Virginia Is For Laughers with X2 Comedy

Virginia Is For Laughers with X2 Comedy

Love to laugh and hear people’s stories? Do you live in, plan to visit, curious about life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and looking for things to do besides hiking? Then this is for you. Join host comedian Dawn Davis Womack whose claim to fame is having a son that made it to the NFL. BFFs and strangers alike find she’s light-hearted, genuine, family-oriented and never late for a happy hour! It’s engaging conversations with comedians and other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley.

Episodes

November 30, 2022 44 min
Listen to a super fun and joyful chat with lots of laughs on all things the North Pole with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Find out how this year’s busy season is going for the famous Christmas couple and what helps them keep the elves on task to make all the toys this time of year. Listen to them share their love story and find out what keeps the spark going in their marriage after all these centuries! Learn more about elf life at the Nort...
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Listen to a pleasant, informative and engaging chat with laughs on heritage, history and storytelling that bring to you “A Heritage Christmas”. Learn about this unique faith filled holiday experience where you can take a dramatized tour, Watchmen Tell Us of the Night, to see what Christmas may have been like here in the Valley in 1864. Listen to the playwright, Liz Beachy Hansen, and the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center’s E...
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Listen to a playful, informative chat with laughs and get to know some of the amazing change makers on the team at HDR.  Formed in 2003, learn about the history of how HDR was formed and why. Find out about the Main Street 4 Point Approach and how they used it to successfully revitalize downtown earning national recognition as a Great American Main Street Award Winner. Discover more about all the welcoming year round events and fes...
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Listen to a soulful and inspiring chat with laughs as Corrie Lynn Green shares stories of her rural Appalachian roots. Listen to her incredible story of finding meaning in life’s hardships; beauty in being human; and a newfound bravery from her songwriting and music that tells it all. Hear how facing breast cancer impacted her view on life and music career. Discover the huge array of eclectic influences and fun musical experiences ...
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Listen to a heartwarming and uplifting chat with laughs to get a peak behind the scenes of the play Can’t Feel at Home with members of the Creative Team. Hear the story of how this play by Dr. John T. Glick was beautifully written for healing in a way that is powerful and emotional with humor threaded throughout to honor these displaced families. Learn about the connection of the co-producers to the playwright that began in Harriso...
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Listen to a cozy fun and charming chat with laughs with Lynne Hess from Back Home-on the Farm where they have 240 beautiful acres with lots to do for all ages! Listen to Lynne’s story of how she met her husband, Gary, whom she refers to as a “big kid” who is tons of fun. Hear more about the 30+ activities you can do on the farm including the 60-foot underground slide! Get a behind the scenes peak at running their diversified fa...
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Listen to an enlightening and delightful chat with laughs with Maggie Marangione as we discuss her novel, Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Set in the early twentieth century of Elkton, VA at the time the mountain families were removed for the Shenandoah National Park. Hear what brought this New York native to Virginia and how she developed a curiosity for these displaced families. In her 10 years of research, learn some of the cha...
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Listen to this friendly, curious chat with laughs exploring all things Escape Rooms in downtown Harrisonburg with Harrisonburg native, Sam Lambert, and his fiancé, Suzanne Dupois.  Get descriptions of what you will experience at Escapism in the rooms they have now and the new ones coming soon! Hear uplifting stories about the worldwide Destination Imagination STEAM based program where they originally met. Find out why they chose do...
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Listen to this lovely, uplifting chat with laughs with Kathleen Mania-Casey known as “The Grilled Cheese Lady”! Celebrating their 10th year, hear stories of starting the food truck business to opening their restaurant with warm hospitality and charm. Find out “Why Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?” and hear the stories behind the sandwich names. From New Jersey, listen to Kathleen’s stories of her childhood experiences and working in her ...
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Listen to a delightful and friendly chat with laughs on all things the Sipe Center with Amanda Saufley, Performer Manager. Discover all the Sipe Center has to offer you. An Eastern Mennonite University Alum, listen to Amanda’s story including her semester abroad in the Middle East. Find out more about the philosophy on creative place making that provides accessibility to the arts outside New York City and London the Sipe Center has...
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Listen to how you can experience history in the Valley during a friendly, informative chat with laughs on all Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center! Meet Sam their Executive Director a graduate of James Madison University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Hear his stories on how he makes his own low brass instruments and has simplified his life to reduce his own personal carbon footprint including hypermiling and making his ow...
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Listen to a heartwarming chat with touching moments and laughs with Lisa Custalow, a descendant of a family removed the mountain and Joe Appleton, co-producer of “Can’t Feel at Home” an original play by Dr. John T. Glick based on these displaced families.  Hear the story of Lisa’s family and what inspired her to found the Children of the Shenandoah twenty-five years ago with her late husband, Curtis. Learn about the significance of...
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We flipped the script! Listen to a fun, entertaining and inspirational chat with laughs on how ‘it’s never too late’ where Brandy, musician and radio DJ interviews Dawn, comedian, producer and podcaster. Listen to a heartbreaking story of her early loss that changed the trajectory of her original life goals. Find out how mentoring a JMU student inspired her to chase her dreams again later in life. Learn what YouTube sketches filmed...
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Listen to a delightful, inspirational and informative chat with laughs on being an artist and a creative from this James Madison University alum from Rochester, NY. Find out the interesting reason she chose JMU and how a federal work-study program sowed the seeds to a 20-year career as a professional artist! Discover what art class she found most challenging and why. Listen to stories of her various roles and experiences as an art ...
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Listen to an engaging, playful and frank chat with laughs on all things good food and good neighbors at Magpie with owner and entrepreneur Kirsten Moore! Listen to the story of this full service breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant that serves up scrumptious food daily, delicious seasonal dishes and menus that stay fresh, flavorful and creative. Hear about the sub rosa supper club that existed before Magpie with coveted tickets a...
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Listen to a delightful and informative chat with laughs on all things BrydgeWorks Glass with owner and designer, Rebecca Brydge. Now celebrating 8 years of offering classes, supplies, memberships, commissions and a beautiful shop full of their handmade gifts! Listen to her story that birthed her passion and find out why this Indiana native opened her business here in Harrisonburg. Hear how the story of how this shop has evolved and...
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Listen to an interesting, humorous and engaging chat with Jay Zehr! Based out of Harrisonburg this one of a kind original versatile comedic talent has been acting, writing and directing plays since 1985! He’s also won four awards for Best Film in the Super Gr8 Film Festival. Most recently, a song he wrote was selected for the Office Ladies podcast with Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey from the hit sitcom series The Office starring S...
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Listen to another fun, highly entertaining, engaging chat with laughs! It’s Schewitz Whichard, a nationally touring comedian not short of stories to tell. Listen to how he got his start in comedy in 1996 that was a ‘surprise’ to him.  Hear some entertaining stories behind a shared connection in comedy between Dawn and Schewitz leading to lifelong friendship. Discover the childhood experiences that shaped his comedy style and the pr...
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Listen to another fun and entertaining chat with laughs! It’s Dante Carter, a comedian with 20 years experience performing worldwide. Listen to his story and how he got his start in comedy. Find out his top comic influences that have inspired his career. Hear about his experiences being on HBO Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View. Listen to the story of ‘the night that made him’ in the largest concert hall he’s performed in to date ...
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Listen to an engaging playful chat with David Berry, a highly talented classical musician and impressive avid improviser with numerous accomplishments including a recent performance in a historic house debut at Carnegie Hall! Hear an entertaining family story on how and when he was first introduced to the piano. Learn about his audition process for Juilliard, a private performing arts conservatory widely regarded as one of the worl...
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