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Tom Rhodes Smart Camp

Tom Rhodes Smart Camp is a festival of ideas, knowledge, stories, books & adventures. 

I have been a comedian for more than 39 years. I travel the world doing comedy. 
Whenever I can I will share my adventures with you on this Tom Rhodes Smart Camp podcast.

My amazing creative partner and ex-wife Ashna is my best friend. We are a mom & pop business and with her help I will putting out these episodes with all the wisdom I have gained in my life and telling you all of my greatest adventures while traveling the world. 

Thank you for your generosity and for joining the Rhodesies club. You are in my heart forever!

Nov 24, 2014

Kevin Meaney is one of my favorites because I will never forget watching him on television with my Dad and he made us both laugh out loud together. From then on my Dad would quote one of Kevin's jokes to me when he thought I might be on drugs "What are you hopped up on goofballs?"


To see Kevin Meaney perform today is to see him funnier than he has ever been.


If Depression, jail time and being stung by hornets can make you funnier in the retelling of those hard luck occurrences than Kevin is at the height of his powers and this episode is going to leave your sides hurting with laughter.


This year has been a tough year on Kevin Meaney especially with the shittiest moment being sent to jail for a misunderstanding at JFK airport when he was on his way to Israel to do shows. As much as I love him and feel terrible for what happened to him I can't help but howl with laughter and that is the gift of a great comedian.


"You can't cry in jail, you have to be tough. You can't show fear in county jail."


He thought using the toilet in the open shared jail cell was his lowest moment until a school class trip came through to scare the kids by showing them how they shouldn't end up in life. 


This episode was recorded at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. I flew in a day early before I was to do a week performing at Brad Garrett's in Las Vegas. Kevin Meaney was closing out his week and I went to see his show that night.


Geechy Guy and Shayma Tash watched the show with me and after Kevin's show we all went back to my room to record this conversation. 


He is a man that I love very much as a human being. I wish that he would make a musical out of his jail experience. We talk about how depression is a serious medical condition and how the death of Robin Williams made him be more determined to be who he is. At all times through the toughest retelling of his pain he is lovable and hilarious and it is my pleasure to present to you now the one and only Kevin Meaney! 


Intro song: Cutting Room (Hot Pants) – Oceanliners

Stand-up clip from YouTube 1: Kevin Meaney: Gay stuff; Mall shitters

Stand-up clip from YouTube 2: Kevin Meaney - "Why do you do this to your father and I?"

End song: Everybody – Tommy Roe


Recorded in Las Vegas, September 2014