130 episodes

Canadian Comedy Award winners Rob Norman and Adam Cawley discuss weekly improv-based topics based on a theme. New episodes every Wednesday.

The Backline - An Improv Podcast Rob Norman and Adam Cawley

    • Performing Arts

Canadian Comedy Award winners Rob Norman and Adam Cawley discuss weekly improv-based topics based on a theme. New episodes every Wednesday.

    179 - Year End Review

    179 - Year End Review

    It's the Backline Finale! This week Rob and Adam reflect upon their top three moments of the year and follow-up with two listener questions! Thank you so much for your ongoing support. We will still be available to answer your questions via Facebook and Twitter @thebacklinepod. See you in a few months!

    • 53 min
    178 - Top of Your Intelligence

    178 - Top of Your Intelligence

    This week Rob and Adam, discuss the term "playing to the top of your intelligence" within scenes. Will they have conflicting opinions?  Will this be the topic that finally ends the podcast. Also, Adam confronts Rob about Spinegate 2019, they discuss their Los Angeles trip, and teaching in Vancouver.

    • 49 min
    177 - Bulldozing

    177 - Bulldozing

    This week we're talking about bulldozing. How much space should you take up onstage? What is the difference between attacking the scene and bulldozing over top of your partners ideas?  This week Rob and Adam, discuss how to know if you're a bulldozer and what can be done to be a better ensemble player.

    • 42 min
    176 - Solo Improv

    176 - Solo Improv

    This week Rob is very lonely talking about solo improvisation, while trying to record an entire episode by himself.  From monologues to ghosting to audience interaction - he'll give you all the new tools to try your own solo set tonight!

    • 25 min
    175 - How to Build an Improv Company

    175 - How to Build an Improv Company

    In this episode, Rob talks with two entrepreneurs who are building parallel improv companies in two very different countries. Martha Stortz (Toronto) and Sara Delile (Mexico) discuss what its like expanding their respective troupes into an international organization with classes, shows, and (maybe one day) a brick-and-mortar theatre ...

    • 42 min
    174 - Questions Only

    174 - Questions Only

    In this episode, Rob and Adam answer your questions! From Haroldfest to auditioning for a gig you don't even want to book, we'll tackle it all. Also, a brand new Backline show announced! 

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

redhouseryan ,

So helpful!

Learned of this podcast after having Adam & Rob as teachers for improv classes. Loved them both as instructors and wanted more access to their brains, so checked out the show. Damn! What a treat! I’ve learned so much from each episode, and am recommending it to everyone else in my class. A must-listen for anyone who wants to get better at the craft of improv, while also a great intro for anyone who is curious to learn more about the art form from two greats who really, really know their stuff - (yes) and know how to communicate that knowledge. So good!!!

lmontop ,

Hilarious. Informative.

This has helped me enormously with my improv, and had entertained endlessly!

improvster ,

Love the backline

Everyone in my improv classes listen to this podcast cause it’s the best. Fun and informative👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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