Rachel Madorsky – Got Your Back Interview


In the latest episode of Got Your Back podcast, Rachel Madorsky stopped by the studio for an interview.

Rachel is an original ColdTowne faculty member who has long been supremely supportive force in the community.

In addition to teaching and performing Rachel works as a licensed psychotherapist, and was kind enough to engage in a conversation about a number of topics including the intersections between therapy and improv.

In the second part of the episode the conversation went deep into a discussion about the importance of vulnerability in improv in order to break down and better understand what can sometimes be a scary and misunderstood topic for improvisers.

Finally, the show ends with a round of a new guessing game called “Lifetime Original Movie, Young Adult Novel, or Porno Film?”.

Featured song at the end of this episode “Nostalgic for Nowhere” by local Austin comedian & musician, Justin Soileau.
Listen to more of Justin’s music on his website.

Listen to this and more episodes on Got Your Back’s website or streaming below.

How To Get Stage Time In Austin

Stage time

Got Your Back podcast has put together a comprehensive guide to teach people who are new to improv or new to Austin how the groups and shows you see on stage come together, as well as how they acquire that stage time at the various theaters in Austin.

Though the details are specific to Austin the general concepts discussed in this episode apply to many other cities as well.

Check out the full post on their website GYBPodcast.com for all of the links and details on how to start performing in Austin.

Listen to the 20 minute episode
Here on itunes
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or streaming below.

Interview: Chris Trew, Co-Founder of Improv Wins Conference & The New Movement

Chris Trew talks about the New Movement and the upcoming Improv Wins Conference & Festival in Austin (January 22-25, 2015).

The interview was recorded via Skype (which means it undoubtedly has a few technical hiccups).

Learn why this weekend is the best time to check out the New Movement and see what their theater is all about. If you’re an Austin improviser, this is a can’t miss event!

Kareem Badr Interview – Got Your Back Podcast Episode


On this episode of Got Your Back we were joined by Kareem Badr.

Kareem is a co-owner of the Hideout Theater in Austin, TX where he also teaches and performs regularly in a number of shows including the Big Bash on Friday evenings as well as with his long running and world touring group of 9 years, Parallelogramophonograph.

Kareem was kind enough to stop by the studio and spend some time talking with KC and myself about a number of topics ranging from the nitty gritty of his approach to narrative improv to the parallels between improv and the way of the samurai.

Process vs. Product

Also in this episode we continue our conversation from the previous episode regarding process vs. product in improv. Again, Kareem had a tremendous amount of thoughtful insight to offer on the subject, and ultimately left me questioning where the boundaries of each are.

In the final part of this episode we do our best to help out the community at large and “let go” of some characters we feel may be showing up too frequently in recent improv scenes.

Kareem can be seen performing weekly with his group P-graph on Fridays at 10pm at The Hideout Theatre.

Featured song in this episode Joshua Tree by local artist and recent ColdTowne graduate, Leah Nobel. Visit her website and follow her on facebook.

Listen to the episode:

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Theft Forum Podcast Ep. 64 – Ed Hill

Scott Hearne interviews Ed Hill.

Originally from Taiwan, Ed is an emerging young comic who moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 18 years ago, thinking he was on vacation at his father’s discretion.

Since then, Ed has performed all over the world. He has appeared on Bite TV’s “Stand up & Bite Me”, XM Radio’s “Laugh Attack”, West Coast Comedy TV on Hulu, and 2 appearances on Comedy Time TV. He was also invited to perform at Comedy Masala in Singapore, Live Comedy Club in Taiwan, the Hong Kong Comedy Festival, NXNE, San Francisco Comedy Festival, Austin Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Vancouver Comedy Festival and many more.

Ed is still currently on vacation with his potato-like dogs.

Theft Forum Podcast Ep. 63 – Jamie Campbell

Scott Hearne interviews Jamie Campbell. Jamie Campbell was named Chicago’s “Best Stand-Up” in 2013 by The Chicago Reader. He has performed at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival, The New Orleans Comedy Festival, The Chicago Improv Festival, and more.

He is a cast member of 100 Proof Comedy in Chicago and host of the critically acclaimed, late-night talk show Talk Hard. Jamie has shared the stage with Time Meadows, Hannibal Buress, Neil Hamburger, and Laurie Kilmartin. As an improviser, he is a member of The Annoyance Theatre’s House Ensemble, ComedySportz Chicago, and The Stevens Family.

Jamie is one of the stars of the upcoming feature film “Dirtbags” and you might recognize him from KFC and Cousins Subs commercials or from his appearance on the Improv Nerd Podcast.

Theft Forum Podcast Ep. 62 – It’s Saturday Night!

Scott Hearne interviews Frank Netscher (Director) and Cene Hale (Performer/Writer) from “It’s Saturday Night!”.

“It’s Saturday Night!” is performed at 8:30 PM every Saturday night in September at Coldtowne Theater. “It’s Saturday Night” pays homage to the classic TV show Saturday Night Live. Inspired by shows like “30 Rock”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, and “The Muppet Show”, the Not Ready for Any Time Players will combine sketch and improv into live comedy performance unlike anything else in Austin.

Drawing from over 30 years of comedy history, cultural icons, and social commentary, the cast of “It’s Saturday Night!” will perform new sketches each week, as as give the audience a peek at the improvised behind-the-scenes antics of the cast and crew as they struggle to put together live TV. Who knows what could happen?!?!?!

The Not Ready for Any Time Players are Emma Holder, Bryan “Lubu” Roberts, Jared Robertson, Lacy Cox, Adrienne Dawes, Rachel Austin, Chris Sebilia, Katie Ellin, Cene Hale, Justin Dehn, Ian Townsend, and Eli Eidson.

Theft Forum Podcast Ep. 61 – Eva Gilliam

Scott Hearne interviews Eva Gilliam.

Eva Gilliam is an improviser, freelance television and radio journalist/producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied improv at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater (UCB) in New York City and is currently a member of The Long Shots – a talented international troupe of improvisers, blending the comedy styles of South Africa, the UK, and the United States.

Scott Hearne interviews Eva Gilliam below.

Theft Forum Podcast Ep. 60 – Chrissy Swinko

Scott Hearne interviews Chrissy Swinko at the 2013 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.

Chrissy Swinko is a writer, producer, and performer in Los Angeles, CA. She recently performed at the Comedy Central Stage in LA with her sketch comedy partner, Gina Nicewonger, in “Chrissy & Gina Take Over a Strip Club”. This show was also performed as a UCB Spank Show in 2014. Her solo show, “#UGH: All of my Disappointments Located Conveniently in One Show” was performed as a UCB Spank in 2013, at the 2013 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and at the 2013 LA Scripted Comedy Festival. Her voice has been heard on the radio in numerous commercials. She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and in videos for BBQ Committee, her video sketch comedy group. She also created a website: Sad Hot Guys.

Scott Hearne interviews Chrissy Swinko below.