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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!

Jan 16, 2015

This episode was recorded in Venice Beach, CA


I met Louis Katz in December 2013 when we were both filming Dave Attell's Comedy Underground for Comedy Central in New York City. 

I was impressed with his punching power and how offbeat his topics were. 

Like a freight train out of nowhere this peaceful looking guy was coming out with dark twisted melodramatic heroic tales in his joke premises and I found it as refreshing as some people do with watching sunsets with cold Pacific winds.

Louis was raised in Los Angeles, started doing comedy in San Francisco and now lives in New York. I have bumped into him several times in the past year and fate kept pushing us together to sit down and record this conversation. 

I think it is perfect to release this now during the harshest point of dark winter because this was one of my most sunny happy moments of last summer.

I was staying at a friend of mine's beach house just one block away from the ocean. It was a brilliantly sunny day sitting on lawn chairs underneath a large umbrella canopy. I had been there all week amazed at the silence and how you could hear the roar of the Pacific ocean's waves crashing in the distance. 

Of course while we recorded this chat LA police helicopter circled overhead several times and at one point a neighbor dog starts barking mad.

It is an audio taste of real life Los Angeles in the background of a conversation loaded with life's greatest wisdom... Where to get the best pastrami on rye sandwich in LA, Langers. How San Francisco is the Jerusalem of stand up comedy and how your act should be a dialogue and not a monologue.

And how the answer to it all is big brown bulbous ass! 

He is one of the most refreshingly dark and twisted comedians I have met in many years and if I am anywhere near when this man is introduced I while be in the back of the room hotly anticipating what will come out of his mouth next.

It is my pleasure to present to you now the one and only Louis Katz!


Intro song: Cutting Room (Hot Pants) – Oceanliners

YouTube clip 1: All in the family England is a fag country!

Stand-up clip from YouTube 2: Louis Katz stand up on HBO's "Down n' Dirty with Jim Norton"

End song: Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand –Primitive Radio GodsRecorded in Venice Beach, California. March 2014