If you’re involved in Philly comedy then you prolly know who Mike Rainey is. I first met him when we were in the basement of the Shubin Theater before a Theme show. We were sitting in on a sketch for Specific Jawns. While down there him and his buddy Tim Butterly were talking in these thick delco accents and saying some of the funniest shit I’ve heard. Even funnier because I know those guys. I grew up with people like those characters they were playing. It was then I asked them if they could do that “act” in front of crowd. Then “Not For Nothin: The Official Podcast of the Deleware County Times” was born. We’ve done it a bunch of times and it’s never enough. It’s seriously one of the funniest things you’ll see and if you’re familiar with the Philly area and the creatures that live within it you’ll appreciate it even more. I’m hoping to get the guys to do something for the Sideshow’s Halloween show. If not then, maybe in November. Whenever it is- check it out.
Mike was on the Gettin’ Close podcast last year for the podcast festival and promoted his book “Terrible Advice“. If you haven’t read it you definitely should. It’s one of the funniest things you’ll read. Now Mike has a new follow-up to that book coming out called “Terrible Advice for Parents”. To help promote the book he started his a blog. The “Terrible Dad Blog“. That’s exactly what it sounds like. A blog detailing his journey through fatherhood and the challenges he meets, mistakes he makes and lessons he learns along the way. I asked him a few quick questions about the blog and the upcoming book:
What pushed you to start the terrible dad blog?
I was checking out mommy and daddy blogs that I would like to use promote my forthcoming book, Terrible Advice for Parents. Nothing wowed me and the advertising rates were more than I wanted to pay, so I just decided to write my own blog. I figured that if I gave readers entertaining content, they would be more inclined to check out my book, which I’m giving away for free on Nov. 15 for those that sign up for my blog notifications via email from terribledad.wordpress.com. (You can also like the Terrible Dad Blog facebook page).
Is there anything, other than a laugh, you want people to get out of these stories?
I think readers with kids will be able to connect through similar experiences. There’s a lot of sad or weird aspects of parenting that I don’t hear often discussed, like parenting while struggling with mental illness, the guilt of enjoying things without the kids, and giving up bad habits for the sake of being a role model to your kids. Plus, I’m trying to clean up on all that sweet MILF poon out there.
Do you worry someone from DHS without a sense of humor is going to read the blog and launch an investigation? I’m half joking.
I certainly hope they have senses of humor. Although I wouldn’t mind losing my kids to the state for a few weeks. I could use a guilt-free trip to Hedonism.
What can you say about the upcoming “Terrible Advice for Parents”?
I’m really excited for people to read it. It’s fucked up and funny. Also, if you leave me a negative review on Amazon, I’m going to file an erroneous child neglect report on you.
Anything else you want to say about the blog or anything at all?
I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read it. It’s a funny blog, but I also hope that it can help parents that struggle with some of the same things I struggle with, i.e. depression, maintaining sobriety, using condoms, etc.
In addition to being one of the funniest people you’ll meet, whether as himself or acting as one of the delco guys in Not For Nothin, he’s also a very generous guy. He frequently posts Facebook announcements that he has some free time and if you need anything to let him know. As he said above, just join his mailing list and you’ll get his new book for free. He also lends his time and talent to “Comedians for a Cause” which does occasional shows benefiting different charities or specific people in need.
You can see Mike fairly regularly at Helium Comedy Club in Philly where he performs stand-up and hosts the Dirty Dozen show. 12 Comics for $12 at 12am performing some of their nastiest material. He’ll be appearing on the next Two Late at Philly Improv Theater on October 24th at 10:30pm. And prolly in an upcoming Sideshow as half of the Not For Nothin Podcast. See him live, read his blog, buy his book.
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