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#114: Talking Shit with Neel Kolhatkar, Isaac Butterfield and Friendlyjordies

By Jordan Michaelides

This week’s episode is a special for the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where we sat down to talk shit about the comedy business with some of our favourite comics. In an ode to Talking Funny, we’re coining it Talking Shit.  

Our guests this week included Neel Kolhatkar, Isaac Butterfield, and Jordan Shanks (aka Friendlyjordies).

Neel Kolhatkar is a Comedian, Stand-up Comic, Content Creator and Actor with a powerful audience built from his humble beginnings on YouTube. You’ll also find him acting on network TV shows including Channel 10’s Street Smart and ABC’s Virgin Bush.

Isaac “The Buttsmarn” Butterfield is a Comedian, Stand-up Comic and Content Creator known for dissecting the status quo of culture through his satirical commentary on YouTube.

Jordan “Friendlyjordies” Shanks is a Comedian, Stand-up Comic and Content Creator of Australian YouTube prominence, for his exceptional commentary on Australian culture and politics. He also hosts the Friendlyjordies Podcast.

There are countless gems in this 2-hour episode including:

  • Each comic’s individual rise
  • Internet vs mainstream comedians
  • Differences in each others style
  • The process of a comedian
  • Outrage, and strangest complaints
  • Bombing on stage
  • Fast food of choice
  • Shitty first jobs

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01:43 – Introduction
04:00 – Melbourne is like Bladerunner
08:40 – Isaac’s meteoric rise
10:00 – Neel’s steady climb
12:45 – Jordan’s uphill battle
13:37 – Internet vs mainstream comedians
18:37 – Force-fed “diverse” comedy
21:20 – Mainstream vs creative freedom
23:50 – Differences in each others style
31:20 – Process of a comedian
36:05 – Guardian angel YouTubers
41:55 – YouTube beef
46:50 – Different styles and flavours
49:35 – Outrage, and strangest complaints
52:25 – Bombing on stage
59:10 – Keeping mum about family
01:03:29 – Fast food of choice
01:10:34 – Shitty first jobs
01:16:55 – The business of comedy
01:21:46 – Aussie vs Global audience
01:31:15 – Offensive crimes, Jordan Peterson, free speech
01:42:20 – Segue: Lord of the Rings
01:44:15 – Balls-deep in Game of Thrones
01:45:40 – Jerry Seinfeld says
01:46:50 – Excited for…
01:49:27 – Divorce settlements
01:54:00 – Morning & evening routines
01:57:15 – Favourite quote