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Each week, James Dugan and Rob Grabowski sit down with a member of the Chicago Comedy Community to discuss comedy, life, and everything in between.

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Talking Shop w/ James Dugan & Rob Grabowski Rob Grabowski

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    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Each week, James Dugan and Rob Grabowski sit down with a member of the Chicago Comedy Community to discuss comedy, life, and everything in between.

Please subscribe, rate, and review!

    The Last One with Paige Maney

    The Last One with Paige Maney

    This week, James and Rob are joined by Paige Maney to end the podcast. 
     
    Thanks for listening everybody.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    I'm Better Now with Bryan Duff

    I'm Better Now with Bryan Duff

    In the second to last episode, James and Rob are joined by local man Bryan Duff!
     
    They talk with Bryan about his start in Chicago, Improvised Shakespeare, Baby Wants Candy, rough auditions, and how everytime you're out they pull you back in. 
     
    Follow Bryan on twitter @ bryanevansduff and check out his podcast 15 Minutes with Lincoln
     
    Want to share some improv advice? Email us at Talkingshopshow@gmail.com
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Chaotic Nature with Louie Saunders

    Chaotic Nature with Louie Saunders

    This week, James and Rob are joined by lover of serial killers Louie Saunders!
     
    They talk with Louie about creative fulfilment, getting old in improv, tanking in shows, Boy-ish, and jams. This is the first episode in awhile where we get into the nitty gritty of improv so enjoy.
     
    Follow Louie on twitter at LouieSaunders and see him in several shows over at CIC Theatre
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Goofballs with Brian Stack

    Goofballs with Brian Stack

    This week, James and Rob are joined by late night writer Brian Stack! Yes, that Brian Stack. 
     
    They talk with Brian about growing up in the suburbs, early influences, introverts, working with Conan for 20 years, and luck. 
     
    Follow Brian on twitter @ BrianStack513 and watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (and check out their podcast).
     
    Here are links to the sketches we references: Whale Week and SlipNutz
     
    Have a piece of advice? Email us at TalkingShopShow@gmail.com
     
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Better Than the Status Quo with Mike Johnson

    Better Than the Status Quo with Mike Johnson

    This week, James and Rob are joined by improviser and puppeteer Mike Johnson!
     
    We talk with Mike about his finance background, how he found improv, early days at The Playground, The Pool, leadership, and the history of FELT. 
     
    Follow Mike on twitter @ mjjmike and see him every Saturday with FELT at CIC. 
     
    Also, check out classes and other shows at CIC.
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Yes and Go F**K Yourself with Mick Napier

    Yes and Go F**K Yourself with Mick Napier

    This week, James and Rob are joined by director, theatre owner, and improv legend: Mick Napier!
     
    They talk with Mick about the beginning of the Annoyance, improv "rules", video games, directing, and what's going on with the new iO. 
     
    Follow Mick on instagram @ mickjnapier
     
    Check out his books Improvise: Scenes from the Inside Out and Behind the Scenes: Improvising Long Form
     
    Also, go see shows and take classes at The Annoyance Theatre
     
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Andrew Liguori ,

A Balm in Trying Times

This podcast has been a go to for me for months now, and the Matt Myers episode was the first one I’d listened to in a few weeks. I really love that the this is still going and please keep it up. Improv’s been a joke for me, and this is one of the few links I still have to it during the pandemic. Thanks so much!

AsherPerlman ,

like a warm blanket

This podcast is pure comfort in audio form. It’s the perfect listen for anyone with an interest in improv, comedy, or gentle conversation.

Norman8s ,

Great look at improv

Very cool, informative and funny interviews about being an improv comedian in Chicago