Calling him one of his "favorite musical acts of all time," Pardo introduced Gilbert, praising his ability to deliver raw emotion and excitement in both his material and his performances. Once taking to his chair, after some witty banter on the side of the mic, the folk artist found himself instantly welcomed in as part of the gang.
Throughout the episode, the musician delighted the in-house and at-home viewers and listeners with not only his hilarious personality but also several performances of original tunes –– some off the new album and some from earlier records.
From "Old White Men" and "Waiting For Gilligan" to slower, and oh, so emotional tunes like "High Rise" – which also happened to be Pardo's wedding song, as he mentioned – Gilbert's appearance on Never Not Funny is enough to make anyone who wasn't aware of him and his talents a complete fan by the episode's end.
For those not in-the-know, Pardo is the opening act on TBS' CONAN and has appeared on Comedy Central's @midnight, CONAN and also serves as the host of Write Now! on the Nerdist Channel. His Never Not Funny podcast is considered one of the first, if not the first, podcasts ever around. Which often causes many to call him a podcast "pioneer" alongside co-host Matt Belknap.
Gilbert is very much known for performing alongside fellow folk singer Ellis Paul, who also happened to be the link between he and Pardo ... until now. There was even some little chatter about an appearance on NBC's The Voice, but we'll have to wait and see about that.
With any luck, we'll be seeing more folk singers appearing on Never Not Funny in the future. At the very least, hopefully more of Gilbert. Listen and watch the full episode here.
Vance Gilbert - "Old White Men"
Vance Gilbert - "My Bad"