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E53 - Improv is the New Punk with Joe Amero

1Mar

JOE AMERO is done with punk rock. His path has shifted quite a bit since his days in SOFA; he's now a social worker, a father of two, and a Hamiltonian. More importantly to the podcast, he's an improviser. You can find Joe improvising everywhere in Toronto! He trained at The Second City Training Centre, his troupe Pepperoni Pizza Cats perform monthly at the Social Capital Theatre, and with the Assembly, and he's now a Featured Player at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. 

We talk to Joe about improv. About his love of improv, who he was before finding improv, and how much of an impact improv has had on his life. That's right, this is an improv episode. Buckle up.

Truly, Joe is an absolute delight of a human being, an incredibly funny guy and a tremendous improviser. It was wonderful to catch up with him in his basement in Hamilton, and we think that'll be obvious in this wonderful earhole adventure.

Follow Joe on the social networks below:

Joe's Website.

Joe on Facebook.

Joe on Twitter.

Joe on Instagram.

Pepperoni Pizza Cats on Facebook - Twitter - Instagram

Now #StruggleOn!

 

E52 - Deb Howey, Leading Lady

4Feb

DEB HOWEY is much more than than the leading lady in Thorold Community Theatre's upcoming production of "Sin, Sex & the CIA," (a farce written by Michael & Susan Parker.) She's a mom of two with a full-time job, and has the know-how to run an entire stage production, on stage and behind-the-scenes.

In this episode, Deb talks to Nick & Brie about the process of putting on live theatre productions for the Thorold Community Theatre; the difficulties involved when all participants are volunteers, and the joys that arise out of these community-building endeavours. 

She also gets us ready for TCT's next production and it sounds like a hoot! Sin, Sex & the CIA opens March 29th 2019 at the Trinity United Church in Thorold, ON & runs:

Friday, March 29 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 @ 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 5 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 @ 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 @ 8:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available online soon, by clicking HERE!

Become a Fan of the Thorold Community Centre on Facebook.

Volunteer your awesome skills for TCT by clicking HERE!

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn.

E51 - Happy Twenty Nine-Tea!

3Jan

Nick & Brie talk about their creative goals for the New Year. And about a few of their other goals, side-hustles and hobbies. Get on board, we're READY for 2019!

E50 - Be Kind to Yourself

25Oct

Our 50th episode (YAY!) has a recurring through-line, the need to treat yourself kindly. Be it with mindfulness, therapy, legal weed or swimming in Lake Erie in October, Nick & Brie talk about the ways to take care of ourselves when we're not feeling our best. We also update everyone on our creative progresses and challenges and take a few fun departures along the way. Like to Golfton-sur-mer!

E49 - There’s Always Struggles

14Aug

Nick and Brie catch you up on the artistic goings on of the summer months. For Nick, it's trying to find the time to edit his latest project in between his kids' baseball games and his newfound obsession with golf. Brie's out and about with improv from Toronto to Niagara, with new projects hatching all over the place and old ones finally wrapping up. Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn everybody!

E48 - Erica Sherwood’s Big FIGHT!

21May

ERICA SHERWOOD is an actor and filmmaker from St. Catharines, Ontario who's latest project FIGHT! premieres next month on Jun 22nd with a fabulous red carpet screening event in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. Erica helped create the film, in which she also stars, produces, creates foley as well as MANY other things. Erica is a strong promoter of Niagara's growing film industry and hopes that with films like FIGHT along with her not-for-profit Jarico Films for Youth, which aims to build leadership skills and confidence through film for Niagara's youth, will help motivate filmakers to stay in Niagara to create and maintain sustainable careers in the film industry.

Erica takes us through the creation of FIGHT from its inception through to its current editing stage and fills us in with incredibly helpful knowledge about filmmaking, screenwriting and barenuckle boxing along the way.

Find out more about FIGHT and get your tickets today at http://fightfilm.ca/ 

Follow Erica on Instagram at @sherwood & @jaricofilms & @enpointecreative & @fightfilm

E47: Lacie Williamson & the Dunnville Renaissance

27Mar

LACIE WILLIAMSON is a visual artist, comedian and event/community planner galore based in Dunnville, Ontario. Recorded in the back room of Lacie's LVW Creative Barracks, a building she purchased in Dunnville's historic downtown to create a space where she could paint and encourage others to create art, Lacie spoke to Nick & Brie about life as a full-time artist in a town with, shall we say, less than progressive views, politics & ideals.

Lacie takes us back to her roots in Dunnville, to her forray in journalism and event planning, into full-time artistry and the amazing achievements she made along the way that helped heal a community in great need of change. From producing an 11-hour rock concert at 15 years old for the town, to her contining work administrating the River Arts Festival, Lacie takes us on a journey into the history of Dunnville, her process as an artist and advocate for social change and her passion for comedy all while struggling to balance both artistic and financial freedom. 

Listen to this interview with this incredible force of nature & follow her on her various social networks too!

 

Lacie Williamson

Instagram: @lacievdub

Twitter: @lacievdub

LVW Creative Barracks, Art Studio & Gallery

Facebook: LVWART

Instagram: @barracksbythegrand

Website: https://barracksbythegrand.ca/

 

E46: One Foot in the Forest with Jess Grant

22Feb

JESS GRANT is an improviser and improv teacher living in Toronto. Originally from New Brunswick, Jess takes TCS on a journey through her discovery of improv through to her process of using physicality to inspire her amazing scenework along to how the rules of improv helped her through her treatment of Hogkin's lymphoma.

With a clean bill of health, she reflects on some of the clarity she discovered on her journey through cancer treatment and how overcoming it helped her face some of her other fears and self-doubts; like taking the big leap from improv to stand-up comedy and the written word!

This episode is enlightening and insightful and we're so happy to feature such an incredible human being on our show. Listen and be inspired by the incomparable Jess Grant.

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn

Brie & Nick

E45: Write Better with Clint Murphy

30Jan

Clint Murphy is a sci-fi screenwriter living in Toronto with his wife and two daughters. He recently made it to the 2nd round in an HBO-sponsored one-hour original pilot contest at the Austin Film Festival, where he returned with a wealth of knowledge and insight he was happy to share with TCS.

Clint spoke to Nick and Brie about his writing and structure processes, about the art of pitching and the benefits of watching it firsthand, and he gave us a little preview into his exciting future projects, which lead to an insightful commentary about the representation of race on TV. 

Clint has many awesome writing, producing and directing projects on the go and it doesn't look like he plans on slowing down anytime soon. His episode has everything you need to get the writer in you motivated and excited about tackling your new project (or projects!)

Check out Clint's Facebook Page or Follow him on Twitter to keep up with his awesome new projects!

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn

E44: The Constant Struggle’s 2017 Year in Review

31Dec

#SPOILER ALERT!  In this episode, we talk a BUNCH about Star Wars : The Last Jedi. So if you haven't seen it yet, we're warning you ahead of time.

Everyone's saying 2017 was a garbage fire, and in many ways it was.

But creatively, for Nick and Brie, things seem to be headed in the opposite direction. Slowly, but surely we're seeing progress on our creative fronts. So this episode focuses on our creative accomplishments in 2017; be they finishing the first draft of a novel (WHAT!) or landing a dream job at comedy-Hogwarts (what-whaaat?)

We also chat about our struggly-creative goals for 2018. How can we keep this progress going? 

Well, it certainly helps that you listening and engaging with us along the way, and we thank you ever so much for that. So take a few moments, celebrate your 2017 accomplishments and join us in continuing the creative struggle in 2018. 

Be safe out there & #StruggleOn!

 

Nick & Brie

Follow us on Twitter: @StrugglePod

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