Worst Gig Ever with Geoff Garlock and Mike Pace

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We celebrate our 100th episode much the way we did our 1st, by bringing a member of one of our own bands on to talk about life and how to live it.  This time it's Dan Fetherston, Oxford Collapse drummer extraordinare, steamed cheeseburger enthusiast and caretaker of the oldest haus in Brukelyn, who reminds us of the time the Collapse decided to "jam" onstage in front of a paying audience instead of playing their songs.  We also talk about the demise of the OC and our most annoying habits, debate the merits of Guns 'N Roses, touring in your thirties, and stealing drum hardware from your local elementary school.  Hordes of heady times on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
Hilarity ensues as jack-of-all-comedic-trades Arthur Meyer "does panel" with the guys; sharing awful anecdotes about improvising at the New York International Auto Show on behalf of the 2013 Ford Taurus, farting in the theater during Bad Teacher, touring with the "bad boys of sketch" Pangea 3000, and the ins and outs of writing for Jimmy Fallon.  Arthur also gives a couple of "rock recommendations" and attempts to figure out if he could fit everyone he's ever met in one stadium.  Bellowsfull of belly laughs on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
It's a "Misty Mt. Mombaccus Hop" when the very talented, very funny Eleanor Friedberger drops in with a baker's dozen of fantastic bad gigs.  From playing festivals with the Fiery Furnances at 10:20am to smashing bottles over the head of the singer of Jet to violent "European-style" diarrhea attacks to "that time of the month" happening onstage, Eleanor lets it all hang hilariously out.  We also talk of sibling rivalry and how her music has brought her parents back together, as well as her thoughts on what it would be like to play rhythm guitar for the Black Crowes.  There's definitely a "remedy" for the winter blues on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
The black leather driving gloves come off when We Are Scientists bassman/resident jokester Chris Cain enters "the band area" with KO-kaliber tales of slagging off in the U.K. press, fighting other bands, hosting awards shows, and being a "rock star dad.  We also get into WAS's patented brand of comedy "behind the music," and celebrate the release of their brand spankin' new album, TV en Francais.  "Bass in your face say peace see ya later" on this week's WORST GIG EVER!  
On the eve of his solo tour, Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly swings by the "studio" to talk about his acclaimed band's highest highs and lowest lows.  And boy, are those tales terrific; from booking and playing basement shows in New Jersey to being "broken" by MTV to dealing with L.A. Reid to performing in front of thirty Thursday diehards in a huge venue ten years into their career, Geoff's anecdotes are hilarious and heartbreaking; classic WORST GIG EVER fodder!  Lots of scene speak in this week's ep! ITUNES USERS: GO HERE NON-ITUNES (LO)USERS: GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD MP3s!
Virtuouso musician/comic (or comic/musician) Dave Hill plops down with Mike and Geoff to ponder amps, pedals, his myriad of musicial experiences both good and bad, falling into comedy, as well as continually diverging to discuss whatever comes to mind.  Dave follows through with a fantastic, epic tale of one of the worst gigs we've ever heard; involving friends, coins being thrown, beer being splashed, and general all-out mayhem (for more Dave, check out his book, Tasteful Nudes, at B. Dalton or other fine book sellers).  Plus, this ep features a bonus interview with a former member of ELP!
Sweet 'n sour stand-up Jena Friedman does a tight 50 "hanging around craft services," and offers up an incredibly bizarre tale of how answering a Craigslist ad led to her acting in a feature film in Italy.  She also tells us about writing for late night, why she nixed her plans for film school, fellow comic Mike DeStefano's words of wisdom, and how she deals with hecklers.  Find that missed connection on this week's WORST GIG EVER!   
When ace improviser/stand-up/actor Megan Neuringer (@Midnight, Best Week Ever), spends some time "on the casting couch," a gaggle of great worst gigs emerge; from acting in a nightmarish New York City tour bus "ride," to summering as a dancer at a local theme park, to getting heckled by obese soccer moms, Megan's got an entire ouevre of classics.  It's an embarrassingly entertaining episode of WORST GIG EVER!
We go "deep, deep undercover" when funnyman Eliot Glazer shows up in the "sixth floor bathroom of Bobst" to offer a few outstanding and epic worst gigs.  From slaving away at the Entenmann's Factory in the backwater of Bay Shore, Long Island, to dealing with the freshman roommate from Hell, to gardening while listening to the Rent soundtrack - and all of this fuels Eliot's creative video visions (and podcast) - this one's jam-packed with serious L.I. lore, references to specific old age homes, NYU cruising spots, Joey Violence, and laffs galore.  You're gonna have to take 495 to exit 43 on this week's WORST GIG EVER!  
Waltzing into "the green room" like an angelic Duff McKagan, charmed multi-instrumentalist Aaron Pfenning pulls up a console table and shares tales of major label excess, Fleetwood Mac-esque backstage brawls with bandmates who happen to be exes, rebuffing movie stars, and playing something called "running charades" at Macaulay Culkin's house.  Reams of reverse rough gigs on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
Multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Adam Wills from the band Bear in Heaven materializes "backstage" to tell terrifying tour stories about being pelted with bottles at the Redding Festival, staying with a cadre of ugly gay men, and performing after the screening of an "accidentally racist" documentary.  We also talk about how he went from a playing in a "nights and weekends" band to being in an all-out touring machine after he turned 30.  The tide is rising on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
Gentle giant Jared Warren makes a pitstop at WGE headquarters to yak about the big business behind playing in Big Business and the Melvins, among others.  There's also plethora of stories from his days playing in legendary heavier than Led power-trio KARP, as well as his taste for comedy, and his thoughts winning the Caldecott medal for Best Band in Los Angeles.  Lots of hair and bellowing on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
Longtime UCB improv/sketch/stand-up guru Will Hines begins this episode like a songbird and quickly transforms into a "Little Buddha," dispensing choice tidbits about zen and the art of motorcycle improvising.  From coping with those sleepless nights filled with anxiety to bombing in front of hundreds of people while wearing a Janet Jackson-esque headset to seeing "Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend" in the theater when he was sixteen, Will "brings da pain" (and sweat) to this week's WORST GIG EVER.
It's s very special episode of the show taped LIVE in front of a studio audience as part of NYC PodFest!  Join Mike and Geoff and their guests, Keith and Chris from the popular rock 'n roll act WE ARE SCIENTISTS as well as noted film critic Gene Shalit for a rollicking conversation full of hilarious anecdotes and guffaws.  You're gonna love the way you look when you listen - LIVE! ITUNES USERS: GO HERE NON-ITUNES (LO)USERS: GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD MP3s!
Tanlines is a group on the rise, but in this episode, brothers from another mother Eric and Jesse dish out tasty morsels of touring terror; playing on boats in Europe, driving around the world in a 4x4, and possibly sleeping in Anne Frank's attic.  They also chat about their previous bands, the difference of touring in your 30s, Eric's studio and producing days, and Jesse's time as a stock photo model and archivist, as well as the duo's love of comedy.  Plus Mike and Geoff discuss Genesis's underrated 1978 album, "...And Then There Were Three" in a new "Dusty Grooves" segment.  Lots to love on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
Armed with a complete list of shows played, old friends Justin Chearno and Scott DeSimon stop by "the studio" after work to share tall tales from their formative days in the early 90s indie rock trenches in Pitchblende to their more recent, more mature adventures in Turing Machine.  From van break-ins and breakdowns to clearing rooms (including sound guys) to getting beat up before shows to witnessing Dwarve infidelity, these men have seen it all.  Sonorous slabs of scronk abound on this week's WORST GIG EVER! ITUNES USERS: GO HERE NON-ITUNES (LO)USERS: GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD MP3s!
The singular Sean Tillman bounds "backstage" with a bounty of bad ones, from being pelted with coins while supporting the "Chi Peps" in Australia, to getting arrested after opening for Incubus, to Ben Stiller's unkept promise to continue dance lessons after the filming of Starsky & Hutch.  We also discuss his creative evolution from the noisy punk rock of Clavin Krime to the power-pop of Sean Na Na, and the unbridled sexual prowess that is Har Mar Superstar, with detours into comedy, acting, and podcasting along the way.  Lots of lovely lothario life lectures on this week's WORST GIG EVER! ITUNES USERS: GO HERE NON-ITUNES (LO)USERS: GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD MP3s!
Comedian Max Silvestri drops by to gab on bombing in front of his parents, eating it at weird New England comedy competitions and in front of older, bitter comics, making MC'ing shows personal, and not limiting himself to stand-up.  He's also celebrating his show Big Terrific's fifth anniversary this week (it's sold out, btw), so give it up for birthdays!  Lots of blustery hilarity on this week's WORST GIG EVER! ITUNES USERS: GO HERE NON-ITUNES (LO)USERS: GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD MP3s!
Between !!!, Outhud, and The Yah Mos, Nic Offer's been playing squats, punk houses, clubs, festivals, and arenas for going on twenty years.  Nic hunkers down with Mike and Geoff to talk about selling sno cones and promo cds on tour to make extra scratch, performing in a civil war-era prison, dealing with an epic week-long van breakdown in Arkansas, and dealing with !!!'s rise from basement shows to winning over fans while opening for the Red Hot "Chi Peps."  He's also way punker than we'll ever be - find out why on this week's WORST GIG EVER. ITUNES USERS: GO HERE NON-ITUNES (LO)USERS: GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD MP3s!
BuzzFeed editor Katie Notopoulos "chats in a private room" with us about the origins behind her hilarious Tumblr blogs, "weird Twitter," absurdist comedy as related to the Internet, and the summer she spent working as a parking garage attendant.  Reams of RAM on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
Smooth talking man of many talents Jeremy DeVine hangs "backstage" and spills on the less desirable side of managing his long running record label, Temporary Residence Ltd (home of Explosions in the Sky, Coliseum, and Mono, among others).  He also shares a few killer road stories, from a tormented tour managing stint to dealing with asshole sound guys, out of control smoke machines, and rocking out in rug stores.  Post-hardcore tales for a post-hardcore world on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
Funnywoman Amber Nelson gabs with us about the ins and outs of stand-up and improv in New York, being seduced by directors, performing with her mom, growing up in Saudi Arabia, and then goes on to relate one of the most horrific stories we've ever heard about feces and working with the elderly.  It's a must-listen this week on WORST GIG EVER! Plus, the debut of Mike & Geoff's Philm Korner!
All bets are off when likeminded brothers-in-arms Nick and Joe from the Found Footage Festival "step behind the swinging saloon doors" with a bevy of brutal beauties!  These cultivated curators of only the coolest and craziest VHS ephemera touch on the time they put on their video/comedy show in a technical school cafeteria during lunch and how they've competed with televised football and mechanical bulls games at sports bars, as well as all of the technical foibles that happen along the way.  We also go deep into their love and fascination with this outdated media format, the band-like intensity that goes into their touring schedule, and why the term "VHS players" makes us want to gag.  Be kind and rewind this week's episode of WORST GIG EVER!
We head "down to the crossroads" with amazing guitarist/songwriter/person Kaki King, who delivers worst gig tale goods with the classic trifecta of accidents, innapropriate venues, and food poisoning.  We also delve into Kaki's appreciation of new age music, her drumming skills, performing with the Foo Fighters, how she deals with press, and performing at school graduations.  Fonts of fingerpicking on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
It's a Coal Miner's Glove Steel Cage Tuxedo Street Fight when the very funny Mike Lawrence "hits a spot" on the "Spanish announcers' table" and slings his own bag o' tricks into the ring.  From working and eating at McDonalds, to listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to what changes when you start earning a living from comedy, Mike's got an anecdote for 'em all.  Also we talk pro wrestling.  Lots and lots of pro wrestling.  Tons of Typhoons and Earthquakes on this week's WORST GIG EVER!
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Jun 22nd, 2012
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May 23rd, 2014
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