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  • The first guest I wanna bring on,

  • is a friend of mine that we have done this before.

  • But she's got a new book out,

  • that I wanted to talk to her about.

  • Please welcome Mandee Johnson. Mandee.

  • Hi.

  • And she's odd just like that.

  • Thank you for being here. Thank you for having me.

  • For people who don't know you,

  • you're a successful comedy producer in Los Angeles.

  • You host a really one of the best Indie shows that there is,

  • or just show period.

  • And you've recently put out a book

  • called Super Serious, an oral history of Los Angeles

  • independent standup comedy.

  • Here's the book right here.

  • And you sort of capture this time in LA standup

  • in the Indie scene from your show mixed with portraits.

  • Did I get that right?

  • Yeah, you did great. Sounds like a thing.

  • You did great. You did great, yeah.

  • Very upset I didn't book the cover.

  • (laughs)

  • You know, the publishers pick the cover, truly.

  • Yeah.

  • Sent me a handful and that one just felt fitting

  • and it was very silly.

  • Was it something that you,

  • that you always wanted to do is to put out a book

  • or was it just like, I have all this stuff

  • and I mean this has to go somewhere.

  • I mean, I think every photographer on some level

  • always wants to put out a book, you know, eventually.

  • The portrait series definitely didn't start out

  • to be a book.

  • It didn't start out to be as big as it is now.

  • But as it kinda grew bigger and bigger

  • around like year six of the show,

  • people started asking me if I was gonna do a book.

  • And then it kinda took another couple of years

  • to find a book agent and sell it and do all the things.

  • I definitely did not know it was gonna be a book.

  • Had I known been a book, I probably would have chose

  • a different face. (laughs)

  • Because you would tell me what to do one of two things

  • before the show would start.

  • You're like hey, take a silly one.

  • And then we'll do a serious one

  • to go along with the show that you're curious.

  • (laughs)

  • So, there's some great photos in here.

  • There's some beloved people in here.

  • Our own Conan O'Brien makes an appearance in the book.

  • He does, yeah.

  • He's mysterious, very fun, Nicole Byer, great friend.

  • He has some very funny whimsical shots.

  • Here look at this,

  • even Anthony Jeselnik is showing off his slapstick.

  • Hmm.

  • Then we get to the sad white man page

  • that I find myself on. (laughs)

  • My depression era photo.

  • You know, you're being very serious.

  • You're taking the serious prompt seriously, Moses.

  • And I didn't appreciate that.

  • Took it very serious. Yeah.

  • My whole family just died of cholera and famine.

  • Even, even Matt Broner known goof.

  • Yeah, you guys end up being serious.

  • You're doing it correct?

  • Yeah, I think you nailed it.

  • I feel great.

  • Even known curmudgeon, Neal Brennan

  • looks a little bit happier than me.

  • Yeah, he like turned those slightly, you guys did a nice,

  • proper like head-on, you know, I like it.

  • Took the note too well.

  • It's really cool because what I really liked about the book,

  • I mean, part of it is like,

  • you're nostalgic just to see your friends in comedy

  • because we're all locked down right now,

  • but there's great interviews in here.

  • A lot of comedians that people would know are in this book.

  • And it's really cool for us to have,

  • because it's the closest thing that we have to a yearbook.

  • Yeah. It's really, it's very fun.

  • I mean, I didn't think we were gonna be in a pandemic,

  • when we scheduled the time the book was gonna come out.

  • We were trying to time it close to just the ten year

  • of the show, which didn't happen because of the pandemic.

  • Yeah. But it's been nice.

  • I think to have it during this time

  • where we all can be together and we did have a little bit

  • of pre-pandemic comedy, like memorialize in history forever.

  • So.

  • Yeah, although sad way to put it, but,

  • (laughs)

  • but yeah, I get it was really nice to read through it,

  • and to see friends in the book.

  • And just kind of remind of us the sign

  • that we really love and that it's still out

  • there eventually.

  • So it did make it a little easier

  • that one day in quarantine.

  • Oh yeah, these are all the people in here.

  • (laughs)

  • Was there any interview in the book

  • that surprised you of like someone that maybe do the show.

  • They didn't think it was gonna do the show

  • or talk to you for the book?

  • No, I think pretty much everyone did chat with me.

  • I really loved carrying Kelly Garrett's interview.

  • I thought her interview was really great because she,

  • I think her time kind of in and out of the scene

  • when she took a break, when she was for work stuff,

  • you know, she has a different perspective

  • on the value of it.

  • I also think that kind of having the range of veteran

  • comedians like Andy Kindler and Karen

  • who have been around since like the '80s

  • to younger comics, like you were interviewed for the book.

  • You know, who've been around LA for less time than that.

  • Kind of, it's a nice to show like the expansiveness

  • of the scene and how it kind of like ebbs and flows to fit,

  • however many comedians need it to fit and it kind of morphs

  • around what comedy needs.

  • So it was an interesting thing to learn about,

  • as I interviewed people.

  • It's really cool.

  • And I would highly recommend the book,

  • not just because I'm in it.

  • In that it does exactly what you said and it mixes

  • those two things where it's seasoned comics with very new

  • people, it's the same thing you did with your live shows,

  • where I could go up with people that I grew up watching and,

  • you know, have to follow them. (laughs)

  • The same thing with a book of people

  • that are you know, just new to comedy.

  • But we're in a book now, technically a comedian

  • Yes, the best representation of the independent comedy

  • is that as big cities where those comedians live,

  • everybody starts to work on material

  • and the best place to do it,

  • a lot of times is independent shows because there's just

  • more of them than the clubs.

  • And those audiences are more patient because they pay less

  • money and more Indie scene in the process

  • a lot of times, so.

  • That's great.

  • I think you captured a really great thing in the book.

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • Super Serious.

  • An oral history of Los Angeles, independent comedy.

  • Mandee, thank you so much for being here

  • and for making us a yearbook officially.

  • Thanks for having me, Moses.

  • It's good to see you.

  • Thanks Mandee. Bye. Bye.

  • That's Mandee Johnson grab the book.

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