1. Comedian Rhonda Hansome Unplugged: A Life in Laughter Jeff Dwoskin 41:00

Dive into the vibrant life of Rhonda Hansome, a trailblazer in the world of stand-up comedy. Rhonda shares her unique journey from studying sociology to captivating audiences on stage. Discover how she broke into the comedy scene, navigated the challenges of a male-dominated industry, and found her voice. Rhonda reminisces about working with comedy legends, being on the first episode of Saturday Night Live and touring with iconic singers like Anita Baker. Her stories reveal the Resilience and wit that define her career.

Show Highlights:    

  • Early Influences and Career Start: Rhonda talks about her unique perspective growing up, her transition from sociology to performing arts, and the initial challenges she faced in acting roles.
  • A Journey with the Muppets: Rhonda recounts her fascinating experience being trained by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and performing on Saturday Night Live’s first episode.
  • Transition to Stand-Up Comedy: Discover how Rhonda navigated the shift from puppetry and acting to stand-up comedy, eventually finding her true calling on the stage.
  • Touring with Icons: Rhonda reminisces about touring with Anita Baker and other legends like Aretha Franklin, sharing backstage stories and the thrill of live performance.
  • Navigating the Comedy Scene: Learn about Rhonda’s experiences in the comedy clubs, networking challenges, and the evolution of her career in a male-dominated industry.
  • Life Beyond Stand-Up: Rhonda delves into her current projects, including political podcast writing, her involvement with Political Pod, and her passion for live comedy.
  • The Legacy of Comedy Legends: Rhonda pays homage to comedic icons like Joan Rivers and others who have inspired her journey.
  • Rhonda Hansome Today: Explore what keeps Rhonda driven and vibrant in today’s entertainment world, from political cartoons to maintaining an active presence on social media.

You’re going to love my conversation with Rhonda Hansome

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I'm a tech entrepreneur, podcaster, and professional stand-up comedian. I started my journey in the tech industry back in 1997 when I founded my own website development company, which was one of the pioneering companies in the country at the time. While working in technology, my comedic talents couldn't be contained, and I eventually took to the stage as a stand-up comedian.

My passion for comedy led me to create Hashtag Roundup (@hashtagroundup on Twitter), a platform that has contributed to over 8000 top 10 USA trends on Twitter. With the growth of social media, particularly Instagram, I founded Stampede Social, a company aimed at helping creators drive traffic to their content without relying solely on a link in their bio.