36 episodes

An insider dialogue that invites the listener to pull up a seat at the table with A-list creatives from a variety of disciplines. They share their insights on the process, craft, and inspiration. Join us for a better understanding of this elusive muse every Thursday with Pat Hazell (Seinfeld, The Tonight Show) and his friends as they demystify the transferable nature of creativity.

Produced by: Amanda Rosenberg
In Partnership with Sweetwood Creative & Stoney Island Audio

Creativity in Captivity Sweetwood Creative

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 152 Ratings

An insider dialogue that invites the listener to pull up a seat at the table with A-list creatives from a variety of disciplines. They share their insights on the process, craft, and inspiration. Join us for a better understanding of this elusive muse every Thursday with Pat Hazell (Seinfeld, The Tonight Show) and his friends as they demystify the transferable nature of creativity.

Produced by: Amanda Rosenberg
In Partnership with Sweetwood Creative & Stoney Island Audio

    COLETTE SARTOR: Short Story Long

    COLETTE SARTOR: Short Story Long

    Colette is an award-winning short fiction writer, teacher and mentor. Her short story collection Once Removed won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the NYC Big Book Award for Short Story Collections, and the Juror’s Choice Award and the Short Stories Award from the National Indie Excellence Awards. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review Online, Slice, Carve, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. Her other awards include a Writers@Work Fiction Prize, a Glenna Luschei Award, a Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, and a Truman Capote fellowship from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she completed her MFA. She has taught writing for 20 years, currently at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, as well as privately. She co-hosts the Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Podcast and is the Executive Director of The CineStory Foundation, a nonprofit mentoring organization for emerging TV writers and screenwriters. On this episode Colette discusses being an identical twin, the importance of a good opening line and the value of ass-in-the-chair time.  
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    • 47 min
    JOHN LINNELL: He Might Be Giant

    JOHN LINNELL: He Might Be Giant

    A versatile musician and the co-founder of the Brooklyn-based alt rock band “They Might Be Giants” known for their uniquely experimental and absurdist style using surreal, humorous lyrics and unconventional instruments in their songs. John is a singer/songwriter, who plays accordion, baritone, bass saxophone, clarinet and keyboards. TMBG has released 23 albums and has two Grammy Awards. John shares the impact his parents’ record collection had on him, the way his band found success in children’s music and he gives insight into TMBG’s newest album: “Book” with partner John Flansburgh. 
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    • 47 min
    CHERYL COONS: The Making of a Musical

    CHERYL COONS: The Making of a Musical

    An award-winning librettist and lyricist that serves on National Council of the Dramatists Guild of America. Cheryl has been a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 2008, and serves as the company’s Director of New Musical Theatre Development. She has co-written more than a dozen musicals that have been developed and showcased at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Works and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Her original novelty songs have been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition. On this episode Cheryl breaks down the architecture of musical theatre, explains how getting someone to like a musical is like getting them to like sushi and shares Stephen Sondheim’s affinity for perfect rhyme.
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    • 46 min
    TIM BISKUP: Art From The Start

    TIM BISKUP: Art From The Start

    A Southern California artist whose practice is focused mainly on abstract and figurative painting, as well as sculpture, printmaking and music. Tim studied fine art at Otis-Parsons before entering the animation and illustration industries where he honed his technical skills. His complex color and design theories pushed forward a decidedly populist aesthetic, which has continued to develop and morph over time. He’s the author of an extraordinary retrospective monograph/autobiography entitled Tree of Life. Tim shares the amazing sense of accomplishment he feels when filling up a sketchbook, his affection for the quality of estate sale paper and his ability to get out of the way so that art can be made.
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    • 50 min
    JACKIE KASHIAN: An Extended Stay-Kashian

    JACKIE KASHIAN: An Extended Stay-Kashian

    Jackie is 35 year veteran of stand-up comedy whose albums have been #1 on Amazon and iTunes and have over fifty million views on Spotify and Pandora. She is the host of two podcasts, the long running The Dork Forest and her new show The Jackie & Laurie Show co-hosted with fellow comic/writer, Laurie Kilmartin. Kashian’s list of acclaimed comedy specials include This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, which was named one of Vulture’s best stand-up comedy specials, and I Am Not The Hero of This Story. Her latest special is Stay-Kashian now available everywhere. On this episode we talk about the first joke she ever wrote, the invention of her childhood game “Imagination” and we break down the definitions of Dork, Nerd, Dweeb, Weirdo and Geek. 
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    • 51 min
    GARY STAAB: The Dinosaur Whisperer

    GARY STAAB: The Dinosaur Whisperer

    A world-class paleo artist who produces natural history and prehistoric life models for museums, publishing, and film. Gary has a degree in Art/Biology and he interned at the Smithsonian Institution and the British Museum of Natural History. He has created sculptures for National Geographic, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the BBC, The Discovery Channel, and The American Museum of Natural History. His work recreating the mummy of the “Iceman” can be seen on PBS, in the NOVA special Iceman Reborn. Gary is a mammoth talent in a bigger-than-life profession. We talk about the physical conundrum of getting a 52-foot Megaladon through a man-size door and how he often disturbed his teachers by bringing roadkill to school for show & tell.  
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

LMechanic ,

Creative Minds

Great people and interesting conversations. I am thinking about my own projects and inspired to do more after listening. Recommending to friends.

Dosprofesores ,

Creativity Unleashed

It takes talent to be a pod show host worth listening to. Saying just enough yourself to bring out the very best from your guest. You have to do your homework: structure the pace, construct the questions, keep a pulse on the situation, and “call an audible” if necessary.
Pat Hazell expertly manages to bring those skills to the Creativity in Captivity podcast…regardless of the guest or the discipline from which they draw their creative spirit.
Give it a try. It will not disappoint.

danaherz13 ,

Such a good one!

Pat has such a good take and this podcast is so funny —
My only complaint is there aren’t more episodes!

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