On this episode of Composite Beast, I’m joined by rising R & B sensation and deeply funny comic, Farooq Hussain. We take a look at anthropomorphized wildlife taking over Staten Island, the struggles of dating apps without “white-dude confidence,” and life without a union job. Farooq is a true independent thinker, quit-witted wiseguy, and completely sensitive dude. Check him out all over NYC and on instagram @farooqyou
More deep dives into the multiverse’s darkest crevices. A thought experiment leads to thinking about the world without George Bailey, one where Forest Gump gets a sequel and Kev’s one-liners are wheely awesome. There’s a renaissance happening on Staten Island, and this is the soundtrack.
Great time with my friend for life, Kev RWK . I always have fun, enlightening, and perspective-shifting conversations with Kevin, so we did it on air. Not “did it” did it, I mean spoke. Anyway, lots of talk about how techno music activates ecstasy residue in our livers to reawaken, how dimension traveling may be easier than we think, and about the power of irish story spinning. Enjoy and have a great day.
Great discush with special guests Steve Ignatious and Brian Crowe. Emily ponders birthday rankings, thoughts on mainlining Jolly Ranchers, park drama, and a promise between friends to watch reality TV.
Had a great time talking with friend and legend Mike Bocchetti.
Mike is a comedy lifer, his one liners stick in your head and bounce around as you think about how concisely they’re crafted. While Mike often makes himself the center of his punchlines, don’t get mixed messages about it: Mike is Marine, at least he was for 8 weeks.
Dive in to this really great talk and check out Mike’s new album “Thank You!” available where all digital music is peddled!
This doozy goes deep into how misspelled start-ups set a tone for shady employee practices, not knowing how to deal with strange and scary white folk, fatalistic sloganeering, disjointed renderings of serial killer portraits, odd synchronicities between Two centuries worth of Koreshes, the power of guilt and how to not overuse it, along with several dozen off-road trips. All of the above served on a healthy bed of some of the healthiest esoteric, folk, funk, and good ol’ weird American music.
Really psyched to have comedian Peter Revello on this Composite Beast episode to talk about growing up on Staten Island, Civil Wars between age groups, having discipline and sense of purpose, rebranding opium dens as downtown hipster haunts, playing handball in early spring, having true affection for people you don’t necessarily agree with, along with several dozen other non-sequiturs. Pete is a straight-up good guy who is going places — I look forward to seeing where his hard work, agile wit, and sincerity take him. Follow Pete’s really hilarious Twitter stream for deep thoughts and tips on how to be the best straight dude you can @peter_revello
Emily Perina and I start off the show with tarot readings, endless malls, hotline dings from basement aerophysicists and reluctant psychic skeptics. Then, like the wonderful magician that he is, our friend and comedy wizard Vin Forte stopped by to talk doping with Cisco oil, pony play, cute cartoon raccoons leading to a real-world invasive species crisis, and a cornucopia of mind-blowing side-tangents worth taking the ride for. Check out Vin’s excellent podcast. Any Time with Vin Forte, and check his writing on the groundbreaking live comedy show The Special Without Brett Davis. Follow Vin on twitter @vinforte
Was lucky enough to have Staten Island’s premiere bad boy, Joe Imburgio, join me for this Composite Beast. Joe plays bass in Bueno , writes for Impractical Jokers, and is a former secret shopper for the fabled Pinkerton Agency.
On this holiday special of Composite Beast, Emily and Chris talk strange holiday traditions, defecating manger ornaments, Susu Family confusion, Silicone babies, veterinarian dreams, and many more holly jolly oddities.
there’s lots of wisdom in this gem of an episode, so take the cotton out of ya ears, put it in ya mouth and listen up.
Bobby Funaro is an actor, writer, producer focused deeply on his commitment to his craft and to being a decent human. We spent some time talking about bobby’s “big break” and how friends big and small have “sent the elevator down” for him and other’s. I’m really grateful to have bobby as a friend and a guest on the show.
Everyones favorite millennial, Artist Emily Perina, comes by the show to catch up on current unsolved mysteries, lost tribes, Thanksgiving food origins, the difference between utterances and words, and whole bunch of other internet wonder.
Sometimes it’s nice to get some time alone and reflect on the heavy weight that pulls down on all of humanity. Damn, son, that some deep shit.
Let this mixtape reconnect you with all that’s good about yourself and the world around you.
Seth Wollney’s research focuses on freshwater ecosystems here on Sunny Staten Island. He’s a killer interview with tomes of knowledge about stuff most of us normal folks aren’t even aware of. Seth is also a certified deadhead, so we spend sometime between deep science talk to discuss some of the beauty that make up Grateful Dead music.
Rime / Jersey joe is an international artist. his work blends high-skill grafitti aesthetics that echo his years as top street writer with subconscious iconography, at least that's how i feel when i look at it. Joe's detail to craft and dedication to his work is flooring, so that when you stand in front of his canvases, or below a wall he's hit, you know that someone was here who cared deeply about the creation of the thing. More importantly, Joe is a true believer, a rare bird, clear about his course, okay with the uncertainty of where it leads, full of purpose, energy, and unapologetic for who he is. You can see joe's work and process @rime_msk
Jay miller is a comedian, writer, and an eternal optimist. He has been tour manager for such acts as Yo La Tango and Ingrid Michaelson, Writer and producer on Impractical jokers, and even directed this instant cult classic video for the front bottoms. I was excited to have jay come on composite beast: we got deep into Talking body image, giving people permission to treat us like jerks, and the deep and fascinating world of periscope.