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Musician/engineer/bartender Allen Epley talks with artists of all walks and at all levels of success about their own unique journeys and jobs they've worked in order to follow their passions. Many successful musicians, actors, filmmakers, composers, and comedians still have side gigs that afford them the ability to create their art for us. Some get to work in their chosen field and some work jobs that are convenient and make that buck. It is this unique hustle that's at the heart of this pod ...
 
Host Michael Churven takes you backstage for a freewheeling conversation with current and former members of the world famous Groundlings main company. Discover the origins of famous characters and sketches created on the Groundlings main stage and meet the comedians who have made The Groundlings one of the world’s most successful comedy theaters for over 45 years.
 
A space comedy featuring absurd, ridiculous and fictional One Star Reviews from All Across the Multiverse. Join our Negative Nancy and her only friend Chatbot aboard The Space Windu as they hide out in the corners of space, review the reviews, and possibly learn to love each other along the way. Written and Created by Jeremy Ellett Starring Emma Elizabeth, Blythe Renay and Garan Fitzgerald. Featuring performances from Caroline Mincks, Bruce Hennigar, Kid Kerrigan, Tal Minear, Anjali Kunapane ...
 
Sketch comedy, personal stories, original music, insightful essays, and short fiction. Life Lab Notes creates and curates episodes that look at life and how it works, and sometimes doesn't work. Each episode is about 15 minutes of entertaining, funny, uplifting, thought-provoking treats.
 
A weekly podcast with creators Curt Mega, Kim Whalen and Mike Tobias, exploring the art of storytelling with retrospectives on films and stories new and old, examining their impact, their legacy and their lessons and applying them to the world today. Each episode we will take a deep dive into stories across a wide variety of genres and mediums to gain better insight and understanding into how the stories we tell shape our lives, impact our culture and transform our world. Special guests and ...
 
Covering the fake news… For Real. Anchors Paul DaFoe and LeAnn Snyder are as devoted to making stuff up as other journalists are to actual journalism. A "sketch dramedy" that blends topical fake news stories with the ongoing saga of the best fake news team in the business. If the news is #BREAKING, it's probably The Fakist who's breaking it.
 
If Portlandia and Welcome To Night Vale had a baby it would be Welcome Thru Effingham. It's the city everyone has passed through and no one stops to explore. Until now, of course. Enjoy the characters and stories (that we made up) from the Crossroads of America; Effingham, IL. All characters and events in this show - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional. All celebrity voices are impersonated - poorly. The following program contains clean comedy and due to its content shou ...
 
The Dumb Show is a stupid sketch comedy podcast from the minds of Jay Brody and Roddy Colmer. (Sirius XM's The Todd Shapiro Show & Laugh League) Neil deGrasse Tyson's brother Tyson called this show "not as smart as my brother, but way funnier" he also added "Hey, I'm smart too." If this podcast were an Olympian, it would win gold, then fail a urine test, then drink the test. Welcome to The Dumb Show! Let the Dumb begin!
 
The Podcast of No Return features sketch comedy and personal observations from Steve and a cast of maybe not thousands but enough to provide thirty minutes of hilarious comedy entertainment. Fans of Monty Python, Whose Line Is It Anyway, SNL, snarky digital sidekicks, and of sometimes laughing inappropriately will want to listen to the podcast again and again, and further delay sending out resumés like you promised yourself you'd do when you went to bed last night. So, join Steve, Brennan, C ...
 
Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones is a sketch comedy podcast hosted by two longtime friends: Ted O’Gorman and Michael Paul Smith. It’s produced by Michael’s wife; podcaster Gillian Pensavalle (The Hamilcast, True Crime Obsessed), and features the three of them, as well as Ted’s brother Mike O’Gorman (Vice Principals, A.P Bio) in every episode. The sketches are short and often bizarre, and the genuine affection that all the people involved have for each other permeates the materi ...
 
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Billy Hardison has spent a fair chunk of his life on earth booking shows in Louisville KY and nurturing that town's influential music scene and bands like My Morning Jacket, Slint and Young Widows among many before becoming an owner in Headliners, the premier mid-size venue in the region, and now in the CV era Billy has a title-fight on his hands a…
 
Musician / Production Manager Pete Falcor has spent the last decade working with club owner Bruce Finkelman at his legendary venue The Empty Bottle before moving to the much larger Thalia Hall and that experience has created an unquenchable thirst for all things music, one that can only be satiated by baptism in the holy fire of rock'n'roll and his…
 
Every few months I host an interactive art collaboration called Project Create where Patrons from my Patreon create artwork based on a prompt that I share. This most recent prompt was Back on Track. As we attempt to figure out a new normal in the uncertain world of 2020, I felt compelled and inspired by the idea of getting my life back on track des…
 
Larry Crane is the founder and creative force behind Tape Op Magazine and is a legendary producer/engineer at Jackpot! Studios in Portland that he started with Elliott Smith in 1997. We explore his journey from Chico CA and his early band Vomit Launch, their successes and ultimate demise, his initial hatred of Portland to the full embrace it is tod…
 
Rocker/frontman/wunderkind Gregg Todt has been an on-air producer in KC at 98.9 The Rock for over 25 years with his partner Johnny Dare and has deftly navigated the choppy waters of being the libtard at a classic rock station, all the while making some of the meanest rocknroll ever with his band Federation of Horsepower, playing huge gigs with band…
 
Although Guitarist/Songwriter Grant Fitch is slow to take credit for the schools of A&R sharks circling Lawrence KS and KCMO after his band Paw was scooped in a feeding frenzy in '92, he parlayed the experience into his next project Palomar, a more country-tinged outfit before pivoting completely into his first love of photography and ultimately in…
 
Pop open a White Claw for our SPOOKTACULAR SPECIAL! The Fakist will not be seen tonight due to Paul DaFoe's unscheduled sick day. Actually, we're just assuming he's sick. Instead, from TheNetwork, a spooktacular Halloween special. Sit back, eat some candy, and listen as we present... The Case of White Claw. All that, plus Paul DaFoe goes where no F…
 
Amy Dietz is the GM and EVP at InGrooves Music Group and got her start at Red Decibal Records in Minneapolis in the early 90's when they signed KC's Season To Risk, before moving to ADA for the next 15 years and learning on-the-job to navigate the choppy waters of the transition years from hard-copy CD/LP/Cassette world to the file sharing of today…
 
This week on the podcast we’re bringing you another special compilation episode with clips from episodes that have featured the amazing writers and writing teams that have been formed at the Groundlings. From having their scripts picked up to winning prestigious awards for their work, you’ll find the stories and advice from these writing teams illu…
 
Bandleader/Songwriter/Singer Ryan Heise walks us patiently through his days crafting songs with his musical offspring, Portlands own System and Station and now Last Giant on the eve of their new release Let The End Begin produced by Paul Malinowski, with a lifetime schedule that balances work and rock effortlessly, all while living on the edge of u…
 
Writer/Director/Actor Chris Papierniak visits the TGS studios to set the record straight about how exactly he ended up as the director for the NBA 2k franchise creating the "My Career" narrative and working with the biggest names in the NBA and Hollywood, not to mention his feature length film Izzy Gets The %$#@ Across Town featuring McKenzie Davis…
 
This week on the podcast we’re bringing you another special compilation episode with clips from the 45th anniversary panels that were featured last year as part of the Groundlings anniversary celebrations. The panelists discuss a huge range of topics, from embracing the Groundlings as a place to discover your comedic voice, to creating solo shows, …
 
Kevin Kirkpatrick, a Groundlings alumni, and Allison Dunbar from the current main company, have the kind of collaborative partnership that the Groundlings is all about. They are both huge admirers of each other's work, and when they come to write, their similar sensibilities mean that the writing process is a total joy for them. In this episode, Ke…
 
Producer/Engineer/Shredder Mike Lust is a Chicago institution and his bands Luster King and Tight Phantomz have given this true rock and roll showman the perfect forum to shine. Mike opens up as we open cans of truth serum to hear him reflect on his prolific career as owner of Phantom Manor Studio and the many artists he's produced, Van Halen's imp…
 
The Season One Finale! Written by Jeremy Ellett & Shamus Burns Sound Design by Jeremy Ellett Starring | Emma Elizabeth, Blythe Renay, Garan Fitzgerald, Kid Kerrigan, Brandon P. Jenkins, Becca Marcus, Tal Minear, Dallis MacKenzie, Paul Hikari, Trace Callahan, PJ Kanis, Peter Nishimura, Bruce Hennigar, David Woo, Roger J. Thacher, Roger Hanna, Ariel …
 
Before guitarist Zach Blair joined Rise Against in 2007, he and his brother Doni started the melodic punk rock giants Hagfish, and later went on to write songs for and tour with GWAR, among others. Zach talks about growing up in Texas, his dads influence on his career path, his brothers protectiveness, how his life changed by joining one of the big…
 
This week on Breaking Ground we’re bringing you a special compilation episode with past guests as they reveal how they discovered the Groundlings and what their first steps were like in the Groundlings training program. From enormous excitement to intense fear, everyone’s beginning to the journey is unique, but there are as any many similarities as…
 
Frontman/singer Joe Carsello of Lazers and Fast And Shit is also the Sr Talent Buyer at the Metro in Chicago and is uniquely qualified to understand the dire situation that all live music venues are facing in the CV era, in addition to how to deal with depression--talk therapy and noise-making and label-starting. We talk about the last night Metro …
 
Chicago singer / songwriter Angie Mead gently walks us down her path as we discuss depression therapy through noise-making and micro-dosing, how she effortlessly toggles her voice between the dulcet tones of Dolly to the siren wail of Ozzy, her time on the Netflix show Easy opposite Marc Maron, how she taught herself to play her guitar upside down …
 
Something about Cats or something about Magic, but definitely not both. Writing and Sound Design by Jeremy Ellett. The Iron, Cat Bed and Beach Reviews were written by Tal Minear. Starring | Emma Elizabeth, Blythe Renay, Garan Fitzgerald, Ariel Hack, Tal Minear, Anjali Kunapaneni, PJ Kanis, Dallis MacKenzie, Paul Hikari, Eleanor Grey. Music | Prod. …
 
In episode two of a special two episode series, Groundlings co-founder Tom Maxwell talks about the development of the Groundlings style of sketch and improv, the creation of classic exercises and drills that are still performed in student shows to this day, and how the company transformed from a roving band of improvisational actors to find its per…
 
Drummer Kliph Scurlock empties his guts about his time with The Flaming Lips, making music in his early days in Lawrence KS in bands like Cocknoose and Contortion Horse, learning and understanding music from his mother who died in the Hyatt Regency collapse in KC in 1981 in an all-female Mariachi band, how his time in Wales has been the perfect lan…
 
In episode one of a special two episode series, Tom Maxwell and Don Woodard talk about the creation of the Groundlings theater dating all the way back to the first workshops run by Gary Austin. Tom discusses the growth of the theater, what it was like for Don to have Tom as his teacher, and how they later came to form their extremely successful wri…
 
Chicago BlueManGroup GM Jeremy Smith spills the wine on how he ended up on the production side of the biz after starting as an actor in college, how his time at The Second City comedy improv company sharpened his skills and claws, and what's next for theater communities across the globe who continue to deal with fallout and lack of work in the CV e…
 
Who runs the show when Nancy is stuck in space traffic? Writing & Sound Design by Jeremy Ellett Music Provided by Prod. Riddiman Additional SFX from freesound.org Starring Emma Elizabeth, Dallis MacKenzie, Garan Fitzgerald, Caroline Mincks, Paul Hikari, Ariel Hack, Bajio Alvarado, Megan Konrad, Ashe Thurman, Senna Fox, Tom Laflin, Roger Hanna, Jess…
 
Maryedith Burrell is one of the early members of the Groundlings troupe and went on to have an extraordinary career, starring in ABC’s Fridays and Ron Howard’s Parenthood, writing on the Peabody Award winning Faerie Tale Theatre, and recurring on Seinfeld and Home Improvement. In this episode, Maryedith talks about being part of the comedy renaissa…
 
Isaiah Radke started his punk rock band Radkey with his brothers as kids 10 years ago in St Joseph MO and he explains their evolution through their rocket ride through the biz and their success, his education by way of film growing up, his bass education via The Ox and Sir Paul, his dedication to his craft and how that happens with his brothers all…
 
Songwriter Billy Smith expands on his KC founding father band Dirtnap, why he loved playing bass in Season To Risk and why his band Roman Numerals was so freeing afterward, how he expresses his dissent against the current administration, and what he absolutely loves about his gig as a professional Liaison for Warner Brothers artists and WWE celebri…
 
Nancy vows to end a man’s career while Chatbot introduces the most bestest reviews in all the multiverse. | Transcripts @ goodpointepodcasts.com | | Writing & Sound Design by Jeremy Ellett | | Co-Written by Shamus Burns | | Music by Prod. Riddiman | | Negative Nancy - Emma Elizabeth | | Chatbot - Blythe Renay | | Announcer, “Mace” - Garan Fitzgeral…
 
From his time in the Groundlings main company to being an original cast member of one of Los Angeles' longest running improv shows to his dozens of film and television credits, Brian Palermo has been entertaining American audiences for decades. In this episode, Brain talks about being part of the iconic Groundlings Beverly Winwood show, his love fo…
 
Robert DeNiro doesn’t know who he is. We present a scene that only works in a visual medium. A new fraud kit is perfect for emotionally manipulative parents. Ted and Michael go to sleep in their new bunk beds. Cast: 'I’m Robert DeNiro' Robert DeNiro: Ted O’Gorman Joe Pesci: Michael Paul Smith Nurse: Gillian Pensavalle Doctor: Hallie O’Gorman Martin…
 
WBEZ Broadcaster/culture critic/activist/Club DJ/podcaster Jill Hopkins opines about current events and how to stay sane--THC, what matters to her most about journalism--honesty, why terrestrial radio is so important, why direct and open conversation in the broadcast medium is an art form she's honored and called to pursue, and why she's so proud t…
 
George McGrath is a national treasure. He was a member of the Groundlings main company in the 1980s and 90s and went on to an acting and writing career that has spanned over four decades. His first writing job earned him an Emmy nomination on Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and was nominated several more times, in particular for his work on HBO’s Tracey Takes…
 
Ted and Michael set up a “Fish Track.” Lieutenant Columbo takes an improv class. Three friends enter a jazz haunted house. A new product scares sexual harassers. Hogwarts Canada has a new commercial! Cast: "Fish Track" Ted O’Gorman, Michael Paul Smith, Gillian Pensavalle "Columbo Takes an Improv Class" Columbo: Ted O’Gorman V.O: Michael Paul Smith …
 
Toadies bassist Donivan Blair waxes about growing up with his guitarist brother Zach Blair of Rise Against and their time as founding members of Hagfish, about taking up Taekwondo as a middle aged man, about writing a debut memoir about such endeavors, and the mystical divide between the fans who see rockers on a pedestal and the rockers who work r…
 
Phyllis Katz is a pioneer member of the Groundlings. From her first performance in a Groundlings sketch as a terrified pageant contestant to running workshops that helped create some of the world’s most famous characters, Phyllis’ talent and comedic direction is felt through generations of Groundlings performers and writers. In this episode, Phylli…
 
Elle Woods takes a dark turn in life in a new “Legally Blonde” movie. Sean Connery reads a Wikipedia summary of a Tyler Perry movie. Ted and Michael unlock more celebrity characters in Smash Brothers. Cast: "Legally Blonde 3" [Parts 1 and 2] V.O: Ted O’Gorman Elle: Hallie O’Gorman Judge: Michael Paul Smith Lawyer: Gillian Pensavalle "Connery Reads …
 
Murder By Death drummer Dagan Thogerson throws down the hot facts about his time with the legendary Dionysian road warriors and how it changed his life, he spills the booze on his time as a bartender in Portland and how he has passed the quaran-times by making a solo record about his dog Franky called Small Songs For Our Small Dog.…
 
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