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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THE COLLECTIVE

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 .

Episode 96 - Aaron Kleiber

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Actor. Comedian. Dad. Pittsburgh native and the first man to ever let me on a stand-up stage, Aaron Kleiber, hops on the mic for a great conversation. This Saturday night at 7 PM and 10 PM at Carnegie Library of Homestead he’s set to record his second hour of stand up comedy titled, No Vacations.

Kleiber and I cover a ton of great topics including his podcast, Grown Dad Business, and his monthly stand up game show, Stand Up Get Down, both co-hosted by friend of the podcast Jason Clark.

Aaron has been a workhorse in this scene for a decade, helping to start mics at Pleasure Bar and The Beerhive, flexing his acting muscles in local films and advertising campaigns, along with a few appearances on Nickelodeon television. Most folks believe to have a successful career in stand-up and entertainment you must go to the metropolises, your wrong. Aaron talks of how he has made himself a comfortable career while staying in the confides of the city he loves Pittsburgh

Posted on February 27, 2018 .

Episode 95 - Frank McDade

Back to the archives for one of my favorite Art of the Covenant chats with my former Day Drunk improv teammate, Frank McDade. Originally recorded for Halloween 2015, we talk about his time in Chicago, improvisation, puppetry, and everything in between. 

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Since this episode, McDade has launched his own company, Brouhaha Toys, that features plush dolls and enamel pins of the many characters he’s created for the stage show Stranded With Strangers.

Posted on February 20, 2018 .

Episode 94 - Shannon Norman

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Still basking in the afterglow, I catch up with Shannon Norman the day after he recorded his first stand-up album. Shannon who is part of the "Race to the Coffin" comedy cacophony, just recorded two nights of very funny comedy. One at Comedy Roulette’s 3rd Anniversary Show (Club Cafe) and the other at his monthly showcase Sit Down and Laugh at (Hambone’s). 

We discuss the off-stage work that went into pulling off these recordings, narrowing down 8 years of material to a 45-minute record, changing careers and returning to the classroom, and touring with Owen Straw last year.

Posted on February 13, 2018 .

Episode 93 - Harry Gilliland & Alex Homyak

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So we are starting the 2nd month of the year with a trip back to the podcast archives with a great episode for all our stand-up newcomers. Harry Gilliland & Alex Homyak help us navigate the ins and outs of the open mic scene. We discuss how to manage a jukebox playlist, how to grow your act, how to choose your regular rooms, and how to enhance your stage persona by adding more you.

I've been blessed to have come up in this community around a lot of supportive friends, and this episode was taped right after the 10th week of my former Cattivo weekly open mic, The Wide Open Stage. It’s a great introduction for new comics to the scene even nearly two and a half years after it originally occurred.

Original Air Date:  Oct. 26, 2015

Posted on February 6, 2018 .

Episode 92 - Michael Petyak

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Actor, Producer, Stuntman - Michael Petyak.

Joining the podcast for our final episode in January is Michael Petyak. Tomorrow night at The Funhouse at Mr. Small's you can check out Pink Floyd's Rock Opera The Wall. We discuss the differences in approach when he's directing (like tomorrow's Wall show) vs. acting and stunt work. Tons of great information in here for comics looking to find out more about the persuit of film work in Pittsburgh and how to persue multiple passions to fulful your days.

Tickets: https://www.mrsmalls.com/event/1615525-pink-floyd-s-rock-opera-wall-millvale/

Posted on January 30, 2018 .

Episode 91 - Ramsey Daniels

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With a great cherry on top of his first year in comedy, Ramsey Daniels capped off 2017 with a victory at The Pittsburgh Improv's -"Stand up Pittsburgh" comedy competition! I’ve really enjoyed getting to see him grow as a comedian, exploring new topics and finding his comfort levels. Also, since we are two guys that started in improv comedy before trying stand-up comedy, we had plenty to talk about. We discuss the classes he’s taken in both comedic arts, he doles out advice about "assimilation" to the next crop of stand ups, and we also talk about growing up in Pittsburgh and noticing the growth the city has had in the last two decades. 


Posted on January 23, 2018 .

Episode 89 - Addi Twigg

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Addi Twigg is a Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter who performs with various eclectic projects, jumping genres seamlessly from soul to folk and even punk. She occasionally performs comedy, composes jingles, and has recorded and produced her own podcast.

Her most prominent project, five-piece pop/soul band The Telephone Line, features powerhouse vocals and vintage organ vibes. Their debut album Tied Up is available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, and anywhere else music is sold online.

Posted on January 9, 2018 .