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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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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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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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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