Hard Day Diaries

Hard Day Diaries

Sometimes life sucks hard. Hard Day Diaries is a collection of these experiences.


February 17, 2020 61 min
Comedian and Sketch maker, Derrick Johnson, joins Andy to talk about a life altering car accident he was in.

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson is a comedian and filmmaker based out of the Twin Cities. Derrick is one third of the sketch comedy group Lonely Space Vixens on YouTube, in which he helps write, produce, and act in sketches. Derrick got his start in comedy at an early age, using his parents' VHS camera to film slapstick co...
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Comedian Charlie Stemig joins Andy to talk about growing up with a learning disability and how it affects his life.

Charlie Stemig

Charlie Stemig was born in Minneapolis Minnesota. After graduating college and years for working in the automotive industry he stepped on to the stage. He produces and hosts his own shows and was a semifinalist in the Baddest in the land contest at baddies comedy co. With his light hearted dirty humor he ...
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Dan joins Andy in his car to talk about the mortgage crisis of 2011 and how his family lost their home.

Dan Hinnenkamp

Dan Hinnenkamp has been known as the "the class clown" all of his life. A relative newcomer to stand up, Dan has already appeared on some of Minnesota's top comedy stages. He is a two time finalist in the "Funniest Person in Minnesota" contest and this paced first in the “Funniest Person in the C...
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Chris Duke joins Andy to talk about how an injury caused him to reevaluate his purpose and what he wants out of life.

Chris Duke

Chris Duke is a comedian based in a small town in Minnesota. After failing at almost everything he tried, he wound up starting an open mic in the town of Monticello and from there began producing shows and co-hosts a podcast with his wife called Duck Duck Gray Duke.
twitter: duckduckgrayduke
instagram: duckd...
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Andy sits down with Philly comic Jillian Markowitz as she shares, for the first time, how her relationship with her psychiatrist went horribly wrong.

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Jillian Markowitz

Jillian Markowitz is a comedian and singer based in Philadelphia. After studying at Second City in Chicago, Jillian attended and failed out of clown school, in what will forever be her life’s greatest metaphor. She regularly hosts and co-produces several sho...
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December 9, 2019 60 min
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Rita Winchester

Rita Winchester is a Generation X comedian who takes full responsibility for how they messed up the world for future generations. Her fresh take on DWO (dating while older) is certain to suck the hope out anyone who is single. As a mother and social worker, Rita sees the world through exhausted eyes. She was a finalist in the 2019 Funniest Person With a Day Job Contest at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy.
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November 18, 2019 78 min

Brianna Kočka is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. She has shared the stage with Marc Cohn, The Cult, and has had her music featured on General Hospital and 20/20. Evoking the instrumentation and mournful harmonies of Americana pioneers Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss, as well as the classic Country vibes of Nashville in an earlier time, her songs are both autobiographical and fantasy, documents of facing phant...
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November 4, 2019 40 min
Devohn talks with Andy about having seizures and his diagnosis with Seizure Disorder. Special appearances by Bear and Dump Truck the cats.


Devohn Bland is Co-founder\ Exexcutitve Producer of Uproar Performing Arts and Co-Host of Fresh Bleats. He performed in the 10,000 Laughs Comedy festival in 2018, has opened for Geoff Tate, and was a semi finalist in the Funniest Person With A Day Job contest held over at House Of Co...
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October 20, 2019 37 min

Dan Bublitz Jr is an American comedian/actor & ordained minister known for his one man show, "It Was Supposed to Be A Love Story" on Amazon Prime. He's appeared in several films & commercials and has appeared on Comedy Time TV. Dan is the creator and host of the "Art of Bombing" podcast where he talks to guests about finding success through failure. He's performed at several comedy fest...
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October 6, 2019 39 min

Kim Duke is a mom of 10 years and wife of 12 years. She went to school long enough to be a doctor, but instead received her master's degree in nursing. She currently works as a mental health nurse in the emergency room. When she has time on her hands, she podcasts with her husband Chris Duke. She's an adult who's obsessed with Disney and hopes to one day leave her career as a nurse and become a full-time employe...
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March 24, 2019 47 min
Gretchen Colleen joins Andy to talk about her experience with a stalker and talks about the help she has received throughout the ordeal.


Gretchen Colleen is a Twin Cities, stand up comedian. Her teenage self was crushed when her parents refused to let her attend clown college after high school. She had to wait until her parents were both dead before she was finally able to journey into stand up comedy. Being a dog w...
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March 10, 2019 85 min
Dan Schlissel joins Andy in the Stand Up! Records warehouse to talk about friends he's lost on his label. The description includes links to their content and links to other referenced content.


Dan Schlissel had an odd route to comedy; it came through Nebraska Punk rock. Born on the East Coast the son of a Holocaust survivor father and a Native Israeli mother into a strong Jewish community till the ripe age of 12 at ...
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January 28, 2019 51 min
Zach Dresch joins Andy and talks about his diagnosis with Anxiety Disorder at the age of 10 and how it affects his performances.


Zach Dresch is a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His biggest influences include Mitch Hedberg, Demetri Martin, Jon Dore, and Nick Swardson. In addition to comedy, Zach performs in three bands, The Disarmed, Absent Idols, and Aliens Do Exist?. You can also find him on billboards and advert...
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January 14, 2019 60 min
Grant Winkels joins Andy to talk about the life changing bicycle accidents he's been in.


Grant Winkels is a stand up comedian in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He hosts a monthly show, Tornado Room, in Stillwater, Minnesota. He spends his days staying hydrated and destroying his sanity with social media.
Twitter @grantwinkels
Instagram @grantwinkels


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Sam Strom joins Andy in the Hard Day Diaries studio to talk about her diagnoses of Bipolar II Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and hoarding tendencies.


Sam Strom is an astoundingly short blonde woman who has been doing stand up comedy for less than a year. She believes astrology IS a real science and her best personality trait is watching reality TV on bravo. Sam also runs an instagram in which she gives silly r...
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Comedian Andy Keenan joins Andy to talk about his Borderline Personality Disorder and the loss of his mother.


Andy Keenan still has $100k in college debt with only an English degree to show for it.

You may have seen him in the 1998 edition of "Young Poets from Minnesota and Wisconsin" but you likely know him best as the before picture in any weight loss infomercial.

His favorite cereal is Raisin Bran Crunch and he...
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December 3, 2018 40 min
Nikki joins Andy to talk about body neutrality and what that means to her.


Nikki is a Comedian, Improviser, Cosmetologist, and Public Speaker. Nikki can be seen on stages across the Twin Cities metro area. During the day she's a cosmetologist and at night she is a comedian and improviser. She can be seen performing with her Improv group "Jazz Cats". Follow her social media accounts!
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November 19, 2018 68 min
Carolyn joins Andy to talk about the perfect storm of mental health that resulted in "the incident" and how far she's come since.


Carolyn Blomberg is a quirky, energetic comedian from the Twin Cities. Her obsession with all things funny began at the tender age of 12 when she stayed up past her bedtime and saw Saturday Night Live for the first time. Since then, she's been involved in stand up, improv, ...
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Megan comes in to talk with Andy about Body Dysmorphia and Bulimia and the effects it has had on her.


Megan is a UW-River Falls grad with a background of communications and art design. She has worked in a number of fields, including working with a small company shooting action sports, Target Space and Planning, and finally landing in Mitchell Hamline as event and career coordinator. She now continues her love of art ...
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October 21, 2018 96 min
Ali Sultan joins Andy and flips the roles as Ali talks with Andy about his upbringing.


Stories with my Muslim Mom podcast host Ali Sultan saw his first stand up comedian when he moved to America from Yemen at the age of 15. He grew the desire to go on stage but first he needed to learn English. Years later Ali began his comedy adventure to become the first professional Yemeni American comedian to be featured on Television ...
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