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The Nursery podcast is where we talk to improvisation gurus, performers and addicts about what they do, why they do it, and how to be great at it.




#20 - Dummy Reloaded (Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts)

Dummy are Coleen Doyle and Jason Shotts are Dummy, an LA-based duo with Chicago roots. They headlined the Slapdash festival in 2014 and were in London in February to teach the iO intensive. They both teach at iO West, where Colleen is currently Artistic Director. In this podcast, they talk about what kind of improvisers they are, Yiddish words, diversity and acting.

Duration: 00:58:00

#20 - Slapdash Special: Will Luera and Dave Sawyer

In the last of the long-awaited Slapdash Specials, Jules talks to Will and Dave from Big Bang about empowerment, play and the origins of Freeform Improv. Dave Sawyer is an improviser and producer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has performed at over 40 comedy festivals around the world and is a touring member of the internationally renowned Big Bang Improv. Dave currently performs in the Mainstage cast at ImprovBoston and is also an Associate Producer of the Women in Comedy Festival...

Duration: 00:46:16

#19 - Slapdash Special: Trent Pancy

Trent is the man for English Speaking Improv is Finland. He is head of Improv International and founded the Finland International Improvisation Festival. In this podcast he talks to Jules about improvising in other languages, what Finnish humour looks like and why some people want training to hurt. They also re-open the 'It it art?' debate.

Duration: 01:07:32

#18 – Slapdash Special: Alex Berg

In the second of this year's Slapdash Specials, we caught up with Alex Berg to talk about negative experience, his military history of Game of Thrones and why he has problems with the word 'art'. Alex spends the bulk of his waking hours writing, acting, and improvising. Currently, he performs with UCB house teams Sentimental Lady and Convoy, as well as guesting with other shows. Occasionally, he shows up on television, in shows like Terriers, Reno! 911, and MANswers. Recently, he played a...

Duration: 00:52:33

#17 - Slapdash Special: Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott was here for Slapdash and we grabbed him for a chat. Kevin is the founder of three renowned improv ensembles- Chicago's Bang Bang, Burn Manhattan and Centralia. Kevin has been an educator and director for The Second City Training Center and People's Improv Theater. He is also a thoroughly nice guy. In this podcast, he talks about The Rules, community and how to act in improv. Plus, he tries out his British Accent. It doesn't go well.

Duration: 01:17:16

#16: Narrative And Expectation with Chris Mead

In a first for the Nursery Podcast, this week Jules talks to Chris about narrative, expectations and what the audience wants. With special mentions of Mark Meer and PGraph. Chris performs with the Maydays and Project2. He directed Emtion Play as part of the Nursery Originals series and teaches for Hoopla and the Nursery.

Duration: 00:06:16

#12 - Chicago Special: Tim Soszko

Tim is a member of the legendary musical group the Deltones, as well as teaching at iO and at Second City. He has recently started touring a solo improv show and is one half of the Tim and Mica Project. In this podcast he talks to Jules about looking grumpy, improvising alone and why he hates most people.

Duration: 01:08:40

#8 - iO Special: Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto

Tara and Rance are best friends who do improv. Whether teaching for iO or touring with their show 'Here', Tara and Rance are pretty much always around each other. Jules Munns chats to them about Del Close, styles and legacy.

Duration: 00:56:27

#7 - Slapdash Special: Dummy

Dummy are Coleen Doyle and Jason Shotts are Dummy, an LA-based duo with Chicago roots. They headlined the Slapdash festival this year and taught some fantastic workshop. Jules and guest host Chris Mead chatted to them about style, teaching and embodying a philosophy.

Duration: 00:41:28

#6 - Slapdash Special: Vinny Francois

Vinny is from Montreal and was visiting us as part of the Slapdash festival. We caught up with him during Slapdash week and asked him about genres, challenges and being Canadian.

Duration: 00:38:39