Episode 37: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Brunch with Woody Drennan and Derek Minto

We’re down in Lawrenceville talking all-things comedy with Woody Drennan and Derek Minto, Program Directors for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. We get into the growing state of comedy in Pittsburgh, why this is the perfect time for this festival, and a peek at some of the great shows that will be happeneing. Other topics include the difference between imrpov and stand-up culture, our weirdest acting tics, and the hell of 10K runs. Also: Did Derek really want to be a cowboy when he grew up? (This episode may contain strong language.)

Recorded on location at Gus’s Cafe in Central Lawrenceville.
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The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival takes place Aug 21-23 at the Henry Heymann theater in Oakland. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website or follow them on Twitter @PghComedyFest

Follow Derek on Twitter @BringtheRuckus

Mentioned in this Episode:
Judah Friedlander
Unplanned Comedy
Hambone’s Pub
Winghart’s Whiskey & Burger Bar
Del Close Marathon
Episode 04 with Derek Minto, Krish Mohan, and Ray Zawodni

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Episode 36: The Nature of Brunch with Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

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We’re in the South Side for an enlightening conversation with Kitty Vagley, the Director of Development at the newly opened Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Kitty walks us through the story of how it took nearly 10 years to transform 460 acres of land much of which is an abandoned coal mine area into the region’s first comprehensive outdoor garden, and how its development is emblematic of the progress and innovation occurring in Pittsburgh.

Recorded on location at Waffles INCaffeinated in the South Side.

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For more information on the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, visit their website.

Mentioned in this episode:
Settlers Cabin Park
Justin Severino
Cure
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Fairy houses
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Episode 35: Brunch and a Movie with Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project

We’re dropping the episode a bit early this week for a venture into Lower Lawrenceville with Kahmeela and Dan from the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project. We delve into the difficult and rewarding process of making a short film in only 48 hours and why this festival is a great showcase for the local film scene. Other topics include: the art of storytelling, the evolution of PGH neighborhoods, our shared hatred of grocery shopping, and the hierarchy of the Furry community.

Recorded on location at Tamari in Lower Lawrenceville.

Follow the show @brunchburgh, online at www.brunchburgh.com, and on iTunes.

Follow Mary on Twitter @maryestew .

The 48 Hour Film Projects will have its premiere screening on July 18, 19, and 20 at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. Tickets can be purchased here.

For more information on the 48 Hour Film Project, visit their website or follow them on Twitter @Pittsburgh48HFP.

Follow Kahmeela on Twitter @The_RuggedAngel

Follow Dan on Twitter @danielfriedson

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manchester Craftsman Guild
Steel City Improv
Hotel Nowhere
Well Known Strangers
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Ritter’s Diner
Brian Cottington Creations
Coherence (film)

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Episode 34: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh with Ayne Terceira

We’re back on the Pittsburgh’s “fashionable” Penn Ave for a meal with improv star and interactive performer Ayne Terceira. We unravel the secrets of her upcoming show, Her Things, and discuss the process of interactive theater, collaboration with artists, and bringing improv instincts to a mystery piece.

Recorded on location at Caffe Mona on Penn Ave.

Follow the show @brunchburgh, online at www.brunchburgh.com, and on iTunes.

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Follow Ayne on Twitter @ChixWithSchtix

For more information on Her Things and to buy tickets (they’re going fast, so jump on it), visit uncumbertheatrics.com

Mentioned in this Episode:
Scarehouse
Modern Formations Gallery
Sleep No More
Steel City Improv
Arcade Comedy
Pittsburgh New Works Festival
Hotline by Cheryl Navo
T.B.D. Sketch

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Episode 33: Brunch Power Hour with Ali Spagnola

We’re in Shadyside for a session with musician Ali Spagnola, the self-described “Drinking Composer with a Music Problem.” We talk about the creation of her Power Hour Drinking Game album, her rise to “internet stardom”, and the legal difficulties that came along with it. Also: talk about our musical pasts, app development, and when we’ll figure out when what we’re doing with our lives. Plus: will Mary survive her juice cleanse?

Recorded on location at 1947 Tavern in Shadyside.

To learn more about Ali Spagnola and various projects, visit her website, follow her on Twitter @alispagnola and learn more about Power Hour at powerhouralbum.com

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Mentioned in this episode:
Savasana Juice Company
Meat and Potatoes
Elbow Room
Four Hour Work Week

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