Our latest episode of The Constant Struggle podcast is up and this time, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dale Wells, improviser and co-founder of The Dandies & Holodeck Follies.
Dale speaks about the benefits and challenges producing live comedy shows in Toronto. We talk about the history of Star Trek improv in the city, about geek culture, and about his show; Holodeck Follies, kicking butt at this year’s FanExpo. Dale and Nick chat about what it’s like to be a Dad artist with a day job. We bring up his love of singing and the various ways in which improv can bring joy to your life.
What a positive guy!
With GREAT shout-outs to:
ROB ARISS HILLS
TODD VAN ALLEN (COMEDY ABOVE THE PUB)
GILLIAN ENGLISH &
In this episode, Nick & Brie chat with actor, writer & improvisor Ryan Hughes about some of the struggles he’s currently facing in the pursuit of his art.
Ryan speaks of a few pros and cons of the day job, and what happens when it’s gone. He discusses issues of confidence and mental health. We also delve into a deep discussion about women in comedy and *~*GASP*~* even feminism!
With GREAT shout-outs to:
JESS BEAULIEU & NATALIE NORMAN (THE CRIMSON WAVE)
Be sure to check Ryan out on Twitter @ryanfhughes
& his improv troupe
Peggy Molson are competing in the Big City Improv Festival’s “TKO” tournament. Their semi-final set is at Comedy Bar on Tues. Oct. 13th @ 8:00 PM. Go check ’em out if you’re in Toronto.
Quick musings on the start of my new job and what feels like a new year (because of how we’re socialized as children to see the school year to be a new year and even though I have’t been in school for a few years, it still feels that way…)
- I need to see a physiotherapist for my shoulder. For real. (but AFTER softball season’s over.)
- I’m getting pretty tired of administrative work. Can someone please pay me for my thoughts, and not my ability to print shit soon?
- It’s way better to take the streetcar at 7:30 AM than 8AM. That half hour makes an insanely stupid difference in TTC service.
- I miss working on Steven and Chris.
- I miss working with the people at PanAm.
- For two days, I feel like I’ve been in control of my schedule. Let’s see how long that lasts. (My guess, until the first JFL42 show I see.)
- I’m getting pretty sweet at editing our my podcast. Even though sometimes I have to splice together pieces that, for continuity’s sake, make no sense whatsoever. (Example: Let’s go bowling.)
- You should be on and listen to my podcast.
- I haven’t performed in like, 4 days. I both miss it, and am incredibly relieved to be doing other creative things that don’t involve hourlong train commutes.
- I went to the gym! #PointsMe
Thanks for indulging me.
Well kids, summer’s over and with that brings a whole new world of struggles, but not without mentioning the break we took from them during the warm months to relax and refuel the tank.
In this episode, Nick talks about his trip to Chicago, IL with his buddies and Brie mentions her voyage to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the Atlantic Fringe Fest. Both reference their respective cities’ great garlic-bread-type products.
We discuss new and ongoing projects and how to jump back into them now that the colder months are upon us.
Special podcast shout-outs to:
Special Parks Canada shout-outs to:
- The Citadel
- Green Gables Heritage Place
- Province House National Historic Site of Canada
Special Toronto festivals shout-outs to:
And to everything garlic bread, we thank you.
Check it out on iTunes, Google Play or at the link right under the banner!
Yay! I finished the first draft of my spec script yesterday!
One day after my allotted deadline, but still! I did it!
Now onto the editing phase…
Holy shit, I did it! I completed the outline to my pilot.
Sure, I need to go over and over it again to make sure I reflect my character “wants” in each scene. But whatever.
I completed a stage.
An important stage.
I HAVE WRITTEN AN OUTLINE!
And it’s goooooooood!
Busy day at work. Ate delicious BBQ. Maple Leafs lost their first game of the playoffs. Got a bunch of editing done on the promo video for my Fringe show.
It’s been a good Wednesday!