“Open Miked” is a local Orlando podcast run by Mike Quinn, Jr., a current open mic comedian and Dr. “Dino” Derrick Paladino, a mental health counselor and professor of clinical mental health counseling. The podcast, aptly named because it focuses on the local open mic community, also makes good use of Derrick’s background as a counselor to delve a little deeper into the psyche of each episode’s guest, and with Mike as the co-host, gives a deeper meaning to the name “Open Miked”.
I was fortunate enough to be a guest on the show back in June, and had a great time talking about the comedy scene in Orlando, about being an older yet new comic among a crop of young comedians, and about my life, my divorce, and the evolution of Avitable.com. Apparently, I don’t know how to speak without saying “ummm” constantly, which is unprofessional and kind of pathetic, but otherwise, it’s a pretty decent hour-long podcast.
It’s hard for me to listen to podcasts normally, because if I’m working, I usually need to use the phone, or I’m just on the phone constantly, and I don’t drive enough that I can get through them in a timely manner; however, I love the concept and have even been wrestling with an idea of starting one of my own. If you are someone who enjoys podcasts and you’ve been looking for something different, you should subscribe to them (here’s the iTunes link). If you just want to hear a fat guy talk about himself for an hour and how awesome he is, then you can listen through their site to my episode, or just play directly from the embed below. There is some bad language, so make sure your small children are with you and listening intently. They may learn something.
Thanks to Mike and Derrick for having me as a guest, even if you made me show up on a Saturday morning at 8 AM. And that’s why people drive cars.