Sara Kantner is an improvisor living in Pittsburgh. I always thought Sara was a great improvisor, so I invited her on to chat a bit. We talk about movies we really liked growing up and why they still hold up, why she loved Rosie O'donnell, and how dumb humor is way fun to watch. Sara and I also took time to talk about our anxiety and the moments we most get in our head. I had a great time getting to know Sara a bit. Really cool person and fun chat. Enjoy!
Matt Grant is an Improvisor living in Pittsburgh who's also my friend! Matt and I talk about working in restaurants and the famous people he has met there. We also talk about disgraced comedians in the news. But the main subject in this episode, like a lot of them is anxiety and depression. We talk about how we're trying to better ourselves, and what's it like for us everyday. Matt also opens up about his bipolar disorder and what he worries about with it. We also dive into a recent thing that happened to Matt in Improv which also connects to the anxiety, depression, and just how he's been feeling lately. We also squeeze some time to talk about music. I always love talking to Matt. Very heartfelt and silly discussion. Great talk. Enjoy
Andy Phillips is an Improvisor who just moved back to Pittsburgh after living in LA for two years. Andy and I talk about a lot and go on a couple tangents in the process. I talk to Andy about what I thought of him when I started Improv and why I was nervous to talk to him.
We also discuss his thoughts on Improv, the many restaurants he's worked in at Pittsburgh and LA, our anxiety and how reading is tough for us. Andy also dives into some of the hard times he had in LA that finally caused him to move back to his hometown. We talk about what he’s into now and his future plans. We also dive into some wacky/cool ideas on Charlie Brown and Catcher in The Rye.
This is the wackiest episode I've recorded so far, which also has a lot of down to earth moments. It was such a great time talking to Andy, loved every minute of it. Great talk. Enjoy
Mary Parker is an Improvisor, stand-up, and another High Scores (our musical improv team) alum of mine living in Pittsburgh. We got a chance to talk before she make her big move to London, England to attend grad school. We talk about our times on the high scores and I thought she didn’t like me, and she thought that I didn’t like her. We talk about her growing up in Atlanta and the many different places she’s called home. Then we got into some deep thoughts about public transportation, the difficulty of making friends in your 30s, working for non profits, and being on the board of directors for Arcade Comedy Theater. We talk about race and misogynistic problems in this country and how she thinks there's hope for America. It was awesome talking to Mary and I wish her the best in London. Great talk. Enjoy!
I was on a musical improv team with Olivia for six months when I started doing Improv, but I was so shy I didn't really talk that much. We actually talk about some moments from our times in High Scores together. We also dive into a numerous amount of different topics in this talk. We discuss mental health, having trust issues and anxiety, performers we love in the comedy community, we open up about past failed relationships, breakfast, how to not get in your head, and so much more. I was so happy to finally talk to Olivia before she moves. She is so much fun to talk to. really great talk. Enjoy!!
Ben Amiri Is a Improvisor from Pittsburgh and a very busy at that. He is on three teams that perform all around the city, Well Known Strangers, Change Machine. and Irony City. We talk about where Ben grew up and how he got his job with Nuclear equipment. We also talk about how he got into Improv and why he's still doing it. But I also get to know Ben the human being. We talk about how he's comfortable with how he is and not caring what everyone in any community thinks of you and not letting it get to your head. I got to know Ben a little bit, but there's still so much I want to know. He dropped a lot of truths that left me speechless. Loved talking to him and getting to know him more. Fun and Interesting talk. Enjoy
Michael Ondrick is an improvisor, a sketch comedy writer, and a humongous wrestling fan. The first half of this episode is dedicated to all things wrestling. Michael tells me when he discovered wrestling and when he became a fan, and as a fan, he lets me behind the secret curtain revealing the ins and outs of wrestling fandom. I was enlightened and impressed by world I know nothing about. The second half we talk about living in small towns, great places to eat, and Michael opens up a bit about his past struggles with addiction and his road to recovery. Michael is a solid dude and this was a great talk. Enjoy
Matt Solter is a Pittsburgh comedian who does improvisor and sketch comedy. We trade stories of going to religious schools and our most dreaded confessions. We also jump into some deep life lessons. We discuss if we're safe drivers, we interpret a crazy dream Matt had, we analyze are party personalities and personal fitness regiments. I got a crash-course on all things Romantic Comedy. Matt's a rom-com connoisseur. Matt also talks to me about how his monthly show The Playlist at Arcade Comedy Theater came together and how it works. Matts a really funny and nice guy and it was great talking to him. Enjoy.
Pittsburgher Michael Buzzelli is a comedian, Theater critic for the Burgh Viviant, and humor columnist for the Observer Reporter. We talk about living and doing comedy in LA, Stories from his funny book Below Average Genius, and what it's like meeting a performer you gave a bad review to. Michael is such a pleasant guy to talk to and I had such a fun time talking to him. You can get his book Below Average Genius off amazon, some really funny stories in there. Fun talk. Enjoy!
Julia is an Improvisor and Stage manager living in Pittsburgh. Her three-person team Steven with the previous guest Michael Cunningham and Chris Laychak were a finalist in the Improv4humans contest. I and Julia have a weird conversation filled with random topics. Julia talks to me about when she started smoking, strange boyfriends she had growing up, her tattoos, and I mess up a fact about periods. We also play fuck, marry, kill and we talk deeply about what we want to work on in our Improv. Julia is just a fun person to shoot the shit with. Fun talk. Enjoy!!
Michael Cunningham Is an Improvisor living in Pittsburgh. Me and Mike just shoot the shit about numerous topics. We discuss him living in Florida, being in the navy and having terrible mentors, both of us being very gullible dudes, and his daughter and what it's like being a dad. Mike is just a solid dude, doesn't want to gossip behind peoples back, really nice guy. I felt like I barely scratched the surface with him, would love to have him back on. Fun talk. Enjoy!
In this two-part episode, I talk with the amazing Anna C. Reilly. Anna is a Pittsburgh Improvisor and all around great person. Talk about many things, like what the C in her full name stands for. We dive into what her college life was like, which leads into a cool lesson on the Kremlin and many other Russian things! Anna and I also discuss Improv, the whole social side of the community, and are anxiety being in the community. Anna also talks about passions she has outside of Improv, and how she learned to not make Improv her entire life, which leads to some deep life talk. This was the first time I've ever had a full conversation with Anna, surprised that we had a lot in common. Loved talking to her. Great talk. Enjoy!
Frank McDade is a Pittsburgh Improvisor and Entrepreneur. I've always wanted to talk to him since we met in passing. We talk about sketch and Improv and how we approach it. But we really dive into the comedy community and what we've noticed lately and why he decided to take a break from all of it. Frank talks about his own personal journey from how he was in college, how he works in corporate America, and how he said goodbye to all of that when he went to work for himself. Talking to Frank was awesome, really speaks his mind. Great talk. Enjoy!
Valerie Gauvain is an Improvisor/Comedian living in Pittsburgh. We discuss her growing up and being home schooled for her whole public school life, how that ignited her love of books, and reading things way more advanced then her friends. Also, we discuss being weird kids who couldn't really relate to other people. She talks about why she took a break from comedy and why she's back now. We also talk about our anxiety and depression (one of my favorite subjects) and how it has effected our lives in and out of comedy. Also, Me and Valerie were very hot in this episode, but you'll hear us say that a million times. Very fun talking to Valerie. Great talk. Enjoy!!
Jocelyn Hillen is a Pittsburgh Improvisor/Actress. She's another person I've had on my old podcast, but I wanted to get her back for more. We discussed her theater background and all the stuff she went through during and after college. She brings up her recent trip to San Diego for the San Diego Improv Festival. We also talk at length about the great people she's met in her Improv journey and our local improv community. This was a great conversation, it has everything: Funny banter, serious topics, even a bathroom break (first time for the show!). Jocelyn is a really cool person and I love talking to her. Great talk. Enjoy!
Mike Iverson, Shelby Ciarallo, and Chris Sexauer (coolest last name ever!) are The New Studio, a nonprofit event planning business sponsoring child development and arts funding. Their goal is to give space and support to the greater artist community be it performance or visual.
We talk about how the Pittsburgh art community is growing but deserves much, much more needed attention. I get some sweet recommendations for great artists in the city, and the subtle nuances of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and the beautiful Frank Ocean.
I love what they are doing and I hope you look them up and show them some support. Really nice people and conversation. Enjoy!
Dave Forman is a Pittsburgh Improvisor and food lover. He has a food blog under the name "David the Gastronome". We discuss his love for food, where/when it began, and why he considers going to a new restaurant a adventure. We also dive into his love of music (that really shocked me). Also, we discuss films, Kenan Thompson, and an idea with music and fish. Loved talking to Dave. Such a sweet guy! Enjoy!
Luke Lasky is an Improvisor/filmmaker/Photographer in Pittsburgh. Luke has been on a couple of the other podcasts I tried to get off the ground. So I asked him to come on again and just shoot the shit. We discuss politics, movies today and award shows, Vin Diesel and the rock, and relationships. It's random and there's some awkward silence, but I don't care. I love talking to Luke, I think he's a great guy! Enjoy.
Fred Frances and Chris Laychak are on one of my favorite improv teams in Pittsburgh, the Arcade Comedy Theaters short form team Joystick. I clear up some things I've always wondered about them. We talk about our jobs and how we act at them. We even swap work place stories. We try to get better at accepting compliments. We even discuss Jurassic Park and other films. These two are very funny and sweet dudes. Great talk. Enjoy!