I’m very happy to share this recording from the archive of Craig Cackowski interviewed live onstage at Magnet Theater by the well-prepared Louis Kornfeld. Craig and I were in class together with Del Close, on our first IO teams together, and when I was promoted from understudy, Second City placed me in his touring company. We did a lot of scenes from the Razowsky/Colbert/Carell and McKay/Adsit eras. He was great to tour with because he’s both reliable onstage in scenes and touring the country for long stretches in a van. Usually people are one or the other, but he was both. Onstage he’s casual but precise, and he’s got great timing both as an audience-pleasing comedian (in the good way) and as an improv partner. He rescues things, and if it can’t be rescued, he’ll go down with the ship. And it seems like he’s really enjoying himself either way. And since I’m on a roll here, I should mention he’s become one of the best, most sought after improv instructors in Los Angeles. Possibly because he’s committed to the things we learned in those classes with Del. But also because he’s sensitive to the advancements that have been made as long-form has evolved from an obscure experiment in the basement of an anonymous Chicago apartment building 24 years ago to the dominant comedy language spoken across America and beyond. And that’s thanks in no small part to Craig. So listen to this episode and see if you can hear what I hear – a genuinely good guy who cares about what he does, does it well, and has no need for false bluster. Enjoy. — Ed Herbstman PS: Craig is okay. But his little sister is like, 12 times funnier than him and at least twice as funny as me. Hi, Craig. Subscribe to the Magnet Theater Podcast via iTunes here. Enjoy Episode #11 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.
Congrats to Magnet writers/performers Lauren Olson, Christian Paluck and Jana Schmieding (20/400) and musical improviser Lisa Flanagan (La Donna Improvvisata) on their upcoming shows in the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). The Magnet is proud of everyone involved! Be sure to check both of these shows out in August. Show Info HERE.
Greg Hess is an actor, writer and comedian in Los Angeles. He is an improviser with The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Cook Country Social Club and performs at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade in LA.
Greg talks with guest host Rick Andrews about making a living as an improviser and how he’s been ‘giving it a year for the last eleven years.’
Rick confesses that he felt like quitting improv after seeing an Improvised Shakespeare Company show. But Rick didn’t. And now he’s hosting this great interview!
Enjoy Episode #10 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.
Rachel Hamilton. Where do we start? Teacher, Actor, Writer… former Second City MainStage, frequent performer and instructor at Magnet, and all around wonderful human being. She’s also the driving force behind the creation of Camp Magnet. She lives in Northern California and we never see her enough, but we grabbed her last time she was in New York so Magnet Podcast host Louis Kornfeld could sneak in a great conversation between her workshops.
Listen to the insights and observations of this master teacher about what keeps her drawn to improvisation, seeing characters as energy, and seeking out new ways to challenge yourself.
Enjoy Episode 9 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.
Lane Kwederis is a sketch performer at Magnet (she and I are the two women on the sketch house team, Party.) Lane also performs with her indie improv team, Power Nap, and her PIT musical team, [Title of Team] (That’s the actual title of the team, not a placeholder for this article). She’s got skills. And she’s a wonderful person.
And I got to ask her some brilliant questions. I’m such a good interviewer. Check it out:
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Reductress fans will love this interview of Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, the news satire site’s co-founders.
Reductress.com is the first and only fake women’s news magazine. They parody the entertainment, advertising, and other media sources that women consume daily. Forbes named it one of the top 100 websites for women last year. And it’s super funny.
The Magnet Blog interviewed them back in January – Check out out :
Now you can listen as Magnet’s Alex Marino interviews these smart and funny writers on the nuts and bolts of creating a comedy platform, their process, how you can submit your writing, and where they are headed. This episode was recorded earlier this year at Magnet Training Center.
Enjoy Episode #8 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.
Learn more about Beth and Sarah after the jump!
Greetings Magnet Community!
We’re pleased to announce the Summer 2014 round of The Circuit! Shows start Friday, July 11 and continue Fridays through August 22 (except July 18), at 10:30PM.
Louis Kornfeld interviews Magnet Musical Director Frank Spitznagel! They talk about everything from Annie to Zorba including musical theater, musical improv, and what makes a good scene- all while Rick Andrews laughs loudly in the background!