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Actor, improviser and writer: Sean Cullen

Episode 62 - Dec. 06

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Not-Sick
Seán Cullen was regular on the Tonight Show and he’s appeared on stages in New York, Chicago, Toronto and at the Stratford Festival. He writes books for young readers, his “Hamish X and The Cheese Pirates,” won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Book.

Plus he has a podcast, the Seanpod, and with all that going on he still finds time to play hockey three times a week.

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Seán Cullen and I talk about his improvisation and writing, as well as his path to success in comedy.

He also talks about his work on stage and why he describes his time performing 8 shows a week in “The Producers” as “just trying not to get sick.”

Seán mentions his time as a CBC Radio host and says “I was rambling completely and this drove the CBC Mad.” But as he explains, his rambling got the attention of a book publisher that led to the opportunity to his write books for young readers.

Seán’s Books
Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates
Hamish X and the Hollow Mountain
The Prince of Neither Here Nor There
The Prince of Two Tribes[Paperback]

Show Notes
The SeánPod with Seán Cullen.
Twist Your Dickens at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
On Writing by Stephen King
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
Margaret Atwood’s Wandering Wenda to become Kids’ CBC series

Naomi Snieckus: Improviser, actress

Episode 60 - Oct. 31

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Naomi Snieckus podcast interview
Naomi Snieckus

Naomi went from dreaming about doing the works of Shakespeare and Shaw to abandoning the theatre classics for The Second City.

These days you might recognize Naomi from her role in the hit comedy TV show “Mr.D” where she plays Bobbi the gym teacher.

And in the theatre and comedy community she’s well respected as a founding member, and performer, in the National Theatre of the World.

Show Notes
National Theatre of the World
The Second City Toronto
Theatre Passe Muraille
Mr. D
Shut the Front Door Improv
iO West Theater

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Ron James: Comedian

Episode 48: Nov. 2, 2015

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Ron James Interview, comedian

Ron James is one of the most successful Canadian comedians.

His path to success includes improvising with Second City, a stint on a TV show in Los Angeles, and his own shows “Blackfly” and “The Ron James Show.” His annual New Year’s Eve special on
CBC is a comedy tradition with viewers from coast to coast.

Show Notes

Tour dates at RonJames.ca
Rumors Comedy Club in Winnipeg
Ron James on YouTube
Ron James on Twitter
Ron James comedy special “The Big Picture” on iTunes
Shantero Productions
Ron James Comedy Giveaway