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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 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’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 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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