Jay Mohr – I’m sure that name registers with most people but probably not for the same reasons. Some might know him as a stand-up comic, a brief member of SNL and the co-creator of Last Comic Standing; to others it might be as an actor in the HBO series Action, or in such cult classic films as Suicide Kings and Go. Whatever it might be, Mohr is a showbiz veteran at the age of 42.
It is this experience and the gamut of his interests that he brings to his Podcast, Mohr Stories that elevates it above most of the competition. Now, it is trendy for comics to have Podcasts and most of them use it as a way to promote themselves and get their voices out there. How refreshing it is to listen to Mohr and have the guests tell their stories, their life lessons, and promote whatever it is that they are working on.
The show is completely addictive, and once you have taken in a few episodes you will be compelled to go through the archives for more. Once that ball is rolling you notice that all the guests are friends or very good acquaintances of Jay’s. The sense of casual conversations where you feel you are almost eavesdropping heightens the pleasure. Of course with Mohr being a comic, so are many of his guests; thus making many of the exchanges humorous. In fact, I can guarantee that more than once you’ll find yourself laughing out loud at your computer.
Over the span of doing the show Mohr had broken his own mold in many ways. Most of the episodes are done in his home studio, but on a few occasions he has gone on location (episode #62) where he did a live stage show with two of his stand-up buddies, Brad Williams and Ryan Sickler, or my favorite (episode # 78) with Jay Leno from backstage at The Tonight Show.
This is a brilliant example of how Mohr shines a spotlight on a guest whose story we thought we knew only to hear ourselves say, “Really?” Leno has never been so candid and candid is what Mohr expects his guest to be, not only about their careers but their lives. He also takes every guest to the serious side of life, whether talking about death with Kelly Carlin (daughter of George) or the dangers of sports with pro-athletes and husband and wife Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece.
Nothing is off limits to discuss, and non-sequiturs are a given. I say this as my mind pops back to Suicide Kings and what it must have been like for Mohr on the set with Christopher Walken. If you don’t know, Mohr got his big stand-up break by doing one of the truly best Walken impersonations before everyone else got in line. Not quite a vanguard setter, but Jay has always had keen radar for what is going on and jumped onboard. Mohr Stories is another example of this.
About the Author: Andrea Elizabeth Mitchell is a professional comedy writer and performer who has been in the business close to thirty years now. She has worked in several types of media including TV, Radio and Print. To branch out even further this year Ms Mitchell's work will be seen on both the internet and the big screen. Yes, a feature film she co-wrote is going into production, and who knows where this internet thing might take her!