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Allison Dore: comedian and radio host

Allison Dore is a renowned radio host, media personality and former comedian. Allison Dore will be launching Howl & Roar Records – a female-centric comedy record label aimed at empowering artists and facilitating the creation of content for women and underrepresented performers in comedy.

On September 19th in Toronto drop by the Bad Dog Theatre for the official launch party of Howl & Roar Records. For more information please visit Facebook.

This is episode #138  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Allison Dore was born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • She was encouraged to try comedy by her big brother, Jon Dore
  • Allison Dore suffered mental illness which resulted in her getting addicted to drugs to make herself feel better
  • Allison explains why she does not separate the art from the person (especially when it comes to people like Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, etc)
  • Why she started Howl & Roar Records
  • How Allison got her first gig on SiriusXM Canada radio
  • We also spoke about her shows, The Breakdown, Digging In and Allison Dore’s BroadCast

Listen below:

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you liked this episode you will also like the following conversations with other former podcast alumni:

Jerry Seinfeld at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Last night Jerry Seinfeld made his “millionth” stop in Toronto on his seemingly endless tour. As many of you know, Seinfeld has refused to stop touring even after the uber success of his TV show in the 90’s. He obviously doesn’t need the money. But like he said at the beginning of his act he had “nothing to do” when he got the call to come up to Toronto. He even pronounces the city like a long time resident, dropping the final “t” in Toronto.

sony centre for the performing arts

I’ve had the privilege of seeing dozens of shows in comedy clubs. However, this was my first time seeing a polished act in such a huge venue. Two observations: First, big arena style shows are very polished. It’s harder for the act to banter with the crowd. And Seinfeld, in his early sixties now, doesn’t need to do so to put on a show. And the raw feeling I get in a club is so different, but still satisfying.

Second, unless you’re sitting in the first few rows, the intimacy I enjoy in clubs with the acts is gone. We were sitting in the balcony where it was impossible to see the various facial features that I have come to enjoy in comedy clubs. Even his “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” seemed more intimate.

jerry seinfeld | karim kanji

If you haven’t seen one of the legends of comedy make sure you take the time (and money) to do so. You will not be disappointed.

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Episode #36: Saul Colt – The Smartest Man In The World

Saul Colt is The Smartest Man In The world. Just ask Google. In this exclusive chat we discussed how Saul went from sideburns to a full beard, how the Pope crashed his bar mitzvah, why Pokemon Go will fail, Ghostbusters and, for some reason, my toes.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Help me get on the air with Humble and Fred

I love Canadian shows. Mostly of the “radio” kind.  I’ve been to see Jian Ghomeshi and listen to a bunch of CBC podcasts such as WireTap. I also am a fan of “independent” podcasts such as Drunk Jays Fans and Humble & Fred Radio.

I’ve never met these icons of Canadian radio. I never listened much to CFNY/The Edge back in the day when they were on. And I was late finding them on the podcast airwaves. But I am a big fan. They are an intelligent duo who also know how to have fun and let their hair down. And their style is perfect for the word of podcasting.

And now I’ve been invited to be a guest “observer” during their show on Friday June 7th. Will I be an actual, on-the-air guest? It’s all up to Howard (aka Humble) and Fred.

Maybe you can help me make their decision an easy one. I would love it if you could take a moment out of your busy schedule to tweet the following:

Hey @HumbleFredRadio! We’re excited that @karimkanji is going to be visiting you on 6/7. Let him on the air! #KarimOnTheAir

That’s all. If you want to use HootSuite or Buffer to schedule the tweet from today until the 7th, that would be swell!

Thanks everyone!