Fresh off a run of shows at Milwaukee’s Comedy Cafe, stand-up comedian Shane Mauss met host Tyler Maas at Milwaukee Record headquarters to discuss the trials and tribulations of making a living as a road comic. The western Wisconsin native got his stand-up start in Boston before winding up in Los Angeles and bringing his act to comedy clubs throughout the country. Along the way, he released a Comedy Central Presents special and two albums, performed on Conan (five times!), and found his material evolving considerably.

Over the course of the hour conversation, Mauss chronicled his path from crouton factory worker to full-time comedian. He detailed the highs and lows of the comic lifestyle, talked about breaking both his feet, and got into the background of his great and ultra-informative podcast “Here We Are.”

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