The Self Help Comedy Hour with Ed Crasnick is... The World's first Self Help Variety Show We unite self help experts and entertainers. Featuring interviews, performance, self help demos and comedy bits.





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The Bitter Buddha and The Bitter Jewddha,

Half Jewish, Half Sicilian, Half Jackie Gleason, Half Ekhart Tolle, and real friend Eddie Pepitone is two full people. On this show, I talked to all of him in his kitchen. And, an amazing song by the quadruple threat, Karen Kilgariff. This is song, I think had it's debut on our show a while back.

And here is a bonus video with Eddie and me: Guru Ridealong-two buddies on the road to happiness going nowhere. Directed by Roy Eisenstein and Edited by Steven Feinartz!

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No way to accurately decsribe this show. It was a terrific array of talent and interesting people doing cool things. Evan & Gareth, so talented, talked about their TV stuff and the process of creating shows for Comedy Central, MTV and why you never want to call a show "Failosophy." Vanda shared wide variety of experiences, near death and fully alive, combining spirituality and stand-up. Amy Solomon is a writer and studen at Princeton who is doing a project on the realtionship between mental health, depression and comedic genius-and The Hard Shine Blues Band rocked it with two great songs, they are amazing! Enjoy!


Do you like comedy? How about music? How about Martial Arts?  This show combines all of them.

Andy Kindler is hysterically funny, and when he does a demonstartion of his skills as a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do (for real), its very interestinga nd entertaining also. Mike Kennelly is Andy's teacher (also mine), a facsinating person, whois a therapist, martial arts master and teaches something called appiied philosophy. Gary Stockdale is a great composer, arranger and singer/songwriter, has worked on films, tv shows and also with Penn & Teller. Gary does two songs in this show that will blow you away. A uniquely entertaining show-Enjoy!

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Recipe for a great show with 4 main ingredients:

1. Jimmy Dore-Multi-talented comedian/host discusses his family, growing up around anger, and shares a hysterical letter he wrote in response to an audience member who texted while he was on stage.

2. Shari Carlson-Acting and singing teacher talks about listening to that little voice inside that knows everything, and her new book about how working with an elephant at Marine World changed her life.

3. Therapist/Author/Speaker-Rebekah Vandeberg shares her path from Australia's Outback to helping people all over the world get back to the work they are meant to do and lives they are destined to live.

4. Singer/Songwriter/Puppeteer Grant Baciocco played and sang another great original song about youthful defiance.  Amazing group, amazing show! Enjoy!

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The Self Help Comedy Hour with Ed Crasnick #19  

Guests: Christine Blackburn, Chad Gervich, Allie Goertz

Some very good storytellers on this show, and terrific original music.

Christine Blackburn is an actress and the host of the Story Worthy Podcast on The Sideshow Network. Has also lived an amazing life, as a stewardess and in the peace corps in Tonga while at the same time overcoming cancer. Chad Gervich is a TV writer and producer, also an accomplished author with books about TV writing and a recent book called Psych's Guide To Crime Fighting For The Totally Unqualified. And we had completely original music from singer songwriter Allie Goertz, who unites pop-culture and comedians into her songs. Great Show! Enjoy!

Now up on itunes...

find christine at

find chad at

find Allie at

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What can I tell you, huge show, actually somewhat of a compilation show. Had a great conversation with Greg Fitzsimmons abour life, balance, family and why there were planes circling overhead. Caught up with Kevin Kataoka in NY, as he prepped for a comedy tour with W. Kmau Bell while working on FX's Totally Biased with W. Kmau Bell.  We had music by great singer songwriter Oded Gross and Dr. Michael Solomon did psychodrama with me, he is amazing, therapeutic role-play, wow!  Enjoy!

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Another great show taped live at The Cows End Cafe in Venice, CA.  Great to catch up with writer, producer and comedian Bill Riback. Billy has written and produced many sitcoms including Home Improvement for 6 seasons. We talked about comedy, therapy and teaching kids how to do standup, and explored his relationship with his own dad and how that shaped his comedy. But we don't stop there, from the world of self help; a chiropractor who heals with among other things; crystals. Jim Platts is very wise and very gifted. Then we had music by singer/songwriter Billy Kent, who has written for many artists-including Tower of Power.  Enjoy!

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We're back to doing the show live! This time from The Cow's End Cafe, a block from the beach in Venice, CA!  Really fun show, Big Show! Cathy Ladman talked Ferguson, Hitler and vulnerability. Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood talked film; one about Graham's doc "Laughganistan" about performing in Afghanistan, and Chris shared his story of a film he wrote and sold to Bulgaria, also his book "Pacify Me" a guide for new dads. Grant Baciocco sang two great songs, one "Our Love Is Like" is a song I demand he plays everytime I see him. Grant is very busy working with The Jim Henson Company doing Puppet Improv, recording several shows for kids on itunes and sideline reporting for Hollywood Championship wrestling. How do we do it? Volume!!! 

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This was a great conversation with writer/performer/host and former therapist Kelly Carlin. What happens when you move beyond your background and beyond your story? I can't tell you, but Kelly can. The daughter of George Carlin comes into her own.

Find more about Kelly here

Find Kelly on twitter

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The Self Help Comedy Hour with Ed Crasnick #16 

Special Guest: Jonathan Katz

There is only one Jonathan Katz; supremely funny and insightful! Love talking with him and I apologize for talking like Larry King. He has his own style, rhythm, the sharpest timing on the planet. And even though he felt displaced in comedy early on, his audience found him. A great talk! Jonathan introduced himself to my folks years ago by saying "Ed is a very funny comedian, but why does he have to work so blue?"

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Oh yes it's ladies night! Lucky to be joined by two brilliant, vibrant and funny performers. Cecily Knobler is a comedian, writer and movie critic-we talked about the best movies in mental heath and projected our own issues onto the characters-delightful. And Amber Tozer's comedy is her personal life and her way of looking at things that did and could happen, hypothetical comedy. Find out about the connection between trail mix, dreams and underwear. No place else can you! Enjoy!

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In this show, I pay a little tribute to my home town of Boston, rememberung just how great a place it is in the wake of The Boston Marathon bombing. there is music from a film called The Boondock Saints and moments from The Boston Garden Tribute.  And then, there is the one in a million comedy of Jackie Kashian. Jackie is fresh off a smash performance on Conan, we talk about the influence of her dad in her life, and her unique perspective on movies and why she's never seen Godfather II.  Great show.

Check out everything about Jackie, from her podcast; The Dork Forest, her book and special for Comedy Central, and the Conan appearance.

She is a joy!

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Two great guests on this show loaded with show biz talent while being very coll multifaceted people. First, we talk to the executive producer of Totally Biased with W. Kmau Bell on FX, Chuck Sklar. Then a great conversation with the host of America's Secret Slang on History channel, Zach Selwyn. Chuck and I have known each other since early standup days, talked about his life and work with Chris Rock and Louis CK-and all while he was ordering Chinese food in his apartment in NY. Zach is multi-talented, has 3 shows on the air and a terrific musician as well. We played his song "White People Problems" hysterical! We also spoke at length about Taxidermy.  Enjoy!!!

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The Self Help Comedy Hour with Ed Crasnick #13    

Special Guests: Denise Crosby, Roger Nygard, Karen Kilgariff and Cathy Ladman

Terrific show talking with actress/producer and Star Trek The Next Generation legend, Denise Crosby. Not only is she Bing Crosby's grandaughter, she left the show and came back as her own daughter! I can't even be here as myself. Plus Director of the Trekkies movies and award winning editor of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Roger Nygard. And quadruple threat Karen Kilgariff sings one of her amazing songs. And a little therapy with great comedian and actress Cathy Ladman. Hope you like it, or your money back!

Come for the celebration, stay for the fear of abandonment-

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Pre-Anniversary Special!!!

This one of a kind compilation show includes conversations and performances with all the people below, who are amazing!

David Cross, Margaret Cho, Greg Proops, Kevin Pollak, Karen Kilgariff, Andy Kindler, Todd Glass, Eddie Pepitone, Jonathan Katz, Phil Rosenthal, Geoff Bolt, Jason Nash, Tom Dimenna, Alie Ward, Georgia Hardstark, Samm Levine, Pete Bumgarner!!!


This is the time when comedians can be funny and real, show all of who they are. I talked with Paul Provenza (The Aristocrats, The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Set List) and Troy Conrad about their new show Set List, which is an improvised stand-up show, live and now on TV. We talked about using your imagination and not your material, kind of a metaphor for life. We talked about all the different skills a standup has, and some of the best around, both here and around the world. Plus, a wonderful song from emmy nominated composer/musician/arranger Gary Stockdale! Gary has worked in all media for years, has doen all the usic for Penn & Teller and many others.

Check them out, they are artistic pioneers, funny and brilliant!

Keep coming back, it works if you work it!




Great conversation with a show business renaissance man, and a man who has stayed in his share of Ramada Renaissance Hotels on the road. Wayne is a show business historian and a great standup, writer and now even produces his own film festival featuring people like Sara Silverman.

Drop me a line at

Keep coming back it worls if you work it!

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This show puts the V in Variety, The M in Mental Health, and The func in dysfunction. Paul Gilmartin is open, honest and and real about his feelings, deperession and the work with his great show The Mental Illness Happy Hour. You'll hear how doing a show about unedited subjects like mental illness and mental health, have helped him and so many others. And a visit from a talented actor Tom Dimenna who has a show wher he plays Telly Savalas.  There's no one who puts the self in self help like Telly. Plus, music by Ginger Smith & Kahlill Sabbagh, a married couple who refuse to let raising a young family stop them from performing, writing music and being the true artists they are. A great emotional roller coaster ride of a show!

check out Paul Gilmartin's show here

check out Tom Dimenna's show "who loves ya baby" here

check out Ginger Smith & Kahlill Sabbagh here as part of Brother Derek Blues Band


Had such a good time talking with Wendy. I think you'll really enjoy finding out about her life and beyond her brilliance as a comedian, is a very conscious person who gets very little sleep, which somehow has helped her perform.  Funny thing about this episode, as usual, crazy adventures in technophobia for me. We couldnt find a place for quiet, so we did the interview in her car in front of her house. Very good conversation, only half of it was lost, i hit a button.  So, we went back and did a chunk on skype, and would have done it under water, if i could have found a way to do so. Cathy Ladman, once again great as my therapist. And...a wonderful singer-songwriter, Sonya Bender!

Keep coming back, it works if you work it.  Big week, two big shows coming up later this week...stay tuned.


The Self Help Comedy Hour with Ed Crasnick #7  Todd Glass, Barry Kluger and The Blanks

If you love to laugh and grieve, this is the show for you!  Great conversation with the hysterically funny Todd Glass, and old friend who is one the best comedians working today. Todd loves standup, and he's great at it, always fresh and always real on stage-which is something very rare.  Then we have an encore medley from The Blanks, totally entertaining and unique acapella band who were also known as Ted's Band on the show Scrubs. Then, a fascinating conversation with a guy who has a great sense of humor, and who is The CEO of The Miss Foundation; an organization that helps families deal with the loss of a child. We talked about how Barry deals with the loss of his own daughter Erica, and how he helps others through The Miss Foundation and also is working to get a bill passed in congress to support families dealing with loss.

If you want to find out more about these talented people:

Barry Kluger on facebook

If you know someone, or you yourself is in need of support

The Todd Glass Show on Nerdist Channel

And please write to me and say hello, let me know you're favorite shows and movies to watch when you're sick, or anything else you want to tell me.

keep coming back it works if you work it!  Come for the celebration, stay for the fear of abandonment.

A new episode next week, every sun 11/8ampac  and mid/9pm pac on

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The Self Help Comedy Hour Special Bonus Interview with Kevin Pollak

This is a special interview with old friend Kevin Pollak. Not only is Kevin hysterical, doing spot on impressions and funny stories, he also gives some insights to his personal life. A unique interview that I wanted to share with you.

find Kevin on The Kevin Pollak Chat Show-

on twitter

and as Christopher Walken on talkin walkin...

in movies and on stage 

If you have any comments, questions, or with like to file a report with the local authorities, please say hello:

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The Self Help Comedy Hour with Ed Crasnick #5 Howie Mandel

I think you will love this episode.  Howie Mandel is very funny, also very insightful and honest about mental health issues including his own battle with OCD. Plus, a special medley by the great COMEDY acapella band from the show Scrubs 'THE BLANKS." This is truly the intersection of self help and comedy.

find howie here-

and here on twitter @howiemandel

Write me:

Love to hear what's going on in your life

Next week another great show!

Keep coming back, it works if you work it.

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The Self Help Comedy Hour with Ed Crasnick #6 Phil Rosenthal

Had a great talk with my friend Phil Rosenthal. Phil is the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond among many other shows and projects. We talked about Springsteen, what it feels like and what he went through doing the show. And we talked a lot about movies and Phil's famous Movie Night, which he's been doing for over 30 years. We talked in his screening room, in his home, where his wife sleeps and where his children used to play with their toys!


on twitter: @whereslunchphil

Write me and tell me your top 10 movies and what personal meaning they have for you.

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