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”

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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 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 Bryan Craig Applegate

Bryan Craig Applegate joins me to discuss stand-up comedy, his relocation to New York, owl stuffing and (briefly) the Oscars (pre-show). Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns Episode 013: Bryan Craig Applegate Running time: 98 minutes Download (90MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 013 Subscribe to the Let’s Get Serious podcast through iTunes.

Let’s Get Serious with Tim Soszko

I started off this episode by accidentally not recording and followed that up with some clipped audio but once we get past that I think there’s some good conversation with Tim Soszko. Tim is a member of multiple groups including Bri-Ko, The Cupid Players and performs with Micah Philbrook in The Tim and Micah Project.Continue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Tim Soszko”

Let’s Get Serious with The Cool Table

Joey Christopoulos & Dan Sanders-Joyce of The Cool Table took a break between their two nights of Chicago Sketchfest performances to speak with me about their history, split into an LA/Chicago group and favorite Sketchfest moments. Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns Episode 009: Joey Christopoulos & Dan Sanders-Joyce of The Cool Table Running time:Continue reading “Let’s Get Serious with The Cool Table”

Let’s Get Serious with Elephant Larry

Stefan Lawrence and Alexander Zalben are 2/5ths of Elephant Larry, one of New York’s most notorious sketch comedy groups. They sat down with me prior to their second performance at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and we talked about the Kowalski Method, using your babies as stage props and what it means to have oneContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Elephant Larry”

Let’s Get Serious with Inside Joke Films

I’m joined by Jon Braylock & Ramy Youssef of Inside Joke Films. Despite what you might think based on their name, Inside Joke Films don’t just make internet videos—they also perform live sketch shows and will be performing at Stage 773 for the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival on Sunday, January 9 at 4pm. Visit www.chicagosketchfest.com for info andContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Inside Joke Films”

Let’s Get Serious with Two Fun Men

The 10th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is in full-effect and I’m going to be posting a series of interviews with performers over the next two weeks. First up, I interviewed John Haskell and Arthur Meyer from Two Fun Men. We discuss the differences between today, tonight and tomorrow, the slow food movement, and impressing girlsContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Two Fun Men”

Let’s Get Serious with Kelly Bolton

For my second episode, I interview Kelly Bolton from Off Off Broadzway, a musical sketch group that puts a comedic spin on the burlesque revival of recent years. In Off Off Broadzway, Kelly plays Andy Drodgenous, a sleazy dude that follows the girls around and adds suggestive comments between (and sometimes during) songs. We talkContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with Kelly Bolton”