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
Ashley is a Pittsburgh improvisor and one of my favorite people ever. This episode is a talk about anxiety, depression, and how we deal with it. We discuss going to parties and having awkward conversations, and the ins and outs of managing our daily lives. Ashley reveals some things about growing up in Alabama, touching on the hard times she had with her family and how it effected her today. We talk about her first time ever as a thespian in the 6th grade. We talk deeply about the times we mostly get in our heads and putting things/people on pedestals. (I’ve done that myself.) This was a really great talk about our mental health and also clearing our minds into the new year. I love talking to Ashley and I hope you'll enjoy!
John Feightner is an Improvisor and an actor living in Pittsburgh. John’s one of my favorite Improvisors in the city, so I was very glad he said yes to come on. I was actually very nervous to talk to him, I think you'll find that out when you listen. But through that nervousness I learn a lot about John. We talk about him going through his awkward stage in high school to pushing himself out there to entertain his classmates. John tells me about his dreams back then about being a director, going to college to study film and acting, then discovering Friday night improv and finding his love of Improv and his core group of friends.
We also talk about the hard times he went through after college, just trying to make money to live and do what he loves. We talk about working a comfortable job and the pros and cons that go with that, and knowing when it's time to work for something better without losing the things you love
I loved talking and joking around with John, he's just a very funny, sweet, and personable guy. Funny on and off stage. Enjoy!
Cassi Bruno a Pittsburgh comedian is not afraid to be honest. We even open the episode talking about shit, literally (just the beginning, don't worry).
In the Episode she talks of growing up in Brookline and how her feminist opinions weren't very popular in a small town’s narrow ideals. We also dive into her love of Britney Spears, and her time at a performing arts high school.
We also talk about the people we went to high school with and how we differ from them. We talk about our years at Edinboro, and the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. I loved this conversation, it made me remember many things that I haven’t thought of in a long time. Enjoy.
Garrett Titlebaum is a comedian and fellow podcaster here on Unplanned Comedy Pods. He tells me all the shows he hosted until he started It's Nice to See He's working. He also tells me how he decided to fully commit to his podcast and make it what it is today. We also share opinions about having bad shows and not letting it get to you too much. Garrett also talks to me about growing up in Ohio, politics, and how he works for himself. We also talk about each others podcast. I ask him how he prepares for his interviews and how to make an episode work with any type of guest. He even calms down some of my anxieties still about doing my show. Garrett is way more prepared than I am, I just dive right in haha. But Garrett is just a cool, nice, funny, and a respectful guy. It was great to chat with him a bit. Enjoy
Anne Casper is an Improvisor and comedian living in Pittsburgh. I've seen her perform a couple of times and thought she was really funny, so I invited her on to talk. We didn't talk about comedy at all, which I thought was awesome. We talked about a variety of stuff. We discussed reality shows we used to watch and still watch (a lot of me talking about the Hills), our anxiety and depression and things we go through all the time with it. Anne opens up about being bipolar and the other mental health stuff she goes through. Me and Anne even discuss our imaginary friends and their demises, and I bring up my sex life for some reason. This was such a weird conversation with mixtures of deep conversation and utter silliness, I really dug it. Anne was a lot of fun and easy to talk to. Enjoy!
Andrea Wetherald is an Improvisor and the owner of her own business And Beyond. And Beyond helps companies create healthier and more efficient work environments. Andrea talks to me about her journey into creating the company. She talks about growing up in a more conservative leaning Mennonite family and how her worldview changed in the last ten years, going to college and finding out all these things she never knew about. She tells me about the many jobs she had, like the tech company she tried to get off the ground. She then dives into where she was in her life and the conversations she had with people who were stuck in their jobs which led her to commit and make And Beyond happen. Andrea was such a delight to talk to. If you want to know more about And Beyond and sign up for classes or take a worship visit https://www.andbeyondimprov.com
Vanessa is an Actress/Improvisor living in Pittsburgh. She tells me about growing up wanting to be a performer, how she went to a performing arts high school and got cast in all the comedic roles. She also talks to me about her love of Elvis, where she works, and the recent acting job she has now being in the play Of Mice and Men.
Vanessa also tells me how an experience with a shitty guy really put things into perspective, while forming how she thinks today. I think Vanessa is very wise beyond her years. When I was her age I wasn't even close to thinking how she does. A great talk that you will enjoy.
Jason Newsom is an actor and Improvisor living here in Pittsburgh. He's also one of the nicest people I've ever met. Jason talks to me about growing up as a preachers kid, and how he always knew he was gay. He also talks about moving from Kentucky to Pittsburgh, and how Kentucky will always feel like home. Then, we talk all about moving to Chicago and falling in love with Sketch and Improv and how that led him into becoming a big part of the improv scene here. We also dive into us both being single, our own anxieties, and not worrying as much. Loved talking to Jason. Great talk. Enjoy.