Recommended Reading For Improvisers – Got Your Back Podcast

recommended readingListen to this episode for a detailed breakdown of why each of these books made our list of recommended reading for improvisers.

Also, we discuss the local Austin improv warm-up “books”, and what makes its great.

Check out the full recommended reading list of links at GYBpodcast.com

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Bill Stern Interview – Got Your Back Podcast

Bill SternBill Stern is an improviser currently living and performing in Chicago, whose comedy roots are based in Austin.

In this interview with the charismatic Stern we covered a vast number of topics from Bill’s history to the harold. Bill has us do an exercise on air that blew our minds out of our butts.

Then to end this episode we attempt to play a guessing game where Bill has to pick out a fake band name from a list of other real band names…but it doesn’t exactly go as planned.

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Nathan Sowell Interview – Got Your Back

Nathan siteCheck out this interview of Nathan Sowell on Got Your Back podcast.

Nathan is a member of a number of groups including Nice Astronaut, Skutch, Fantastic Buddies and he is currently directing the upcoming My Step-Dad is a Genie.

In this interview with Nathan we discussed his keen ability to make moves during a show that really help to give the show shape and keep things flowing. We also talked about Nathan’s tendencies as a viciously supportive player, and the simple power of supporting your fellow improvisers.

To end this episode we played the official comedy board game of the nationally franchised comedy club, “the improv“. It was a weird look into the past…

Commercial in this episode by Wink Planet.

Reminder that our intro song is “It’s Cool” by Joey Kendall. Who is also this week’s featured artist, with his song “the closest things

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David Hess Interview – Got Your Back Podcast

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David Hess is truly a renaissance man.

Perhaps you’ve seen him improvising with groups including The Team and Glamping Trip, or acting in a local live stage version of the Ghostbusters, or acting online in something like the trailer for Hell No: The Sensible Horror Film, or even performing with one of his bands Supersonic Uke or Baby Got Bacteria

In this most recent episode of Got Your Back podcast David Hess discusses his philosophies for his various projects, and how he has managed to stay busy without stretching himself so thin as to dilute his work. We also had a lengthy conversation about finding your voice as an artist, and how that nebulous process can transform assumed weaknesses into unexpected strengths.

Commercial in this episode by Wink Planet.
Featured song in this episode by Fareed Haque.

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Dave Buckman Interview – Got Your Back

BuckmanGot Your Back podcast recently interviewed one of Austin’s most experienced and most beloved improv instructors, Dave Buckman.

In this episode we discussed Dave’s time spent training in Chicago at IO and Second City, and how that ultimately led to his taking a job at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.

We also talked about some of the patterns he has come to notice while teaching his popular personal diagnostic workshops here in Austin.

Dave was kind enough to engage us in a segment we called “Back to Neutral” where he talks about a personal improv peeve, and then follows that up by talking about something he loves about improv.

Finally, we played another round of everyone’s favorite guessing game “Lifetime Original Movie, Young Adult Novel, or Pornographic Film” so that Dave could compete indirectly with his lovely wife, and recent guest of the show, Rachel Madorsky.

Featured song in this episode by Gerrin Benfield & commercial by Wink Planet.

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Theft Forum Podcast Ep. 66 – Wanderlust: Tales of Travel, Love, and Longing

Scott Hearne interviews Ruby Willman, Aaron Saenz, and Manuel Duran from The Hideout mainstage show, “Wanderlust: Improvised Tales of Travel, Love, and Longing”. Every week, Wanderlust features two different improvisers in the role of leads, mixing gender, age, and relationships – ensuring a new experience in every performance. Catch “Wanderlust” at The Hideout Theatre Saturdays at 8 PM in January and February 2015.

3 Speeches About Improv – Got Your Back

comedy nerd-outGot Your Back podcast recently put on a live show where 3 of the great minds from the Austin improv community came to speak at length on topics of their choosing.

This first show featured the following speeches:
– “You Suck Forever: Thoughts on Improv Nihilism” by Bryan Lubu Roberts
– “Finding, Feeding, and Chasing Inspiration” by Roy Janik
– and “Who Arted?” by John Ratliff

Each of the speeches I personally found to be inspiring in their own unique way, and I really can’t thank the speakers enough for taking the time to create such thoughtful content.

The night was rounded out with a couple of original songs played live by Justin Soileau.

Please enjoy this audio from the show that you can either download here, find on itunes, or stream the episode below.

Also consider coming out to the next Comedy Nerd-Out on the first Sunday of the month at 7pm at ColdTowne Theater.

Audition Advice For Improvisers – Got Your Back

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Got Your Back podcast has compiled a list of advice, tips, and best practices when auditioning for improv shows to go along with their recent post on how to get stage time in Austin.

In the episode they are joined by local directors Valerie Ward and Lance Gilstrap who help break down a list of Audition Advice for Improvisers.

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Theft Forum Podcast Ep. 65 – Love Me Tinder: A Musical Sketch Revue

Scott Hearne interviews Adrienne Dawes, Minerva Villa, and David Nguyen from “Love Me Tinder: A Musical Sketch Revue”. See the show, Thursday, February 5th, 8:00 PM at Hyde Park Theater in Austin, TX.

Heckle Her presents “Love Me Tinder,” a musical sketch revue that pops the ultimate Valentine’s Day question – swipe left or right? “Love Me Tinder” Featuring Minerva Villa, Cené Hale, Jillian Summar, Jared Robertson, Chris Hatcher, and David Nguyen, accompanied by Brian Kremer, musical direction by Ammon Taylor, and directed by Adrienne Dawes.