April Macie

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Greg and Mike Gibbons welcome comedian April Macie to tonight’s show and podcast where April describes making eye contact with a well known cyclist’s asshole, explains how she got the nickname “Shitty” in high school, and the three compare each others respective psychological breakdowns. Greg prepares himself to explain Michael Jacksons past to his kids, they have a wide ranging discussion on roofies, and a childhood memory recently comes back to haunt Greg.

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Tahoe and LAist

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Greg covers his recent trip to Tahoe where he enjoys skiing by himself, and tells a story about going too far with some fans of his in the club that had a few too many drinks. He also plays fan favorites “Overheards” and “Half-A-Man” with an assist via email submission from UCB’s Matt Besser. He wraps up the podcast by talking to the LAist about award season, celebrities, and what it takes to get a show off the ground.

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Stevie Ray Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld

Irish America Book Review

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Irish America – Patricia Harty – January 21, 2011

A couple of years ago, comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, known to me as Greg Fitz or Fitz, was honored as one of Irish America’s Top 100 and we roped him in to perform. He brought the house down with his stories of growing up in an Irish household where a sense of humor was not only highly valued, it was a necessary tool for survival.

Fitz grew up in Tarrytown, New York and started out in stand-up as a student at Boston University doing the rounds of the clubs in Boston. He looks like a cross between Tim Conway (the much underappreciated genius of The Carol Burnett Show) and Bob Newhart, both of whom have Irish roots, and he has the comic timing of both, with the irreverence and edginess of George Carlin, another Irish-American great, thrown in.

I knew Fitz was funny but I didn’t know he could write, so it took me longer to get around to reading his memoir than it should have.

Fitz can write (in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that he’s a friend of a dear friend). At just 44, he may seem a bit young to write a memoir, but when he came across a box of notes from teachers that his mother had kept, including one from a Kindergarten teacher complaining that he didn’t know “how to wiggle,” a flood of memories came back and an idea for a book was born.

The notes and letters act as a linking thread in Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox, but the writing in between the notes has a purity and directness that is elegant, and of course, since it’s Greg Fitz we are talking about here, a good dose of bawdy. One gets the impression that every insult or injury is remembered, but he gives equal time to people he sinned against.

In addition to teachers complaining about Greg’s inability to pay attention, we learn that Fitz’s Irish family includes cousins and aunts who are “ball busters,” and an uncle Jimmy who is a down-and-out but who gives him lots of great books to read about the Bible and American history. And about his early days breaking into the business when he figured out how not to let the tough, largely Boston Irish, audiences break him down. And that’s the fun part. There is also the stuff that will gut you, like his early addiction to drugs and alcohol and how he decided to quit cold turkey when he bombed at a charity event because he was so stoned his timing was off. Most poignant is his coming to terms with his relationship with his father, a radio talk show personality, whom he adored, but who had his own addictions and a dark side.

At the launch of this book, Greg signed a copy to me, “Thanks for honoring our people no matter how we act.”
Comedienne Sarah Silverman describes Fitz as “Irish to the core. Despite himself, Greg Fitzsimmons has this bottomlessness oozing from his pores, and it’s raw, honest, and hilarious. This portrait of one comic’s life is funny, and true.” I can only concur.

Watching Fitz perform on stage at Caroline’s, as I did recently, I realized that what makes him so engaging as a stand-up artist is the undercurrent of empathy and understanding of human nature. This sensitivity, which he uses so well in his stand-up routine, translates beautifully into this memoir.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox deserves a standing ovation and months on the bestseller list.

Lopez Tonight

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Fitzdog Radio

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Greg and side kick Mike Gibbons entertain each other on this weeks podcast where they discuss the brain damage caused by their past drug use, prepare for Greg’s George Lopez Show appearance, and Greg announces his all black podcast for black history month.

Greg talks about why black sitcoms love his writing, they talk about Brazilian AIDS, they play Talk Your Way Out of It, and take your Overheards.

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Tom Green and Bobby Lee

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Greg does a podcast while on the road, literally. He starts the podcast in his car during his misadventures on the way to Vegas. Once he gets there, he talks with Bobby Lee, Tom Green, and another odd character who has some interesting knowledge about mail order brides.

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WTF With Marc Maron

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Marc Maron interviews Greg on his most recent WTFpod, his first time on Marc’s home turf.

The last time they chatted it got a little heated. This time they’re looking to bury the hatchet. But they’ll take a few swings at each other with it first. And Marc realizes why he loves to make Greg laugh.

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Reviews of Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons

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“Greg Fitzsimmons has just written one of most hilarious and unexpectedly moving Irish American memoirs in years.”
The Irish Voice

“Comic Greg Fitzsimmons’ new book is a hilarious new angle on the autobiography. A fantastic comedic wit with a dazzling ability to move words on paper, Greg Fitzsimmons is far more than another stand-up routine. Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is highly recommended.” – Rated 9 out of 10.
Crave Online

“In his new book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons, comedian Greg Fitzsimmons provides a hilarious glimpse into his warped Irish-Catholic upbringing.”
Vanity Fair

This is a must-read… it’s both evocative and entertaining… a great book for many audiences: If you are Irish or know or love anyone of Hibernian extraction, this book is a no-brainer…incredibly moving

“A merciless and hilarious memoir of surviving a domineering father to turn hate and rage into comedy.”
Shelf Awareness

“Greg Fitzsimmons thinks he’s one of the greatest comedic minds of our generation; and in this case he’s right “
Adam Carolla (comedian)

“Jewish guilt is well known because Jews are loud and free to express themselves. Catholic guilt, however, is fucking bottomless. Irish to the core, despite himself, this bottomlessness oozes from Greg Fitzsimmons every pore and it’s raw, honest and hilarious. This portrait of one comic’s life is funny, hard and true.”
Sarah Silverman (NY Times Bestselling author of “Bedwetter”)

“I’ve often wondered what it was that made Greg Fitzsimmons so funny. And so filled with non-specific rage. Now I know, and you can, too.”
Andy Richter (National Treasure)

They say that an element of comedy is the willingness to get in touch with one’s own insecurities. Greg Fitzsimmons has mastered this fearless approach in such a profoundly deep and intense way that his talent truly stands out as unique and sharp… Far beyond that of many of his peers. His openness and honestly mixed with brutal and uncompromising delivery makes him a comedian that is both funny and easy to relate to. This book is not only a glimpse into the life of a talented artist, it is also a study of the human psyche. Readers may let out a sigh of relief as they discover that they are not alone. Crazy can work! This is one of the few books that could be found in either the comedy, biography or self-help section at your local bookstore.
Dave Navarro (Rock Dude)

Greg Fitzsimmons was the first comic to ever give me unwanted advice. I thought he was a jerk. I was wrong. Not only is he a great guy he is also one of the best storytellers I have ever heard. I look forward to someone reading this book to me.
Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover)

Ray Romano

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On this week’s podcast, Greg kicks 2011 off with co-host Mike Gibbons and call-in guest Ray Romano. Greg and Mike critique True Grit, Mike ruins his kids forever by allowing them to watch television, and Greg describes a Fitzsimmons’ Christmas. Greg and Ray agree on the best way to get laid while married, Ray talks about his show Men of a Certain Age, and Greg’s compliment blows up in his face.

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