The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 33 · 1 year ago

Gratitude: Jodi McDermitt - The Basement Lounge: EP #33


Throughout the month of March, I'm showing gratitude to everyone who's been supporting this show through Patreon & Anchor. 

 This week, I'm shouting out Jodi McDermitt, a local comedian and dear friend.

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Thanks to my Patrons: 

Whitney Lattin 

Jodi McDermitt 

Melissa Shea 

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...another episode of the Basement Lounge.We're continuing our month long series of episodes all about gratitude, gratitude to thepeople who are helping support the show through anchor and Patreon. Before we getinto that, though, I want to take a moment here at the topof the show to talk about what's currently going on across the entire world,and that's the current pandemic with the coronavirus, covid nineteen, whatever you want tocall it. This is something the likes of which none of us haveever seen in our lifetime and very well might never see again in our lifetime. This is a once in a generation kind of thing. This is thekind of thing you read about in history books. That happen hundreds of yearsago, and this will be something that we read about, that our grandchildrenand our great grandchildren will read about history books years down the road from now. This is a time for unity as a human species. This is atime for people to come together. It's unfortunate that this kind of thing wouldfall right in the midst of an election season here in the United States.Political discourse is at a all time low, political rivalry is at an all timehigh. This is a time to set those things aside, though.We're not here as Republicans and Democrats, men and women, older generation,younger generation, whenever you we are here as people and we are here tosurvive, because that is what the human race does. We survive. We'reat the top of the intelligence chain, with the top of the food chain, where the top of the science chain,...

...whenever you want to call we survive. That's what we do and we have it in us to survive this, but we have to come together. No pointing blame at the media orthe news or the governor, the president, or whoever the coronavirus is here.Is Our job to work together to survive it. As of right nowthe United States, orders are going out from governors and mayors all over theplace telling people to stay home, don't go to work unless you're a memberof you're an essential personnel. Like myself. I work for a TV news station. It is my job to make sure that the news and broad andcontinued broadcasting of television go on in my station. That is my job forfour P M to midnight. My job is to make sure that all thestations in our market that we're responsib before stay on the air to make sureyou guys have access to the newscast to give you the information. That ismy job. There are lots of people, though, who no longer have jobs, people who worked at restaurants, hotels, bars, video game stores, whatever, you nannies, and no longer have work that aren't sure wheretheir next dollar is going to come from, where their next meal is going tocome from. There are elderly people quarantined into their homes and in theirretirement communities right now, unable to be with their families. We are atan all time low right now as a global society, but it is ourjob to do what we have to do to make sure it doesn't spread.And every time I see reports of people down in Florida or in my homestateof South Carolina ignoring these commands and these...

...wishes from the scientific community in thegovernment and going out in large groups to the beach and saying, screw it, if I get corona, I get corona. It's people and groups likethat that could lead to an absolutely abysmal, cataclysmic event. That is arrogance,that is entitlement and that is selfishness on a level that I did notthink we were capable of as a human race. So if you're one ofthese people or you're someone who's been considering doing the same wherever you live,I beg of you. Please think of the others around you, because it'snot just your own health you're putting at risk, it is the risk ofeveryone you know and everyone around you as well. Just because you're young doesn'tmean you're immune. It doesn't mean you can't carry this and give this tosomeone else. I am begging everyone out there to please be smart, beresponsible and be safe. With that being said, let's get into today's show. Grab a drink, pull up a chair and settle it, because you'rein the basement lounge. A good morning, good evening, good afternoon, whateverit might be. Welcome to another episode of the Basement Lounge. Thisis the cool, relaxed show where we sit back, we talked with guests, we have conversations, except the right now, for for the month ofMarch, we're doing something a little bit different. We're doing four weeks ofgratitude episodes, showing gratitude everybody supporting the show on anchor and on Patreon.You guys been doing a great job. Last week we talked about a dearold college friend of mine, is Whitney Latin, one of my dearest friends, and today we're talking about somebody who was also a very close friend ofmine, who is not, who is...

...a relatively new friend. We've knowneach other just just under a year and she's been such a great positive influencein my life. And we're talking today about the wonderful jody McDermott. Atjodey McDermott is somebody that I met last summer at the Wilie's fireworks festival.We happen to be performing on the same night and she made me laugh myass off. She made my mother laugh her ass off. That's how that'show big a part of my life that jody has become a she's friends nowwith my mother, like. They talk like that's the thing. They theythey're friends on facebook, they're friends with each other. And and jody wasone of the last guests we had on Mike talks funny and how has beenone of the or was she one of the first guests? No, Ithink she was the first guest on the Basement Lounge. I'm such a ShmuckI'm gonna look this right now. I think she was one of the firstguests we had. She was, she was. Wow, jody. Iam so sorry. Jody was the very first guest we had on the BasementLounge. I am a fucking moron. Wow, and jody has been justa bright ray of light in my life ever since she came on the showthat day. She has been kind and and I hate to say she's beenlike a second mother to me, because I have a mother and I lovemy mother. My mother is fantastic, but she has kind of been thisjust this other maternal type caring person in my life. It's so weird.It's she's been like the fun aunt, let's go with that. And Ihave the things. I have a fun aunt. I have several fun aunts. This is weird. She's like another one of my fundnts. I LoveJody and I'm so honored to call her my friend. She, she andI connect on things emotionally mentally that I...

...can't say I do with a lotof other people. You know, jody is, you know, a fewyears older than me. will go with that. She's not old by anymeans, not at all. Other sounds because he's done jody, jody.Jody has as the energy of somebody much younger than me. She is fullof life and full of energy and full of spunk and and is just somebodyyou can't be in a bad mood when you're around she. I don't knowhow else to explain it. She is just one of the kindest, mostrelatable individuals on the face of the earth. You know, she does give offthe the mom next door vibe when you're talking to her, but man, when it's time for her to get dirty and get Raschi with the withthe fellas and me and she can hang, she can hang. One of myfavorite times ever been on Don Stewart, Don Stewart Don Smith's radio show thelife. Jody was there with me and man it was, it wasjust it was a great hour. She's always fun to talk to and she'salways looking out for me. It's been it's been a tough, tough yearhere for me, you know, dealing with dealing with depression and and everythinggoing on in my life, and she's she's always reaching out to check onme and see how I'm doing and there are days I just feel like Idon't deserve a friend like jody. I don't think any of us really deservea friend like jody. That's how good of a friend jody is. Ican I never forget the thing we talked about on on her episode. Itwas just so shitty to say becausidering. I forgot that was on the show. We talked about comedy being free there be, and that is a conversationthat I think about very, very often. We're all insecure about shit, butyou but you know what it's?...

It is free therapy, you know, because you get to tell all your stuff and it's and everybody laughs aboutit, because everybody's got something. You know, and it and you knowit. It might be my messy little corner of the world that's mine,you're right, you know, and and I've in people can laugh about itbecause you know. Yet, like I said, you life's messy and youhave to laugh about it because it's funny. You know. Well, it's it'sit's a round Blue Sitcom. It's like, you know, God madethis world. Need's like, let's just watch what. I have a hardtime imagining, like how I'd be doing right now if I didn't have joyto lean on. Really and truly, I you know, I I saidsomething similar about that, about Whitney, and I'll say it again next weekto about our other other person going to talk about but but jody. Jodycame into my life at a very interesting time and she's played a much biggerrole in the things that have developed in the last year then I ever reallywould have expected. It's almost it's it's like the Strang just coincidence that's somebodythat I would find such solace in, that I would find such comfort andconfidence in the way I have with what I've been going through. Cabin inmy life right when those things started and has been been sticking by me eversince. It's amazing sometimes the kinds of people who will come into your lifeand when they when they will. Then I'm not a I'm not a religiousperson. I don't really necessarily believe in fate or destiny or anything like that, but but there there is an air of predetermined happenstance surrounding my friendship withjody and she's been supporting us on the...

...patreon ever since, ever since itlaunched, for this show and and I can't you begin to thank her enoughfor that, or anybody who does for that matter, that she's so believesin what I'm doing that she's willing to always just be involved as much asshe can. I can't even begin to tell you how much I look forwardto seeing her again, because you're right now, with everything going on withwith that, with the coronavirus and the limited you know, seeing people andall that. It sucks I don't get the seers much and I got tosay something. Hear Me Tasson about Jodi, about how Joey Mc Dermot works.Okay, so as a result of my job, I I don't getto go on stage a whole lot. My only days off a Mondays andTuesdays. Okay, so jody was looking to start her own open mic inLima, where she lives. Jody specifically put her open mic on a Tuesdaynight just so I could go to it every month and I can't even tellyou how much broke my heart when I had to stop going to the openmic because I had a new job opportunity pop up on Tuesday nights. Igot to I got a paying gig where I got to go host Trivia everyTuesday night and it broke my heart that I had to miss that monthly openlike the Jodi set up and plan so that I'd be able to go toit. But even then she still supported me in hosting my Trivia night andalways checking on me and seeing how it's going. Even though I felt likeI stabbed her in the back, she still supported me, she still ussupported supports me and it bums me out... that we're stuck in this,you know, quarantine, or whatever it is, to where. You know, I for my birthday she took me out to lunch my birthday weekend thatI was performing at while he's and we keep trying to make plans to havelunch again. You knows, she lives but I just I miss seeing her, I really do. She's got the biggest smile in the world and it'san infectious smile and it's just she's an infectious person. Really and truly.I'm so taken with jody, I really am, and I'm so happy tohave her as a friend and I am so grateful that she is a partof my life. Jody, I am so grateful for you. I'm gratefulfor everything that you do and everything that you are and everything that you havebeen in my life and everything that you will continue to be in my life. Jody, I am grateful for you. Thank you from the bottom of myheart, jody, for being as awesome as you are. We'll beback again next week, guys, with another of our last gratitude episode ofthe month and then we're going to be taking a look at seeing what we'regoing to do with the show going forward now that we're in this pandemic state, because I can't really you know, I'm not going to have guests overto the studio. So I'm going to be working on setting up doing moreremote interviews because, you know, just for everyone's safety, I'm not goingto ask anybody to come over to my basement. It's just, you know, it's just two people and we sit six, seven, eight feet apartfrom each other. But for everyone's safety, I think it's best don't have guestsover or we're going to continue to work on the show and keep gettingthrough this. Also, don't forget that we started doing our live morning show, brunch in the basement, on twitch...

...every day. You can check outa twitch dotv slash basement lounge pod we do week days at eleven am easterntime. We have our morning show because while everybody is stuck at home andcan't go to work, can't go to school, can't do whatever, you'relooking for something to do. Here's an hour out of your day. Wecan just kick back, relax and watch a fun show. That you canalso be a part of by going on twitch and joining the chat and havinga lot of fun. And it's been a fun first week doing this.We had we had a great guest on a yesterday and we're going to getto keep having fun with us and make sure you check that show out aswell. And with that being said, guys, thanks for joining us andwe'll see again next week and, as always, live well, rock on, take care and bye bye,.

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