Ezone Talks Podcasting, Getting ‘High and Hungry,’ and How He Started Comedy

Ezone Talks Podcasting, Getting ‘High and Hungry,’ and How He Started Comedy

By Dan Wilson (source : Visit HOLLYWEED)

{cover Photo} Edgar “Ezone” Ayala. Credit: Dan Wilson


Edgar “Ezone” Ayala started at BReal.tv as an intern after college. He quickly went from behind the scenes to in front of the camera when he was asked a few years back to cohost the Dr. Greenthumb Podcast. Ezone has since started several popular web series and podcasts under the BReat.tv umbrella.

These days Ezone splits his time as an entertainer, online personality, content creator and full-time podcaster.

BReal.tv talks with Ezone about his approach to creating content, his relationship with B Real, the upcoming season of High & Hungry, and what’s next for the budding comedian.

The We Don’t Smoke the Same Podcast

Ezone’s We Don’t Smoke the Same is a daily podcast that he produces with his co-host, comedian Xavier Guerrero. Ezone started the podcast four years ago in 2018, and now does it full-time.

The show is an open-ended discussion centered on smoking weed that often features local comedians.

While technically in the BReal.tv family, Ezone keeps his podcast separate from B Real’s content because, he says, it’s more unfiltered.

“We’re a little bit more wild on my show,” Ezone said. “If B said some of the things I say, there’d be phone calls,” he said.

It’s an element that the audience responds to.

“Our show provides that Howard Stern kind of feel,” Ezone said.

The High & Hungry Show

Ezone also recently announced that his web video series High and Hungry, produced by BReal.tv, will film its first proper television season, which he dubs Season 1.

The stoner food review show began in 2018 as a feature for the site and became a passion project for Ezone.

The new tv season format for High & Hungry will elevate the show from 15-minute web videos to a proper series with 12 curated episodes that are all filmed in advance.

Ezone is busy at work filming the new season with his partner Ray. He says High and Hungry is unique in that “it’s like a combination of Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri and Me—plus weed.”

Ezone says that the Bourdain part of the show comes from his searching out small, up-and-coming, mom and pop, and local eateries that often get overlooked by food reviewers. While the Guy Fieri part, he says, is the humorous, down-home style of reviewing food, giving it more personality and levity.

“Some people like to see the serious part and some people like to see the funny part. I feel like I’m a balance of both,” Ezone said. He often appears on the show with co-host C-Minus, who also co-hosts The Dr. Greenthumb Show.

Ezone says the new format will allow him to be more involved in the editing process.

“I really wanted to provide that because the people that watch it are people who are fans and supporters of me, fans of Ray’s cinematography, fans of BrealTV. They all like us for specific reasons,” Ezone said.

“I feel like I gotta be able to make myself more involved in the creative process of it,” he said.

B Real and BRealTV Beginnings

Ezone’s projects all stem from his hard work at BRealTV, which got the attention of B Real himself. B Real ended up taking Ezone under his wings.

“There’s a lot of fans out there that think he’s my dad. Yo, man, this guy looks out for you so much,” Ezone said.

Once B Real saw Ezone’s hustle, he asked him to work on the production side of things, inviting Ezone to start getting his feet wet. “And I took that opportunity,” Ezone said.

“Being a team player helped him know where I was coming from. He seen my drive. Always out there going to get it. From the bottom,” Ezone said.

It went deeper than just a regular job,” Ezone said. “I got to know him as a mentor, as a father figure, as a big brother. All those three versions of him that I’ve met have added so much to my life.

“One thing I learned from him, it’s always about earning your stripes,” he said.

B Real and Ezone bonded, and their relationship went beyond their work.

“It went deeper than just a regular job,” Ezone said. “I got to know him as a mentor, as a father figure, as a big brother. All those three versions of him that I’ve met have added so much to my life,” Ezone said.

“Support, encouragement, advice. I’m very grateful,” he said.

Music, Rap, and Recording

When Ezone started at BRealTV, he was already building a following as an up-and-coming L.A. rapper. Once he found out about his music B Real was supportive of that as well.

“He was encouraging to the point where I was able to use his personal studio, Cypress Hill’s fucking studio, to record my records,” Ezone said.

The last record he released was in 2018. He recorded another record after that, but it was never released.

“Music was the first thing I loved doing,” Ezone says, since he first started performing Reggaeton music as a teenager.

But breaking into the rap game at that moment in time didn’t quite mesh with his personal style.

“It became more of a novelty thing rather than the reason I started music, which was for self-expression,” Ezone said, of the direction that popular rap music moved in.

“I still love it, man, I’ll always stay writing,” Ezone said. “It’s probably more comedy these days.”

He says he could even see combining music and comedy.

Comedy, Stand up, and What’s Next

Around the time that he started to move away from music, Ezone discovered a new passion in standup comedy

“I’ve always liked it. I remember buying Pablo Francisco DVDs when that guy was poppin, and the George Lopez thing. I’m still a big fan of George Lopez,” Ezone said.

He was fascinated with the ability of comedians to share their observations and get laughter from the crowd.

I fell in love with the fact that, yo, I’m up here, expressing myself, and making people laugh from my experiences in my life that, some of them, may have not been the best experiences. But I’m able to talk about it now with an audience. For me, that was the most comforting feeling ever.

“There’s so much freedom to express yourself up there,” he said.

Around 2019, Comedian Jason Rouse took him out to Toronto for a “sink or swim” attempt at live standup comedy. Rouse had a series of gigs lined up and brought Ezone as an opener. Within two hours of arriving in Toronto, Ezone did two shows back-to-back.

“I had written a lot of Canadian jokes and observations of going out there, and it hit,” Ezone said.

The experience compelled him to move in the direction of comedy.

“I fell in love with the fact that, yo, I’m up here, expressing myself, and making people laugh from my experiences in my life that, some of them, may have not been the best experiences. But I’m able to talk about it now with an audience,” Ezone said.

“For me, that was the most comforting feeling ever,” he said.

For now, he’s focused on full-time podcasting, directing a tv show, and creating events around Los Angeles.

These days, he’s much more focused on his work in comedy. He likes to make people laugh.

“Laughter is the biggest form of positivity you could bring to somebody,” he said.

Where to find Ezone

-Ezone Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/flavorssbyezone]
-We Don’t Smoke the Same Podcast Youtube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt2REu6BgMyEtk1OLiXWzPQ]
-We Don’t Smoke the Same Podcast Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/wedontsmokethesamepod]
-BReal.tv Youtube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDxHir7pmMTmJ_-tlK7NHA]
-High and Hungry Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/highandhungrytv]
-High and Hungry Website [https://www.flavorsbyezone.com]

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