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The History of the Comedy Above The Pub Podcast
Comedy Above The Pub first started out as The TVA Podcast back in 2007. Host Todd Van Allen started the podcast at the behest of producer Darcy Fiander, and started releasing episodes featuring Todd’s weekly radio segments for BOB’s Breakfast on BOB-FM, and Mike Reid on 98.9-THE DRIVE.
Over a series of episodes, the TVA Podcast also began to release interview episodes with various comedians.
Nostalgia Note: You can still find all the classic TVA podcast episodes at his website and on iTunes.
Highlights of the TVA podcast include not only Todd’s conversations with local and touring comedians, but also such personalities as “Iron Chef America” co-host Kevin Brauch and Paul F. Tompkins who talked to Todd when he came to Toronto in 2009 for the very first edition of the PFT 300.
A separate (and less significant) milestone for the podcast came with episode #167 with guest Barry Taylor, where Ian Atlas first joined the show as third chair. He has since become a fixture on the show. Not unlike a cold water tap. That drips. All night.
The TVA podcast completed it’s run with episode #201 and transitioned to Comedy Above The Pub. In so doing, it has never ceased its mandate of bringing on guests who, though may not be comedians, have a funny story to tell. Yes, a strong focus on Canadian talent does exist, but that does not stop tourning comics or other interesting people stopping in and spending some time on CATP.
Already into its second season, the podcast has seen such acts as Henry Rollins, Michael Show, Steve Hofstetter, Anthony Jeselnik, the return of Kevin Brauch, and many many others.
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