Posts Tagged ‘Let’s Get Serious’

Let’s Get Serious with The Seedy Seeds 2012!

January 22, 2012

The Seedy Seeds return to Let’s Get Serious and Chicago for a show on January 22, 2012 at Reggie’s Music Joint.

I interviewed The Seedy Seeds on Episode 11 almost a year ago but along with the passage of time comes change, including the introduction of a new member, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Frankl. I try to unravel the mystery that is Joe and we discuss old-timey slang with banjo accompaniment courtesy of Mike Ingram.

Listen to the Seeds perform two songs live in my kitchen, “Ethel” and “Flooded”.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 027: The Seedy Seeds
Running time: 65 minutes

Download (60.3MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 027


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Let’s Get Serious with Cameron Esposito

November 20, 2011

Let’s Get Serious is one year old! The first podcast episode went live on November 22, 2011. That’s a lot of talking.

26 Episodes later I’m joined by comedian Cameron Esposito.

We discuss her show, Side Mullet Nation, what it’s like to host an open mike and her ringmaster duties with El Circo Cheapo.

Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to be a guest or listener!

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Episode 026: Cameron Esposito
Running time: 94 minutes

Download (86.4MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 026


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Let’s Get Serious: Musical of the Living Dead

October 2, 2011

The fall season is upon us and with it comes annual traditions, old and new. On October 13 Musical of the Living Dead will return (from the uh, grave?) for four weeks of bloody, bloody musical theatre at the Charnel House in Chicago.

I sat down with co-creators Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts to discuss their mutual zombie love and we listen to a few songs from the soon-to-be-released cast recording album.

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Episode 025: Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts from Musical of the Living Dead
Running time: 88 minutes

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Let’s Get Serious with Shawn Smith

September 7, 2011

Shawn Smith of Ninjatown and ShawnimalsAfter a bit of a summer break, the podcast is back and better than ever with guest Shawn Smith, creator of Ninjatown and Shawnimals—a character design studio in Chicago founded by Smith and his wife, Jen Brody.

We discuss Smith’s game magazine and art school background, Renegade Craft Fair, Wee Ninjas and the wildly addictive iPhone App, Ninjatown: Trees of Doom!

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Episode 024: Shawn Smith of Ninjatown and Shawnimals
Running time: 99 minutes

Download (91MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 024


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Let’s Get Serious with Steve Mazan

June 29, 2011

Steve Mazan of Dying to Do LettermanDying to Do Letterman is a feature-length documentary that chronicles comedian Steve Mazan’s quest to perform stand-up on Late Show with David Letterman after being diagnosed with cancer in 2005.

The film screened on June 17 as part of the TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival and will be screening again this Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 8:15pm.

I sat down with Mazan for a long conversation about the quality of light in San Francisco, mid-western senses of humor and not giving up on your dreams regardless of the odds.

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Episode 023: Steve Mazan of Dying to Do Letterman
Running time: 112 minutes

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Let’s Get Serious with Beth Stelling

June 13, 2011

Beth StellingChicagoans will have a couple of opportunities to see Beth Stelling perform stand-up during this week’s TBS Just for Laughs comedy festival. She’s performing at the opening night Secret Big-Time Local Comedy Showcase and at Wednesday and Thursday night New Faces of Chicago shows.

Beth was named “Best Stand-Up Comedian” by the Chicago Reader in their Best of 2010 issue. Her reign of humor will last at least a few more weeks before the Best of 2011 issue comes out (and she moves to LA).

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 022: Beth Stelling
Running time: 96 minutes

Download (88MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 022


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TBS Just for Laughs Chicago 2011

June 12, 2011

TWIX Presents TBS Just for Laughs Chicago is invading our city of big shoulders June 14-19, 2011 and I will be providing coverage with some Let’s Get Serious podcasts and blog posts.

The festival features some super well-known comedians—Louis CK, Steve Martin, Demetri Martin (no relation… that we know of), Joel McHale, Dave Attell and George Lopez—but it also features up-and-comers, lesser-knowns and locals performing more shows than you could possibly attend in six days, including a film series at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

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Let’s Get Serious with Carisa & Kevin

May 9, 2011

Carisa and Kevin are a sketch comedy and improv performing couple of live-together lovers.

They’ve both performed with The Second City’s Boat Co on Norwegian Cruise Lines and are immersed in so many comedy-related activities in Chicago that we talked for close to two hours.

We discuss hunting the most dangerous game, dramatic juggling and why The Second City is a good place to go on a date.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 020: Carisa Barreca & Kevin Sciretta
Running time: 114 minutes

Download (104MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 020


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Let’s Get Serious with Matt Mooney

April 29, 2011

Matt Mooney joins me to reminisce about the Koala Fires and dispel rumors about the band’s demise.

We listen to a new Koala Fires demo, Matt plays a couple of acoustic songs and we go a little crazy discussing The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, what the heck a Norn is and other stuff that makes even less sense.

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Episode 019: Matt Mooney of the Koala Fires
Running time: 95 minutes

Download (87.4MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 019


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Let’s Get Serious with Mandy Whitenack

April 17, 2011

Off Off Broadzway perform “almost sexy sketch comedy” that’s sort of a musical parody of burlesque.

They have a new run of shows coming up at Stage 773 so I sat down with Mandy Whitenack to discuss her character, Ricki Dickyouless.

She tells me about eating dirt as a baby, Indiana’s Pizza King, Flat Top Grill and early musical theater experiences.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 018: Mandy Whitenack from Off Off Broadzway
Running time: 81 minutes

Download (74.6MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 018


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