On "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” guests from the worlds of comedy, theatre, film, television, and literature discuss their journeys and life philosophies with podcast host David Razowsky. David’s an alum of The Second City Chicago where he performed with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and numerous others. He’s the former artistic director of The Second City Hollywood, is a member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, served as a consultant for Dreamworks, and taught for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. David is a master teacher of improvisation, a gifted improv actor and director, and performs and teaches all over the world. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Love and play are the only things where more is better.”
Sam Wasson has written books on Bob Fosse, Paul Mazursky, Audrey Hepburn, Blake Edwards, and, the one that brought Sam to my attention, “Improv Nation, How We Made A Great American Art.” It’s funny, smart, informative, heartbreaking, and alive. In other words, it’s just like a great improv scene. Our conversation bounds from improv inspiration, to what does it mean to play, to passion and creativity, to saying yes.
Today's guest on "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky" is writer, director, actor, teacher, creator, and innovator, Shira Piven. Shira's directed the motion picture “Welcome to Me,” with Kristen Wiig, and episodes of Amazon’s “Transparent” and “One Mississippi.” She currently works with Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang Prison Project, teaching commedia dell’arte to inmates in California prisons.
Today’s guest is Ian Gomez. Ian and I performed at Chicago’s Improv Olympic and Second City. Ian has been in more television shows than anyone else I know. Here’s a short list: “The Drew Carey Show,” “Felicity,” “Supergirl,” and “Cougar Town.” He was in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” written by his wife Nia Vardalos. We discussed the peace that comes from seeing others as your equals, what it’s like to be fired, and the success that comes from being a “chameleon.” Ian is honest,
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Joey Bland. Joey’s performed with The Second City, ComedySportz, and iO. He played the title role in Second City's “Rod Blagojevich, Superstar.” He’s a two-time Jeopardy champion, and a member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company which creates fully improvised plays in Elizabethan style. Joey’s energetic, informed, wise, and a great actor to play with. Hold onto your toque and muffin cap, ‘cuz this chat flies. Enjoy.
Amber Ruffin is an Emmy nominated writer and actress on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and the narrator on “Drunk History.” She was the first African-American woman to write for a late-night network talk show. Amber’s an alum of The Second City, iO and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. We talked about our love of Amsterdam, living and eating in New York City, and bearing witness to the nation waking up to the racism so many people of color have known since our country was founded.
"Modern Family" Director Jason Winer's The Last to Know
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Jason Winer. Jason is best known as the Emmy Award-winning director and co-executive producer of “Modern Family,” having directed the pilot episode as well as 20 episodes of the amazingly popular show. He is a director, an Emmy-award wining producer, and writer. He directed Robin Williams in Robin’s last television series, and directed Russell Brand in the remake of “Arthur.”
Today’s guest on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky is Kate Lambert. Kate is from the Second City which is where I first met her. In Chicago she worked with a cast of women whose names were all variations of Catherine, so they became The Katydids. They got themselves a nice following, and eventually they all found their way out west, where they created the opportunity for themselves to produce Teachers for TV Land. Kate is positive, focused, smart, and funny.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Dick Chudnow. In 1984 Dick created and licensed the ComedySportz improvisational comedy format and the world has never been the same. If you’re a fan of improv, comedy, business, or just being a mensch, this is the interview for you. After all, how do you argue with someone who also thinks that farts are funny. Recorded during the ComedySportz World Championship in San Jose, California. Enjoy
Today’s guest on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky is Charlie Hartsock. I met Charlie in the ‘80s when he, Steve Carell and I joined a cast for Michael Gellman’s Seed Show 2 at Chicago’s Organic Theater. We all worked together at Second City, and in LA Charlie and Steve teamed up with Vance DeGeneres to form Carousel Productions, where Charlie executive produced Crazy, Stupid Love, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Charlie developed and co-created the series Inside Comedy for Showtime. He’s now producing a series in development at HBO. Charlie’s the real thing, and our conversation was wonderful. Enjoy.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Fabio Maccioni. Fabio is an internationally renown improv actor and teacher. He’s a member of Teatribu, Milan’s foremost improv theater, where he teaches and performs. I met Fabio briefly in Chicago, then in Australia where we performed and co-taught in Perth. Fabio is kind, caring, a great performer, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. We spoke in the offices of Teatribu, and though English isn’t Fabio’s first language, this chat had tons of heart and connection. Enjoy.
“There were six or seven people on stage having fun, and I thought, ‘How can I get a piece of THAT?’” Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Eric Boardman. Eric’s worn many a hat as a director, producer, a host on Discovery Channel, Food Network, Travel Channel, and HGTV. He was a performer and writer on CBS’s Tim Conway Show, was regularly seen on the Disney Channel, and Eric’s an “Imagineer,” having designed The Mickey Mouse Club-Audition attraction for Disney World. Cool, huh?? I know Eric as an alum of The Second City in Chicago. Eric’s company included Shelly Long and George Wendt. We hit so many subjects that we ran long. Nice. Enjoy my chat with Eric Boardman.
“I’m a firm believer in you don’t run *away* from something, you run *toward* something.” Bob Kodzis is our guest today on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” continuing the booking of guests who help me breathe during these challenging times. Bob’s bio says he’s “one of the happiest people you will ever meet.” It’s true. He’s the creative force behind “Flight of Ideas, Inc.,” a “creative think-tank designed to help groups think outside of the tank.” Bob’s also an artist who created a “mind map,” an illustrated work that captured some of my most precious life philosophies. (For a look, head to www.davidrazowsky.com, then click on the "Media" tab.) Bob’s also designed and executed an inspiring mural at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, where this great podchat was recorded. Please give a listen, and you’ll be able to breathe, too.
These are challenging times, and I really needed a guest who would be joyful, hopeful, kindhearted, and smart. Today’s guest is perfect. Eliza Coyle is our guest today on "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky." I know Eliza from my days at Second City, where we both started out in the Training Center together, then moved on to the Touring Company. Eliza’s bold, smart, funny, and charming. She’s been in God Bless America, Shakes the Clown, and The Mighty Ducks. Eliza’s husband is Joel Murray, a former ADD Comedy guest. This interview made me feel better!
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” is Phelim McDermott. Phelim is an innovative performer and director with productions spanning from improv to Broadway to the Metropolitan Opera, and recently directed LA Opera's spectacular production of Philip Glass's "Akhnaten." Phelim is also co-founder of London’s groundbreaking Improbable Theatre Company. We talk about the tool of tension and the role of improv in our life and work. Improv is a central inspiration for all of Phelim’s work. To quote Improbable’s mission statement:“Whether in performance, rehearsal or development we will use the practice and philosophy of improvisation in the process of creation (even when we’re working on classic plays or operas)." In other words, the product is the process. This was a great interview, recorded in a pub outside of London. Enjoy.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Jules Munns. Jules is the Co-Artistic Director of The Nursery, the great improv school in London. Jules is a passionate improvisor and teacher, who has studied under our friends Patti Stiles, Susan Messing, Rachael Mason, and Keith Johnstone. He studied at the Guildhall School, which specializes in classical theater, and when you watch him play, it comes through. Jules and his Co-Artistic Director Judith Amsenga have brought me out to London to teach and perform many times. The actors of The Nursery are truly inspiring. Over too many cups of thick coffee we chatted about overcoming challenges, the journey to acceptance, and, in Jules’ words, learning to “just be with the stuff that’s happening here.” This is one great chat recorded in a flat in London.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Brett Paesel. Brett’s an actress, having just wrapped season 3 of Amazon’s Emmy-winning “Transparent,” she’s the author of the Los Angeles Times Bestseller “Mommies Who Drink,” and she’s a teacher. I know Brett from our days at The Annoyance Theater in Chicago, where we performed in “Splatter Theatre,” directed by Mick Napier. Brett’s draw is her passion, her focus, her energy, her clarity, and her truth. We spoke at the apartment she shares with her husband, actor and director Pat Towne, a former guest on ADD, and their two sons. Oh, this is a great podchat, and, spoiler alert, we talk about her “Transparent” character’s arc. You’ve been warned.
Our guest today on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Alan Wilder. Alan is a Joseph Jefferson Award-nominated ensemble member at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, and he’s appeared in over 60 Steppenwolf productions all over the world. He’s also appeared on numerous shows on NBC, CBS, HBO, and FOX. Alan’s hilarious, and smart, and wise, and honest. We chatted in Chicago at Steppenwolf’s rehearsal space located alongside the “el” tracks at Halsted and North. We had a blast and could have talked for a long time. Enjoy!
Recorded at Improvention in beautiful Canberra, Australia. Our guest today is the wonderful “Queen of Improvisation,” Patti Stiles. Patti is an actor, improviser, director, and just one of the most inspiring people you’ve ever met. She’s worked with the world renowned “Loose Moose Theatre,” and was trained by and worked closely with Keith Johnstone, author of the seminal improv book “Impro.” Patti is the Artistic Director of Die Nasty AU, co-Director of Secret Impro Theatre, and Impro Melbourne. She’s traveled all over the world, and is as sought-after as any improv inspiration could be. I’d never before met Patti, but, boy, did we share a lot of improv philosophies. Stick around for Patti’s “Not My Finest Hour” segment. It’s crushingly good. Enjoy.
Recorded in Melbourne, Australia, today’s guest on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky is Australian improv veteran Jason Geary. Jason is a teacher, a film and television actor, and the former Artistic Director Of Impro Melbourne. I’ve worked with Jason at Improvention, the awesome week-long celebration of “Impro Down-Under,” that annually occurs in Canberra, Australia. (The reason I’m in Australia and soon to be in New Zealand!) Jason’s smart, funny, confident, and one of the best people to sit down with and have a pod chat. And, stay tuned, of course, for his installment of “Not My Finest Hour” at the end of our episode. This is a good one.
Our guest today on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Simon Helberg. Yep, Howard Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory,” of the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing A-long Blog,” “Studio 60 on Sunset Strip,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and…it doesn’t stop, but let’s stop at this credit: “Florence Foster Jenkins,” where he co-stars with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. This podcast interview is profound, deep, fun, illuminating, and oh, so special. And it wouldn’t be an “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” without our un-trademarked “Not My Finest Hour” segment starring none other than Mr. Helberg. I’m so happy with this episode I could explode.
Rachael Mason is our guest today on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky.” I only wish I can be as cool as Rachael. As if being the head of Advanced Improv at Second City in Chicago, having run the Training Center for iO West, improvising with The Second City Improv All Stars, “The Boys,” a former member of “Baby Wants Candy,” and having performed on Second City Tour Boats isn’t accomplishment enough, she also travels around the world performing with Susan Messing. She’s an accomplished teacher, mentor, and constant source of inspiration. I’m not screwing around here when I tell you how awesome she and this podcast episode are. Stick around for Rachael’s addition to our newly named podcast segment, “Not My Finest Hour.” This episode was recorded at Chicago’s wonderful Kopi Cafe. Enjoy!
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is the wonderful actor and writer Joe Liss. Joe was one of my Second City favorites, and when I moved out to LA I was able to work with him on a number of projects. Joe’s been on “According to Jim,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Strangers with Candy,” and the great satirical film, “God Bless America.” Joe is one of the writers and performers in the hit stage show “The Bicycle Men,” and has written on “Drawn Together,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “SpongeBob Squarepants,” among others. Our discussion is lively, funny and honest. We discuss Chris Farley, a wonderful and troubled soul we both worked with and cared for and miss. There’s another bonus at the end of the episode, so stay tuned for that. Enjoy.
Improvisor Dave Hill is our guest today on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” and you’ll be hard-pressed to meet a more positive and upbeat improv teacher and performer. Dave was awarded the iO West “Teacher of the Year” honor in 2014, and it’s not surprising at all. He’s seen in numerous commercials, and shows on the tube including “Quick Draw” on Hulu and “Reno: 911” on Comedy Central. He’s a voice-actor, having worked on “American Dad,” “Squidbillies, and “The Most Popular Girls in School,” a great show both of us have recurring roles on, and one of the most “not safe for work” series on YouTube. There’s a very special story following the announcements, so be sure to stick around for it. By the way, the scratching sound you may hear are painters working on the apartment building. Enjoy Dave Hill!
Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal is our guest today on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” and I am so happy about that! I’ve known Theresa since my days at Second City Chicago. Theresa and I were castmates in one of my favorite improv casts, “Stacy’s Not Here.” Theresa’s been nominated for an Emmy, has written on “How I Met Your Mother,” “South Park,” “Greetings from Tuscon,” and, coming soon to Netflix, Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite.” Theresa’s been on 12 episodes of “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and “Seinfeld.” Teresa has a nice little story at the end of podcast following our announcements. Stay tuned for that jewel. In the meantime…enjoy my podchat with Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal.
Graham Elwood is our guest today on ADD Comedy with
Dave Razowsky. What a fun interview! Graham is a stand-up, having
performed all over the world, but dedicating a great deal of time
and energy to playing for the USO. Graham’s done tours in
Afghanistan and Iraq, inspiring him to direct the documentary,
“Laffghanistan: Comedy Down Range.” He’s the co-creator and host of
the ComedyFilmNerds.com website and podcast, and the
coming documentary “Ear Buds: The Podcast Documentary.” It’s a
celebration of the medium of podcasting, and by the looks of it
(“listens of it”?), it’s going to be great. Here’s our podcast. Put
it in your ear, buds.
Bruce Rheins is our guest today on ADD Comedy with Dave
Razowsky. Bruce is a bit of a departure from our standard guests in
that his background isn’t in comedy, it’s in news. Bruce recently
retired as the CBS News Deputy Bureau Chief here on the west coast.
Bruce has covered first-hand the Royal Wedding in London, Hurricane
Katrina, the Iraq War, the OJ Simpson trial, the Michael Jackson
trial, and countless earthquakes, floods and wildfires. It’s an
awesome conversation with someone who’s got quite an opinion about
the state of the “Fourth Estate.” It’s a good one.
Carrie Aizley is our guest today on ADD Comedy. I love this person! Carrie is a former Groundling, and was one of the creators of “Campus Ladies” on the Oxygen Network. She’s been in TWO Christopher Guest films, not to mention a bunch of commercials directed by Mr. Guest. We chatted about working with her “comedy camp friends,” naming babies, the challenges of auditioning, and the joy of filming commercials. It CAN be joyous. Oh, and there’s a great story at the very end of our chat. Stay tuned for that. Meantime…enjoy.
Today’s guest on ADD Comedy is Miles Stroth. Miles is a cornerstone in the world of improvisation, having worked and studied under Del Close and Charna Halpern at Improv Olympic (now known as iO). He was a cast member of the legendary improv troupe known as “The Family,” whose members include Adam McKay, Matt Besser and Neil Flynn. He’s appeared in Comedy Central’s “Crossballs” and “Reno 911.” Miles is the driving force behind LA’s Pack Theater. This was a great chat. And there’s a bonus little piece of a poem at the end! Stay tuned.
Jeff Bryan Davis is our guest on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky. I’ve known Jeff since my days as a producer for “KwikWitz,” but Jeff is known for his excellent work on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” He’s been on Broadway, on “The Sarah Silverman Show,” “The Norm Show,” and he tours with “Drew Carey and The Improv All Stars.” Jeff’s the comptroller of Dan Harmon’s awesome podcast “Harmontown.” We talk about Jeff’s journey to “Whose Line…,” his time in jail, and the joy that comes from being freed! There’re some sound issues with this podcast, but the quality of the chat is so good I didn’t want to re-record. I thank you, listeners, for your understanding. Enjoy.
Jackie Hoffman is our guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky.” Yes, she’s been in “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “Birdman,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The New Normal,” “Girls,” “30 Rock,” and dozens more appearances on TV and in movies. Yes, on Broadway she’s opened “Hairspray,” “Xanadu,” “The Addams Family,” and was a standout in “On the Town” and “Once Upon a Mattress.” Yes, she’s won an Obie Award for her roles in David and Amy Sedaris’ “The Book of Liz.” Yes, she’s done many solo performances, and, yes, I’ve toured with her at Second City and put up several shows with her on the Second City etc stage, and the Second City Mainstage. But Jackie is a wonderful force and a dear friend, and this conversation is honest, funny, grounded, real, and very Jackie Hoffman. Strap yourself in.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Ali Reza Farahnakian. Ali founded New York City’s Peoples Improv Theater (aka “The PIT”) where we recorded this podchat. Ali was a founding member of Upright Citizens Brigade, he was a writer on Saturday Night Live, and at Second City he performed with the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Ali’s been on “Law and Order,” “30 Rock,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” But what Ali really is is a powerhouse. He’s driven, focused, honest, funny, engaging, and inspiring. In other words, a perfect ADD Comedy guest. Enjoy!
Rachel Dratch is today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky.” Finally! Rachel is a Second City alum, an alum of Saturday Night Live, one of the funniest folks to show up on “30 Rock,” is the author of “A Girl Walks into a Bar…,” a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner, was Wanda Jo on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and was in “The Awesomes.” Awesome is right. We chatted at a street-side wine bar in Manhattan. Enjoy the ambiance.
Rachel Dratch is today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky.” Finally! Rachel is a Second City alum, an alum of Saturday Night Live, one of the funniest folks to show up on “30 Rock,” is the author of “A Girl Walks into a Bar…,” a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner, was Wanda Jo on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and was in “The Awesomes.” Awesome is right. We chatted at a street-side wine bar in Manhattan. Enjoy the ambiance.
Today’s guest on ADD Comedy is Keiko Agena. Keiko’s been on “Scandal,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “House M.D.,” and, once and once again, “Gilmore Girls.” I know Keiko from the couple of years when I was her improv director working out of a small theater in a converted two-car garage! Keiko’s a bright light, she’s funny, she’s inspiring, and she’s sensitive. We hit all of it in this honest, true, grounded and, at time serious podchat. Keiko’s awesome, and I was really glad she came over to the apartment. Give it a listen.
Actor and writer Brad Morris is our guest today. Man, this was fun. Brad’s a Second City alum, who’s presently on USA Networks comedy “Playing House.” He’s been on “Veep,” “Cougar Town,” “Key and Peele,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “The Office.” Brad’s also a member of the legendary improv crew known as “The Reckoning.” He’s smart, funny, energized, and as glad to talk to me as I was to talk to him. Another episode where time ran us out. Give it a listen.
Today’s guest is Nate Herman director, writer, musician, artist, and fine human. Nate was my director at Second City where he midwifed the show with the longest name of any Second City show ever…I think. ``The Heliotrope Players` Production of Thornton Wilder`s American Classic, `Our Town,` as Directed by d`Eric Blakemore, or “Cash Stations of the Cross.” Nate has written for Saturday Night Live where he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He’s an alum of the The Second City, wrote for The National Lampoon Radio Hour. Nate performed and wrote on National Lampoon’s classic comedy “Lemmings.” Nate’s band, Wilderness Road, recorded for both Columbia Records and Warner/Reprise. Not too shabby. Nate has a great set of pipes, and you can hear him reading on the audiobook version of "The Ballad of A Small Talker" by Chris Churchill. We chatted at Chicago’s Heartland Cafe. Pull up a chair and give a listen.
Melanie Hutsell is our guest today, and boy was this podcast a blast to do. Melanie’s been on “Saturday Night Live,” “Transparent,” “United States of Tara,” and “Bridesmaids.” I know Melanie from her great work at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, where she performed in numerous shows with great titles like “The Miss Vagina Pageant,” and the cult classic “The Real Live Brady Bunch.” I was in that too, by the way. Yep, Davy Jones. YouTube it, folks. Enjoy Melanie and me. I did!
Writer and actor Julie Larson is our guest. I’ve known Julie from the days of the Second City Alumni Jam on the pier in Santa Monica. Julie’s written on “Mom,” “Are you there, Chelsea,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Dharma and Greg,” and “Last Man Standing.” Julie’s smart, sharp, honest, and not afraid to speak her mind. In other words, a great guest to chat with. Give it a listen.
Justin Kaufmann is our guest today, and boy was I looking forward to chatting with him. Justin is the host of Chicago’s WGN-720 radio show “The Download,” and well, that’s where we recorded this interview, which, by the way, was recorded after Justin interviewed me for his show. Justing worked for Chicago Public Radio’s WBEZ, but I know Justin from his great work with his comedy ensemble Schadenfreude. Their group was so awesome that they had their own show on ‘BEZ. Justin’s smart, funny, candid, and energized. Recorded at WGN-Radio on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. (My thanks to Co-Producer Peter Zimmerman!)
My guests are master improv teachers Susan Messing and Joe Bill. Susan, Joe and I worked together at iO, The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, and improv festivals across the world. They're former ADD guests, but this time we gathered for a powerful reason: The past few months have seen women improvisers express their frustration and anger at the prevailing culture of sexual harassment in improv schools and theaters across the US. We met to discuss the culture of women's sexual harassment in our improv community. Our intention was to have an honest and heartfelt discussion, to voice our culpability, and to look at our past actions and present opportunities to facilitate the creation of a healthy, truthful inspiring environment in the classroom, on the stage and in the world in which we so joyfully create. We engaged in this discussion with all the humanness that can be expected during this extraordinary evolutionary time.
Today’s guest is Rebecca Corry, and her pitbull Angel. Rebecca’s a stand-up of renown, and yes, she’s been on “The King of Queens,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” and was a series regular on NBC’s “One Big Happy,” but what Rebecca’s passionate about is her Stand Up For Pits Foundation. It’s a non-profit she founded which raises awareness and saves the lives of Pit Bull “type” dogs through advocating and educating. We talked about that while beautiful Angel snored in the background! Give us a listen!
Today’s guest is Reed Diamond. This podchat could have gone on for another two hours AT THE LEAST! It was a whirlwind talk with the actor you know from “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Agents of Shield,” “24,” “Judging Amy,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Moneyball,” and too many more to list here. Go to imdb if you got the time. I’m so glad to have had the time with Reed.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Rich Fulcher an old friend who has had quite a life. After studying to be a lawyer Rich decided he didn’t want to be a lawyer, but he just couldn’t stomach telling his mother. Thus gave birth to his show “Mom, I’m not a Lawyer.” Rich is best known for “The Mighty Boosh,” but he’s also been on “Drunk History,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Jon Benjamin has a Van,” “Review,” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” Rich is presently creating great digital content for Comedy Central. I’m glad he is. Here’s Rich Fulcher.
This is a very special ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky in that it’s NOT an ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky. This episode is actually ADD Comedy with Rose Abdoo INTERVIEWING Dave Razowsky. We thought what better idea to start the new year than start the new year with a start! Rose Abdoo is an alum of Second City, she's been in Gilmore Girls, Scandal, The Grinder, Hotel Transylvania, The Comeback, Gray’s Anatomy, and had a very moving and personal turn on Parenthood. I discussed her challenge with cancer on my 2015 interview with Rose’s husband, writer John Matta. Rose asked our mutual friends what questions they’d ask if they were to interview me. The questions are probing, funny, moving, surprising, and lovely. Just like Rose Abdoo.
Today’s guest is Jonathan Mangum. Jonathan is Wayne Brady’s co-host on CBS’s “Let’s Make a Deal,” and he’s been a series regular on Wayne’s “The Wayne Brady Show,” “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, “The Drew Carey Show,” Comedy Central’s “The Stripmall,” and “Drew Carey’s Improv-a-ganza.” He’s performed at Carnegie Hall and does several yearly performances in Vegas. But really, he’s just a funny man who’s been working steadily for many, many years. Tune in if you want to know the secret to getting on “Whose Line is it Anyway?”. This is a good one.
Today’s guest is writer, artist and friend John Matta. I thought I’d be talking with John about his experiences writing for Jamie Kennedy, Andy Dick, Martin Short, or Brad Garrett, but like any great improv scene, things didn’t go in that direction. Instead we talked about the journey John was on while his wife (and my dear friend) Rose Abdoo was going through her experience with cancer. This moving episode will inspire you and remind you how great it is to have supportive and loving people in your life, and how you never know where these challenges will take you. For example, have you seen John’s “Matta Napkins”? They're on line and come Xmas they'll be in a book! This is one hell of a moving episode.
We’re celebrating Stephen Colbert’s September 8th inaugural episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by rereleasing our interview from a couple of years back. It’s perfect. We talk about the process of working on a show, having a vision, leading an “institution,” and the process of process. Stephen also reminds me that I was with him when discovered that he wanted to go into comedy for living! There’s SO much laughter in this episode. It’s SO GOOD!
Today’s guest is J. Elaine Marcos. J. Elaine is a Broadway actress having had principal roles in “Annie,” “A Chorus Line,” and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” She’s been seen on “30 Rock,” “Rescue Me,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” As if that’s not enough, she’s done standup at Caroline’s and lists “Canadian” as a special skill on her resume. We talked about surrendering to folks who want to help you, the absurdity of being responsible for representing your ethnicity, witnessing the presence that is Jackie Hoffman, and learning from the kids in her Broadway cast of “Annie.” She’s a wonderful breath of fresh air. I'll see you on the other side.
Today’s guest on "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is actor/writer Michael Stoyanov. Michael’s best known for his five years on “Blossom,” but he’s also been on “Reno 911,” “The Dark Knight,” “Justified,” and he had a memorable arc on "Beverly Hills, 90210.” He talks about George Clooney’s graciousness, the benefits of working out of your wheelhouse, American politics, and the joy of watching someone watching “Breaking Bad." This, listeners, is a good one.
Today’s guest on "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Andy Richter. Andy’s the guy who’s been at Conan O’Brien’s side from show one! Andy’s been nominated for seven Primetime Emmys, he’s been on “Arrested Development,” “Talladega Nights,” “Madagascar,” and, who can forget, “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”? We talk about Andy Richter as a “brand," being a part of showbiz history, James Burrows “fun clause,” Conan's successful learning curve, and a “revealing" night I once had with Andy and his wife in Manhattan. Taped in front of a live audience at iO West’s 13th Annual “Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival.” This is just two friends chatting. In other words, another great episode.
Today’s guest is Claudia Wallace. Claudia’s an alum of Chicago’s Second City, has been in “Shameless,” “Hung,” “Fred Claus,” Witless Protection,” and “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With,” but her biggest role is that of Claudia Wallace! She’s living between Chicago and LA, and making it work. We discussed what it means to be a mentor, accepting that you actually have something to say, finding your voice, and saying it, and the artistic importance of having wonderful people in your corner. Well, she’s in our corner. Enjoy my discussion with Claudia Wallace.
On location at Camp Magnet in Iroquois Springs, NY, home of the Magnet Theater’s “Camp Magnet.” Today’s guest is Ed Herbstman. He’s interesting, electric, smart, and courageous. Ed’s an improvisor, improv teacher, and co-founder of New York’s Magnet Theater. Ed was a writer on HBO’s “Da Ali G Show,” he works in radio and podcasts, and in the middle of all of that, he was a cop for the New York Police Department. We talk about that and, how if you’re thinking about having a baby, think first about getting a sailboat. This interview puts the “ADD” back into our podcast’s title.
Today we’re re-releasing our podchat with writer and actor Cindy Caponera. She wrote, “I Triggered Her Bully,” a collection of hilarious and touching personal essays drawn from her experience growing up on Chicago’s South Side. It was published on Kindle, but was just released on audible.com, read by Cindy herself. Yes, Cindy’s written for Saturday Night Live, “Shameless,” and “Nurse Jackie,” but she’s so much more. Cindy’s smart, funny, pointed, real, honest, and truthful. This is one of my favorite interviews.
Today’s guest, Irene White, has been in “The Middle,” The Millers,” “Men, Women & Children,” “The Green Hornet,” “Carpoolers,” and so many more shows and movies, but what’s really wonderful about Irene is how wonderful Irene is. Our interview centered around Irene’s return to Los Angeles after over four years seeing if she could make a move to Austin, Texas. We talked about the rabbit hole that is “hope,” how jealousy can be quashed by a good cookie metaphor, and the joy of a well-crafted catch phrase. Enjoy.
Today’s guest, Brian Lohmann, has, yes, been on “American Body Shop,” “World Cup Comedy,” “Ask Rita,” and “Rugrats,” but what Brian’s really known for is his love of theater and improvisation. Impro Theatre, the company where he’s the associate artistic director, has performed at The Broad Stage, Aspen Comedy Festival, The Globe Playhouse in LA, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Our podcast discussion gets a little “inside baseball,” as the saying goes, but we hit on how theatre makes you a more complete human, finding your passion, and, as Quincy Jones says, finding “your lightning, and ride your lightning.” It’s so worth a listen!
Today’s guest is writer Harry Hannigan. Harry was a staff writer and a producer on Jim Belushi’s show “According to Jim,” was writer on “Fresh Hell, Nickelodeon’s “Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures,” and “Dog with a Blog.” He’s my friend and I find him to be one of the funniest folks I know. It’s one of those old school “ADD” conversations. We talk about the writer’s journey to being staffed, the crap writers have to go through to get to the good stuff, and Harry’s white noise white noise. That’s not a typo. It’s a Harry thing. What a blast.
Today’s guest is Maribeth Monroe. We’re reissuing her 2013 interview to celebrate Maribeth’s newest role in HBO’s “The Brink,” also starring Jack Black and Asif Mandvi. Maribeth’s Alice Murphy on “Workaholics,” she’s been on “Parks and Recreation,” “Key and Peele,” “According to Jim,” and “Thank God You’re Here.” Maribeth and I discussed living the journey you’re supposed to have with each other, having no fear of failure, and the important difference between the phrase “A loose butthole,” and “a tight butthole. Yep, it was a very important interview.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky," is Karen Graci. Karen’s an alum of The Second City, where she performed in their first USO Tour in the middle east, she's a member of the great group “King Ten,” iO West’s longest-running House Harold Team, she’s a two-time Del Close Award nominee for “Best Scripted Show at iO,” for her show “Her Potential.” Karen and I talked about finding your artistic voice, how quitting acting guided her writing career, and, we discussed, well, basically getting off your ass and doing what it is that you’re here to do! She’s a joy. You’ll see. I’ll talk to you on the other side.
Today we’re rereleasing our 2014 interview with actress Judy Fabjance. Judy’s show “Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer,” has its Los Angeles debut, Wednesday, June 17th, 8pm, at Second City Hollywood. Judy’s a former student of mine, as well as one of the bravest artists I’ve ever met. She performs her show with her wife Kelly Beeman. In this very personal, honest, and truthful interview Judy and I discuss finding miracles in the everyday things, the myth of selfishness, and the best answer I’ve ever heard to the question, “Why is this happening to me??” If you know someone who’s going through what Judy’s going through, or if you’ve gone through this yourself, well, this talk is for you. It’s so good.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” is Dave Holmes. You might have seen Dave on "Reno 911," AXS TV’s “MOCKPocalypse,” FX, or MTV, where he was the first runner-up in their “Wanna Be a VJ?” contest, parlaying the loss into a nice career at the network. Dave’s the “Somewhere in Time” columnist for New York Magazine, is the culture columnist for Esquire, and is finishing his book "Party of One," to be released in the spring of 2016. Those are just facts. We chatted about how a single ant can make you realize how vast life is, how a seizure warning got Dave in hot water in the blogosphere, and getting work in LA because you want to. This is a really good one.
We salute Michael Gellman by reissuing the 2014 “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” interview we had in Chicago. Michael has moved to Canada after working for years at Chicago’s Second City. At SC Michael was a performer, then a director and a well-respected teacher. throughout Chicago. Michael is as close to a mentor as I have, and I wish him great success!
Today’s guest on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky is Beth Kligerman, Director of Talent and Talent Development at Chicago’s Second City. She’s been with the Second City for over 20 years and has nurtured some of Second City’s finest actors including Keegan-Michael Key, T.J. Miller, and Jason Sudekis. She’s also been on over 60 cruises, and if you’re auditioning for her would love for you to have a mischievous twinkle in your eye! Recorded at Chicago’s Second City.
Today’s guest on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky is Lily Vonnegut. Lily is an good friend, and this candid, at times foul, conversation with the funny, brash voice-over artist is hilarious. Lily voices Brittnay Matthews, Mikayla Van Buren, and Judith Dinsmore in the 90 million (!) viewed YouTube series (that’s NEVER safe for work), “The Most Popular Girls in School.” (I play the alcoholic Mrs. Van Buren!) Lily is the daughter of writer Kurt Vonnegut and photojournalist and author Jill Krementz. Lily’s a blast!
Today on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky, we’re re-releasing our interview with screenwriter Kay Cannon to celebrate the release of her film, “Pitch Perfect 2,” the sequel to her wildly successful "Pitch Perfect." Kay, a writer on “30 Rock," is so smart and funny and honest and inspiring, that it’s no wonder that her first film made over $60 million dollars domestically. We talk about “Pitch Perfect’s” journey to inception, Rebel Wilson’s kindness (which lead to her being cast), and Kay’s part in "30 Rock’s" most expensive joke. Recorded at the LA Scripted Comedy Festival at iO West in Los Angeles. Thanks to James Grace and crew!
On ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky, we’re re-releasing our Scott Lowell interview to celebrate Scott Lowell! Scott was on Broadway in “The Elephant Man,” starring Bradley Cooper, which was just nominated for four, count ‘em, four Tony awards, and is heading to LONDON! Aside from this great accomplishment, Scott has been on “Bones," "American Dad!,” “Heroes,” “CSI,” and played Ted Schmidt in the groundbreaking Showtime series “Queer as Folk.” Congrats, Scott!
Today’s guest on ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky is Lance Kinsey. Lance is a Second City alum who’s been in five "Police Academy" movies, "Loaded Weapon," and was a consultant on "Whose Line is it, Anyway?" Lance is making the film fest circuit promoting “All Stars,” the film he wrote, produced, and directed. We talked about what it means to be on set for the first time, the creative process, our love for the Second City family, and working with, and stalking, celebrities. Lance was one of the first folks I ever saw on a Second City stage, and he remains one of my favorites.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” is actor Ptolemy Slocum. Yeah, he’s been in “The Wire,” “Looking,” “Veep,” “The Sopranos,” and more. Yeah, he’s running the new school at The Nerdist here in LA. But prior to this podcast he and I never met nor talked, yet through this chat I discovered a kindred improv spirit! Ptolemy talks about conquering fear, the power in not following the improv rules, and the best storage for your stuff is, well, at the store. I’ve never had a podchat like this.
Paul Stroili’s our guest today on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky." I know Paul from the theatre world in Chicago. Paul’s done an extensive amount of TV work, but he also wrote and starred in the film “The Beating,” which has been well received at nearly a dozen film fests. Paul was nominated for an Ovation Award for “Best Solo Performance” for “Paul Stroili’s Straight Up with a Twist,” which enjoyed over 1400 performances nationwide. Our podchat covered Actors Equity’s 99-seat ruling, creating from adversity, and answers the question “How is it that improv is like pizza and blow jobs?”. Yep, it’s covered.
Today’s guests are Deb Lacusta and Dan Castellaneta. I’ve known Deb and Dan since the early ‘80s, when I was cast in a play Deb and Dan wrote for Chicago's Bailiwick Theatre. Improvisationally Deb’s performed with the great Spolin Players, and The Second City Alumni Jam. She’s written for “The Simpsons,” “The Tracy Ullman Show,” and co-wrote and performed in “Deb & Dan’s Show,” with her collaborator, acting partner and husband Dan Castellaneta, of “The Simpsons” fame. I remember watching Dan perform at Second City etc., and felt so lucky when we could all play together out here in LA. We spoke about process, ambition, taking risks, and some great people we’ve worked with. We recorded our interview at The Fanatic Salon in LA’s westside. This is a good one.
ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky celebrates Brian Stack. After years writing for Conan, Brian moves back to NYC to write for...Late Night with Stephen Colbert! We couldn't be happier, so we're re-releasing Dave's interview with Brian. Congrats, Mr. Stack and family. You're good, sir.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy” is Jeffrey Nicholas Brown. You’ve seen him. guaranteed. In HBO’s “True Blood” he played Sookie’s dad, he’s been on “Modern Family,” “Arrested Development,” and he’s currently a series regular on Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger.” You probably didn’t recognize him as one of the blue guys in The Blue Man Group. Yep. He’s one of them. He’s positive, enlightened, funny. In other words, the perfect ADD Comedy guest.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Adrian Wenner. Adrian’s an actor, a writer, a producer, and a really fun person to have a podchat with. He produced and wrote on “Whitney,” “Mad Love,” “My Boys” (working with his wife and the show’s Executive Producer--and ADD Podcast guest--Betsy Thomas!). He’s been seen on “My Boys,” “Becker,” “Scrubs,” but what I love about Adrian Wenner is what a great improviser he is. Great thing about this podcast? Adrian learns something about his family that prior to our interview he never knew! It’s a good one.
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is James Thomas Bailey. James is the Artistic Director of the CSz Los Angeles and ComedySportz, the longest running show in the history of Los Angeles (26 years). He has also produced and directed many other hit improvisational theatre productions, including Chickspeare, now in its fifth season. Dave worked with James on TV’s “Kwik Witz.” Who could ever forget that?
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Kevin McGeehan. Kevin is an alum of The Second City National Touring Company, an improvisor, and the creator and host of “Funny Cuz It’s True” (a live spoken word show and a podcast hosted by Kevin). On “The Moth,” Kevin told the heartbreaking and inspiring story about a party he threw for his mother final month alive. This episode is quite inspiring.
Betsy Thomas is our guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky.” Betsy knows comedy. She’s been behind a score of shows that have made you laugh and made you wanna hang out with the characters she’s helped create. She’s a writer, a producer and a director. She was the executive producer and creator of My Boys, the exec producer of Bad Judge, co-executive producer of Guys with Kids, exec producer of Whitney. This is another good one!
Pete Hulne is our “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” guest! Pete’s a member of the great improv group “Beer Shark Mice,” and he’s been on “Brooklyn 9-9,” “The Middle,” “American Body Shop,” “Anchorman,” “Elf,” and “The Office.”
Dave Lewman is a playwright and an author who has written for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, Drawn Together on The Cartoon Network, and Third Rock from the Sun, Mel Brooks’s Spaceballs: The Animated Series. Dave’s the author of 87 books (!), and has written 71 Spongebob comics.
Ithamar Enriquez is an alum of The Second City, and has been seen on “Key and Peele,” “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. Ithamar is running his hit show “Ithamar Has Nothing to Say” at The Second City Hollywood Saturday nights at 8pm through April 25th.
In honor of the releasing of the book “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ and Dave Book,” ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley" is re-releasing the podcast interview we did with the legendary improv duo at the Detroit Improv Festival a couple of years back. Pam Victor contributed to the book, which is described as an "in-depth look at the techniques, principles, theory and ideas behind what they do is both authoritative and entertaining.” This book’s available at bookstores and at Amazon.
Rob Riley is an alum of The Second City, a Joseph Jefferson Award-nominated actor, and a former writer on Saturday Night Live. Rob’s been in “Groundhog Day,” “Chicago Fire,” the 2010 version of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and co-wrote, directed and performed in the legendary show “Wild Men!” at Chicago’s Body Politic and The West Side in New York. Rob has performed at The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Dorian Frankel is an actor and a casting director. Included in the television shows she has cast are “Parks and Recreation,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Eagleheart,” and “Maron.” She’s also worked as a casting assistant on “The Office,” “Talladega Nights…,” “Arrested Development,” among others.
For 11 years Tony Thaxton was the drummer for the band “Motion City Soundtrack.” In 2013 he left the world of rock and roll and started the “Feliz Navipod,” a year round Christmas themed comedy podcast. Tony also co-hosts the podcast “U Two Talkin’ U2 to Me Too? Yes.,” a podcast where they talk about the podcast “”U Talkin’ U2 To Me?”. Thaxton has also been drumming for the band “The Pride of Erie PA,” and writing his own songs.
Alan Myerson. Alan is an Emmy-nominated director who in 1963 founded San Francisco’s political sketch companyThe Committee. Alan directed the movie Steelyard Blues (starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland), and on television Friends, Ellen, Laverne & Shirley, The Larry Sanders Show, NewsRadio, Miami Vice, among many others.
Ian Deitchman, with longtime writing partner Kristin Rusk Robinson, was most recently a writer on the acclaimed NBC series PARENTHOOD and co-wrote the screenplay for the Warner Bros. film LIFE AS WE KNOW IT. Ian and his partner have been working screenwriters in Los Angeles for over a decade, and Ian served two terms as a board member of the Writers Guild of America, west.
To commemorate the season finale of “Parks and Recreation,” “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley” is re-releasing our interview with Jim O’Heir. Jim played the character Jerry Gergich for the entire run of the series. Jim has also appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “The Mentalist."
“ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley” is re-releasing our interview with Scott Adsit. Scott stars in “Big Hero 6,” which is nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Feature. Scott was a fellow cast member with Dave on Second City’s mainstage, and played Pete on NBC’s “30 Rock.” Scott was in “St. Vincent,” and was a driving force behind the cult classics “Moral Orel,” and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole.”
Sunday, February 15th, NBC will air a special commemorating Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary. ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley will commemorate it by re-releasing our 2013 interview with 10-year SNL veteran Tim Meadows. Tim was also in “The Ladies Man,” “Mean Girls,” “Bob’s Burgers,” 11 episodes of “The Colbert Report,” and much more. Congratulations!
Chris Tallman. Chris plays Hank Thunderman on Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans,” and was also a series regular on NBC’s “Thank God You’re Here.” Chris was Gary the Klansman on “Reno 911,” and has played recurring characters on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” and “The Wastelander,” and has appeared on “Community,” “Bones,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “The Mentalist."
Lloyd Ahlquist. AKA “EpicLLOYD," is the co-creater of "Epic Rap Battles" (along with his partner Peter Shukoff) one of his three YouTube channels. “Epic Rap Battles” has received four “Streamy Awards” and has had over 1 billion views. That’s “billion” with a “b.” Lloyd’s solo YouTube channel, “Dis Raps For Hire,” has had over a quarter million views. Lloyd was one of the founding members of Mission IMPROVable, and continues to perform in “The Grind” at his M.I. Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica
Jill Soloway. Jill is now a Golden Globe winner for her show “Transparent.” In honor of her wins “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley” is re-releasing our interview. This strong, focused, funny, inspired, and inspiring artist is best known for her work on “Six Feet Under,” “The United States of Tara,” for winning the director award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for her feature film “Afternoon Delight.”
Alexandra Billings. Alex is an actress and singer who is currently starring as the character Davina on Amazon’s TV series “Transparent,” winner of two Golden Globe awards. Alex was the first transgendered female to play a transgendered female on television. She's been in "Eli Stone,” "Nurses,” "Grey's Anatomy," and "ER." She has been in productions at Steppenwolf Theater, and is a teacher for Steppenwolf Theatre in LA.
Brandon Sornberger. Brandon is a writer and an improviser who has been on “Parks and Recreation,” “Criminal Minds,” and ABC’s “Switched at Birth.” He was also the host of “The Soup Presents: Pop Quiz” for The E! Network, and “The Rant” for VH1. He performs at UCB in LA.
Sam Richardson. Sam is an alum of The Second City Mainstage, and has been in “We’re the Millers,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” and the upcoming “Spy.” Sam was a recurring in “The Office,” and is currently a regular on HBO’s “Veep.”
In honor of Dave’s old Second City pal Steve Carell getting an Oscar nomination for “Foxcatcher,” “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley” is rereleasing his 2014 interview with us. Find out how Dave and Steve got fired from Second City, the infamous “blood on the duvet cover” story. Congratulations, and good luck, Steve!
Aaron Krebs. Aaron is an alum of iO, and has been on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Damon Wayan’s Underground,” “ Campus Ladies,” “Jane the Virgin,” and, the YouTube series “The Most Popular Girls in School,” (of which Dave is also a cast member). Aaron is a part owner of Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, and is a professional poker player.
Ali Liebegott. Ali is the award-winning author of the books "Cha-Ching!,” “The IHOP Papers,” and “The Beautifully Worthless.” Ali’s currently a staff writer on “Transparent,” Amazon’s Golden Globe-nominated series.
Judy Carter. Judy is a stand-up, a magician, and a motivational speaker. She's the author of four books on self-improvment and comedy including “The Message of You,” and “The Comedy Bible,” one of the essential books on stand-up comedy.
Mel Shimkovitz. Mel is a performing artist, drawer and novice mentalist splitting time between Los Angeles and mile marker 31, New Mexico. Mel spent her early years training in comedy, ventriloquism and dysfunction-- confounding and delighting folk on the bat mitzvah circuit of greater North suburban Chicagoland. Spending most of her adult life in New York and Paris, she is the co-founder of the musical art collective Voodoo-EROS for which she curated and created diverse nice items like soft metal records, international fiestas, functional art, adventuresome websites and fictitious communities filled with fraudulent personas. Seen recently on Amazon's TRANSPARENT, Devon Kirkpatrick's MA/DDY, and various funny/sad viral videos, Mel is working towards becoming America's He-She sweetheart.
Dylan Jones. Dylan is a singer, choreographer and an actress. Dylan has appeared in the films “Ghost World,” “Evan Almighty,” and “A Leading Man.” Dylan performs in LA at the Elephant Theatre, Zoo District, and Antaeus Theatre.
Lucas Neff. Lucas is a Chicago-born actor who’s played Jimmy Chance in the FOX series “Raising Hope.” Lucas was also in John Sayles film “Amigo,” the mini-series "7p/10e,” and will be seen in the upcoming film “Glitch.” Lucas improvises in “Odd Man,” at iO West in Los Angeles.
Dean Haglund. Dean is best known as Richard ‘Ringo’ Langly, one of the “Lone Gunmen” on FOX’s “X-Files.” Dean was also a star on FOX’s series “The Lone Gunmen,” as well as having appeared on “Bones,” and “Robocop.” Dean’s also a painter, an inventor of the Chillpak to chill laptops, and the host of the podcast "Chillpak Hollywood Hour.”
John Kapelos. Second City alum John Kapelos has been in “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Roxanne,” and “Nothing in Common.” John’s had recurring roles on “Justified,” “Queer as Folk,” and “Desperate Housewives.” He also co-starred in “Seinfeld,” “Monk,” and “The West Wing.”
Bill Chott. Bill is an alum of The Second City, having toured with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He was a regular on “The Dana Carvey Show” (also starring Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert), and “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Bill was in “Freaks and Geeks,” “Monk,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and in the films “Galaxy Quest,” “Dude, Where’s My Car,” and “The Ringer.”
Becky Thyre. Becky has been on "Arrested Development," “Weeds," "Parks and Recreation," "Mr. Show," "True Blood," "Six Feet Under," just to name a few. She’s a playwright who’s work has been seen at Sacred Fools theater’s cult classic “Serial Killers.”
Kelly Leonard. Kelly is the Executive Vice President of The Second City and President of Second City Theatricals. Kelly’s worked at the Second City since 1988, and has produced revues there that have included Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Seth Myers, Adam McKay, Rachel Dratch, Amy Sedaris, and scores of others. Kelly’s recent productions included “The Second City’s ‘A Christmas Carol: Twist My Dickens,’” and “The Second City Guide to Opera” featuring Renee Fleming and Patrick Stewart with Lyric Opera Chicago.
Alison Riley. Alison has worked at The Second City since 1985, having risen through the ranks to general manager and now Co-Producer. She’s seen many generations of performers there, including Dan Castellaneta, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and many others. Dave recorded this podcast on location at The Second City in Chicago.
Jean Villepique. Jean is an alum of The Second City and iO, and wrote and performed in three solo shows at UCB in LA. Jean’s been on “30 Rock,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Office,” "Modern Family,” among other TV and film appearances. She can be seen in the soft-rock cover duo “The Artists,” with Kit Pongetti.
Natasha Pearl Hansen. Natasha is a stand-up comedian who performs across the country including The World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Caroline's on Broadway in New York, and South by Southwest in Austin. She has also performed at The Del Close Comedy Festival and is currently working on "Spare Change" a film from the producers of "Orange Is the New Black" and "Weeds."
Anil Kumar. Anil is a classically trained actor who has been in “State of Affairs,” “The Cape,” “24,” “Six Feet Under,” among other television appearances. Anil was in the Broadway production of “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,”and has just completed a run “Rise and Shine (I Thought I Was White),” an autobiographical play.
Steve Hofstetter. Steve is the host and excutive producer of "Laughs" on Fox Network. He has appeared on CBS' "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,"E's "True Hollywood Story,"Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood,"ESPN's "Quite Frankly," and ABC's Barbara Walters Special," among others. He is a former weekly columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL. His fifth album "Pick Your Battles" reached #1 on iTunes' comedy charts.
Laura Hall. Laura is the musical director for “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” She’s toured nationally with “Drew Carey and The Improv Allstars,” and has played for The Groundlings, Annoyance Theater, iO, “Opening Night: The Musical,” and Theatresports. She is an alum of The Second City, where she was also the musical director. She travels the country playing in her band “The Sweet Potatoes,” and teaches musical improv with her husband Second City alum (and former ADD Comedy guest) Rick Hall. At the end of today's interview we have a special bonus track of Laura's band "The Sweet Potatoes." performing "Anyone but Me." More info about Laura can be found at her website http://www.laurahall.com/
Eric Hunicutt. Eric is a veteran improvisor, actor, improv coach, and acting teacher who has performed at Austin’s “Out of Bounds” comedy festival, The North Carolina Arts Festival, and weekly in iO West’s “The Reckoning.” Eric is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, teaches with the prestigious Steppenwolf Classes West, Second City, Warner Loughlin Studios, and iO West.
Paul Vaillancourt co-founded with Charna Halpern iO West. He’s a well-respected teacher at iO, having studied with Del Close. He’s appeared at UCB in New York, and in television has been seen on “The Drew Carey Show,” “Girls Behaving Badly,” and the UPN sitcom “Half & Half.” Paul has written for MTV, VH1, USA, Oxygen, Bravo, and AMC.
Mitch Rouse. Mitch is an alum of Second City, and, with Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, created the cult comedy classics “Exit 57” and “Strangers with Candy.” Mitch wrote and directed the movies “Employee of the Month” and “Without a Paddle.” Mitch also created, wrote and directed “Factory,” Spike TV’s first venture into comedy, starring improv legend Dave Pasquesi.
Maripat Donovan. Maripat is the star and co-writer of "Late Night Catechism," which won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. There have been six sequels to Late Night. In Chicago, Maripat earned two Joseph Jefferson Awards for her role in "Portrait of a Shiksa" as member of the ensemble The Good Times are Killing Me. She’s presently traveling around the country with her new show "I Married a Neanderthal, and Other Modern Problems."
Ann Ryerson is a Second City alum who was directed by Harold Ramis, and was in casts with Bill Murray, John Belushi, Betty Thomas. She’s been in “Caddyshack,” “Minority Report,” and “A Wedding.” Ann was a regular on “Pvt. Benjamin,” and has appeared in “Mad Men,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and numerous episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as the recurring character Nan Funkhouser.
Edi Patterson. Edi is a member of The Groundlings who’s written for Saturday Night Live, is a regular on Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence’s “Partners,” and has been on “Californication,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Edi has also performed with Drew Carey’s “Improv-A-Ganza” shows in Las Vegas.
Jaime Moyer. Jaime is a Second City alum, who has been in “Parks and Recreation,” “Bonnie Blake: Parole Officer,” and has had recurring guest roles on “Jennifer Falls” on TVland. Jaime performs regularly at iO West and The Second City Hollywood.
John Lehr. John co-created and stars in the Hulu series “Quick Draw.” John also co-created and starred in TBS’s “10 Items or Less.” Both series rely heavily on improvisation. John was one of the original Geico Cavemen, has also appeared in the films “The Sweetest Thing,” and has performed at Steppenwolf Theatre, Organic Theater, and The Montreal Comedy Festival.
Melanie Chartoff. Melanie was the voice of Didi and Minka on “Rugrats,” was a series regular on “Fridays,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “Newhart,” and “Weird Science.” Melanie was also “Seinfeld,” “Married with Children,” and “Wiseguy.” Melanie teaches improv and acting in Los Angeles. For information go to Chartoffteaching.com.
Jennifer Winters. Jennifer has been on “Squad 85,” was a regular on “Big News,” and a member of The Second City’s Norwegian Cruise Line cast. Jennifer's a sought-after Bikram yoga instructor, a massage therapist, and is credited by Dave Razowsky as being the person who is most responsible for his journey of mindfulness and awareness.
Frank Caeti. Frank is a Second City alum who was a cast member and writer on “MADtv." Frank also been on “Key and Peele,” “The Jay Leno Show,” ““The Craft Store,” and “Reno 911.” Frank performs in FrankenMatt an improv/sketch show with Second City alum (and former ADD guest) Matt Craig.
Brian O’Connell has been in “The Girls Room,” “Red Dirt Rising,” and the Internet series, “Mr. Wrong” and “Model Ball.” He wrote and directed “Killer View,” the first feature film to be shot exclusively on a disposable video camera. Brian teaches improv at iO West, and is core faculty at The Miles Stroth Workshops.
Judy Fabjance. Judy is a former student of Dave’s, and has been performing with (and is a founding member of) GayCo Productions, a not-for-profit theatre ensemble that creates sketch-comedy revues based on gay/lesbian themes. Judy's studied at Second City, The Annoyance Theater, and Columbia College. Judy wrote and performed at Second City’s Skybox theater “Are You There, Judy? It’s Me Cancer,” and is currently performing her second show “Tales of Stage 4 Cancer,” about her undergoing treatment for stage 4 breast cancer.
Jonathan Pitts. Jonathan is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the prestigious Chicago Improv Festival. He teaches at The Second City in Chicago, and has performed and taught in Norway, England and Canada. Jonathan is a contributing writer to the best seller "An Improv Almanac."
Michael McCarthy. Michael is a Second City alum who has written for "Saturday Night Live," "The Drew Carey Show," "Mike and Molly," "Whose Line is it Anyway," and "Sesame Street." Michael created "The Cat Laughs," Ireland's first comedy festival. He is married to Susan Messing who makes a cameo in this podcast interview.
Jenna Jolovitz. Jenna is a Second City alum. She wrote on over 25 episodes of MadTv, was an executive story editor on “Greetings from Tucson,” appeared in “Second City’s 149 1/2 Edition” with Dave and Steve Carell. Jenna was a guest writer on Saturday Night Live, and teaches at Second City Hollywood.
Matt Craig. Matt an alum of The Second City and has appeared on “Key and Peele,” “The Office,” and “According to Jim.” He an Emmy-nominated writer who’s written for "Saturday Night Live,” and is currently writing for WB’s “Wabbit.” Matt is also part of the improv duo “Frankenmatt” with Frank Caeti.
Jim Staahl. Jim is an Emmy-winning writer, a performer, and actor. Jim’s a Second City alum who has written for Steve Martin, Sid Caesar, and Steve Allen. Jim's appeared on "Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Normal Life,” and was a regular on “Mork and Mindy.” Jim’s Second City cast included Harold Ramis and John Belushi, and Jim was a friend and colleague of the late Robin Williams. In this episode Jim discusses the joys and challenges of working with Robin."
Bobbie Oliver. Bobbie is a stand up who has appeared on TNN, at The Riviera in Las Vegas, The Ice House, The Improv, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, The Comedy Store. Bobbie founded Standup Academy and in 2013 she opened Tao Comedy Studio where she teaches her Tao Of Comedy workshops. She’s the author of the The Tao of Comedy, which Maria Bamford said “is the equivalent of a great headliner spending the week with you…cheering you on."
Patrick Bristow. Patrick has been in “Austin Powers,” “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “The Transformers,” “Showgirls,” and “The Longest Yard.” On television, Patrick has appeared in “Ellen,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “King of the Hill,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “The Family Guy.” Patrick’s an alum of “The Groundlings,” and has toured worldwide with “Stuffed and Unstrung” for the Jim Henson Company.
Julie Brister. Julie has been on “Parks and Recreation,” “The New Normal,” “Conan,” “Reno 911,” “Little Britain USA,” and “Onion News Network.” She’s a teacher at UCB in LA, and has directed dozens of shows throughout the US.
Paul Stein. Paul is the Executive Producer at the Comedy Central Stage, a development performance venue for the television network in Hollywood. In his close to twenty years of professional experience, Paul was a Venue Producer for over ten years at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and Venue Supervisor at all five TCF: Comedy Festivals in Las Vegas produced by HBO and TBS. Paul directed comedian W. Kamau Bell’s Ending Racism in About an Hour at P.S. 122 in New York and various theater across the country, and is the Artistic Director of The Solo Collective.
Paul Willson. Paul was Leonard Smith on “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” has appeared in numerous episodes of “The Larry Sanders Show”, “George & Leo,” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” He is best known for his character Paul Krapence on “Cheers." Paul’s a well-respected improv player, and a member of the improv troupe “Off the Wall,” the resident company at Hollywood’s “The Improv” for 14 years.
Dawn Westlake. Dawn is president of Ron de Caña Prods. in Los Angeles, a film production company she founded in 1998. As a director/writer/producer/actress, she's made 16 short films since 2000 in the US, Portugal, Spain and France that have played on all 7 continents and won 44 awards, including honors from JVC-Tokyo and Canon USA, Inc. Dawn has also judged film festivals in Italy, France and Chicago. In 2013, Dawn directed the TV series "Look Who's Stalking" for NBCUniversal in Los Angeles. It aired on the BIO Network in the spring of 2013. Originally from Chicagoland, she wrote sketches and designed games for three seasons of WGN-TV's "The Bozo Show", starring Joey D'Auria. She also studied at the Players Workshop of the Second City and at the Second City Training Center.
Dr. John Mayer. Dr. Mayer is the chair of the theater department at California State University in Stanislaus, CA. He is a former student of Paul Sills, Sheldon Patinkin, Alan Arkin and Del Close, and studied acting at Steppenwolf Theatre company with John Malkovich. Dr. Mayer is a coordinator for the California Summer Arts Festival, and recruited hundreds of actors and artists to study with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Style Comedy, Second City, and sketch comedy writing. Recorded at CSU Monterey Bay, home of the California Summer Arts Festival.
Ed Lee. Ed has written for "Norm," "Are You There, Chelsea?," "Muppets Tonight," and "The Drew Carey Show." Ed teaches writing at iO, and recorded this "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley" podcast from the prestigious California Summer Arts Festival in Monterey Bay, CA.
Joey D’Auria has been on “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “Late Night with David Letterman, and voice-over work on numerous animated series. Joey is best known, though, for his 20 year run as Bozo on WGN’s “The Bozo Show.”
Michael Shepperd. Michael has been on Criminal Minds, Frasier, Monk, Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, ER, and Strong Medicine, plus numerous independent and short films. Michael is co-Artistic Director of The Celebration Theater, he's had four Joseph Jefferson nominations, and was named one of LA’s Most Fascinating People for LA Weekly’s People 2014 issue.
Bernadette Birkett. Bernadette is an Emmy-award winning actress who has been on Cheers, The Larry Sanders Show, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Taxi, The Jeffersons, and St. Elmo’s Fire. Bernadette, the wife of George Wendt, is a Second City alum and a member of “Off the Wall” improv group.
Sam Pancake. Sam was in “Arrested Development,” “Will & Grace,” “Lovespring Interantional,” and “Kitchen Confidential.” He was in the films “Legally Blonde 2,” “Win a Date with Tad Hunter,” and “A Lot Like Love.” Sam wrote "Space Station 76,” which is being released by Sony in September, and he’s a recurring character on the internationally popular web-series "Where The Bears Are."
Pat Towne. Pat was nominated for an Ovation award for his direction of Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage,” as well as “Gorey Stories.” He’s a founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, originating the role of The Clown in their cult classic “Coed Prison Sluts.” Pat also originated the role of Greg in Annoyance’s production of “The Real Live Brady Bunch,” and he’s currently in “Stoneface” at Pasadena Playhouse. Pat’s a teacher at The Second City, and has been in “Eagleheart,” “Boston Legal,” and “Desperate Housewives."
Scott Lowell. Scott has been on “Bones," on "American Dad!,” “Heroes,” “CSI,” and played Ted Schmidt in the groundbreaking Showtime series “Queer as Folk.” In September Scott will be heading to Broadway where he’ll be in “The Elephant Man” starring Bradley Cooper.
Marc Warzecha. Marc is a Second City alumni, and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood. Marc was in six resident companies at Second City, and his satirical writing has been featured on ABC's "Nightline,"Newsweek magazine, and the Washington Post. Marc's been a guest on CNN's "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and NPR's "All Things Considered." He directed the Center Theatre Group's production of "The Second City's Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, starring Dan Castellaneta (FOX's "The Simpsons") and Larry Joe Campbell (ABC's "According to Jim").
Sam Bennett is the author of “Get it Done: From Procrastination to creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day.” Sam’s also a teacher, and an actor who got her start at Second City. Sam's worked with ComedySportz, LA TheatreWorks, and The Open Fist Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Sam’s company “The Organized Artist Company," is dedicated to “helping creative people who’d like to be more organized and organized people who’d like to be more creative."
Ben Davis. Ben has been in “Parks and Recreation,” “How I Met Your Mother,” "Six Feet Under,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “MADtv.” Ben is a voice actor in “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” “Red Dead Redemption,” and is a sought-after acting coach and teacher at Ivana Chubbuck Studio in LA.
Dave Koechner. Dave has been in "Saturday Night Live,” “The Office,” “American Dad,” and “Reno 911.” He was also in both “Anchorman” films, “Talladega Nights,” “Thank You for Smoking,” and “Get Smart."
Stephen Kearin. Stephen is an improvisor, a director, and a voice-over actor featured in DreamWorks “Kung Fu Panda,” “ Kung Fu Panda 2,” two of the “Madagascar" films, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and “Megamind.” Stephen is a founding member of 3 FOR ALL, and Impro Theatre, famous for their improvised Jane Austen, “Twilight Zone,” Stephen Sondheim, and Shakespeare productions.
Ron West is a alum of Second City, and has directed numerous resident company revues (including a number with Dave). Ron has been an actor and a consultant on “Whose Line is it Anyway,” has been in “Seinfeld," “Anger Management,” “Key and Peele,” and was a recurring character on “3rd Rock from the Sun."
Paul Dooley. Veteran actor Paul Dooley has been in the Robert Altman's films “Popeye,” “The Player," “A Perfect Couple,” “A Wedding,” (opposite Carol Burnett), and “Health,” a film he wrote with Altman. He’s been in “Waiting for Guffman,” “16 Candles" and “Breaking Away.” On television his career spans from “Get Smart” to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Mike Hagerty. Mike has been in “Austin Powers,” “Wayne’s World,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project,” "Glee,” “Friends," “Deadwood,” and dozens more television series and movies. Mike is an alum of Chicago's Second City.
Cindy Caponera. Cindy is a comedy writer, author and performer. She wrote on among other shows "Saturday Night Live,” and Showtime’s “Shamless” and “Nurse Jackie.” Her solo shows have played in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. Cindy is a Second City alum, and an author whose book “Triggered Her Bully” is a best-seller on Amazon, and will soon come out in paperback.
Barb Wallace. Barb is a Second City Mainstage and ETC alum, having worked with Michael Myers and Bonnie in numerous reviews. Barb won a Joseph Jefferson Award for her direction of Second City’s We Made A Mesopotamia, Now You Clean It Up, a review Dave was in. Barb has written and created network shows for CBS, NBC, HBO productions. On location in Chicago.
John Rubano. John has been in “Seinfeld" and “According to Jim.” He has done voice over work for “Pinky and the Brain,” “Superman,” “The New Batman Adventures,” and “Rugrats.” He is an alum of The Second City, having worked with Dave, Steve Carell, and Amy Sedaris.
Alexandra Billings. Alex is an actress and singer who has been in “Eli Stone,” Nurses,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “ER.” She has been in productions at Steppenwolf Theater, and is a teacher for Steppenwolf Theatre West in LA. She was the first Transgendered Female to play a Transgendered Female on television.
Jon Barinholtz. Jon has been on “Parks and Recreation,” “Outsourced,” and “Happy Endings” on ABC. And, with Rob Belushi, is the other half of “Barinholtz & Belushi,” an improv duo that’s recently sold out their Chicago Improv Festival shows at Second City. Jon and Rob are also in “Pie Guys,” a Comedy Central digital series premiering in May of 2014.
Faith Soloway. Faith is a founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, the former music director for Second City, and, with her sister writer, Jill Soloway, created Annoyance Theatre's cult classic “The Real Live Brady Bunch.” Faith is currently writing for “Transparent," Jill's original series on Amazon."
Rick Hall. Rick is a Second City alum. He has been in “Key and Peele,” “The Middle,” “Arrested Development,” “Seinfeld,” “According to Jim,” and “24.” Rick’s one-man show “Pig Boy” played two sold-out performances at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and his short “Slice of Pie” has won nine national film festival awards.
Rob Belushi. Rob’s been on “How I Met Your Mother," “According to Jim” and starred in “The Joe Schmo Show." He’s also a Second City and iO alum, and performs with Jon Barinholtz in “Barinholtz & Belushi.” Rob is the son of Jim Belushi and is John Belushi’s nephew.
Dr. Phil Plait. Dr. Plait is also know as "The Bad Astronomer." He has been on "The Late Show with Craig Ferguson," was the host of Discover's "Bad Universe," a consultant on "Nova," is a columnist for Slate.com, and is the author of three books including "2^7 Nerd Disses." Dr. Plait is also Dave's cousin. On location in Boulder, Colorado.
Derek Miller. Derek has been in the film “Transformers,” and on television was a regular in "Wedding Band” and “Secret Girlfriend.” He also appeared in episodes of “Scrubs” and “The Hills.” Derek is a seasoned improvisor, and appears weekly in the superb “Opening Night: The Musical” at iO West in Los Angeles.
Peter Mackenzie. Peter has been in “Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23,” “Mad Men,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He was also in the films “It’s Complicated,” “One Hour Photo,” and “Good Morning, Viet Nam.”
Tamara Holder. Tamara is a contributor on FOX News Channel's “Hannity.” She is also a lawyer, a frequent guest on CNN, HLN, and has written for The Huffington Post. On location at FOX News in New York City."
Lauren Weedman was a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show,” was on “Reno 911,” was in “Date Night,” “Imagine That,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” and, on HBO, “True Blood,” “Hung,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Lauren wrote the book “A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body,” and has just been made a regular character on HBO’s “Looking."
Kay Cannon is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer, who was a staff writer on “30 Rock,” and “New Girl.” Kay also was a producer on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s film “Baby Mama” and she wrote the screenplay for “Pitch Perfect.” She’s currently writing the sequel, “Pitch Perfect 2.” On location at iO West’s “LA Scripted Comedy Festival,” with special thanks going out to James Grace and the iO West crew.
Mo Gaffney. Mo has been in the films “Happy, Texas,” "Drop Dead Gorgeous,” and “Other People’s Money,” and with her comedy partner Kathy Najimy has done two Obie-winning off-Broadway shows, “The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives" and “The Kathy and Mo Show: The Dark Side." Both were shown on HBO and Comedy Central. On location at iO West’s “LA Scripted Comedy Festival” in Hollywood. Special thanks to James Grace and the iO Crew.
Jill-Michele Melean. Jill was a cast member of “Madtv,” has starred on “Reno 911,” and is on Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush.” On location at iO West’s “LA Scripted Comedy Festival,” with special thanks going out to James Grace and the iO West crew.
Loretta Fox. Loretta has been in Will Farrell’s “Blades of Glory,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Seinfeld,” “That ‘70s Show,” and “Mr. Show with Bob and David.” She was also a cast member of Theatre A-Go-Go’s “Valley of the Dolls.” On location at iO West’s “LA Scripted Comedy Festival” in Hollywood. Special thanks to James Grace and the iO Crew.
Echo Kellum. Echo has been in “Ben and Kate,” “Sean Saves the World” starring Sean Hayes, "Key and Peele,” and “Rick and Morty,” created by Dan Harmon of “Community." Recorded on location at the The Loft at the LA Scripted Comedy Festival at iO West in Hollywood. Special thanks to James Grace and his staff at iO West!!!!!!!
Scott Adsit. Scott played Pete on “30 Rock,” was a driving force behind the cult classics “Moral Orel,” and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole,” was in “We’re the Millers,” “Robot Chicken,” and “Mr. Show.” Scott is also an alum of The Second City Mainstage where he performed with Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and “Anchorman” director Adam McKay.
Steve Carell. Steve starred in “The Office,” “40-Year Old Virgin," “Anchorman,” and “Anchorman 2,” “Crazy, Stupid Love,” “Despicable Me,” and dozens more. Steve is a Golden Globe winner, but got his start at Second City Chicago with ADD Comedy’s host, Dave Razowsky. This episode is like listening in to two old friends talking because, well, it is.
Michael Boatman is an actor, a voice-over talent and an author. He was only one of two actors to be in every episode of “Spin City” (Richard Kind was the other actor), was in HBO’s “Arli$$, “Anger Management,” “China Beach,” and is currently in “Instant Mom.”
Johanna Stein has been on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and in the film Mulholland Drive. Johanna’s written for The Oxygen Network, The New York Times, Huffington Post, PBS, and Comedy Central. Johanna’s book on being a parent will be coming out around Mothers Day 2014.
Frangela is Frances Callier and Angela Shelton. They’re best friends who have done their "Idiot of the Week" podcast, they're “Pop Cultural Pundits” on NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline, Fox’s "Mike and Juliet Show," CNN’s "Showbiz Tonight" and "Headline News,” and Fox News’s "Red Eye" and "The Big Story," MSN’s "The Big Debate," and are regular contributors on NPR’s "Day to Day" and "Off Ramp."
Matt Jones is presently on “Mom” on CBS, he was Badger on “Breaking Bad,” he’s been in “The Office,” “NCIS,” “CSI.” Matt is currently in “Cooties,” which premiered at Sundance. Matt performed at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, and performs regularly with Dave Hill in “Hill and Jones” at iO West.
Al Rose is a singer, a songwriter, an artist, a businessman, a poet, and one of Dave's dearest friends. Al’s produced and recorded six albums, and has opened for Suzanne Vega, Leon Russel and David Bromberg. Al and Rhonda Welbel are the artistic owners of Kopi Cafe in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. On location in Chicago.
Richard Laible is a corporate entertainer, a trade show host, a master of ceremonies who has lead sales meetings for TV Guide, GTE, Mattel, IBM, Microsoft, Coca Cola, The Chicago Cubs, and dozens more. He was also a host for The Chicago Emmy Awards. On location from Chicago.
Legend Sheldon Patinkin was a producer and writer for SCTV, a member of the Playwrights Theatre Club, The Compass Players, The Second City as a director, and now as an Artistic Consultant. Sheldon was the chairman of the theater department at Columbia College, and is a major influence and inspiration to The Steppenwolf Theatre Company. On location in Chicago.
Mark Sutton is an improvisor, a teacher, and a director, and a founding member of The Annoyance Theater. Mark was the Artistic Director of The Chicago Improv Festival, and has performed in countless improv festivals and venues nationally and internationally in the award-winning comedy BASSPROV with Joe Bill. On location in Chicago.
Kate Flannery played Meredith Palmer in “The Office.” Kate’s also half of “The Lampshades,” a live lounge act she does with Scot Robinson. Kate’s heading to Sundance for the premier of “Cooties,” where she plays Elijah Wood’s mom.
Ken Hudson Campbell has been in “Armeggedon,” “Home Alone,” “Groundhog’s Day,” “Herman’s Head,” and dozens of commercial and animation voice overs. He’s also an alum of Chicago’s Second City, and has worked with Bob Odenkirk, Larry David, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.
Andy Cobb is a Second City alumni, who has made a name for himself is a satirist whose work has been seen on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, Comedy Central, and many more. Andy’s videos have been seen over 25 million times online. He’s about to start filming the documentary “Welcome to Fort McMoney,” exposing the environmental impact of tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada.
Danny Breen is a Second City alum, a three-time Emmy Award winner, produced “The Wayne Brady Show,” “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” He’s been in “Seinfeld,” and was in the cast of “Not Necessarily the News” for eight seasons.
Henry Phillips. Henry has appeared on Comedy Central, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, and “Comedy Bang Bang.” He wrote and produced the semi-autobiographical film “Punching the Clown,” which won the Slamdance Audience Award. “Punching the Clown” is available on Netflix.
Dan O’Connor is the co-founder of Impro Theater, co-created NBC’s “World Cup Comedy,” was seen on “Seinfeld,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “The Tonight Show.” He was a writer for “The Wayne Brady Show,” and has taught actors in Cirque du Soleil.
Our 100th "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley” interview is Nia Vardalos. Nia is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for her breakout film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the screenwriter for the films and starring roles in “My Life in Ruins,” “I Hate Valentine’s Day” (which she also directed), and “Connie and Carla,” co-starring Toni Colette. With Tom Hanks Nia co-wrote "Larry Crowne.” She can be seen in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Jeffrey Sweet. Jeffrey is a playwright whose works have been produced around the world, and have featured such actors as Nathan Lane, Jack Klugman, William Peterson, Shelley Berman, and scores more. His classic book Something Wonderful Right Away is an oral history of Second City and The Compass Players, and has been mentioned by Charna Halpern and Mick Napier as inspiring them to open up their theaters. On location in New York City.
Larry Hankin. Larry was a cast member in The Second City, as a stand-up he opened for Woody Allen, and he was nominated for an Academy Award,. Larry helped found San Francisco’s comedy troupe, "The Committee,” and in films was in “Home Alone,” Escape from Alcatraz,” and “Billy Madison." On television he's been in “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” and “Breaking Bad."
Mike Bunin. Mike has appeared in numerous commercials, the movie “The Soloist,” and on television has appeared in “Mad Men,” and was a regular on “My Boys” on TBS. Mike’s also a stand-up and an improviser who appears on stage at The Groundlings and iO.
Jeff Michalski. Jeff is stage and film director, and an alumni of The Second City, where he was fundamental in building their famous Second City etc theater. Jeff is also a teacher and writer, and, with his wife Jane Morris run Los Angeles’ “Fanatic Salon."
Josh Funk. Josh is the Artistic Director of Second City LA’s Training Center, a cast member of the all-Detroit improv cast “The 313,” the composer on “Key & Peele,” and a cast member traveling with Jim Belushi in “The Chicago Board of Comedy.”
Austin Tichenor. Austin tours with the Reduced Shakespeare Company and for seven seasons he served as Associate Producing Director of the American Stage Festival in Milford, NH. He also produces and hosts the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast, "All Things Reduced."
Tom Booker. Tom is a founding member of Chicago's Annoyance Theatre. Tom has appeared in nearly a hundred commercials and co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Kill the Man starring Luke Wilson. Recorded on location in Austin, TX.
Noah Gregoropoulos is a seasoned improviser, teacher and veteran of Chicago's improv world. He teaches at DePaul, and has directed at Second City e.t.c. and The Second City National Touring Company. Noah's written for "Dharma and Greg," and performs weekly at iO Chicago. Recorded on location in Chicago.
Charna Halpern is the artistic director and guiding voice of iO Chicago and iO West. She, Del Close and Howard "Kim" Johnson wrote "Truth in Comedy," and she and Del are credited with the success of The Harold, The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience, as well as being creative forces that helped the careers of Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Michael Myers, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Stephen Colbert and scores more. Charna is also the author of "Art By Committee."
Neil Flynn is the star of "The Middle" on ABC. Neil also starred in "Scrubs," was in the feature film "The Fugitive," and is a cast member of the improv group "Beer Shark Mice" at iO West, where this podcast was taped live during the "LA Comedy Improv Fest."
Ben Acker. Ben and his writing partner Ben Blacker have written "The Thrilling Adventure Hour," both a cult-favorite live show in Hollywood, and a podcast. They've written for Marvel ("Wolverine"), CW ("Supernatural"), Nickelodeon ("Supah Ninjas"), and are currently filming a behind-the-scenes film around "The Thrilling Adventure Hour."
Leigh Koechner is married to actor David Koechner, and is a mother of five. Leigh is a inspirational speaker, and is currently developing a reality television show and writing her surrogacy memoir "AbsoluteLeigh Infertile."
Todd Stashwick is a Second City alum who has had recurring roles on "The Riches" and "Heroes." Todd just shot the western "Jane Got a Gun" with Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, and has a recurring role on "The Originals," the "Vampire Diaries" spinoff. He's got a pilot in Development with the Syfy Channel and is a creator and collaborator on the web comic "Devil Inside."
Evan Gore is a Second City alum, a voice director, a screenwriter, a teacher, and, with his writing partner (and wife) Heather Lombard, have written episodes of "Futurama, " "Care Bears," "George of the Jungle," and "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron."
Ann Randolph is a playwright, a teacher, and an award-winning solo artist. Ann won an Ovation Award for "Squeeze Box," originally produced by Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft. Ann is an alum of The Groundlings, having worked with Will Ferrel, Sheri Otari, Molly Shannon, and others.
Parvesh Cheena starred in the NBC sitcom "Outsourced," appeared on "Hot in Cleveland," and is on the new season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. This podcast was taped live before an audience during the "LA Comedy Improv Fest."
Kevin Dorff is an Emmy Award winning writer having written on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." Kevin has also written for "Dislocated," and has appeared on "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office. This podcast was taped live before an audience during the "LA Comedy Improv Fest."
Kevin McDonald is stand-up, a voice-over artist, and a founding cast member of "Kids in the Hall," the HBO sketch comedy show produced by SNL's Lorne Michaels. This podcast was taped live before an audience during the "LA Comedy Improv Fest."
Diva and Moon Zappa are the daughters of the late Frank Zappa. Diva has appeared in the films "National Lampoons Pledge This!," "Anarchy TV," and has been on the shows "Felicity," "Brothers & Sisters," and "The Mighty Boosh." Moon is best known for the vocals for Frank Zappa's hit single "Valley Girl," and has done stand-up and has been in the film "National Lampoon's European Vacation," and on the shows "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "How I Met Your Mother," and "Roseanne. This podcast was taped live before an audience during the "LA Comedy Improv Fest."
Gary Austin is the founder of The Groundlings, was in The Committee, is a master teacher, a wonderful musician, and is starring in the film "We've Got Balls," currently running on the festival circuit.
Eddie Jemison has been in "Ocean's 11," "Ocean's 12," and "Ocean's 13." He was a regular on "Hung," was in "Six Feet Under," and "Behind the Candleabra." He wrote and co-directed the film "King of Herrings," currently making the festival circuit.
Jane Morris has been in "Behind the Candelabra," "Frankie and Johnny," "United States of Tara," "For Your Consideration," and "The Drew Carey Show." Jane is also an alum of The Second City, and, with her husband Jeff Michalski, started Second City's etc. theater.
T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi.T.J. has appeared in the films "Stranger Than Fiction," "The Ice Harvest," and since 2004 has starred in the long-running series of improvised Sonic Drive-In commercials. David has appeared in the films "Someone to eat Cheese With," "The Year One" and "Angels and Demons." Together they starred in the documentary "Trust Us, This is All Made Up" a film that chronicles a "T.J. and Dave" performance which was included at the 2009 South by Southwest Film festival.
Armando Diaz is an improv veteran. He was the first host and the namesake of the improv structure known as "The Armando," and is sought-after improv teacher and director. Armando is a co-owner of The Magnet Theater, New York City's improvisational theater venue and school.
Jill Bernard is a founding member of the Twin Cities' HUGE Theater. She's performed her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine at the Chicago Improv Festival, the Toronto Improv Jamboree, the Miami Improv Festival, Philadelphia Improv Festival, and the ComedySportz National Tournament, among others. She has taught and performed improv in Norway, Canada, and over thirty of these United States, in cities, and was also on an episode of MTV “Made.” This podcast was recorded before a live audience at Huge Theater during The Twin Cities Improv Fest 7.
EJ Scott is an improvisor who has performed at iO West and has studied at Second City and The Groundlings. EJ is battling Choroideremia, a disease that is slowly taking his vision away. He's the subject of "Running Blind," a documentary capturing his journey of completing 12 marathons in 12 months blindfolded to bring attention to those who are afflicted with CHM.
On today's episode Dave interviews actor Kim Howard Johnson. Kim is a friend of and collaborator with Monty Python, is one of the original members of Barron’s Barracudas (the first Harold team in Chicago), a co-author of Truth in Comedy and The Funniest One in the Room, a biography of improv legend Del Close.
Nick Armstrong has appeared on Story Notes, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Parks and Recreation. Nick is the Founder and Camp Director of Improv Utopia, the annually sold-out camp for improvisers.
A.D.D. Comedy Welcomes Nick Armstrong!
Maz Jobrani is a founding member of the "Axis of Evil Comedy Tour," and has appeared in the films "Friday After Next" and "The Interpreter." Maz has a Showtime comedy special, "I Come in Peace," and is a co-host with Al Madrigal of the podcast "Minivan Men" on the "All Things Comedy" network.
On Today’s episode Dave interviews Comedian Troy Conrad. Troy is the creator of Set List, Stand-Up without a Net, did a TV series in in the U.K. and Australia, and can also be seen in Comedy Festivals worldwide.
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes Troy Conrad!
On today's episode Dave interviews actress Shulie Cowen. Shulie has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Factory, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, How I Met Your Mother, and Reno 911. Shulie can be seen every Friday in iO West's hit "Opening Night: The Improvised Musical."
On today's episode Dave interviews actress Edie McClurg. Edie has had iconic roles in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Planes,Trains and Automobiles, Carrie, and Natural Born Killers, to name a few. She's also starred on Desperate Housewives, Thank God You're Here!, Rules of Engagement, and The Richard Pryor Show.
On today's episode Dave interviews Peter Murrieta. Peter is a two-time Emmy Award winning producer and writer. He was the executive producer for Disney's hit "The Wizards of Waverly Place," and founded and ran the Bang Improv Studio with his wife Aliza
On today’s episode Dave interviews veteran Improv performer, teacher, Bob Dassie. Bob is in the Improv Trio, Dasariski with Craig Cackowski and Rich Talarico. Bob is also in the Improv Duo, WeirDass with his wife Stephanie Weir. Bob also works out of IO West and UCB.
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes Bob Dassie!
On today’s episode Dave interviews Actor James Grace. James has appeared in many films including Beerfest and Super Troopers and is also currently the Artistic Director at IO West.
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes James Grace!
On today’s episode Dave interviews Emmy-nominated writer and producer Jill Soloway. Jill is best known for her work on HBO’s Six Feet Under, The United States of Terror, and for her coveted director award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for feature film Afternoon Delight!
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes Jill Soloway!
On today’s episode Dave interviews Actor Jimmy Carrane. Jimmy’s the host of Improv Nerd and the co-author of Improvising Better: The Guide to the Working Improviser.
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes Jimmy Carrane!
On today’s episode Dave interviews writer and Actor Brian McCann. Brian won an Emmy for his 17-year work with Conan O’Brien and is currently the head-writer for MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show.
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes Brian McCann!
On today’s episode Dave interviews Actress Carrie Clifford. Carrie has appeared In Slammin’ Salmon, Hollywood Residential and is also Dave’s Improv partner on their signature show Razowsky and Clifford.
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes Actress Carrie Clifford.
On today’s episode Dave interviews Comedian Warren B. Hall. Warren has appeared on Comics Unleashed and is a featured comedian on The A.D.D. Comedy Tour.
A.D.D. Comedy welcomes Comedian Warren B. Hall.