Let’s Get Serious: Musical of the Living Dead

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 theirContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious: Musical of the Living Dead”

Let’s Get Serious with Shawn Smith

After 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 addictiveContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Shawn Smith”

Let’s Get Serious with Steve Mazan

Dying 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, 2011Continue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Steve Mazan”

Let’s Get Serious with Beth Stelling

Chicagoans 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 inContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Beth Stelling”

The MP3 Experiment Chicago

Hundreds of people participated in Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment Chicago today in Millennium Park as part of the TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival. Undercover agents were instructed to download a thirty-four minute MP3 before heading to Millennium Park wearing a red, blue, yellow or green shirt. They were asked to blend in untilContinue reading “The MP3 Experiment Chicago”

Let’s Get Serious with Carisa & Kevin

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 andContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Carisa & Kevin”

Let’s Get Serious with Mandy Whitenack

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 GrillContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Mandy Whitenack”

Let’s Get Serious with Chris Agos

This week I interviewed Chris Agos, author of Acting In Chicago: Making A Living Doing Commercials, Voice Over, TV/Film And More. Agos makes his living as an actor in Chicago and his book contains lots of valuable info for anyone who has similar ambitions. I ask him if he’s crazy and we discuss what makes Chicago a greatContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Chris Agos”

Let’s Get Serious with Teenager of the Year

I finally got around to interviewing one of my favorite groups from this year’s Chicago Sketch Fest, Teenager of the Year. Teenager of the Year is Joe Avella and Tim Racine. We discuss what it means to be “Too Hot for Sketchfest”, Frank Black, yellow journalism, hating easy humor, Jock Jams and the Chicago sketch comedy scene. Plus, we talkContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Teenager of the Year”

Let’s Get Serious with Steff Bomb

This episode of the podcast features the Plush Batman herself, Steff Bomb! We talk about C2E2, dirpy expressions, watching future classics, spending plush-bucks and “remnants of butt holes past.” Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns Episode 015: Steff Bomb Running time: 96 minutes Download (88.4MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 015 Subscribe to the Let’s Get SeriousContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Steff Bomb”