The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 33 · 2 years 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 the people who are helping support the show through anchor and Patreon. Before we get into that, though, I want to take a moment here at the top of 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 to call it. This is something the likes of which none of us have ever 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 the kind of thing you read about in history books. That happen hundreds of years ago, and this will be something that we read about, that our grandchildren and 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 a time for people to come together. It's unfortunate that this kind of thing would fall 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 time high. 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 to survive, because that is what the human race does. We survive. We're at 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 or the news or the governor, the president, or whoever the coronavirus is here. Is Our job to work together to survive it. As of right now the United States, orders are going out from governors and mayors all over the place telling people to stay home, don't go to work unless you're a member of 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 and continued broadcasting of television go on in my station. That is my job for four P M to midnight. My job is to make sure that all the stations in our market that we're responsib before stay on the air to make sure you guys have access to the newscast to give you the information. That is my 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 where their next dollar is going to come from, where their next meal is going to come from. There are elderly people quarantined into their homes and in their retirement communities right now, unable to be with their families. We are at an all time low right now as a global society, but it is our job 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 homestate of South Carolina ignoring these commands and these...

...wishes from the scientific community in the government 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 like that 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 not think we were capable of as a human race. So if you're one of these 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's not just your own health you're putting at risk, it is the risk of everyone you know and everyone around you as well. Just because you're young doesn't mean you're immune. It doesn't mean you can't carry this and give this to someone else. I am begging everyone out there to please be smart, be responsible 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're in the basement lounge. A good morning, good evening, good afternoon, whatever it might be. Welcome to another episode of the Basement Lounge. This is the cool, relaxed show where we sit back, we talked with guests, we have conversations, except the right now, for for the month of March, we're doing something a little bit different. We're doing four weeks of gratitude 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 dear old 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 of mine, who is not, who is...

...a relatively new friend. We've known each other just just under a year and she's been such a great positive influence in my life. And we're talking today about the wonderful jody McDermott. At jodey 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 my ass off. She made my mother laugh her ass off. That's how that's how big a part of my life that jody has become a she's friends now with my mother, like. They talk like that's the thing. They they they're friends on facebook, they're friends with each other. And and jody was one of the last guests we had on Mike talks funny and how has been one of the or was she one of the first guests? No, I think she was the first guest on the Basement Lounge. I'm such a Shmuck I'm gonna look this right now. I think she was one of the first guests we had. She was, she was. Wow, jody. I am so sorry. Jody was the very first guest we had on the Basement Lounge. I am a fucking moron. Wow, and jody has been just a bright ray of light in my life ever since she came on the show that day. She has been kind and and I hate to say she's been like a second mother to me, because I have a mother and I love my mother. My mother is fantastic, but she has kind of been this just 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 I have the things. I have a fun aunt. I have several fun aunts. This is weird. She's like another one of my fundnts. I Love Jody and I'm so honored to call her my friend. She, she and I connect on things emotionally mentally that I...

...can't say I do with a lot of other people. You know, jody is, you know, a few years older than me. will go with that. She's not old by any means, not at all. Other sounds because he's done jody, jody. Jody has as the energy of somebody much younger than me. She is full of life and full of energy and full of spunk and and is just somebody you can't be in a bad mood when you're around she. I don't know how else to explain it. She is just one of the kindest, most relatable individuals on the face of the earth. You know, she does give off the 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 with the fellas and me and she can hang, she can hang. One of my favorite times ever been on Don Stewart, Don Stewart Don Smith's radio show the life. Jody was there with me and man it was, it was just it was a great hour. She's always fun to talk to and she's always looking out for me. It's been it's been a tough, tough year here for me, you know, dealing with dealing with depression and and everything going on in my life, and she's she's always reaching out to check on me and see how I'm doing and there are days I just feel like I don't deserve a friend like jody. I don't think any of us really deserve a friend like jody. That's how good of a friend jody is. I can I never forget the thing we talked about on on her episode. It was 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 conversation that I think about very, very often. We're all insecure about shit, but you 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 about it, because everybody's got something. You know, and it and you know it. 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 it because you know. Yet, like I said, you life's messy and you have to laugh about it because it's funny. You know. Well, it's it's it's a round Blue Sitcom. It's like, you know, God made this world. Need's like, let's just watch what. I have a hard time imagining, like how I'd be doing right now if I didn't have joy to lean on. Really and truly, I you know, I I said something similar about that, about Whitney, and I'll say it again next week to about our other other person going to talk about but but jody. Jody came into my life at a very interesting time and she's played a much bigger role in the things that have developed in the last year then I ever really would have expected. It's almost it's it's like the Strang just coincidence that's somebody that I would find such solace in, that I would find such comfort and confidence in the way I have with what I've been going through. Cabin in my life right when those things started and has been been sticking by me ever since. It's amazing sometimes the kinds of people who will come into your life and when they when they will. Then I'm not a I'm not a religious person. 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 with jody and she's been supporting us on the...

...patreon ever since, ever since it launched, for this show and and I can't you begin to thank her enough for that, or anybody who does for that matter, that she's so believes in what I'm doing that she's willing to always just be involved as much as she can. I can't even begin to tell you how much I look forward to seeing her again, because you're right now, with everything going on with with that, with the coronavirus and the limited you know, seeing people and all that. It sucks I don't get the seers much and I got to say something. Hear Me Tasson about Jodi, about how Joey Mc Dermot works. Okay, so as a result of my job, I I don't get to go on stage a whole lot. My only days off a Mondays and Tuesdays. Okay, so jody was looking to start her own open mic in Lima, where she lives. Jody specifically put her open mic on a Tuesday night just so I could go to it every month and I can't even tell you how much broke my heart when I had to stop going to the open mic because I had a new job opportunity pop up on Tuesday nights. I got to I got a paying gig where I got to go host Trivia every Tuesday night and it broke my heart that I had to miss that monthly open like the Jodi set up and plan so that I'd be able to go to it. But even then she still supported me in hosting my Trivia night and always checking on me and seeing how it's going. Even though I felt like I stabbed her in the back, she still supported me, she still us supported 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 that I was performing at while he's and we keep trying to make plans to have lunch 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's an 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 to have her as a friend and I am so grateful that she is a part of my life. Jody, I am so grateful for you. I'm grateful for everything that you do and everything that you are and everything that you have been 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 my heart, jody, for being as awesome as you are. We'll be back again next week, guys, with another of our last gratitude episode of the month and then we're going to be taking a look at seeing what we're going 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 over to the studio. So I'm going to be working on setting up doing more remote interviews because, you know, just for everyone's safety, I'm not going to 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 apart from each other. But for everyone's safety, I think it's best don't have guests over or we're going to continue to work on the show and keep getting through this. Also, don't forget that we started doing our live morning show, brunch in the basement, on twitch...

...every day. You can check out a twitch dotv slash basement lounge pod we do week days at eleven am eastern time. We have our morning show because while everybody is stuck at home and can't go to work, can't go to school, can't do whatever, you're looking for something to do. Here's an hour out of your day. We can just kick back, relax and watch a fun show. That you can also be a part of by going on twitch and joining the chat and having a 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 get to keep having fun with us and make sure you check that show out as well. And with that being said, guys, thanks for joining us and we'll see again next week and, as always, live well, rock on, take care and bye bye,.

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