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.
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!
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.