Funny as Tech Launches June 2nd in NYC with Special Guests

Funny as Tech, a live show/podcast with co-hosts David Ryan Polgar and Joe Leonardo

Funny as Tech, a live show/podcast that provides comedy and conversation for our brave new world, will hold its inaugural show on Friday, June 2nd at the PIT Loft in NYC at 10:30 pm. Special guests for June 2nd include TJ Allard (Emmy Award winning Producer, NBC), Lori White (Director of content, Upworthy), and Rebecca Baine Carton (Writer/Producer/Actor of Living Thru The Lens). Funny as Tech is co-hosted by comedian Joe Leonardo and tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar.

What is Funny as Tech?

Whether its self-driving cars, selfies, or post-death communication, the co-hosts of Funny as Tech along with special guest experts and comedians will unpack our absurd present and uncertain future. Dystopia has never been funnier. It is a fast-paced, lighthearted, and [hopefully] insightful look into where we are headed with chatbots, AI in the workplace, and big data that knows more about us then we do. Tickets for the live show/podcast taping can be found at HERE along with Funny as Tech’s Facebook page.

About Our Special Guests on June 2nd

Clara de Soto: Named one of TheNextWeb’s 100 Tech & Business Women Speakers, Clara is a serial entrepreneur, currently co-founder of where she heads up strategy, marketing, and business development, and is Editor of ChatbotsWeekly. Clara’s previous company, ClearHart, a wearable tech for live events company, was acquired in 2015.

Clara co-created the viral app, KillSwitch which was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies. She’s been invited to speak at CES, Mobile World Congress, NYU, among others. Clara started her career at McCann Erickson, contributing to creative direction for brands including L’Oreal and Mastercard. Clara majored in English at Boston College.

Rebecca Blaine Carton

Rebecca Blaine Carton: Rebecca is a New York based writer, producer and actor who recently wrote and produced the short piece entitled “Smile” that was covered by Bustle, Women You should Know, Women’s Rights News and shared on Upworthy reaching over a quarter of a million views. She wrote, produced and starred in the short indie film “Introducing Parker Dowd” with comedian Lewis Black and currently writes, produces and acts in the Broad City meets Black Mirror web series “Living Thru The Lens”.

The series has including cameos from Andy Buckley (The Office, Odd Mom Out), Susan Bennett (the voice of Siri), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger) and “Double Rainbow” viral star Paul Bear Vasquez. She is a proud member of the acting troupe Only Make Believe, a nonprofit founded by Broadway producer Dena Hammerstein, which sends actors into children’s hospitals and care facilities to perform interactive theatre.

TJ Allard

TJ Allard: TJ is a 2-time Emmy Award-winning Producer, Showrunner, and On-Camera Host. Starting as a video game designer with Ubisoft Entertainment he realized that the entertainment business was where he wanted to be. In front of the camera he’s been a Host and Correspondent for a number of national shows including “Good Day Live” on Fox, “3 Men & a Chick Flick” on WEtv, and the video game show “Play Value”.

His love of all things gaming and tech has led to numerous TV segments, and podcasts as both a host and a producer. Currently he’s one of the spokesman for the ECA (Entertainment Consumers Association), is developing non-fiction programing for TV (if it survives), and has recently launched “Video Game Stars” on Youtube.

About the Co-Hosts for Funny As Tech

David Ryan Polgar, co-host for Funny as Tech

David Ryan Polgar: David is Tech Ethicist who explores are social media and tech use from an ethical, legal, and emotional perspective. He is a 3-time TEDx speaker (The School of the New York Times, Future Health Summit), attorney, and former college professor whose commentary has been featured on SiriusXM, HuffPost Live, AP, Quartz, Boston Globe,,, and many more. David co-founded the global Digital Citizenship Summit, which held its most recent flagship event at Twitter HQ last October.

David currently works for the virtual world platform Friendbase, along with being a contributing writer for Big Think. He is currently writing and researching the impact that social media platforms have had on our conversations (Are We Becoming Bots?).

Joe Leonardo, co-host for Funny as Tech

Joe Leonardo: Joe is a comedian, improviser and writer who has been featured on ESPN, Travel Channel, NPR, Anderson Cooper LIVE, Cafe, and Prank Academy to name a few. He is currently a house team performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and co-host of their Wednesday Night Improv Jam. Joe is also the creator/host of The Flying Blind Sketch Show, which plays bi-monthly at The People’s Improv Theater and is one of the founders of Sea Tea Improv.

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Questions about Funny as Tech? Reach out to David at dpolgar/gmail

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