#337 – Brian Monarch

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

The change we have to send Brian one. Bam. We’re live. Oh my goodness. Kayla, when did that come? Literally, just now. Oh you man, man. Good to see you. Brian Monarch. SEOC the seven podcast live on, uh, the place where platform that president Trump cannot speak. Even if it’s to a room full of 22 year old boys.

Brian Monarch (00:24):

There you go.

Sevan Matossian (00:25):

Good to see you brother. Holy me too. Shit. You’re a fucking comic in LA

Brian Monarch (00:30):

Los Angeles, standup comedy scene. It’s it’s something I’ll tell you.

Sevan Matossian (00:35):

You guys are a trippy bunch. I’m starting to dig in. I’m trying to leverage a podcast. I, I, I come from the CrossFit world and I’m trying to leverage my blue check mark to get as many cool people on here as I can. Like, you know, like we’re all just kind of like we’re in a swing pool, just climbing on everyone’s drowning and we’re just pulling on each other to try to get to the top.

Brian Monarch (00:54):


Sevan Matossian (00:55):

Well, so that’s why I appreciate you coming on and letting me stand on your shoulders for, for a few minutes an hour.

Brian Monarch (01:00):

I don’t know. Okay. Yeah. Is that a, is that a teenage mutant ninja turtles hat you have on

Sevan Matossian (01:06):

This is a Floyd, uh, money Mayweather, uh, hat. Yeah. Um, I was actually at the four seasons in your hood in Beverly Hills and the guy I was at the bar and the guy there who runs his, I guess they call it merch these days. That’s what the cool kids call it. His merch page was at the bar. And, um, and I was actually there with, uh, the founder of CrossFit, Greg and Greg and him, Greg will talk to anyone. He just wants to spread the word of, of health. And he starts, um, shooting the shit with this guy. And he ends up being Floyd’s best friend from when they were little kids. And um, so we, we got a connection and then a few years later he killed himself the

Brian Monarch (01:46):

End. Oh, there you go.

Sevan Matossian (01:48):

Um, Brian, you’re 50

Brian Monarch (01:50):

I’m 51, dude.

Sevan Matossian (01:53):

How can that be? I saw you on the, um, I, I, I mean, I’ve been obviously been researching you, but I watched you for an hour and a half. Very patiently it through the community service podcast.

Brian Monarch (02:07):


Sevan Matossian (02:08):

And do you remember that one that you did?

Brian Monarch (02:09):

Community service? Who, who, who is, who hosts that?

Sevan Matossian (02:13):

The good, good. I’m glad you wanna forget this one. It was, um, Craig con Conant.

Brian Monarch (02:19):

Oh yeah. Yeah. Craig koan. Yeah. He’s a, he’s a standup comedian as well.

Sevan Matossian (02:24):

And you said that

Brian Monarch (02:24):

Was podcast was called for a second.

Sevan Matossian (02:27):

You said you were 50 and uh, I, I can’t cuz I just turned 50 yesterday.

Brian Monarch (02:33):

Oh, okay. Yeah. I mean you just don’t have as good a jeans as me, man.

Sevan Matossian (02:37):

Yeah. I don’t have any jeans compared to you this

Brian Monarch (02:40):


Sevan Matossian (02:40):

I’m wearing, I’m wearing Lulu lemons.

Brian Monarch (02:43):

Oh, there you go. I got Paige jeans on.

Sevan Matossian (02:47):

Um, incredible. And um, how, how, and you’ve been doing standup comedy since 1998.

Brian Monarch (02:53):

Well, I tried an open mic in 1998 and back then there was no social media and I try to find other shows, but I just kept doing open mics for a while. Did some bringer shows if you know what those are and

Sevan Matossian (03:07):

I don’t, what are those? Tell me what those are. It’s what’s

Brian Monarch (03:09):

That’s when you’re starting. Yeah. You’re starting out and you’re, nobody is interested in seeing you because you’re nobody at that point. So you gotta try to get your friends and your family come out. And the promoter is like, if you can get like, you know, five or 10 people out, you’ll, you know, get a better spot. And it’s just all about filling up the room because there’s nobody famous on those types of shows really?

Sevan Matossian (03:31):

Did you call it a bringer show?

Brian Monarch (03:33):

Yeah. Cuz you gotta bring your friends and family. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (03:36):

Bring your own guests.

Brian Monarch (03:37):

Yeah, pretty much. That’s that’s the way it works out here. Because I mean, if you can go see Dan cook down the street on that corner and Eliza Sleshinger on that corner and like, you know, who’s gonna wanna go see these newbies. If you don’t invite your friends and family, you know, it’s just how, how it is because there’s, it’s so saturated out here. There’s comedy everywhere and there’s so many big names. So you gotta do what you can to get a spot.

Sevan Matossian (04:02):

Is it the hardest I is that the Mecca of, um, standup comedy? Like if you want to go and be around all the other comics, that’s where you go,

Brian Monarch (04:09):

Uh, I’d say New York or LA each has their own hub. Um, those are the two workout towns, I guess you would call it. Um, but there’s other towns that have big comedy scenes like Chicago and other places. I think Austin is starting to boom, a little. Now that Joe Rogan moved out there

Sevan Matossian (04:24):

Really, is that, is that because of him?

Brian Monarch (04:27):

Well, I know he’s building a club or he, I know he’s in a club right now and I think he’s building another club and I think, uh, a lot of his friends moved out there with him. Like I think Tom Segura moved out there with Christina poky and um, a few others, Tony Hinch cliff. And so yeah, it’s starting to blow up over there. I, I would, I would imagine I’m not there, but you know, but he’s definitely running some stuff.

Sevan Matossian (04:50):

How many comics do you think you could name?

Brian Monarch (04:54):

Uh, probably a hundred

Sevan Matossian (04:56):

May. It seems like you could name even more. They just roll off of your tongue.

Brian Monarch (05:00):

Yeah. I mean I’ve in, in this business for a long time. I’ve been running shows since probably 15 years ago, so yep.

Sevan Matossian (05:08):

You’ve been running shows. So you actually run shows also.

Brian Monarch (05:11):

Yeah, I book, uh, right now I’m at the Hollywood improv every Tuesday and Thursday and I run that. So I get a lot of, you know, it’s me and three or four real big names and yeah, I was running it at the comedy store before the pandemic, every Saturday in the main room over there. So

Sevan Matossian (05:26):

Are you the guy that, you know, I’ve never, I’ve obviously watched a ton of standup comedy and a ton of comedy on TV. Um, but are you the guy I’ve never been to a show? Are you the guy that, that introduces the people and then they like, they rip on you a little bit. Are you rip on them a little bit and then they do their set?

Brian Monarch (05:42):

No, I,

Sevan Matossian (05:43):

When you say you run it?

Brian Monarch (05:44):


Sevan Matossian (05:44):

I, yeah. Okay. Sorry. Sorry.

Brian Monarch (05:47):

I have hosted in the past, but you know, I don’t usually don’t try to rip on the comics unless it’s a roast or something, but yeah. I mean,

Sevan Matossian (05:55):

Just to subtle, just to subtle, I, I don’t mean like a roast, but you know how like when they switch in and out, like it’s kind of like a backhanded compliment. Yeah. The guy Brian Monarch, the guy who can barely walk out here cuz his Dick’s so big, you know, it’s like making fun of you, but it’s also like,

Brian Monarch (06:09):

Yeah, sometimes you’ll throw in a little pop like that or even just what comics will try to do is try to do a callback to one of their jokes. They’ll try to make one of their jokes that they just did a little funny. Everybody’s adding something to it, you know? So that’s what I would usually do. But yeah, I mean, it’s just whatever, whatever feels good in the moment, whatever you think will make, ’em laugh,

Sevan Matossian (06:28):

You do something to me that seems so fucking risky. But it seems also that it would have the highest reward you interact with the crowd out like a lot, like more than anyone else that I, that I’ve been watching. Is that fair to say?

Brian Monarch (06:45):

Um, I would say that, uh, I’ve definitely enjoyed doing that because it’s, uh, you know, when you do stand up, people are like, they see you on in February and they like, they’re like in, in March, like, do you have all new material? And you’re like, no, it doesn’t work that way. So it does get redundant doing your jokes and trying to come up with something that’s gold that is unique that nobody else has done, you know? And it takes time to come up with a, a well-constructed joke that hasn’t been done. So I try to, you know, talk to the crowd and get something funny out of that. Um, while I’m doing stand up just to change the monotony and try to get something funny out of it, something I can post online, you know, it’s, it’s fun

Sevan Matossian (07:26):

As you talk now, if I wanna engage with you, I have to listen to you. But my, but inherently I’m in a panic cuz it’s a podcast and I’m trying to like come up with the next question and make sure there’s the flow. Yeah. You’re but you’re up there and you’re fucking engaging these people and like you’re really listening to ’em and like you’re so quick. And uh, I, I just, it, it seems so risky. You know, they say to lawyers, um, don’t ever ask a question if you don’t know what they’re gonna say, you know, when someone’s on the stand, like that’s a trick, but you do that like you’re job is to go up there and no matter what, I mean, you put yourself in these really, really, um, crazy situations. And of course I’m, I’m watching all this stuff on YouTube. So I don’t know if they just, you pick and choose, but you’re fucking killing it. It never gets weird. You’re just killing it.

Brian Monarch (08:13):

Yeah. I mean, you know, things happen over the years obviously, and I’m only gonna post the things that turn out funny. So, but uh, yeah. I mean, sometimes it doesn’t go. A lot of people don’t wanna talk to you either. Like, I’ll be like, so how long have you guys been dating? And they’ll both just stare at me like this and I’ll just be like talking to you. And they’ll just like, I don’t know what’s going on in their heads, but I’ll be like, all right next, you know,

Sevan Matossian (08:37):

Dude, I would do that. I would do that too the way Say to people, oh yeah, I’d be so afraid.

Brian Monarch (08:44):

Yeah. But some people are totally into it and they’ll, they’ll talk too much. Like sometimes I ask the guy what he does and he started going on and on. I finally just pulled out the stool and sat down and just like, I got 15 minutes up here, let’s waste five minute on your job, you know? So it’s, it just depends who you get and what mood they’re in.

Sevan Matossian (09:02):

How long have you been awake right now?

Brian Monarch (09:04):

Oh man, I just woke up at like 11:30 AM. That’s. Why do I look tired of shit?

Sevan Matossian (09:09):

No, no, not at all. You look like 42 year old strapping study just came in from a five mile run and just ready to rock and roll. You got your guitar back there. You ready to like do, do some, um, practice, some comedy skits playing music.

Brian Monarch (09:24):

I wish I could, but I can’t play it very well.

Sevan Matossian (09:27):

Um, and, and, and do you get up that late because you were up so late last night?

Brian Monarch (09:33):

Um, sometimes, but last night I took a sleep gummy and I woke up at like 9:00 AM, went to the bathroom, fell back to sleep, woke up at 1130. I was like, oh my God, I don’t usually sleep till 1130. So in an hour or so I’ll feel much better.

Sevan Matossian (09:50):

Yeah. Well, thanks for doing this. Yeah. When you, when you’re on with this guy, um, I, Craig,

Sevan Matossian (09:58):

Yeah. You guys talk about inspirations or you guys talk about going back sometime and he mentions Bevis and Butthead and like, I like, I couldn’t do, and I, I think maybe you even said it in the, in the bit, in the, in the, um, interview, which really wasn’t an interview, you said, yeah, you watched the first one and you thought it was so stupid, but after watching like three or four, you’re like, okay, these there’s there’s some I can get into these guys. Yeah. I, I, all my friends were into ’em and everyone loved imitating ’em all that. I couldn’t, for some reason I couldn’t do it. But my, when you were a kid who did you watch? Like, I was obsessed with Abbot and Costello, like more so than like I watched the three Stooges, but only if it was on. But like I looked at the T do you remember the TV guide? That little square magazine rectangle? Of

Brian Monarch (10:46):

Course. I, I actually, we would get the LA times TV guide, which was more of like a taller paper, you know, thing. And, uh, you know, Saturday morning cartoons when I was little. Yep. Yep. When I, that older, it was more like, uh, when I started getting into comedy, it was honestly, it was Eddie Murphy. Andrew Clay.

Sevan Matossian (11:05):

Oh, dice man.

Brian Monarch (11:07):

Yeah. And Dennis leery, who I later found out, stole all of his jokes, so,

Sevan Matossian (11:12):

Oh, did he really?

Brian Monarch (11:13):

Oh yeah. Like they had a side by side. Um, who was that guy that he stole from? He died. He’s like a, every comedian looks at, at his, him as a hero. The

Sevan Matossian (11:25):

Yelling guy, the short yelling guy.

Brian Monarch (11:28):

No, he, he wasn’t like that. He was very loud. Like, you know, he had that Sam Kenon vibe, but he wasn’t, uh, it wasn’t the actual content that he used. Wasn’t Sam Canon’s, bill Hicks. I think it was. And somebody put up a side by side YouTube video once and it was word for word. And I watched this thing for a half hour and I don’t think it’s up anymore. I looked for it to show somebody once. I don’t know if Dennis leery had it taken down or what, but they were friends before he passed away. And I think Dennis Miller one time got on him for doing that in an interview. If I’m not mistaken, I’ll have to look all this up again. But yeah, back then though, I was totally into him and uh, yeah, the dice man and Eddie Murphy.

Sevan Matossian (12:12):

Do you CA um, this is gonna get pretty esoteric here. Bear with me,

Brian Monarch (12:17):

My dad. Sorry to interrupt you. My dad was totally into Laurel and Hardy and, uh, you know, uh, Abbot and Costello. My dad is like the pun master and you know, who’s on first is like his,

Sevan Matossian (12:30):

That’s a, that’s a Jew thing, right?

Brian Monarch (12:33):

Probably. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (12:35):

Just clever puns. Um,

Brian Monarch (12:38):

Seems like it.

Sevan Matossian (12:40):

So do you remember Millie Vanilli?

Brian Monarch (12:42):

Oh yeah. I talk about them a lot actually.

Sevan Matossian (12:45):

So why, when we were kids, they were dope and their songs were awesome and their dancing and their hair and shit. Yeah. But then when we found out they were lip syncing, I never understood why we hated them. Like, what did we, what do we care? And it’s the same thing with like Dennis leery. If he stole the jokes and bill Hicks was okay with it, let’s say, what do we care? I it’s like, I, I was tripping on this too. Let’s say my, I found out my wife, I love my wife so fucking much. She’s dope. But what if I found out when I, I walk outta here and she’s fucking taking it in the living room, getting fucked, let’s say this podcast ends early and she’s getting fucked in the living room. Right. And I’m like, what the fuck? And she’s like, I’ve been doing this since the day I met you.

Sevan Matossian (13:28):

Well, what am I supposed to say? Stop doing it and fuck like my relationship with her. Perfect. Do you know what I mean? Just because I didn’t know. Now it’s like, do you see what I’m kind of trying to reconcile here? Is it the image of shit? We like, like what? Like, trust me. I don’t wanna walk out there and see that. Yeah. You know what I mean? Yeah. Let’s make sure this podcast goes the distance, so I don’t go out there and see what’s going on. But, um, yeah. So, I mean, help me, help me out was, is it fr frowned upon, do people hate Dennis leery for that?

Brian Monarch (14:03):

I don’t think most people know. I mean, he doesn’t do comedy anymore. He went into acting and he sort of just, you know, he used that as like he had some MTV deal going on in the eighties. I remember where he just talked fast and uh, then he started doing standup and then he got his show and his movies. And that was pretty much all he did after that. Um,

Sevan Matossian (14:21):

He did the fire show, right? That’s

Brian Monarch (14:23):

Yeah, that was a big one, I think on FX, right?

Sevan Matossian (14:26):

Yeah. I never saw it, but I, I heard it was his best work. I didn’t like him as a kid. I didn’t get all, I didn’t like Sam Kenon. I was more of a, I was shallow in my humor. I liked, um, uh, Andrew D Rodney Dangerfield.

Brian Monarch (14:40):

They were buddies. Um, the, uh, the whole thing with stealing jokes is a big deal in the comedy community. It is very frowned upon. And I guess if bill hick said publicly, yes, Dennis Lee is gonna take over my material before I die. That would be one thing, but I don’t know how it actually went down. Um, it doesn’t matter at this point, but, uh, when people catch somebody stealing a joke, they’re trying to use somebody’s original content and idea to move up higher in the comedy business. And it’s just, it’s just really frowned upon it’s. It’s just, I, I know there’s parallel thinking that happens, you know, but when somebody actually is like, you know what it’s like saying, I’m not good enough for this. Let me find somebody who is, and I’ll use their stuff. And with Millie Vanil, it was the first time like people, you would catch people, lip syncing their own songs that they sang in the studio, but this was other people.

Brian Monarch (15:38):

So they were presenting themselves as being these talented singers that wrote these songs. And it was really people that were not as good looking as them. That couldn’t, that couldn’t make it to the top because that’s how the entertainment industry is especially back then. Um, and you know, a lot of people just, and imagine that happening now, because back then the word wasn’t spread with Twitter and all this other crap, it would just, it would be on fire right now. This was just, it had to get to the news first, you know, and leaked. And it was just a big deal. I don’t know. I don’t, I love that.

Sevan Matossian (16:11):

I think one of those dudes killed themselves, bro. Can you pull those guys up, Caleb? I think they did. Right. One of the guys million

Brian Monarch (16:17):

Definitely killed themselves. Yeah. Killed himself. Um,

Sevan Matossian (16:21):

And you think it, he did it because of that, that shit got revealed.

Brian Monarch (16:26):

Well, I do think he had, uh, I think he had some mental, um, issues on top of that. And that compounded with the, the social aspect of being ridiculed so much and being labeled as a, you know, plagiarist slash loser slash no talent. And then they try to do it themselves and it sounded like crap. And it just it’s depressing, especially when you’re on top of the world and, you know,

Sevan Matossian (16:53):

People don’t get on. I get, well, shit. Maybe we just uncovered something, I guess there is, there’s always been kind of a cancel culture. I guess it was different vanilla ice was dope. My kids love vanilla ice. And then he was here today and then gone tomorrow, or same with, uh, MC hammer. He had a, I guess MC hammer kind of explode then left with, but then came back with too legit to quit. Remember kind of made a little run with that. Yeah,

Brian Monarch (17:21):

Totally. I, I was totally into vanilla ice. I was totally into MC hammer and it’s the same sort of thing, you know, if, uh, it’s just, here’s the thing when you’re on top, people wanna bring you down in, if, if, if there’s a reason,

Sevan Matossian (17:37):

I never want my wife to get off when she’s on top, by the way, can you use the word almost, almost when you’re on top, almost everyone, but go on. Sorry.

Brian Monarch (17:45):

Yeah, no, but I think, you know, with vanilla ice, that was like a studio project. Like I don’t think, I think he had a one hit wonder situation. If he would’ve had another hit as big as the first one, he would’ve lasted, but instead he stole the David Bowie riff and he went to court and he was proven wrong. And ding, ding, ding dinging, everyone hates you. You know, like it’s just, that’s just how it was. And with MC hammer IRS problems, he just spent so much money about everyone in his crew, Mercedes and all this other stuff. And next thing you know, can’t do, can’t touch it again because that’s a, you know, it, all of his songs sounded similar except for that one. And it just got old and, and started not liking him because he was pop rather than, you know, raps came in and they were like, FMC hammer. That’s all sell out shit. And yeah, there’s, people’s perception just shifts pretty quickly. It’s crazy. Damn social media makes it even worse. Now, like you hear one person complaining and you think it’s the whole world,

Sevan Matossian (18:49):

You know, your pop culture,

Brian Monarch (18:51):

Especially from back then.

Sevan Matossian (18:53):

It’s um, I, I, I think the, um, I personally think the move when people come at you is to basically just stand your ground or, or make fun of yourself, but never apologize. And, and, and I, never’s a bit harsh. Never’s a bit, but, but you should, but, but you should never run it.

Brian Monarch (19:18):

If you get me too, you gotta apologize.

Sevan Matossian (19:21):

Yeah. I got me too. I got me too. What,

Brian Monarch (19:23):


Sevan Matossian (19:24):

Happened? Yeah. Um, I had this, so I had a podcast over at CrossFit, Inc. This’ll excite you maybe a little bit. So when I started working at CrossFit, there were 300 gyms. And when I left, there were 15,000 gyms and it was the fastest growing chain in the history of the planet. There’s never been more, a faster growing chain. And in, in, in, in, in faster than Starbucks, faster than apple, faster than subway, faster than McDonald’s in that short, in the short 10 or 15 year period exploded, there was a point where opening a gym, every five gyms, an hour, 24 hours a day, somewhere on the planet. And I was the chief marketing officer there. I was the executive director of their media, everything forward facing that the entire world saw I was in charge of anyway, flash forward to 2018. Um, my listeners have heard the story a million times, so I try to make it kind of quick.

Sevan Matossian (20:10):

Um, they, um, the, the owner decided to do a big change within the company, big changes in the company. And I was the right hand man to the owner. And unfortunately, most of those changes came in media. And that’s what I ran at a big, huge mass media department. ESPN shows, uh, all the YouTubes, massive social media, all that shit. We were in 162 countries, uh, seven continents, right? All seven cons, even Antarctica. So, uh, I had a podcast there and I was very, I was, I was like this on the podcast, just how I am now. You know what I mean? So like, so I would have women on and I would bring up top. I would have women, men, whoever on, and I would bring up topic, like all sorts of topics. Like your professional athlete. Do you have sex during the week of the competition?

Sevan Matossian (20:55):

Do what about your menstrual strike cycle? Do you try to cuz you know how women like cycle together? So do you try to get with women who are cycling at a time that your mens won’t come during the games? What if you do do come in the games, advice, do you have on the products? And it was kind of funny talk, but it was fucking serious talk it’s real talk, right? Like that’s gotta be fucking a serious issue for professional female athletes. Any, any female anytime they deserve the respect to have it openly talked about. Anyway, so then my, my, my boss, uh, right before the, the, the, the so-called pandemic hit, the thing that kills fat people that they call a virus. Um, I know you didn’t like that. Sorry, sorry, Brian. Um, uh, no, you’re okay with that. Okay. Um, they, my, my boss, um, was selling the company and the New York times did a massive hit piece on him. And, uh, in there they gave me a paragraph where they reviewed one of my podcast and they basically left it very ambiguous, but they said that I was misogynistic. And I said, all this bad shit about women, but they never even, they never interviewed me. They never interviewed any of the women who were on the podcast. Those women actually came out and defended me, but it didn’t matter. Right. When the new owners got did there

Brian Monarch (22:01):

Any quotes out that you said, or they didn’t?

Sevan Matossian (22:03):

No. Fuck, no, fuck, no fucking cowards. And I blasted that bitch on the, the lady what’s her name at the New York times. I spent two weeks on my, on my Instagram account. Just going after her, like, like doing funny shit, like, oh, she has two Jewish boys. I have three Jewish boys. Oh, she has a Jewish boy name a, I have a Jewish boy named a, oh, your Jewish boy likes to play tennis. My Jewish boy likes to play, you know, that kind of shit. Just, just creeping anyway. So basically, so then the new owners bought it and they said I was part of the toxic culture and poof, I’m gone. Got it. Yeah. Thank you. Ah, here. Oh yes. Thank you, Catherine. Catherine Rossman. My girl, my girl. And, and it’s J what’s crazy is it’s just an article of ambiguity and that’s the part that sucks because then you, because then everyone, and this was right when the, um, Harvey, Harvey w snitzel shit was out.

Sevan Matossian (23:05):

And so fucking everyone was going. And that, that guy who was the guy who, who banged his secretary over his desk over at ABC or Matt, Matt Lauer, or that crazy shit was out. So if they just wrote something ambiguous, everyone would fill in the blanks. It ended up being great for me. The, the, the, this podcast is fucking gigantic. We have three to 500,000 downloads a week. I’m having a blast. Um, awesome. Yeah. So I’m, I’m, I’m I have a loving family, but anyway, um, do you know the origins of me talking about that? Where we started

Brian Monarch (23:41):


Sevan Matossian (23:41):

Yeah. You Brian Mon origins

Brian Monarch (23:43):

Of what we, which side,

Sevan Matossian (23:45):

Why I went off on that?

Brian Monarch (23:48):


Sevan Matossian (23:49):

I would like to, I would like to tie it in a full circle. I just started going down that road of why, how I

Brian Monarch (23:54):

Think I said something about being me too. And you said I was me

Sevan Matossian (23:57):

Too. Oh yeah. Yeah. Oh, yeah. Yeah. So you said, if you, me too, you have to say, sorry. And I didn’t, because I didn’t me too. Anything I spent 15 years, I was right. Is by a mom. Who’s the first woman to go to her night law school, the first woman to graduate from there. Um, I, I spent 15 years glorifying women. I, I, I get beaten by women in workouts all the time in the CrossFit community. I love women. I respect the fuck outta women to do that to me was fucking nuts. Or should I say I don’t disrespect women. So I treat them. Yeah. Anyway, how about the guy who, um, the teacher at NYU James Franco.

Brian Monarch (24:33):

Oh yeah. I I’ve heard about that situation. I guess he was, uh, going after the students.

Sevan Matossian (24:38):

Well, he got meed in the article. I read, he got me toed by his girlfriend of a year who he, I guess they were in a car together and she said, well, you go down on me. And, um, she said she felt pressure because he was famous, but they had been boyfriend and girlfriend for a year. But I guess one of the, and, and that’s tough. And then I also heard that he had an amazing movie come out, right. When he got me too, that he probably would’ve been nominated for academy award. That shit’s heartbreaking.

Brian Monarch (25:05):

Yeah. There’s some people that have taken the whole thing a little too far. I would was on Facebook once. And this girl was like talking about the three times she got raped. And I was like, oh my goodness. And then the first story was, the first story was I was with my boyfriend at a party and he said, let’s go have sex in the bathroom. And I told him, no. And then later in the party, he goes, let’s go have sex in the bathroom. And I told him, no. And then a little bit later in the party, she was like, he was like, come on, let’s have sex in the bathroom. She’s like, okay. And that was the first rape story

Sevan Matossian (25:35):

Because she got felt pressured.

Brian Monarch (25:37):

Yeah. And he wasn’t famous either. He was just her boyfriend. It was just a dude. So I was like, you know, there’s a point, look, I believe women. And I believe me too, a lot of, you know, but when you, when they start considering re you know, you know, inquiries to have sex with your boyfriend that you’ve been with, and you finally say, yes, you could have said no, a third time, you could have dumped him. You made the choice to go in the bathroom. And that’s where that’s a line where I’m just like, okay, ladies, sometimes, sometimes this gets a little nuts,

Sevan Matossian (26:09):

Bruce. That is correct. I did get sh can thank you for the, um, the poignant. Um, yeah, there was the Indian comic. Also the girl accused him of, of,

Brian Monarch (26:22):


Sevan Matossian (26:22):

Yeah. Yeah. But, but he let, he left her house and she invited him back and I’m like, wait, can’t do that. But, but then they come back. Yeah. That was crazy. Um, yeah. I, I had Hans Kim on, do you know who that is?

Brian Monarch (26:38):

Hans Kim. Mm he’s a,

Sevan Matossian (26:40):

He’s a comic out of Austin. His claim to fame is there’s a comedy show there. It’s on YouTube kill Tony.

Brian Monarch (26:51):

Oh yeah,

Sevan Matossian (26:51):

Yeah, yeah. And he was on, oh, here he is. Hans. Thank you, Caleb. Do you know this guy?

Brian Monarch (26:57):

Tony Hinch cliff. That’s the, one of the guys I was telling you about earlier that moved to a rogue to Austin, just, you know, where Rogan is.

Sevan Matossian (27:04):

Okay. Um,

Brian Monarch (27:05):

I don’t know him.

Sevan Matossian (27:06):

Okay. So I had him on, and he, he was saying in his early days, he was living in a van in New York city. And he would do up to four shows a day. Is that, is that, can I get my head wrapped around it? Oh

Brian Monarch (27:20):

Yeah. New York comics, new New York comedy that you’ve got comedy. Uh, you can get up like four to six places in a night from what I’ve heard. I’ve never done it cuz I live out here. But um, yeah, the, I I’ve heard, uh, LA is a little different in that aspect where you can get up, you know, normally like two or three at the most. Uh, but in New York it’s like, there’s, this place has the, but that does comedy. And then right next to it is a club and you can pop in there and it’s just, they just moved from one to the next and you can get a bunch of spots and if you organize it right.

Sevan Matossian (27:53):

And do you, do you ever do multiple sets in a night?

Brian Monarch (27:55):

Yeah. Um, not as often as a New York comic, but uh, here and there. Yeah. They definitely will overlap. And with traffic out here, it’s a little harder, maybe the subway helps out there, but um, you know, getting from somewhere in Hollywood to a place in Santa Monica or Venice, it takes, you know, an hour or so. It’s difficult to do it out here. Um, if you don’t really plan ahead and know when your spots are and sometimes they don’t, your spot is till the day of the show. So it’s, it’s, it’s a little more challenging, I think.

Sevan Matossian (28:29):

Do you like it

Brian Monarch (28:31):

Doing more than one spot or just doing comedy?

Sevan Matossian (28:33):

Well, both, but let’s go with more than one spot first.

Brian Monarch (28:36):

Yeah. You, you want as much stage time as you can get when you’re a standup. Um, it’s it becomes, I don’t know if I’d call it an addiction, I’m sure for some it, but you just, you just want to do it as much as possible and get your face out there and work on your stuff as much as possible. That’s just, you know, if you’re gonna do it, have a good work ethic, work ethic with it. That’s the way to try it and get it done.

Sevan Matossian (28:58):

What if, what if like, um, a friend of mine who I spoke to today, who’s a comic in LA. I asked him if he knew I, I brought up this guy, um, Craig, Craig cook con.

Brian Monarch (29:10):


Sevan Matossian (29:10):

Yeah. And I brought him up to him and I said, Hey, this guy is a podcast. And um, and, and this friend of mine said, oh yeah, he’s really hot right now. He’s doing, he’s doing good right now. But I don’t think that, um, I don’t think that podcast is helping him.

Brian Monarch (29:23):

That con is so hot right now. Um,

Sevan Matossian (29:26):

No, I don’t think that pod, I don’t think that podcast has helped.

Brian Monarch (29:29):

That was a Zoolander quote, like,

Sevan Matossian (29:31):

Sorry, sorry.

Brian Monarch (29:31):

Say that so hot right

Sevan Matossian (29:33):

Now. Oh, oh. And I don’t need to, I don’t need to dig on your friend. I’m just talking about the fact. So like, is it really good to keep getting like, would it be better not to just spend some time really working on material?

Brian Monarch (29:45):

Um, well, people look at a podcast when you’re in comedy as a, almost necessary to some degree I wouldn’t say necessary, but it’s, it’s something that a lot of them want to do because look what Rogan did and look what Whitney did. And it’s just something that you could, uh, have a side income on.

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