The original concept of the podcast was to profile the sundry characters swirling around PHX Comedy and push these conversations out into the public as a supplement to the shows, thereby creating a deeper appreciation for local comedy, much as learning the struggles and strife highlighted in a “behind the music” documentary will greatly improve admiration for an already favorite band.
Since its inception, the podcast has grown as a hub for performers to learn more about their peers and receive advice on writing, performing, and promotion from whatever national touring comedians Jamie & Steve can get their claws into. With over 1000 unique visits per week on the website and countless iTunes downloads, the S&M Comedy Podcast continues to grow and strive along with the performers that comprise our beloved PHX Comedy Scene!
Jamie Sanderson is half of S&M Comedy. Sanderson. Begins with S. Get it?
Jamie began doing stand-up in February 2010 at the Hidden House in Phoenix, and has continued with a voracity known only to chronic overeaters and crazy cat ladies. Conveniently, Jamie is both a chronic overeater and a crazy cat lady. In February 2011, Jamie & Steve created the S&M Comedy Podcast, and in June 2011, they began running Thursday Night Comedy at Monkey Pants in Tempe. In August 2012, they created S&M Comedy Presents, a monthly series of bizarrely themed comedy shows, designed for the small black box theatre instead of the comedy club.
In addition to stand-up, podcasting, blogging and producing shows, Jamie is a member of the shortform improv troupe at the Dave Thurston Improvised Comedy Club, and studies longform improv at The Torch Theatre.
Steve Marek is the other half of the S&M duo.
“Who the hell is Steve Marek?!” -Almost Everyone
I currently a reside in Phoenix where I do stand-up, storytelling, co-host a podcast and journal my personal experiences. For the past 3 years, I’ve been on stage in one form or another, entertaining crowds to the best of my ability. I enjoy engaging an audience with humor based on my own life and observations as well as stories of things that I experience.
I am also the co-creator of the S&M Comedy Podcast, a bi-monthly podcast that converses with local and national comedians/performers about their writing style and comedic development. S&M Comedy has also become its own entity, producing comedic themed shows at the local black box theater, Space 55. Shows that have been produced include, story-telling, a poetry slam, and a show that is purely comedic riffing/improving.
In the past few months I have also started taking classes and performing long-form improv at the Torch Theater. Improv is another outlet for doing comedy, and training to work on creating a scene in the moment has always been appealing to me.
I realize all of this is rather self-indulgent, but screw it, I made a choice to be on stage.