It was a pleasure to interview Tom Rhodes. He is a comedic icon and was generous with his time. He talks travel, winning @midnight, doing 30 days at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, his unique path in comedy, and far more. I look forward to releasing the full version of this interview as a podcast soon.
In preparation of my move to Denver, Colorado in April I am giving away hosting and booking duties of my longtime comedy rooms. After six years tonight is my last time hosting Casa de Haha. I wrangled so many longtime friends of the show… too many talented Florida comedians. It will be strange but change needs free range. The new hosts are excited to experiment with the room. I’ll enjoy performing and not hosting the first four shows in 2015 while we transition. They’ve already expressed desire to the show weird again and to livestream the show, bringing our mythic undocumented status into the digital age. Join us as I pass the roach! – I mean torch. (Naw)
Flyer for Daniel’s last Casa de Haha as host… for the Miami version.
25 episodes! Daniel guest hosts the I Love You Miami radio show and hijacks it to talk comedy. He brings local comics Michael Maryanoff and Bradlys Philoctete into the studio to play some choice cuts from the pod’s first two years ft. Adrian Mesa, Forrest Shaw, Lisa Corrao, Freddy Stebbins, Patrick Schroeder, Gabriel Iglesias, and W. Kamau Bell. Thanks, you!
Did you know that I am the younger, less successful of two Reskin siblings? …For now!* MUAHAHAH
My sister Lolo knew she wanted to work in music the way little gay toddlers naturally put on dresses. Unlike our musician Dad, her ear was too far ahead for her fingers to catch up. As I made insane faces in the mirror, I heard her strained strumming of Blur and Oasis through the walls. With a freakily advanced self-assessment, she knew her true power was in spreading great music to people in need. Through high school she worked at Virgin Megastore and DJed at clubs she wasn’t legally allowed inside. While I wandered through college looking for purpose, Lolo realized in one semester that college couldn’t teach her what she needed to learn. So she created, promoted, and performed at multiple successful club nights before hunkering down to found Sweat Records - Miami’s only legitimate indie record store.
If I had been as focused with stand-up as she was with music, I’d be so Eddie Murphy that I’m already prematurely retired to a life of mysterious scandalous rumors. I admire (could use more of) her diligence, dedication, and OCDish fascination with organization. But I have listened to the one rule sacred in all her dealings, and believe it should stand the test of time along side “this too shall pass”:
“Don’t be shady.” – Lauren Reskin
It’s so simple and keeps you feeling fresh. You would do well to remember it in your daily dealings.** That and the crucial importance of memorable hair. Not to be understated is her role in my monthly showcase Casa de Haha. She thought of the name and gave a fledgling me the encouragement/kick-in-the-taint to get it started. Watch this cool spot on Sweat by the Fusion network. You may recognize it as Casa de Haha during daytime. I am proud that many people in the Miami music scene know me as “Brolo” and recently “Frolo”. #GoLoloGo
*one day I will time travel to be older, or possibly create a third sibling and ensure it becomes Space President
**usage of shady does not apply when dealing with Eminem, his industries or affiliates