After 2 years on the air, the hosts of Fearless Comedy's Burn & Brew Podcast have found their ash trays and pint glasses too-full to continue recording on a regular basis. Laszlo, Porter, and Frost will each continue to entertain with Fearless, and reuinte for "fine liquor and tobacco over unrefined conversation" whenever possible.
Now a popular platform for brewers, tobaccoists, comics, and entertainers to share their hilarious stories, Burn & Brew had much simpler beginnings.
"In late 2011, Porter and I were having a smoke at our favorite cigar lounge." Frost explains. "We were making sarcastic remarks about current events, poking fun at people we knew, and laughing ourselves to tears. This happened often enough that we began to realize cigars and craft beers were our gateway to comedy gold and thought, 'Why isn't someone recording this?'" Within minutes, they had registered the domain name 'burnandbrew.com'.
Over the next year the duo began acquiring equipment, recording early episodes with guests, and building a website. At the same time, Porter co-founded "Fearless Comedy Productions", a network of bawdy entertainers in the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro determined to produce their own flavor of sketch comedy and ultimately create their own unbridled performance space. Naturally, the podcast's interests overlapped, and Burn & Brew joined the Fearless network. Burn & Brew officially launched to the public at the same time as Fearless in January 2013.
Professional recording equipment, a sultry tagline, and a catchy bumper theme courtesy of world musician Scott Keever gave each episode a polished sound, and the laughs started piling on. While the reviews of cigars and craft beer were never the focus of the program, they certainly lubricated all manner of guests, including actors, stand up comics, artists, clowns, pilots, and more than a few brewers. Laszlo was added as a third host in January 2014.
While hundreds of people tuned in each week, the hosts wanted to engage with listeners in a more interactive fashion, so in July of 2014 Burn & Brew hosted their first listener event at Dave's Brewfarm, featuring live music, a cookout, cigars, and of course Dave's own fantastic wind-brewed beer. Future events are planned as well.
In the meantime, each of the hosts is overwhelmed with their own schedules.
Regular listeners know that "Studio C" is also Frost's House of Calamity, and needs some serious TLC to stay livable. Frost is also gearing up his next musical endeavor: a pop-cover jazz band with entertainer Ana Marquis.
Porter can be found supporing Fearless Comedy Productions both on and off the stage with Vilification Tennis, Fearless Lab, Double Blind Improv, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival to name a few. He also works as entertainment management at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
As always, Laszlo continues as the tux-wearing MC of Prime Time Wrestling, and sideways co-host of the Feast of Fantasy at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
As priorities shift, the Burn & Brew podcast is bound to be back in action soon. Stay subscribed on iTunes, Stitcher, Feedburner, or their website. After all, that much craft beer isn't going to drink itself!
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(Shown here dressed as Darth Malgus.)
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