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Season 1, Episode 23 · 1 year ago

"Have You Met Mike?" - EP #23


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What's going on, everybody welcome toanother episode of the basement. Lounge, I'm your host Mike Chay, and this isthe show where normally we introduce you guys to rising stars in theentertainment industry, be they comedians actors, podcasters musicians.What have you and we're kind of doing that on today'sepisode? We're still kind of in break until we get started again here inFebruary, and we've been doing these fun little kind of filler episodeswhere we talked about things. I learned about myself on the previous yeartalked about some of my goals for the New Year and TNOW. I decided it was aprobably a pretty good time to reintroduce myself to all of you,because a lot of you followed me over from the old show from Mike talks funny,but I'm sure there's plenty of you who maybe wort wort a fan of me warn't to listener opline prior to this.So what I've decided to do is introduce you guys to my to me myself going toreintroduce myself to everybody, because when we started this show itwas just going in and talking to guests and haven't had a lot of time for youguys to really get to know me. That's what we're going to do today so sit back and relax and enjoy thisconversation with myself. Really Jus Gongna talk aboutsome key points of my life things I'm involved in how I got involved in themand Ilet. You guys decide for yourself. If I'm somebody, you really give a shitabout so to start things off again. My nameis my name is Mike Shay I go by Mike. Usually you know, Michael occasionally,Never Mikey. I currently live in Dayton, Ohio, it'sa small town, smose between Cincinnati and Columbus. You may have seen Daytonin the news this past year. We we had a hell of a year on Memorial Day. We were pommeledpretty hard with some tornadoes, and then we had a shooting... downtown Dayton in an area calledthe Oregon district at a bar called net peppers, where nine people lost their lives Um. We also had a K, K, H rally hereearlier this year as well, and then the death of detective GeorgeGaria George George George delrio. That happened a few months ago. It's been arough year for Dayton, we've we've had a hell of a year. That's where I live.I live in Dayton. I H, I have been doing stand up for it'll, be fifteenyears. This October fifteen years started in high school as a teenager, and I originally got into doing standup just because I you know like a lot of people who havebecome comedians. I was bullied a lot in in school and it was at first. Itwas a way for me to kind of get out in front of the bullies. I would telljokes making fun of myself, because I figured if I was able to laugh at myself before they had thechance to laugh at me. It would disarm them Iknow, it's Kinda Weird, but that was my thinking also. I justthere's just something about being able to make people laugh that I really love.I love the idea of having an idea or of thought and sharing it with a roomfull ofpeople and they get a laugh out of it. 'cause I've always enjoyed entertainingeven before I was doing standup I was always in theatere acting in plays. I always love doing that kind of thing,and so stand up was a way for me to do that. On my own, I didn't have towait for the next big production. To start, I could just you know, write myown stuff and Kindaf just put on my own little one mans show at's Kindof how Isaw it... I got into stand up at a weirdtime where it wasn't exactly a popular form of entertainment. Youknow the the seventies and eighties were big forstand up, and then you got into the nineties and it the the fire for t kindof went down a little bit and the early two thousands which swhen I started there really wasn't a buzz for it atall. What was kind of the kick in the pants was was two things. One was that was about the time that Dane Cookwas was really becoming a superstar, and he had really made. He was one ofthe F First People in like twenty something years to really be a household name as a comedian, andthen also that was around the same time that the blue collar comedy tour first first premiered, and that youknow we all know that went off like a like a lightning and a bottle it w it.It was crazy and so that kind of resparted a lot of people's interestand Standup, and for me that was the first time I'd ever really beenintroduced to it. You know I had seen some of the comedy central specials ofthe guys on stage like Greg, proops or Brian Rigan. You know telling jokes onstage, but I never really understood what it was. I didn't understand thatthat was like a job. You could have just telling jokes and being funny. Youknow, that's not something they do. They talk about it career day in school, and so it wasn't until things like DaneCook becom becoming popular. The Baca Comedy tour that actually my my parents saw how much Iwas enjoying it and they introduced me to like Robin Williams, Leon Broadway,and you know, George Carlin and Sinbad, andthings like that and that's that's where my initial love and inspiration for stand up camefrom, but it was, but it's always been verydeep seated and just in my love for...

...entertainment again, you know I got mystart. Acting in in in school plays and community theater, and I s I still Li e I still enjoyacting. I I've done a little bit of it in the last few years, usually inthings that I've put on myself. My my brother Jason is a photographer and avideographer and a bit of an amateur filmmaker himself Hewell a bit he he.He start he started long before I did. He started making short films in highschool and I got to act in a couple of them and it was a lot of fun. We had alot of fun, making those and he's he's made some really good ones over theyears and he's done. Music. Video work he's done commercial work for like local lawfirms. He does a lot of photography and video.His girlfriend is in a dance group and he shoots photos of them and does headshots, and so he was kind of a I hate to say, inspiration because Ididn't start getting into that side of things until way later, but he was, buthe he was somebody that I, that was something t a could have a sharedinterest with him in and because I always loved, acting and lovedentertaining. It was great because whenever he needed somebody Kinda onthe fly he cou kN, he knew he could always ask me. I was always h was always handy and H, so I do sum acting. I haven'tdone a whole lot of acting the last couple of years. I've kind ofmoved away from acting 'cause as I've gotten into film making I've found thatI enjoy writing and directing more than I do actually acting on film I'vedirected myself in a couple and UH. I kind of promise myself never again ever again, um. You know I'll act insomebody else's, but I won't direct myself and my own. It's just it's toomuch Um th. So I've made a couple of films the last few years. The first wasone called the cross at the gym, which was a...

...sort ofwell. We we'll get to that in asecond 'cause. There's there's a bit of a story there. So I h I went to school.I got my degree in mass communication from Landa University, which is inGreenwood South Carolina, tiny little town in the middle of nowhere in SouthCarolina. I actually went to two other schools prior to that winterupuniversity for my freshman year, and then I did some time at Midlimstech,which is a little community college in in South Carolini was living in SouthCarolina for a number of years, but I ended up finishing my education atlander and I had an amazing experience. Atlander I was only there two and ahalf years by the time. Excuse me by the time everything was setting down. Iwent into finish my degree there, but I had the most amazing experience there.I met people that I'm still friends with tou This Day, Um Tha, my mywriting partner and producer for this show Travis diffeent er, for I met him.My last year, O College Atlander, Paul Crutcher, who was my my advisor and myboss at the radio station on campus, has continued to be one of my uh, dearfriends and mentors in life. I Made H great connections to people. Ideveloped a lot of skills and also where I developed my love for film,because it just so happened that my first semester at lander they weredoing the Second Annual Lander University Film Festival, and I justhappened to be walking past the meeting and Paul was there and he said, mightcome in in come to shing, and I was like it's not really. My thing, He'aslike just come in and see what you think and I wound up just giving it ashot, and I had so much fun with it that for the next couple of years Ientered every single year and it was never with anything good. It was stuffthat I just Kinda made and- and you know just had fun slapping together at the last second,it wasn't anything special,...

...but after I got out of college and Yo Ow, I wasn't focused on schoolanymore, so I was able to start really Um, focusing on the creative side ofthings. You know I was working and living with friends and just startedwriting more and then. Finally, once I once I did moved to Ohio after leaving SouthCarolina eventually did move to Ohio Um to be near family 'cause. My my parentshad moved from South Carolina back up to Ohio where we had been living before my last year college and I actuallyopted to stay behind 'cause. I was ytwenty two Sur, Oh yeah. I was twentytwo and uh at that time. You know I had had kindof bit of Iraqi relationship with my parents, mostly because I was a shitheadteenager and you know just was rebellious and I kindof wantedto just live on my own and do my own thing for a bed. I didn't want to go,live with mom and dad anymore, so I tried making an honest go of living onmy own. I got out of college moved in with my Buddy Jeff and his histhen wife, nowex wife, and lived with them. I wound up gettinga full time job at Walmart, which was the worst job I've ever had in my life.They will never sponsor the show 'cause. I will talk shit about Walmart till theday I die and was doing that and eventually gotmy own place with with a buddy from high school. I just kindo did my own thing for acouple of years. What ended up an eventually happeningwas I lost my job at Walmart. I got another job working at a call center,but I was just miserable man I was constantly broke. I was alwaysstruggling. I was basically living off... cards. I was drowning a creditcard debt and I had come back up to Dayton a fewtimes to visit my family, and you know I could. I could see thatyou know s so my dad at that point had developed an auto immune disordercalled Mitenia Gravis. where, basically is his antibodies were attacking hismuscle tissue. It wasn't in the best of health, and I was I was worried and also it justcame down to. I missed my family. You know in in the three years I lived onmy own. I probably saw my family you two or three times and that sucked Imissed my family. So when my leas on my apartment was up in twent an fifteen right when my my best friend Vince andhis wife were getting married, I I made a decision. I was going to pack up andmoved back to Ohio in August. WHIS is what I eventuallydid it just so happened that right near the end of my lease I met, I met a met,a girl ad we started dating and we try to make an honest go withthe long distance thing. A D mean we almost made it a year. Um after I had moved away, and I went backto visit her a few times. You know helped her move out of her dorm whenshe graduated college and really got to know her family reallywell, it was actually it was a really. It was a really good relationship for awhile Um, but you know when you're that far apart and we started to find that there were somethings in life that we fundamentally just disagreed with, and you know we tried to work past itand we had some other issues happen, and then we wound up just fighting allthe time and one thing led to another and that relationship ended pretty ugly.Actually, but at this point you know twenty fifteen I've moved back up toDayton and found a job with within within acouple of weeks of moving here I found...

...a part time job as a English tutor was as as a as an act, prep tutor at alocal testing center, and you know I I tutored kids in English and reading andscience 'cause. You know, look I'm a smart guy. I think I'm a pretty smartguy. They actually had me take a practice act before I even had my firstinterview- and you know my English reading and science scores- were reallygood, my math and not so much. It's not my thing, but I ended up actuallygetting along. Really well with with the guy in charge, Guiname GilGilo'Brian to to this day is one of my one of my very close friends. I lovethat guy to death. I really do he's wonderful man he's a wonderful humanbeing. A smart guy he's funny he's creative, talented musician, I'm soglad I got to meet him, but then, within a week of that job, I I actually got hired at a local TVstation as a master control operator. Now, allthroughout college I worked at in FM radio and college radio. I had. I had alot of years of broadcasting under my belt by the time I got up to Dayton andso the whole time I'd been living in SouthCarolina. I was trying to find jobs in broadcasting, beat radio or T V andthey just weren't there, and it was just by complete luck that you know within a couple of weeksof me. Moving to Dayton, Ohio, I've found this job at this TV station andI'm still there to this day. It'll be five years in September that that I'vehad this job and I've I've. I still work the exact same schedule, which isbizarre, but I you know I I got promoted at the end of last year. I'mnow the shift supervisor Um. You know I got five. Almost five years experiencean my belt. It's the longest job ha've ever had I've made some good friends workingthere. I've learned a lot working there, but I got this job and it's it's a goodpaying job. It's a good job for a big... and it's it's an adult big boy.Job is what it comes down to and to finally have one of those now at thirty,one where I have a small amount of financial stability is really good, but the five years here haven't always been steller, haven't always been Steller, Dad's,Dad's M g. You know they. He we eventually got on the right drugs andthe right procedures to kind of get it stabilized and he was livein a prettygood, healthy lifestyle Um. He was eventually able to get on socialsecurity because he couldn't work anymore and my mom at that point hadgotten a really good job at at an Atanu Company, and you know mymy family struggled for a long time when, when we first moved down to SouthCarolina, you know we were doing pretty well. My Dad was was pretty high up thecorporate ladder my mom was was was a professional in her field, and you knowmy family was you know we weren't like independently wealthy, but we weredoing pretty well. Unfortunately, my junior year of High School, my dad losthis job in a merger, and things went south pretty hard. After that, my my family struggledfinancially, I mean we still Kinda do we were prettybad off for a while, even after my family moved up here toDayton, it was still pretty tough go of things M, but after my dad was able to get onsocial security, the government assistants really took a load off of myparents Um they were able to fix a considerable amount of their debtand kind of get themselves back above water. A little bit, in fact, in January of well December of twenty sixteen Januarytwenty seventeen, my parents were...

...planning a big family vacation, thefirst one we had done probably ten fifteen years. Hopefullywe were all going to go down to go down to Orlando of a big weekend big week,long trip to Disney something that we, you know hadn't gotten to do in a verylong, a big vacation in a long time was not something we had gotten to do, andit was mostly something for the kids 'cause. You know when they were mylittle brother and sister are, you know, we're a blended family, so I'm from mymom's first first marriage and then my dad had twoboys from his first marriage and then after they got married, they had thetwo little ones, conter ing, grace so big age gap. But you know the twolittle ones hadn't gotten to have as many of those big family vacations whosabout the time they were growing up is when we kinda hit hard times. So my parents were really you know dead,set on on. You know putting the money to good use, putting some money awayfor the kids for college and and doing something Nice with thefamily go on on vacation. Unfortunately, in in March of twenty, seventeen is whenmy dad was actually diagnosed with flit three leukemia and that you know that put a lot of ourplans on hold and for the rest of that year. You know mydad fought really hard and he went into remission at one pointand then came out of it and fought and fought, and we all worked really hard.He had one of the best medical teams ever and we worked in Workhard, butunfortunately, on December thirtieth of that year, h dad passed away and h this past December marked twoyears to the day that my dad passed away and in all this time I've still beenliving with. My in my parents' house here in Dayton, been living a movedinto the basement. That's why the show's called the basement, lounge I'in a finished, basement Um, and that's...

...where I've been staying. You know Iinitially, you know I moved in initially because I needed help andthen that kind of flipped to where then Iwas helping my parents out, we were kind of you know they were helping me,my giving me a place to live and I was helping them 'cause. I you know my workschedule panned out o where I coul help take the kids to and from school or tothe doctor, or help out with the shopping or when dad was sick, help gethim to his his dotor's appointments and it actually it panned out really well, because youknow when I had initially moved out on my own. Myrelationship with my parents was still kindof rocky, especially with me and mydad. We fought he and I fought a lot and in the time that I was living uphere before he passed, you know Dadandmi really got to bebuddies again. You know we Kinda, you know rekindled and reconnected and because I was you know,I work in the evenings. I work foratd at midnight and so I'd be home all day, just hanging out with Tad. You know I'dgo sit up in my go set up in Tae Living Room with him and we'd Watch TV and we'd talk and we'.You know joke around and we'd have lunch and it was always just just fun.Spen spending the day with dad was always some of the some of the bestmemories. I'll have are just going to be just sit in n living room. Justhanging out with my dad, and you know, taking hem to the doctor and keepinghim company and just being with Hem was a lot of fun and I'll always have that, and you know, while I was at landerbefore I C I mentioned you know, I got into the film festival. So when Istarted living up here, one of the first things I did was you know I gotmyself A. I got myself a video camera and I shota short film. A little five minute, pseudodocumentary called the cross atthe gym. I mentioned them a little bit...

...earlier, Um, because Dayton is alsowell known for having a really bad drug overnose problem, and I learned some stories about stuff that had gone down and I did someresearch and- and you know, working at a TV station that has its own newsroom.You learn a lot just through the the nightly news reports, and so I shotthis little five minute documentary and while I was working on that documentaryI had I suffered two losses. The first was a coworker of mine, a guynamed bill who actually O I hadn't known very long, but he I becamebuddies, real quick. He was a huge, huge film buff, the nicest guy you evermet in your life always whistling and and had a smile on his face and Um. He he was helping me. You know,write the script and and everything and and get everything together to shootthis thing, and then it just so happened that the night we weresupposed to start shooting bill passed away and then a week before that, a good friend of mine from college, a young woman by the name of Morgan,actually passed away from a heroin overdose, and that was really the initialinspiration to do. The film that I did and I was really proud of it and I shotit and it's kind of a Nawar, detective style film. And then what I did thefollowing year was: I did another film sort of sort of a sequel, a spiritual sequel to that it wascalled monarch ininstead of being a documentary, though it was a pure pure fiction, war, style, Fenthata, private eye story, and I had a lot offon that one as well. But I still you know it was. It was hectic because Iwas doing the camera work and the writing and the editing and thedirecting and the acting and the scheduling and it was it was a lot.

And so when it came time to do a filmfor O thosand and Nineteen, I was going through some old harddrives of mine. I actually found a script that I started back in, liketwenty fourteen that I never finished, and so I sat down and I just kind ofgot to work and just wrote and wrote, and it wound up curning out somethinglike I was really proud of. Now. In the time since I had moved here, I had metsome really talented people. I Have Travis Voltz and M silver, who are tooextremely talented, photographers and videographers. I had met actors, I hadmet musicians, I had met people who were other filmmakers, and so I I kindof amassed like this little not to use is term too much but lightning in abottle of talent. Here in Dayton to where I did a new short film called vanishingpoint, it was kind of a horror thriller which is not something I'm usually toointo when it comes to film. But for the first time I got to focuson just the writing and the directing I didn't have to worry about the actingor anything else and I scouted locations. I had a casting call, I youknow, I I had two amazing CA. cinematographers I had a friend who,who did the Scho did an amazing original score for it, and I I cut thisthing together and I sat back and I watched it and I was, I was blown away, blown away with how it turn Ou, I'musually somebody who hates everything I do. I was blown away with how well thisthing turned out and the film wound up winning two awards to the film festivalthat year, one third place for H, best overallthird third place in the open division and Andrewmedicitis who is who was on the old show, who im verygood friends with his a good buddy of mine. He woned a best actor award andhe did an amazing job it. I I sit here... in January twusand and twenty withthe with this year's film festival on the horizon, and I have no idea how I'mgoing to follow what vanishing point, but what it all comes down to is. Inever would have been able to make something that good without being here in Dayton, and Ilove being here in Dayton. I really do. I love this town. The comedy scene here is vibrant andgrowing. I guarantee in the next year or two we're going to have like a newwave of big, huge new wave of comedy coming outof the Midwest. It's insane the talent we have out here, but my my future, I believe, lies elsewhere. Ivery much am trying to find a way to get out toLos Angeles Travis our producer who's, my writing partner and one of mylongtime friends. He lives oftthere with his wife and he and I both verymuch want to work in the film industry in the entertainment industry. That'sour goal, and so my my goal is still to get out. There is to find a way out.There find a job and really get working in the industry. That's what I want todo. I love it here in Dayton and I knowthat if, for whatever reason the California thing doesn't Pant Out, Ican come back here because there's an amazing scene here, it's an amazingentertainment scene in the Midwest out here, but I really want to get out toLos Angeles and make an honest hard go of the stand up and n and thefilmmaking 'cause is what I love to do it's what I love to do, but again I,but I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge everything that I've hadhappened out here in Dayton with my film making. This is now the secondyear in a row. I've been nominated for best local comedian. I got toparticipate in the wilys fireworks competition last year, which was ablast, and I had one of the best sets of my life. I've made some amazingfriends here and it s it's a great area out here, but you know I'm thirty, one years oldand I've got I got to chase my Dreami a... least try. Andthat's, that's my golfer this yearis is, is to really try and make an attempt of t to make a gothings out in Los Angeles, but until then I've got a good thinggoing here. Don't have any reason to worry. I have a good job. I have my family. Ihave my friends. I've got stand up out here. I've gotfilm making out here. I've got I've got stuff to keep me satiated until I doeventually make it out there. That's me and a nutshell guys, not sure what else you need to knowabout me. I love movies and Scifi. I love heavy metal. I Love Pizza. I LoveCoke Zero. I really love Ripier Syou know I'm a pretty simple guy, but that's me and that's that's whereI'm at now, and that's how I got here so I o be guys have enjoyed. This will be back again next week withanother fun fillor episode. I I'm really. I've really been enjoying theseand hope you guys have to and remember you can always het me up on all thesocial media at Mike share comedy on Twitterand Instogram. Follow this showon Inste Gram Basement Lounge POD, follow us on twitter, tbl under scorepod, go to the website, basement laugpod dotcom. It me up guys. I always want to hearfrom you until next time, as always live well rock on take care and byebye.

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