Episode 115 - Nick Miller

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Nick Miller & Ashley Corts co-owners of Black Forge Coffee House are wrapping up their Kickstarter campaign in the next 5 days with the hope of being able to develop a second larger venue in McKees Rocks. For this episode I was joined in the studio by Nick Miller for a great chat about this current crowdsourcing campaign and their goals for growth into the new location. We also talk about his experiences behind the bar at one of my early comedy open mic homes, The Lava Lounge, and the very successful Epicast podcast network. 

Nick and I dig into the punch card controversy that got his shop national attention last year and my dream as an 8-year-old of becoming a Sega video game character. 

If you have the chance this week, please check out their Kickstarter campaign and find a reward level that you feel comfotable with. I can't wait for my new mug to arrive once they hit their goal!


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Posted on July 11, 2018 .

Episode 114 - Joe Shelby & Chris Siemer

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As someone that grew up in southwest Ohio but started comedy in Pittsburgh, the allure of becoming a Queen City comedian has always been something I've toyed with. With clubs like Go Bananas and Funny Bone taking the time to invest in the local comedians of Dayton and Cincinnati, along with my family still being based there, a move certainly has its pluses. While Joe Shelby recently relocated to New York City, his roots in the 'Nati brought him into Pittsburgh for a Two Day World Tour with fellow comedian Chris Siemer. I worked with Chris last November during the Stand Up Erika Owen Fundraiser in my hometown of Springboro.

We discuss the different stages of their careers, working in Cincinnati together, Joe's time in Los Angeles and New York City, and when Chris opened for the very special Katt Williams, a story that may go down as one of my all time favorite moments.

In other news, when we reached 100 episodes earlier this year, I've tried to make it a point to ask each guest the same question every episode: "What steps can we take towards improving our mutual experience here on the planet?"

Now moving forward through the second half of this year, that part of the podcast will be referred to as "Always Improving" and it will be brought to us each week by our Western Pennsylvania friends and new sponsors at Greenbriar Treatment Center. If you know someone struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, you can call Greenbriar confidentially at 800-637-HOPE or online a Greenbriar.net. With addiction recovery, detoxification, halfway houses, and both inpatient and outpatient rehab services they are finding ways to restore hope and recover lives throughout the region.

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Posted on July 4, 2018 .

Episode 113 - Jeff Swartz

 

Finally on mic with a fellow Dayton Flyer!

Pittsburgh based, ad man Jeff Swartz, and I were connected through a mutual friend from our college days. It's been great to get to know Jeff off mic and I wanted to bring him on the show to share the story of creating Ethic Advertising. Now 3 years in motion, Joe's firm was able to build a small ad business that works to maximize a clients advertising budget. We discuss life at UD, his experiences in real estate, what he learned during the 10 years working before founding his own firm, and growing up in Youngstown.


Posted on June 27, 2018 .

Episode 112 - Isaac Crow, Ramsey Daniels & Joe Esch

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As Pittsburgh Comedy learns to live in the post Ramsey Daniels era (recently moved to New York City) and prepares for life without Isaac Crow (moving to Chicago), I was lucky enough to get these two, along with recently home for the summer delight, Joe Esch for a roundtable conversation about being three of the gay male comedic voices in the scene.

Hopefully you learn some good lessons or at least can gain a new perspective from three people I'm lucky enough to call my friends here in our scene.


Posted on June 19, 2018 .

Episode 111 - Dr. Curtiss E. Porter & Dave Porter

Great discussion with my friend from stand-up, Dave Porter, and his grandfather Dr. Curtiss Porter. The two have worked together for the last few years to build The African Library Unburnt - TALUB. Their lecture series on the history and psychology of being positively black has helped them land a TedxPittsburgh appearance. The event is this Saturday, June 18th, 11:30AM, at the Byham Theater. Click HERE for Tickets

Our discussion covers the changes in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, academia, activism and the cinematic growth of black stories in just the past few years.

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Posted on June 12, 2018 .

Episode 110 - Sadie Freund

 

With a Sadie’s Song EP releasing this Saturday with a concert at Full Pint at 8p I was super lucky to get to spend an hour getting to know Sadie.

We met officially earlier this year when she put together a mixed art show at Hambones with music and comedy. It’s easy to see why people are drawn to her. Coming from an honest place of poetry and songwriting, Sadie finds a way to take incredibly personal stories and turn them into wonderfully moving art.  

We spend the full episode dancing around the official list of Top 10 Ways to Treat Yo-self while getting to share a ton of interesting stories.

Stay tuned after our chat and you’ll get to hear a sneak peak of Sadie’s Song ‘Colorado’  


Posted on June 5, 2018 .

Episode 109 - Phil Forrence

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Phil Forrence and I sit down for an enlightening and at times emotional exit interview during his final days here in Pittsburgh. After graduating this spring, Phil headed back to his hometown of Philadelphia with the plans for New York City to follow.

With a growing enthusiasm for both comedy and self improvement during his time at the University of Pittsburgh, we discuss his development as both a human being and as a stand up comedian over the last two years. 

Having started his stand up career right around the launch of this program, Phil has been one of this podcast's biggest advocates during its early weeks helping me to see the value in what this show could mean to our Pittsburgh comedy community. I'll always have a great affinity for Phil and I'm so thankful for his friendship, love, and support.


Posted on May 29, 2018 .

Episode 108 - David Ogrodowski

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Another great actor chat between Almost Grownups co-stars. I had the pleasure of rooming with David during the pilot filming in Altoona a few months ago and it was great to connect just after the screening of the episode at Parkway Theater.

Dave has turned a life changing event into a brand new passion in acting where he is able to invest in the local film community, including this week’s Pittsburgh UNCUT Film Festival (Tonight-Thursday).

We discuss his process for selecting roles, delving into a character and the growth and changes Pittsburgh has seen during his time here.


Posted on May 22, 2018 .

Episode 107 - Nate Nulph

 

2018 Improv March Madness Champion Nate Nulph joins the podcast for a great conversation about his first year in comedy, the foundation that lead to his podcast Usually Wrong, and the great advice I gave him the day we met that single handedly lead him to his contest victory. 

Stay tuneed at the end for a special bonus mini-episode with Chris Scriva of We Got Next, that I taped as part of the Unplanned Comedy Five and Dime on March 5, 2018 at Hambone’s which took place immediately before I met Nate for the first time.


Posted on May 15, 2018 .

Episode 106 - JC Coccoli


While coming back to her Pennsylvania roots for the Burning Bridges Festival, I snagged an interview with comedian JC Coccoli. JC's had a ton of success as a stand-up, appearing on Last Comic Standing Season 8 as well as producing great comedy sketches and shows.

FYI, be prepared, JC shares the most incredible Mandy Moore story you’ll ever hear.

We banter a good portion about the LA Comedy scene and how she left Pittsburgh for a go in La La Land. I enjoyed getting to know her and I think you will too! Fun fact, I learned after the mics were off, she’s going to be helping produce this year’s Pittsburgh Comedy Festival as well!


Posted on May 8, 2018 .

Episode 105 - Brian Ceponis


After returning home to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles, Brian Ceponis has had a string of great roles including Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and the lead Tony in Almost Grown-ups, a recent TV pilot that I also was casted. If you listen to this the day it comes out, stop out at Parkway Theater at 7p (Weds 5/2) to see a screening and meet the crew that put it together. 

Loved collaborating with Brian on set and it was great to reconnect with him for this episode. We chat about his time working in LA, fatherhood, auditions, roles, and how excited we are to be returning to Altoona to shoot episode 2 later this summer. 

Check out Brian in Prime Stage Theater's production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Playing at the New Hazlett Theater, May 4-13.


Posted on May 1, 2018 .

Episode 104 - Holly Lynnea & Connor McGrath

 

Always love the chance to meet new people when they come through Pittsburgh. That being said I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this chat with comedians Holly Lynnea & Connor McGrath. We recorded it during the 3rd Annual Burning Bridges Comedy Festival earlier this month. Holly hails from Louisville, KY, and Connor's from Portland, ME. We dig into each of their respective scenes, applying and picking festivals to perform at and of course their impressions of Pittsburgh and the state and pursuit of comedy glory in 2018.

Check them out:

https://www.hollylynnea.com/ 

https://m.facebook.com/HAusticspectrum/ 

Posted on April 24, 2018 .

Episode 103 - Max Boyajian & Kate Hagerty

 
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What a great chat with funny people Max Boyajian & Kate Hagerty. 

We started off with an appiteaser of favorite soups talk, then ease into to some favorite ACDC songs talk, then brought it home with a fantastic pairing of truly delicious comedy talk.

I do believe this episode was a multi-level, multi-course sit-down of tasteful banter. You be the judge. Bon appétit.

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Posted on April 17, 2018 .

Episode 102 - Nia Johnson

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This week I was very excited to have local funny lady Nia Johnson in the studio. Nia has been part of the Pittsburgh comedy community for the past few years, improvising with the teams, Jeffrey The Plant, Change Machine and her new team, The Collective, which features an all African-American cast. Check them out here at The Unplanned Comedy Warehouse (See below)

We start out gushing with excitement about Rupaul’s Drag Race and our mutual friend Ramsey Daniels (Check him out on Episode 91).

Our discussion shifts to that feeling you get when you are validated as an improv performer even before you see it yourself.  We talk about learning to support your scene partner,  as well as taking advice on how we all can get more people to our shows: Bring your most popular uncle!

In the second half we dig into the growth of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’s recent portrayal of East Liberty, and finally wrap things up talking about the Top 10 YouTube Videos.

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April 28th, 8PM

 May 19th, 8PM

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Posted on April 10, 2018 .

Episode 101 - Women In Comedy Roundtable


I’m fortunate enough as the host of my own podcast that I can use this show as a place to learn and gain new perspectives each week. This week on the show I invited a panel of four female comedians, Ossia Dwyer, Courtney Francis, Kelsey Claire Hagen, and Ashley McKinney for a great discussion on how gender plays a role in their lives both on and off stage.

With our next 100 episodes together I want to strive to continue to grow the different types of group conversations we have on the podcast.

I’m thrilled that you choose to listen to the show each week, but don’t forget to rate, review, subscribe, and Share the Show with your friends. Engage on the Facebook Page and follow for updates @droppingbaums on Twitter/Instagram.


Posted on April 4, 2018 .

Episode 100 - Miniature Table Concert

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Episode 100 - We Did It!

For Episode 100 I wanted the opportunity to spend an afternoon with the incredibly talented duo of Kevin O’Brien and Michelle Riches. These two have been my comedy siblings ever since we first met in 2014. Honestly and truly there are no two better people to have on this momentous occasion and they are a couple of the best human beings I’ve been fortunate enough to call my friends.

Our conversation covers a variety of comedy focused topics like having an audience focused mindset, learning to refocus nerves and expectations for a good show, and Kevin’s ability to get me to break on stage and his experience coaching and teaching musical Improv.

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In the time we’ve been friends the three of us have shared tons of experiences both on and off stage that have helped in us each developing our own sense of self-awareness and a comfortability about where we are in life today. It definitely comes through in this great conversation about celebrating what you have and not obsessing on what you don’t have. We talk about supporting your community when others succeed and learning to let people like what they like.

I’m so proud to see the growth these two have made as performers over the last four years and next weekend you’ll have the chance to see them thrice at Arcade Comedy Theater!

Friday, April 6, 8 PM - Your Life: The Musical

Saturday, April 7, 8 PM - Dinner with the Nolens

Saturday, April 7, 10 PM - Ted City Yodelers and Well Known Strangers

This show would not be possible without the support of this community each and every week. I’m so appreciative to have your ears each and every time you decide to tune into the program. From the bottom of my heart thank you for taking the time to support my journey in comedy, acting, and podcasting as I attempt to learn about how the people in my life are finding success in their chosen careers and passions. Thank you one and all.

Official Pizza Sponsor: Driftwood Oven

Artwork: Krish Mohan

Theme Song: Kevin O’Brien

Hosting: Unplanned Comedy Pod

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Posted on March 27, 2018 .

Episode 99 - Jeff Konkle

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There were a number of reasons why I should have had this week’s guest, Jeff Konkle, on the podcast long-long ago. For one reason or another, it just didn't happen, but I’m glad to have him here on the 99th episode of the show. Jeff is open and honest about how his hobbyist mentality towards stand-up comedy has allowed him to find fulfillment both professionally and creatively. 

Now a dozen years into the craft much has changed for Jeff since starting at 22. Konkle has become a weekly staple on Pittsburgh radio as WDVE’s Mr. Wednesday, he’s headlining around Western Pennsylvania (along with working as a feature for tons of household names), and he gets to come home to his wife and two young boys.

Jeff will be headlining the debut of Sean Collier Presents at Arcade Comedy Theater this Saturday 3/24 at 8p.

Posted on March 20, 2018 .

Episode 98 - Ed Bailey

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Fellow Ohioan Ed Bailey and I dig into the genesis of his podcast Drinking Partners, produced by himself and co-host Day Bracey for the Epicast Network. Ed and Day are fresh off their featured spot on "Beerland" a beer-themed TV show on the Viceland Network shot and recorded right here at the Unplanned Comedy Warehouse. I got tons of great advice on hosting and producing high-quality live comedy show. Twice a month Ed and Day host their show at the Comtra Theatre and the Arcade Comedy Theater.

We talk about the allures of Cleveland to his outlook on fatherhood and recovering from a life-threatening car accident. Ed is a common feature at comedy clubs and discusses his growing career, but as a fellow Ohioan, we must devote a little time talking all things Lebron. This conversation was a blast. What a great hour of banter. 

Don’t forget about Patreon.com/Titlebaum to join our fan club before it’s official launch in two weeks.

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Posted on March 13, 2018 .

Episode 97 - Cindy Fernandez-Nixon

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I had the great pleasure to reconnect with Cindy during her recent visit back to Pittsburgh for the shooting of the TV pilot, The Lovers Lyfe. The two of us met in 2015 during the production of Craig Quits His Day Job where she played opposite me as Craig’s mean boss. I’ve always been impressed by Cindy’s on camera skills, but learned in getting to know her through conversations off screen that there is much, much more. This was a great opportunity for me to pick her brain on the industry, the changes she’s made after she and her family relocated to Los Angeles six months ago. We even got some time to talk about using her platform as a DJ to help her become a community leader for the growing Latinx community in Pittsburgh.

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Posted on March 6, 2018 .