Happy Birthday, piffle!
We celebrate one whole year of piffle! with a clip show of our favorite moments from the past 10 episodes. We have our audience drizzen-ing, some sketches about schools, plenty of hilarious interview moments, Guy Fieri spinning around slowly in Denver International Airport, monkey pants, and, of course, no piffle! clip show would be complete without Family History with Josh & Noah. Also, we recorded our voice over late at night and things get weird towards the end. Enjoy!
- Word Up! from Episode Three
- The Accent School from Episode Three
- Traded Pilots – “The Mouse” from Episode Five
- Interview with Gillian Grassie from Episode One
- Interview with Jack Woodhead from Episode Three
- Interview with Melissa Lee from Episode Seven
- Interview with Andrew Reid from Episode One
- Our Sponsors from Episode Six
- Social Media Guru from Episode Eight
- German Musical Composition School from Episode Seven
- Interview with Dan Stern from Episode Eight
- Interview with Tess Degenstein from Episode Six
- Interview with Adam Fletcher from Episode Eight
- Interview with Chris Davis from Episode Four
- Jamie Collier – “Sweet Machine” from Episode Six
- Family History with Josh & Noah from Episode Two
- Do You Know Who I Am? from Episode Four
“piffle!” is recorded live at Vagabund Brauerei in Berlin, Germany (http://vagabundbrauerei.com).
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Adam Fletcher is a thirty-year-old, bald Englishman living in Berlin. When not writing books he mostly spends his days dreaming up a whole range of largely unsuccessful products for his business The Hipstery, eating chocolate and napping. He is also the author of the Spiegel bestselling book, “How to be German” and several other books that nobody but his mom has ever read. Adam’s latest book, “Denglish for Better Knowers”, co-authored with Paul Hawkins, is on shelves now.
Andrew Reid is an improv comedian from the city of Guelph, Canada. In Berlin he can be seen performing improv with the groups Good Luck, Barbara! and ComedySportz. He has brown hair, enjoys the idea of salads, and tries to be polite.
Carlo Ritchie hails from the sleepy hollow of Glen Innes, deep in the cold mountain valleys of New England, Australia. He has been a regular on the Sydney Improv scene, and is a member of the two man long-form troop “The Bear Pack”, which has been called “freaking amazing” by David Collins of The Umbilical Brothers. Carlo studied Linguistics at Sydney University and is one of only 44 people in the world to speak the language Wymysorys. He enjoys cooking, sea-shanties and autumn.
Chris Davis is a comedian from Glasgow, Scotland and is a regular performer on the Berlin English-language comedy scene. He has also performed in the US, the UK, and… Belgium. In 2012 and 2013 Chris could be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he was recently a finalist in The Scottish Comedian of the Year Award. Broadway Baby has called Chris “A down-to-earth character who embodies everything it means to be a true Scottish comedian” And one4review has said “Davis is entertainment with a capital E!” Chris is also the co-host of Off the Cuff comedy here in Berlin.
Dan Stern is an American comedian, host and MC. A native of Massachusetts, Dan moved to Berlin, Germany so that his wife could pursue her scientific career. When not occupied by the housework, Dan can be found doing comedy, coaching basketball, ukulele strumming, failing to learn German and occasionally responding to odd Craigslist requests. Dan is the creator and host of Night Show Berlin, co-host of Radio Spaetkauf, and MC of Mobile Kino’s Monday night screenings.
David Bonney is the founder of Atheist Shoes, the world’s leading atheist-themed footwear company. David is originally from Dublin, Ireland, and has an MA in Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. Instead of using his skills to become a psychotherapist, he instead chose to apply his dark arts in London’s advertising industry. In 2011, David decided to do something he really believed in… which is nothing. He started Atheist Shoes, which is headquartered here in Berlin and sells footwear to heathens all over the world.
Devin Martini never liked singing. In fact, before the age of 14, she never sang a note. Then one day it just happened – and sparks flew – and from that moment on, she never looked back. Following years of high school and college musicals, a stint as the lead trombonist in New York’s premiere Stevie Wonder Cover band, she has, for the past eight years, played with the Berlin-based discopunk collective ITALOPORNO. Since 2011, Devin’s been producing and designing for various new projects, including her own solo progressive pop show, THE BATTLE, a post apocalyptic narrative which is set to kick off in 2014.
Georg Kammerer is a Berlin-based comedian, filmmaker, writer and performing artist. Frustrated with the state of German comedy he found a new home in Berlin’s English comedy underground, where he has been performing, hosting and headlining shows for the past four years. Georg’s comedy can be best described as a peculiar mix of brutally honest storytelling, angry social commentary and general silliness. He is a graduate of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin and is currently presenting his one hour solo show „Unjustified Confidence”.
Gillian Grassie travels the world with her harp on her back and her heart on her sleeve. She has won over critics and audiences in 14 countries by striking a delicate balance between innovation and accessibility. Gillian has played everywhere from The NY Times Center in New York City to a moving train car in India. Her shows have been described as “an awesome combination of Pippi Longstocking, drinking buddy, and the Mata Hari.” A Philadelphia native, Gillian currently hangs her hat in Berlin.
Jack Woodhead trained as a classical pianist and is now one of the most acclaimed hosts in Germany and beyond. Jack combines singing, comedy and haute couture style into a unique mixture that has brought him to theatres and venues all around the world including The Famous Spiegeltent Melbourne, Breitling Gala 2013 Basel, The Pigalle Club & Proud Cabaret London and many more. He also hosts his own renowned cabaret & burlesque show Fish & Whips in Berlin.
Singer/songwriter Jamie Collier came to Berlin in the winter of 2012, from his native New Zealand, where he was a part of folk/rock trio ‘The Toxic Avengers’. Though it has taken him a while to get used to electricity and running hot water, the luxuries of first world living in Berlin have now become his norm. He’s been playing music for twenty of his thirty years, he has ten self-produced solo albums and is one half of the folk/synthpop duo ‘The Rad Dads’.
Max Buskohl is the former frontman of the band Empty Trash and now does what all 20-something singer/songwriters do: collects inspiration and experiences. He’s played in England, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville and even in the famous Rancho de la Luna Studio. He has played on stage with such legends as Bob Geldof and Bono, recorded a single with Eric Burdon and was the youngest musician on the Grammy-nominated Klaus Voorman tribute album “A Sideman’s Journey,” which also featured Paul McCartney, Dr. John and Cat Stevens. Max’s debut solo album is “Sidewalk Conversation” and he can be found with his acoustic guitar on stages, bars and streets across Europe.
Melissa Lee is a fashion designer for her own label and store Mademoiselle Opossum here in Berlin. She studied fashion and design. After a 6 month internship, she moved into a group atelier with 3 other designers but quickly discovered that one shop window and 4 designers doesn’t really work and decided to open her own store. Mademoiselle Opossum celebrates it’s 2nd anniversary in June and is known for it’s quirky, nerdy, Japanese-inspired style. Melissa can also be found in front of the camera hosting shows on the YouTube channels eNtR berlin and Breeding Unicorns.
Saudia Young was born in New York but has been in Berlin since 2006. She is a self-proclaimed “Bohemian art brat,” the proud daughter of actor Otis Young & jewelry designer Cara Croninger and has absorbed the influences of their worlds and stories. Saudia studied acting, dance and jazz voice in New York City before moving to Berlin, where, in addition to work as a voice over actor and cabaret performer, she plays a Swing Cabaret mixture of Jazz, Blues and Dark Rock & Roll.
Stefan Danziger is one of the fastest rising stars in Berlin’s English Comedy scene. He was born in East Germany, grew up in the USSR and left Russia to return to Germany in the mid-1990s. He started doing comedy in both English and German in 2011 and has been a crowd-favourite on the stages of Berlin ever since. His comedy delves into European history and cultural insights and his unique style is known to provoke, educate and entertain with a distinctive charm. Stefan has also played in London and Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival. When he is not on stage, Stefan can be found as a multilingual tour guide on the streets of Berlin.
Tess Degenstein hails from Canada, she is an actor and improviser who has performed on a variety of international stages. She is a member of the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated Bad Dog Repertory Players, voted Toronto’s best improv troupe. Trained in Classical Theatre at the University of Alberta and the Banff Centre, Tess also works frequently in theatre, film, and television. She recently wrapped filming on her 3rd Season of the web series, Space Janitors. Tess is also a weekly contributor for the Toronto lifestyle blog, She Does the City.
Traded Pilots is Emma Greenfield and Sam Vance-Law. Emma is a singer, brass player, and guitarist who has been on the Berlin music scene since 2010 when she formed the band Tralalka with fellow lovers of polyphonic eastern European traditional music. She also plays with the bands ‘Dear Reader’ and ‘Wallis Bird’. Sam is a singer and violinist born in Canada but raised in England. He has been playing music since he was a child and will continue to do so until some debillitating illness takes him, or he goes into law. Together the freak folk duo write and perform songs which have been described as ‘small pieces of art which flirt with atonality’ and ‘like reading short novels from the continent’.
piffle! is written, produced and hosted by Josh & Noah Telson
Guests: Adam Fletcher, Andrew Reid, Carlo Ritchie, Chris Davis, Dan Stern, David Bonney, Devin Martini, Georg Kammerer, Gillian Grassie, Jack Woodhead, Jamie Collier, Max Buskohl, Melissa Lee, Saudia Young, Stefan Danziger, Tess Degenstein, Traded Pilots
'The Mouse' by Traded Pilots and 'Sweet Machine' by Jamie Collier
piffle! theme by Brooks Rocco (https://soundcloud.com/brooksrocco)
Samba Stings & Sidewalk Shade by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
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