chris blog

This week Cody and KC sat down with Chris Mckeever.

Chris Mckeever is currently directing the sketch show “Back In Townsville“, Nice Astronaut’s comedic play and sketch comedy show (This April/May at ColdTowne).

Chris discusses working with Nice Astronaut, studing improv at UCB NY, playing with Kingston, coaching, performing with Double Tap, his approch to game, and moving to Austin.

We really loved this conversation, and we hope you will as well.

This week’s featured song is “Bodega Run” by the band Crying

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I grew up in Grapevine, TX where this song became an anthem among my group of friends.

I’ve sung along to so many times at shows, campfire jams, or in my case when I was alone in my car or shower…or if I couldn’t listen to the song I might play it myself on guitar because its basically two chords (G and C) the whole way through until it goes crazy and tosses in a D at the end.

I love how simple it is.

This song is three chords that you can learn to play within minutes of holding a guitar for the first time…and yet, it has become this timeless piece for me. A reminder that complex isn’t always best or necessary.

This song used to make me pretty happy. Again, it was an anthem for the kids who grew up in my area of the suburbs between Dallas and Ft.Worth. It is full of small references to things that happened to us growing up…the time the drummer for our band couldn’t play for several weeks because he got severe chemical burn on his hands in an attempt to get freon out of an air conditioner so he could huff it…mentioning “fucking shit up at the club house” in reference to the time Paul used lipstick to draw a pentagram on his chest at the Elvis Nixon reunion show that was held in the neighborhoods shared “club house”, and then he threw the lipstick on the floor and danced all over it, smashing it into the carpet, and ending our chances to do any further “club house” shows.

It resonated with me in the same way that I was fired up by hearing Fugazi talking about “no longer waiting for the moments to come to them. [They] were out there going to the moments”…even though we were living in a city that was in a lot of ways like a lot of other places, we had these special specific memories that were all our own…and experiences that we would carry with us, whether we wanted or not, regardless of where we went…

It brought us together then, and we would put our arms around each other and sing-a-long.

While looking for a video of this song to post I stumbled across another recording of it. This time, the video isn’t at a club, its just a bunch of my friends sitting around a campfire. They start singing the song again, and people are singing along, but this is probably 6 or 7 years after the song was first written…and though people are joining in, most of them lack enthusiasm. The people who are singing like they mean it are actually sort of overselling it, and the whole scene becomes cartoonish. The guitar is out of tune, they sing some of the words out of order, and eventually the song crumbles to a stop…

This song used to make me happy…for different reasons. I suppose it still does. But it also makes me a lot more sad now than it used to. At the moment though, watching this campfire video, I’m reminded that I should keep pushing myself to take risks so that I don’t get too complacent.

 

August 16, 2014 Music

arthur blog

We had a conversation with ColdTowne Theater’s owner and founding member Arthur Simone.

Your Hosts (Cody and KC) interview Aurthur to find out how he approaches character creation and the interesting things he finds funny (among many other things). Arthur is a very talented & funny improviser, actor and comedian and we are very happy to share this “behind the scenes” look into his process, history, and philosophy.

Featured song “Dead Battery Box Wine” by the County Lines.

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In the 4th episode of Got Your Back, Cody & KC sit down for a conversation with Kristin Henn (Move Your Tale, What’s the Story Steve, Oh, Science!, & Big Beautiful Warlock).

Kristin gives us her insight on teaching improv to kids and the inner workings of Oh! Science. Plus her thoughts on improv, theater, storytelling, and performance.

It was a great conversation and we are very happy to share it with you!

Please NOTE: This episode is “clean” and is appropriate for the listening of all ages.

MORE ON: Move Your Tale
Move Your Tale was founded by Kristin Henn in September of 2007 as a resource for families and youth with an interest in storytelling, improvisation and performance. Since that time, Move Your Tale has offered ever increasing opportunities to explore these things through classes, camps and shows.

In the Fall of 2011, Move Your Tale launched a collaboration with ColdTowne Theater, home of an outstanding comedy conservatory. In addition to serving as a home base for MYT and providing us with a venue to host classes, camps and shows, partnering with ColdTowne provides us with access to really incredible faculty and performers.

This episode’s featured song by BoomBaptist

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In this, the third episode of Got Your Back Cody and KC sit down for a conversation with Lance Gilstrap.

Lance is an amazing improviser (Midnight Society, Movie Riot) & an extremely funny and talented sketch writer/performer (Stag, Master Pancake). He also teaches at ColdTowne Theater. He is also a producer of Austin’s Sketchfest.

We find out about his process on stage improvising, as well as the way he approaches writing sketch.

Featured song “Perfect Animals” by Justin Spike (now a part of Morza Records).

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In this, the second episode of Got Your Back we sit down for a conversation with Courtney Sevener.

Courtney is an extremely talented and creative comedian. She is an improviser, sketch writer/performer, and director at Coldtowne Theater.

We talk with her about directing the new ColdTowne mainstage show “Boy Band” (Saturdays in February at 8:30 pm at ColdTowne Theater). Boy Band is done in the “Behind the Music” documentary style, a completely improvised show chronicling the rise to fame and tribulations of M*Pulse, a fictionalized boy band from the early 2000’s.

Your Hosts (Cody and KC) interview Courtney to find out about her process, history, and philosophy in all things comedy.

Featured song “Feel Good Music” by the band DrrtyWulvz.

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August 15, 2014 Podcast Episodes

Here is another song from last week’s featured musical guest, Mount Righteous.

Written by Justin Spike, this is one of their best songs (in my humble opinion).

Find more music by Mount Righteous for cheap/free on their bandcamp site .

August 15, 2014 Music

jastroch blog

This, the inaugural episode of Got Your Back features a conversation with Michael Jastroch.

Michael is one of the owners and foundng members of Coldtowne Theater (located in Austin. TX).

Your Hosts (Cody and KC) interview this hilarious and thoughtful improviser, actor and comedian to get a “behind the scenes” look into his process, history, and philosophy.

Featured song “Shake the rafters loose” by Mount Righteous.

Theme song “it’s cool” by Joey Kendall & the freeloaders.

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