THE YID DAWG
Mike David is the host of the Red Bar Radio Show, a comedy podcast that has aired on various sites since 2003. Mike is a Chicago native, born to a Jewish family in 1983. He has addressed his heritage with winks and nods for almost twenty years, which has led to confusion for some of his fans as to whether or not Mike is bullshitting about being one of the Chosen. This point was decidedly cleared up when an investigation into his mother's Facebook profile turned up her wedding photo, in which Mrs. Robin David is hitched under a chuppah.
Mike studied at the accredited meme school, Full Sail University, pursuing a film degree. The AV know-how David picked up in this time was applied towards a parody radio show he'd started recording with a friend: The Red Bar Radio show, named after their production company. By the mid-2000s, the Red Bar Radio Show was being live streamed and, taking cues from Opie and Anthony, frequently featured comedic talent from the Chicago scene. The likes of T.J. Miller, Aziz Ansari, and Epic Rap Battle's Nice Peter, among others, were made at-home in the Red Bar studio by the end of the naughties.
In 2010, the Red Bar brand would be furthered through a partnership between Mike David and Kyle Lane when the duo successfully launched a comedy club in downtown Chicago, predictably under the Red Bar banner.
Article | ArchiveDavid describes their first year of patrons as a medley of tourists, suburbanites and comedy lovers of all ages. A loyal following, he says, is a work-in-progress as Red Bar attempts to wrangle Chicago’s acclaimed comedy onto a professional, Vegas-style stage.
“People who have never been to a comedy show, those typically aren’t as good of laughers as people who are into it. We want people who will laugh the loudest.”
Some footage from the club can be found in Nice Peter's August 3rd, 2010 vlog, 'Chicago Time Machine'.
Flickr full of club images
If you're to look, various other photos and reviews from the club's heyday are easy to locate. What's harder to find is information about the club's downfall. At some point, Mike David was removed from the enterprise, with the club continuing under Kyle Lane's direction. It was eventually renamed the Comedy Bar, and still finds success in Chicago to this day.
After his dismissal, a soured Mike David went on to post dozens of Red Bar episodes shitting on Lane, and accusing him of stealing the club, etc. At least, that's what people say. If you're to search the Red Bar archives for references to Kyle Lane today, nothing will turn up. This is because is because in 2018, Kyle Lane decided to sue Mike David and the redbarradio.net web designer, Cameron Malek for defamation, and a claimed $300,000+ in damages the two caused. (Archive) Mike's course of action was to delete every episode referencing Kyle Lane, who he no longer addresses by name on air.
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Mike David's "fame" really begun around 2015. After ditching the morning zoo aesthetics of earlier years, and having severed many of his local connections, Red Bar from the mid-2010s onward became Mike's solo affair for the most part. Red Bar's staple bit then became fools watching - Essentially just Mike's riffs on eCelebs, celebrities, comedians, podcast rivals, etc. A component of most fool campaigns has Mike guiding his fans to fuck with whoever the target of the day is, employing the use of pranks, prank calls, spam, archiving and measuring to get under a fool's skin.
In 2015, Mike had a spat with comedians Amy Miller and Phoebe Robinson which caught the attention of Proud Boys / Vice founder, Gavin McInnes, who was hosting The Gavin McInnes Show on Compound Media at the time. [Compound Media was created by Anthony Cumia from Opie and Anthony; one of Mike's biggest influences] The friendship of Mike and Gavin provided David the opportunity to host two episodes of The Gavin McInnes Show from the Compound studio in New York. Soon after, a deal was struck allowing Mike David to stream Red Bar to the Compound Media platform from his studio in Chicago.
At this point in time, Compound Media had a much higher profile than it does today. Coming off the coattails of Anthony Cumia's firing from SiriusXM, the Compound's content was both politically charged and deeply in debt to the New York comedy scene that Cumia had spent some twenty years promoting. That is to say Compound Media had a lot of baggage and was a lighthouse for faggotry and fools. Mike quickly set to mocking his fellow Compound Media personalities, including Joe Matarese - the pill comedy originator, and high profile Proud Boys close to McInnes. This chapter in Red Bar history has been thoroughly documented across a series of videos by the YouTuber Porsalin so I'll keep this brief.
A few results from Mike David's time on Compound Media are of note. Firstly, his relationship with Gavin McInnes quickly deteriorated after Mike implored Gavin to drop the Proud Boys shit since it was, to put it simply, a bad look. Some Twitter DMs between the two:
(Quality is sort of bad since I took them from a Porsalin video)
Second, it was around this time that anti Red Bar sentiment started to see some real traction. In 2015/16, Compound Media and Anthony Cumia were chiefly followed by r/opieandanthony; a rabid community of truck drivers and cyberterrorists hellbent on squeezing entertainment from the dying O&A sphere by whatever means. The community had mixed feels on the content
Mike David was delivering, and many users wrote him off with a big fat 'fuck you'.
(r/opieandanthony threads bashing Mike: 1 | 2)
Similar negative sentiments to those found in r/opieandanthony threads eventually moved to the Fighter and the Kid subreddit, and other comedy subs who Mike had caught the attention of through his coverage of the L.A. Comedy Store scene.
Today the biggest hub for Red Bar hate is r/redbar, which was once a fan subreddit before it was taken over by Mike's trolls and detractors, mirroring the dichotomy between Anthony Cumia and r/opieandanthony before him.
A favorite topic of Mike's trolls is his wife, Jules Felker.
Jules is a 29(?) year old Canadian who learned about Red Bar through her ex-boyfriend who was a fan. After getting on Mike's dick, the two married in 2016. After starting out as Mike's show prep assistant, Jules became the second mic on Red Bar in 2018 to mixed reception.
Red Bar fans may remember that when the two started dating, Mike bragged on air about how the two always Skyped and exchanged nudes. Mike went as far as to post some tasteful nudes like this one on his Instagram which have since been deleted.
This private information is unavailable to guests due to policies enforced by third-parties.
Although I couldn't find an archive for it, screenshots suggest that Mike posted on the subreddit showing a victim information notice filled out in front of a Chicago police station, suggesting he'd take further action against users spreading the images. The results of this action are unknown to me.
Red Bar YouTube
JulesFelker on Twitter