Launch a Podcast that Creates a New Narrative About the Filipino American Experience with Wally Hipolito

Show Notes

Learn how to create a podcast that entertains and opens people’s minds! In this episode of Podcast Tactics, you will get podcasting tips and advice from an aspiring comedian who launched a podcast to make people laugh while transforming what it means to be Filipino American.

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Learn More about Wally and his show “Off the Stoop”

Episode recorded on March 3, 2021.

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Transcript

James: In this episode of Podcast Tactics, you will get podcasting tips and advice from an aspiring comedian who is on a mission to entertain and create a new narrative about the Filipino American experience.

I’m James, the host of Podcast Tactics. If you want to keep learning about podcasting, get inspired and stay motivated, join the mailing list at PodcastTactics.com.

Thanks for listening. Let’s get into it!

Joining me at the mic is Wally Hipolito from San Francisco, California. Wally, Thanks so much for coming on. Yeah.

Wally: Yeah. Yeah. Hey James, how’s it going? Uh, thank you for having me on, man. I really appreciate it from one Pinoy podcaster or to another, it’s always great to see another face. Yeah, man.

James: You know what?

You’re my first day actually. I think, I think you’re the, you know, at least as far as I know, uh, you’re the first Filipino that I’ve had on the show. So man, I’m okay. Thank you for gracing us with your presence,

Wally: man. I’m honored, honestly, like that’s, that’s one of the big things I wanted to do when starting a podcast was be, be a face and a voice for our community.

Yeah. I

James: mean, I don’t, you know, like I said before, before we started rolling our audio, you know, I did listen to one of your, uh, episodes and, uh, you’re definitely that, you know, that, that voice for, you know, the community. So I do want to get into that in a little bit. Let’s back up here. Um, I want to hear about what the name of your show is and, uh, tell us more about your podcast.

Wally: Yeah, so, um, my show is called Off the Stoop podcast. Uh, as you, as you told the listeners, I’m from I’m from San Francisco and the backing behind the knee or the story behind the name is there are a lot of stoops in San Francisco basically, and that. Where as kids we come together and congregate, you know, you talk a lot of show.

Um, I don’t know if we’re allowed to cuss or anything. That’s cool. All right, cool. Uh, we’re allowed to talk shit. You know, we come there to see what the plans for the day are. Um, if someone’s in trouble, you’re not allowed. One of them isn’t allowed to leave as stoops, or you’re going to get your ass whooped.

So. Going off the stupid me being, I’m just coming off into my own and like venturing out into the world and meeting different people like yourself and a little backstory before we get too far, I actually had another podcast called the double dribble podcast and it was strictly a sports podcast and my friends and I had actually started it in may or.

In Nope, sorry. November of 2019, but when the pandemic hit, you know, sports and everything, the whole world was put to a halt. Even when we were trying to come up and create episodes, there was a lack of a commitment to the show and eventually it just, I started to branch off and I knew I didn’t want to just talk about sports.

I had so many other, um, uh, topics that I, that I love, um, reading and writing and you know, learning about. So the double dribble stopped and then. As of March of last year, we I’ve just been rolling by myself, solo dolo, and you know, it’s, it’s been a great ride ever since I’ve had a great time, honestly.

James: So I’m curious about your background because, I mean, do you have like a broadcasting background?

You, you know, have you done this type of thing before?

Wally: No, no, not at all. So I actually went to San Francisco state shadow Gators. Um, I went there for journalism and us history. So I do have a pretty extensive writing background, but as far as going, you know, in front of the mic or anything like that, the only time prior to podcasting was when I was about 1819.

When I had a three minute comedy set. So there’s a three minute stand up and then that was it. Fast forward, 12 years later, I’m a podcaster.

James: All right. So we’re going to, this is where we’re going off script here. How did that, how did that come about that comedy, a comedy skit there,

Wally: you, you know what, I, I’ve always dreamt of being a standup comedian and we’ll go into this a little bit later, hopefully, but.

I’ve always been a guy who just likes to mess around and make jokes and rose people. And not even to like, make fun of people to be a bully, but just have a good time, you know, we’re, you know, we have a great time and I just, I was always kind of just that lightening rod to like start a roast battle or just like keep people laughing on the floor and going up on stage for those three minutes was like, It was a lot more intimidating, especially being 17 or 18.

Yeah. It was kind of crazy. So it kind of, um, it kind of deterred me from going back up again. But it didn’t keep it, it didn’t keep me from wanting to continue to be like a funny guy and like have people, you know, have a good time around me.

James: That’s cool. That’s cool. Yeah. I mean, that’s a, you know, that’s brave to put yourself out there like that.

I mean, it’s continuing on with your, with your podcast as well. So now you have a platform and you, you know, you’re going to be attracting these, you know, more of an audience as well. Yeah, I,

Wally: I, I do one of the reasons for the podcast. So if anybody is looking it up or watching or listening, I actually have a lot of episodes where I’m by myself and that’s kind of led me into.

It’s not letting me, but it’s kind of preparing me to go back up on stage and, you know, kind of make my debut again, because I’ll go on these 20 to 25 minute rants. And it’s kind of just, it’s like training in anything, you know, like training to sport, you got to do it every day. You gotta do it as much as you can to get better.

So that’s another reason that I kind of branched off from the pod. Double dribble podcast ends off the stoop full time. All right, let’s

James: talk about, uh, you know, your love, hate relationship with podcasting. I said I was going to stop asking the hate question, but I’m going to ask it to you anyway. What do you hate about

Wally: podcasting?

This? I don’t know if this is going to be a good answer, but what I hate about podcasting is that I’ve committed myself to making sure I put something out every week. And I know from now an outside perspective, like nobody. I don’t know, little people are expecting this of me, but I have something in myself where I got, I tell myself I have to do this.

I got to do this every week. Like I have to be consistent or else I just, I won’t get any better. But other than that, it’s, um, I guess from an outside perspective, looking on the outside, looking at the outside. One of the things that I do have a problem with is the Facebook groups when it surrounds podcasting and it’s, and it’s not necessarily the people, it’s the platform it’s like.

It’s a podcasting promotion. So people are just like, literally a pump and didn’t bits. They put up, they put up an upload and then they’re done. There’s no interaction. It’s just like you do for me. And I do for you. So I guess that would be my one gripe. Let’s look at the flip side. What do you love about podcasting?

Oh my God. Like what we’re doing now? Oh, dude, I get to talk a bunch of shit. I get to talk to cool people like you, like podcasting is podcasts. It was like a weird network that I never knew. It was, you know, like. I, um, I w I quit a job in July, which I didn’t have to, like, it was a secure job, but then getting into podcasting.

And I was, I was doing it alone for about three or four months at that point made me realize, like, I truly hate this job. Like, I’m not happy doing what I do. So. It was kind of on a whim. I was just like on the brink of not killing myself by like killing myself emotionally, like, oh my God, I hate this place.

So I kind of just up and left and, you know, ever since I’ve been podcasting and it was rough for awhile, but then. The connections I made and like the people I started to meet, they, they kind of, they helped me. The community is great. Basically. I don’t want to extend this any longer. The community is great.

Like they’ve helped me like get jobs. They’ve helped me like become a freelancer and do a lot of these things that I wouldn’t have otherwise without podcast. Man. I totally

James: agree. I mean, it’s just like, you know, I mean, literally this was this idea for my shows, like a couple of weeks old and it was like, I could not believe the support that I got.

I mean, it got me dialed in with you. And so many other people, like I was, you know, I didn’t even have a show yet. It was an idea. And people were like, yeah, man, I’m down for that. And I was just like, and it just kept coming. And I’m like, man, it’s, it’s a really good community, you know, on that part of it. Um, you know, at least, you know, that was on Facebook where that happened.

And I had a good experience from that. And, you know, I’d like to, yeah, Know, hopefully that’ll continue to happen. You know? I mean, I know that, you know, there’s a dark side to Facebook and, you know, social platforms as well, you know, and on that note, I’m going to ask you, so how are you promoting your podcast?

You know, in what ways are you, uh, you know,

Wally: getting the word out? I was on Facebook a lot. When I first started podcasting, I was doing what I was doing, what I hate now I was promoting, I was doing the pump and dump thing, but I started to see that it wasn’t helping, it was helping me get listens, but it wasn’t helping me build a community.

So. I think it was a particular post or a particular group where we only had about 20, 30 people in the podcast group. And. From there, it snowballed into following on Instagram. And there is, that’s where I was, I guess, the most powerful, because a lot of these people, we are all around, you know, we’re all kind of starting off together, so we’re all learning from each other.

So that’s sports system was been really great. So there’ll be a repost here, repost there. Oh, follow my boy and follow my boy, Wally or follow, uh, this podcast. So Instagram has been. Probably the most beneficial, but I think as of late ad thing, well, we spoke about this, uh, before we started recording.

Clubhouse has been really big too. We just started up or not me. I don’t want to take credit for that, but somebody just started a Pinoy pod-casters, um, room that goes by weekly. And for me, trying to kind of tune into the Filipino community more it’s that was like, kind of like miracle scent. I want to

James: ask you.

You don’t want to answer this question, but like, have you always been, um, what is the word that I’m thinking of, uh, passionate about your roots, your, you know, your being Filipino, have you always been wanting to dial yourself into, have you always been wanting to die yourself into the community? Is this a new thing as a result of your podcast?

Talk to me about

Wally: that. Yeah. Um, you know, that’s kind of, uh, I definitely want to answer it. I have to think a little bit, so. I have always been interested in it. I mean, I’m from San Francisco. It’s like a predominantly a, you know, there’s a huge Filipino community out here, but it’s weird because they asked this in clubhouse yesterday.

And I, I’m never one to really answer. I’ll say it right here. I was big on being Filipino, but I didn’t embrace the culture. And I say that because living here in a bit in the bay area, And you’re from San Diego. So there’s a huge Filipino community out there. It’s not necessarily having to throw my roots in your face.

It’s so Mo like the bay area is so multicultural that it kind of weaves and turns into itself. So it’s so, uh, it’s so common ground. You could see it everywhere that we, we have that, um, that culture, but then we also adapt the new culture. Like we’re allowed to kind of be ourselves and create a new culture, a new wave of, you know, quote, unquote being Filipino-American.

Does that make sense? Yes,

James: it does. Absolutely. Fully relate to that as well. I mean, I am way older than you, but yeah. I mean, I, uh, I can totally relate to that

Wally: lucky we’re we’re lucky in that way. Right? Like we I’ve, there are people on clubhouse who live in, um, like Pittsburgh or like Nebraska places where like, there’s just, there’s like maybe two or three Filipinos and then, and then you, and that’s unfortunate, but like we’ve California, we’re, we’re, we’re very fortunate to get.

Yeah, that

James: is the perfect segue into the episode that I listened to was the Filipino excellence with Marissa Carpio

Wally: shadow Marissa. She had a

James: real, I don’t want to put any spoilers out there. You know, I want people to listen to your, you know, your podcast, you know, but like she had a really compelling story about, you know, like her background and like, you know, uh, you know, being raised Filipino over there, um, What I want to add my notes here are all over the place.

I’m like, you know, one of the first things that I noted was like, your audio is awesome. Like even right now, it’s like, you know, it’s I I’m worried that my mind.

Wally: No, you’re, you’re good. But that’s typical Filipino brain right there though. We’re like, In a bunch of different places. That’s why I have a, like, I have a shit load of interest now that I’m, I’m glad I quit my job because I get to just like bounce where everywhere, everywhere I want.

Now,

James: one of the other things too, that I noticed, like during that interview as well, and there’s actually a two part, cause you interviewed a underground max also. Um, but your style is so natural and that’s why I asked you at the beginning of the episode, like, you know, did you have background on, you know, you know, uh, journalism background?

Well, you did, but you know, in terms of on air background, Uh, you know, your presentation and the way that you interacted with people was very natural. And I’m curious, I’m, you know, I almost want to listen in, on your earlier episodes to see how we got to evolution you had. But, uh, anyway, there really isn’t a question there it’s more of a compliment, you know, like you’re really good with your guests.

Wally: Thank you. Thank you. I really appreciate that. You know what it is. I. I V I really value on have a big value on giving a great interview. You know, I really value myself as, you know, as someone in this game, like, cause this is a game at the end of the day, right. And I want to present myself in the best way possible.

I want to be a comedian. Like, I want to be funny as shit, but I want to come off as, uh, I know that I know what I’m doing because I’m taking this as a, I guess I don’t want to say career, but as a life choice, like I want to make this a thing. So I thank you for the compliment, you know? I don’t want to like to my own horn, but a bunch of people have told me that.

And it’s weird to hear because people are so used to me, like cussing and being loud and funny. They don’t think I have this cyber like, oh, this guy’s actually pretty articulate, but. And for me in comedy and joking, like you have to be a little bit articulate and see the world for what it is, and kind of just like spew it out your own way.

And this is, this is really cool.

James: Yeah. That’s, you know, there’s a level of authenticity there that is unique to you that, you know, is going to give you that edge in the world. You know, whether it’s your podcast or, you know, when you go into comedy, you know, I think that’s, you know, makes Wally Wally, right.

You

Wally: know, so. Thank you. Thank

James: you with your shows with the interviews. How do you prepare, do you prepare at all or you just kind of going off the cuff? What

Wally: does that look like? I prepare a lot. Sometimes I psych myself out thinking that I’m not prepared enough, you know, um, with the Marissa and under, under dog max with Marissa, I thought I had a whole bunch of questions ready for her, but she just came with so much great knowledge and a flurry of like, Like historical facts and figures and things like that.

I was kind of like taken back and I didn’t realize that I had questions, but I didn’t read up on anything myself. I didn’t like actually prepare. So I honestly, in those moments you kind of just have to let kind of, I just have to let the guests be the guest and I, I kind of, I’d say. I prepare like Joe Rogan says he prepares, he, he reads, he stays well-read well-written he stays up today, but there are, you know, as with life view, you kinda just don’t want to do it sometimes.

Like, I think before that interview, honestly, it was, I recorded last, last Tuesday, came out Thursday. So that Monday. I had, um, interviewed underdog max. And after that, I actually, I was watching game of Thrones and, and then girlfriend and I had to drive up from LA back to the bay because we spent some time because it was, it was raining.

We tried to avoid that. And then in that time, between that Monday after noon and that Tuesday. Noon. I just said, fuck this. I’m gonna watch game of Thrones and like, just do whatever. And then I, yeah, about 20, 30 minutes before the interview, I was like, oh shit, I don’t know what the hell I’m going to say,

James: but there’s a lot to be said about what you said earlier with, you know, the, the conversation.

It often happens organically and you may come in prepared, you know, I’ve got notes. I want to make sure I’m doing right by you. Right. But like, there’s always going to be that surprise nugget in there. That’s going to be like, let’s talk about that. You know what I mean? And if there’s no way you could prep for it or research for maybe a research for it, but you know, sometimes the conversation or the interview is just going to.

Have a life of its own. And I think, you know, in the case with Marissa, that’s what happened, you know, like you just let her take the lead on that and you did it well, you know what I mean? She, she went with it and like, man, she definitely knowledge bombed. I mean, it was like, you know, okay.

Wally: You know, she threw some things at me and I, and she wanted to stop and I.

I never edit my show. So I was like, just go ahead, like have at it, you know, like I’m another part of my show and I don’t want to backtrack too far is, uh, I am trying to highlight like Filipino Americans doing something, you know, I mean, we’re all an upcoming community. And like we said earlier, we’re trying to change the narrative or create a new narrative in ourselves.

That was one of those moments where it was like, I’ll get like, please, like whatever you knowledge you have, like, I want to learn. I’m here to learn at the end of the day.

James: It’s a perfect segue into, you know, you were back, you, you, I think you felt like you were backtracking there, but it actually circles back perfectly into this next question.

And that is what do you want people to get out of listening to your podcast? Why should they listen to your show?

Wally: Damn, that’s kind of a, that’s a crazy question. So simple, but a really good, um, I want people to be entertained by my show. I think first and foremost, like I do have these entertaining qualities and I do want to make people smile and make sure that they have a good day.

And I don’t know if it’s like lent itself to the pandemic or just like my natural Filipinos, but I want people to have a good time and I want them to know that. W we ha we had this conversation on, um, on clubhouse. Like, why are you doing it? I just want, I want people, I want people to see my face, you know, like I don’t like the Filipino crowd.

Isn’t all like this show isn’t only for Filipino Americans. Like. This is for everybody is just so happens that I’m Filipino American and I’m throwing it in your face. So I want people to know our history and I want them to know our history through me and what I’ve been through and like, you know, the knowledge and the people that I meet.

James: Let’s go into a time machine. Let’s go a year or two down the road in the future. What are you, what are your hopes for your podcast?

Wally: Honestly, um, I’m hoping that my podcast is I’m able to do about two or three episodes per week. And along with that, I’m able to do some standup at night and kind of just like create this organic flow of where it’s just where it’s podcasts, comedy, podcasts, comedy.

And I have like a bunch of great guests and. You know, pretty much up my content and be able to do that on a daily basis, because like I said, I’m, I’m, I think I’m an entertainer and I want to entertain and I want to learn at the same time. So like, that’s actually my goal for like, you know, one, two years.

So the next five years, um, I guess I’ll drop this right now. I am moving, I’m moving to Brooklyn in may with my girlfriend and. I’ve linked up with a bunch of comedians who are ready, who are like ready to give me two or three minutes or five minutes and, you know, get that ball rolling. So it’s not just so it’s off the stoop.

Isn’t staying in California for very long. It’s going off the stoop. It’s going, it’s going off the stoop. I’m. I’m making sure the names, the name makes sense. You know, I’m staying true to the name.

James: Yeah. You know, when I, when I reached out to people and I was saying, um, you know, looking for up and coming podcasters, like you are the epitome of that, right?

Like you are up to something on the entertainment level. I feel like you’re verging, you know, you’re tapping into that source and it’s like, dang. You know, like I see no reason why you couldn’t make that happen. Like what you just described there, your two or five-year plan there you’re on the path, man.

You’re making it happen. You thank you inspiring. Well, before we wrap things up, I do have one last question for you. Is there a famous person or celebrity that you would be absolutely floored to hear that they are listening to your

Wally: podcast? Can I name like two or three

James: in order? Yeah, go ahead. Just go off the

Wally: cuff man.

You know, it would have to be Dave Chappelle, Joe Koy, rest in peace of the man. If I ever heard Kobe was listening to my podcast, that would be like, that would be the, that would be the cherry on top, you know, recipes then. But since he’s not here, unfortunately I would have to say Conor McGregor.

James: They tell us where people can learn more about you and your podcast, please.

Wally: Yeah. Uh, so you can find me on all social media at office. Podcasts. Um, my personal is at Wally hip Lido. I’m mostly on Instagram and I talk a whole lot of shit on Twitter. So definitely follow my sweater for more of that entertainment and streaming wise. I’m available on all major streaming platforms.

It’s Spotify, apple podcast, Stitcher, Google podcasts, Pandora and Amazon music.

James: Well, we I’d love to keep in touch with you, man. I mean, I want to catch up with you when you’re in Brooklyn and settled down, you know, it sounds like it’s going to be a few months, but you know, I want to do a follow-up episode with you, you know, do a follow-up interview and, uh, you know, catch up on the air with you.

Wally: Oh, yeah, definitely. James, you know, you got to follow me. I’ll follow you back. Got to stay in touch, man. You know, and I still got to let you into clubhouse. You got to get into the cool school now. Yeah, yeah.

James: I will definitely follow up on that for sure. The name of the show is off the stoop while he thanks so much for coming on.

I enjoyed our conversation. I could, you know, do a couple more hours with you, man. This was

Wally: great. No. Thank you for having me on James. Yeah, let’s definitely stay in touch and I definitely want to keep you guys updated on what’s going on with me and definitely want us tune into your show too. Thanks

James: again while we appreciate it.

Thanks. Thanks again to Wally. Check the show notes for links to learn more about Wally and his show “Off the Stoop.”

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