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Episode 411 - Don Barris

Comedian Don Barris was the first guy Marc met when he moved to Los Angeles in the 80s. Don had a pretty insane journey to get into show business and he shares with Marc a chaotic history at The Comedy Store. The two of them look back on the mythology of the club and how they both made it out on the other side. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Squarespace and Adam & Eve.

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Michael P. Gowdy August 01, 2013 at 4:56 am


can’t wait to listen to this one

Don is always the nicest guy to me by far when I visit The Store.
Actually, he is usually the *only* guy at The Store who spontaneously talks to me.

matt mac August 01, 2013 at 7:54 am


don is the best and perry is gay

Justin August 03, 2013 at 11:12 pm


Okay first I was relieved that Don Barris is a comedian and not a punk/alt rock person and even better if they want to tell us how Sam Kinnison was a problem and not a hero. But what I really need to thank you guys for (besides a great WTF) was something called ‘Windy City Heat’ which might be THE GREATEST THING I’VE SEEN IN YEARS!

I don’t know if anyone reads these posts but I am telling you - go and google Windy City Heat and holy EFF that might be one of the funniest pranks of all time.
And years later the guys coming back on Kimmel - that made me laugh harder than I’ve laughed all year.
                Barris is great stuff!

Guy October 29, 2013 at 11:57 am


Just for the record, this wasn’t only the second time Marc revealed the Kinison-Wilder comparison publicly. The first time wasn’t with Mel Brooks, either, last year. Rather, he revealed it on the What’s So Funny? podcast back in 2009. Granted, next to nobody heard that but I’ve got to take my firsts where I can get them. Here’s proof in a 3.5-minute video form:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSdg09df8

Michael November 24, 2013 at 1:56 am


Hey, this was an interesting interview. I’ve always been curious about the Comedy Store culture. The reference to it being haunted was particularly cool. I clearly remember as a kid watching the episode of Unsolved Mysteries about it being haunted.