On "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky,” guests from the worlds of comedy, theatre, film, television, and literature discuss their journeys and life philosophies with podcast host David Razowsky. David’s an alum of The Second City Chicago where he performed with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and numerous others. He’s the former artistic director of The Second City Hollywood, is a member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, served as a consultant for Dreamworks, and taught for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. David is a master teacher of improvisation, a gifted improv actor and director, and performs and teaches all over the world. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sam Wasson's Made Improv History
“Love and play are the only things where more is better.”
Sam Wasson has written books on Bob Fosse, Paul Mazursky, Audrey Hepburn, Blake Edwards, and, the one that brought Sam to my attention, “Improv Nation, How We Made A Great American Art.” It’s funny, smart, informative, heartbreaking, and alive. In other words, it’s just like a great improv scene. Our conversation bounds from improv inspiration, to what does it mean to play, to passion and creativity, to saying yes.
Stephen Burrows' Trusts His Inner Del Close
The director of HBO's documentary “Bleed Out” shares with Dave how improvisation guided him throughout his grueling journey.
Shira Piven's Creative Superpower
Today's guest on "ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky" is writer, director, actor, teacher, creator, and innovator, Shira Piven. Shira's directed the motion picture “Welcome to Me,” with Kristen Wiig, and episodes of Amazon’s “Transparent” and “One Mississippi.” She currently works with Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang Prison Project, teaching commedia dell’arte to inmates in California prisons.
Ian Gomez is the Equalizer
Today’s guest is Ian Gomez. Ian and I performed at Chicago’s Improv Olympic and Second City. Ian has been in more television shows than anyone else I know. Here’s a short list: “The Drew Carey Show,” “Felicity,” “Supergirl,” and “Cougar Town.” He was in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” written by his wife Nia Vardalos. We discussed the peace that comes from seeing others as your equals, what it’s like to be fired, and the success that comes from being a “chameleon.” Ian is honest,
Measure to Measure with Improvised Shakespeare's Joey Bland
Today’s guest on “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” is Joey Bland. Joey’s performed with The Second City, ComedySportz, and iO. He played the title role in Second City's “Rod Blagojevich, Superstar.” He’s a two-time Jeopardy champion, and a member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company which creates fully improvised plays in Elizabethan style. Joey’s energetic, informed, wise, and a great actor to play with. Hold onto your toque and muffin cap, ‘cuz this chat flies. Enjoy.
What?? It's Late Night and Amber Ruffin
Amber Ruffin is an Emmy nominated writer and actress on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and the narrator on “Drunk History.” She was the first African-American woman to write for a late-night network talk show. Amber’s an alum of The Second City, iO and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. We talked about our love of Amsterdam, living and eating in New York City, and bearing witness to the nation waking up to the racism so many people of color have known since our country was founded.
Improv Instruction and Philosophy
I wish the podcast was more geared toward improv and sketch instruction, but I still like the podcast because I pick up useful things here and there. Maybe if there was a segment that was dedicated to improv philosophy, style, and instruction I would be more satisfied. Either way still great stuff. Thanks!
The Patty Stiles episode
I've been listening to Impro/Improv podcasts for many years – and this episode is absolutely one of the best I've ever heard.
I loved hearing Dave and Patty bounce ideas -and the different language for some of the same ideas-around.
Thought-provoking episode that I will recommend to all of my improviser friends!
I enjoy this podcast soooo much!
This podcast is an inspiring hour of wit, fun ideas, silliness and great stories. I haven’t heard one yet that didn’t amuse and make me think about my own journey in a new way.
Keep up the great work, Mr. Razowsky!