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Half A Star Podcast

Half A Star Podcast

By Half A Star
Bad ideas make great stories. Join hosts Justin Shaw and Benton Hartley on "Half A Star" as they explore the great stories that come from bad ideas. Whether they're interviewing guests about their own ill-advised actions, or exploring other bad ideas throughout history, these two best friends keep the laughs coming. Come join the wonderous world of Half A Star - where bad ideas never felt so good.
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Episode 11 - The Love Test
On this very special episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben fall in love! Well… sort of. They decide to take a love test! “36 Questions That Lead To Love” was a New York Times article from 2015 that offered the reader 36 questions to ask someone - and after answering, the pair should feel a deeper sense of intimacy! Ooh la la! Will the intimacy be ridiculous? Or will it lead to prolonged eye-contact hubba hubba style? Buckle up, this episode dives into some personal stuff! TMI alert! All this, and a little bit more, on this episode of Half a Star! Bad ideas never felt so good.
01:49:16
September 17, 2021
Episode 10 - Adam Perry
On this very special (repeat!) episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben are joined by PEI filmmaker Adam Perry! Adam shares with the lads what is perhaps the most haunting half a star story they had ever heard - hence why it was originally released on Halloween 2020! This episode deserves another moment in the spotlight not just because of how funny it is, but because Adam’s film A Small Fortune is having a WORLD PREMIERE on September 18 in Halifax! This is exciting news and we want to celebrate by reflecting upon the painfully true story from the storyteller himself. All this and maybe a little more on this episode of Half a Star: where bad ideas make great stories.
35:51
September 10, 2021
Episode 9 - Elspeth Wright
On this episode of Half a Star, Justin and Benton are joined by the super funny Elspeth Wright! Elspeth had an exciting year shifting her comedy debate show Battle of Wits onto on an online format AND getting featured on JFL’s Zoofest AND getting to be featured on JFL Originals! WOW! Elspeth sheds some light on her experiences as a Montreal comic while unearthing a wild half a star story of her own. All this, and maybe a li’l more, on this episode of Half a Star - where bad ideas make great stories.
47:50
September 3, 2021
Episode 8 - Emily O'Brien, The Comeback Kid
On this very special episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben are joined by Hamilton entrepreneur Emily O’Brien! Emily is the owner and operator of a snack company called Comeback Snacks, and they distribute delicious popcorn across Canada. Why is it called “Comeback Snacks” you maybe wondering? Because wow, wow, wow - Emily’s tale is less of a half a star story, and more of a comeback story. Listeners, this episode explores some heavy topics including eating disorders, substance abuse, and Canada’s criminal justice system - but through these challenging subjects, Emily shares an incredibly uplifting and empowering story of perseverance and ultimately - forgiveness. All this, and maybe a little more, on this episode of Half a Star! Presented in partnership with Hub of the Hammer Event Planning!
30:48
August 27, 2021
Episode 7 - Island Spider-Man
On this very special episode of Half a Star - Justin and Ben ENTER THE SPIDERVERSE! The lads are joined by hero of Charlottetown (by way of Toronto) it’s Island Spider-Man! Spidey shares his tales on the road bringing joy to countless folks, young and old - and along the way, you can bet he picked up more than his share of half a star stories. PLUS! We get the scoop on his origin story! Watch out J. Jonah Jamison - Half a Star is on the case! All this, and a little bit more on this episode of Half a Star!
44:01
August 20, 2021
Episode 6 - Jess Salomon & Eman El-Husseini
On this very special episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben are joined by the hilarious Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini - otherwise known as The El-Salomons! The El-Salomons are a married Jewish-Palestinian lesbian comedy couple who after years of performing solo decided to add yet another challenge to their relationship: A duo act! Now they tell jokes about one another, in front each other. A sacrifice they make for the fans. Both Jess (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) and Eman (Just For Laughs) are awesome individual acts in their own right, and have combined their comedic forces to make an awesome duo performance. They tell us all about it, as well as a tale of a vacation gone awry, on this episode of Half a Star! Bad ideas never felt so good!
51:02
August 13, 2021
Episode 5 - Baby God
On the latest episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben are joined by the band BABY GOD! Baby God is the alternative-folk songwriting collaboration between Andrew Murray and Nathan Gill. Both hail from Prince Edward Island, and they bring the pop and indie rock sensibilities of previous music projects to the group’s stripped back sound. Baby God’s song-first approach and laid back production style keep their recordings candid and direct. Their latest release, Another Suffer, is a breezy, homespun Sunday listen. It was recorded in a half-moved apartment in February of 2020. It sits in the isolation between the place you left behind and where you might be headed; a feeling that is bittersweet and immersive. This awesome band shares with Justin and Ben stories of how their latest album came together, some of their other works as musicians, and, of course, the half a star story. All this, and maybe a little bit more, on the latest episode of Half a Star! Bad ideas never felt so good.
40:35
August 6, 2021
Episode 4 - Shawn Hogan
On this very special episode of Half a Star, Justin and Benton are joined by none other than comedy legend-in-the-making, Shawn Hogan! Originating from Mill River, Prince Edward Island, Shawn Hogan has produced and starred in dozens of sold out comedy shows across his home province. Over the last 10 years he has performed and lived in Toronto, where he created, produced, and hosted the Hangover Cure Comedy Show, one of Toronto’s most successful & unique comedy shows which made its Just For Laughs Festival debut last year. To close out 2020, Shawn made his second consecutive appearance at the Halifax Comedy Festival, where in 2019 he made his national television debut. In 2019 he was also a featured comedian on CBC Radio’s “Laugh Out Loud”, and was a finalist in the Brantford Comedy Festival’s $10,000 competition.Buckle up because Shawn shares a wild story about his first trip to the BIG APPLE! All this, and maybe a little more, on this episode of Half a Star. Bad ideas never felt so good.
45:58
July 30, 2021
Episode 3 - Lisa Morrison aka Lizzie Strange
On this very special episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben are joined by their dear friend Lisa Morrison - who may be better know to the drag community as LIZZIE STRANGE! Since 2015, Lisa has brought Lizzy to stages across Canada, performing at 4 of the country’s Pride festivals, Just for Laughs, Montreal Fringe and some of the country’s most magical dive bars.  Their name has also appeared in publications such as Canadian Art Magazine, Flare Magazine, CBC, and the coveted Montreal drag magazine You Betcha Iris. Lisa shares stories about performing as Lizzie, the origins of their name, the topic of ‘drag families’ and  you better believe there’s a burner of a Half a Star story! All this and maybe a little more on this episode of Half a Star! Bad ideas never felt so good!
01:06:56
July 23, 2021
Episode 2 - Tim Chaisson
On this episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben are joined by East Coast music sensation Tim Chaisson! Tim has performed around the world and is an incredible gem of a human being. You may have heard his work as a solo singer-songwriter, with The Morning Fold, or with music trio The East Pointers. Tim shares one hell of a half a star story with Justin and Ben, so buckle up! All this, and maybe a little more, on this episode of Half a Star - bad ideas never felt so good.
43:10
July 16, 2021
Episode 1 - Welcome Back
On this episode of Half a Star, Justin and Benton are BACK with Season 2! This episode features our favourite goofballs giving a rundown as to what they’ve been working on since Season 1, and a sneak peek as to what to expect for this season. There’s lots of stories and more than a few laughs on this outrageous comeback episode. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Half a Star if they didn’t dig deep and share some of their own personal half a star stories - stories so bad, they don’t even get a full star rating. All this, and maybe a little more, on Half a Star - where bad ideas make great stories.
56:04
July 9, 2021
Questions Only
You asked, we answered! Justin and Ben sit down and answer some fan submitted questions to the podcast, and BOY what a ride. Questions ranging from our favourite dairy bar on PEI, to which Golden Girl do we identify with, to most pressing: how have Justin and Ben stayed friends after all these years? All this (and maybe a li'l more) on the wonderful world of Half a Star!
58:37
April 30, 2021
Benton's Birthday Bash (oh boy!)
It's Benton's birthday bash (what more do you need to know?) On this very special episode of Half A Star, Justin throws Benton the best virtual birthday party he's ever virtually had. With a collection of special guests dropping by to wish ol' Benny a happy birthday, this episode is full to the brim with birthday shenanigans. Also! Stay tuned to the end to see what Justin got for Benton as his SUPER SPECIAL GIFT! All that (and maybe a lil more) in the wonderful world of Half a Star.
41:59
April 2, 2021
Drunk Musicals Episode 2 - CATS
Half a Star is proud to present a drunk departure from their usual programming. Justin Shaw is a professionally trained theatre actor, yet astonishingly has a very limited knowledge of contemporary musicals. Having not seen many modern cinema classic musicals, hosts Diana Moser and Benton Hartley decide to amend this situation by sitting Justin down to watch a musical he has never seen, and inviting him to speak to his viewing experience... while completely shitfaced. On this special presentation, Justin watched the 2019 movie musical CATS and drank a lot of gin and soda really fast because he was worried he wasn't drinking enough.  Half a Star encourages listeners to PLEASE drink responsibly, this experiment was conducted in a safe environment. That being said, Drunk Musicals will only be featured sporadically on select occasions. Happy listening!
45:08
March 24, 2021
Half a Star presents DITco (Desert Island Theatre Company) pt I
On this episode of Half a Star, Justin and Benton discussed Desert Island Theatre Company – an independent theatre company based in Charlottetown that is owned and operated by one Benton Hartley! Benton sheds some light on this company, and he and Justin are joined by actors Kassinda Bulger and Patrick Jeffrey who are the stars of DITco’s upcoming production “I Know You” – coming to The Guild February 25-27, 2021! Kassinda and Patrick are kind enough to share a fun scene from the play… as well as their very own half a star stories! All this (and maybe a li’l more) on this episode of Half a Star.
42:11
February 24, 2021
Drunk Musicals Episode 1 - Chicago
Half a Star is proud to present a drunk departure from their usual programming. Justin Shaw is a professionally trained theatre actor, yet astonishingly has a very limited knowledge of contemporary musicals. Having not seen many modern cinema classic musicals, hosts Diana Moser and Benton Hartley decide to amend this situation by sitting Justin down to watch a musical he has never seen, and inviting him to speak to his viewing experience... while completely shitfaced.  On this special presentation, Justin watched the 2002 movie musical Chicago and drank 6 pints of gin and soda. Yes, pints. He offers a gin soaked explanation of his opinion of this award winning film.  Half a Star encourages listeners to PLEASE drink responsibly, this experiment was conducted in a safe environment. That being said, Drunk Musicals will only be featured sporadically on select occasions. Happy listening! 
39:49
February 10, 2021
Half A Star presents - Armageddon Home For Christmas! A Holiday Radio Parody
Half a Star presents – ARMAGEDDON HOME FOR CHRISTMAS! A holiday radio parody! Join the wonders of saving planet Earth from near destruction as a team of plucky oil drillers are sent into space to annihilate an asteroid headed to Earth… on Christmas Day! It’s all the fun and excitement you could expect on the brink of an apocalypse mixed with some holiday spirit! This radio play is a parody and no profit (or wisdom) was gained from its development!
02:03:35
December 21, 2020
Christmas Episode – Matthew Surina and the Hallmark Holiday
On this very special episode of Half A Star, Justin and Ben are joined by Matthew Surina. Matthew is the owner and operator of Hub of the Hammer Event Planning, and an all ‘round expert about Hallmark Holiday movies. Justin and Ben also share an important announcement about something awesome they’ve been working on – all that and more in the wonderful world of Half A Star.
31:11
December 11, 2020
Lost Episode - Adam Perry and the Brotherhood
LOST EPISODE – ADAM PERRY Halloween is just around the corner, and Justin and Ben have decided to release a Lost Episode of Half A Star that was originally recorded during the Season One interviews. Please be joined by Adam Perry, a Prince Edward Island filmmaker who shares with the lads a story that will haunt them until the end of their days. This is a story not for the faint of heart. Happy Halloween!
37:18
October 30, 2020
Episode 22 - Sean Collins and the Season Finale
On this very special episode of Half A Star, we have Canadian comedy legend Sean Collins. But since he’s a Canadian Comedy legend, we still have to tell you who he is. Thank you to James Mullinger for helping us swing this guest by giving him a shout out earlier in the season! Canadian Sean Collins has 25 years experience in stand up comedy, with initial success leading to ‘Best Male Stand Up’ nominations at the Canadian Comedy Awards, a Just For Laughs Gala set at Montreal and his own hour long special on Canadian television. Sean has a few stories from his time on the road to share, and what better way to cap off this season of Half A Star than with another homerun half a star story? All this, and maybe a little more, on the wonderful world of Half A Star.
35:23
September 25, 2020
Episode 21 - Mike Carrozza and The Bummer Boys
Justin and Ben are joined by comedian Mike Carrozza! The last time Mike was on Half A Star, he was featured on a bonus episode to promote his debut comedy album "Cherubic" (available now!) but now - Mike has to pay the piper. He owes the world of half a star some wonderfully terrible bad ideas - and boy does he deliver. Bad ideas make great stories, and Mike Carrozza makes for many laughs. Plus! Ben does a run down of the top half a star emo band names. Tune in and find out why that's relevant! All that and more on the wonderful world of Half A Star.
36:46
September 18, 2020
Episode 20 - Lawrence Maxwell and Another Dang Wang
Justin and Ben are joined by country musician Lawrence Maxwell! Mr. Maxwell is a cool cowboy who recently a new album called ‘Almost Natural’ and is available now. In fact, this episode even features a track from the album – how’s that for lovely? Mr. Maxwell shares a story that cause Justin and Ben to ponder the weight of the universe and question the quality of Wal-Mart pajamas. And Ben has a list of the top half a star country western song titles. Spoiler: they’re really, really terrible. All this (and maybe just a smidge more) on this twangy episode of Half A Star.
34:01
September 11, 2020
EPISODE 19 - ISY CASTILLO & THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Justin and Ben are joined by youth mentor Isy Castillo. Isy Castillo is a champion for children and youth. Through her constant support for young people, she has offered support to kids as a one-on-one mentor, leading groups and presentations on resiliency, and setting a strong example of compassion, professionalism, and kindness which both her mentees and her fellow mentors would follow. She is truly the best of us – and she’s got some very silly stories that are equal parts endearing and inspiring. And Ben has a thing about cereal? This episode doesn’t transition well. All this, and maybe a li’l more, on the wonderful world of Half A Star.
37:49
September 4, 2020
BONUS - Mike Carrozza's Debut Album!
Justin and Ben are joined by comedian Mike Carrozza who is chatting about his upcoming debut album CHERUBIC. Cherubic was recorded in back-to-back performances at The Ossington in Toronto, and is available for streaming and purchase Friday, September 4. Carrozza describes his stand-up persona as a “fun silly boy”, one that is playful, absurd, and naive, but there’s an “alt comedy” element too. He’s opened for Tig Notaro, Todd Glass, Kyle Kinane, and has been featured on Just For Laughs, as well as other festivals around the world. This episode features some samples from the albums to give you a taste of what to expect on Cherubic – be sure to check out Mike’s album so we can GET HIM TO NUMBER ONE ON ITUNES! Stay tuned later this month for more Mike Carrozza as he shares his Half A Star stories!
21:29
September 3, 2020
Episode 18 - Dan Hendricken and the Battle of the Beer Bacteria
Justin and Ben are joined by comedian Dan Hendricken who shares what is less of a half a star story and more of a cautionary tale of why it’s important to understand the levels of bacteria in certain alcohol… and why you shouldn’t drink a growler before a date. Dan shares his knowledge of alcohol not only in his hilarious stand-up comedy, but also in his work at Loan Oak Brewery! You might see Dan’s serving up the drinks and the laughs on what might possibly be the most half star of half a star stories in the series thus far. Luckily for Dan – bad ideas make great stories. All this and more on half a star!
32:46
August 28, 2020
Episode 17 - Chris Sandiford and the Ballad of the Punk Show
Justin and Benton are joined by actor and comedian Chris Sandiford shares stories of who inspired him to do comedy, as well as a half a star story about a comedy gig one awry at a punk show. Chris has also been featured on FX's vampire mockumentary ‘What We Do In The Shadows’, so Benton shares his list of half a star vampires from throughout history. All that and more on this episode of Half A Star!
27:28
August 21, 2020
Episode 16 - Birthdays and the World of Tomorrow
EPISODE 16 – JUSTIN’S BIRTHDAY EPISODE Buckle up, kiddos – this is a wild ride of an episode. On this episode of Half A Star, Justin and Ben invite a number of guests on to the program for a very special occasion: Justin’s birthday. If it weren’t for Justin being born, this show would be called ‘Quarter Star’ and Ben would be a lonely boy. And we don’t want that! Each guest on this episode is someone important from Justin’s life, and they share their own stories about the birthday boy. Rory Starkman shares a story about Justin’s fouth time doing stand-up, which was a gig that we in the biz would call “a poor choice.” Their partner Kandace Hagen is there too for some laughs! Taylor Carver is the comedian responsible for introducing Justin into the world of stand-up. Since then, Justin and Taylor have performed on many shows together, and Taylor shares what it’s like having to open for Justin on a show. Diana Moser is the Executive Director of ArtsBuild Ontario, is an accomplished musician, and, miraculously, is also Justin’s girlfriend. Diana shares a story about what it’s like watching Justin try to understand how to use basic household appliances. Sherrel Shaw is Justin’s mother. She has some stories. Enough said. Finally, at the end of the episode, Benton shares with Justin his birthday gift, which can best be described as “out of this world.” This is a hell of an episode. All this, and maybe a li’l more, on this week’s episode of Half A Star.
53:43
August 14, 2020
BONUS - Pounding the Pavement
On this BONUS episode, Justin and Ben share some extra interview content from their chat with Rory & Kandace (Screaming Beaver Productions) and discuss theatre on Prince Edward Island - particularly, an upcoming event called 'Pounding the Pavement' coming to the 2020 Island Fringe Festival. Pounding the Pavement: Celebrating and amplifying artists from the fringe is an Island Fringe Festival production in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts, with support from InnovationPEI and the City of Charlottetown. Island artists who identify as Indigenous, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, and those with a disability come together to tell their own stories from their own perspectives. Performances are made up of 10-20 minute vignettes that explore people’s journeys of discovery to having their voices heard (be they personal explorations, activism for equality, etc), and presented as dramatic readings of original poetry and plays, songs, dance, and stand-up comedy. Rory and Kandace will be presenting a show as well - check out BLACKBERRIES! Blackberries, starring Claire Byrne , Joce Reyome, Cameron Cassidy, and Brandon Roy, is a one act play that explores the realities Black folx endure from well intentioned white people. Clara Bradburn, portrayed by Claire Bryne, and Joey Raymond, portrayed by Joce Reyome, didn’t dwell on the short notice they were given to perform at Gallant’s Theatre Company during their local Pride Festival. However, after meeting with Karen Campbell, the theatre’s artistic director, and Spencer Flowers, the theatre’s stage manager, they have to consider whether this gig is worth the emotional labour of educating those well meaning, but blatantly racist white folx. For more information about Pounding the Pavement - visit www.islandfringe.com
29:16
August 10, 2020
Episode 15 - Liam Corcoran & The Giving Tree
Justin and Benton are joined by singer/songwriter Liam Corcoran! Liam Corcoran was the co-founder of the Canadian indie-pop group Two Hours Traffic. Since the group disbanded, Liam has released three solo albums, including his latest, Giving Tree and Other Songs. This episode features a track from Liam’s latest album, PLUS Justin and Ben sound off on some of the best band names that came from a Shakespeare quote. And rumour has it weatherman/professional wrestler Bradford Montague may have update for us… all that and more on this trip to Planet Half A Star.
38:05
August 7, 2020
Episode 14 - Screaming Beavers and Breaking Limbs
Justin and Ben are joined by Kandace and Rory of Screaming Beaver - a theatre company based in Charlottetown, PEI. Rory and Kandace are the masterminds behind the 2018 Island Fringe Festival hit "Realizations" - an autobiographical memory play, and exposes the politics and negotiation of queer sexual awakening in a culture controlled by heternormalivity. Rory and Kandace delve into their own half a star experiences, PLUS - Ben shares his latest half a star experience (hint: both his arms are in casts). All that and more on another episode of Half A Star.  ... and SPEAKING of more! A BONUS "Pounding the Pavement" episode of Half A Star featuring Rory and Kandace will be released August 10th featuring a discussion about more of their own work, the Charlottetown theatre scene, and an awesome event coming up for the 2020 Island Fringe Festival. Stay tuned! 
21:21
July 31, 2020
Episode 13 - Mark and Dana Have A Yabadoo Time
Justin and Ben are joined by a few good men - Mark and Dana! Hosts of the podcast A Few Goodman - a podcast dedicated to exploring the work of the greatest actor of our generation, John Goodman. Plus, Justin and Ben discuss the nuances of The Flintstones. All that and more in a little town called Riverdale. I mean Half A Star. 
33:48
July 24, 2020
Episode 12 - Ghosts are EVERYWHERE! (?)
On this episode, Justin and Ben are joined by a pair of spooooooooky guests - Carly and Cecila from the 'Ghosts Are Everywhere' podcast! The pair of pairs chat about life, death, and whatever might come after. ALSO! Justin and Ben dive deep into the world of the top half a star ghosts from popular culture. All this and more in the wonderful world of Half A Star. 
25:16
July 17, 2020
Episode 11 - Other HeArts Collective and the Power of Puppets
Justin and Benton are joined by Yousef and Harri of Other HeArts Collective. This pair just released their latest project l00k1ngl4ss - a new puppet-centric performance piece based on isolation and new methods of interaction. While richly creative, Yousef and Harri are not without their disturbing tales of performance art gone awry. Also! Justin and Ben sound off on the Top Five Half A Star Puppets From History! All this and more on another wild episode of Half A Star.
32:57
July 10, 2020
Episode 10 - Gender? I Hardly Know Them!
Justin and Ben are joined by sketch comedy duo Gender? I Hardly Know Them, featuring Alberta-born, queer comedians Elena Eli Belyea and Sydney Campbell. "Drawing from their experiences of growing up gay, hot, and short in Alberta, Syd and Eli are out to queer the world, one denim punchline at a time." This quote is taken from their website because we could not come up with anything more clever than THAT. Elena and Syd share their stories of bathroom misadventures and the woes of strip-mall hair salons. Also! Justin and Ben share some of their own half a star experiences from their early days as comedians. All this and more on the wondrous world of half a star.
38:46
July 3, 2020
BONUS - Teiya and Mel vs The Cadre
On this bonus episode of Half a Star, Justin and Ben share some extra stories from Teiya and Mel! They both go into some detail about their past and upcoming projects, AND stick it to a certain newspaper from Mel's old university. All this and more on this BONUS episode of Half A Star.
22:44
June 29, 2020
Episode 09 - Teiya & Mel's Totally Awesome Honeymoon ft Killing Eve
Justin and Ben are joined by performance artist Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 and partner Mel Carroll from their Toronto apartment and they share stories about their wild honeymoon experience as well as their picks for their favourite show on CRAVE. This episode also features some awesome music from contributing artist DJ QPID! All this and more on another trip to the wonderful world of Half A Star. 
36:31
June 26, 2020
Episode 08 - Chad Anderson and the Wild World of Winnipeg
Justin and Ben are joined by comedian Chad Anderson who shares what is quite possibly the most haunting half a star story to date. Chad Anderson also has as a great new comedy album available for purchase/stream online (Chad Anderson's Live At Wee Johnny's). But WAIT! There's more! Justin and Ben serve up the top five list for half a star ice cream flavours - spoiler alert: they're all terrible. All this and more on this episode of Half A Star.
30:02
June 19, 2020
Episode 07 - Dylan & Kwame's Totally Bogus Adventure
Justin and Ben are joined by Amazing Race Canada 2018 Finalists Dylan & Kwame, and they share some of their personal half a star stories, as well as behind-the-scenes tales of mishaps on their season of Amazing Race. Also! Justin and Ben dive into the wild world of half a star sports that have existed across the globe throughout history. All this and more on this episode of Half A Star.
36:12
June 12, 2020
Episode 06 - Cindy Rivers and Quarantine Quomedy
Justin and Ben are joined by the hilarious Cindy Rivers as she shares stories from her times travelling western Canada as a comedian, and her work in Fort McMurray, Alberta for transgender advocacy. ALSO! Cindy is performing a comedy show on Wednesday, June 10th as part of Edmonton's Nextfest Arts & Culture Online Festival. What's Nextfest? Justin and Ben have the scoop. All that and more on the wonderful world of Half A Star.
23:20
June 8, 2020
#Muted
Hey folks, we’d like to address what’s been going on in the world over the past number of days. It’s a difficult and confusing time, obviously, and as we’re both used to listening and learning in times of hardship, we felt it was especially important that we speak up and lend our voices to the ever growing choir that’s standing up and demanding to be heard. As we mentioned in our post earlier today, we have done some re-organizing of our upcoming schedule to more prominently feature the voices of marginalised communities, including those in the Black community, indigenous communities and other communities of colour, as well as those in the LGBTQ+ community. Moving forward we commit to maintain a consistent level of diversity and inclusion in our programming, and we’re really excited about this new direction. We’d also like to share that, as of today, June 1st, until June 7th, we will be participating in the #muted movement - meaning, we will not be sharing any of our own original content. Instead of our usual content, we will be using this space to share resources that are available for anyone looking to learn how to actively participate as an ally, educate themselves on the history of racism in North America, as well as places to donate to causes that support anti-racism work across the world. Our regularly scheduled programming will resume June 8th. We condemn racism and oppression in all of its forms. Stay safe, wash your hands, and Black Lives Matter. #BlackLivesMatter
01:25
June 2, 2020
BONUS - More Mullinger!
Justin and Ben share some extra content from their interview with James Mullinger, and he shares some insight to living in New Brunswick, and working as a comedian!
24:16
June 1, 2020
Episode 05 - James Mullinger and Cockney Rhyming Slang
Justin and Ben are joined by British comedy all-star James Mullinger, who tells the lads some of his misadventures in the world of comedy, and his exciting journey to New Brunswick, Canada. This guy sold out the Harbour Station Arena for crying out loud! Also, a fun tutorial on Cockney rhyming slang that is only mildly offensive. All this and more in the wondrous world of Half A Star.
28:27
May 29, 2020
BONUS - Bradford Montague and the Carnivore Diet
This episode is some bonus content found on the cutting room floor - five second rule! Professional wrestler Bradford Montague tells Justin and Ben all about his misadventures with P90X, his take on bad wrestling gimmicks, his work on Dark Side of the Ring (Vice) and some helping our listeners decide if the "carnivore diet" is right for them! All this and more on an exciting BONUS episode of Half A Star!
15:40
May 25, 2020
Episode 04 - Bradford Montague and the Wonderful World of Wrestling
Justin and Benton are joined by professional wrestler Bradford Montague who shares his hilarious misadventures about his adventures on the road to becoming a titan of the squared-circle. Plus! Justin and Benton sound off of the world's worst wrestling gimmicks! All that and more on this episode of Half A Star!
24:59
May 22, 2020
Episode 03 - Falling Iguana Theatre Co. & the Case of the Clogged Toilet
Justin and Benton are joined by Falling Iguana Theatre Company - Alexa Higgins & Ian Goff! The group has a riveting discussion about the woes of post-secondary education, arts and crafts, and the case of a clogged toilet that may/may not have resulted in a the permanent closure of an educational facility. All this and more on another wondrous episode of Half A Star!
26:48
May 15, 2020
Half A Star Birthday
Today Justin and Benton decided to wish their friend Kai a happy birthday. He is 3 (three) years old! He told the lads some very exciting stories, with the help of Kai's Mom Kat Nazim. He also ate bacon and ran around a little. Happy birthday!
07:30
May 8, 2020
Episode 02 - Brielle Ansems and the Ballad of John-Boy
Benton and Justin are joined by singer-songwriter Brielle Ansems. Brielle shares with the lads some of her early work as a musician, including a musical based on 1920’s Prince Edward Island, and a 9 year old’s perspective on crippling alcoholism. PLUS! A brand new song written and performed by Brielle! All that and more on this episode of HALF A STAR!
25:46
May 8, 2020
A Quiet Tribute
Justin and Ben received word that their friend Bill McFadden - beloved storyteller, preacher, and, at one time, mayoral candidate - had passed away. This recording is intended as a tribute to Bill's memory where Justin and Ben share stories of their recently deceased friend. Rest easy, Bill. 
19:23
May 6, 2020
Episode 01 - Adam Brazier and the Egg Salad Adventure
Justin and Benton are joined by Adam Brazier (Artistic Director, Charlottetown Festival), who regales the lads with an intriguing international tale of egg salad gone wrong. All this and more on the first (!) exciting episode of Half A Star! 
20:49
April 29, 2020
Half A Star Teaser
Bad ideas make great stories. Join hosts Justin Shaw and Benton Hartley on “Half A Star: The Half-Assed Podcast” as they explore the great stories that come from bad ideas. Whether they're interviewing guests about their own ill-advised actions, reviewing movies they've never seen, or combing through the bowels of Wikipedia, these two best friends keep the laughs coming. Come join the wonderous world of Half A Star - where bad ideas never felt so good.
00:51
April 24, 2020
Bonus - Forget it Kid, it's China Town
Someone's in the kitchen with Benton! That's right, we have a cooking episode! Benton cooks up his famous (infamous?) Joe Sloppy sandwich, and Justin reviews the movie China Town - which he has never seen. All that and more on this episode of HALF A STAR.
20:15
April 17, 2020
Bonus - Satanic Summonings and The Sound of Music
On this thrilling episode of Half A Star, Benton discusses what materials it would take to conjure he and Justin, and Justin reviews The Sound of Music, a film he's never seen. All this and more on this episode of Half A Star.
20:25
April 17, 2020
Bonus - Chicken Little, Sock Pods, and Jesus Christ Superstar
Another exciting journey through the wondrous world of Half A Star ideas. This episode includes Ben's latest (and greatest?) invention, and Justin's review of Jesus Christ Superstar - a film he has never seen. All this and more on Half A Star: The Half Assed Podcast 
22:20
April 17, 2020