact laws on plastic bag policy, Jennie moved to New York with the mission of doing the same thing here. She came really close! Jennie explains why these thin plastic bags are so problematic, what we can do to help (plasticbaglaws.org); who is lobbying against the policy and how Christian did the wrong thing by putting the plastic bags in the recycling bin. We salute Jennie on her work and look forward to her to running for New York City Council! Go Jennie. With the news that HiFi will close at the end of October, we are excited celebrate the man who created this safe haven for indie rock n roll bands in the mid 90's, East Village neighbors in the 2000's and podcasters and comedians in the late 2010's. Here is a special interview with the owner of HiFi (formerly the legendary East Village rock club Brownies) Mike Stuto. Find out about Mike's time as a club owner who had do idea what he was doing. There were good times (David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Mel Brooks) and bad (Sugar Ray, Milemarker) but Mike has always managed to this day to bring together a community that is heavily indebted to him for giving them a space to create, learn, unite, celebrate and collaborate. After listening quiz: What band made Mike want to work in rock n' roll? Our final guest is Grammy nominated singer and storyteller Chaney Sims. Like Mike, Chaney is a native New Yorker and the East Village was her playground. She is the daughter of a great blues musician, Bill Sims Jr. with whom she performs with in the Grammy Nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra. Her recent solo performance of songs written from her Haiku 365 project at Joe's Pub was with a string orchestral accompaniment by Root Stock Republic. The performance will be released as a live album recording soon. Listen to Chaney blow you away with her performances of Leadbelly's Go Down, Old Hannah and Nina Simone's C-Line Woman. Have a great rest of the year and until our next show, do yourself a favor and binge on the many earlier episodes of We Don't Even Know.
Nov 12 2017
Rank #5: WDEK Podcast Ep. 75: Trish Tillman, Clare O'Kane, Gary the Vampire, Lauren Maul - 10/29/2019
We are 75 Episodes old as of of tonight, October 29, 2019. Our guest co-host is choreographer, teacher, tennis fanatic and trivia master Joe Celej. Joe joins Shonali Bhowmik to discuss all things horrific. Joe and Shonali are joined by guests artist Trish Tillman, comedian Clare O'Kane, Gary The Vampire and performer, musician, comic Lauren Maul.
Trish Tillman is a visual artist who lives currently in NYC and in one of Oscar Wilde's former residences. We discuss the plight of an artist - working all alone for hours on end and not talking to anyone; having multiple jobs to supplement your income as an artist and making art as a child in Washington, DC. Shonali is convinced Trish's sculptures are influenced by the art residency she did in India in terms of the colors, decorations, materials and simple forms she uses. We discuss Bollywood horror films, slackers & Trish's solo show opening at Aysa Geisberg Gallery in Chelsea on Thursday Nov.7. Go to her opening party from 6-8pm to see her gorgeous work up close!
Thomas Kelsey joins us from the audience to play the game, Name That Mystery Candy! We blindfold him and find out how many candies he named correctly after Joe inserts the candy into Thomas Mouth. Congrats to Thomas who won some seriously wonderful gifts!
Clare O'Kane is a comedian from San Jose, California. We discuss opening for the emo punk band Jawbox, being a newlywed, DNA testing and how she's changed as a comedian in the past 9 years. Make sure to check out her comedy album, Let It Be and her work as a writer on the second season of Shrill. Be on the lookout for Clare in a comedy club near you!
Gary The Vampire (aka comedian Matt Little) makes a surprise appearance at WDEK. He's really loud and was born in the 1600's before NYC became edgy. He quickly let us know, he's not into Halloween and we commiserate with him. Did you know that Vampires wear jean jackets?
Our final guest of the night is performer, creator, musician, comic and all around do everything artist Lauren Maul. She calls herself a good witch and hosts her own show called Gathering of the Coven during the full moon. She fills us in on her latest project, an album of love songs which come from her recent agreement with her husband to have an open marriage. It turns out initially it wasn't easy for Lauren's husband to go along with Lauren's request, but a year later accommodated for her. Lauren performs two original songs in the Red Room live, 1) With A Witch and 2) All Her Things. We hope you enjoy.
Nov 07 2019
Rank #6: WDEK Podcast Ep. 73: Jeremy O. Harris, Nore Davis & Bianca Espinal - 8/27/2019
It's the end of summer 2019 and beach time for Christian. Shonali & Christian's friendship is unique. Their Episode 73 guests include playwright Jeremy O. Harris, comedian Nore Davis and musician Bianca Espinal aka BIA.E. This is an extra special double edition show.
Christian and Shonali are so excited to have playwright Jeremy O. Harris join them just as his hit play Slave Play makes its way to Broadway! Their in depth conversation (00:07:56 - 01:08:20) includes topics such as Harris' Color Purple book report in the 6th grade, his mom, Club Monaco, his Rihanna interview, the relationship of fashion to theater, Aleshea Harris, black erasure, colonialism, white attention, being considered a "polarizing figure", academic probation, The 1619 Project, art criticism and his appreciation of Mr. Show. Jeremy O. Harris will be the youngest black man to ever be on Broadway and is having a big party on the first night of previews for Slave Play on September 10th. His Broadway premiere is on October 6th. Get your tickets now.
Comedian Nore Davis grew up in Yonkers, NY and quit college to do stand up. (at 1:08:40-1:36:08) He grew up with a police officer dad and a controlling mom. Nore's upcoming comedy tv special is called "Too Woke" and he explains the many burdens which come with being "too woke." We discuss toxic masculinity, respect for the stand-up Gods, job security and being on late night tv on Conan twice. Christian asks about Nore's use of the N word. Nore has already released an Amazon comedy special called "You Guys are Dope" and his upcoming Comedy Central 1/2 Hour Special "Too Woke" comes out on November 8 at 11:30 PM. Check it out. He has a regular show at Union Hall with his girlfriend comedian Nash Rose called Stellar Underground.
Get It Off Your Chest (at 1:36:33) is BAAACKKKK with audience member and former WDEK guest JJ Sasnowski joining Christian & Shonali onstage. Their problems range from cologne, road rage and unwritten NYC rules.
WDEK's last guest of the evening is musician Bianca Espinal (01:44:45) aka BIA.E (Be Infinite Anywhere Everywhere.) Bianca is Dominican and grew up in Harlem. She started busking on the subway platform with her father at 17 years old. She also auditioned American Idol and The Voice where Pharrell gave her the best advice. She received the semi-final position in Tengo Talento Mucho Talento, a Hispanic International televised show. Atlhough her sultry voice is unique to herself, you can hear Espinal's many influences like Lianne La Havas, Amy Winehouse, and Dusty Springfield when she sings. She sings two of her original songs Anytime (at 2:03:21) and Time (at 2:07:00). Look for B.I.A.E on IG to find out about her upcoming shows.
Enjoy! Thank you all! See you next month! Follow us on all social media @wdekpodcast
Sep 04 2019
Rank #7: WDEK Podcast Ep. 70: Jamela Zahra, Kate Willett & Lenny Zenith - 5/28/2019
Christian is back in the Red Room for Ep. 70 of We Don't Even Know. Shonali and Christian can't help but spread the word of the phenomenal soul r&b pop hip hop artist Lizzo after seeing her live show just a few days earlier. We quickly move from self-love to self-mutilation - you sort of could call it that - waxing is not so popular these days is it? That's the question. Bushes are back in - well that's what Shonali thinks.
Shonali and Christian's first guest is writer Jamela Zahra (@ 00:12:35). She explodes on to the podcast with an unpleasant waxing story. Jamela grew up with MTV and always wanted to be a VJ. Her dream was to kick a blunt with Janet Jackson. We believe that dream will come true. Jamela has a website called HighHowAreYou.com geared to women who smoke cannabis, especially women of color. Jamela's ultimate goal is to break down the stigma of smoking pot for black people. After saying she herself should have her own brand of weed, she confessed she would like to have her own cookie company. Mackenzie Besos if you're listening, we've found a good cause for you to support.
Our second guest is Kate Willett (@00:38:37) is from the Bay Area in Cali and Shonali has flashbacks of rope sandals, unflushed toilets to when she lived in Santa Cruz, CA. Kate just made an appearance on Stephen Colbert which we will all get to see later this summer. Do you know what makes social media enjoyable? Kate has been spending time working on art she cares about, such as a book about contemporary masculinity with the working title "Good Guys." We can't wait to read it. The convo moves from deep hippie state to hookup culture - the good, the bad, the ugly. Kate is and has been doing great things including touring in India, China and Australia. Kate's brand of comedy in India blows Shonali's mind. Check out Kate's special on Netflix!
We #GetItOffYourChest (@1:02:00) with WDEK's great friend Mike Stuto! Christian would like to have the ear of his periodontist. Shonali explains what is supposed to happen in "the Quiet Lounge" at a spa. Mike Stuto will not have it anymore with the pretentiousness of vinyl lovers, which means he's talking about Shonali.
Our last guest is writer, singer, rocker Lenny Zenith, (@1:13:28) originally from NOLA and currently a long time New Yorker. As a kid, Lenny went to school at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts along with fellow students such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. Lenny explains that even though his music has roots in new wave and punk rock, the aforementioned jazz artists were deeply influential on him, in terms of witnessing their talent, persistence and work ethic. Lenny is transgender and shares with WDEK an inspirational story of transitioning as a 14 year old in New Orleans. Lenny moved to NYC ready to rock and was a member of Jenifer Convertible, Tenterhooks and RZA. Only recently has Lenny been recording under his own name, Lenny Zenith. Lenny sings two of his songs during this episode, including a brand new unrecorded tune and one on his latest record What If The Sun called The Wish.
Thanks to our WDEK crew, Daria Huxley our photographer, Justin The Intern - Justin Hall for our great intros, Ezana Million our sound engineer and Lori Schwarz our Red Room hostess and bartender! Special thanks to Lenny who sold CDs after the show with proceeds going towards trans people of color. Thank you ALL! Follow us on all social media @wdekpodcast !
Jun 16 2019
Rank #8: WDEK Podcast Ep. 61: Sunita Mani, Myka Fox & Shannon Wright - July 24, 2018
Guest co-host Jordan Clifford joins Shonali for Episode 61 while Christian Felix is in Singapore doing who knows what. Jordan helps Shonali analyze her disgusting dream. Our first guest is actress, dancer, comedian Sunita Mani. Shonali and Sunita are family friends. Jordan and Sunita were in the same crew together in college at Emerson College. Jordan tried to make Sunita cry once. We discuss Sunita's success as an actress (Mr. Robot, GLOW) and if it has gone to her head. Look for Sunita in No Activity. Out of nowhere, a podcast protestor interrupts our show! Our second guest is comedian, writer & producer Myka Fox. Myka just celebrated her birthday and Shonali forces Myka to tell a depressing story about a specific past birthday. Find out whether Myka ever had an ex-boyfriend help her move? Myka has the best Twitter account & you must follow her. Check out Myka's Friday night weekly show at the Cobra Club called Live From Outer Space. Sidenote: Have you seen the PBS documentary on Maya Angelou? It's on Netflix now. Ep. 61 Get It Off Your Chest is with audience member Ricky Trabucco. We have some good ones: airplane boarding eagerness, people with clipboards & purchasing lottery tickets. Our final guest is musician Shannon Wright. Shannon is a guitarist, pianist, singer-songwriter and her performances are raw, emotional, breathtaking and powerful all at one moment. Shonali & Shannon are long time friends who just discovered they both sold ice cream and were accused of stealing as adolescents. Shannon is shy. Shannon is a prolific artist who is starting work on her 11th solo album. She is adored by the likes of Jordan Clifford, Steve Albini, Yann Tiersen and recently composed the music for French director Guillaume Nicloux's To The Ends Of The World. Listen to Shannon Wright perform Avalanche live at We Don't Even Know.
Aug 04 2018
Rank #9: WDEK Podcast Ep. 66: May Jeong, Josh Gondelman, Shilpa Ray & Mitch The Enthusiasm Coach - 1/29/19
We start out 2019 with an explosion not a bang. Our guests are award-winning investigative journalist May Jeong, award-winning writer/stand up comedian Josh Gondelman and singular blues punk rock n’ roll bad ass musician Shilpa Ray. Along with special surprise guest Mitch The Enthusiasm Coach and Megan Fitzpatrick Gets It Off Her Chest.
Christian and Shonali catch up on the holidays, mom talk, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Schulz' signature and the opportunity which 2019 will hopefully bring.
Their first guest is investigative journalist May Jeong. May is a wunderkind. She's spent years living in Afghanistan covering the war and received high accolades for reporting from there. We discuss her courage, smarts and as she calls it being "young and dumb" in terms of saying yes to every opportunity to get the real story. Look for her upcoming work in the New Yorker regarding another explosive ground breaking story.
Shonali's new 2019 positive attitude is due to the new man in her life, Mitch The Enthusiasm Coach. Mitch who also wears two headbands at one time shows Christian how to get inspired about the year and take charge of his life.
The second guest in the lineup is award winning writer and stand up comedian Josh Gondelman. He was a former writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and currently write for the new late night show on Showtime with Desus and Mero. What Christian and Shonali find most interesting about Josh is that he is from Boston, has no accent AND was a former preschool teacher. 2019 is going to be a big one for Josh. He just recorded a one hour comedy live special and has written a new book "Nice Try - Story of Best Intentions and Mixed Results" to come out this year. Oh and Desus and Mero's show debuts on February 21st.
Get It Off Your Chest with audience member Megan Fitzpatrick. She comes forth with martini in hand. Our problems stem mostly from the weather and inconsiderate people. Whew, don't you feel better.
Our last guest is the amazing multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter punk rock blues musician Shilpa Ray. Wow. Shonali bonds with Shilpa on being Bengali Female Desis who play rock n' roll. Unbelievably she had a music pageant dad who had to force her to practice her harmonium and vocals at a young age. Believably he also still wants her to go to med school. Shilpa says she is actually shy which is shocking. Shilpa kindly answers Christian's template musician question beautifully. Please go see Shilpa play live at El Cortez on February 8th with James Chance to find out why people call her god. Shilpa performs two songs live on piano in the Red Room, 1) Same Sociopath and 2). Cry For the Cameras Enjoy! Happy New Year! Also special thanks to Matt Hunziker for coming in a crushing it as Mitch the Enthusiasm Coach!
Feb 06 2019
Rank #10: WDEK Podcast Ep. 77: Raja Feather Kelly, Alex English & Adira Amram - 1/28/2020
Happy 2020! Christian and Shonali roll into 2020 with tales of hunger and dogs gone wild. Have you ever tried the Whole30? Christian and Shonali start the year out with another amazing lineup of guests. Christian and Shonali are obsessed with all of them. Their first guest is award winning choreographer, director, artistic director Raja Feather Kelly. He is the artistic director of his own theater media dance company The feath3r theory. How did a young man from Houston, TX with an obsession for pop culture, musical theater, dance and Andy Warhol become the critical darling of the uptown theater world? His work as a brilliant choreographer is featured in works like Fairview and Strange Loop and his last performance as a dancer was a solo show, 2 years ago in Ugly at The Bushwick Star. Go see his Kelly's upcoming works, Wednesday by the feath3r company and We're Gonna Die which he is directing at 2nd Stage premiering Feb. 4 and opening in February 25, 2020. See why Raja's been featured in the New York Times so many times this past year.
Shonali has hopes of Christian getting a dog when times get lonely and has brought Rhonda the Dog Trainer (comedian & actress Becky Chicoine) from Pittsburgh to give him some dog training lessons. The audience at home, should pay special attention to her words, because although you have no idea what Rhonda is doing, you can try these tricks at home with your own moves.
WDEK's second guest of the evening is comedian and writer Alex English. Alex is black, from Detroit and recently started making friendships with white people. Alex shares his astute observations regarding dating, weddings and eating brunch with white people. He also has special words for comedians who can't turn it off. Make sure to check out Alex at his monthly show Dad, happening at the Jane Hotel, the first Monday of the month. His next show is Feb. 3, 8:30PM.
Jack Dwyer joins us from work in his gorgeous black velvet suit for this month's #GetItOffYourChest. Topics include haircuts, relatives, salad bar hoverers and imaginary friends. What is yours?
WDEK's final guest is dancer, singer, songwriter, comedian and choreographer Adira Amram. Adira's unique brand of song, dance and collaboration is all about having a good time. She has been performing with Maresa D'Amore-Morrison and Jessi Colon (The Experience) for 12 years. Adira claims that her work comes from the child inside of her. She has released an album called Hot Jamzs for Teens. Adira is the daughter of legendary composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram. Adira explains her dad had creative parenting techniques and how at 89 he's still continuously looking forward to the next gig. Adira performs two of her tunes for our live studio audience: 1) 17 Signs You Are Having A Midlife Crisis (The Condensed Version) and 2) I Want You to Be You Only Different. Look for Adira at her upcoming show this spring with Ophira Eisenberg, Ophira & Adira at Union Hall!
Thank you all for supporting us for over 6 years! For enjoying a noncommercial experience that is about heart and soul!
Feb 03 2020
Rank #11: WDEK Podcast Ep. 51: Colin Buckingham, Selena Coppock & M. Lamar - March 27, 2017
Returning from Hawaii to a blizzard has Shonali feeling down. Leave it to Christian to come up with a story about his jacket to cheer her up. The Get Out of A Funk episode starts out with special guest actor & performer Colin Buckingham. Shonali is impressed with Colin's stage combat skills which he has had to use in real life. Do you know what a "half nelson" is? If you want to fight a drunk person "take out their knees." Colin has a achondroplasia which is a form of dwarfism. We discuss labels, entitlement, empathy and privilege. In addition to acting professionally on film and tv, Colin has recently joined the cast of Sleep No More. He is also in a new tv show which he can't tell us anything about. Look for him in Black Magic for White Boys at Tribeca Film Festival pilot series. Our second guest is comedian, writer, actress Selena Coppock. Selena has a popular twitter feed @NYTvows which makes fun of what she calls the "wedding industrial complex." She has written a book and she is currently on a television show called Red Oaks on Amazon, but she is yet to release a comedy album. Well that is until now! Selena has plans is tape her first live comedy album very soon. Make sure you are there! Our last guest is musician & artist M. Lamar. Lamar opens with a performance of "They Took You From Me" from his latest releast "Funeral Doom Spiritual." Originally from Alabama, Lamar has lived as a musician in New York City for the past 10 years. He is a fan of metal music and classical music and has coined himself "Negro gothic devil worshipping free black man in the blues tradition." Find out why and what his mom thinks about that. Lamar comments on how current moments speak to so many other moments of the past, be it police brutality today or being on a slave ship. Lamar recently performed at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. The New York Times wrote about it. Check it out. Christian and Shonali are proud to announce their very first all day We Don't Even Know Variety Fest to happen Sunday April 23 at DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street. Make plans now to join us and our amazing lineup!
Apr 19 2017
Rank #12: WDEK Podcast Ep. 71: Ato Essandoh, Sam Morrison & Kendra Morris - 6/25/2019
It's the beginning of the real summer of NYC. Its time to bus out your washcloths y'all! Christian and Shonali went to Mexico City and must poll the audience on flip flops. The first guest of WDEK Ep. 71 is accomplished actor Ato Essandoh. Christian starts reading off his IMDB which is way too long to list here but check it out for yourself. Currently he's one of the television stars of CBS' The Code, was the star of Netflix' Altered Carbon and HBO's Vinyl; also holding roles in movies such as Django Unchained, Blood Diamond, Jason Bourne and so many more. Ato shares his journey from being a chemical engineering student at Cornell to becoming a professional actor. Christian and Ato get educated as to the new national dance craze, The Git Up by Shonali. Ato is refreshingly humble for being such an accomplished actor. He comments on luck in the business and his obligation to help others out. By all accounts Meryl Streep is perfection in a human.
Shonali shares a personal story about her love for Bigfoot and shares and special email she received about Bigfoot from her friend Steve in Savannah, GA.
WDEK's second guest is comedian Sam Morrison. He too went to Cornell as Ato did. Who knew artists graduated from Cornell? Sam is more interested in having a conversation with Ato than Shonali and Christian but they lock him down and find out that within two years of graduating and living in NYC, Sam's comedy career has skyrocketed. Shonali wants to call his mom Pam to explain his success. Sam came out as a gay man on stage mostly because he was bombing. Sam won the Make Me Laugh Comedy Contest and his solo show Hello, Daddy! is previewing from July 12 - July 27, 2019 at 59 E. 59 before he goes to Edinburgh. Check it out!
Christian tells a story which makes him look bad when the show is interrupted by Theo The Choreographer. Theo claims the "show is off the rails." Theo who was hired by Shonali and Christian instructs them as to how to improve the show. Shonali & Christian promise they will work harder.
WDEK's last guest is soul singer-songwriter musician and animator Kendra Morris. Kendra is from Florida as is our guest Sam Morrison. Kendra comes from a family of musicians. She quit after one semester of college to focus on her music career and partying. After quitting her "shitty' all female band which she moved with to NYC and in which SHE confesses was the problem, Kendra shares how she gained perspective in NYC and also specifically gained inspirational insight from her old friend Anton of Brian Jonestown Massacre. Kendra was recently featured on both last year's Czarface Meets Metalface and this year's Czarface Meets Ghostface albums. Catch Kendra on tour this coming fall!
Thanks to our guest appearance by Theo The Choreographer, aka Theo Koppel. Our next show is on July 30, 2019. See you there and follow us on all socials at wdekpodcast !
Jul 10 2019
Rank #13: WDEK Podcast Ep. 67: Sean Patton, Eric Lockley and Caitlin Cook - 2/26/19
2019 continues to be better than we thought it would be. Our Ep. 67 guests are stand-up comedian, writer, actor Sean Patton; actor, writer, producer Eric Lockley; and musician, comedian, artist Caitlin Cook.
It's February, the month of love, Black History Month, the month of the sauna and the red carpet for Christian and Shonali! Our first guest of the night is Eric Lockley, an actor, writer, producer and a winner of the Amateur Night at the Apollo as a seven year old! Eric is one of the founders of the Movement Theater and a Producing Artistic Leader. Eric was one of the producers of a powerful interactive experimental theatrical hit show called What To Send Up When It Comes Down by Aleshea Harris which was created to honor the black lives lost to “racialized violence." We talk collective truths, comedy in drama, how much fish is too much fish and Jennifer Lewis as next year's Oscar Host. Watch Eric's web series Blacker here!
For the first time ever in WDEK history, audience members, Catherine and Brad, have a lover's quarrel in the middle of our show. Shonali and Christian as love experts, naturally decide to bring them up on stage to discuss their problems. Shonali takes lead as a couples therapist. Christian is a skeptic.
Our second guest is comedian, writer and actor Sean Patton. You've seen him on Comedy Central, Fallon, Conan. Sean has Shonali's back regarding her comment about her husband's fart sounding like a question mark. Sean is from the wonderful city of New Orleans. Shonali got married there. We talk the Howling Wolf, Hurricane Katrina and Sean is emphatic that Spike Lee should have won an Oscar for When The Levees Broke . What joke does Sean tell when a stranger who finds out he's a comedian asks him to tell a joke?? Lucky for you we did not edit it out of this episode although we thought about it! Sean just returned from performing in China. Who do you know that has done that? Check out Sean's new podcast coming out later this month along with our next guest Caitlin Cook called Five Words.
We Get It Off Your Chest with audience member Jako Borren. Shonali does not appreciate strangers passing off their unfunny stories to her as a gift to her to use for on the stage. Christian talks about proper gifting techniques for clothing. Jako has not one but two GIOYC's regarding Black History Month and Valentine's Day.
Our final guest is musician, comedian, and artist Caitlin Cook. She happens to also be Sean Patton's girlfriend. The show comes full circle, we talk about love and what sealed the deal for Caitlin regarding her relationship with Sean. Caitlin has a master's degree in maritime archeology. Find out why Shonali is flipping out over who Caitlin's grandfather is. Although she wrote her first song at 4 years old, she never really felt the urge to perform due to growing up in LA where every kid is in show biz. Now that Caitlin has a code of conquering fears, she performs often to get over her stage fright. She performs her music under the moniker Candid Bandit to distinguish from her comedy music. Caitlin is preparing to perform her one woman show in Edinburgh this summer. Her new EP Bridges to Burn release party is on April 5th at Rockwood. Go see her! She performs a beautiful cover of Eiffel 65's Blue and an original titled Howl from her new EP. Enjoy!
Mar 03 2019
Rank #14: WDEK Podcast Ep. 78: JD Samson, Matt Wayne, Chelsea White, Tash Neal & Grace Ludmila - 2/25/2020
At a time when the breaking news includes the coronavirus pandemic, Barney's shutting it doors, Harvey Weinstein sentenced to jail; We Don't Even Know Ep. 78, February 2020 starts out with even more important breaking news. Shonali & Christian completed the Whole 30 without cheating and Christian Felix has gotten lasik surgery! Most importantly they have another fantastic show with great guests along with real people sitting in a room communing together in real time.
First guests include former guests who found love on We Don't Even Know: Chelsea White and Tash Neal. Find out what chicken tenders and gas have to do with being in love! Super personal questions are asked and answered by this beautiful twosome who unexpectedly hit it off during the July 2019 live recording of WDEK. We discuss cat enthusiasm bonding and having to be on the DL when it comes to being in love in NYC.
Shonali gifts Christian with an "therworldly fragrances for earthbound souls” called the Tower by The Phoenix and The Fool. She's "full of love."
Comedian Matt Wayne comes to WDEK married but ringless. He's starting a ringless movement. Shonali won't have it. Until now, Christian and Shonali have never met a former line-cook and park ranger from Buffalo turned NYC comedian. Matt shares his deep love for NYC and Christian talks elaborate fare evasion. See Matt Wayne and Doug Smith's new comedy show, Cancel Commission at the Stand starting March 21.
Mia Juhng joins Christian and Shonali for #GetItOffYourChest. Topics include the need for lasik surgery support, food sharing parameters and gym membership recruitment tactics.
Our final conversation is with with musician, visual artist, teacher & activist JD Samson! JD tells us about her time at Sarah Lawrence as a student, how she stumbled into music (Le Tigre) and her surprising struggle with being on stage and dealing with panic attacks. Christian and Shonali are inspired by JD's activism which centers around sincerity. Songs discussed are Tres Bien (Le Tigre) and Making Art (Men). JD is now a teacher at Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music (NYU Tisch) and is excited to help propel her students into the industry. JD's superstar student Grace Ludmila performs two songs live at Red Room, Special and The Director.
Mar 04 2020
Rank #15: WDEK Podcast Ep. 68: Samantha Nye, Courtney Fearrington, Jemima Williams and Benjamin Scheuer - 3/26/19
It's March, it's springtime and it's still cold in NYC but we'll warm you up with our fabulous guests. Nice, huh? Special guests include painter, video artist Samantha Nye; stand up comedian Courtney Fearrington; illustrator and writer Jemima Williams; and performer, musician, playwright Benjamin Scheuer!
Christian and Shonali discuss spring attire in the cold and Christian's ability to draw random people towards him wherever he goes. Could it be it's his name?
The first guest is painter and video artist Samantha Nye. She started had a professional career as a little girl which was being a child model. When the work dried up, she found her way to art after leaving a massage therapist instructor career behind. Samantha's art is powerful, compelling and lesbian focused. She delves into family relationships and the inherent sexuality found within those relationships. Find out how she crossed the line with her supportive parents via her provocative art....she was an undergrad at the time. Check out Samantha's work at SamanthaNye.com
Christian and Shonali discuss Women's History Month and the invisibility of women's work. Shonali wants everyone to know Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Look her up now. Also some data points regarding the amount of women vs. men's leisure time.
The second guest is comedian and writer Courtney Fearrington. Maybe you saw him on a new Boost Mobile commercial that came out a few weeks ago. He has on some great Air Max sneakers bc it's Air Max day. Courtney is a former Marine who found his way to stand-up comedy during security briefings. Shonali and Courtney connect on the concept of not allowing friends to waste your paper towels. 2019 is the year of Courtney's most honest self. Are you honest? Courtney has a show called Somm Like It Hot which is a wine tasting paired with a favorite comic. Go to his shows!
Our hostess bartender at Red Room, Lori Schwarz joins us for Get It Off Your Chest! Christian has issues w Shonali's lack of Facetime etiquette. Shonali realizes that her inclination to always embrace the elderly may not be on point. Find out what happens to Lori when she commiserates with a bar patron about a #MeToo story about his wife.
Our final guests are married couple, new parents and artistic collaborators Jemima Williams and Benjamin Scheuer. Jemima Williams is an illustrator and writer. Benjamin Scheuer is a musician, playwright and performer. They recently collaborated on a children's book called Hibernate With Me which was published in February 2019. Jemima is from England and moved to NYC to be with Benjamin. Her transition from giving up her life in England to living in the US did not go as smoothly as she expected. It was this that inspired Benjamin to write the song Hibernate With Me for Jemima. We discuss divorce o'clock, the credit given to a dad vs a mother for carrying a baby and their upcoming children's book. Benjamin sings 3 songs for us, Hibernate With Me, a song from his Drama Desk Award winning musical solo show The Lion called Weather The Storm, and Hello Jemima.
Apr 06 2019
Rank #16: WDEK Podcast Ep. 76: Kenice Mobley, Angelline Chung & Hope Hall - 11/26/2019
We welcome back Christian Felix aka Mr. Cardigan to the show. Shonali & Christian discuss their preparations for the holiday season and seeing friends vs family over the holidays.
Our first guest (00:08:45) is comedian & filmmaker Kenice Mobley. Kenice is from North Carolina and came to NYC via Los Angeles and Boston MA. Kenice has only been in NYC for the past 2 1/2 years and she has already made a big impact on the NYC comedy scene. Kenice tells us about a time when she received a "high volume" of Richard pics from men. Find out how she dealt with them. Kenice has a podcast called Love About Town w co-host Rohan Padhye discussing love, sex & relationships. Christian and Shonali lobby to be on her show.
Our second guest (00:26:50) is actress Angelline Chung who also happens to be a Julliard graduate thanks to her parents in Singapore. Angelline hails from Singapore and was on a television show there called Shall We Talk? Her dream role is one which would deal with issues of mental health. Angelline discusses how although Hollywood is doing it's best, it still needs to do more regarding inclusivity and white washing Asian culture. Angelline educates us as to exactly what "yellow fever" is. She explains how this mindset and behavior is detrimental to everyone involved especially Asian women.
We #GetItOffYour Chest (00:59:03) with former Ep. 21 WDEK guest, Pete Miser. Christian and Pete have a heated conversation regarding chicken vs turkey for Thanksgiving. Shonali is the Judge Judy of this debate. Also don't loudly restate your partner's name over and over in a condescending way on a flight so that the entire flight feels bad for your partner.
Our final guest (00:59:03) is cinematographer, filmmaker and photographer Hope Hall. She is currently Senior Road Videographer for Senator Elizabeth Warren 2020 Campaign. She was President Obama's Principal Videographer in the White House. Hope is one of the most positive people we have had on the show. Yes, her name is fitting. We ask Hope what makes working for Senator Warren so special. We discuss Hope's unusual career transition into filmmaking and photography. We share (1:35:21) some of Hope's helpful tips on mindfulness and getting through the tough times. We are lobbying her to have a weekend seminar on these tips so we can all be as powerful a force as she is.
Another year winds down for We Don't Even Know. We wish you the peace and joy during this holiday season and we will be back next year, for our live taping on January 28, 2020.
Shonali & Christian
Dec 12 2019
Rank #17: WDEK Podcast Ep. 72: Greg Dubin, Chelsea White & Tash Neal - 7/30/2019
The Red Room has new air conditioning and WDEK is soaking it up. Christian and his washcloth went to a nude beach. Shonali is feeling like a real New Yorker. Their guests on July 30, 2019 are magician Greg Dubin - "The Great Dubini," Comedian Chelsea White and Musician Tash Neal.
Shonali thought Greg Dubin aka "The Great Dubini" was a comedian when she met him but found out he was much more than that - he's funny and he's also a professional magician! He does tricks for us at the top of his interview and even Shonali & Christian who are standing beside him can't figure them out. Greg started out doing magic as a kid, went to magic camp and stuck with it. Find out how he avoids feeling like a hack. Greg was born on the same day (not year) that Houdini arrived in America. Do you know what Houdini's real name is AND what Greg's worst line is during his magic routine? Go see Greg perform his one hour show at The Slipper Room on September 4th.
Shonali went to San Diego to visit a family immigrant shelter run by Jewish Family Services of San Diego. She was moved and saddened after hearing stories from families who have been in detention. She was also moved and inspired a week later in Atlanta when out of the blew she got to meet Rep. John Lewis. She pleads everyone to get involved and to react to injustice by calling it out which was requested by Rep. Lewis. In his words, we must "make good noise."
Christian and Shonali's second guest is a comedian, host, writer and producer Chelsea White She is wearing the loveliest jumpsuit and sandals. Chelsea hosts a podcast called "Ghosted" offering up stories of being ghosted and being a ghoster. She dated a self-titled "recovering sociopath" for a second. She also hosts Adulting, a web series show on Bravo which features Bravolebrities (first time we've heard of that term.) Chelsea shares a tip on how to break up with a toxic friend. She loves cats and has a web series show called Show Me Ur Kitty. She produced MTV's Girl Code. But Shonali's most excited about the fact that Chelsea met a superstar from the show Dateline at Crime Con. Who could that be? Look for Chelsea's Instagram Live talk show coming out in September called What A Delight with Chelsea White!
Shonali and Christian's last guest is phenomenal musician Tash Neal. Tash's parents are super talented. His mom is an opera singer who sings with the Philharmonic and his dad Michael Neal can play 27 instruments. Tash tries to keep up with them. He's performed with his band The London Souls for about 10 years and is now going by Tash Neal. Listen to Tash describe his favorite NYC public access show with THE guy with the record player and a single camera and let us know if you know THE guy! It sounds so good. We need him on this show. Tash knows Slash! Tash tells us about a horrible car accident he was in 7 years ago which caused him to be in a coma. He's lucky to be alive! We are lucky he's alive! Tash performs two songs, Isabel and Sweet Cup and boy is it SWEEET!!! Go see Tash perform at Pianos on August 29th.
Aug 08 2019
Rank #18: WDEK Podcast Ep. 74: Tamara Best, Rob Cantrell & Chris Opperman - 9/24/19
While Christian is traveling for work, we are pleased to have Duane Harriott, join us as Shonali's guest co-host. Duane is a wedding DJ, a legendary DJ on WFMU, a composer AND one of the stars of the Other Music Documentary which was released over the spring of 2019. Shonali and Duane discuss the power of the wedding DJ and strangers eating your food.
Their first guest is writer Tamara Best. (Timecode at 10:33) Her articles have been published in the New York Times, Time Out and The Daily Beast. She is the assistant managing editor of The Daily Beast. Her work centers on the intersection of identity and culture for communities of people of color. Tamara is of West Indian descent and also lived in Atlanta as did Shonali. They discuss Tamara's success in NYC as a writer and her parents' pride. Tamara specifically shares her insight as to the urgency of the work (Fairview, Slave Play, Strange Loop, What To Send Up When It Goes Down) of a slew of African American playwrights who have recently burst onto the theater world. She and her husband a psychologist have healthy intellectual sparring matches. He happens to be in the audience and we notice his facial expressions throughout the night. HA! Tamara is in the process of writing her own play titled Hindsbury Hill, a tribute to her family. We look forward to seeing it when it is finished!
Our next guest is comedian Rob Cantrell (Time code 31:52) Rob so graciously performs some stand up for our studio audience in which he kills the Red Room. Notice the two Bhowmik sisters laughing on both sides of the room. (Time code 42:06) Duane and Shonali talk to Rob about the "magic trick" of comedy and bombing. He grew up in DC later moved to small town Virginia and eventually started his comedy career in San Francisco. Duane and Rob bond on both being parents and Scorpios. Rob is a very successful comedian who toured with Tracy Morgan this summer. His tour story will blow your mind. Highlights include gyros, a blue turtleneck and leather shoes. (Time code 52:40 - 59:01) Duane also has a Tracy Morgan story! #OtherMusic (Time code 59:40)
Our last guest is composer, teacher & musician Chris Opperman. His Wikipedia page is outrageous. Chris realized he wanted to be a composer when he first heard the music of Frank Zappa. He went to Berklee and he came up with his indie hit song Ain't Got No Beef as a result of a homework assignment after a visit to Taco Bell. Check out his orchestration for a 54 piece orchestra for Steve Vai's For the Love of God here. Duane and Chris have some Frank Zappa talk on which Shonali is clueless. Chris performs for the first time performs two piano pieces by other composers. The first song (1:18:17) is Ann Southam's Pond Life. His second performance is Ellen Zwilich's Lament (1:22:27). If are interested in learning more about classical music, Chris has hundreds of Spotify playlists which he made for his students at Montclair State University. Check them out. Also stay tuned for Chris' Chamber Music from Hell project which is based on the concept of "What would Aliens write if they made BeBop music?"
What a show! Thank you all! Our next show is October 29, 2019 with comedian Clare O'Kane, artist Trish Tillman and music by Lauren Maul. See you there! Also please share our podcast with your friends and family. They will thank you. Follow us on all social media @wdekpodcast
Oct 05 2019
Rank #19: WDEK Podcast Ep. 64: Daria Huxley, Tommy Do & Maggy Adeleye - Nov. 27, 2018
How many meals did you have on Thanksgiving? Well for one of our hosts, that answer is more than one. It's the holiday season and in Episode 64 (is actually Ep. 65 BUT we unfortunately had issues with the audio recording for that show from October 2018 with Sharron Paul, Shalewa Sharpe, Chris Laker and James Harvey and will be sharing their voices with you next month.) Christian and Shonali must catch up on all things food and family related. They are joined by guests photographer (our own in house WDEK photographer) and world explorer Daria Huxley, professional figure ice skater, comic actor & filmmaker Tommy Do and musician & writer Maggy Adeleye.
Daria Huxley moved to NYC from St. Petersburg, Russia for an internship only 3 1/2 years ago. She admits to enjoying our Russian hacker WDEK Episode 57. Daria's photos are very much like paintings in that she transforms images of architecture into beautiful abstract compositions. Christian teaches us about the "not safe for work setting" for photos on Tumblr. Daria brought two books to the show to share with the audience including 300 ft Under a book about St. Petersburg subway and Geometria, about fine art architecture. Daria enjoys mostly taking photos of people and explains what its like to put a camera into a stranger's face. She also enjoys surfing in the Rockaways. Check out Daria's work on 500px.
Tommy Do is the first professional figure ice skater we have had on our show. He just performed at Barclays Center which for you out of NYC towners is a really big arena. He works for a family friendly company which involves a mouse. He also is a comedy filmmaker and stars in his own film called Masc Only written by him which focuses on queer friendships and masculinity in gay culture. Tommy says "It's hard for people to hear they are gay sometimes." Tommy is the child of Vietnamese immigrants and says there isn't much he can do to compare to the amazing feats his parents have accomplished. Want to go to Philly over the New Year to see Tommy perform? Christian and Shonali are going.
We #GetItOffYourChest with audience member Anthony Lathon. Topics include Black Friday, subway non-strap hangers and Facetiming during the holidays. Let it all out ya'll.
Our final guest is musician & writer Maggy Adeleye. She moved to NYC from Houston via LA in 2017. She has made the decision to focus on creative pursuits and is now a musician and writer, and no longer a financial analyst. Maggy suffers from a chronic illness called endometriosis and is spreading the word surrounding the heft of this illness while also creating a support network for others who suffer from this disease. Maggy's emotive vocal style and acoustic finger picking style are her own but she is inspired by artists like Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran. Maggy admits that because of her look she is often pigeonholed as an R&B musician, but she is a soulful modern folk-pop songwriter and is currently putting together a band. Are you a drummer, cellist or fiddler? Listen to her perform two of her original songs for us in the studio, Tonight Will End and The City.
Look for Shonali's band Tigers & Monkeys to hit the stage in Atlanta on 12/8, Birmingham on 12/9 and Memphis on 12/10! Happy Holidays!
Dec 04 2018
Rank #20: WDEK Podcast Ep. 69: Campbell Watson, Rufat Agayev, Deah Harriott - 4/30/19
Special guest co-host comedian Courtney Fearrington joins Shonali as they celebrate the taping of Ep. 69 with special guests comedian Rufat Agayev, musician Deah Harriott and atmospheric scientist Campbell Watson.
Courtney and Shonali start it all out on a serious note discussing Nashville, the bachelor and bachelorette party capital of the country.
We put our guest atmospheric scientist & surfer Campbell Watson on the spot and asked him to tell it to us straight. Are we going to die tomorrow? Campbell is from Australia and we can't figure out is he saying algae or alga blooms? We did learn about the good things that humans have done in fighting climate change. Make sure to find Cambpell's artistic and performative work either on stage or online and stop using plastic bags at the grocery.
Our second guest is comedian Rufat Agayev, who moved to NYC 8 years ago by way of Florida where he went to college and "trickled down to sociology" as a major. There he started to perform as a rapper opening up for big names such as Wiz Khalifa and Dead Prez. Rufat is part Azerbaijani and part Armenian. Rufat talks about loving comedy as a craft, including his early years in comedy getting his "ass kicked" doing open mics. Go see Rufat's show Hell Fucking Yeah at Lucky 13 Saloon.
Our Get It Off Your Chest audience performer is John Uhlenhake. He's a loyal supporter of WDEK. Shonali talks about germaphobes making it germier for the rest of us. John alarms us with what he sees people doing while riding their bikes. Courtney talks walking protocol in NYC. Get it together walkers!
Our last guest is a singer, pianist and music teacher Deah Harriott . If that's not enough Deah is also the Minister of Music at Bethany Baptist Church, (Rev. Al Sharpton's church) and Music Director at Marble Collegiate Church. Deah can't get over Shonali's husband's name "Jasper Patch." Shonali goes on and on about Deah's impressive family BUT she's the one who was called a child prodigy at age 2. Deah is proud to come from Lincoln, Nebraska. Who knew? All of our guest members want to go to Deah's church with her. Deah blows us away with her renditions of Time After time by Cyndi Lauper and Still I Rise by Yalonda Adams.
Thank you all! See you at our next live show May 28th at Red Room. Make sure you go to Courtney's live show Som Like It Hot Saturday afternoon June 1st at Caveat where he pairs up wines with his favorite comedians.
May 14 2019