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In which we hear the rest of our conversation with Brad, talking about Knights of the Arcade, the improvised D&D show at Arcade Comedy Theater that is taking the world by storm! The show is monthly, and happens to be on the schedule for THIS WEEKEND! Get tickets to see Brad in one of the best shows ever, at ArcadeComedyTheater.com

 

Direct download: Brad_Stephenson_Returns_Part_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

In which Brad updates on his life, and his relatively new gig as Marketing Director for The Carnegie Museum of Art! We talk art, cats, fossils, and a whole lot more in this first part. Part 2 is coming out shortly with the rest of our conversation in which we discuss the continued success of Knight of the Arcade!

Direct download: Episode_70_-_Brad_Stephenson_Returns_Part_1_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

This week, Chris Daley of TEDxPittsburgh talks about the TEDxPittsburgh conference happening this saturday. The theme this year is "Bridges". He also mentions a special way to get a nice discount on tickets to the festivities!

Direct download: Episode_69_-_TEDxPGH_-_Chris_Daley_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm EST

On the program this week it's Scott Bricker, Executive Director of BikePGH! Scott leads this incredibly ambitious and progressive organization that seeks to make the streets of Pittsburgh safer for everyone, regardless of their mode of transportation. With the primary focus on cycling advocacy, they offer memberships, classes, training, events, maps, and other resources to keep us safe and help us all get where we are going easier. 

Direct download: Episode_68_-_Scott_Bricker_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

On the program this week it's Balloon Ride Fantasy. The incredibly intricate, fun, poppy, progressive, rocking group stops by to talk about creating music that is both precise and entertaining, full of life while simultaneously technically detailed. They have just released their first full-length album of their 80s-esc music and they stop by to talk about how they write, what it's like to work collaboratively and a whole lot more!

 

WARNING: NSFW language in this one! Use headphones. You've been warned. 

 

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Balloon_Ride_Fantassy__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EST

This week on the program it's Joe Wichryk. Joe is an alum of The Cellar Dwellers, a member of the sketch comedy group Hustlebot, and the manager of The Oaks Theater in Oakmont which has just been renovated and restored to it's it original Art Deco glory. The theater is putting on all kids of amazing film programming, pub trivia nights, live comedy and bands... it's an amazing place being run by a really cool guy. Joe talks about all that, and a whole lot more!

Direct download: Episode_66_-_Joe_Wichryk_-_Fixed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55am EST

This week, movie critic and writer Sean Collier of the WDVE Morning Show, Pittsburgh Magazine, and his own awesome show "You Can't Handle The Truth" returns to talk about everything that has happened in his life and various projects since he was last on the show!

Direct download: Episode_65_-_Sean_Collier_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

On the program today it's Ayne Terceira and Abby Lis-Perlis, the driving force behind Devious Maid's new immersive theater experience, "Professor Eldritch's Asylum for Uncanny and Extraordinary Women". They sit down to talk about this new production, immersive theater, representations of women (good and bad) in media and whole lot more. 

Direct download: Episode_64_-_Ayne_Treceira_and_Abby_Lis-Perlis_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On the program today it's Casey Hanner! Casey is the leadsinger and front-person of the Pittsburgh-based band Donora. If you don't know Donora, you are missing out! They are one of the most fun bands I've ever seen play live, and they've been touring and making music for years now. They are playing their first show in town in a while, this Friday - January 30th, 2015 - at Brillobox in Garfield. 

Casey sits down to talk about music, being a professional musician, working with her brother, growing up in a musical household, and a whole lot more! 

Direct download: Episode_63_-_Casey_Hanner_of_Donora.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Jamie and TJ Wooldridge of the wildly popular Does This Hold Up? podcast sit down to talk podcasting, hanigng out with famous comedians and their show wherein they riff and analyze a movie (at least 10 years old) and ask the question "Does This Hold Up?".

NSFW WARNING! Too much language to bleep, so use headphones and don't listen in the car with Grandma or Kids! That said, these guys are very funny, and it is a very fun episode. 

Direct download: Episode_62_-_Jamie_and_TJ_Wooldridge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On the program this week it's Brian Gray. Brian is an improviser, comedian, coach, teacher, and one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. Brian has been invovled in comedy for years, and even hosts his own podcast, exploring the hows and whys of improv with some of the best improvisers in the country. We sit down to talk comedy, theater, english, improv, the comedy festival, and whole lot more. 

Direct download: Episode_61_-_Brian_Gray_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on WOTF, it's Nina Barbuto, founder of Assemble (www.assemblepgh.org) the non-profit that is making waves as it brings the people of Garfield hands-on experiences in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. You may have heard a lot about STEM programming, but Nina has taking things a step further by adding "Art" to the mix. 

Nina is a life-long creator, and has become a real forward thinking educator and difference maker. She sees assemble as an on-ramp to the world of STEAM opportunities for kids and adults, and a way for people to get an introduction to programs in the city that can have a real impact not just on their neighborhood and lives, but on the city and the community as a whole. Also, it sounds like a ton of fun. 

Direct download: Episode_60_-_Nina_Barbuto_Episode_File.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Last night, CBS's Undercover Boss featured Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and we have to say... he looked pretty good. It was great to see Bill, now ten months into his administration, working to acheive the vision he talked about as a candidate. 

We are re-broadcasting our 2013 converstaion with then-councilman and candidate Peduto (though he was the presumed next mayor) about his dreams for Pittsburgh, and what it would take to get there. Regardless of your political affiliation, it is clear that there is a common goal here harkening back to the era of David L. Lawrence and R. K. Mellon. It's a promising time in this city. 

Enjoy. 

Direct download: Episode_33_R_-_Pittsburghs_Undercover_Boss_-_Mayor_Bill_Peduto.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am EST

This week our guest is Missy Moreno! Missy is an improviser, actress, comedian, writer and producer, putting on some of the funniest cabaret style shows at Arcade Comedy Theater. She spent years at Second City, went through their musical improv conservatory and came back home to Pittsburgh... almost unintentionally... and has now began to make her mark here once again. 

Direct download: Episode_59_-_Missy_Moreno_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

On your program today it's Fred Betzner. Fred is a comedy writer and actor who has done many many things here in town, most recently creating the wildly popular "Knights of the Arcade" series. This is the show that features hilarious, improvised Dungeons and Dragons quests, all performed in front a live audience at Arcade Comedy Theater. It's been going on for over a year, started to get some national attention is now available in podcast form. Fred sits down to talk about that, and a whole lot more

Direct download: Episode_58_-_Fred_Betzner_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

This week our guest is Kevin McMahon, President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. If you are unfamiliar, that is the organization that started 30 years ago, with the mission of transforming the seedy Penn and Liberty corridor of Downtown Pittsburgh into a thriving cultural center. Today the Culture District is home to theaters, art galleries, jazz clubs, a museum or two, performance spaces, restaurants, and tons of great cultural amenities. 

Direct download: Episode_57_-_Kevin_McMahon_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

This week's guests are Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents, etc) the quick witted, word-playing standup comedian along with actor/comedian Micah Sherman who has been a million things, and Zach Sherwin who you may know from Epic Rap Battles of History or appearing on late night TV or his own youtube channel with his extremely funny and smart rapping. 

Myq, Zach and Micah are on tour this month, and stopped by the Arcade Comedy Theater for a show on Wednesday August 6th. 

 

Heads Up: Some NSFW language in this one!

Direct download: My_Kaplan_Zach_Sherwin_Micah_Sherman_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

This week we are rebroadcasting our conversation from January with Josh Raulerson, local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s FM News Station.

Many people know Josh (or his voice, at least) from their morning commute, and while most probably realize he is intellectual and witty, it’s likely that few realize how highly educated Josh is, or how long he has been working radio. Josh has his Phd. in English and started broadcasting all the way back in his high school days in Iowa.

Josh sits down to talk education, media, Pittsburgh, and the future of public broadcasting.

Direct download: Episode_40_R_-_Josh_Raulerson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

This week we are rebroadcasting our conversation with Sean Collier from December of 2013.

Sean Associate Editor of Pittsburgh Magazine, a correspondent for WDVE's morning show and the host of the podcast "You Can't Handle The Truth: Honest Reviews of New Movies" in which he and a guest record their immediate reactions to brand new movies after seeing a screener. It's also a show we just happen to produce from the Writing on the Floor studios (and Zach is an occasional guest - most recently in July of 2014, reviewing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).  Sean is also a stand-up comic, and we talk about writing, Pittsburgh, comedy and a whole lot more.

Direct download: Sean_Collier_Episode_File_2_R_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

This week are re-posting our episode from December of 2012 with Mandy McFadden and Laura Zorch, two of the four authors of EatPGH. A lot of great stuff has happened with thier work since, but this was a fun conversation. 

They sat down in the studio to talk about their continued success with their book, their tour, the blog that started it all, and to talk about the upcoming presentation at South by Southwest. That’s right, the four brilliant young women from EatPGH are presenting at The SXSW digital conference. Amazing.

This is a fun episode with two really funny, awesome Pittsburghers who are following what they love and getting some much-deserved attention. They should serve as an example to anyone who has a passion for something to pursue it however possible. Check them out at EatPGH.com

 

Enjoy.

Direct download: EPISODE_20_R_-_EatPGH_Part_II.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we are "rebroadcasting" our 2013 interview with Kahmeela Adams and Nina Gibbs, the duo behind the Pittsburgh chapter of The 48 Hour Film Project. The project is coming up in just a few weeks, so we figured it would be a good time to revisit our converstaion about it! Kahmeela and Nina have been running it for the last 6 years, and they stop by to talk about that, their work with the storied Hollywood theater in Dormont, how they got inovlved in filmmaking, and how you can get involved yourselves!

 

48hourfilm.com

Direct download: 48_hour_film.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

Rick Sebak, the man about town, hero to many, inspiration to more is on our show IN THE STUDIO this week to talk about his Pittsburgh History Series, the new special "A History of Pittsburgh in 17 Objects", living in Pittsburgh, and so much more! 

Cards on the table, Rick is a hero of Zach's, always has been, and it was WAY cool to have him in our studio, to answer questions from Zach's own nerdy curiosity muscle (a term I uses for his brain now and then... )

Direct download: Rick_Sebak_2__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50am EST

Our guest today is Laura Mustio. Laura is an artist and author who quit her job, set up a kick-starter, and raised money so that she could spend a year traveling to four countries, making art inspired by those locations. She is out now with a new book about this experience in India, Italy, Ireland and Iceland, and the exhibit of this work open this weekend at The Union Hall above Bar Marco in the Strip District. Laura stopped by last week to talk about this project, and what it's like to spend all of her time making art again. 

Direct download: Episode_54_-_Laura_Mustio_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm EST

On your program today is Tracy Certo, the founder and editor of "Next Pittsburgh" the new online multimedia magazine that is "taking Pittsburgh to the next level" by covering the innovative people, ideas, projects and events making Pittsburgh a better place. 

Tracy became well-known in town for her work as editor of Pop City Pittsburgh starting when it was founded back in 2006. Her devotion to the city and love of urban environments (especially Pittsburgh) lead her to create a brand new media outlet called Next Pittsburgh. She sat down to talk with me in late May about that project and why she chooses to do what she does. 

Direct download: Episode_53_-_Tracy_Certo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EST

Our guest this week is Dr. Matt Lamanna, Paleontologist and Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Matt is a rock star in the world of paleontology, directs the third-largest collection of actual dinosaur fossils, and recently published a groundbreaking paper about a newly identified dinosaur called "Anzu". This creature he and his colleagues discovered has been called "The Chicken From Hell" and while it wasn't actually a chicken, it was very closely related to today's birds. 

Matt sat down to talk dinosaurs, digging, Michael Crichton, Anzu, and a whole lot more!

Direct download: Episode_52_-_Matt_Lamanna_-_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

In this first-ever bonus episode, Liz Labacz and Zach talk love and frustration... and more love of Aaron Sorkin and all his writing, and series, and movies. The West Wing was a big deal for these two. 

Direct download: Liz_Labacz_Aaron_Sorkin_Bonus_Episode_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

It's Liz Labacz! Liz is an actress, Improviser, writer and comedia, as well as one third of the hilarious female-driven sketch group "Frankly Scarlett". Liz is one of this class of funny and driven people in town who have been working diligently and patiently at the craft of comedy for several years now, and I feel like the culture in the city is finally catching to them. Liz has been involved in comedy since the early 2000s, and it feels like it's only been in the last few years that the we've seen an explosion in the scene that is starting to offer venues for people of her incredible level of talent. Liz stops by to talk comedy, writing, Aaron Sorkin, and SO much more. 

Direct download: Episode_50_-_Liz_Labacz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

This week our guest is Shannon Norman. Shannon is a a comedian and tv personality who is a member of the "race to the coffin" comedy tour. That tour was put together by him and a few other guys in town who all have edgier and less-than-healthy persona's on stage at least, if not also in real-life. Shannon has become one of the few tried and true comedians to come out of the Pittsburgh scene, and numbers among those who don't just call Pittsburgh home, but live here still. Shannon sits down to talk comedy, ventriloquists, bunking with furries on the road, and more

Direct download: Shannon_norman_mono_episode_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

Our guest this week is Brain Edward, drivin gforce behind Burgh Vivant, which describe as "an interview program with a mission to promote and encourage the unique culture of the city of Pittsburgh through candid interviews with Pittsburgh’s artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, and newsmakers."

Brian is a cultural administrator, arts educator, performing and literary artist, director and playwright, an avid scholar of art and film, and a proud Pittsburgh native.  He stops by to talk about Pittsburgh, 'Burgh Vivant, his play "Amish Burlesque", and to nerd out over old movies and Batmad the Animated Series. 

Direct download: Brian_Edward_Episode_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

Jesse Landis-Eigsti (of Jesse LE, as he is sometimes known) is a musician, composer, comedian and improviser based here in Pittsburgh. 

Jesse writes and performs amazingly funny and musically intruiging songs, that are simultaneously funny, witty, and catchy. He also is the acompanist for Arcade Comedy Theater's house musical improv team, and is a member of the questing party on Knights of the Arcade, where he plays the bard... bardly (with a magical floating keyboard that follows him everywhere). 

Jesse sits down to talk about that, writing a mini-opera about the Mario Brothers, and a whole lot more!

Direct download: Episode_47_-_Jesse_Landis-Eigsti.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

This week we are rebroadcasting our conversation from May 2013 with Greg Gillotti:

"Great is an experienced improvisor and comedian who is very deeply plugged into the scene in town. He is on several improv teams, produces and features in "The Death Show" (in which the players improvise a wake for a member of the audience), he teaches classes and has played at the Steel City Improv, The Cabaret at Theater Square, the brand new Arcade Comedy Theater downtown, jams, libraries, outside of diners... Kind of all over the place!

Greg is also a incredibly bright and insightful guy, who loves to analyze comedy. We have a great discussion about how he got started in all this, and then his thoughts on comedy. He is all about the more the merrier and fostering comedy and art. We also get into the nuances and differences in the stand up and improv worlds, as they continue to merge and cross-over.

It is an exciting time for comedy, and Greg talks shop like few others can!

**warning - NSFW langauge here and there!**"

Direct download: Greg_Gillotti_Recast_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

(R) This week we are rebroadcasting our discussion with Charlie Humphrey. In October of 2012, Charlie sat down at our old recording space downtown to talk about his work as Executive Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Three Rivers Film Festival, changes in media in Pittsburgh and Public Broadcasting.

Charlie is a good friend of the show, a true thought-leader, and this is among our favorite interviews in the history of this program. Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_18_-_Charlie_Humphrey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am EST

This week our guest is Kacey Wherley, founder and director of TEDxGrandviewAve. TEDx is a locally organized TED event, and Kacey decided that Pittsburgh should have an official branch... thus was born TEDxGrandviewAve. 

Kacey is a great representative of the millenials in town who are truly doing great things to give back to the city that they love, and Kacey isn't even from here originally! She fell in the love Pittsburgh in college, and deiceded to stay. She sits down to talk about all that and more!

Direct download: Episode_46_-_Kacey_Wherley_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

This week our guest is Deb Acklin! Deb is the President and CEO and WQED Multimedia. She began her career in media at a very young age, and has been a major part of the media landscape in Pittsburgh for years. She has amazing insights on public broadcasting, millenials returning to Pittsburgh, creative people supporting each other, Rick Sebak, Mr. Rogers and a whole lot more. 

Direct download: Deb_Acklin_Episode_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45pm EST

For Valentines Day we are rebroadcasting our episode with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto... becasue we at Writing on the Floor love this city, and so does he. Bill sat down with Zach back in June, when he had won the Primary and was the democratic candidate for the November General Election. He talked about his plans and hopes for the city - ambitious but very strategic, and clearly passionate. 

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine Day.

 

(original description below)

This week we have a very special guest – City Coucilman and Democratic Candidate for the Office of Mayor of Pittsburgh, BILL PEDUTO is on the show. Bill has decades of work in city politics and policy, and he shares with us that his end-goal is being mayor of this great city. He talks about his agenda, his policies, how he got into the politics game and his vision for the future of this great city. He is likely to be elected mayor this fall, having just won the democratic primary, and his plans for this city are very exciting.

We want to thank Bill for taking time out of his incredibly busy schedule to sit and speak with us, and to thank his incredibly hard-working staff for coordinating with us.

Direct download: EPISODE_33_-_Bill_Peduto_City_Councilman_and_Mayoral_Candidate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Alright on your program today it's Ali Spagnola. Ali is a performer and artist who describes herself as a drinking composer with a music problem. She produced the album "Ali's Power Hour Drinking Game" which is a series of 60 onee-minute songs to drink along to. She has taken that album and performs it live, all across the US, which has lead to some ctazy stories including a Trademark Troll coming after her, and getting banned from Michigan on one occasion. That's right, she was basically told she wasn't allowed to do anything at all in the state. We talk about all that and more! 

Direct download: Episode_44_-_Ali_Spagnola.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

This week our guest is John Feightner. You would be hard pressed to find a funnier, and more prolific improviser, writer or actor in this city... or in any city for that matter. John is a long-time player in improv, runs the perennial "Friday Night Improvs" in the Cathedral of learning, and is a member of the sketch group "Hustlebot" which took their pilot for Comedy Central "Stoners with a Time Machine" and is turning it into a serious web series. 

Direct download: Feightern_episode_mono_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

Our guest this week is Brad Stephenson from ActClasy.com and The Act Classy Lunchbreak, a fantastic podcast wherein he and Joe Lyons eat lunch and riff, often with a notable guest. Brad is an actor, writer, standup comedian and very smart guy who is a breeze to talk to, and might be the most naturally funny guest we've had on the show to date.

Direct download: Episode_42_-_Brad_Stephenson_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24am EST

This week our guest is Matt Light. Matt is a local comedian who has been doing stand up for about 5 years. He recently started to go out on the road, touring with some guys like Aaron Kleiber and John Winters, after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He changed a lot of his material to be about that, and adapted his rougher style to be more honest and approachable, and it seems to have worked for him. Matt talks about getting past his cancer (he is done with Chemo!) comedy styles, The Pirates (hey hey!) and a whole lot more.

Direct download: Episode_41_-_Matt_Light.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week our guest is Josh Raulerson, local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s FM News Station.

Many people know Josh (or his voice, at least) from their morning commute, and while most probably realize he is intellectual and witty, it’s likely that few realize how highly educated Josh is, or how long he has been working radio. Josh has his Phd. in English and started broadcasting all the way back in his high school days in Iowa.

Josh sits down to talk education, media, Pittsburgh, and the future of public broadcasting.

Direct download: Episode_40_-_Josh_Raulerson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This week my guest is Sean Collier. He Associate Editor of Pittsburgh Magazine, a correspondent for WDVE's morning show and the host of the podcast "You Can't Handle The Truth: Honest Reviews of New Movies" in which he and a co-host (usually Aaron Kleiber) record their immediate reactions to brand new movies after seeing a screener. It's also a show we just happen to produce from the Writing on the Floor studios.  He's also a stand-up comic, and we talk about writing, Pittsburgh, comedy and a whole lot more.

Direct download: Sean_Collier_Episode_File_number_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week my guest is Chris DeRose. Chris is a Latrobe native, Second City Alum and morning show correspondent for “You and Me in the Morning” on WCIU out of Chicago, Chris worked his way through the improv and acting scene in Chicago and through some side-jobs ended up on the hit regional morning show that eventually lead him to viral internet fame with the spitting lady video. Chris is so much more than that though, as he formally studied theater and history, and brings an incredible work-ethic and honestly kind personality to his work.

Remember to rate and review us on iTunes, if you are so inclined!

Direct download: Episode_38_-_Chris_DeRose_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week we talk to the Matte Braidic, the photographer and artist behind the wildly popular “Faceburgh” project. Matte is painting a portrait of our city, one face at a time, with his candid and beautifully shot photos. He sits down with Zach to talk about the project, how he got started, what matters to him and to share an invite to the opening of his exhibition at the South Side Welcome Center on September 19. You can find the project at facebook.com/faceburgh.

Direct download: Episode_37_-_Faceburgh_with_Matte_Braidi__01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week our guest is Sarah Humphrey, of The Inn – an art gallery and multi-purpose art space in Upper Lawrenceville. I met Sarah through her dad (and previous guest) Charlie Humphrey, and it is clear from our talk that she has inherited her dad’s appreciation for the arts, and culture. She has a long list of credentials in art management and art history, and she is one of those people who embrace all things artistic and subversive, and encourage the world to shake things up! The Inn can be found here.

Direct download: EPISODE_36_-_Sarah_Humphrey_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week our guests are three members of Ruckus (Brett, Mallory and Kyle)! It seems that every college or university has at least one improv comedy group. Pitt was the exception. So last year a Phd. Student with experience and several undergrads came together to form Ruckus Improv. They are workhorses and now play all over the city… at Steel City Improv Theater, Arcade Comedy Theater, random facilities at University of Pittsburgh. This episode was recorded in the Green Room in the basement of The Cathedral of Learning in Oakland.

Note: This episode contains NSFW language. You are hereby warned. Enjoy!

Direct download: EPISODE_35_-_Ruckus_Improv.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Our first live episode! On June 27th we took over Arcade Comedy Theater in the heart of the cultural district for an exciting night of comedy, music and interviews. We had standup comedy from Tim Ross (@Tim_Is_Win), storytelling from the equally funny Derek Minto, New Victorians were the musical guest, and our featured guest was WQED’s Rick Sebak!

The show was a lot of fun, and it was sponsored by Penn Brewery offering year-round and seasonal selections of beer all brewed right here in The ‘Burgh! Visit them at their Northside Brewery and restaurant where the tradition of their lagering caves lives on. Check them out on facebook, twitter, Google+, Instagram, and at PennBrew.com. Penn Brewery – Pure Pittsburgh.

One note: we had a slight mixup with recording the audio from the sound board, so what you will hear is what we picked up from the mic on the desk on stage.It isn’t too bad, but we apologize that it isn’t the pristine audio we intended!

Direct download: EPISODE_34_-_Live_from_Arcade_Comedy_Theater_with_Rick_Sebak.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week we have a very special guest – City Coucilman and Democratic Candidate for the Office of Mayor of Pittsburgh, BILL PEDUTO is on the show. Bill has decades of work in city politics and policy, and he shares with us that his end-goal is being mayor of this great city. He talks about his agenda, his policies, how he got into the politics game and his vision for the future of this great city. He is likely to be elected mayor this fall, having just won the democratic primary, and his plans for this city are very exciting.

We want to thank Bill for taking time out of his incredibly busy schedule to sit and speak with us, and to thank his incredibly hard-working staff for coordinating with us.

Direct download: EPISODE_33_-_Bill_Peduto_City_Councilman_and_Mayoral_Candidate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

My guest this week is Tyler Crumrine. Tyler works with a theater group in town and is one of the hosts of the very funny show “Ninjas vs. Podcast” on which he and two of his friends debate a series of “this vs. that” items submitted by users. Tyler is relatively new to the city, though not to the area, and he and I sit down to talk about his show, his work and his take on life here for a new grad.

Direct download: EPISODE_32_-_Tyler_Crumrine_of__Ninajas_v.s_Podcast_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week our guest is the incredibly talented Mike Rubino. Mike was on an earlier episode with Kristy Nolen talking about opening the Arcade Comedy Theater.

This time, however, Mike is here to talk about MIKE! You ever meet someone and you wonder how they do it all? Someone super creative and producing so much great work and still friendly and normal? Mike is that guy. He is a fantastic writer, won the 48 Hour FIlm Project last year, writes and produces “Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time” (a 30′s style radio adventure), runs the Arcade Comedy Theater with the other 4 founders, does improv, runs the design and branding for Arcade Comedy Theater, OH… he also has a full-time job.
Mike sits down to talk comedy, creativity, Pittsburgh and a whole lot more!
Direct download: EPISOD_E31_-_Mike_Rubino.mp3
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This week my guests are Kahmeela Adams and Nina Gibbs, the duo behind the Pittsburgh chapter of The 48 Hour Film Project. That project is going into it’s 7th year in Pittsburgh, and Kahmeela and Nina have been running it for the last 5. They stop by to talk about that, their work with the storied Hollywood theater in Dormont, how they got inovlved in filmmaking, and how you can get involved yourselves! 48hourfilm.com

Direct download: EPISODE_30_-_48_Film_Project_Kahmeela_Adams_and_Nina_Gibbs.mp3
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Our guest this week is the incredibly silly, yet incredibly funny Jonathan Burns. Jonathan is a variety and sort of “goofy stunt”/contortionist comedy artist, with credits like Late Night with David Lettermen and The Tonight Show. Jonathan tours all over the world with his shows and in the last year or so he has started working with Mark Hayward. Jonathan was recently in town for his monthly “Fireside Chat” a live talk show he and Mark do, and he stopped by to talk about comedy, his life, being a goofball, and it is pretty clear that he applying an amazingly smart mind to some pretty funny comedy! 

You can find jonathan online at flexiblecomedy.com and at markandjonathan.com

Direct download: EPISODE31_-_Jonathan_Burns.mp3
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This week’s episode features world yo-yo champion, variety performer, and self-proclaimed “cool guy” Mark Hayward. Mark stops by to talk about variety performing, yo-yo and top tricks, the fall of Vaudeville, the rise of the variety show (and it’s subsequent demise on TV) and so much more. Mark is amazingly funny and smart and brings a real heady insight to our conversation. You can catch him this friday and saturday doing his live variety talkshow, “Fireside Chat with Mark and Jonathan.” You can find Mark here, and Mark and Jonathan here. 

Direct download: EPISODE30_-_Mark_Hayward.mp3
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This week’s guest is the incredibly funny Addi Twigg. Addi is a musician and comedienne who works with many musical acts around time including Bait & Switch, and The Give-a-Dmans. Addi sits down with Zach to talk about Music, comedy, the Arcade Comedy Theater, and their shared connection to Allegheny College. YOU can find Addi on twitter at @addiful, and on facebook at fb.com/baitswitch

Direct download: EPISODE29_-_Addi_Twigg.mp3
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This week our guest is Greg Gillotti. Great is an experienced improvisor and comedian who is very deeply plugged into the scene in town. He is on several improv teams, produces and features in “The Death Show” (in which the players improvise a wake for a member of the audience), he teaches classes and has played at the Steel City Improv, The Cabaret at Theater Square, the brand new Arcade Comedy Theater downtown, jams, libraries, outside of diners… Kind of all over the place!

Greg is also a incredibly bright and insightful guy, who loves to analyze comedy. We have a great discussion about how he got started in all this, and then his thoughts on comedy. He is all about the more the merrier and fostering comedy and art. We also get into the nuances and differences in the stand up and improv worlds, as they continue to merge and cross-over.

It is an exciting time for comedy, and Greg talks shop like few others can!

Direct download: EPISODE_26_-_Greg_Gillotti.mp3
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This week it’s Kristy Nolen and Mike Rubino from the Brand New Arcade Comedy Theater in the heart of the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. They are 2 of the 5 brilliant improvisers and comedians who said, “You what there isn’t enough of around here? Places dedicated to comedy.”

Less than a year later, the doors are open, the shows are going up, the reviews are in, and they are overwhelmingly positive.

Shows are going up on Friday and Saturday nights (two shows each night) for now, and they are booking some of the most interesting variety in the city. These guys are great, and they were really entertaining to talk to!

Direct download: EPISODE24_-_Arcade_Comedy_Theater.mp3
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Katie Shenot of Mosser Casting stops by to talk about casting feature films and major TV shows! What films and TV shows? Oh I don’t know… Adventure Land, Zack and Miri, Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas, Batman… and many many many more! Katie is super fun, and this was a hard one to get done because we talked about so much cool stuff – so this is basically a “best of our conversation” episode.

Thanks Katie! You can find out all about Mosser casting here.

Direct download: EPISODE22_-_Katie_Shenot.mp3
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This week the hysterical comedian Aaron Kleiber graces us with his presence! Aaron is a truly hard-working comedian who tours the country with the likes of Josh Blue, Bob Saget, Pablo Fransisco, and so many more. Aaron is, in many ways, the godfather of the Pittsburgh Comedy world. He runs several open mics, fosters the community, runs shows, and does all this while working on a serious career in comedy. Note: This episode is a little longer than usual. We cut a lot out, and it still ran long, but it is worth it. Aaron had some amazing things to say.

You can see Aaron this weekend at the Pittsburgh Improv Comedy Club, and find out about all his shows at www.aaronkleiber.com

Direct download: EPISODE21_-_Aaron_Kleiber.mp3
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Finally! This week Mandy McFadden and Laura Zorch, the other half of EatPGH, stop by to talk about their continued success with their book, their tour, the blog that started it all, and to talk about the upcoming presentation at South by Southwest. That’s right, the four brilliant young women from EatPGH are presenting at The SXSW digital conference. Amazing.

This is a fun episode with two really funny, awesome Pittsburghers who are following what they love and getting some much-deserved attention. They should serve as an example to anyone who has a passion for something to pursue it however possible. Check them out at EatPGH.com

Enjoy.

Direct download: EPISODE20_-_Writing_on_the_Floor_-_EatPGH_Part_II.mp3
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This week Derek Minto stops by the studios. Derek is a longtime friend of the show, a great standup comedian and host of his own podcast “Haters for Hire”. He also hosts some open mics and showcases around town and has been featured at the Improv and other clubs. In addition to that, Derek has gotten heavily involved in The Steel City Improv Theater. He is doing improv and sketch with those guys, as well as a lot of Moth and other story-telling shows around town. Derek is has a lot to say about comedy in Pittsburgh, but he also loves the other arts. More talk of “Sleepwalk With Me” on this episode too!

This was a great time, with a cool guy.
Direct download: EPISODE19_-_Derek_Minto.mp3
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OMG! Charlie Humphrey, the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, stops by to talk about Filmmakers, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, NPR, the history of Pittsburgh, THE THREE RIVERS FILM FESTIVAL… so many things. This guy is awesome, and if you don’t know of him, get ready to hear one of the wisest, coolest guys around. Here it is, Writing on the Floor with Charlie Humphrey!

Direct download: EPISODE18_-_Charlie_Humphrey.mp3
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Hey everyone, here is the latest episode of the show. Rachel Carlson form Yelp stops by, and talks about all (or most) of what she does with that organization. She is the Pittsburgh community manager/marketing director/party planner/ambassador… pretty much everything that one person could possibly do. Rachel is one of those people who is so incredibly well-suited for what she does, it is almost like the position was created specifically for her. She is a big fan of the city, and spreading what is cool, and getting as many people involved as possible. This was a really fun conversation.

Direct download: EPISODE17_-_Rachel_Carlson_01.mp3
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Hey everyone! Here is the latest episode of Writing on the Floor, with an awesome guest, Dan Jenniches. Dan pronounces his last name like the first book of the Judeo-Christian canonical works, or that band that launched Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins (Genesis, we could have just said that I guess), and among a few local comedians you may have heard him called “Dan Generation”.

Anyway… we are getting off topic. Dan is a local comedian who is super funny, especially when he is talking about all the ridiculous stuff that he has witnessed as he works toward his pharmacy degree. Dan sits down to talk about all the usual fun stuff, plus recount some crazy nights in the local standup scene.

If you want to see Dan you can look for him to be featured at a show at The Pleasure Bar in the Bloomfield neighborhood on September 28th, during the Italian Festival. For more information on that show and open mics check out PGHComedy.com.

Direct download: EPISODE16_-_Dan_Jenniches_01.mp3
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That’s right, world! Robert X is this week’s guest. Those of you who are tuned into the comedy scene in town probably are asking “how is that possible? Robert moved to Philly weeks ago!” Well, you are astute observers, but this was recorded before Robert left us. So there.

Robert is one of the most cerebral comedians to come out of the Pittsburgh comedy scene in recent years. He showed up one night in a Members Only Jacket with his 1950′s style glasses and began telling jokes about the passive voice. His short-form style features jokes just longer than what would be considered “One-Liners” but they are always smart, funny and accurate.
Robert hasn’t been at it that long, but he and Zach became friends pretty much from that first night Robert showed up at The Pleasure Bar in Bloomfield. Robert will be missed, as he tries his luck in Philly, and eventually New York.
Robert and Zach talk about comedy styles, delivery, how Robert got into it, and much more!
Direct download: Episode_15_-_Robert_X.mp3
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Hey guys! Here is the latest episode of  Writing on the Floor, with this week’s guest Sarah Sudar and Julia Gongaware. Sarah and Julia are two of the four young ‘Burghers behind the amazing Eat Pittsburgh blog. If you are not familiar with their work, then you are in a for a real treat- These two sit down with Zach to talk about how they started this project, how it mushroomed into more than just a bog, and the eventual book deal that they didn’t ask for, but ended up getting out of it!

They have lots to say, and the conversation is truly awesome. These two know their Pittsburgh food! You can check out more about them, included where you can go to meet them (they have several appearances and signings coming up throughout September) atwww.Eatpgh.com and www.facebook.com/eatPGH. Check it out!

Direct download: Writing_on_the_Floor_-_13_-_EatPGH_01.mp3
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