Doctor Vs Comedian

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April 30, 2021  

Episode 8: Chadwick Boseman / Colon Cancer

In this episode the guys reflect on the life of the late Chadwick Boseman. They first start by debriefing about this week’s Oscars telecast, Asif’s less than impressive predictions and the snub of Chadwick in the Best Actor category (00:50). Ali discusses Chadwick’s early life and his career from All My Children to 42 to Get on Up to Black Panther (10:33). Then they discuss his last two performances in Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and his lasting legacy. Because of Chadwick’s death at an early age from colon cancer, Asif then discusses the risk factors and signs of colon cancer (22:49). He then discusses screening for colon cancer and what one can do to help prevent it. 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

 

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April 23, 2021  

Episode 7: Special Episode - Oscars Preview

Today, Ali and Asif discuss the upcoming 93rd annual Academy Awards. Ali quizzes Asif on who he thinks should win and will win in all the major categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best supporting Actress, best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. They talk about problems with “Mank”, the genius of Sacha Baron Cohen, and the frontrunner status of “Nomadland”.  Asif also gives his opinion on the 1 prediction he feels is an absolute “lock”. They also give an honorable mention to the sound of “Sound of Metal”.

 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

 

Music courtesy of Wataboi and 8er41 from Pixabay

 

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April 16, 2021  

Episode 6:The United States of Al/Dr. Oz

In this episode, the guys discuss the new CBS sitcom, the United States of Al (1:03). They discuss the development of the show and how it is based on the charitable organization “No One Left Behind”. Ali  talks about the development of the show, the criticism it received even before an episode was released, and the defense of the show by producer Reza Aslan. After a digression about Kumail Nanjiani playing video games, they segue into a discussion of actors being able to play different races, using the example of legendary character actor Cliff Curtis. Then, the guys  discuss Dr. Mehmet Oz, his background and why his show has generated so much controversy (21:14). Asif discusses his influence on medicine and the so-called “Oz effect”. He then discusses the recent contentious decision by Jeopardy! producers to have Dr. Oz guest host the show, following the death of Alex Trebek. 

 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

 

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April 11, 2021  

Episode 5: Origin Story

In this special episode of Doctor Vs Comedian, the guys discuss their “origin stories''.  First, Ali discusses growing up in New Brunswick and Montreal, Quebec, going to McGill University, and then trying to figure out what to do with his life after that. He discusses his journey from working at a consumer-electronic chain store to doing his MBA to getting an IT degree. Finally Ali explains how his love of cooking led to desire to try and get a cooking show, which in turn led to stand up comedy. Next, Asif outlines what led him to pursue medicine as a career (11:22). He talks about the other careers that could have been, including occupational therapy (but not teacher’s college!). He talks about why he decided to become super specialized as a pediatric neurologist right out of medical school and the life experiences that led him to that choice. The guys then conclude by discussing how the podcast came to be!

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

Music courtesy of Wataboi and 8er41 from Pixabay

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April 11, 2021  

Episode 4: Rebirth of Roast Comedy / Masks & Covid-19

In this episode, Ali discusses the rebirth of roasts as a form of comedy (3:15). He discusses the history of roast and their recent return, courtesy of the Comedy Central Roasts. We discuss who roasts have helped (Justin Bieber) and who they definitely did not (Ann Coulter).  Next, Asif discusses mask use during the Covid-19 pandemic (18:11). He goes over the history of mask use during epidemics, particularly the work of Dr. Wu Lien-teh. Asif then reviews some of the myths behind masks and the mixed-messaging behind mask use at the beginning of the pandemic. He then discusses the evidence behind masks and some the new recommendations concerning masks and the new Covid-19 variants. FInally, Asif reviews some of the concerns regarding mask use in children. 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

Music courtesy of Wataboi and 8er41 from Pixabay

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April 11, 2021  

Episode 3: Auditioning / The Ketogenic Diet

In today’s episode, Ali discusses the auditioning process for movies and television roles (0:57). He discusses how he went from stand-up comedy to acting and how he got an agent. He then discusses some memorable (and not so memorable) auditions. Next, Asif discusses the ketogenic diet (28:53). He talks about what makes up a ketogenic diet and its use in epilepsy. Asif then discusses its more controversial use in weight loss and diabetes. 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

Music courtesy of Wataboi and 8er41 from Pixabay

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April 11, 2021  

Episode 2: Joke Theft / Did they get it right?

In today’s episode, Ali discusses the issue of joke theft in Comedy (1:00). He discusses the definition of joke theft and why it can be a contentious issue amongst comedians. Ali then discusses famous accusations of joke theft including the cases of Conan O’Brien, Carlos Mencia & Joe Rogan, and Nick Thune. Then, Ali asks Asif about some famous medical movies and television shows and asks “did they get it right?” (22:30). They discuss movies such as Awakenings and Patch Adams and television shows such as Doogie Howser MD, Scrubs, House, E.R., Gray’s Anatomy and The Good Doctor

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

Music courtesy of Wataboi and 8er41 from Pixabay

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April 11, 2021  

Episode 1: Comedy in the time of Covid / Cannabis use in Medicine

It’s the first episode! After the guys briefly introduce themselves (0:44), Ali discusses performing comedy during the Covid19 pandemic (4:59). He talks about performing comedy via Zoom, social distancing in comedy clubs, as well as new ventures such as performing at a Just for Laughs show at a drive-in. Then, Asif discusses cannabis and CBD use in medicine (25:10). He talks about its use in medicine and the case of Charlotte Figi and Charlotte’s Web, which was brought to mainstream attention by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Asif then discusses the current role for CBD in epilepsy and the limited role in other medical conditions.

 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

 

Music courtesy of Wataboi and 8er41 from Pixabay

 

Contact us at doctorvcomedian@gmail.com

 

Follow us on Social media:

Twitter: @doctorvcomedian

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Thanks to the following people for their advice on the development of this podcast:

 

Megan Harrison

Madiha Fancy

Bradford Mackay

Robert Webster

Hasan Alam

Q Hussain

Edward Nevraumont

Rajiv Thavanathan

Hans Rosenberg

Marco Timpano

 

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April 11, 2021  

Trailer - Doctor Vs Comedian

Dr Asif Doja is a  pediatric neurologist and Ali Hassan is a stand up comedian and actor (CBC’s Laugh Out Loud, Designated Survivor, Goon) who are each fascinated by what the other one does. In each episode, Asif picks a topic for Ali from comedy and entertainment and questions Ali about it. Then Ali picks a topic from medicine and health and grills Asif on that subject.

We talk about serious subjects in an unserious way. If you want to hear about comedy, entertainment, health and wellness and don’t want to have to choose between being entertaining AND informed, then this show is for you.

Music courtesy of Wataboi and 8er41 from Pixabay

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