After a 5 month Long hiatus, Ian and Alise return with some big news. For more visit www.forumpodcast.com
This week we're revisiting Matt Rubano's HARROWING tale of being catfished on a younger, more dangerous, more myspacey internet.
We'll be back soon with The Forum and a whole new group of amazing guests!
Matt is an active member of the UCB community in New York performing Improv and doing Music Production as a member of UCB Digital Team ‘The Backyard’.
Matt has performed monologues at ASSSSCAT, has had teams featured in the 15th and 16th and 17th annual Del Close Marathons, UCB Cage Match and Indie Improv Showcase at UCB.
While we take a little break, we felt like it'd be a good time to bring out some of our favorite episodes from the vault. Here's our great talk with Bailey Edwards about what it's like to be a woman in tech!
Bailey Edwards is an actor and comedian based in New York City. Originally from Austin, Texas, she has studied improv at UCB since 2012, and is incredibly stoked to be performing on the UCBTNY Lloyd team, Steakhouse. You can also find Bailey performing characters and stand-up around the city, as well as comedy dance-routines as one half of the duo, Christina & Bailey. firstname.lastname@example.org
There's a little bit of magic and a whole shitload of slash-fic in the air as fan convention creator Margaret Kaminski joins the show to talk about fandoms!
Margaret is a writer and editor with experience crafting copy for ad agencies, magazines, TV, and events. She specializes in writing for teens and young adults (but as a 26-year-old woman who wept through the 2016 finale of Austin & Ally, she will not judge any adults who like her stuff, too.) You can find out more about her by visiting lolmargaret.com
Fresh off her amazing wedding, Dara Katz joins the show to tell us all about the internet's influence over the ceremony. We also talk about what constitutes a sandwich and where Kansas city is!
Dara Katz is a New York City-based writer, editor and performer. She is currently a senior editor at women's lifestyle site, PureWow. Before that, she was editor of Modern Notion, a new site for the ultra-curious and co-host of their podcast Modern Notion Daily, where she interviewed some of the coolest people ever. She was previously at MAKERS, an AOL + PBS digital storytelling initiative showcasing groundbreaking women and also worked as a managing editor for AOL.com.
This week we're joined by the wonderful Claire Harris Matson! Claire co-host of the awesome new service industry podcast "In The Service" so we put her to work helping us understand the world of Yelp reviews! Don't worry, we tipped her fairly!
You should totally check out In The Service and let them know we sent you!
Claire is a writer, improviser, storyteller, comedian and a sometimes actress who was born, raised and still lives in New York.
If you have additional questions for her including her EXTENSIVE background, favorite place to get a bloody mary or where the friendliest bodega cats live -please feel free to reach her via email: email@example.com
This week we're joined by the wonderful Peter Smith. Peter helps us get out heads around Starbucks' newest craze and we write some of our own commandments. Then we get into the meat of the show as Peter helps us understand the experiences of people living with gender and identity in rural Montana, as well as how it feels to mentor some kick ass kids.
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This week we're joined by Nonny Onyekweli to talk about nugget retweets, the original apple computer, our embarrassing moments and most importantly, her work with Policing Project to try and bring more democracy to policing.
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This week we're joined by the lovely Brian Faas. We take the opportunity to grill Brian about buying girlscout cookies from Amazon, buying bootleg shower curtain and a facial recognition system that might just blow your face off! We also talk fan groups in the wake of the end of Big Little Pretty Little Liar Women.
Brian Faas performs at UCB Theatre in New York with the long-running improv show, The Law Firm. He got his start as a cast member on Vh1's Best Week Ever. Since then, he's been featured in Interview magazine, NYLON Guys, and as the drunk sidekick on the late-night show Bianca Unanchored. Look out for Brian in the upcoming indie comedy, Bruce. www.BrianFaas.net
This week we're joined by the uncomparably positive Amanda Giobbi! We're trying out a new segment, and talking about tinder's new WEB EXPERIENCE, weather it's OK to use a groupon for a date and renaming body parts. We also talk about Amanda's soul cycle addiction and here other cycle too. It's a great show!
Amanda Giobbi is a 2004 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She worked for an organization called 'Friends of the Children' for over thirteen years, where she had advocated for the underexposed youth of inner city Washington, D.C. and Harlem, NY. She is currently an employee of NBCUniversal and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She started acting in 2009 and doing improv in 2011. She has studied at The DC Improv school of comedy and The Upright Citizens Brigade. She performs improvisational comedy, sketch comedy and character showcases. Check her out here: AmandaGiobbi.com
Wonderful friend, other half of cool show and deep voiced demi-god Pat Wise joins the show again to talk about his new zen take on life and the horrible fiery trash pit that is the...entire planet? It's a hoot.
Pat has been improvising since he started. He's from Maryland and is a great friend. You should get to know him, he would like that. Follow @patwiselive
This week we sit and talk with the wonderful Rachel Pegram! Nokia putin phones, and so much more!
Rachel Pegram is a comedian, actor, writer, and singer living in New York. Rachel improvises with the house team The Union and currently performs in the sketch show Beeng Boong: The Great and Powerful MTA. She's appeared in videos and sketches for MTV, Above Average, Mashable, Refinery 29 and more. Rachel attended NYU and received a BFA in Drama. While at NYU she wrote and performed with the sketch group Hammerkatz. Rachel performs throughout NYC regularly doing sketch and improv. Twitter: @rachelpegram Email: email@example.com Website: http://rachelapegram.wixsite.com/rachelpegram
This week the remarkable Cory Palmer joins the show to talk about fake news, how to build a computer and whether rap with swears can be played in the freshman dorms at Liberty University.
Cory is the only Brooklyn-based writer, comedian, and graphic designer. His face has been on Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Food Network's Giving You The Business. His words have appeared in The Onion, Buzzfeed, and countless other low-revenue periodicals. His designs and Funny Photoshops® have been featured on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Joss Whedon's Save The Day super PAC, and your weirdest friend’s retweets. Check him out at the UCB theater in all sorts of stuff or on Twitter at @corypalmer.
This week we're joined by the lovely Jenny Nelson to talk about her take on the earnest internet, and the bachelor if you can believe that! It's a fun show!
Jenny Nelson is a writer and comedian in Brooklyn. She's written for Poncho, Splitsider, Funny Or Die, The Hairpin, and Videogum. She co-founded the satirical lifestyle blog Lark & Olive, co-hosts a live monthly comedy and lecture series called The Simple Show, and performs around the city. For more info go to #JennyNelsonNinetyDayFitnessChallenge on Instagram.
Long time friend of the show and funny kind person Kady Ruth Ashcraft joins again to speak on her departure from facebook, weird super hero videos and the subtle parodying of mommy blogs.
Kady Ruth Ashcraft writes, performs comedy, and pays taxes in Brooklyn, New York. She has written for Disney Channel, Funny or Die, The Hairpin and her work has been featured across the web on Jezebel, Trop Mag, College Humor, and Above Average.
Her series Triffany & Briffney was an official selection of the New York Television Festival.
Check out the satirical lifestyle/mommy blog Lark & Olive that she is a co-founder of.
Back in the day she studied comedic performance at Chicago's Second City and The Upright Citizen's Brigade and honed her narrative humor writing at Bryn Mawr College and University of Pennsylvania.
She is the founder of the humor website Hot Hot Phone and performs up and down the eastern seaboard with Mister Sister and often all by herself! Occasionally, she's gathers the courage to venture to Austin, LA, and Edinburgh and tell jokes there.
This epsiode we're joined by the marvelous Lauren Besser. Against a week filled with dire political news, Lauren talks about her experiences helping organize the Woman's March, what solidarity means for acitivism and also Dungeons and Dragons if you can believe that.
Lauren Besser is a writer and actor. She is the co-host of the feminist/comedy podcast, The Real Housewives of Bohemia and co-creator of WOMYN INC and the improvised series U.E.S. Lauren played on house teams at The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York City from 2014 to 2016 and is trained in improv and comedy writing by UCB-NY, iOChicago and The PIT. She's been in Above Average, Refinery29 and Funny or Die videos, The Bozo Show (1984), Suddenly Susan (2000), Prada's Spring/Summer runway (2013) and Impractical Jokers (2015). Lauren was once the youngest state president elected in the history of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a founding member of NOW's Young Feminist Taskforce and a winning city council campaign manager. She is a graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Lauren lives in Brooklyn, but she's from downtown Chicago. Her favorite things are walking, water and manners. She is a scorpio. Follow @labesser.
Years worth of work culminated in a MASSIVE live show to celebrate episode 100! So many topics we can't fit them all in the bio!
A very special thanks to everybody who participated!
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This week Molly Gaebe joins us to talk about Lady Parts Justice, the importance of shouting your abortion and how to get active around female reproductive rights.
Next Saturday the 28th ISTDM will be LIVE STREAMING our 100th episode. It'll be a huge event, kicking off at 1:30pm and running until about 6pm EST. We'll be hosting it on Facebook live, and the show audio and video will be hosted for those that can't make it. Be sure to tune in!
Molly performs with her sketch group Buzz Off Lucille (buzzofflucille.com) and works for the reproductive rights organization Lady Parts Justice. She is a member of the Harold team Women and Men at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She hails from Miami and is a doula. Her mother is way hotter than her by far and its an issue.
Refreshed in the new year, Ian and Alise welcome their good friend Will Martinez to the show. This week, they delve into a website that knows too much about us, Multilevel Marketing and our BIG PLANS FOR EPISODE 100!
Follow us on twitter and facebook for all the information surrounding our live show! Past guests will be joining us, and Team Ian will go up against a very formidable Team Alise to find out WHO'S BEST.
Will Martinez is a improviser, writer, and actor from The Bronx. He has studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2013. He is very happy to be a part of Characters Welcome. You can also catch him performing around New York City with his indie improv groups Schoolmarm, Scareface Danza , 2 Puerto Ricans, and hosting his own show Hood Water. He is also a founding member of Deada$ (https://www.facebook.com/deadassnyc/).
Nick Naney was unfriended, but the good news is the guy was an asshole. In this final episode of 2016 (bad year) we cover a bunch of topics including Jib Jabs, Rick Rolls and the new music crazy goosestepping its way across the nation.
Questions or comments? Email us: Importantshitshow@gmail.com
Nick Naney is a comedian, actor, writer & director who performs all over New York City. He has been featured in the Comedy Central web series “New Timers”, “The Special without Brett Davis” and the Adult Swim show “Fat Guy Stuck in Internet”. He used to be obsessed with Shrek but he isn’t anymore.