Talk Your Way Out of It with Bill Lawrence

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Master of awkward situations, Greg Fitzsimmons, puts yet another guest to the test with Talk Your way out of it. Will Bill Lawrence, creator of Scrubs and Cougar Town, buckle under the pressure or will he rise to the occasion? Watch and find out!


Talk Your Way Out of It with Christopher Titus

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Watch as comedian Christopher Titus talks his way out of an awkward situation that may or may not end in tears.


Talk Your Way Out of It! with Larry Miller

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Always a gentleman, comedian Larry Miller handles an awkward situation with style and class in this week’s Talk Your Way Out of It.


Talk Your Way Out of It! with Andy Dick

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Watch as Andy Dick uses the cutting edge of science to talk his way out of it!


Matt Besser

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Matt Besser joins Greg to talk about founding the Upright Citizens Brigade, dating Amy Poehler, the violence of acting classes and Greg goes to see Coldplay. Guest appearance from Dree Vermeulen plus overheards.

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Greg in Splitsider

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The first and only time I met Steven Wright was for a week in 1983, when I running the Comedy Underground in Seattle. One night he asked me to watch his act, to help him figure out why he wasn’t connecting with the crowd. He would do his set and scan the audience but, while he was looking at them, he wasn’t looking AT them. I gave him this observation and he thanked me. Never sure if he paid it any mind, nor have I seen him since. But during his appearance on Fitzdog Radio this week, I finally know what that blank scan was all about. “I was terrified,” he reveals to host Greg Fitzsimmons. Turns out the the first few years he was doing standup, he had trouble remembering his act joke to joke and he would blank out. After a few seconds, he’d take any joke his panicked mind could recall and say that, which eventually led to the purposely pauseful act he’s now famous for, as well as the halting stream of non-sequiturs. The early days of Boston comedy, his love/hate relationship with Hollywood, why he has so much trouble writing a feature-length film — he is equally forthcoming the rest of the chat, an interview deftly handled by Fitzsimmons even though (or perhaps because) he is an unabashed fanboy when it comes to Wright. A must-hear for any comic nerd.


Examiner Review

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Master Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons

Brings His Raunchy Stand Up Show To Carpinteria Plaza Playhouse

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Comedy fans lucky enough to catch Greg Fitzsimmons, at the Carpinteria Plaza Playhouse, Friday May 25th, were treated to a no holds barred, sidesplitting stand up comedy show. The feisty comic, most recently well known from his podcasts on satellite radio, or his Comedy Central specials, pulled out all the stops in a raunchy laugh attack on a receptive crowd. For more click here…


Wounded Warriors Project

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Steven Wright

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Steven Wright joins the show to talk with Greg about his monotone delivery, doing stand up in Boston, and working in a lot of violent movies.

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I’m a Winner!

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Competition has no place in the world of comedy. Right?

Wrong. Not where I come from. I started being funny because my father was an alcoholic who ignored my brother and me. We competed for whatever attention we could get, and I won by being funnier than he was, because drunks love to laugh. Every dinner in my house was a Friday Night Late Show and it was like I was the raunchy guitar act and my brother was an alternative comic. It wasn’t even close.

I grew into a skinny teenager who sucked at sports. Standing around watching the dumb jocks get all the hot girls, I eventually started making fun of the jocks. Suddenly the girls started having sex with me. Not liking this new development, the jocks beat me up. The status quo returned to normal with the hot girls settling down with an unwanted child in a bank-owned house with their in-laws renting out the attic. I headed off to the comedy clubs.

When I started doing standup in Boston I’d be allowed onstage only after the regulars had all killed. They’d strut off stage and say, “Follow that motherfucker.” It was heartless and I swore that I would teach the next wave of comics what I’d learned so they might have an easier time of it. I’d get up there in front of those drunken Mass-holes wearing Celtics jackets and mullets and get pummeled until I learned how to kill just as hard as the guys ahead of me. I remember my first early spot. The crowd was on fire and it felt so amazing that I did an extra 10 minutes just to really bury the new guy coming on after me. It felt pretty sweet.

This country is founded on competition and you can’t fight it any more.

Women can get bigger tits so they do. Small-breasted women call that cheating, but you know what I call the small-breasted women? I don’t. Nobody does, because they have small breasts. Get in the game ladies!

Darwin taught us that even sex is about competition. When I was 14 my best friend made a wager with me: whoever loses their virginity first wins $20 from the other guy. We put in a clause that the loser has a week to lose his virginity to nullify the wager. Two short years later he lost his virginity to Linda Franco. With a week to scramble and save myself $20 and the humiliation of being the Last Virgin Standing, I too lost my virginity. And I did it with 4 hours to spare. And I did it with Linda Franco. Was I ashamed? Why would a winner be ashamed? (We both caught Chlamydia).

That competitive spirit is not lost between my wife and I. When I achieve orgasm before she does I jump up and scream, “I won! I won!” And someday when she busts a nut first, I hope she will do the same. But I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I’m pretty fast.

We live in America, and like it or not we have the most vibrant economy on the planet and it’s because we compete. The weak are sidelined as the most ferocious and creative and hungry explode through. It is indelicate and it is uncouth, but it is who we are.

Every Christmas, I hand out $20 Starbucks Gift Cards to every single employee at my agency’s Christmas Party. The other clients stand around embarrassed at their thoughtlessness. Is it awkward for me knowing that these cards have no value because I swiped them up off the counter display? No. It’s awkward for the employees when they try to redeem them. That’s called being a winner.

Now I am raising my own children and although I no longer drink, I don’t want these lessons lost on them. So when I play soccer against my son I let him beat me. That way he knows how good it feels. And eventually when he starts boasting that he’s better at soccer than me, I will unleash an unholy tsunami of shots into his net leaving him crying and looking for his mother. Because it’s just as important that he knows how bad it feels to be a loser.


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