These Things Matter came about when stand-up comedian Kevin O’Brien and former theatrical director and future DJ to the stars Taylor Gonda realized they were the same person. Not literally, of course, but over several months in 2012, a relationship was built on High Fidelityism – the belief that pop culture can change your life.
With this in mind, they embarked on an aural journey of discovery into the hearts and minds of Denver’s creative community. As time passed, they branched out and explored the obsessions of creative-types nationwide!
Their journey continues, no reference too obscure, no genre too highfalutin. Join them as they wade through movies, music, comedy, television, video games, toys, books, comics and more!
These Things Matter was named Best Podcast at the 2012 Westword Web Awards and Best Podcast in Westword’s 2014 Best of Denver awards. We were also included in “The Seven Best Music Podcasts In Denver – 2016 Edition” list, and the “Ten Essential Denver Podcasts in 2016” list, both in Westword magazine!
Born and raised amongst the corn stocks of Nebraska, Kevin O’Brien always saw things differently than those around him. After spending his adolescence on Ramones message boards and watching late night T.V. Kevin moved to the big city, Denver. Over the past four years Kevin has carved a name for himself in Denver’s booming comedy scene appearing regularly at the Denver Comedy Works, The Fine Gentleman’s Club’s “Too Much Fun”, Mile High Sci Fi, and The Grawlix. Kevin is the host of the monthly comedy debate show “Arguments & Grievances” which has been featured numerous times in the Westword . The Denver Post also called him a “comic to watch” and described him as having, “a laissez-faire persona and indignant material.” Kevin has appeared in the Great American Comedy Festival, Laugh Track Comedy Festival, and Too Much Funstival. When he isn’t spreading himself too thin you can find Kevin sleeping in with his basset hound Oscar.
Former Lisa Simpson turned Peggy Olson, Taylor Gonda hails from Greeley, Colorado by way of Joliet, Illinois. She is a former theater director, producer, designer, actor and stage manager, and was an ensemble member at the award winning Paragon Theater from 2006 – 2012. She currently has an undisclosed day job, but can be seen often at events and bars spinning vinyl and digital files as DJ Gonda. She has DJ’d Red Cross events, comedy after parties, and the MCA Denver’s MUSIC FOR MYOPIA event with Mark Mothersbaugh in attendance. Currently she can be seen as DJ Gonda spinning “Dance music from when your parents were cool” every first Friday at Sputnik and third Fridays at Pon Pon in Denver. In her spare time she can be found laughing at local comedy, reading at City ‘O City and stopping herself from re-watching episodes of Mad Men.