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Writer, Comedian: Joanne O’Sullivan

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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.

Sandra Shamas, performer, writer, impresario

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Sandra’s career began in Toronto on the stages of The Second City and the legendary night club The Rivoli where she shared the highs and lows of a struggling young performer with fellow entertainers including The Kids in the Hall.

But it was at the Edmonton Fringe Festival where Sandra first broke out with her hit show “My Boyfriend’s Back and There’s Going to be Laundry.”

A few years later she started a new life, moving from the city to a farm where she took a break from performing to traverse her internal landscape, surveying her life, and how it intersected with those around her.

And soon the former urban dweller found herself falling into the rhythms of the surrounding nature.

She’s performed at top theatres in Canada and is recognized, for not only her writing and performing, but also her work as an impresario.

In the interview we talk about food, her creative process, social media and the influence of Tinder on relationships.

Plus Sandra reveals her favourite vegetable to grow on the farm. It might surprise you.

SHOW NOTES
The Big What Now
Sandra Shamas website
Sandra Shamas on Facebook
Fox Run Mini Mortar and Pestle, Porcelain.
Sandra Shamas: A Trilogy of Performances, ( used book ).
Gourmet Chesnok Red, Hard Neck garlic bulbs. Non-GMO, organic (not the one Sandra mentioned but the best I could find on Amazon).

Sean Cullen, actor, improviser and writer

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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.

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