Entry Level with Brooks Wheelan

By Brooks Wheelan

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 Aug 7, 2018


This is a podcast about all those jobs we've had that sucked. Each episode Brooks will interview a guest and find out what garbage they had to put up before they got to the position they're in now. Plus if you have any hellish jobs of your own you want to share email entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com

Episode Date
Episode 48 - Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart (drunk chef, great pal) stops by to talk about working as a book keeper for a fetish shop as a 14 year old, being a maintenance person with no prior experience, and going to school to be a Japanese translator all before ending up in New York and accidentally starting her YouTube career by filming herself making a meal for her friend drunk.

Follow Hannah: twitter.com/harto

See Brooks' short "The Attempt": https://vimeo.com/256173576

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EntryLevelStore?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Sep 17, 2018
Episode 47 - Mike Bridenstine

Mike Bridenstine (Brooks' first LA pal and great comic) discusses having the same hosting job as Brooks in Iowa City making $50 a week, growing up in a shitty river town, and having a post college job so sad it made his mom start crying.


Check out Brido's album and comedy: https://twitter.com/brido

See Brooks live: brookswheelan.com

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EntryLevelStore

Sep 10, 2018
Episode 46 - Billy Wayne Davis

Billy Wayne Davis (stand up guru) is on to discuss loving the power of being a little league umpire, touring with Ralphie May, and how hard he didn't work at a golf course.

See Billy live: www.twitter.com/billywaynedavis

See Brooks live: brookswheelan.com

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EntryLevelStore

Email the podcast: entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com

Sep 02, 2018
Episode 45 - Cornell Reid

Cornell Reid (stand up comic and camping parter) discusses growing up in the the weed capital of the world, AKA the "Emerald Triangle." He made cabinets with a insane boss and worked reggae festivals before moving to LA to get in the glamorous business of Malibu dry cleaning where he used to dry clean for the likes of Suge Knight and Adam Sandler.

Follow Cornell: https://twitter.com/corneezy

Email the podcast: entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EntryLevelStore

Aug 27, 2018
Episode 44 - Nick Thune

Nick Thune (cool dad, cool dude) is on to talk about working at McDonald's for 4 hours once, being sent to rehab for drinking as a teen, selling cars as a high schooler, and lying about having HIV to get out of a job.

Check out Nick live: https://nickthune.com/

See Brooks live: brookswheelan.com

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EntryLevelStore

email the podcast entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com

Aug 20, 2018
Episode 43 - Mamrie Hart

Mamrie Hart (great comedian, author, and friend) is on to discuss swindling her neighbors for money as a child, bartending at UNC while not taking college for real, working undercover at McDonald's, and being scary broke in New York City.

Watch Mamrie: https://bit.ly/2jlGLza

See Brooks live: Brookswheelan.com/shows

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EntryLevelStore

Aug 13, 2018
Episode 42 - Paul Danke

Paul Danke (great stand up, great dad, great friend) is on to go through the checklist of Americana jobs. Paperboy, McDonalds, Dominoes, Tire Service guy, Bridezilla's producer, he's done em all! Listen to for some inside tips on what you can order at McDonalds and also to find out what it felt like to be "there" in the tire world when 20 inch rims took over.

Check out Paul: https://www.pauldankecomedy.com/

See Brooks live: Brookswheelan.com

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/entrylevelstore

Aug 06, 2018
Episode 41 - CJ Sullivan

CJ Sullivan (funny friend and comedian) talks about his Breaking Bad type life where he once embezzled from a Chi-Chi's until he got caught, worked the kitchen in a Kenny Roger's Roasters, and ran an illegal card game in Chicago for about a decade ending in 100% the funniest story told on Entry Level to date.

See CJ live: https://www.cjsullivancomedy.com/

See Brooks live: www.brookswheelan.com

GET THE MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/entrylevelstore

Jul 30, 2018
Episode 40 - Matt McCarthy

Matt McCarthy (great stand up and fellow pro wrestling lover) is on to talk about being a red headed life gaurd, how September 11th actually bought him more time to live in New York to find a job, and what it's like to write for the WWE.

GET THE NEW MUG: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EntryLevelStore

listen to Matt's podcast: https://headgum.com/we-watch-wrestling

See Brooks live: brookswheelan.com/shows


Jul 23, 2018
Episode 39 - Karl Hess

Karl Hess (fine comedian and fine friend) is on to discuss blasting himself with poison ivy while working as a landscaper, seeing an insane fight between the Mexican Mafia and the Crips while bartending, and having to argue whether or not someone died when he worked on Ridiculousness. Also Karl and Brooks talk about their many dumb escapades they've been on together.

Hear Karl's podcast: https://goo.gl/CtKp4C

See Brooks live: brookswheelan.com

Email the show: entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com

Jul 16, 2018
Episode 38 - Julian Mccullough & Meg Molloy

Julian and Meg (The Soft Spot Podcast) join Brooks to talk about Mall jobs, being jealous of other paper boys, working at the fanciest pizza spot in a small town, and how men are gross when they get their hair cut. Plus Brooks doubles down on the cave.

Listen to their podcast: https://starburns.audio/podcasts/the-soft-spot/

See Meg's art: https://www.megmolloyart.com/

See Brooks Live: www.brookswheelan.com 

Jul 09, 2018
Episode 37 - Conner O'Malley

Conner O'Malley (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers, Joe Pera talks to you, chill bro) is on to discuss being fired by his dad, working for 1-800-gotjunk, hanging out in garbage dumps way too much, and walking dogs.

Watch Conner's videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDIJ45Bba6nzrGL5v8b7fMw


See Brooks live: www.brookswheelan.com

Jul 02, 2018
Episode 36 - Chris Garcia

Chris Garcia (great stand up and fun neighbor) talks about taking his first job only to save enough money to get a hotel to lose his virginity, taking too much acid and not being able to work at a bookstore, being beaten down emotionally by the students he taught, and being a suspect for a robbery at a Blockbuster he worked at.

Check out Chris live: http://chrisgarciacomedy.com/

Check out Brooks live: brookswheelan.com

Jun 25, 2018
Episode 35 - Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000 and fun dude) is on to talk about failing a music test to work at a local Hawaiian record store, how he's stolen from almost every job he's ever worked at (and Brooks approves), and how his final job was sewing buttons on jeans in an LA sweat shop with cool Russian ladies. Brooks also goes off on a tirade about James Cook and Jonah allows it.

Listen to Jonah's podcast: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/jonah-raydio

See Brooks live: www.brookswheelan.com

Jun 18, 2018
Episode 34 - Dwayne Perkins

Dwayne Perkins (amazing stand up and great dude) is on to discuss growing up in Brooklyn having trouble cashing his first checks without getting them stolen, being fired from Toys-R-Us but NOT deserving it, spending time working at a Sizzler rip off called "For Goodness Steaks", and his professional life in the the corporate world before his career took off.

Check out Dwayne live: dwayneperkins.com/

Check out Brooks live: brookswheelan.com

Jun 11, 2018
Episode 33 - Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer (rad dude, tons of tv and movies) joins Brooks to discuss delivering medicine for his dad as a little kid, the perks of Blockbuster, rollerblading around new york handing out AOL cds, being a fake pro wrestler for money, and doing so little at an office job that they took his desk away. 

Check out Paul's podcast here: https://www.earwolf.com/show/how-did-this-get-made/

Get tix to see Brooks live here: brookswheelan.com

Jun 04, 2018
Episode 32 - Nick Rutherford

Nick Rutherford (Good Neighbor, SNL, Friend) is on to discuss being doing a voice as a child actor in Kindergarten Cop, quitting Cold Stone Creamery for not winning a best employee award, scamming his way through a New York temp job, and falling in mud one time to try and get out of waiting tables.


To see Brooks live: www.brookswheelan.com

May 28, 2018
Episode 31 - Paul Brittain

Paul Brittain (rad dude and did SNL) swings by to talk about growing up in the suburbs doing child labor before moving on to a "Lord of the Flies" style painting operation and then finally joining the corporate world in Chicago while moving his way up in the Improv world. He also clears up my misunderstanding of Chicago pizza (thank God).

See Brooks live: www.brookswheelan.com

May 21, 2018
Episode 30 - Dave Waite

Dave Waite (stand up and nice ass dude) swings by to discuss giving college an honest one month chance and living at home for probably way too long. He's worked in all types of service industries and given them all the same level of "I guess this is ok?" He also talks about being he was a kicker in high school because he hated being tackled. 

Too see Brooks live go to : www.brookswheelan.com

May 14, 2018
Episode 29 - Johnny Pemberton

Johnny Pemberton (Lots of tv and movie shit) discusses his first job as a doll house painter plus all the perks that come from having a laminator and no supervision. He also talks about being a telemarketer and they type of people who buy stuff off the phone. Stay tuned for the end of the episode where he releases the first track off his new prank calls album.

See Brooks' upcoming tour dates: brookswheelan.com

See Johnny's: https://www.johnnypemberton.dog/

May 07, 2018
Episode 28 - Kurt Braunohler

Kurt Braunohler (tons of comedy stuff) talks about being fired from his first job at Jersey Mikes during a smoke break when he was 14, selling acid in college, tricking a company into letting him be an IT guy for 8 years, and how the movie Fight Club changed his life (not in the way you would think).

Check out Kurt live: www.kurtbraunohler.com/

Check out Brooks live: www.brookswheelan.com

Apr 30, 2018
Episode 27 - John Roy

John Roy discusses growing up wanting to be in band and attending song writing sessions from Billy Corgan and Jeff Tweedy before starting stand up in Chicago. He's also had every type of bad manager possible and goes through the list defining each one. This was all before he WON STAR SEARCH IN 2003!?!

To see Brooks live this summer get tickets here: brookswheelan.com/shows

Apr 23, 2018
Episode 26 - Wheeler Walker Jr.

Wheeler Walker Jr. has been around for a while, but he just recently started taking over Nashville by doing things his own way. He talks about growing up in Kentucky and working as a farm hand before heading to Nashville where he had a hiccup in his early music career by doing what he thought the "suits" wanted. He also plays his new single at the end of the episode and just a heads up it's explicit as fuck.

Check out Brooks' dates and get his vinyl: brookswheelan.com

Apr 16, 2018
Episode 25 - Mike Burns

In this historic 25th episode Brooks interviews his life partner Mike Burns (AKA @dadboner). This is a special episode because Brooks was party responsible for getting Mike fired one time. Mike's lived a life of trash growing up scamming grocery stores in Michigan before he worked designing baby clothes for over a decade. Brooks and Mike also talk about their shared opinion that if you pay someone minimum wage, they get to steal from you.

Learn about @dadboner here: https://totalfratmove.com/the-legend-of-karl-welzein-aka-dadboner/

Check out Brooks' stand up dates here: brookswheelan.com

Apr 09, 2018
Episode 24 - Sean Patton

Sean Patton is on to talk about growing up in New Orleans doing child labor for his family catering business. He's seen an adult man break down at a wedding, been fired from dog walking because of a dog murder, and had to pretend to be Dr. Evil at a car dealership for three days (which now holds the record for funniest job told on this podcast). He also talks about living in New Orleans through Hurricane Katrina.


Check out Brooks live or buy his album by going to brookswheelan.com

Apr 02, 2018
Episode 23 - Mike O'Brien

Mike O'Brien (SNL, AP Bio) is on to talk about growing up outside Toledo before making the jump to Chicago where held many prestigious jobs such as: cleaning up The Second City for free, upsetting fathers by selling expensive tickets at an ill-fated indoors only DisneyLand Park, and allowing the same person to keep stealing from him at Blockbuster. Plus he has a bunch of other fun stories about coming up through the Second City community.

See Brooks live or buy his album on vinyl by going to brookswheelan.com

Mar 26, 2018
Epsidoe 22 - Candy Lawrence

In probably one of the funniest episodes yet, Brooks' favorite comedian, Candy Lawrence, is on to discuss selling water off the highway as a 12 year old, being tricked into becoming a full time baby sitter with no benefits, distributing an apartment newsletter where people wanted their money back, working almost half a decade for The Blue Man Group, and a ton of other weird jobs before she landed in LA.

To see Brooks live or buy his album on vinyl go to brookswheelan.com


Mar 19, 2018
Episode 21 - Steelo Brim

Steelo Brim (Ridiculousness) is on to discuss his path from growing up in Chicago to becoming 1/3rd of one of the most popular MTV shows of all time. He started off as a child extra in the movie "Hardball" where he talked his way into a bigger role. Then he navigated his way through the music industry during the MySpace era and ended up out in LA. But after failing Carl's Jr. interviews with his best friend Michael B. Jordan he ended up back in Chicago, but only for a short time.

Get Brooks' stand up album on vinyl: brookswheelan.com/store

Mar 12, 2018
Episode 20 - Kyle Mooney

Kyle Mooney is this week's guest where he talks about working as a baseball umpire for one game, filing papers at his dad's work, being too nervous to work the popcorn machine at DisneyLand, and how he grew up wanting to be an underground hip hop artist. He had a rap group in high school called "Instruments of Intelligence" and we have a tiny snippet of their work at the end of the episode. He also talks about starting his sketch group Good Neighbor at USC with Nick Rutherford, Beck Bennett, and Dave McCary that eventually led to SNL.

For Brooks' tour information and a link to buy his stand up album on vinyl go to brookswheelan.com

Mar 05, 2018
Episode 19 - Beth Stelling

Beth Stelling joins the podcast and this is a special episode because Brooks and Beth have known each other for 10 years and at one point they each worked shitty jobs down the street from each other. They remember the good old days when they would eat at Subway and be sad together. Beth also talks about always wanting to be a good employee and how she quit track to work at an ice cream shop in high school. Sidenote: there's a lot of Chicago comedy talk in this episode.

Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship

Get tix to see Brooks and also purchase his vinyl record here: www.brookswheelan.com

Feb 26, 2018
Episode 18 - James Adomian

James Adomian stops by to talk about growing up doing odd jobs. He was fired from the first Quizno's in Los Angeles for weirding out customers and once helped drop a priceless fossil in an art warehouse. He's also one of the best impressionists in the world and throws down a few fun ones for this episode.

Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship

Follow Brooks for future Entry Level information on twitter and instagram: @brookswheelan

Get Brooks' album here: www.brookswheelan.com

Feb 19, 2018
Episode 17 - Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts is on to discuss growing up in Montana and winning a stand up comedy contest while he was still in high school. He left stand up behind to move Seattle in the early 90s to pursue music before ending up in New York City 12 years later during the emergence of the alternative comedy scene. He holds the prestigious records for least jobs bad jobs held so far as an Entry Level guest, but that's only because he was bumming on couches playing music.


Art by Barry Blankenship

Music by Drennon Davis

Feb 12, 2018
Episode 16 - Taran Killam

Taran Killam is on to discuss starting out as a child actor. His resume includes non union commercials as a 10 year old, getting his only line in Naked Gun 33 1/3 cut, being on MADTV when he was 19, and much more. Taran explains most of his life decisions were based on what got him out of going to school which makes sense. He also talks about what it was like the week Trump hosted SNL and the sketch he wrote for him where Trump's only line was "I forgot the snakes."

To see Taran's commercial for The Ringling Bros circus check out @brookswheelan on twitter where he shared the link

Feb 05, 2018
Episode 15 - The Lucas Brothers

Keith and Kenny Lucas are on this week to discuss only accepting jobs as a team. Somehow, lots of places were ok with this. They don't handle being told what to do well so none of these jobs lasted that long. From McDonalds (inside the hospital) to tricking people in a boiler room scam to living in their car in Brooklyn they've gone through a ton of shit to get where they are today.

Jan 29, 2018
Episode 14 - Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr is on this weeks episode to talk about growing up in "The Soprano's" part of New Jersey. He started stand up at 15, but that didn't keep him from being terrible at a few jobs before he was a touring professional comic at 19. Jay and Brooks also talk way too much about Iowa wrestling, just a heads up.


Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship

Jan 22, 2018
Episode 13 - Brendon Walsh

Brendon Walsh is on to talk about pranking his co-workers until one of them got arrested and also explains how much fun The Price is Right is. Please no one steal his movie rental store tv show idea either.


Music by Drennon Davis

Arty by Barry Blankenship

Jan 15, 2018
Episode 12 - Howard Kremer

Howard Kremer, AKA Dragon Boy Suede, is on to break to record for most jobs and longest episode! Howard's done it all and has been told countless times "we don't need you anymore." Listen to find out how Howard once chugged a bunch of Mr. T's sent back champagne and scooped up some early Beastie Boys notes.


Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship

Jan 08, 2018
Episode 11 - Hampton Yount

Hampton Yount comes on to discuss how he pretty much ran the pizza game in Northern Virginia for about a decade. He's also the first person to come on the podcast who has worked the same job as Brooks so naturally they compare stories to see who had it worse. Brooks and Hampton also used to be neighbors in the worst part of Hollywood where Hampton was recently mugged... Fun!


Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship

Dec 31, 2017
Episode 10 - Nicole Byer

Nicole Byer joins Brooks today for the historic 10th episode! Nicole gives us the details on how to steal from retail stores, and also what happens when you get caught three times. Is there a jail inside the Macy's in New York? Yes. Has Nicole been there? Listen to find out! Also, yes she has.

Email entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com with your entry level job stories for an upcoming BONUS EPISODE!

Art by Barry Blankenship

Music by Drennon Davis 

Dec 25, 2017
Episode 9 - Bobby Moynihan

Bobby Moynihan joins Brooks today to recount his days as a 12 year old used toy store manager, abusing his lifeguard powers in high school, sneaking around the UConn campus with janitor keys, scamming Pizzaria Uno, and he even lets us know what happens when you have your nude photos developed at a sketchy 1 hour PhotoMart. Saturday Night Live might get brought up once or twice as well.

Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship

Dec 18, 2017
Episdode 8 - Morgan Murphy and Robin Shorr

The hosts of Los Feliz the Podcast (Morgan Murphy and Robin Shorr) are on this episode of Entry Level. Important questions get answered like "Does Baskin Robins always have EXACTLY 31 flavors?" and "How long did Morgan last as a waitress?" Also Brooks and Robin bond over being tour guides, only Robin's gig was slightly worse as she guided people to the fake gas chambers at the Museum of Tolerance as a 16 year old child.

Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship 

Dec 11, 2017
Episode 7 - Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne has a ton of jobs, and he's not been very good at any of them. From being the lifeguard at an ice rink until he was fired for passing out on the job, to delivering porn VHS tapes, to being a doorman at the coolest bar in Kent, Ohio. He ran though job after job until ending up in New York and becoming one of the best stand up comics working today.

Music by: Drennon Davis

Art by: Barry Blankenship

Dec 04, 2017
Episode 6 - Grace Helbig

Grace Helbig is on the podcast to discuss being the queen the suburbs when it comes to jobs. TJ MAXX, Chilis, Dave and Busters, Olive Garden, and "the bad Applebees" are just a small sample of the jobs she's had. She discusses lighting her hair on fire while filming a wedding, getting Conan O'brien apples, and how high school kids are usually assholes.


Email entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com with your own bad job stories to be discussed in future episodes.


Music by Drennon Davis

Art by Barry Blankenship

Nov 27, 2017
Episode 5 - Nikki Glaser

Nikki is on the podcast to talk about studying hard for her California Pizza Kitchen text, speaking jiberish so she could talk shit on her boss at a pizza place, being too embarrassed to go back and pick up a pay-check, and how Brooks was pretty sure she got top 3 on Last Comic Standing. 


If you have any bad jobs of your own email entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com


music by Drennon Davis

art by Barry Blankenship

Nov 20, 2017
BONUS EPISODE - Songs that jobs have ruined

Entry Level's very first bonus episode focuses on songs that have been ruined from a job over playing them. Brooks tweeted out from @brookswheelan to see if listeners had any stories and it really hit a nerve causing lots of responses, so he decided to dedicate an episode entirely to those stories. From WHAM! to Outkast no genre of music is safe when it comes to hating a job. Also Brooks' roommate, Mike Burns, was just laid off yesterday so he joins him to discuss.


If you have a song and want it discussed in a future episode tweet at Brooks or email entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com


Music by Drennon Davis

Artwork by Barry Blankenship

Nov 15, 2017
Episode 4 - Barry Rothbart

Barry Rothbart is on to discuss the ins and outs of being a bookie at the age of 15, going insane to the band LFO while not really selling sunglasses in a mall, walking four hours to prove a point to no one, and constantly being asked by employers "what do you do here?"

We also take our fist listener mail. If you want to tell us about your terrible jobs email entrylevelwithbrookswheelan@gmail.com


music by: Drennon Davis

Artwork by: Barry Blankenship

Nov 13, 2017
Episode 3 - Jon Dore

Jon Dore comes on and talks about trying to collect on newspaper money as a child, working in a haunted Dairy Queen, being fired from a job he physically couldn't leave for two days, and being too embarrassed to ride a bus his face was on.


Artwork by Barry Blankenship

Music by Drennon Davis

Nov 06, 2017
Episode 2 - Andrew Santino

In Episode 2 Brooks welcomes his oldest friend in the LA comedy community Andrew Santino on to discuss having no patience for babysitting, getting fired from McDonalds, being WAY too good of a phone salesman, how to be "An Outbacker not a Slacker", stealing from a valet service, and finally making it big by hosting a daily show on the MSN homepage back in 2010.


Artwork by Barry Blackenship

Music by Drennon Davis

Outro song: "Whirring" by Joy Formidable 

Oct 30, 2017
Episode 1 - Nick Turner

Welcome to the first ever episode of Entry Level with Brooks Wheelan!! There could be no greater guest for a podcast about being fired or quitting jobs than the one and only Nick Turner who has been has gone through more jobs than anyone Brooks has ever met in his life. ENJOY!


Music by Drennon Davis

Art Work by Barry Blankenship

Oct 25, 2017