Kevin O'Brien is a local Improvisor and music teacher. I've been wanting to have Kevin on for awhile and he was reluctant because he thought he was too boring. he finally comes on and I learn that we actually have a lot in common. We talk about our anxieties and how we are in the community. Growing up with the people we hung out with and how it's hard for us to open up to people and we even discuss music. It honestly felt like a therapy session with how much I open up about myself as well haha. I had a ton of fun talking to Kevin and learning a little bit more about him. Enjoy!
Anna Faila and Zhiwai Ma make up the Improv duo Donatella or they're just show producers for now because of their busy schedules. They have a variety show at Arcade Comedy Theater coming this Saturday at 10pm. They discuss how their friendship started and how they came up with the idea for the show. They talk about how important pride month is for them and representation as well. They talk about it all, coming out, identities, not owing anyone an explain who you our, and etc. This is all stuff I don't know and lazily never read up on, so a lot of the stuff they talk about on here surprises me. Anna and Zhiwai also tell me about the other work they do and we have a "deep" talk on sports. Make sure to check out their show at Arcade Comedy Theater on June 8th at 10pm. Loved chatting with these two. Enjoy!
Drew Sieber is an Improvisor living in Pittsburgh. I knew Drew, but I never sat down and talked with him. Drew tells me about how close he is with his family and how they have a lot of traditions together. He also tells me about not being a party guy in high school till senior year, going to college and struggling the entire time, and also being in a frat in college. Drew also talks to me about Pixar films and we talk about one in particular in great detail. This was such a fun and easy flowing conversation, loved talking to Drew. Enjoy!
Brian Gray is an Improvisor and all around sweet and smart guy in Pittsburgh. Brian was on another version of my podcast when I recorded at my moms house in my childhood bedroom. We discuss that and a plethora of other things. Brian talks to me about trying to exercise more, his theater days, and old high school days. We both talk about being in bands in high school, which causes me to have all these flashbacks to my drumming days. Brian tells me about his coaching style, how it has advanced over the years, and all the teams he's coached before. me and Brian also discuss are mental health and the stuff about us that we're working on and seeing how we're improving. Brian's such a great guy and it was awesome having him on the show. Enjoy!
Jason Shavers is an actor in Pittsburgh. I saw Jason play Wadsworth in a live read of Clue at Arcade Comedy Theater and I really wanted to talk to him. We talk about how he loved the movie and has been wanting to do something with Clue forever and how ecstatic he was to be a part of it. We also talk about when he knew acting was what he wanted to do, doing theater in high school, and the small high school he went to that felt like a community. He also talks to me about the struggle of being an actor and the odd jobs you have to make ends meet. Jason also talks to me about growing up in Wilkinsburg and how close his family is. I even learn that I've seen Jason perform before, once when I started Improv at Arcade and another time back in the day (I was surprised). I really loved getting a chance to talk to Jason. I geeked out a little bit, but I don't care it was fun! Enjoy!
Ellen Lundie is a lutheran pastor and an Improvisor in the city. I took a class with Ellen and thought she was hilarious and was so happy she got on a team. Ellen and I talk about her chill life living in New Castle, her love of superhero movies, and our love of certain Coke products. Ellen also talks to me about her college experience and how she discovered acting and loved it. She also talks to me about her family and how she went into the career she has now. It was awesome talking to Ellen and learning more about her. Enjoy!
Amanda Averell is a stand up comedian and Improvisor in Pittsburgh. We're also on the short form Improv team Game Shark together. Me and Amanda discuss coffee, our anxieties, not being able to listen to our voices and watch our performances. Amanda also talks to me about all the jobs she has gone through and how she crafts her stand up. I also just get to flat out hear what it's like to be a woman in comedy, especially stand up. It's something I needed/wanted to hear. Loved picking Amandas wicked mind and chatting a bit. Enjoy!
Mary Quick and Margaret Ogden make up the Improv duo Elizabeth. We talk about how they met in class and realized that they were the perfect fit for each other as friends and comedy partners. They also explain about being adults in their 30s and buying houses and all the parts of the house with weird names. All three of us dive into maturing as people and realizing who you like spending time with and how we are in social situations. We talk about so much more because these two are super smart and have experienced so much in life. I really enjoyed talking to these two, I learned a lot and had a ton of fun too.
Make sure to check out their show Foursquare at Arcade Comedy Theater this Friday at 9pm. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door or on Arcades website. Enjoy!
Kevin Conley is an Improvisor I was on my second team with. I always like talking to Kevin. He acts older then he is and I like that about him. We catch up with how he's doing on his current Improv team The Amish Monkeys who have been around for almost 20 years. We discuss the nervousness of when we started Improv and what it's like being on an independent team for him. I also discuss my confusion with the harold form. I ask him about why he doesn't discuss certain topics in his life like politics and etc, which leads to me learning some new things. Always nice to catch up with Kevin. Enjoy!
Michael McBurney is an Improvisor/Actor living in Pittsburgh. Michael talks to me about where his interests in playing characters started as a kid with his sister and then led to be part of what he does for a living. We also talk about him growing up in a religious household, switching from a religious school to a public school, and we swapped stories about being bullied when we were younger. Michael also tells me about the point in his life when he realized why acting was a love in his life. I've always been a fan of Mike and loved getting the chance to sit down and talking with him for a bit. Enjoy
Bre Brown is an Improvisor living in Pittsburgh who has lived quite a life so far. We talk about her leaving her teaching job she loved, and moving to Chicago to pursue acting. Bre talks to me about how acting has always been the dream, but life and low confidence got in the way much of the time. Bre and I also discuss growing up as anxious and sensitive kids, our low self esteem hindering our passions, and how to rein in the negative thoughts through the magic of great therapy. This was a lovely chat mixed with a therapy session and I love it. Bre was awesome to finally chat with. Enjoy
Mallory Mcdeavitt is an improvisor and just a lovely person in general. We talk about why she got into Improv in the first place with the help of her mom, her faith and why it's a big part of her life and in her familys, growing up in a military household and all the places she's lived in. Mallory also dives into growing up in grove city, being homeschooled, making friends, and knowing when she wanted to move to Pittsburgh. I've known Mallory for a few years now and this is the first time we've sat down and had a full conversation, liked getting to know her more. Enjoy!
Steve Holz is an Improvisor and host of The Bonus Stage at Arcade Comedy Theater. I always liked talking to Steve, so I invited him on to get to know him better. Steve tells me about growing up in a small town, being defiant at a very young age, his days of renting movies, his insight on Giant Eagle, and we both reveal how we are at ready. Steve also talks about how Improv was one of the things he actually stuck with and why. Steve is such a fun guy to talk to, it was great to have him on the show. Enjoy
Matt Frances is an Improvisor and just a humongous supporter of the pittsburgh comedy community in general. He's also a guy I've hung out with a couple times and gotten to know a bit. We talk about growing up in Moon, not finishing college, smoking cigarettes, and we swap stories of going to parties in high school and the dumb things we did. We even talk about the love he has for this Pittsburgh comedy community. It's been a long time coming to have Matt on the show (so much drama). But I was glad I got a chance to chew the fat with Matt and learn more about him. Enjoy!
Teresa Roberts Logan Is a Cartoonist and a Comedian. Teresa and I have a great discussion about the Oscars, movies we loved that were nominated and not nominated. We also talk about career as a cartoonist, how she does her work, her favorite artist, and she even talks about life as a stand up comic. Then the conversation talks a political turn that I actually really enjoyed. This was such a lovely chat, Teresa is awesome. Enjoy!
Greg Gillotti is a Pittsburgh Improvisor and one of the biggest supporters and contributors to the community. He's also a very humble guy. Greg and I discuss the music we can't get into, smoking weed, mental Illness, and learning when to let things go. We discuss how Elvis Costello plays a big part in the here and now, while helping me open my eyes to some very personal revelations. This was a good one, no doubt. Enjoy.
Jesse LE is a Pittsburgh Improvisor/Musician and a guy I've always wanted to talk to. Jesse and I discuss many things like sledding and tubing, our bands in high school, composing music, Elliot Smith, doing High School Musicals, the shows he's created, making great traditions with friends, and so much more! I had a great time talking to Jesse. He is just a really down to earth nice guy. Great talk. Enjoy.
Chris Duvall is an improvisor and an all around sweet and funny guy. He's one of the most supportive people in the comedy community as well. I always saw him around, but never sat down and talked to him, so I invited him. We talk about what we're wearing and our go to outfits, being a loner growing up, music we love, some improv talk, and how he met his wife. Chris is such a nice guy and it was great to finally get the chance to talk to him. Enjoy!
Jethro Nolen is an improvisor and has been one for over 20 years. He is also one of the directors of Arcade Comedy Theater in Pittsburgh. Jethro was another guy I was always curious about ever since I started doing improv. I had a moment with him when I first started that messed with my mind, and I was nervous to fully engage for a while. I bring that up and a plethora of other subjects and I learn that he is just a down to earth guy . We discuss many things like being observant and the mind, growing up in texas and also a surprise place for a few years, swearing, atheism, anxiety, and so much more. I had a great time talking to Jethro, and I got to know him a bit. This is another example of being nervous to talk to someone and find out that they're a nice person. Enjoy.
Ian Insect is a Pittsburgh comic and performer. He's a guy I've been curious about for a while now. In the past, when it came to Ian’s comedy I have to say I was somewhat dismissive. We talked about that.
Me and Ian discuss peoples perceptions of each other vs. the real thing, owning up to our faults/things we've done in the past, and just how people are in the world. Ian was such an interesting person to talk to. He actually left me a little speechless with some of the things he brought up. I would love to have more conversations like this in my life. Such a fun talk. Enjoy