Falling Uphill – Episode 5 – The Extended Engagement

A comedian’s friend books her a gig without telling her — in a country she’s never heard of. 

















Sometimes you get a phone call that changes your life. Mina Liccione got that call while living in San Francisco and wondering what the next step in her career would be. She was already a Broadway veteran and was ready for something brand new. Not long after she hung up the phone, she was on a plane to a country she had never heard of–Dubai–for a gig that a well-intentioned friend had signed her up for, without bothering to get her permission first. It would not be her last trip to the Middle East, and not only would she end up opening a pioneering  comedy school there–she would meet the man who would become her husband, comedian Ali Al Sayed. But how would it all sit with her traditional Italian, Catholic, New York family? A dowry, a boxing promoter, a stuffed turkey, tap shoes, and macaroni and cheese will all play a part.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Mina Liccione (http://www.minaliccione.com, http://www.dubomedy.com, @minaliccione on Twitter) 

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Maccary Bay” (ft. Brett VanDonsel) Kevin MacLeod

“Union” David Szesztay

“Ylanlar_Zaman (Yilanlar Zamani)” Hayvanlar Alemi

“Naraina” Kevin MacLeod

“Genghis Dreams on Horseback”  Desert Gears

“Spy Glass” Kevin MacLeod

“Oud Taksim/Batan Gun Kana/Through Years” Sherita

“Christe Adoramus Te” (Claudio Monteverdi) performed by Capella Ducisprovided by Klankbeeld

“L’elisir d’amore, Una furtiva lagrima” (Donizetti) performed by MIT Symphony Orchestra 

“Partytime” Infecticide

“After Party” Asthmatic Astronaut

“Desert Masks” Máscaras

“O Sole Mio” (Eduardo di Capua & Giovanni Capurro) performed by Sisell & Kalle Moraeus

“Habibi Ya Aini” Scott Wilson & Efendi



braffe2, daveincamas, nsstudios, conleec, redoper, FlyinEye, Proxima4, kmyers1316, nikitralala, qubodup, JanevdMerwe1995, klankbeeld, Tomlija, thegoose09 


George W. Bush Speech 1/10/2007


Falling Uphill – Episode 2 – Smoking Is Good for You

A theater geek gets the callback he never wanted. 

It’s the mid-1960s and actor-director Jeff Bennett has realized he doesn’t have the stomach to pursue a career on Broadway. To make things worse, he’s just received a letter requesting his presence at an Army recruiting station to see if he’s physically fit enough to serve his country in Vietnam. Without enough teaching credits to spare him from what he sees as a pointless conflict and an all-around waste of his time, the only hope for Jeff is pneumothorax, a smoking-related lung condition. With papers documenting his ailment in hand, he reports to the center as instructed, but as he progresses naked through each exam station, no one in authority seems to want to hear about his extenuating circumstance. 



Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Jeff Bennett

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Maccary Bay”  Kevin MacLeod

“Spacial Harvest” Kevin MacLeod

“StompDance” Kevin MacLeod 

“Bronco Romp” Waylon Thornton

“Adders Tongue” Waylon Thornton 

“Goofer Dust” Waylon Thornton

Der Heyser Bulgar” Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet

“Cylinder Four” Chris Zabriskie

“Reveille” U.S. Army Bands Online (ABO)/ U.S. Army Bands Audio 

“Dig-Dig-Dig Dig For Your Dinner” Gene Kelly 



Ninafoletti,qubodup,insanity54,YleArkisto,1stWebArmy,ReadeOnly, NoiseCollector, 18hiltc, paulmessier, samueljustice00, de_Wolf, hykenfreak, ymaaela, ERH, dobroide


Episode 1 – The Chairman

All Vito wanted to do was make a little extra cash so he could move out of his mom and dad’s place and take his film career to the next level. This isn’t what he had in mind. 

Up hill ep1_


When Vito* arrived at the interview, his teaching experience consisted of teaching English in Japan for six months and a job as a classroom assistant in a special needs school. Later, after a string of failures at various day jobs, he began working as a cameraman at a small TV station, all the while continuing to pursue his dream of making independent films on his own terms. When the opportunity to teach a video editing class at a for-profit college of mixed reputation came up he applied, for the extra money and because he was growing more and more ambivalent about his job in television. His expectations were low at the outset, but no one could have predicted what would happen when he met with school’s octogenarian president.
*not his real name


Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Anonymous

Technical Assistance by Alex Valle

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Collie Weed”   Kene Busma

“Revoilà le Beaujolais Nouveau”   Dugardin 

“Sieste Ocho”   Suerte

“Mátalas”   Oscar Silva

“Hero”   John Novak

“Fabricated Loony Commune”   Heifervescent

“Forest of Impaled”   Phantom

“Defloration”   Mary Poppins and the Dubitative Sex Toys Boys

“No Wings”   Keffy Kay

“Tense (Parte 01)” & “Tense (Parte 02)”   AlienAqtor, Disorder of Rage (DxOxRx), Flanicx, and Rod Brandao 

“Roc électrqiue à tailler”   Calame 



iamslenderman,  MWLANDIvolvieri


Sound Jay