Comedy & Food with Adam Minnick

Episode 24

Welcome back to a much needed episode. I've been on the road for shows and Matthew got married and now has a baby...so needless to say we were busy but happy to bring you the next episode of the fork.

In this episode Matthew rejoins me as my co-host. Our guests are Molly Hartzell, Cincinnati comedian and Rebecca Bryant, chef of Sur La Table's cooking classes.

Molly talks about how she got started in comedy, her process of writing new jokes, and a time she almost got scammed.

Rebecca discusses how she became a chef, that she knew the culinary arts were for her as a young child and her love for certain cooking shows. 

Matthew and I also want to thank Sur La Table for allowing us to have one of their chefs on our show. Remember to plug in FORK18 in order to get discounts with cooking classes. The day/evening of the cooking class you take...you will receive a 10% discount on merchandise in the store. In case you missed the promo in this episode, below will be the text posted in order for you to take advantage of this wonderful experience. 


Thanks for listening!

Adam & Matthew

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Episode 23

Welcome back to What The Fork,

When you do a podcast about comedy and food, you enjoy each and every guest. Then once in a while you get a real treat when it comes to guests. On this episode I have guests Mark Lonow and his lovely wife Jo Anne Astrow. It was a pleasure to sit down, speak with them and listen to their stories. 

Mark discusses how he helped start the original Improv Comedy Club, his relationship to Budd Friedman, and how he one-upped Milton Berle.

Jo Anne talks about the time she worked with Andy Kaufman, Robin Williams sleeping on her floor, and how she appeared on The Johnny Carson Show.

Mark and Jo Anne have written, produced and directed a play called "Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalin". As Mark and Jo Anne have described it, it is a light comedy about dark Jews. I have added the website so you can access tickets. It will be playing at the Matrix Theatre on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in August. Given their history in comedy, you will love their play.  

I also want to thank my guest co-host, comedian Gabe Kea. Always a pleasure to have him on the show.

Thank you for listening...please share with your friends, if you would like me to ask our guests any questions, please shoot me a message on our facebook page. 

Thanks again!

Adam and Matt


Episode 22

Welcome back!

In this episode I have guests Kayla Robison and Gabe Kea. Kayla is the head chef at the historical Arnold's Bar and Grill.  Gabe Kea is a comedian in the Cincinnati area with an impressive resume.

Kayla talks about how she got involved in the culinary arts, growing up in North Dakota, and her daughter.

Gabe discusses his experience of doing comedy the first time, a festival he did where he was recognized by Jimmy Fallon's talent scout because of a joke, and his daughter as well.

Both have a love for hockey.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!



Episode 21

Welcome back to What The Fork. 

In episode 21 I was able sit down with comedian Rob Wilfong and Executive Chef Eric Polhamus.  We were able to meet at Eric's restaurant, La Petite Pierre in the charming neighborhood of Madiera Ohio. La Petite Pierre is a small restaurant that sits 40 and they do an amazing job with what they have. 

Rob talks about how he got into comedy, he process of writing, and his love for his own jokes. 

Eric discusses how he got started as a chef, his process of creating a dish, and how he had to break up a fight at his restaurant. 

Thankyou for listening.


Episode 20

Hello and welcome back!

I apologize for the sound, the restaurant was busy and the sound of the patrons were at times drowning out the sound of the guests as well as me.  

The first of two guests in the episode is Jessica Daniels. Jessica is the head chef at We Olive and Wine Bar located downtown Cincinnati OH.  Jessica talks about her experiences as a child helping around the kitchen, her grandmother's experience of going through the Great Depression and the process she went through with auditioning and hopefully getting on the Food Network.  Fingers crossed. 

My second guest is Nate Washington, comedian from Dayton OH.  I've worked with Nate in the past and he is one of my favorites.  Nate talks about chasing a jeans thief when he had worked retail, his process of creating a joke, and hoarders the tv show.  

This episode went longer than expected but was a blast. 

Thanks for listening!


Episode 19

Welcome back!

Unfortunately Matthew could not make it, he has a newborn and runs a restaurant. 

Musician JuJu Crow and restaurant owner Brad Saunders took time to sit down with me for this episode.  

Juju is the first musician we've had on your show. He talked about how he got into music, his song's debut on the radio station WEBN here in Cincinnati, and how he knew music was it for him.

Brad Saunders, along with his wife, are the co-owners The Pretzel Place in Bellevue KY. Brad discussed how he ended up becoming the co-owner, how he became a chef, and how his roots are based in Pennsylvania where he may or may not have met Punxsutawny Phil, the famous ground hog. 

Thanks for listening!

Matthew & Adam

Episode 18

In Episode 18 of What The Fork, I was able to sit down with chef Andrew Mersmann and comedian Lee Kimbrell at the Red Feather Kitchen. 

Andrew took time out of his busy schedule to discuss how the culinary arts was not his first choice, his daughter telling jokes, and what it's like to cook for 40 people at once.

Lee stopped by to talk about how he got started in stand-up, his mom being an influence in his comedy, and what he finds to be the most challenging part of being a comedian. 

As always, thanks for listening!



Episode 17

Welcome back to What The Fork?

This episode is the first one of 2018.  While I was in Dubuque Iowa at the Mississippi Moon Bar located in Diamond Jo Casino and Penguin's Comedy Club in Cedar Rapids Iowa, I had the pleasure of working with D.C. Malone.  I was able to get an interview with him after our last show on Saturday at about 1:00 AM. 

D.C. talked about his music and comedy career, his love for the Pacific Northwest, and the enjoyment he gets from cooking.  

If you listen close enough you can hear him eating an icecream cone while being interviewed.  So much talent. 


Thanks for listening!




Episode 16

Welcome back and Happy Thanksgiving!  

It would only seem right to post a podcast about food on Thanksgiving day with a side of comedy. 

In this episode I had Tsvika (Vik) Silberberg, the head chef/owner of Zula Bistro located in Over The Rhine in Cincinnati join us as our first guest.  Cincinnati comedian John Bunyan took time out of busy schdedule to join us as our second guest.

Chef Vik gives us a look into what it was like to move to the states with his family from Tel Aviv, Israel...eventually settling down in Cincinnati, how he got his start in the culinary arts and why going to Zula is an affordable choice for New Years Eve.

John talks about how he left Los Angeles then got into comedy, how people are surprised he does stand-up, and that his process of creating a joke has changed overtime.  

Enjoy and thanks for listening!


Matthew & Adam


Episode 15

Welcome back!

This episode has taken me way too long to publish.  This was recorded back in August, fortunately I was finally able to get to it today.  

I was able to sit down with an ol' friend of mine and college classmate, Michael Torres.  Michael is the Sous Chef at The Florentine restaurant located downtown Chicago.  We were able to chat about how he got started as a chef, his love for stand-up comedy, and what movies had been filmed just outside of his restaurant.  

As always, thanks for listening.





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