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The Julien Dionne Comedy Hour

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Canadian Comedy Award nominated comedian, Julien Dionne, brings you an exciting new podcast. Coming at you from Lemon•press Studios in the Distillery District, downtown Toronto. Tune in for in-depth guest interviews and regular segments such as: "Baby Geoffrey", "Mariah or Yoko", "Guy on The Street", "Flash News Flash", & more that will keep bringing you back every Tuesday and Friday.
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Dec 26, 2014
29- Claude KentThe third member of Garage Baby to appear on the podcast, he is the drummer. Above that, he is frontman of pop-rock outfit, Clockwise, and a hot solo career to call his own, to boot (meh, wordy.), Claude 'CK' Kent, is episode 29 guest. Claude stopped by Lemon Press Studios to chat with Julien about his rich path in the music business, regaling us with tales of playing at the world famous Cavern in Liverpool, and just straight life philosophizing. This is a good one folks. As if the awesome time wasn't enough as is, CK caps off this already sweet, sweet ass episode with an in-studio version of "Your Really Got Me Going" recorded in Lemon Press Studios.


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Dec 23, 2014
28- Marshall ButtonThe second instalment of The East Coast Tapes: Episode 28, with guest, Marshall Button.

Julien and Marshall sit in the beautiful Empress Theatre -- 4 days after having performed in the space-- and talk about making a living in show business based out of where your heart calls home. Button has four two-hour(plus) one-man shows helmed by his popular character 'Lucien' , under his belt. Having appeared on Royal Canadian Air Face and toured the country -- to this day as a comedic actor and corporate entertainer. Marshall is also the founder of The Hubcap Comedy festival and tell us about his role and the future of the fest.


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Dec 19, 2014
27- Timothée RichardComing at you from 1554km east of Lemon Press Studios, we bring you the first(of two) instalments of The East Coast Tapes. Julien's guest on this episode is "L'Apôtre de la Côte" or Timo or Timothée Valentin Jésus Richard or simply, Tim, ex-member of franco-Acadie hip-hop group, "Radio-Radio" who is an artist in every true sense of the word.

Tim and Julien have known each other for the better part of 20 years and they go way back in this episode. Tim is a guy who always seems to live life on his terms and always creating whether it's rhymes or paintings. They talk about Tim's quick rise to fame wup the franco-pop charts with Radio-Radio and the decision to step down and ultimately chose his family, now owning his own custom leather-wear & motorcycle gear shop, Madsquirrel.

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Dec 16, 2014
26- Adrian SpencerNew young Toronto-based actor, Adrian Spencer, drops by Lemon Press Studios. Adrian is a student of the Meisner technique --where he and Julien first met-- and talks to us about breaking into and seriously pursuing an acting career. Adrian come from a show business family, both his parents having seen success; his mother, as an actor; and father, as a TV producer and creator of such shows as 'ManTracker'.

They also discuss the steps one must take to break into the Toronto acting community and how to get a leg up by respecting the craft, putting in the work by way of coaching or classes. Adrian and Julien also bond on embarrassing audition stories.

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Dec 12, 2014
25- Eddie Della SiepeIn this episode, Eddie drops by Lemon Press Studios to talk to Julien about making the move to Los Angeles on a green card and the paradigm of living two fully separate lives between Hollywood and Canada, his start in comedy and how he got Video on Trial early in his career. He also talks about losing his father and what that meant to him.

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Dec 9, 2014
Friend and comedian, Cal Post, stops by Lemon Press Studios and talks to Julien about what it's like hosting/ producing Canada's longest running open-mic; Spirits, his philosophies on comedy and about the highs-and-lows life can throw at you, including having long-term girlfriend diagnosed with ALS.

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Dec 5, 2014
In this episode we get perspective from the other end of the (comedy) business; the comedy club bar staff. Ray Zwicker, bar manager at Absolute Comedy over the past 8 years sits in at Lemon Press Sudios to give us his side of things when taking all things comedy. He brings us a few great stories only someone who has spent every single weekend in a comedy club over the better part of a decade can bring to the table.


Jen Grant also stops by for yet another STELLAR game of "Are you Mariah or Yoko?"

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Dec 2, 2014
22- Matt O'BrienAward winning comedian, Matt O'brien stops by to talk shop with Julien. They talk about small-town living, crossing the border into the states and all things comedy. They also bond on dating within the business (which is commonly-strongly advised against). Matt has seen a lot of success early on in his career so they get into it and discover just why and how.

Jen Grant also stops by for yet another STELLAR game of "Are you Mariah or Yoko?"

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Nov 28, 2014
21- Jason FraserActor/thespian/coach, Jason Fraser (Fraser Studios) drops in at Lemon Press Studios to talk to Julien about the art of acting -- specifically applying the Meisner technique-- and how it all began for a jock from Calgary, Alberta, back in the day. Jason is from the "Grandchildren of Meisner" generation of students that has graduated from prestigious Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York City. They talk about making the transition from sports to drama, making the leap to NYC and the evolution to opening up his own acting studio here in Toronto.

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Nov 25, 2014
20- Alex Nussbaum20 EPISODES! Yea, we're doing this. Very talented and one of Julien's favourite comedians, Alex Nussbaum, drops in at Lemon Press studios and regales us with tales of power-napping, starting comedy in the 90's in Toronto and the importance of honing the business side of a comedy career. They talk discovering streams of income by applying yourself ever so gently and to focus solely on your own goals without being deterred by other people's success.

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Nov 21, 2014
19- Dean YoungComedian/podcaster/writer/radio-guy, Dean Young, drops in to chat with Julien about the comedy business. Dean's latest venture includes heading Canada's only podcast network, "TalkHole". They talk about Young's background in radio, his beginnings in comedy and his writing past that have all contributed to his baby (again, we're talking about TalkHole, here). Dean also lets us in on what it's like to start comedy in Toronto and get engaged to a lawer (yea, they cover it all).

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Nov 18, 2014
The good doctor, Dr. Michel Rice stops by Lemon Press Studio to talk professional-outside-the-box-career-approach, no matter what the field or arena. Dr. Rice is a chiropractor and author of "Sex and the Single Spine", who has taken a creative spin to a more-or-less traditional path. He also tells us about how he has created unique opportunities for himself that have led him to retire at the age of 53.

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Nov 14, 2014
17- Christina WalkinshawHere we are, episode 17 with guest, Christina Walkinshaw. Listen-in as Christina talk to Julien about getting started in comedy, going for it in Los Angeles and babysitting (a lot of babysitting related material in this one). Christina also talks about some recent controversy that has translated into a nice following for the writing of her successful blog 'My Week on Tinder'. This is a good one, if we do say so ourselves.

In a JDCH first, we have a cross-country-over-the-phone "Mariah or Yoko" segment you don't want to miss-- the most intense yet.

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Nov 11, 2014
16- Kristeen von HagenAward winning comedian, friend & roommate, Kristeen von Hagen sits down with Julien for a good ol' fashion reminiscing session, "reminession" (if i may). They talk about Kristeen's path in comedy and share a few good stories about the years they lived in New York City. Jen Grant stops by to add her take on the NYC days. They also discuss and make public "The Great Poisoning of 2013".

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Nov 7, 2014
15- Mary Jo Dionne"The West Coast Tapes" conclude with its fifth and final instalment. Coming at you from the Ink Pad at the base of Mount Seymour in Deep Cove, BC, Julien's sister, Mary-Jo Dionne, talks writing and creativity.

Discover how Mary-Jo's beginnings as a copywriter have blossomed into an entrepreneurial creative power-house. They talk meeting Ellen DeGeneres, working with Cloris Leachman and partying at the Playboy Mansion where Mary-Jo power-bonded with famous manager, George Shapiro. They go deep in this one and touch on the peaks-and-valleys that life serves up and how to push through and persevere. Needless to say, this is one inspirational episode.

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Nov 4, 2014
14- Aaron McGeoughThe fourth instalment of 'The West Coast Tapes' is here with guest --Heckler's bar & grill owner-- Aaron McGeough. Listen-in as Julien and Aaron discuss what makes a good comedy club tick, how Aaron got started in the business. They also talk about comedian bad habits and what will get you banned from his club.

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Oct 31, 2014
13- Ron VaudryVeteran of the game, Ron Vaudry, sits with Julien in his hotel room as part of 'The West Coast Tapes': instalment 3.

This is certainly one for the books. They go back 36 years when Ron began his journey in show business, move through the years which brings them to the late 90's and they touch on a topic that has stirred up some controversy in the recent past regarding "Crash and Burn' amateur night created by Vaudry. They address it and the other person involved (Darren Frost) is called to get his side of the story. Keeping with the controversy thread, they also discuss/ clear-up a recent Facebook dispute Ron was involved in regarding the closing of The Comedy Works in Montreal.

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Oct 28, 2014
12- Jason Lamb'The West Coast Tapes' continue with its second instalment. Coming to you from a hotel room, Victoria-comedian-turned-Vancouver-comedian-turned-Victoria-comedian-slash-morning-DJ (do you follow?), Jason Lamb, sits down with Julien for proper a catch-up session.

They discuss Jason's trajectory in the business and the big decision of making the transition from pursuing comedy full-time to the consistency of a regular paycheque by way of morning radio host. They also reminisce on the Vancouver stand up scene back in the day, watching Robin Williams perform at the 'Urban Well', and meeting his idols, John Cleese and Steve Martin.

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Oct 24, 2014
11- Sean ProudloveEpisode 11, the first instalment of 'The West Coast Tapes', coming at you from a hotel room in Victoria, BC.
Comedian, Sean Proudlove, sits with Julien and they catch up on all things comedy. They get into Sean's early beginnings in the late 90's in Vancouver, the iconic 'Urban Well' comedy show that Sean eventually took over from Brent Butt and some of the best stories to come from that room including the likes of, Robin Williams, Zach Galifianakis and the many more who have graced that stage.

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Oct 21, 2014
10- Alex WoodLong-time friend, comedian, Alex Wood, drops by Lemon Press Studios to catch-up with Julien. They talk wresting and favourite embarrassing songs which leads to unsolicited singing. The first half is fun and silly. There is then a prank call made to Alex that is played, then in the second half they go deep and discuss Alex's dabbles in drugs and how it affected his career and life.

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Oct 17, 2014
9- Darren FrostAcclaimed comedian and actor, Darren Frost sits in Lemon Press Studios. In this episode, Darren and Julien talk about Darren's accomplished career in show business and his massive body of work. They touch on his persona transformation over the years, the pros and cons of being an angry-truth-bearing-envelope-pushing-oft-offensive comic including getting assaulted (on-and-off stage) and fired from countless gigs.

Baby Geoffrey makes an appearance in a montage segment.

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Oct 14, 2014
8- Jen GrantHaaye! Episode 8 is upon us and Jen Grant joins Julien in studios. Jen has an impressive resume in where her best credit is "Julien Dionne's girlfriend". But seriously, Jen is a 16 year veteran of the stand up game and done every major festival and TV appearance Canada has to offer. They talk about her years in the business and if that weren't enough, Jen also spent 3 years killing it in New York, the City. Tune in as they discuss entertaining the troops in Egypt and Israel, opening for "Puppetry of the Penis" and the aggravating nature of being pigeon-holed a "female" comic.

Jen and Julien square off in a hilarious "Mariah or Yoko" segment where the listeners (that's YOU), decide the winner.

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Oct 10, 2014
7- Fabio MantoanOne of the most fascinating guests joins Julien in Lemon Press Studios. Fabio Mantoan, chef, art curator, event emcee, world traveler, Mexican cartel escaper, is one interesting dude. He tells his story and you want to hear it (trust me). Hailing from Italy, now making his home in Mexico, they discuss Fabio's career as a traveling chef, and all the sidelines that make his story so damn captivating. One story finds Fabio fleeing from Los Zetas cartel in Mexico to protect him and his family.

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Oct 7, 2014
6- Adam FauxSinger/Songwriter/Musician/Producer, a man of many hats, Adam Faux (who's actually the producer of this very podcast), sits down with Julien at Lemon Press Studios and they go deep. Adam's vast career in the music business spans over 30 years and they cover a big part of that in this episode. They discuss the 80's Toronto punk rock scene, making hit records with "Pigfarm", the luxuries of piling 4 guys in a nicotine soaked touring van and racking up the miles over several years of touring North America with a few great stories thrown in there.
They also get the story behind one of Adam's most powerful songs, Josephine. Listen through the end of the whole episode to hear the song-- it's a great listen.
Once again, Jen Grant stops in for a hysterical version of "Mariah or Yoko" where they square off and take on "When a Man Loves a Woman". High.

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Oct 3, 2014
5- Bryan HattIn a JDCH first, guest, comedian Bryan Hatt, joins Julien at Lemon Press Studios and smokes some weed during the recording. Julien may get contact high. Tune in as they talk about Bryan's beginnings in show business 15 years ago and the Toronto comedy scene then compared to today. They also share stories of being high on stage and about getting busted by the police (on more than one occasion).
Once again, Jen Grant stops in for a hysterical version of "Mariah or Yoko" where they square off and take on "When a Man Loves a Woman". High.

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Sep 30, 2014
4- Graham KayIn this episode, Julien catches up with friend, accomplished funny man, Graham Kay who drops by Lemon-Press Studios to talk shop. They discuss Graham's stand up beginnings in New York city, his run-in with Dave Chappelle that continues to be one of his highlights, the adventures of living in Manhattan in your twenties, and making the move back to Canada. They talk comedy, they talk women, they talk life*.
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Sep 26, 2014
3- Dylan MandlsohnAccomplished comedian and actor, Dylan Mandlsohn, drops by Lemon-Press Studios to talk to Julien about the heartache of going through a (fresh, very fresh) breakup and what makes a relationship not work (comedy!). They also talk about Dylan's experience as a cruise ship comedian over the past few years and some great stories that come with being trapped at sea -- one of which-- involves Dylan being accused of sleeping with a passenger's wife. Tune in as they merely scratch the surface of Dylan's 17-year career in show business.

A brand new segment by, "Flash News Flash" is introduced that Julien is left unsure about.

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Sep 23, 2014
2- Mike BennettMike 'The Wordman of Alcatraz' Bennett joins Julien in studio. You'll recognize Mike's voice from Garage Baby -- he's the lead singer-- and from all the jingles played on the podcast. Not to mention, every (other) Wednesday at C'est What as part of The Julien Dionne Comedy Hour live show house-band.

In this episode, they discuss Mike's extensive career in the music business, in where he spent most of that time in the UK as part of the punk-rock scene. They also talk about the beautiful art of pulling off the perfect 'social-houdini' and more

A brand new segment, "Mariah or Yoko" is introduced where Mike squares of with comedian Jen Grant. As well as another instalment of "Baby Geoffrey"

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Sep 19, 2014
1- Dave SidhuWe have lift off! In this inaugural episode, Julien sits down with screenwriter-turned-restaurateur superstar, Toronto’s own, Dave Sidhu. They dive deep and leave no stone un-turned in the quest to find out everything about Dave’s success and what makes the man. They talk about Dave’s early days as an aspiring filmmaker in Hollywood, how he re-invented himself and discovered his passion of Mexican culture and cuisine. The discuss — in depth— the story behind the Playa Cabana restaurants.

Julien also introduces a brand new segment entitled, “Baby Geoffrey”.

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