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Shakespeare webcomic creator: Mya Gosling

Episode 73: Sept.3, 2017

Mya Gosling, good tickle brain, interview, podcast

Mya Gosling is the creator of the popular webcomic Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost and possibly only stick-figure Shakespeare webcomic.

I love Mya’s work, she makes Shakespeare super fun. Based on our conversation it’s clear to me that her primary goal is to share her love of Shakespeare with others, and that’s a good thing.

So naturally I spent a bit of time in our podcast talking with My about how she makes money from her Good Tickle Brain webcomic. Of course we also talk about Shakespeare and her favourite shows on the playbill at the Stratford Festival.

No spoilers here, you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out.

Show Notes

Good Tickle Brain
Lady Macbeth’s relationship advice
Utah Shakespeare Festival
@bardfilm
The University of Iowa’s film studies page about “Omkara,” composer/director Vishal Bhardwaj’s transposition of the story of “Othello” to the landscape and culture of contemporary eastern Uttar Pradesh

Mya at the Stratford Festival Forum
Wed. September 6, 10:45 am to 12 pm
Info and tickets

Writer, Comedian: Joanne O’Sullivan

Episode 72, June 20, 2017

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Joanne’s written for the hit TV shows “This Hour has Twenty Two Minutes” and the “Baroness Von Sketch Show.”

Joanne has performed stand-up comedy across the country, she’s also done storytelling at the Stratford Festival’s “Late Night with Lucy Peacock cabarets,” and improvisation for four seasons of “Sin City,” Toronto’s popular live, improvised soap opera.

Plus she’s had a hit Fringe Festival show and is about to debut her new show “She Grew Funny” at the Toronto Fringe.

We talk about parenthood and the impact having a daughter had on her career. Prior to writing her latest show Joanne took a course to help with her writing, something she never imaged herself doing at this point in her career, but as you’ll hear it really helped kick start the process that led to her second Fringe Festival show.

SHOW NOTES
Joanne’s Show “She Grew Funny“.
The crowd funding site.
Joanne O’Sullivan on Twitter.
Tracey Erin Smith Soul O Theatre.
Albert Howell on Twitter.

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