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Revisionary Podcast

Revisionary Podcast

By Juan Carlos
Revisionary Podcast is a story-telling podcast where guests tell host/stand-up Comedian Juan Carlos a non-fiction story from their past which they wish had gone differently. It could be an old argument that they replay in their head and wish they had come up with a witty response. Possibly, a story of when they were not their best self and wish they could take back what they said or did. After telling their story, they have an opportunity to re-tell the same story, but this time they can change any fact or detail from their story. Lastly, we discuss the impact of their changes.
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Bro, I know they see me ! Ft Alan Massenburg

Revisionary Podcast

Come Do It ! FT Trista Bloom
The Pacific Northwest's very own Trista Bloom joins Juan Carlos to discuss her experiences traveling the country selling magazine subscriptions. This episode gives us an inside look into a pyramid scheme.  IG: trista_mb_ FB: Trista Bloom
August 25, 2021
Bonding With The Old Dad FT Keith Graber
This week, the writer, comedian, private chef, Manny, a retro DJ join us on the Revisionary podcast. Keith never smoked weed as a kid or teenager, and started to in his early 20s, around the time he moved to New Zealand. He started smoking weed with his girlfriend at the time and went on vacation with her family. He would take walks and go smoke on the beach near their vacation home. One time, he came back just as her dad and their female Norwegian exchange student were getting in a rowboat, and they invited them to go for a boat ride. So he did, and since he was the only other guy, his girlfriend's dad asked him, to take over rowing, but he was so stoned he couldn't do it. And the 14-year-old exchange student girl had to row for him, embarrassment ensued.
August 18, 2021
My Mom Is Going To Be So Mad ! FT Kelly Taylor
Kelly Taylor is an NYC comedian who details the story of the time she went to a bar in Brooklyn and decided to go to the bathroom. She wakes up the next morning locked in the bathroom. 
August 11, 2021
1000 Percent True FT James Crowley
* Trigger Warning*   James Crowley revisits the story of his abusive relationship. 
August 4, 2021
I Decided To Try The Army Ft Sharita
Comedian Sharita details the events and stories which unfolded during her 22-year Military career.
July 28, 2021
Your Only Job Is To Make The Flight FT El-Hadj
Comedian El-Hadj get kicked out of an Uber in Florida, and wakes up as a John Doe in the hospital
July 22, 2021
He Had A Warrant Out For His Arrest Ft Jaci Terjeson
While working in Seattle as a barista, She decided she needed a vacation. Her husband wanted a road trip, she wanted a trip to Mexico. They did both. While on their road trip they got incredibly lost in the backcountry of California. The road turned into a gravel trail and they were driving through pastures. No cell service, google maps. It was getting dark. Finally, they saw a giant pickup truck with old cowboys in it. They were like “which way to California?” And they pointed in the right direction. They finally found their campsite. There was only one other person there, who they assumed was a murderer. So they slept in their car. The next day they finally found a town and ate a ton of bad breakfast food.
July 14, 2021
Getting Rocky Marciano On Me FT Aaron Ableman
After his mother and father met at a Yogananda-inspired spiritual center, they answered an anonymous job ad in the local newspaper to be the head gardener and chef for Michael Douglas’ family. Born in Douglas’ basement, Aaron was raised between the working-class activism of his parents and the affluent fame of Montecito, California. This is the story about how a Nazi punches Aaron in the face while he was growing up.
July 7, 2021
Happily Ever After FT Michele Traina
Michele shares her story and how divorce sidetracked her from her dreams of acting.
June 30, 2021
OH MY GOSH, I Blacked That Out Because OH MY GOSH! FT UnderdogNobody
Twitch Streamer UnderDogNobody, or Dogo as everyone affectionately calls her sits down to discuss the time an ex-partner performed witchcraft on her.
June 23, 2021
It Was A Crime Scene ! FT Bella Biscotti
Drag Queen Bella Biscotti, has a huge opportunity to make all his dreams a reality when meeting a VH1 executive out on Fire Island. But their meet-up quickly turns into calamity and the opportunity is blown!
June 16, 2021
It Wasn't Working! FT Sam Morrison
Sam is an NYC-based comedian. He is a writer on Blind Date currently airing on Bravo TV. He has participated in some of the most prestigious showcases in the country. He was selected as a Stand-Up NBC Finalist, the network's nationwide talent search. The same year he was selected to perform at The Tonight Show Showcase, named Best of New Talent at the New York Comedy Festival, and performed at RuPaul's DragCon. He has been featured in the NY Times, Time Out, GQ, Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, National Lampoon, The Independent, The Guardian, Metro UK, and his writing has been published in Chortle. You may have seen him on the Travel Channel, PBS, or heard him on SiriusXM. He headlines clubs and colleges around the country including his sold-out Breakout Artist performance at Stand Up NY ('19). His solo show Hello, Daddy! was critically lauded at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he is slated to return to the Festival at Pleasance Theatre in 2021 produced by Mick Perrin. He co-hosts Thrift Shop and Queerotica, a monthly showcase of LGBT+ comedians at The Strand Bookstore. Sam shares the story about the time he got into a crappy situation on the NYC Subway. 
June 9, 2021
It Was Practice So It Didn't Count! FT Camille Theobald
Comedian Camille Theobald shares stories, about how she used to trick her best friend into making out with her.
June 2, 2021
Trump Ruined My Family FT Emily Winter
Emily Winter is a writer for NPR's "Ask Me Another," a standup comedian,  and has a book of trivia coming out next year!  She shares the story of how she majorly messed up with her family. She details how some of her actions during the 2020 election cycle have severely damaged her relationship with her family. 
May 26, 2021
My Windows Started Shaking FT Cristiana Crin
Real estate agent Cristiana tells us her story about how she immigrated to the US from Romania and tells us the story of how she thought the US was under attack. 
May 19, 2021
I Was Young And Stupid Ft Birungi
Birungi shares the story about how he  had to beat a drug test in order to get a job and stay in the US
May 12, 2021
I Was The Only Girl! FT DD
Juan Carlos reunites with childhood friend  Damaris, who is known in the sneaker world as kicking it with DD. They reminisce about growing up in the Bronx together and discuss sneaker culture. DD explains how the sneaker world works and explains the appeal of collecting sneakers while telling a story about how collecting sneakers put those around her in danger. 
May 5, 2021
Movies In Nigeria FT Kenneth Mclaurin
Kenneth Shares the story of the time he was almost killed trying to sneak into Nigeria to buy a movie.
April 28, 2021
Someone Gave Me A Black Eye Because My Mother Blew Me A Kiss FT Zilla Vodnas
Former high school teacher turned comedian, Zilla Vodnas joins us to share the story of how, after watching a puppet show on child abuse she called ACS on her mother. 
April 21, 2021
Two Lost Souls Ft Ohene Cornelius
NYC Actor/Comedian/Musician Ohene Cornelius details the event of a wild night where he pursues a celebrity, and events do not unfold as he had hoped.
April 14, 2021
Wu-Tang Clan Logo FT Kerim Hrustanović
He is  a comedian, born in Bosnia, came as a refugee to Sweden during the '90s. He grew up trying to juggle my identity as a Bosnian Muslim in a secular Swedish society. He grew up in something that would be considered a "ghetto"" to Swedish standards along with kids whose parents came from the Middle East, Latin America and the Balkans. He had to juggle growing up with cultural norms and expectations of two cultures, the Bosnian culture of his parents and the culture of Sweden. He is 29 and he started doing stand up when he was 23. His favorite comedians growing up were Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, along with some Swedish comedians he grew up watching on TV. He prefers British and American comedy .  For the past 2-3 years he started to perform more frequently and he has had the opportunity to do some open mic gigs in Austria and Portugal. One time when he was 17 he was walking home from a friend's place. He lived pretty far away from his apartment. It was during wintertime, and it gets extremely dark and cold in Switzerland during that time. Well, at least then it used to, due to global warming it isn't as cold. Due to the cold weather at the time he had covered his face with a shemagh (it's that red and white scarf that you usually see Palestinians wearing) and a purple cap on his head. This was during his hardcore hip hop phase, so he was wearing some Ecko Unlimited baggy jeans and a Ecko Unlimited tracksuit if he remembers it correctly. He decided to go for a stroll before taking the bus home. After around 10 minutes of walking, a police car pulls up next to him. Two police officers come out of the car; one of them being a tall blonde Swedish guy and the other one a short black guy. They asked him for his ID, and he gave it to them. They both checked his ears and eyes with a flashlight. They proceeded with checking his pockets, shoes and his hat. They asked him why he was covering his face and he said "because it's cold.". One of the officers typed his social security number into the police computer they had in their car and found nothing on him. Before they let him go, he asked them "Why did you stop me? Is it because of my Yugoslav origins?" The black police officer chuckled and replied "What? No. You looked like someone we were looking for. Plus, I'm a N-word, I can't be racist!". Facebook: Kerim Hrustanovic Instagram: kerimhrustanovic Tik Tok: kerimthebosnian
April 7, 2021
Over The Years From So Many Guys! FT Robin Gelfenbien
Robin Gelfenbien is the self-proclaimed Ambassador of Fun who's a comedian, writer, and host. Robin is a three-time Moth Story SLAM winner who has performed on PBS, RISK!, Mortified, and countless other shows. She’s also shared the stage with Hannah Gadsby, Trevor Noah, and more.  She is the Creator and Host of the storytelling series and podcast, “Yum’s the Word,” that features her homemade ice cream cakes. The show has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and named a New York Times and Time Out New York Critic’s Pick. Guests have included Tim Gunn,  Mo Rocca, Jerry from Ben & Jerry's, Jason Biggs, Joy Behar, and stars from “Orange Is the New Black.”  She used to drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. :) In 2000, She was living in San Francisco with her best friend, Kristen, who was juggling four guys while she could barely get one. She had been hanging out with a cyclist (Ted) for about a month but hadn't heard from him in a few weeks, so when another guy (Rick) asked her to go on a bike ride, she jumped at the chance. Everything is going great on her first date (bike ride) with Rick when on the return, Ted is riding alongside her.   Next thing she knows the three of them are riding together on what's supposed to be a romantic bike ride for Rick and her. They end up riding ahead of her agreeing to meet her at the bridge, and she ends up getting lost (no cell phone, no GPS) and hitching a ride back on a flatbed truck carrying 8 port-a-potties. She is hopeful that at least one of them would be waiting for her at the bridge. One guy does – Rick, but she winds up in the friend zone with him and not getting either guy.
March 31, 2021
Crumpets and Tea Ft Karmen Naidoo
South African Comedian Karmen Naidoo shares a story about how  3 weeks after the first snow storm she took her pup, Charlie for a walk around the block, and he stepped in human poop.
March 24, 2021
Dante's 9th Circle of Hell FT Linette Palladino
Army Veteran, Mom, and comedian Linette Paladino shares with us, the path she took to meet her husband. This episode explores the true story behind her jokes.  It walks you through the people she dated and her experiences with each of them. 
March 17, 2021
Are You A Therapist ? FT Sarah Garner
When she was 17, Sarah started dating this guy, the summer after college. She decided she was in love with him and then decided to continue dating him for her first year of college. She was 18 and had lost her virginity to him. They decided to stay long-distance for almost the entire first year of college. During her fall break, she went to Arizona where he went to college. She tells the story about how he broke up with her and started dating her best friend.
March 10, 2021
OH, A BEAR! FT Ashley Gutermuth
Ashley Gutermuth is a New Jersey-based stand-up comedian. She has appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon where she was chosen by Jerry Seinfeld to win the ‘Seinfeld Challenge.’ Her high-energy, positive style of comedy is irresistible. Ashley’s comedy is focused on her unusual relationships and observations about life. Ashley has performed in the New York Underground Comedy Festival and in June 2020, won Blue City Comedy’s Comic of the Month competition, based in Boise, Idaho.  When Ashley is not performing stand-up or voice-overs, she is usually running and has a daily running streak that spans over six years. For running, tips, and comedy videos follow @Ashgutermuth on Twitter and Instagram or subscribe to her newsletter on When she was a teenager, she dated the same guy for most of high school. I used to work at a movie theatre and I would save all my money and use it to buy him things. He loved video games so she saved up and for Christmas one year, bought him a PlayStation, tons of used video games, and a TV to play it on. It was way overkill but she was just trying to make him happy. She thought this was somebody that she was going to marry, she went to a small (less than 50 in my class) religious high school and just assumed that she would marry the first guy that she dated. So, he loved the gifts but then about three months later he broke up with her to date a woman whose sister he dated before her.  She was so devastated,  She told him that he couldn’t tell anyone for at least a month that they had broken up and had to return the PlayStation/tv. So, he had his Mom bring in everything and hand it to her in a grocery store bag.   She wouldn’t do that again, she feels bad about it now. A gift is a gift and she was just hurt. He ended up marrying that woman and having kids and she is thrilled for them. There is no way that it would have been a good idea for them to get married. He totally made the right call.
March 3, 2021
Can I Keep His Grandma ? FT Dara Jemmott
Dara Jemmott tells us the story of how a bad first date led to a career in stand-up.
February 24, 2021
Fire Island FT Chris Hamilton
NY Comedian Chris Hamilton shares a wild story, about how a bleeding stranger dashes into his apartment, and he is left with a difficult choice when the police knock on his door.
February 17, 2021
We Broke In ! Ft Will Green
Comedian/ Story-teller Will Green details his tumultuous relationship with his stepfather. He discusses everything that his mother endured to ensure that he and his brother could live a better life.
February 10, 2021
I Danced On Leonardo DiCaprio Ft Tracey Jayne
Tracie Jayne is a stand-up comedian from a podunk town in the Midwest, who currently resides in New York City.  She has been seen touring in comedy clubs throughout the country and overseas entertaining the troops in Korea, Kuwait, and Iraq.  She has also appeared in Boston Comedy Festival,  the New York Underground Comedy Festival (named Emerging Comic of the Year 2006), Trail by Laughter on Comcast, TMZ, Spike, the Discovery Channel, as a host for LX TV and Atlantic City TV, and dancing on DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. Tracie shares the story of the time she fell asleep in the tanning booth of a strip club and gets locked in overnight.
February 3, 2021
Bootleg Greg FT Nina Lesiga
Nina Lesiga is a performing artist following a 30-year career as a corporate chemist.  Her favorite place IS outside her comfort zone because that's where Nina finds some of the most exceptional experiences.  She refers to these occurrences as "experience climaxes" or "experience orgasms".    Nina's storyteller and a ukulelist. Nina's appeared on "Stories from the Stage".on PBS,  "Generation Women", Take-Two Storytelling, and "P(r)ose of Pie".  Her stories are often quirky, fun, and full of uncommon adventures   Nina was a Brooklynite most of her life - she immigrated to CT for a job relocation. Nina is one of the co-organizers of Pechakucha Night Bridgeport visual storytelling and a member of the Story City Troupe in Middletown, CT  As a ukulelist, Nina organizes pop up events in unexpected places such as elevators, farms and beaches.  Sometimes she brings a dozen loaner ukuleles with her to a public space and gets strangers to play with her.  Nina teaches beginner ukulele workshops at colleges, community centers, and libraries.   Interesting facts: Nina is an avid solo traveler.  Wherever she goes, she seeks out authentic local experiences.  She loves getting into "the good kind of trouble" - and there are often lots of funny moments involved.  Nina takes trips into NYC with the intent of staying out all night.  She loves attending 24-hour marathon performances and the challenge of what to do when she misses (or knows she's gonna miss) the last Metro-North train at 1:30 AM back home to CT.  This is an outgrowth of guest speaker talks she gives on  "The Art of Daycations" and "Solo Travel Boot Camp".  While a chemist, Nina moonlighted as a dance and music studio owner and teacher. She also formed a youth leadership organization in the performing for at-risk teens named Spirit GDA.  Related to my story "The Beverage Project".  This story was born for the storytelling event "So What Happened Was". (Asher Novek) Tellers share an unpolished story about what happened to them during the last 7 days.     Unlike living in NYC, sometimes absolutely nothing story worthy happens to me in CT in the span of a week.  I decided I would have to try to make something happen. Like what? Like a self-directed study/ crash course on Caribbean aphrodisiacs!  This awakened/revisited my curiosity about some intriguing facts that  I stumbled upon in Grenada and St. Lucia while on a cruise vacation a few years prior.  Living in CT, Nina found myself challenged to run with my idea of a crash course because she didn't have the kind of contact network that she had in NY to do my initial research. But this made her journey all the more interesting and fun.  Nina's story focuses on Irish moss drinks.  Originally she wanted to uncover insights about spiced rum too.  My rum contacts were weak and I had to postpone that part because of the story deadline.  Nina's story was workshopped at "Fail Better Storytelling" and story sharing circles in CT, MA, and NH. Nina told this story a few times at story events in CT,  MA. This is its first NYC appearance.  She is often asked by audience members after sharing the story, where she bought the "love potion" so they can get some. She loves it when the audience is engaged with her story. 
January 27, 2021
A Movie Around Shadows FT Kenan J Floyd
Los Angeles based writer/producer/ comedian Kenan was raised Jehovah’s Witness and spent his life trying to please others.  His religion was in stark contrast with his life long dream. This leads to a delayed pursuit of a  life in entertainment. When he finally left the religion it wasn’t a clean break. It was quite traumatizing.  IG and Twitter: @kenanjfloyd
January 20, 2021
Hello Friends ! FT Nicole Anthony
Some of you know her as "Strong Island" Nicole -From Long Island. She is the Co-host of "Hello, Friends!," which can be found on your favorite broadcasting platforms and podcast providers! But she is best known for making it to the Big Brother seasons 21 Final 3! She was also voted as America's Favorite Player for BB21!  Then she made a second appearance on BB22 All-Star. Nicole discusses going from high school to college to work and then feeling stuck. She decides to apply for BB21. She also touches on her post-BB life with adventures.  The topic of the quarantine with the beginning of her "Hello, Friends!" podcast. Finally, she discusses her decision to go back into the house for BB22. We get insights into what happened months after it (and all the struggles that came with it), rocking and rolling with "Hello, Friends!" and therapy. She is feeling good! IG: @strongislandnicole @hellofriendsinsta Twitter: @strongislandni2 @hellofriendstwi
January 13, 2021
He Rode A Unicycle ! FT Fatima Oliver
Fatima Oliver details a series of decisions she made in the pursuit of love, when she dated a circus performer!
January 6, 2021
I Was Painted In All White ! FT Marcus Cardona
Marcus Cardona discusses how people in NYC, tried to rob him of his artistic and creative talents.
December 31, 2020
I Carry My Ancestors In My Back ! FT Valentina Ortiz
Story-Teller Valentina Ortiz discusses how a series of decisions and a bout with covid forced her to reflect on her ancestral past.  It leads to conversations about the long-term effects of colonialism in Mexico.
December 23, 2020
Are You Out Everyday? FT JJ Mattise
Comedian JJ Mattise talks about how hanging around the wrong person landed her in jail.  She was born and raised in NYC.  Queens to be exact. and started doing comedy because people kept telling her she was funny.  So she googled how to become a comedian and the rest is history.
December 16, 2020
Bloody Mary ! FT Kirk Griffiths
Comedian and co-host of the podcast, Proper Ebonics with Kirk and Alan joins the Revisionary Podcast to discuss a story that has left him with long term trauma.  Growing up in the Bronx, Kirk felt like he was a courageous kid. Until his crush and his best friend both told him ghost stories that have scared him since! 
December 9, 2020
I Had Only Been Doing Comedy 5 years FT Jacob Williams
Jacob Williams from MTV's " Wild N Out" reflects on his performance on America's Got Talent.  He details all of the effort, he put into preparing for the show. He discusses how America's Got Talent has impacted his career.'
December 2, 2020
I Am Still The Champ! Ft Michael Bamiro
Boxing Gold Glove Champion Michael Bamiro is a former NFL player who was on the O-line for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. He walks us through the abrupt end of his college football career to the sudden beginning of his NFL career.  He talks about life after the NFL and tells us about playing in the CFL. 
November 25, 2020
I Am Hitting All The Angles ! Ft Madelein Smith
Comedian Madelein Smith tells the story of her affair.
November 18, 2020
We Only Had One Song! Ft Malorie Bryant
Comedian Malorie Bryant tells us a story of being a member of School Boy Glamour. She recounts how her music career ended prematurely. She discusses what life was like attending NYU Tisch.
November 11, 2020
Did You Google How To Put Out A Grease Fire Before Or After? FT Casey McLain
Comedian Casey McLain discusses the early does of his relationship with this wife.  He details how one argument went wrong and literally goes up in flames!
November 4, 2020
Bro, I know they see me ! Ft Alan Massenburg
Comedian Alan Massenburg and host Juan Carlos exchange stories about their experiences getting pulled over by the police.
October 30, 2020
I'm A Black Man FT Todd Montesi
HBO Crashing  Actor Todd Montesi joins the Revisionary Podcast. In this episode, Todd reflects on his career and discusses what he would have done differently.
October 28, 2020
You've Got Hide A Key Timbs?!?!? Ft Gastor Almonte Part 2
Comedian/ Story-Teller Gastor Almonte details how his youth church group meeting, turns into an illegal underground basketball game which lowered gang violence.
October 23, 2020
You've Got Hide A Key Timbs?!?!? Ft Gastor Almonte Part 1
Comedian/ Story-Teller Gastor Almonte details how his youth church group meeting, turns into an illegal underground basketball game which lowered gang violence.
October 21, 2020
It's A Really Good Job ! Ft Olympia Atkinson
US Military Veteran, artist, writer, dancer, and comedian  Olympia Atkinson, details how she went from a popular kid in HS to an active member of our military.
October 16, 2020
Mikey, Is Cheating On You Girl! Ft Caitlin Ruppert
Caitlin tells us how retaliating after a sexual harassment incident ended with her losing her job and being stranded in a foreign country with no way home. 
October 14, 2020
I Put My Headphones In Boom Boom Ft Neruda Williams
This is the story of what happens when a night out goes wrong. Neruda Williams is a Harlem Native who tells the story of getting into a fight with a homeless person on his way home from a comedy show. The fight escalates and the police get involved.
October 9, 2020
Want To Trade Comedy Careers? Ft Gianmarco Soresi
Comedian/ Actor Gianmarco Soresi is originally from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, where he attended a top-ranked high school. He details the story of a tradition the theater kids had after the closing of their shows.   It is the night that almost cost him his academic career.  The classic what happens when a hs prank goes a bit too far. He takes us on a journey discussing what his life would have been like if that night had gone differently.
October 7, 2020