Today Tim and I had a real nice chat with Paul Senosi, who runs the Bobotie pie store in Baltijaam.

We both think he's got the best pies in Estonia. He's also got a great story to tell about growing up in South Africa. He lived though the apartheid days and was a teacher in a "colored" neighborhood. It's given him a sort of stoically strong work ethic I've seen in a few South Africans, basically if you lived through those days, everything else doesn't seem as hard.

We talk a lot about food and what it's been like to setup the business here. Paul is a great guy and I really enjoyed hearing his stories.

Get them pies, they are the closest thing Ive had to a real Aussie meat pie in Estonia, https://www.bobotie.ee

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This is a new series of episodes recorded with Martin Junna of Improv Comedy troupe, Ruutu10 and we talk about the similarities and differences between Ruutu10 and Comedy Estonia. In each episode we are trying to pick a topic and break down how we each do it.

In this week's episode we talk about the upcoming season of comedy and we think it's going to be a fantastic time for both performers and audience when everyone is allowed out again.

We talk about what makes a good venue and in particular, where would be good for Ruutu10 to put on some shows. They have a very cool workshop space in Tondi but it's a little out of the way. So how to get more exposure by presenting regular shows in different cafes and bars:

  • What makes a good bar venue?
  • Should there be a ticket or instead ask for a donation at the end?
  • How to break down which neighborhood it should be in?
  • What sort of show should Ruutu10 present in one of these venues?
  • How to preserve the value of your larger ticketed shows while still presenting free comedy like this.

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April 28, 2021

#96 - Olga Loitsenko

This is Olga's third episode on the podcast and second done remotely from Melbourne. She moved there about 18 months ago to pursue the Estonian dream and has been getting into the local comedy scene.

Recently the Melbourne International Comedy Festival was on and Olga and two friends got together and did a 10 night run of their own show "Of Outsiders & Misfits".

Yup, comedy and pretty much everything else is alive and well in Australia and we hear what it was like to prepare and run your own show in a big festival like this.

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April 21, 2021

#95 - Caleb Brunick

Caleb Brunick is American, 22, has lived in Estonia for 4 years and is a Comedy Estonia comedian. He has a story which in one way I am intimately familiar with: working on your comedy career as a foreigner in Estonia. On the other hand, he's blowing up on TikTok and I am like, wtf is TikTok anyway?

Caleb talks about making those TikTok videos and interacting in impromptu streams with Estonians on his channel. That's a very different experience in getting to know a place and a culture than what I went through. I feel like a ghost from the future coming to warn Caleb to hold back on the Suur Munamägi jokes.

Watch the full episode: https://youtu.be/ZEayO1KEQ2k

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This is a new series of episodes recorded with Martin Junna of Improv Comedy troupe, Ruutu10 and we talk about the similarities and differences between Ruutu10 and Comedy Estonia. In each episode we are trying to pick a topic and break down how we each do it.

After talking about the business side for 4 episodes, we get into being an artist and how do we practice creativity. We look at how Martin and myself have balanced writing jokes and also running the operation. Pre-show stress has been a big part of my early years as a comedian and in general there is one way comedians deal with grief of any kind.... by getting on stage and talking about it. Better to get on stage with a negative emotion than feeling numb. We meander around the subject a bit as some sort of meta-reflection that being creative isn't something you can schedule into small amounts of time, its something you need to orientate your life around.

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Welcome to Literary Guy podcast! This week Sille-Kadri Simer joins myself and Tim in the studio to discuss the 10 year anniversary of one of the finest pieces of literature written about this fine country "Bang Estonia" by Roosh V.

In this classic 2012 piece of cultural learning, this guy came to Estonia and wrote a guidebook for how to score with chicks. A decade later, we go back and discuss if his advice and insightful social observations stand the test of time:

  • Is Atlantis a good place to get laid?
  • Are Estonian girls getting fat?
  • "Estonian girls are no longer impressed by random foreigners visiting Tallinn for the weekend"
  • What did he think of Zavod & Möku?
  • Would 20 year old Sille-Kadri have fallen for this?
  • Isn't this just "rohkem seksikaid mehi"?
  • Was this whole thing the fault of Margus Toots?

Watch the full episode on The Comedy Guy YouTube page

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Tauri Einberg and I talk about one of the many curiosities of the final days of the USSR: In January 1990 McDonalds opened a store in Pushkin Square in Moscow, with the blessing of Mikhail Gorbachev.

In the perestroika days Gorby had basically hung a sign on the door of the USSR "Open For Business".... but it was still very much the Soviet Union. It's a great example of the insane challenges companies faced when trying to do business with a country where most people couldn't even get a fresh banana.

How will they get all the produce needed, on schedule, and then serve it up with happy smiling McDonald's service? The USSR is not renowned for any of these things. How will regular comrades even afford a burger?

Even if do all of this AND you make a profit, how will Ronald get those profits when the ruble ain't worth anything outside the USSR?

 

Watch the video of this episode here: https://youtu.be/V9yIxS0Rsl8

 

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This is a new series of episodes recorded with Martin Junna of Improv Comedy troupe, Ruutu10 and we talk about the similarities and differences between Ruutu10 and Comedy Estonia. In each episode we are trying to pick a topic and break down how we each do it.

In this episode we had meant to to "how to sell to private events part 2" but instead we started to talk about the Estonian entertainment industry and how our groups fit into it. TV, what sort of shows could we make? Can we even adapt what we do to TV? We try and work out what comedy would work on tv now. Also, are any of these online streaming platforms any good for selling comedy?

 

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This is a new series of episodes recorded with Martin Junna of Improv Comedy troupe, Ruutu10 and we talk about the similarities and differences between Ruutu10 and Comedy Estonia. In each episode we are trying to pick a topic and break down how we each do it.

In this episode we discuss how we sell and perform at private events like birthdays or company parties. Doing these sort of performances is a key way for artists to earn a proper living but if you don't do the prep work, it can be a big bomb.

Follow Ruutu10 at www.ruutu10.ee

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Tim is back and we banter about Emakeelepäev as we try and work out who is "Foreigner of the Year 2021".

It's an old school long ass episode where we go through such controversial topics as:

  • The fall of the Irish language
  • Who's paying the copyright on those old Estonian 90's songs which you later found out are covers of Western songs?
  • The literary masterpiece that is "Bang Estonia" by Roosh V
  • Is Tim depressed?
  • What will Louis do now he's not CEO of Comedy Estonia anymore

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