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Joey Bergren

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan talks with comedian and podcaster, Joey Bergren. Joey came on the show to chat about the struggles that come with running a comedy show, nostalgia, Kevin Smith movies and vinyl records. If you'd like to hear more from Joey, you can check out his podcast - it's called In Defense - new episodes drop every single Thursday.

Duration: 01:05:42

Stephen Perlstein Returns!

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with comedian, writer and podcaster, Stephen Perlstein. Stephen came on to chat about wedding planning, over-thinking, dealing with burnout and motivation by way of fear. If you want to hear more from Stephen, do yourself a favor and check out his network of podcasts at Enjoy!

Duration: 01:06:23

Beth Appel

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with the Artistic Director of UCB Los Angeles, Beth Appel. Beth came on to talk about how comedy has shaped her life, what it's like to run a theater and the importance of unwinding (as much as possible). If you want to check out any of Beth's stuff, you can follow her on Twitter @bethappel, or check out her improv team, Cardinal Redbird at Cardinal Redbird is So LA every Tuesday night at 11pm at UCB Franklin.

Duration: 00:56:45

2016 Year End Review

Ryan breaks down the good, the great and the terrible in the final Cheers, Stomps & Whistles of 2016.

Duration: 00:17:55

David Kerns

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan welcomes improvisor/writer David Kerns. David came on to chat about his pursuit of comedy, the therapy found in creativity and being overwhelmed by existential questions. David and Ryan also talk about manual labor, vulnerability and indulging in your passions. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:04:20

John Roiniotis #3

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with John Roiniotis! This is John’s third appearance on the show - he’s a writer/comedian from Los Angeles and came on to chat about weight loss, falling into creative ruts and whether or not Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show “The Newsroom” was any good. They also talk about the sometimes polarizing LA comedy scene, compartmentalizing your life and trying to not indulge in unnecessary things. You can see John perform every other week at his show At...

Duration: 01:14:08

Heather Anne Campbell

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan welcomes Heather Anne Campbell (The Eric Andre Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Saturday Night Live) to the show. Heather is a writer and a tremendous improvisor/sketch performer based in Los Angeles and came on to chat about her pursuit of comedy - from studying with Del Close in Chicago, to her stint at Amsterdam's Boom Chicago, to landing a job as a writer for SNL. Heather and Ryan also chat about drive, determination, being "broke broke" and...

Duration: 01:27:52

Let's Talk About the 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States - this is something we need to talk about. In this episode of Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with comedian Patrick McDonald about the implications of this surprising outcome.

Duration: 00:44:03

Mary Sasson

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan welcomes actor/improvisor Mary Sasson. Mary and Ryan chat about comedy, allowing yourself to take breaks and the importance of living a balanced life. They also talk about dealing with stress, eternal optimism and how having a large number of siblings helped her through an otherwise difficult childhood. You can see Mary perform each and every week with her improv team Winslow at UCB Franklin at 9:30pm - check it out.

Duration: 01:19:59

Nicole Villela

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan welcomes Nicole Villela. Nicole and Ryan chat about pest control, guilty pleasure television and what Guy Fieri would look like with combed hair and slacks - can you imagine? They also talk about nostalgic cartoons, comedy, love/loss and how you can learn about yourself through personal struggle and reflection. If you like this episode and want to hear more from Nicole, please check out Nicole's new podcast TBToonz - it's a show all about...

Duration: 00:56:42

Shane Lennon

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with improvisor Shane Lennon. Shane and Ryan talk about sports, school spirit and going through awkward phases as a kid. They also chat about comedy, the fear of being figured out and what brings the most joy in life. Thanks for listening!

Duration: 00:55:44

Gilli Nissim

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with actor/improvisor Gilli Nissim. Gilli and Ryan chat about the desire to stay busy and fill time, traveling at a young age and falling in love with comedy in college.

Duration: 01:08:53

Matt Cordova

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with the very kind and hilarious Matt Cordova. Matt is an improvisor / actor based in Los Angeles and came on to talk about the early days of the indie improv scene, the importance of running and maintaining a solid comedy show and how beneficial it is to surround yourself with talented, like-minded people. Matt and Ryan also chat about family, sports and how having a life plan in Los Angeles is ridiculous...seriously, don't do it...thanks...

Duration: 00:54:32

Alexa Loftus

This week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles, Ryan chats with improvisor/standup Alexa Loftus. Alexa and Ryan talk about the importance of sleep (Ryan gets none, Alexa gets enough), growing up in a small Illinois town, moving to Chicago and the fear that comes with uprooting yourself from a comfortable place and moving to a new location that you might not know anything about. It's fun, it's exciting...enjoy!

Joel Spence

This week, Ryan welcomes actor/improvisor Joel Spence onto Cheers, Stomps & Whistles to chat about comedy, the similarities and differences between UCB and Groundlings and how damn fast time flies (or doesn't). They also discuss family dynamics, Joel's year-long stint in London and the importance of finding your "tribe." You can see Joel perform every Saturday with his team Sentimental Lady at UCB Franklin. Also, be sure to check out his new ABC Digital series, Boondoggle - available now!

Duration: 01:59:21

Dan Hernandez

This week Ryan sits down and chats with writer Dan Hernandez about absorbing information from talented people you surround yourself with, suppressing the "inner critic" and the importance of having someone who you can bounce creative ideas off of.

Duration: 01:37:09

Lauren Shippen

This week, Ryan welcomes actor/writer Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions) onto Cheers, Stomps & Whistles to chat about her fantastic podcast, staying productive while also maintaining the ability to take breaks and stepping away from what you love. They also talk about consuming content for pleasure vs. work, having a "portfolio career" and the one time she went to a Cohered and Cambria concert dressed in Harry Potter robes...we've all been there. Finally, Ryan shares some insight into...

Duration: 01:26:02

Paul Morgan

Welcome to Cheers, Stomps & Whistles! This week, Ryan welcomes filmmaker Paul Morgan onto the podcast. Paul and Ryan chat about the desire to be creative, finding your voice and Paul's love for a band called Diarrhea Planet - a group that Ryan has never ever heard of. They also talk at length about anxiety and depression - tough stuff. It's an intense conversation, but a very eye-opening one. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:37:58

Mano Agapion

Comedian, improvisor and all-around good guy Mano Agapion stops by Cheers, Stomps & Whistles. Mano and Ryan chat about the marriage of food and relationships and the fact that laziness with the person you love can be a blessing and a curse. They also chat about Mano’s adolescence in North Carolina, being on the outside of the social sphere, bullying and finding solace in comedy - ooof...heavy stuff. You can see Mano perform at UCB Franklin every Friday night at 9:30 with his team Winslow.

Duration: 01:47:58

Charlie Mihelich

Charlie Mihelich stops by Cheers, Stomps & Whistles to chat with Ryan about the stress that comes along with running a weekly comedy show, the need to stay busy all the time and the importance of being present on stage and in life. We also talk about Charlie's first time performing stand-up, the love of crafting jokes and learning to use comedy as a defense-mechanisim. You can see Charlie host Purgatory weekly at the Clubhouse and monthly at the Inner Sanctum.

Duration: 02:21:39

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