For the first full episode of year four of our podcast, I opted to bring on a guest that has known me longer than any other. Sitting down with my father ahead of his upcoming bike ride from Ohio to Alabama from June 1-7 we discuss the focus on legacy, philanthropy and his UD experience. As a lifelong athlete and coach, I’ve been truly lucky to both be raised by and study under my father. If you have the means to donate or what more information about the ride, please visit the Web sites below. Keep Playing the Game!
EPISODE FEATURES HEAVY SPOILERS for Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame - Probably some other TV Shows too….You’ve Been Warned-
I’ve always had a deep love for TV and movies and much of that origin comes from the TV show LOST. I’ve tossed around the idea to some of my longtime friends for a potential podcast next year when the 10 year anniversary of the end of the show occurs. While we dip into LOST a bit, the bulk of this 30 minute adventures discusses the current TV giant Game of Thrones and the current state of the Marvel Universe after Avengers: Endgame.
Would love to hear what you think of your interest in more Garrett in your ears next year ouside of the standard interview format. Message me @droppingbaums on IG or Twitter and let me know.
Great to chat with friend and stand-up comedian Kayleigh Dumas on the week she launches Pittsburgh’s Cheesiest Open Mic at The Yard in Shadyside. We discuss her first few years in comedy, the move towards producing her own show, Connecticut life, and dating comedy while falling in love with Pittsburgh, PA. Check out her new weekly room on Thursday night at 7:30p and enjoy the podcast.
Great to get to know one of the newest comics to hit the scene in 2019, Trevor Austin. He’s been working a ton since I first met him at his favorite mic, Parkway Theater, early this year. With a boundary pushing attitude of playing with the line, he’s gotten a lot of early gigs, including today’s finals of the Improv’s King of the Spring Contest. We discuss the strategy of the first two rounds, his time in California, and the importance of gratitude. Enjoy the podcast and go see some local comedy this weekend.
Dan Getkin the local Pittsburgh musician is in the studio today. Dan Getkin fronts a rocking alternative-country band, Dan Getkin and the Twelve Six along with Bill Brandt, Alex Herd, Eddan Sparks, and Jake Troxell. Despite what you may have surmised, only five individuals make-up Dan Getkin and the Twelve Six, an alt-country outfit from the Steel City, named for a type of curveball that can buckle a man at the knees. The band careens from full-tilt rock anthems to delicate narrative-driven balladry and back around.
We are venturing away from comedy to talk with our guests this week. We tackle the subject of diet and exercise with Andrew Wade & Jeremiah Rowe.
In late 2017 I started seeing Andrew Wade regularly to discuss some of the dietary choices and lack of exercise that had overtaken my life. He was a tremendous help and with a few life changes, positive results followed. Enjoy.
Phil Forrence and I catch up during Burning Bridges Festival Weekend on his first year living and working in New York City. We discuss the benefits of a bucket mic keeping comics engaged, the importance of a morning routine, and how things are going in the Big Apple.
Great to see Phil working and growing in his new scene and pick his brain during last month’s festival weekend. Please enjoy, rate and review the show. Share it with your friends.
I loved catching up with Zach Funk ahead of the taping of his album Brains Are Weird, which you can check out at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls on April 12 at 8:30pm. In addition to talking about prepping for the recording, we dig into two of our shared favorite spring traditions, baseball season and WrestleMania.
Zach is one of the most genuine and caring human beings I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside and I’m truly lucky to call him my friend. Enjoy our conversation and check out his hilarious stand up when he tapes his specials with podcast alums Krish Mohan and Helen Wildy.
Podcast alum Kevin Budkey rolled through Western PA with a trio of Chicago based jokers from his own Stay Happy Family. They celebrated Kevin’s birthday with a handful of gigs including Club Cafe, the Avalon Hotel in Erie, and his home town’s Aliquippa American Serbian Club.
I was joined on the mic for a fun chat with Diego Alfonso, Kevin Budkey, Dario Durham & Eric Fretty. We recap their Just Some Regulars Tour, the recent month long Second City Show called Topic Thunder, the weekly showcase Rising Laughter, and shooting and creating Justice Mathers for The Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School.
Check out StayHappyFamily.com for more info on their crew.
After a successful weekend watching our beloved Dayton Flyers basketball team finish the regular season with a win against Duquesne, I had one of my closest friends and former Baltimore roommate, Sean McCormick, interview me for Episode 150.
On this milestone episode and 25% through my 30,s, I sat down as the guest on my own show for the second time ever (Episode 19, which took place on the final day of my 20s). Sean and I discuss my comedy and podcast career, influences and experiences since we first met at the University of Dayton over a decade ago.
As always, it’s nice to take a moment during these milestone weeks to thank everyone that’s been part of the show’s history as both guests and subscribers. I love the chance to do this show each week and I’m thankful to you for your ears and I’ll continue to strive to improve each week and share more great conversations with new and old friends every week.
Local Pittsburgh Band OLD NEON joins the show for some of the hard hitting questions on their process, formation and the most important video game of this generation.
Longtime fans will rembmer Nicle Pyeritz from Sean Atkins, David Dickinson, and Joey Bray we’re all incredibly nice new members of the podcast family. The debut EP - Reunion is available to stream on all major platforms.
A great catch up with Erin Kelly about her career shift towards therapy and yoga along with her involvement in helping craft a number of the And Beyond Improv Workshops. We discuss her involvement in the improv community and the importance of taking better care of ourselves. I learned a ton and hope that you enjoy this week.
Be sure to check out the Freedom Weekend or any of the local workshops that Erin and podcast alum, Andrea Weatherald (Ep. 87) are facilitating to assist in confrontation and dialogue both in work and personal relationship situations.
Below are links to some of the studies or talking points we discuss for anyone that’s curious -
As we head towards the one year anniversary of shooting the pilot episode of Almost Grownups I get to catch up with the writer and head of Stoneman Productions.
We discuss his journey from concept to shooting to festival awards to the Amazon Prime distribution of the two episodes. With a life long bucket list entry to write a TV show, we talk about what in his life lead up to creating a show based on his friend’s group and why shooting in Altoona was such an important piece of the story for him.
Almost Grownups is available on Amazon Prime for your viewing enjoyment.
For those that listen to each week of the podcast, you may remember Chris from the bonus interview at the end of the Nate Nulph episode.
For those that listen to We Got Next Comedy podcast or have been lucky enough to see one of their live showcases like the bi-monthly Bella Notte, you may remember Chris as the stand up in the full suit.
With a conversation covering hosting, improv, stand up, car sales and top rock bands its definitely got something for everyone. Enjoy your first dose of February podcast enjoyment and leave us a review on iTunes and let me know how you liked the show.
Fresh off her stint as the January comic in residence at Burning Bridges Comedy Club, Helen Wildy will be at the UC Warehouse with the monthly show Unplanned Comedy’s Stand Up Stand Ups, this Saturday.
She joins the podcast to discuss what she learned when we met at Arcade house team auditions, we then talk about her one woman show she put on for Pittsburgh’s First Night. Helen and I shared are affinity for the Gilmore Girls. We get lost in a Stars Hallow discussion. We talk about being Irish. Then have a great talk about navigating open mics.
I’ve been lucky to have four, five or six different shows with Helen over the last couple months and she’s quickly becoming one of my favorite people to work and hang in the green room with.
Today on the show I have a great conversation with Justin Zell co-owner of the STEEL CITY IMPROV THEATER. We discuss the beginnings of the theater he manages with his wife, Kasey Daley and this weekend’s upcoming 9th Anniversary Show. As the landscape of Pittsburgh comedy has shifted and grown so much in the last decade it was nice to catch up with my first improv teacher and find more about his time in New York with People’s Improv Theater and how Gary Vaynerchuk and John Taffer have been able to influence him from outside of the comedy scene.
Great to connect with one of my first improv classmates, friend and Bear Plane teammate, Chris Kreiser. We hash out the always controversial topic of Top 10 Workout Songs, as well as the importance of the much needed skill of listening, and the similarities between jazz and improv. Good convo with a great person.
It was great to catch up with Gregory during a short visit back in Pittsburgh headlining at the Brillobox. I was lucky to get him in the studio just before he headed to the gig.
Gregory is a NYC-based comic, writer, and producer that I got to know in 2017 while he was staying a few months in Pittsburgh catching up with family. You may be familiar with him from his regular appearances on SiriusXM radio or maybe his set at my old showcase The Home Club . The show I co-hosted with a talking sandwich named Lunchmeat Grumblekraut.
I’m starting off 2019 with one of my first friends in comedy, Alex Homyak. As Alex finishes up his residency at the Burning Bridges Comedy Club, we sit down for our first one on one chat on the mic. He tells of how he’s finding new ways to hone his comedic voice, engage with audiences, and entertain with an unbridled infectious personality. We were lucky enough to catch up with him while he was in full vacation mode. We talk character roasts, his parent’s thoughts on his bits about them, the State College experience, and the focus on being more present and reliable.
Check out Alex’s stuff Friday, 01/11/19, at CLUB CAFE as he opens for Stavros Halkias