If This Is True with Chris HallMar 01, 2022
Let me introduce you to Ted Leo, master of soul searching pop punk and indie rock! Ted has a long career with bands like Citizens Arrest, Chisel, Puzzlehead, and the Sin-Eaters.
He's mostly known for his group, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. He's also put out albums with Aimee Mann as The Both and as a solo artist.
We talked about the intersection of comedy and indie rock throughout the 2000's, and Ted's journey in putting out his first solo album, The Hanged Man. Since then, he has been recording EP's and putting them on Bandcamp. You can find his works there, https://tedleo.bandcamp.com/. You can also go to www.tedleo.com for tour dates and merch.
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Shari Hazlett is a Brooklyn–based director, writer, performer, producer and media professional who works at the intersection of storytelling, comedy, and technology to inspire civic engagement and social change. Shari just finished producing, writing and directing The March, an historical comedy, which was presented by The Tank Theater (NYC) in June 2023. Shari produces and performs in The Duo Show, a monthly comedy show featuring NYC’s favorite improv performers paired up for one-night-only character duos (Magnet Theater).
Shari is the co-creator and artistic director of the Social Justice Improv Project (SJIP) Collective, a media arts organization for marginalized and historically underrepresented theater and media arts creators to bring their voices to the stage and screen, and take their artistic practice out into the community (NYC/Chicago).
Shari began her career as a community organizer and public health educator, from outreach to conducting HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, to program manager for the Congressional Black Caucus-funded (CBC) Medical Education Initiative, a multi-year pilot study and direct intervention to fight healthcare disparities and remove barriers to HIV/AIDS treatment. As a fellow for Equality Florida, she supported city and county lobbying efforts for workplace non-discrimination protection ordinances and statewide education and mobilization for marriage equality.
Shari has directed, produced and performed in original and scripted work at Magnet Theater (NYC); Dixon Place w/ Rubbish Comedy Collective (NYC); Tiny Cupboard (Brooklyn); QED (Queens); Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), and at venues across NYC and beyond. A creative producer, director, and strategist, Shari has worked with NBC-Universal; SiriusXM; Comic Relief/Red Nose Day; NYC Big Apps; and the American Cancer Society, among others. Her work has been featured on WNYC and WBUR; The New York Times Live Broadcast of the DNC 2012 (Charlotte) and RNC 2012 (Tampa); The Stranger (Seattle, WA); Courier News - Election 2020 Series; and Creative Loafing, among others.
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Let me introduce you to Vishok Verma. Vishok is a Social Entrepreneur and Professional Trainer for Communication Skills, (Corporates, Social Enterprises, and Non-profits), Personality Development Coach, and Budding Improv Artist based in India.
He is the Founder & CEO of a Social Venture named “Let’s Express”. The venture has positively impacted the lives of more than 2000 individuals, online and offline through self-created modules about effective communication. The venture aims to boost the self-esteem of teenagers using Performing Arts.
improv and serving the underserved. Give it a listen!
Liz has been coaching, directing and performing improv for the last 25 years. Liz coached the long-running IO (Improv Olympic) house teams Valhalla, Deep Schwa and Mission Improvable (founders of the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica). Liz was IO’s Training Center Director for 3 years, and an ensemble level teacher for 10 years. A founding member of The IO Roadshow, Liz has taught hundreds of workshops at colleges and corporations nationwide. In 1999, 2000 & 2001 Liz won the Del Close Coach of the Year Award at IO, now called the Liz Allen Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2006, with Jimmy Carrane, Liz co-wrote the book Improvising Better (Heinemann) and co-created their popular Individual Assessment Workshop.
Liz was honored to coach The Commune, the improv ensemble in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice. Liz mentors improv coaches at The Improv Shop in St Louis, and thanks to Skype, coaches faraway improv teams around the globe.
In 2017 Liz and her family moved back to Chicago where she continues to write and teach. She is happy to return to her alma mater, The IO Chicago, where she currently teaches Advanced Harold.
Liz is a national treasure! Give it a listen.
Jake is an actor, comedian, music producer, and filmmaker. He has produced numerous original sketch revues, musical comedy albums, web shorts, podcasts, plays, a documentary about the Chicago improv scene called “Off the Cuff,” and the original musical “Rich People in Space,” which will premiere this September. Jake's work embraces a theatrical style of humor that balances playful fun with thoughtful satire. Give it a listen!
Let me introduce you to Margot! She graduated from the New York University School of Social Work in 1983 and has lived and practiced in Naples since 1984. She attended the Rutgers Summer School of Addiction Studies in 1987 and 1990 and has extensive post-graduate training in addiction studies and co-dependency.
For over thirty years, Margo has presented workshops and seminars on “Therapeutic Value of Humor and Play” on a national level, and has published several articles on humor, geriatric issues, and improvisational comedy.
Using Improvisational Theatre exercises combined with cognitive-behavioral education, Margot helps people suffering anxiety disorders, Parkinson’s, and those in recovery from addictions. She offers a wide range of “Wellness through Improv” classes and workshops.
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Merry Mary Hynes!
I interviewed Mary Hynes on her birthday in April. She is a professional improviser, educator and stage manager. Her performance and teaching career brings her back and forth between NYC, Chicago and LA. She is a faculty member with the storied Second City Training Center in Chicago, Toronto and LA.
After graduating with her BA in Theatre from Butler University, she discovered a love for helping students young and old discover their creative voices. The power of the “yes, and” mindset in improvisation teaches presence, acceptance, courage and creativity.
She is one of the pioneers of the role of virtual stage manager. During the pandemic, she was on a team of innovators with The Second City Training Center that assessed the needs, and implemented the solutions to keep theater vital and vibrant through trying times of isolation and uncertainty. She is now both highly revered and in demand as a remote operator, virtual stage manager, and facilitator for live and online events in education, entertainment and corporate workshops.
She is an inspiration. Give it a listen!
Allow me to introduce you to Tashika Campbell, member of indie group Cake Walk from Baltimore. In addition to performing, Tashika has headlined festivals across the US and coordinated the first Improv festival dedicated to Black Improvisers, the From Another Mother Festival, in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area (also known as the DMV). Tashika is also a sought-after Coach, Teacher, and Workshop Facilitator.
Tashika shares about being in an indie group, putting on a festival in 30 days and how she likes to do impolite improv. Give it a listen!
Let me introduce you to Bill Chott! He of the Dana Carvey Show/Second City/Improv Olympic kind of fame. Bill has been improvising and acting since he left St. Louis for Chicago back in the early nineties. He was one of the cast members of the cult favorite Dana Carvey Show in 1996. Bill is also known for his role as the Mailman in 'This Is Us.' Bill performs and teaches in Los Angeles with his corporate gig, the Improv Trick; he is also a proud father to a daughter. We talked about his role as Fred Mertz at the National Comedy Museum in Jamestown, NY and how we both deal with ADHD in our lives. It's a great listen!
Let me introduce you to my pal, LeeAnn Marie Webster! She is an attorney turned international Keynote speaker, Moth Story Slam winner, and entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in marketing and business development in a range of industries.
LeeAnn has a substantial event background, having successfully produced 130+ virtual summits and founding the largest speed dating company in Southern California. Her entrepreneurial journey started when she became the first person to host a speed dating event outside of the Jewish community, ultimately creating the largest speed dating company in Southern California.
Her first national TV appearance was as a contestant on MTV’s Remote Control. Since then, her entrepreneurial insights have been featured on NBC, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and dozens more. She is also the creator of Fancy Meeting Me Here, her inspirational one woman show.
Oh, and she just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. No big whoop!
Here is her Moth Story Slam link: https://vimeo.com/736179555?share=copy
You can find tickets to Fancy Meeting Me Here at https://leeannmariewebster.com/
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Tommy Hough is a media/activist/political powerhouse! Based in San Diego, he's worked as an on-air personality at FM 94/9, KPRI, and 91X. He's also had the good fortune of working for several outstanding environmental organizations, including Surfrider chapter and San Diego Audubon, helping with leadership and coordination of the ReWild Mission Bay campaign, and managing communications and media for Oregon Wild during his time in Portland.
He is the co-founder and original president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, and has run for City Council in San Diego twice.
We talked about our time at Ohio University together, sanity in politics, the All-Campus Radio Network and much more. Give it a listen!
Give a listen to this one with Mr. Improv DIY, Rich Baker! Not only has he written a book, Improv Made Easier, he has performed all over the US with Second City, Mission Improvable, ComedySportz and his duo with Rolland Lopez, Rollin in Riches. Rich is also a teacher on his YouTube show Improv Breakdown and through his corporate business, Play Like a Team.
He's written and performed for Epic Rap Battles of History! Do I need to say more? Check out this episode!
Ladies and Gents, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Dave Razowsky to you. Dave has created and performed in countless Second City revues, where he performed with Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Rachel Dratch. He was the artistic director of the Second City Hollywood. He is also a worldwide teacher of a methodology that stand improv on its ear and connects people through relationship and emotion. He definitely put me through my paces, and I want to learn more. Give it a listen, please!
Let me introduce you to Deana Criess, Senior Organizational Development Specialist at Perkins School for the Blind and accomplished improviser! Deana uses applied improvisation for training staff and students to help the visually impaired. She has led workshops at festivals, theaters and colleges all around the USA. We discussed critical thinking in improv and how improv can be anything--especially during a pandemic! Give it a listen!
Let us introduce you to Phillip Faiss--actor, playwright, writer and Las Vegas treasure! He's trained with the Groundlings and the Second City in his past, including stints with Liz Allen and Cheryl Hines. He's written a book, Philoween, and has written and performed three one-man shows based off this book! He currently works for MGM as a trainer teaching, well, I guess you'll have to listen to find out! Give it a listen!
Let me introduce you to one-man indie powerhouse, Jason Narducy. Jason is the touring bassist for Superchunk, the bassist for Bob Mould, and the front man for his project, Split Single. He's touring the midwest and east coast during March and April (Including Cleveland! Shows are listed in this episode.). Jason started playing guitar at nine in his band Verboten, whose singer, Tracy, is Dave Grohl's cousin. Grohl credits seeing Verboten as a teen with convincing him that he needed to be a performer! Learn all of this rock goodness and more in this episode. Give it a listen!
Frangela! (Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton)
Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton are real life best friends who met and honed their skills at the world famous Second City Theatre.
Frangela is known for NBC’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. They were featured on The Oprah Show on the “Best Standups in America” episode. They are well known for their commentary on VH1’s Best Week Ever and hilarity on the big screen in the hit films He’s Just Not That Into You and Slow Learners. They are also recurring fan favorites on HULU’S Quick Draw.
Frances and Angela have starred in, written and produced their own pilot for FOX called Frances and Angela. They both starred in and wrote for their award winning animated show Hey Monie for Oxygen and BET. They also wrote a pilot for The Disney Channel and Showtime. Together they have starred in pilots for VH1, The Travel Channel, OWN and recently wrote and produced on shows for Lifetime Television, VH1 and the Game Show Network.
They have many other credits, but they eschewed listing them for this show as "this show is the only credit [they] are concerned with right now." Awww!
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If This Is True has the distinct privilege of welcoming Jon Wurster to the show! Jon is the drummer for Superchunk, the Mountain Goats, and the Bob Mould Band. Did you know he has also played with the Pretenders, R.E.M., the Buzzcocks and the New Pornographers?
Jon also has a burgeoning comedy career working with his partner Tom Scharpling on the Best Show. His #mynewworstfriend on Instagram is also the best scavenger hunt on the internet. If you know, you know.
Please, do yourself a favor and give it a listen!
A "Jack of All Trades" (and master of some), Jay Sukow has been performing with and without a script for the better part of the past 27 years. He has trained with, among others, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Del Close. He is a graduate of training centers of The Second City, The Second City NW, iO Chicago, and ComedySportz Chicago.
He is the founder of Today Improv, who teaches improv to actors, businesses and everybody else. He has extensive experience helping businesses drive behavior change through improvisational philosophies and exercises.
Jay teaches currently at MI's Westside Comedy Theater, and is a large fan of the Beastie Boys! He wants to share improv--and the Beasties--with people to show how they can benefit from knowing both.
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Asif Khan is what Rush would call a "New World Man!" He has become an immunologist and allergist, while also performing as a drummer in bands such as Overlord, Johnny Hi-Fi and, most recently, Spy Convention. He's handled adversity as well as allergies and touring over the years, and he's done so while raising a family and guest lecturing about Passion and Profession at universities so students can learn about feeding the soul and putting food on the table at the same time. He's especially proud of the Canfield (Ohio) Cardinals and their state football championship. We could all learn lessons about what's important from Asif! Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to kick off the year with Charone Frankel. Charone is a lawyer, an improviser, a mezzo soprano and a podcaster here in Cleveland. Her Habeas Humor podcast has covered everything from Aaron Hernandez to Vladimir Putin. Charone has lived in California and in the NYC area, studied with UCB Theater and has been featured in independent films and TV pilots. We talked about DIY auditioning and podcasting and what it takes to bloom where you're planted. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to wrap up the year with the esteemed Paul Bellini! Paul, better known as the "Man in the Towel" from The Kids In The Hall, is a Gemini Award and Cable Ace Award nominated writer for the Kids and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He teaches sketch comedy as part of Humber College's comedy program. We discussed the bravery it took to be out and gay in the late 80's and on The Kids In The Hall, his writing partnership with Scott Thompson and their queer core band, Mouth Congress. We also discussed successfully creating a career out of hobby work that goes on to this day. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Kevin Mullaney. Kevin created the Improv Resource Center--a Facebook for improvisers before Facebook--in the early 2000's. He teaches through the IRC and often travels around the country conducting workshops.
Kevin started teaching improvisation 25 years ago at iO Theater in Chicago, later at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in New York and more recently Under the Gun Theater in Chicago.
Currently, Kevin resides in Peoria, IL, where he is an IT professional. We talked about making crazy choices--both in life and in improv, being a loose cannon, and enjoying the journey of life we are all on. We even discussed enjoying some poker along the way. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Anya Marina! This singer-songwriter has songs in movies like Twilight: New Moon and TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl. She left alternative radio more than ten years ago when she received her first record contract and she hasn't looked back. We talk about what it takes to make it as a performer and what it's like to tour with a comedian like her best friend, Nikki Glaser. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Jim Phillips, my Dad's best friend and accomplished songwriter. He recently retired as a school treasurer and wrote and recorded a song in honor of my Dad, Jim Hall. They had over a 20 year friendship, before my Dad passed in February 2021. We talked about my Dad and their friendship and Jim's future as a singer/songwriter. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Jeff Scherer! Jeff is a veteran of the NYC improv scene (Magnet, PIT, UCB) who currently performs with Vern musical improv and Chicago City Limits. He was also an improv rocker with the BTK Band. We talked about musical improv, finding what makes you happy and the NYC improv scene over the years. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to reintroduce you to Jimmy Carrane, the master of the art of slow comedy. Jimmy has worked and taught at the Second City, iO, and is a founding member of the Annoyance. He was also in the original cast of the Armando at iO! He has written two books, Improv Therapy, and Improvising Better: A Guide for the Working Improviser with Liz Allen. Jimmy also hosts the Improv Nerd podcast. He teaches the art of slow comedy nationwide. We talked about improvising better and being a working improviser. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Craig Cackowski! The veteran of the Second City and iO Theater has appeared in all your favorite TV shows--Veep, Community (as Officer Cackowski!), Drunk History and the Secret Lives of College Girls. We discussed his being a theater kid, his current travel schedule with Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla), and his many podcast efforts (Kevin Pollak's Alchemy This and Craig's List). Give it a listen!
If This is True has the distinct honor of introducing you to Rachael Mason! She is the new Director of Education at iO Theater in Chicago, and she also performs regularly with the equally legendary Susan Messing as "The Boys." She’s worked with theater novices, Masters Degree Candidates at universities, and working professionals both in and outside of the entertainment industry.
Candor is her love language. She passionately believes that putting art where there was none before is an act of revolution. We discussed this importance and the creation of something from nothing as being essential in these perilous times. When we recorded this, Rachael was recovering from COVID-19, but she soldiered on and was a terrific guest. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Neal Dandade! Neal is an actor, improviser and writer based out of Chicago. He has acted on TNT's Sirens, ABC Family's Kevin From Work, and NBC's Shrink. Neal was featured in the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase. He was also a member of the Second City National Touring Company and a regular writer/performer/improviser at the iO and Annoyance theaters in Chicago.
Apart from his acting work, Neal has written and produced web content for online platforms, Second City Network and Mas Mejór (a subsidiary of Broadway Video). Neal holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage at Northwestern University, where he was invited to join as an adjunct lecturer in the department of Radio/TV/Flim.
We talked about educating the underserved, Los Angeles vs. Chicago improv aesthetics, and much more. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Brad Barton! Brad is a NYC based actor, writer, entertainment journalist, host, producer, corporate trainer and teacher. He is also a content writer for Marvel!
Brad has performed on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC’s One Life to Live, and Upright CItizen’s Brigade. He is also an improviser who is married to Lulu French, owner of Rocket Improv in Maplewood, NJ--and also an If This Is True guest!
We discussed his interactions with Oprah, Harrison Ford, and all the goings on at mighty Marvel. Spoiler alert: he believes they're better than DC! Give it a listen!
Rich and Rebecca Sohn
If This Is True would like to introduce you to the Sohns! Rich and Rebecca Sohn are improvisers/actors/directors living in Los Angeles. They are both veterans of the Second City and Annoyance Theatre. Rebecca has also performed with Steppenwolf, Remy Bumppo and About Face Theatres. She is also an ensemble member of the No Stakes Theater Project. Rich is teaching at the Pack Theater and at Second City, We talked about being married improvisers, working with each other and their teaching styles. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Sam Dee! Sam is many things...rascal, scamp, guttersnipe...however, she would like to be known for spotlighting inclusive, female-led shows in Cleveland, like Mass Hysteria Improv Fest, co-created with Deena Nyer Mendlowitz (also a guest on this show). She is a member of Casually Late Improv and a writer/performer for Stratosphere Collective and Amsterdang sketch. She is also one of the funniest women in Cleveland, per Cleveland.com. Give it a listen!
If This Is True is proud to introduce you to John Fugelsang! John is a Drama League nominated actor, comedian & broadcaster who hosts the acclaimed "Tell Me Everything" series on SiriusXM Progress #127.
He's been murdered on CSI, picketed by Westboro Baptist Church, interviewed 2 Beatles on 2 different continents in the same week, and once got Mitt Romney's advisor to call Romney an 'etch a sketch' on CNN.
He's been a regular on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and hosted "Viewpoint" on Current TV. He sold out theaters across the country with Stephanie Miller, Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler on The Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour; their album "Volume 1" became the 1st political album to ever hit #1 on the Amazon, iTunes & Billboard Comedy Charts.
This was recorded on Friday, June 24, when the Roe decision came down, literally. I was going to run it in August, but it was too important and timely to run it then. Give it a listen!
Jo Rou and Ryan Santa
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Jo Rou and Ryan Santa of Imposters Theater. Jo is a veteran of the NYC improv scene, having studied and performed at the Magnet Theater, the Pit and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Ryan is a veteran of the Chicago improv scene, having studied and performed through iO Theater and the Second City Conservatory. How are their styles different? How are they similar? Give it a listen and find out!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Jimmy Carrane, the master of the art of slow comedy. Jimmy has worked and taught at the Second City, iO, and is a founding member of the Annoyance. He was also in the original cast of the Armando at iO! He has written two books, Improv Therapy, and Improvising Better: A Guide for the Working Improviser with Liz Allen. Jimmy also hosts the Improv Nerd podcast. He teaches the art of slow comedy nationwide. We talked about improvising better and being a working improviser. Give it a listen!
Deena Nyer Mendlowitz
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Deena Nyer Mendlowitz, an improviser, festival producer, playwright, and one of Ohio's Funniest Women, according to Cleveland.com. She has been recognized for her work in using comedy to promote mental health awareness and to destigmatize mental illness. Deena is the creator of This Improvised Life and Mental Illness and Friends. She is also the co-creator of a kind, funny, awesome 15 year-old boy. Give it a listen!
R. Kevin Garcia Doyle
If This Is True would like to introduce you to R. Kevin Garcia Doyle! Kevin is a theater and improvisation teacher, practitioner and actor who currently teaches at Le Jardin Academy in Honolulu, HI. He is the co-founder of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, a front man for the improvisational rock band Oil In The Alley, among many other accolades. We discussed musical improv and why it is important; Shakespeare and why it is important; and the joys of teaching. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Dana Quercioli! Dana is a multiple threat individual who acts, improvises, and writes comedy, whether it be with her BabyMakers partner, Colleen Doyle; her new pilot this spring, Gumshoes; or her hilarious podcast, Those Who Aunt. We talked about working hard, being humble and finding your voice. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Pat Byrnes--renaissance man in every sense of the word! He is a cartoonist, first and foremost, but he has also been a rocket scientist, ad man, playwright, improviser, and comedian in his illustrious career. Currently, he is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. Pat believes that all of his adventures have the through line of cartooning and that has helped him in many ways. Regale to the tales of his first sale, his putting on a full musical at a Catholic Church and his painting Matt Besser during a show. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Lulu French, owner and head instructor at Rocket Improv in NJ. Lulu teaches kids and teens the fundamentals of improv and team building. She has a laundry list of experience from the PIT and Gotham City Improv in NYC, plus years of musical theater experience, even touring nationally with My Fair Lady. We talked about the transition from musical theater to improv, innovative ways to teach and how to keep a business going in a pandemic. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Shaun Landry! Shaun is at least a quintuple threat of actor, improviser, teacher, director and theater president. This Chicago native is the artistic director of Oui Be Negroes, founder of the West Coast Improv Alliance, cofounder of the San Francisco Improv Festival and founder of the Ledge--a new non-profit theater in Los Angeles.
Shaun has come a long way from her days with Second City TourCo. She has worked with prisoners and dementia patients using improv techniques. We talked about working with drama therapy and what it takes to make it in the business and to start your own theater. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Kyle Siegrist! Kyle is a permanent fixture in the Columbus, OH music scene, playing in bands like Second State Butchers and doing his own solo projects. He is also the owner of Lost Weekend Records and Lost Weekend record label. Kyle got his start in the music business in the 80's and had an amazing trip to where he is today. Lost Weekend is celebrating its 19th anniversary on February 19 at the Ace of Cups. Kyle would love it if you could attend. You can find him at @lostweekendrecords on Facebook, or at www.lostweekendrecords.com. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Abdul Williams! Abdul is an award-winning screenwriter and producer, known for the Lottery Ticket, Surf 2, The New Edition Story, The Bobby Brown Story, and Salt N' Pepa. He is currently working on The Thanksgiving Text for Netflix. We talked about these projects, what it takes to be a good writer in any media and our time as Bobcats at OU. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you to comedian, musician, and author Dave Hill. The Pride of Cleveland, as he's taken to calling himself, has appeared on multiple TV shows; performed at SXSW, Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, and Sing Sing; hosts the Dave Hill Podcasting Incident and History Fluffer; and wrote "Parking the Moose," "Tasteful Nudes" and "Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore." We discussed the importance of dogs, nurses and doing what you like in life. Give it a listen!
If This Is True wishes you a Happy New Year with a conversation with Bob Kulhan of Business Improv. Bob is an iO, Second City and Annoyance alum who took improv business seriously and created Business Improv, the company! Bob is an adjunct professor at Duke University and has taught his improv curriculum around the world! He believes that "yes, and" can be more than just an improv tool. The phrase can also help to garner respect and to communicate on a higher level. Bob also talks about his Chicago Cubbies and what makes his heart sing. For more information on Bob's business, go to www.businessimprov.com. Give it a listen!
If This Is True would like to introduce you the indomitable Susan Messing! Susan is an improvisation and comedy legend, who has performed and taught at iO, iO West, the Annoyance, The Second City Chicago and around the globe. Susan is also an instructor at DePaul University, the University of Chicago and the School at Steppenwolf. We talked about taking risks and how to move forward as improvisers, comedians and as people--to go toward that which is difficult. Give it a listen during this holiday season!!
David Whitehouse and Jimmy Mak
If This Is True would like to introduce you to David Whitehouse and Jimmy Mak of Shadowbox Live. Dave and Jimmy are old friends and sketch comedy creators and innovators who make live sketches great. They discuss what makes a sketch great and how comedy has kept food on the table for them for more than 25 years. Give it a listen, won't you?
If This Is True would like to introduce you to Sean Geary! Sean is an improviser in the Bay Area who is also an educator and a physical trainer. Sean has worked at Endgames Improv with Wachaa and other improv teams. He is a big fan of Camp ImprovUtopia, having traveled across the country to participate in it several times. Sean believes that we should be more empathetic as a people and that improv can help with that. Give it a listen, won't you?
If This is True would like to introduce you to Siddharth Venkatesh! He is our first guest from outside the continent. Siddharth performs with Improv Comedy Bangalore in Bangalore, India. He recently performed at the ImprovIsAsian festival and works as an engineer when he is not entertaining people. Siddharth believes in connection with others, so he wanted me to share these links with you:
Give it a listen, won't you?