150 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

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

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

    206 - The Lightning Round

    206 - The Lightning Round

    In this episode Rob scours improv Facebook group for a series of conversation starting prompts and ambushes Adam with THE LIGHTNING ROUND!  Also discussed agendas vs deals, and savouring the small moments in a scene.

    • 45 min
    204 - Questions Only (Live from the SeaTea Comedy)

    204 - Questions Only (Live from the SeaTea Comedy)

    This week we bring you a pre-recorded live event from January 2020. Rob and Adam travelled to Hartford, Connecticut to perform and teach at the SeaTea Comedy Theatre. Enjoy this special episode of Questions Only.

    • 56 min
    201 - A Brief History of Improv

    201 - A Brief History of Improv

    This week we bring you an audio version of The Assembly Toronto's online lecture series entitled "A Brief History of Improv".  Thanks to Martha Stortz, Spencer Thompson, and everyone who attended the live event in Spring 2020.

    • 44 min
    199 -Sustaining Scenes

    199 -Sustaining Scenes

    This week Rob and Adam discuss sustaining scenes. How to keep the spark alive while improvising, layered complexity, and the need to get onstage only so you get off stage.  It's all covered on this week's episode of "The Backline with Rob and Adam!" 

    • 56 min
    198 - Stereotypes

    198 - Stereotypes

    On this episode, Rob and Adam discuss gender, identity and how stereotypes manifest in scenes. Also: homemade saunas, illuminati pizzas, and why every scene you should walk onstage as a bear (or something equally as clear).

    • 41 min
    197 - Deals

    197 - Deals

    This week we discuss the art of the deal - initiating with a half-idea to inspire your scene.  Rob and Adam also tackle the difference between preconceived notions and deals, existential ennui onstage, and how this philosophy can help perform in Zoom shows better.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

sir ian mckellenn ,

Great podcast for new and also experienced improvisers

I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who’s just starting out in the improv world but also people who’ve been doing it a while. I find new nuggets of advice each time I listen and there are loads of episodes that cover various topics so you’ll always find what you need. Thank you Rob and Adam for making this podcast. It’s truly brilliant.

Benjy 81 ,

The best improv podcast

Very simply, if you are an improviser then this is the bet improv podcast

Ubee Mac ,

Great Practical Advice

This podcast will make you a better improvisor. I listen to an episode before a big show. Respect!

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