Episode 134 - Ian Insect

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Thanksgiving Week we’re digging into the archives for an early Art of the Covenant chat with my friend, comedian Ian Insect. I’m thankful for each and everyone of you that’s ever listened to the pod, come seen a stand up show or watched my film or tv work. People like Ian who have supported me from the outset are the exact reason that I’m still able to do the comedy that I love every week. Lots of great chats to come in the final weeks of 2019 ahead so thanks for your continued support of the podcast. Love to you all. Keep the faith.

Original Air date: August 31, 2015

“Get inside the mind of Pittsburgh stand up, Ian Insect, in this one on one chat about the creation to his unique on stage persona and style of comedy that he aptly describes as “Always On But, A Little Off.” Insect hosts his own podcast Ian Insect is Evil on the Epicast Network and hosts a weekly Monday night open mic at lave Lounge at 10p. #SWIVE Stand Up, it’s ya boi, from the I to the A to the N.”


Posted on November 20, 2018 .

Episode 133 - Tim Ross

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Tim Ross and rounds out the roster of Race to the Coffin comics with a conversation on touring, writing, anxiety, life and our favorite cereals.

Tim is producing another edition of Loaded Deck this Saturday at Petrucci brothers Brewing in New Brighten, his drinking game comedy show. As Tim’s Central PA undefeated beer pong partner I’m confident that it will continue to be as successful as the two editions he put up earlier this year during his birthday weekend.


Posted on November 13, 2018 .

Episode 132 - Ian McIntosh

 

I caught up with my former improv teammate Ian McIntosh while he was coming fresh off the inaugural month of the Burning Bridges Comedy Club Residency, a monthly comedian feature program for comics to deep dive and work on their craft with regular performances. He’s begun producing shows, like this Saturday’s Live at the Barbecue at Arcade Comedy Theater too, so we discuss running an open mic list, building a showcase lineup and working on set both on camera for Mulligan and behind the lense.

 


Posted on November 7, 2018 .

Episode 131 - Amy Lyn Elliott & Tyler Ray Kendrick

Since 2013 I’ve lived in a beautiful castle that overlooks the Squirrel Hill Tunnel. It’s been easy to look down on the traffic and imagine the stories of each of the cars as they head into the city. Each one of us neighbors along our own journey in life. This past weekend, 11 journeys met their untimely end during the beginning of morning services at Tree of Life when an anti-Semitic shooter opened fire on Shabbos.

I don’t know that this program will ever be able to have all the answers to why evil and hate are directed at Jews or any other marginalized group, but as is the goal to always improve and continue to work towards serving the most people I will continue to strive to have hard conversations on the days we need it most.

Thank you to Amy and Tyler both for their candor and kind words. Please seek them out if you have the opportunity to see their work either online or on stage. They are both passionate artists like so many of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know in my time here.

Amy -  https://www.amylynelliott.com/

Tyler -  https://www.vigilancetheater.com/

 


 “It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace. (Proverbs 3:17-18)

 

We remember the Late Congregants of Tree of Life:  

 

Posted on October 30, 2018 .

Episode 129 - Lorenzo Disilvio & Clare Donaher


Heading into Pitt Tonight’s second episode of its fourth season, I got the opportunity to chat with the new head writers, Lorenzo Disilvio & Clare Donaher. Having had the chance to interview the original three head writers (Episode 17) and both the original host Jesse Irvin (Episode 50) and the current host Andrew Dow (Episode 73) it only made sense to get these two comics on together as they settle into the semester and the leadership responsibilities of writing for Andrew’s second year behind the desk.

We discuss the writer’s room, Collegiates and Comedians, Ruckus improv, stage presence, format changes to the show, and performing in front of your parents.

Stop down on Sunday night for the newest episode’s live taping.


 

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Posted on October 17, 2018 .

Episode 128 - Dan Alten & Katlin McFee

 

Coming off an action packed comedy weekend in Pittsburgh, I was very lucky to snag an hour with these two jokers. This episode is full of fun, silly bits filled will dialogue on the catalog and controversy of Kanye fandom, Russian oligarchs and Midwestern life adventures.  

Local fans can check these two out in December when they return to 412 to perform at the Burning Bridges Comedy Club.


 

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Posted on October 9, 2018 .

Episode 127 - Mike Rubino


Arcade Comedy Theater have been hosting their first ever play - Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs by Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter & David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, The State). This weekend Friday and Saturday at 10pm are your final chances to see the hilarity.

This week I sit down with the show’s producer and Arcade’s co-creative director and programming director, Mike Rubino. We discuss a variety of hats he’s worn in the development of Arcade, the first year in their custom built home, coaching, performing and the logistics of playing multiple roles and producing Sex.


 

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Posted on October 2, 2018 .

Episode 126 - Underkill


Enjoy this great archive chat with Valerie Gauvain, Andrea Wetherald and Josh Wojciechowski - 3/5 of the Underkill sketch comedy team that was released originally on Art of the Covenant. 

This is Episode was taped right after learning that they had been accepted to perform at SketchFest 2015 in New York City.

I’ll be back with some BRAND NEW conversations in October that I’m beyond excited to share with you.  

Check out Valerie on Oct. 20 as part of the Drinking Partners show at Arcade Comedy Theater!

Andrea has taken many of the skills from improv and sketch we discuss here into her professional life as well with the Improvising the Inside workshop series.


Posted on September 25, 2018 .

Episode 125 - The Award Winning Show: The Wonder Years - Pilot

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In the afterglow of last night’s Emmy Awards I thought this would be the perfect chance to open the archives for a podcast concept Kevin O’Brien, Michelle Riches and I considered launching in the fall of 2015.  

Enjoy our youthful excitement and overanalyzing of the 1988 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Comedy Series. 

Posted on September 18, 2018 .

Episode 124 - Mary Parker

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A few weeks ahead of departure for her Master's program in London, I was lucky to get to sit with this week's guest Mary Parker about her 2018 shift from Arcade Board President to stand up comic. Don't worry Improv listeners, there's still plenty of discussion on her teams The Collective and Game Shark.

She shares her take on the favorite rooms and sets she's had the opportunity to do while in town, opportunities she sees for our growing community to include more voices, and some of the wonderful experiences she's had in crafting an act and connecting with audiences.

There is a strength that comes from conversation and confrontation and I've always appreciated Mary's honesty within our friendship and I'm hopeful that our paths will cross again after (or hopefully during) her time across the pond.



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Posted on September 11, 2018 .

Episode 123 - Hunter Roberts

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While in town for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and a slew of other shows like Collegiates and Comedians and Do Not Disturb, I snagged a fun interview with Tennessee's Hunter Roberts. We get into the production of his show, Wealth of Knowledgeman, becoming a professional wrestler, navigating his first sober comedy tour, and mastering when to breath during bits.



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Posted on September 4, 2018 .

Episode 122 - Derek Minto

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Ahead of the launch of the Burning Bridges Comedy Club at Hambone's, I had the chance to connect with Derek Minto. Always a joy to get to spend time with this acclaimed comedian and storyteller. During this long chat we discuss his sketch troop Secondhand Sketch, open mic and showcase strategy, and the wonderful M. Night Shyamalan film, Unbreakable.



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Posted on August 28, 2018 .

Episode 121 - Trey McDonough & Eric Weber

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I'm excited to have Trey McDonough & Eric Weber here on episode 21. They are half of the roster of the We Got Next podcast which includes Chris Scriva and Joey Welsh. These gentlemen began comedy about a year and a half ago and have established themselves as some of the best independent showcase producers in town. We talk about building up entertainment in Swissvale, their podcast, and of course, the epic card I witnessed at WrestleMania 13.



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Posted on August 21, 2018 .

Episode 120 - Nick Buck

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Makeup and special effects wizard Nick Buck and I met this year through the television program Almost Grownups. I was able to spend 40+ minutes each morning in Nick's chair watching him in his element as he transformed me into the older, mustached, Don.

In this week's chat I learn more about Nick's high profile prop and special effects experience. He's worked on The Walking Dead and will be working on the upcoming RAW Pittsburgh event at Xtaza -- August 29th, 7:00 PM.

Check out some of Nick's work at Raw Artists.


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Posted on August 14, 2018 .

Episode 119 - Kevin Budkey Returns

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Since our last chat with Kevin Budkey (Episode 36) he's spent time in Los Angeles working alongside Pauly Shore, he launched his own live production brand called Stay Happy, and has spent much of 2018 studying at The Second City in Chicago. While back in the Pittsburgh area for a stint of shows, Kevin and I were able to connect and discuss how things have changed since he first left Pittsburgh, lessons he's learned while away, and how he's utilized his improv and sketch training to help build out material for stand up. Thanks for listening.


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Posted on August 7, 2018 .

Episode 117 - Michael Sullivan

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Friend and actor Mike Sullivan hopped on the mic for a chat about his upcoming MFA program in New York City, pursuing acting here in Pittsburgh, and collaborating with his best friend, Pat Cannon, on Mulligan last year. Mike and I've become great friends since we shot the film Craig Quits His Day Job. Now that he is moving to NYC he will without a doubt be sorely missed in the Pittsburgh theater/film community. I think you'll enjoy our talk. 


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Posted on July 24, 2018 .

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 .