Chapter 4, Verse 20: Stand-up Comedian ‘Valley Jesus’ Experiences a Marijuana Epiphany
Talmo got started in comedy when he moved to Los Angeles in 2010. Looking at Talmo, you’d think one of two things – this guy definitely looks like Jesus and this dude has got to be a stoner. Even though Talmo was around weed in the L.A. comedy scene, he always stuck to booze. Until recently, you could go to the Valley and there’d be a strong a chance that you’d find Talmo performing, running a show or hosting a mic – and always with a drink in his hand.
Comedy as Talmo knew it came to a screeching halt when he became ill and was diagnosed with cancer on Friday the 13th – April 13, 2018. Later Talmo chalked it up to his bad diet and thought changing his eating habits would help. Prior to this, Talmo’s attitude toward marijuana had slowly been softening over the years. His doctor also said that he wanted Talmo to get immediate relief from marijuana that wouldn’t be possible with typical antidepressants, which take weeks or sometimes months to kick in. Talmo said the depression that comes from cancer and chemo is the darkest he’s ever experienced in his life, and weed has been the only thing to help him get through the day.
Talmo said he now sees weed as a healthful alternative to drinking, particularly as he realized that with weed, he wasn’t going to end up with terrible hangovers and alcohol’s negative long-term effects. Talmo plans to make a book out of this experience from the beginning of his journey up until when his doctor tells him that he’s cancer-free. Talmo’s goal is to have it completed by the time he goes into remission to signify the end of a chapter.
Comedian Dan Soder On How ‘Budtenders’ Are Like Weed’s Evil Mixologists
We’re featuring Q&As from our recent Food Republic Interview Lounge at the W Austin during the Austin Food & Wine Festival and Moontower Comedy Festival, including video excerpts of the sessions with host Richard Martin. Next up, Dan Soder, a stand-up comedian who’s a regular on MTV’s The Guy Code, Conan and other fine comedy resources. Well you know, like Aziz Ansari and other – That’s that fancy, high-falutin’ tuxedo comedy. Well one of the things I wanted to ask you about is, while you don’t have to be totally into the whole food thing, it’s kind of a funny premise to talk about dating and restaurants. Well I think that’s the most decent place to take a person if you’re trying to mash privates.
It’s not what you order, it’s how you treat the waiter. These are all things your mother should have taught you. I mean life on the road is – everyone thinks it’s – it’s not glamorous! So I’ve watched it go from me having to buy weed in a Taco Bell parking lot to being able to walk into a store. It’s kind of intense – Well you’re into food.
Would that be a thing for you, if someone was like – we’ve got a cilantro, weed-infused aioli. The next thing I know You’re crying in your hotel bathroom, wondering why you’re dad didn’t hug you enough.
Margaret Zhao is a self-healing comedy survivor-and funny. By Paul Kilduff
Even for the toughest cookie, the challenge Margaret Zhao faced, China’s Cultural Revolution of 1966, seemed overwhelming. Because her family had been business owners during the communist takeover of China after WWII, they lost everything and were forced to work as farmers. After moving to Orange County in 1989 and working as a teacher of tai chi and other healing arts, Zhao discovered she had a knack for stand-up comedy. Now living in Pleasanton, Zhao does comedy gigs and also holds a free weekly class on self-healing at the Life Renewing Center in Pleasanton. Margaret Zhao: I was officially discriminated against by the schools, by the teachers, and by the society as an outcast.
After the elimination of classification, my family became equal. Only 6 percent of the students could be accepted that year because China was just beginning to be equal. Very few people, even family members, knew that I was marrying a foreigner. I said, ‘Wow, I’m very funny at what I say. ‘ So then people start to realize I was really funny. I said, ‘I’m told I’m really funny; I would like to see if I can do stand-up comedy.
I’m a teacher of healing art, and it’s really powerful, and also it’s very simple.
Marijuana Advice, episode #331 of improv4humans with Matt Besser on Earwolf
Professor Rich Fulcher joins Matt Besser for the pilot episode of the new podcast, Marijuana Advice. They take listener calls about all things marijuana, from what the future of the cannabis industry looks like to the dangers of driving high to the best weed for an amazing sexual experience. Plus, they give tips on the best way to combat paranoia as well as how to get your pot brownies to kick in faster. This episode is sponsored by NBC’s A.P. Bio, SeatGeek, and Warby Parker.