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.
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.
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.
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.
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?