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Kareem is a co-owner of the Hideout Theater in Austin, TX where he also teaches and performs regularly in a number of shows including the Big Bash on Friday evenings as well as with his long running and world touring group of 9 years, Parallelogramophonograph.
Kareem was kind enough to stop by the studio and spend some time talking with KC and myself about a number of topics ranging from the nitty gritty of his approach to narrative improv to the parallels between improv and the way of the samurai.
Also in this episode we continue our conversation from the previous episode regarding process vs. product in improv. Again, Kareem had a tremendous amount of thoughtful insight to offer on the subject, and ultimately left me questioning where the boundaries of each are.
In the final part of this episode we do our best to help out the community at large and “let go” of some characters we feel may be showing up too frequently in recent improv scenes.
Kareem can be seem performing weekly with his group P-graph on Fridays at 10pm at The Hideout Theatre.
January 15, 2015 Podcast Episodes
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.
January 8, 2015 Podcast Episodes
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 Institution Theater, Merlin Works Improv at the Zach Theatre, and The New Movement.
In this Episode we spoke with:
December 19, 2014 Podcast Episodes
“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:
Bryan ‘Lubu’ Roberts
December 3, 2014 Podcast Episodes
Roy 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.
Photo Credit to Steve Rogers
November 11, 2014 Podcast Episodes
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