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!
Will Ness (repeating guest!), Tyler Kendrick, Jadon Baker, and I are all on the Unplanned Comedy house team The Unwelcome Guests. We recorded this right after a team rehearsal and needless to say it got interesting. We discussed dead celebrities, drugs, awkward sex talk and the sexist things we've heard. We even discuss Jadon's wild library job. This was one of the most random, incoherent, tangent filled talks I've ever had. I loved every minute of it! I learned a lot and I hope you do too. Enjoy!
Helen Wildy is a Pittsburgh based stand-up comedian and improvisor. Helen and my conversation began with doing bits, I scatted a little, and then we jumped into the comedy talk. We then dove into her world traveling and her Irish heritage. We discussed past relationships, adding what we wanted out of a relationship, and just how each of us has evolved as a human being. Helen is just awesome. This was a really great talk I think you'll enjoy.
Nate Hall is a Pittsburgh musician in two bands (Northern Gold and The Emo Karaoke Band). He's also just a guy I've wanted to talk to. We talk about him getting into the karaoke band, being from a small town, being overwhelmed by pop culture, and growing up with religion. Just two bald guys talking about life. Very fun talk. Enjoy
Anna Failla is an activist, architect, improvisor, and a stage manager living in Pittsburgh. We discuss many things, like awkward conversations, love, being a woman, body dysmorphia, and the culture we are living in now. In full disclosure, love and women are two topics I know very little about, so needless to say it gets awkward. But I don't care because I love learning (I still have so many questions)! Also, we banter about some possible future collaborations. All in all a really fun and interesting talk. Enjoy!
Slim Forsythe is Pittsburgh's country music troubadour. With a guitar strapped to his back, he walks the burgh's streets spreading his music to the masses. If you want to see an authentic version of traditional country music, check Slim out at his home base and preferred venue Nied's Hotel in Lawrenceville. Hank Williams is alive and well and thriving in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Doug Sluk is an actor, Improviser, and comedian. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and some not so pop music. Alex and Doug talk all things Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, and The Rat Spines. I made up one of these bands. Fun episode.
Alex talks to Woody Drennan the owner/operator of Unplanned Comedy which includes Unplanned Comedy Pods the podcast collective you're listening to now. They got into some raw and interesting banter. They talk about what drives you to be a comedian and is it healthy.
Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs! has been a band in Pittsburgh for almost a decade. With members knowing each other since high school. They're a punk band that sings solely about dinosaurs. We discuss the many projects that finally led to the band and their process of writing dinosaur songs. Then the episode just goes insane. With beer cans opening, people using the bathroom, and ETC. These guys are a weird/fun group to talk to. Enjoy!
Laurie B long time improviser in Pittsburgh and new resident of Los Angeles, Ca. returned to the Burgh to take part in the anniversary show of her former improv group Well Known Strangers. She took some time to talk to Alex helping out on his ever-evolving quest to be a beloved social animal. I'm just saying it gets uncomfortable a good bit of the time in this episode.