I'm a Rescue

I'm a Rescue

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Comedians and married couple Tom and Stephanie Clark have fun and lively conversations with people from all walks of life about what they’ve overcome in their lives to get where they are today. Because when it all comes down to it…we’re all rescues. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/imarescue/support


35: Martha Truslow Smith - Creator of Grombre - a platform for women speaking their truth and decision to go gray
May 26 • 35 min
Steph chats with Martha Trusome Smith, creator of Grombre. With nearly 200,000 followers on Instagram, Grombre is a platform for women speaking their truth on their decision to go gray. What started as an idea has transformed into a movement. Steph and…
34: Rob Snow - creator of Stand Up for Downs - improv program for adults with Down Syndrome
May 12 • 40 min
We chat with Rob Snow, co-creator of the nonprofit organization “Stand-up for Downs” and The Improvaneers, the first all Down syndrome improv troupe in the world. We talk about Rob’s background in comedy. Also, how his son became the inspiration to make a…
33: Tom & Steph talk improv and it’s future in the comedy world.
Apr 28 • 53 min
Tom and Steph talk about watching Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz, a hilarious improvisational duo, who have a 3 episode series on Netflix that is all made up on the spot. Tom talks about his own background in improv with both ComedySportz in…
32 Tom and Steph talk coping with a pandemic
Apr 21 • 32 min
After nearly month off Tom and Steph talk about what they’ve been up to since the pandemic hit. Steph has given up drinking and talks about how she’s coping. Tom talks about how he’s been working on the audio for a new stand up album to be released in the…
31 with comedian/actor Steven Briggs
Mar 10 • 96 min
Steven Briggs is one of the best young comedians out there with a wide range of abilities from acting to writing to stand up to directing, he can really do it all! We talk a lot about Steven’s childhood where he was quite the troublemaker. At an early age…
30 with director/writer Scott Boxenbaum
Feb 25 • 51 min
Scott is someone I met in the early 2000s here in LA. A very funny and since retired stand up comedian, Scott has ventured into the world of writing and directing in the last few years. Scott and I talk about our early stand up days in LA and working out…
29 with comedian & Olive Garden Expert Charles Greaves
Feb 11 • 65 min
Had a blast talking to Charles about working at Olive Garden when he first moved to Los Angeles. We also get into his life growing up in Brentwood, New York, which is the complete opposite of Brentwood, California. Charles talks his athletic career and…
28 with director/writer/actor Jason Palmer
Jan 28 • 98 min
This episode is a doozy! Jason Palmer talks about his journey from Production Assistant to Writer on such shows as Dawson’s Creek, The Bernie Mac Show and Everybody Hates Chris. He talks what it’s like making Chris Rock laugh, bullying in the writer’s…
27: The Start of Season 2! Al Ducharme - comedian & Anthony from “F is For Family”
Jan 14 • 80 min
OUR FIRST EPISODE OF 2020! SEASON 2! Steph and I are joined by Al Ducharme! Al is a hilarious comedian, who started out in the Boston comedy scene. I had the pleasure of performing with him in 1999 and he absolutely blew me away with his physical comedy,…
26: Linda and Andy Hendrickson talk international romance, comedy & skin care
Dec 17, 2019 • 104 min
On Episode 26 and our final episode of 2019, comedian Andy Hendrickson along with his wife Linda join Tom and Steph on our first couple’s podcast! Linda tells her story of how she went from Algeria to Paris to Connecticut and finally arriving in Los…
25: Ari Stidham (star of CBS’s Scorpion) talks his early success in acting & how he got there
Dec 3, 2019 • 76 min
You may know Ari Stidham from his role on CBS’s Scorpion, but it all started when he was a kid growing up in the Westlake area (just outside of LA.) After struggling in school early on, he went the independent study route, finishing school at 16. He…
24: Mark Valley (Boston Legal, Human Target) talks acting & his army career
Nov 19, 2019 • 98 min
You may know Mark Valley from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, Boston Legal and Human Target, but he’s also a U.S. Army Veteran. He talks about his career in the army. His first acting gig opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and teaching him to throw a football…
23: Nicole Blaine talks booking shows, shooting films & her comedy career
Nov 5, 2019 • 77 min
Steph sits down with Nicole Blaine to talk about how she has helped connect comedians with industry thru the various programs she runs at Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. She also talks shooting her own independent film with her husband and her…
22: Business of Stand up Comedy - Steph and Tom talk booking independent venues
Oct 22, 2019 • 87 min
On this episode Tom and Steph talk about how Steph has built up her business (www.funnygirlevents.com). We discuss how to approach venues, what makes a successful venue and how to get paid. This is more of an inside look at the stand up comedy business…
21: Chris Flail talks starting out in comedy & building a scene in Bakersfield
Oct 8, 2019 • 72 min
Chris Flail tells his tale of traveling from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma to California and how he eventually discovered his love of comedy. One of Chris’s first gigs was working with Tom at a casino in Delano, CA and Chris’s story of that is a definite must…
20: Camilla Cleese on her famous Dad & her own comedy career
Sep 24, 2019 • 98 min
Growing up the son or daughter of a celebrity isn’t easy especially when that celebrity is comedy royalty. Such is the case with Camilla Cleese and her dad, John Cleese, of Monty Python fame. Camilla opens up on this one talking about sitting in on her…
19: Dennis Blair talks his career & opening for Rodney Dangerfield & George Carlin
Sep 10, 2019 • 55 min
Imagine being only two years into comedy and Rodney Dangerfield asking you to come up with a movie idea for him. That’s what happened for Dennis Blair and how he ended up helping to write the movie “Easy Money.” Dennis and I worked together in Reno and we…
18: Vito Gesualdi talks how he built his YouTube following
Aug 27, 2019 • 62 min
Vito Gesualdi is a comedian, actor, and writer who has built a YouTube following of over 160,000 thru his funny and sometimes controversial videos. His most famous/controversial being handing out Pepsi at an ANTIFA/Alt Right rally in Berkeley. You can…
17: Marc Price AKA Skippy from Family Ties
Aug 13, 2019 • 80 min
Joining us on this episode is Marc Price AKA Skippy from Family Ties. We talk growing up with a comedian Dad (Borscht Belt comedian Al Bernie) and all the comedy lessons he learned from him. His early days on stage and the lesson Jay Leno taught him. How…
16: Bernadette Pauley talks “Tough Crowd” with Colin Quinn & growing up in Boston
Jul 30, 2019 • 58 min
Bernadette Pauley is a comedian, actress, and host, who has appeared on “Tough Crowd”, Live at Gotham and Red Eye. She talks growing up in Boston…well Revere and starting out in comedy in NYC, which included a stint working at a strip club selling cigars.…
15: Mary Gallagher talks appearing on “Friends” & her journey to Late Night
Jul 16, 2019 • 61 min
Mary Gallagher is a very talented actress, writer, comedian and also from Tom’s hometown of Milwaukee. Tom and Steph talk with Mary about growing up in Wisconsin. Moving to LA and the nerve wracking audition for “Friends.” We also talk about her stand up…
14: Kyle Kinane talks being a bad roommate to Tom and Chicago Comedy
Jun 25, 2019 • 60 min
Tom and Steph talk with Kyle about his start in comedy and his rise to fame as a stand up on both Comedy Central and Netflix. We also discuss his arrival to LA in the early 2000s and living with Tom for 2 weeks and apparently, unbeknownst to Tom, being a…
13: Sharon Houston talks her career as a stand up, working on Punk’d, booking reality shows & creating her own TV show
Jun 11, 2019 • 55 min
Sharon Houston has had a very long successful career. We talk about her voiceover work on Daria, the manager she and Tom shared (he said she had “no neck”), working on Punk’d, booking reality shows like America’s Got Talent and various court shows,…
12: Art Clark (Tom’s Dad) World War 2 Veteran, talks life in the army & gives life advice
May 28, 2019 • 42 min
For this episode we actually got questions from you the listener to ask my Dad (Art Clark.) The questions ranged from his experiences in WW2 to what’s his favorite cut of meat. My Dad was a great sport throughout all this and I think you’ll really enjoy…
11: Jeff Johnson - comedian discusses stand up comedy, leaving the Mormon religion, & recently finding out who his real dad was
May 14, 2019 • 80 min
Jeff Johnson is a very funny comedian, who I first met at JR’s Comedy Club in Valencia, CA. It was actually the back room of a Marie Callendar’s and Jeff was the host. Jeff developed his act there and is now traveling across the country doing stand up. He…
10: Dennis Gubbins - actor/writer/comedian “Talking in Venice with Dennis”
Apr 30, 2019 • 69 min
Dennis Gubbins is an actor/writer/comedian. He has appeared in over 100 commercials and we discuss every single one of them…just kidding, but we do discuss how he got the gig “handing a puppy over a bush. ” We also discuss the acting and auditioning…
9: Steven Slater the Jet Blue Flight Attendant who quit via emergency exit
Apr 16, 2019 • 60 min
On this episode of the I’m A Rescue Podcast Steph and I interview Steven Slater. Steven achieved international fame after becoming fed up with one too many rude customers while serving as a flight attendant on Jet Blue Airlines. We learn the real story…
8 - Kimia Behpoornia from NBC’s Abby’s & Unicorn Store
Apr 2, 2019 • 62 min
This week we interview Kimia Behpoornia. Kimia is one of the stars of the ensemble comedy Abby’s on NBC and will soon be appearing in Brie Larson’s Unicorn Store (Netflix on April 5th). We talk to Kimia about her high school years building robots and…
7 - All About Steven Brody Stevens: We discuss his recent passing and what he meant to the comedy scene.
Mar 19, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode Tom and Steph talk all things Brody Stevens. Brody passed away last month and really left a hole in our comedy world. He was such a fixture on the comedy scene here in LA as well as on social media. Tom talks about first meeting and…
6: Solid Gold - Andy Gold joins us to talk comedy & his battle with heroin addiction
Mar 5, 2019 • 77 min
Comedian Andy Gold joins Steph and Tom. Tom and Andy discuss their Dry Bar Comedy Specials and Andy’s unique way of dealing with the haters—it’s pretty brilliant. Then we go deep discussing Andy overcoming his heroin addiction and going on tour with the…
5: Lauren Pritchard discusses MadTV, Disney, and Rats
Feb 26, 2019 • 49 min
Lauren Pritchard is a very talented comedian/actress/improvisor. She talks about her journey from Orlando to Hollywood. Preparing for her Mad TV audition while also battling rats in her apartment. We’ve known Lauren a long time and watching her rise as a…
4: Carol Phillips-Steph’s mom & raising Steph after her husband passed
Feb 19, 2019 • 58 min
Steph’s mom, Carol, joins Tom and Steph on the podcast. She talks her fear of elevators, Steph’s ban from most shoe stores in Southern California (except Nordstrom’s) and the death of her husband and their, at times, tumultuous relationship! Somebody…
3: Who’s Your Daddy? with Matthew Gossin
Feb 12, 2019 • 59 min
Matthew talks working on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno & growing up without a dad and his long journey in finding out who his dad really was…a very famous Hollywood celebrity (ya have to listen to find out.) He goes into the details of how he was finally…
2: Tom & Steph interview Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s, Better Off Dead)
Feb 5, 2019 • 57 min
On this episode Tom and Steph get to interview 80s legend Diane Franklin. You may know Diane as the princess from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the French exchange student from Better Off Dead, or The Last American Virgin, among many others. Currently…
1: Tom interviews Steph
Jan 27, 2019 • 52 min
In our very first episode Tom interviews his wife, Steph, about overcoming the loss of her dad at age 10 and how they’re both too lazy to change Steph’s last name to Clark. Also we talk stand up comedy, quitting booze, the patriarchy/matriarchy, high…