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Potter v. Wenger

26 Feb

What happens when you poke fun of the right-wing freakshow that WBEN has become? When you’re Buffalo comedian and WEDG personality Josh Potter, you’ll find WBEN operations chief Tim Wenger making stuff up about you. 

Fill-in host Michael Caputo was out of commission Monday due to an illness he jokingly blamed on the mics at WBEN. Potter retorted that it was from the “bullshit spewed” into them every day. Caputo thought it was funny, and parried with a swipe at liberal embarrassment MSNBC. Fun!

But then it suddenly took a vicious and ugly turn. Here on full display is the attitude that informs WBEN’s entire day of programming

Dafuq?! 

When you apply for a job, do you expect the company to blab about it publicly on social media? There’s no law preventing it, nor does Entercom promise confidentiality – after all, it has to vet the information provided. But certainly it crosses some sort of blatant ethical line for Wenger to try and humiliate Potter in a public forum in response to a harmless joke. There’s a real ominous mean-spiritedness behind that. 

Oh, and on top of all that – it’s a lie. 

Potter didn’t apply for a job with WBEN. He was, at one point, offered a job as a producer for WGR. Although WGR and WBEN are both Entercom stations, WGR doesn’t offer an “all paranoia, all the time” format. Take a look again at Wenger’s Tweet – he alleged that Potter applied to WBEN – not Entercom or WGR. Furthermore, he didn’t apply, he was courted

Luckily for Potter, WEDG was aware of his talks with WGR, so his livelihood is not threatened. But Wenger didn’t know that, and he deliberately, knowingly published a false statement of fact in order to embarrass a guy from a competing station who made a tame joke. 

It’s malicious libel. 

 

Radio is a competitive medium, and I love a good media war as much as anyone, but intentionally making a false and defamatory statement – information which, if true, should remain confidential – in order to embarrass someone who made a joke is wildly inappropriate and completely beyond the pale. 

Wenger can demean the blogosphere all he wants. Sure, we use poopy and potty and peepee words here. But he should check his own behavior before calling any other medium the “gutter”. 

Kristen Becker: Dykotomy Kickstarter

11 Sep

 

Local comedian Kristen Becker has worked tirelessly help improve, enhance, and grow Buffalo’s comedy scene. She is almost single-handedly responsible for bringing the Helium Comedy Club to town, which features big-name comics on a weekly basis. 

Now, she’s taking time out to do a more personal project, and she’s set up a Kickstarter to help fund it. Here is the thumbnail explanation of “Dykotomy”

Dykotomy is a film 12 years in the making. What started as an idea to document a tour with the Dykes of Hazard Comedy tour and the relationship history of comedian Kristen Becker has evolved into a full-fledged discussion of sexuality. You see, while Becker is an out gay woman, all of her exes are now involved or married to men. ALL. OF. THEM. This got her to thinking that there might be a story there. Many exes have agreed to be interviewed on film. There are some perks to this.

1.Onscreen chemistry? Check! These are all former girlfriends that Becker is still friends with!

2. Traveling from one geographic location to another (Massachusetts to Louisiana) allows us to get a wide range of perspectives from a very diverse group of lesbians. Do couples in states where marriage equality is legal act differently? Why do people choose to live in states where there isn’t marriage equality? Things of that nature.

3. COMEDY! Let’s not forget that the core of this is a stand-up tour. Expect fun clips from shows and post hangouts in “Uncle Jessie” (the 1986 conversion van that is a character in itself).

Follow the link below and please consider helping to fund this project. 

Learn Guitar with David Brent

30 Aug

The British version of the Office only went on for two seasons, plus a special. The American version just ended after nine seasons, long enough to jump the shark. (Tim and Dawn didn’t get together until the very end of the Christmas special – Jim and Pam got married in season 6. David Brent had left Wernham Hogg by time of the special, but he was a part of the show – Michael Scott disappeared after season 7).

But now that both are done, Ricky Gervais, who played Brent and co-created the series, has revived the Brent character through a series of YouTube videos called “Learn Guitar with David Brent“. You don’t really learn how to play guitar, but Brent’s awkward and clueless arrogance comes out loud and clear. 

Here’s an appropriate one for today – language NSFW. I find ’em. I find ’em. 

Comic Relief for a Monday

5 Aug

Three comedy legends: Jerry Seinfeld with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

The Daily Five – Top Dive Bars In Buffalo

7 Dec

Neighborhood bars, pubs, and taverns are part of the connective tissue in any great city. They serve as the “third place” between home and the workplace and grease the wheels of a cooperative society. In Buffalo, our bars and taverns have become “public characters” as they are part of the city itself, as familiar and necessary as the people who patronize them.

I’m a person who believes that many of society’s problems can be solved while bending an elbow over an oak bar, so I asked Josh Potter, a fellow connoisseur of bars and taverns, to give us a list of his favorites.

Josh Potter is a Comedian and Radio Personality from Buffalo, NY.  He has performed with likes of Nick DiPaolo, Jim Florentine and Ari Shaffir and at a variety of clubs and colleges. You can hear Josh on the “SHREDD & RAGAN” Show every afternoon from 3pm – 7pm on 103.3 The Edge and playing tunes through the night from 7pm till Midnight. Follow Josh on Twitter to keep up with performances and general ridiculousness @J_Potter.

Up until 5 months ago, I lived in Buffalo my entire life. Elmwood Village and Allentown became my home, and it is where my heart remains to this day. The reason I say “up until 5 months ago” is because toward the end of the summer I accepted a job to work in radio in Cleveland, Ohio. It was somewhat lonely, and I missed our City of Buffalo in a way I never thought I would. Upon getting an offer to come back to 103.3 The Edge and The Shredd and Ragan Show, I jumped on it. Another opportunity to do what I love, in the city I love, at a higher level? Yes, please…

Now that I’m back in Buffalo, I’m realizing how much I really missed my old friends, and more importantly, my old haunts. With that, I give you my humble (and dare I say, well versed) opinion as to some of the best “Dive Bars” in Buffalo and WNY.

While mulling over the criteria as to what some consider a “Dive Bar,” I realized that everyone has a different idea of “Dive.” One fellow even mentioned to me that it “can’t be a dive bar unless you’re scared to walk in.” I don’t know that I’m that extreme, so I will mention that I am basing this list off of aesthetics and the fact that I have had some of the greatest times of my life in these places.

5) The Ellicott Manor: 16 Ellicott Place in Depew, NY

The Ellicott Manor is the quintessential “Blues” Dive bar. Not only can you find a great, local Blues act playing on any given night of the week; but they also have one of the most unique open mic experiences in the WNY area. The Ellicott Manor Blues Jam happens on the first Saturday of every month and runs from 2pm-5pm. The host band, “Five Shades Of Blue” provides the backing and allow musicians of all instruments to hop on stage and take a feature run, jamming with the band. You can hear musicians of all types ripping it up on stage, from Sax players, to guys on the mouth harp, and of course guitar players a plenty. It’s a great show to see people try and play on stage for the first time, at the same time having some fantastic musicians scorch the stage.

The beer selection could please anyone at The Ellicott Manor, and I highly suggest their Fried Bologna Sandwich, you won’t be able to resist it as the smell will infiltrate your nose the second you walk through the door.

4) Essex Street Pub: 6 Essex Street in Buffalo, NY

The Essex Street Pub may be the closest thing Buffalo has to The Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars. Not that some intergalactic gangster is going to rough you up, but you can never go to Essex without meeting a colorful character who may or may not have a sordid past to share over some very affordable pints of Rusty Chain. I always see or meet someone interesting at Essex Street.

Mackey (the owner) has reached out quite a bit to the biker community, but not the bikers you would think. I’m talking about CYCLISTS. He holds many benefits for the cyclist community and acts as a meeting place for many of them who take part in the Sunday night runs during the summer. Essex Street also has THE best non-internet connected jukebox in Buffalo. It’s easily the purest jukebox left in town (that I know of.)

3) Kelly’s Korner: 2526 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, NY

I’ve been to Kelly’s Korner dozens of times, yet every time I go in I feel like the “new guy,” which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. It’s just that it always seems as though everyone who is in there has been there drinking for days on end. Always full of eccentric regulars, it’s another one of those places where you can’t leave without over hearing some hilarious story, or having some words of wisdom accidentally bestowed upon you. I once met an old blind man there, who introduced me to art of keeping your beer really cold, by putting ice in a plastic baggy before putting it in your beer. This is stuff you can’t learn at home with mother. (If you can, you have an awesome mother.) Kelly’s Korner also has THE best wings in Buffalo (again, my opinion, but I challenge you to not agree. Extremely underrated.)

2) Nietzsche’s: 248 Allen Street in Buffalo, NY

Nietzsche’s holds an unbelievably special place in my heart. Not only is it a great dive bar, but it has a heritage as one of the best music venues in Buffalo, NY. Their stage has seen some of the most exciting and eccentric acts the city has to offer play into the wee hours of the morning. Often times you can stumble in on an off night and catch a musician who is passing through town playing on stage.

Keeping true to its name, Nietzsche’s breeds other forms of art as well, including the best night of comedy the city has to offer. Every Tuesday, Kristen Becker holds the “Doin’ Time Comedy Showcase” at 8pm, (which I have been known to perform on from time to time.) It showcases amateurs as well as pros, generating plenty of laughs…whether they are intentional or not is another story.

1. The Old Pink: 223 Allen Street in Buffalo, NY

The Old Pink is my favorite bar, hands down.

So many stories that I’ll never forget, and so many stories I’ll never remember. It was the first bar I ever went to, and I fell in love from the start. The funny thing about The Old Pink is its actually called “The Allen Street Bar & Grill,” yet I’ve never met a soul who calls it that. I’d imagine if you refer to it as “The Allen Street Bar & Grill,” you’ve never actually been there. Also, if you’ve only gone prior to 1AM, you have also never REALLY been there. Everyone knows the Pink doesn’t start cranking up till after one in the morning, though I challenge you try and figure out the time of day while being in the ever-dark structure. I’ve gone in during the day, and when busy enough, you would think it was 3am, putting you into an alternate universe of booze and debauchery.

I think everyone has a make out session story they forgot, regretted, or revered from the Old Pink, if you haven’t; you need to start living my friend. Like The Jersey Shore, I too have a rule, “never fall in love at The Pink.” This is because, most likely, the girl you found enchanting enough to make out with will probably is jamming her tongue down a different guy’s throat over by the old-timey bowling video game before the night is through. Last call is a unique experience at The Pink. It’s both interesting and terrifying to have the lights come on and see what ne’er do wells you’ve been chilling with the last few hours. The Old Pink’s Steak Sandwich is another “must have” for any Buffalonian. Go get one right now.

I hope you accept these unique establishments as merely my favorites from over the years of experience of alcohol consumption and the quest for a good time. If you haven’t been to one or any of these, I suggest going, and maybe we’ll run into each other along the way. Cheers!

– JP

An Interview With A Groundhog

3 Feb

Earlier today on Brad Riter’s radio show on WECK1230AM, we celebrated Groundhog’s Day by reaching out to the legendary and original weather predicting groundhog, Scajaquada Sam.

Few people know that Scajaquada Sam (who currently lives behind Santaserio’s Itlian Restaurant on Niagara Street) was the victim of intellectual theft…he originally came up with the concept of predicting the length and severity of winter right here in Buffalo, only to have it stolen by Punxsutawney Phil.

Sam is mostly known to the neighborhood as a heavy drinking womanizer with a predilection for horse porn and father of several of wedlock children.  He has dodged the spotlight for years since his last interview with Wadi Sawabini back in 1986 resulted in assault charges.  However, Tom Dolina of our site and Tommunisms.com caught Sam in a moment of sobriety to get his story.

Interview with Scajaquada Sam

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Backstabistan

5 May

Conan O’Brien was on 60 Minutes last week, and is contractually forbidden from really, truthfully, and completely discussing what happened to him in losing the Tonight Show gig.

Here’s how Funny or Die interpreted what Conan was really thinking. NSFW.

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Stuff and the American Dream

22 Feb

Needed a laugh this morning as I’m overwhelmed with work and I turned to my old friend George Carlin.  Two classic bits which never fail to make me laugh…

Stuff:

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The American Dream:

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I’ll be back later today with posts about Chris Collins, the New York Council of Mayors and some other stuff.

Green Team

7 Jul

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Yesterday, Byron Brown announced the formation of the “Green Team”, a group of volunteers dedicated to getting Buffalonians to recycle more of their stuff.

“Increasing our rate of recycling is an important way to reduce our carbon footprint,” Brown said at a press conference in Niagara Square. “Our implementation of the Green Team will serve as an effective way to educate all residents, both young and old, on the importance of recycling.”

The Brown administration set a goal on Earth Day to increase the city’s recycling rate, currently at 6 percent citywide. The mayor’s goal, he said, is to raise the rate 3 percent by April 22, 2010.

This is the first announcement in months out of the Brown administration that didn’t focus on the formation of a planning committee to form a sub-committee tasked with drawing up a blueprint for planning,

I wonder if Brown will be bringing in some outside “Green Team” consultants to help out the locals?  I’ll bet Arnold Darkshner is available.

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Extras Series Finale

17 Dec

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You know how when you’re a kid and you’re a fan of someone or something, you dream of someday meeting them, working with them, hanging out with them? Well, if there was one person in show business I would love to work with – in however small a capacity – more than anyone else, it would be Ricky Gervais. From his masterpiece The Office, to the brilliant Extras, or even the fantastically funny podcasts, he has that distinctly British combination of brains and humor that make most American expletive-hucking comics look like dribbling morons by comparison.

Last night, HBO aired the series finale / Christmas special of Extras. Caution – spoilers ahead. Continue reading