We (Jason, Helena and Matt) had the joy of sitting down with Martha O'Neill and Andrew Fleming to discuss Robin Williams' debut album Reality... What A Concept. If you don't do drugs you'll surely feel like you've done them after going down the rabbit hole of Willams' album Reality... What a Concept. His rapid fire delivery, his off the cuff improvisational jokes and his pure joy is infectious and even when some of the panel may not have got the jokes they felt better for having listened to it.
For the full experience also listen to our earlier episode A Night At The Met with Robin Williams featuring Peter Hill and Sharilyn Johnson which is truly an interesting juxtaposition. Over the course of a few short years Robin dramatically changes his style and structure and when compared it really illustrates the scope of his talent.
Thanks for listening and remember before enjoying the podcast listen to the album for the full experience.
Jason, Helena Marie and Matt sit down to talk about their favourite holiday movies that are part of their holiday traditions. Jason and Helena selected holiday classics National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Home Alone. Matt selected the cultish comedy mock-musical AD/BC: A Rock Opera... of course. Here them talk about their holiday favourites and share yours with us in the comments or on our face book page. We'll be back in the new year and have a happy holidays!
My first day of improv was exciting, I had not been to a class like this since my days in high school which were terrifyingly far in my past. Seriously, those last 25 years just snuck up on me! Stepping into The Second City Training Centre was energizing. The space (above Gretzky’s restaurant since since 2005) is three stories up. The stairs are dark but with quotes from famous alumni getting you excited for your class. It opens into a large white space, there’s a welcome desk on your left and comfy chairs and tables where people can gather and chat as well as computers where students could connect to the internet. Despite being shortly after 11 am on a Sunday the room was electric. There were people waiting for classes gathered and chatting with their friends. Parents were waiting for kids who were taking improv classes for children and teens and staff pointed people to the right spots for their first day of classes.
I have until recently approached comedy from the perspective of the enthusiastic enthusiast, I never considered myself a professional and at most I felt I was a comedy nerd with respect for the craft and an obsession with the structure. Yes, in the past I had helped around the writing table of a comedy burlesque troupe, but it was in a supportive role to a bunch of people who were infinitely funnier than I. (I think my biggest contribution in several years of involvement was to come up with the idea of Ed Wood performing Rocket Man in the style of William Shatner... trust me, it worked on stage.) Aside from that, my experience in comedy was confined to watching it lovingly from the audience.
In this week's episode Courtney Gilmour comes back to talk about her experiences as a stand up comedian. It's a great chat with a hilarious person and where we get to hear about everything from why she selected Kid Gorgeous as her album for the panel show to doing jokes in the nude. To find out more about her shows check out her Twitter, Instagram or Facebook group.
In our second panel episode from our shiny new studio space we sat down with comedians Courtney Gilmour (@CourtGilmour) and Ryan Dillon (@TheRyanDillon) to discuss the amazing album John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City. We chat about assembly, sex ed and this incredible album by this gifted writer and teller of jokes.
In celebration of Adam Sandler's well received new Netflix Special 100% Fresh we are re-airing our December 2017 episode of Adam Sandler's They're All Gonna Laugh At You. In it, Jason sits down with Jordan Kennedy, Jon Blair and Kat Letwin to discuss this Adam Sandler album. Join us in discussing this interesting and early work.
The third in our JFL42 2018 interviews we chatted with Matteo Lane, I was lucky enough to catch him perform twice at the festival and it was a real joy. He joined me for a phone interview after his return to New York from Toronto and we discussed one of his favourite comedy albums Ellen Degeneres' special Here and Now.
The chat was a blast, we talked about his work as an opera singer, painter, graphic designer, comic book illustrator and a comedian. If you want to see more of his amazing work check out his instagram. Also, those topless pictures are real life goal inspirations! Thanks again to Matteo for taking the time to chat with us and if you have a chance catch him live!
Here we are, like the Doors song, this is the end… Yesterday after a long week of many shows I ended up running out of steam and just not being able to make my way to many of the shows I booked save for one. The Alternative Show at Second City, a midnight show, this is where I felt I needed to be and I was right.
The Alternative Show is always feels it’s as much for the comedians as the comedy fans, the audience is often peppered with people from the industry, various performers from the show or fans who have fallen in love with the irreverence of Andy Kindler. I started as the latter and am slowly shifting along the spectrum to comedy industry adjacent. Either way, it was a real delight and I felt I needed to be there that night and I’m glad I was.
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