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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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.

Rachel Madorsky – Got Your Back Interview

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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.

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Kareem Badr Interview – Got Your Back Podcast Episode

Kareem

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.

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