Bombing with Mike Dorval

He's eating it! She's dying! He's BOMBING! For a stand-up comic there's no pain quite like a joke that bombs. Every comic bombs and in Bombing with Mike Dorval we seek to find out WHY! Every week a new comedian joins Mike to dive into the nitty gritty of joke writing. They'll explore the mechanics of crafting of great joke and the agony of a watching a joke they loved, nurtured, and thought would soar come crashing to Earth. It's a deep dive into the agony and ecstasy of writing jokes.
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Dec 28, 2016

Utah to Vegas to's not the typical comedy path and it produced a comic who's anything but typical in Xazmin Garza. We got talk about her past as a columnist and her future in comedy and a VERY NSFW bomb that she just won't give up on. 

Dec 21, 2016

I got meet Kwasi Mensah at his "Laughing Liberally" show in Boston and came away impressed with his comedy and point of view. He's gotten some added attention recently because of a confrontation with a Trump supporting heckler. Is this a sign of things to come? How did he feel about it and what should someone do in a situation like that? We did a different kind of deep dive this week to explore those questions. 

Dec 13, 2016

Jimmy Tingle made his first appearance on Johnny Carson on December 15th,1988 and has appeared on pretty much every show you can name since then. He's been one of the most influential political satirists for 30 years and we got talk about the next few years are looking like for him and the world of comedy on this weeks Bombing.

Dec 6, 2016

Where have you seen Jon Jon Fisch? The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Last Comic Standing, Premium Blend, some of the finest temples along the East Coast and more. I got to know him when he was beating me in The Boston Comedy festival and we got to relive that wonderful memory when he was in Boston for Thanksgiving. 

Nov 29, 2016

I had been trying to talk to Giulia Rozzi ever since her album "True Love" came out. I finally got to when she came home to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving and got to talk about jokes, her show, "First Set" and we just can't seem to avoid politics in 2016...

Nov 22, 2016

We've talked a little about comedy contests in the past and on this episode we talk to James Scott Patterson as he's about to compete in the semi-finals of the Boston Comedy Festival and former $10,000 champion Dan Boulger. How do you approach a contest? Is it different from a standard set? Is it more stressful? We cover a wide range of topics and there's even a guest appearance by Dave Walsh!

Nov 15, 2016

 One thing every comedian has heard since Donald Trump won the election is "You must be excited!  You're going to have lots of material!" Niki Luparelli  and I were less than excited.  We decided to address the  elephant in the room and talk about what comedy was going to be like in this post trump America. 

Nov 7, 2016

Comics get there late. Where? Wherever they're supposed to be. But you can't get mad at Emily Ruskowski because she was probably late due to saving a child in her other life as a social worker. How do you bring the heavy stuff she deals with in her everyday life into a comedy stage? How was opening for Gilbert Gotfried? And how does a joke go from being your closer to being your biggest bomb and regret? Let's get some answers....

Oct 31, 2016

How may people can die in a joke before it stops being funny? What if they're family members? My guest this week is Chris Pennie and we'll deal with this controversy while breaking down a bomb that explores the age old feud between doctors and mechanics while trying to see what competitive bodybuilding can teach us about stand-up!

Oct 25, 2016

Jordan Handren-Seavey took one for the team this week. His voice was ragged, he was about to do a show, and he STILL stepped up to talk about his new album, his favorite bomb, and what it's like to wear the best chapeau in Boston. 

Oct 19, 2016

This week we have a group chat following a special show at Megan's House which is a group treatment facility for women. How is it different from a typical show? Kelly McFarland, Emily Ruskowski, Jack Burke, Eric Taylor, and Phoebe Angle take the time to talk about a really cool and unique kind of comedy. 

Oct 10, 2016

If I'm on. Show with Kenice Mobley I check where she is on the lineup so I never miss her. Some comics bring pure heat. Comedy fastballs. Kenice is great because she throws curve and changeups that surprise you and always find the strike zone. Today we talk about her past and future and she even spends time grilling me!

Oct 3, 2016

If you could buy stock in a comic, I'd be buying stock in Sam Evans. I got talk to him after he headlined a show and I left very impressed. He was just featured on New Faces in the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival and is going on the road all the time. I caught up with him after he headlined a show in Massachusetts and we got to talk all things comedy...

Sep 27, 2016

One of the reasons I like Sam Ike so much is that he can have the smartest room in Cambridge rolling but also kill it in a bar 20 miles from the nearest highway. We sat down in the bar of our favorite Chinese food place/Comedy club to talk about his improv career, moving into stand up and the shows he produces that are somewhere in between. We also see if we can save a bomb about a friend dying and how Kickstarter really works!

Sep 21, 2016

Something a little...well, very different this week. A handful of comics, including your weekly Bombing tour guide, arrived for a show that the audience forgot to attend. What happens when the show doesn't go? You get half a dozen comics, a live mic, and some very NSFW storytelling including the great Boston Comedy Death Hoax! 

Sep 12, 2016

This week we are live on Commonwealth Ave with Rob Crean (and a guest appearance by John Paul Rivera who was only vaping tobacco!). We discuss the difference between being a comedian and a humorist, producing shows and albums, and we do it all while celebrating a very special Allston Christmas!

Sep 5, 2016

I love talking to comics who've been writing jokes for a while and can look back on their old jokes and compare them to the new, but I thought it'd be fun to mix things up little bit. Luke Touma was getting ready to leave for a tour of Hawaii when we talked about his brief but action packed career in Boston and his plans for the future in Hollywood and a bomb that's still fresh enough to feel the singe marks!

Aug 29, 2016

Who's the best comic in Boston? Al Park can make a really good case for the title. The Improper Bostonian named him the best AND he won the Boston Comedy Festival. So how do you from a Stand Up class to being one of the best in just a few years. Let's find out...

Aug 22, 2016

Poor Will Noonan has been haunted by a chicken wing joke he just can't fix for years now. Sure, during that time he's also appeared on Gotham Live, released multiple albums, hosted a hit podcast and been power-bombed by a pro wrestler...but he still can't let go of that chicken wing joke. We'll also talk about whether or not Joe Rogan is the new Johnny Carson on this weeks Bombing!

Aug 15, 2016

You may know Tammy Twotone from Glee or The Nightly Show but I know her from being on my very first show at the Comedy Studio 15 years ago. And I still remember her opener! What's changed and what's stayed the same in that time? Let's find out...

Aug 8, 2016

How did Brian Longwell become "Brian Longwell"? It's a fun journey that started with an ill conceived comedy contest and ended with a brilliantly conceived character that brings his wisdom to corporations and comedy clubs worldwide! 

Aug 1, 2016

Shane Mauss is a great comedian. He's had his own specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, done late night TV, sells out comedy clubs, everything you'd expect from a successful stand-up. But my favorite thing about Shane is when he decides to spend an hour doing a deep dive into one subject and pulling every bit of meat on the bone, like with his current one man show on psychedelics. It's a long strange trip on this weeks Bombing. 

Jul 25, 2016

In addition to a stand up career that saw him on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, Max Alexander co starred in the definitive movie about comedians, Punchline. We talk about all that AND Julio Iglesias on this weeks Bombing!

Jul 18, 2016

So many people move to Hollywood to succeed in comedy. This weeks guest moved from Hollywood to Pennsylvania to feel like a real success. It's a different story for Bombing that goes from Victoria's Secret all the way to World War I!

Jul 12, 2016

Benari Poulten is a senior producer for one of the hottest shows on TV, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Before that? You could find him tweeting jokes as GI Jew when he was stationed in the Middle East. How do you go from hot young comic to the battlefield to the writers room of a late night comedy show? He'll tell us all about it and we'll talk about that controversial White House Correspondents Dinner on this week's Bombing!I 

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