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Natalie Daradich: Actor

Episode 18- May 26, 2014

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Natalie Daradich, wicked, stratford festival, man of la mancha, crazy for you Natalie Daradich is a Canadian actor who received great reviews for her performance as Glinda in the U.S. touring company of “Wicked.”

Natalie is currently appearing at The Stratford Festival in “Crazy For You” and “The Beaux’ Stratagem.”

In his review of “Crazy For You,” the Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian wrote “Natalie Daradich is truly channelling the young Judy Garland throughout and that’s a very good thing, because it means open-hearted emotion, a prairie-wide smile, a voice that belts its way into your heart and a combination of sweetness and sexiness that’s irresistible.”

This is Natalie’s debut season at The Stratford Festival. Check out the spectacular dancing and music in this promo video for “Crazy For You.”

Natalie and I discuss her journey to success. It all began at Newtonbrook Secondary School in Toronto. After the drama teacher pointed out Natalie’s natural talent, Natalie enrolled at Sheridan college. Prior to attending Sheridan, Natalie had no formal dance training. She gives a shout out to the dance instructor at Sheridan, who gave her the confidence to excel in dance class.

Thanks to the folks below who submitted questions on Twitter. Natalie was grateful for the questions and took the time to respond to them all on the podcast.
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Once the shows have opened check out reviews for “Crazy For You” and The Beaux’ Stratagem.”

My thanks to The Stratford Festival and Revel Cafe for their help with this interview.

Keith tomasek, theatre geeks,In this episode I give a shout to to the Theatre Geeks Podcast, who kindly me invited me to appear on their podcast last week. Broadway World called “Theatre Geeks” one of the top theatre podcasts, so give it a listen.

Christina Walkinshaw: Writer, Comedian

Episode 17- May 12, 2014

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Writer, comedian Christina Walkinshaw discusses her journey from journalism school to becoming a professional comedian and publishing a blog detailing her exploits on Tinder. She explains how a vacation fling in New York made her realize she’d relish similar experiences at home in Toronto.

So she decided to go on 50 Tinder dates and write about them. The result is a hugely popular blog.

Christina made news across North America after she lost a comedy gig for confronting a staff member about being sexually harassed during a performance.

While performing at a comedy club, audience members asked her to “Show us your bush.” Following a confrontation with the club manager, who did nothing to help out, she confessed to her blog readers that she cried.

“I can’t believe I’m confessing to crying on the internet. I never cry. At least I didn’t cry on stage, right?”

Read about it HERE.
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Christina’s Blog: My Week on Tinder

Christina on Comdey Now