John RatliffWe’re blowing the doors off of this show, and starting 2015 with a bang by interviewing one of Austin’s great improvisers, teachers, & directors, Mr.John Ratliff.

One of the things I most admire about Ratliff is how deeply thoughtful and passionate he is about improv. I think more than anyone else he has changed how I think about performing.

Full disclosure, I will often have moments of uncertainty in which I will do a test where I imagine what Ratliff’s reaction to my choice might be because I so highly regard his opinion of improv to be “pure” in a way that it gives me reassurance to think he might agree with me.
So, that is all to say when we started this show we couldn’t wait to conduct this interview with Ratliff.

In the initial portion of the show we spoke at length about the project he is currently directing, The Church of Indeterminate Divinity, that is an incredible and loving mash-up of religious services with the (often alluded to) religion of improv. We also discuss his reputation as a teacher who doesn’t bullshit his students, along with a discussion on some of the challenges, perceived challenges, and benefits of starting improv at an older age.

After the break we have a deep dive conversation into process vs. product in improv. We’ll dig further into this topic throughout January, but Ratliff had some very thought provoking points on the balance between the process of improvising vs the end product of the show.

In our final segment we hear and deconstruct a story from John about an ill-fated series of dates.

Ratliff teaches and performs regularly at ColdTowne Theater in Austin, TX.

Featured song at the end of this episode: Ever Since the Turn by The Paper Chase.

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January 8, 2015 Podcast Episodes

AIC Potluck 3In this episode, we brought the GYB studio to the AIC (Austin Improv Community) annual potluck. We sat down with various groups of talented improvisers throughout the day and we picked their brains about some of their favorite moments of last year.Plus, we got to play games and give some shout outs and love notes!

Throughout the three episodes we speak with performers, teachers, tudents, and more from: ColdTowne Theater, The Hideout Theatre , The Institution Theater, Merlin Works Improv at the Zach Theatre, and The New Movement.

In this Episode we spoke with:

Jericho Thorp
Lance Gilstrap
Addison J. Billingsley

Camille Euritt
Mark Major
Kathleen McFerren
Sarah Hutchins
Jillian Besemer
Chris R McKeever
Drew Wesely
Seth Johnson
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Douglas Alan Eaton-Landis

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January 2, 2015 Podcast Episodes

AIC Potluck 2In this episode, we brought the GYB studio to the AIC (Austin Improv Community) annual potluck. We sat down with various groups of talented improvisers throughout the day and we picked their brains about some of their favorite moments of last year. Plus, we got to play games and give some shout outs and love notes!

Throughout the three episodes we speak with performers, teachers, students, and more from: ColdTowne Theater, The Hideout Theatre , The Institution TheaterMerlin Works Improv at the Zach Theatre, and The New Movement.

In this Episode we spoke with:

Joseph Dailey
Will Cleveland
Brandon Martin
Ted Meredith
Alejandro Garcia
Clifton Highfield
Nathan Sowell
Kevin Miller
Frank Netscher
Chelsea Bunn
Kim Lowery
Justin Soileau
Kareem Badr

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December 19, 2014 Podcast Episodes

AIC Potluck 1

“The AIC Potluck Sessions” Part 1 of 3-

In this episode, we brought the GYB studio to the AIC (Austin Improv Community) annual potluck. We sat down with various groups of talented improvisers throughout the day and we picked their brains about some of their favorite moments of last year.Plus, we got to play games and give some shout outs and love notes! Throughout the three episodes we speak with performers, teachers, students, and more from: ColdTowne Theater, The Hideout Theatre , The The Institution Theater, Merlin Works Improv at the Zach Theatre, and The New Movement.

In this Episode we spoke with:

Scott Hearne
Matt Needles
Chaz Formichella
Kenny Madison
Alex Baia
Ella Gale
Nicole Beckley
Bryan ‘Lubu’ Roberts
Quinn Buckner
Victoria Vlach
Arthur Simone
Brian Boyko

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December 3, 2014 Podcast Episodes

Roy 2Roy Janik wears oh so many hats at the Hideout Theatre in Austin, TX. He is simultaneously co-owner, operator, artistic director, teacher, show director, performer, and more.

Which is why we were so pleased that Roy was kind enough to find time to stop by GYB studios to answer some in depth questions about his approach to improv, acting, and much much more.

We talked about Keith Johnstone, narrative improv, labels, fear…too much to name here, and even more was left on the table that we weren’t able to get to (for now?).

Also in this episode, we played a round of Name That Novelty Tune to draw on Roy’s early days running a novelty music college radio show.

For more info about shows, classes, or to see Roy performing in groups like the long running and international touring Parallelogramophonograph visit the Hideout Theatre’s Website.

This episode’s featured song is “Half Time At The Proper Name Spelling Bee” by Fish Boy.

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November 11, 2014 Podcast Episodes

Patio Talk

Patio Talk is an improv trio comprised of the extremely talented and funny Kasey Borger, Juliet Prather, and Amy Wright, who  stopped by the podcast studio to talk about attending the IO Summer Intensive at the IO Theater in Chicago, IL this past summer.

Patio Talk (Winner of Coldtowne’s Best New Troupe) is an improv troupe based in Austin, Texas. Each show begins with a source scene featuring a tipsy conversation between long time friends which then inspires a high energy run of scenes.

In talking about some of the high points of their time in Chicago, we hear about memorable onstage moments, thoughts and ideas from their training, and what they gained from the experience.

We discuss the performance styles of each of the players in Patio talk and we learn about their approach to their dynamic form.

Also, back by popular demand we play a round of “Keep it Togeather”.

Follow Patio Talk (in a non-creep way, weirdo) on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/patiotalk

This week’s featured song is White Trash Fast Food by local Austin band White Ghost Shivers.

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October 28, 2014 Podcast Episodes

Carlos web

Carlos LaRotta is an Austin improviser who brings a certain magic to everything he touches. He exudes a genuine love of comedy, and is a joy to watch on stage. He performs regularly with Movie Riot every Friday at 7pm at ColdTowne Theater.

In this episode we talk with Carlos about a host of issue from how improv helped unlock his natural comedic ability, the importance of confidence and trust in improv, and the balance of one’s pursuit of comedy with personal relationships and family.

We also took a chance to make some predictions about shows we might see in 2015 in the AIC…and beyond…

Carlos indulged us in utilizing his movie skills to help pitch the ultimate film in a much loved genre, and he ends the show by sharing a shocking story about a tragic accident during his childhood.

The featured song at the end of this episode is Interstellar Hardrive by Earth’s greatest surf rock band Man or Astro-Man?
Check their website for more music and tour dates: http://astroman.com/

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October 14, 2014 Podcast Episodes

Lane Ingram

Lane Ingram is an improviser and licensed professional counselor who recently moved back to Austin after graduating from the IO and Second City training centers in Chicago.  He also holds a masters in counseling from the University of North Texas.

Since returning to Austin Lane has opened a new business called Upside Wellness where he is doing exciting work combining the tenants and tools of improv with therapy services for adults, adolescents, couples, and families struggling with a wide variety of mental health issues.

We spoke at length with Lane about the ways in which his improv training informed his work as a mental health professional, and vice versa.

Also, we gave Lane a chance to tease a possible future podcast where he offers his diagnosis of a character from a popular TV show.

Things wrap up with a personal story from Lane’s life about an embarrassing mistake he made while working in the 5th largest radio market in the country (Dallas).

Find out more about Upside Wellness at their website: upsidewellness.com

This episode’s featured song is by an immensely talented musician and comic artist, Jeffrey Lewis. The song is called “Anxiety Attack” from the album City & Eastern Songs.

Find more music and comics by Jeffrey Lewis at his official website: www.thejeffreylewissite.com

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September 30, 2014 Podcast Episodes

 

Jimmy Carrane fix

The one and only Jimmy Carrane, host of the wonderfully helpful Improv Nerd podcast, was kind enough to stop by GYB for a chat during the recent 2014 Out of Bounds comedy festival.

In addition to teaching highly sought after workshops, Jimmy regularly posts great advice for improvisers on his Improv Nerd Blog, and is also the author of the book Improv Therapy, and co-author of the book Improvising Better.

We had the chance to speak with Jimmy about what he means when he talks about “slow comedy”.

Throughout the conversation Jimmy’s honesty, and vulnerability are so disarming and inspiring that we decided to leave this episode mostly unedited…it culminates in a reveal that someone had been dishonest earlier in the show…

We can’t thank Jimmy enough for stopping by to share his thoughts with us, and for all the wonderful work he does teaching and spreading the word of improv through his books, classes, and shows.

This episode’s featured song is by a band that puts on an amazing live show with boundless energy, Man Man. The song is called “Head On (Hold On to Your Heart)” from their recent album On Oni Pond.

Find more music & tour dates from Man Man at their official website: http://manmanbandband.com/

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September 16, 2014 Podcast Episodes

Chrissy Blog Inspiring improviser &  insightful instructor Chrissy Shackelford stopped by Got Your Back to talk about her comedic process before she moves to New York City.

You may know Chrissy as one third of the 2014 tri-state cagematch champions, Ctrl-Alt-Delete, or perhaps you saw her in one of several ColdTowne mainstage shows including Beware of Female spies and the Bridgeport Correctional Facility Shortform impromptu skit-players.

In this episode we spoke with Chrissy about the ways in which her acting background informs her approach to improv, and also found out more about how she so quickly creates such rich and committed characters.

We got to hear about what else outside of improv Chrissy is a nerd about in our new section, “Nerd About”…and she also shares a personal story about a terrible sequence of coincidental events.

This episode also includes a commercial by Wink Planet.

And featured song by one of Cody’s all time favorite bands. A band that he has seen live more times than any other band. Please enjoy “You Are Invited” by the dismemberment plan, and visit their website to find out about show dates, and please check out their music.

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August 31, 2014 Podcast Episodes

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