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Writer, actor: Bob Martin

Bob Martin interview, performers podcast

For over three decades, Tony Award-winner Bob Martin has worked as an actor and writer. Early in his career, Martin was directing for Second City in Toronto. He’s also written for TV, with the Chicago Tribune calling “Slings and Arrows” “one of the most loving satires to have ever graced television.” He ‘s best known for writing and starring in the hilarious “The Drowsy Chaperone,” for which Martin won the 2006 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical.”

His most recent Broadway show, “The Prom,” received 7 Tony Award nominations.
In this episode we talk about:

  • How the revision process is crucial to a great script.
  • Working with Broadway’s best comic actors on “The Prom.
  • Adapting “The Princess Bride” and “Night at the Museum” for Broadway.
  • The feelings that Martin experiences when he watches a performance of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

SHOW NOTES
Bob Martin’s website
Bob Martin on Twitter
The Prom website
The Prom on Instagram

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Comedian: Dave Merheje, podcast interview

Comedian: Dave Merheje

Dave Merheje won the Juno award for best comedy album with his 2018 release “Good Friend Bad Grammar.”

I’ve been hoping to interview Merheje since I first saw him perform a killer set at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. His rhythmic comedic style celebrates family and personal frustrations that truly spoke to me, not only as a fan of comedy but more significantly as a father and a son.

Watch for his upcoming regular appearance in the Hulu show “Ramy,” with Ramy Youssef, which starts streaming April 19.

SHOW NOTES
Follow Dave on Twitter.
Follow Dave on Facebook
Follow Dave on Instagram.
Dave’s website:
davemerheje.com
Dave on Spotify

Dave on Netflix “Comedians of the World.”

See Dave Merheje this summer.
In June he’s in Hamilton, Ottawa and St. John New Brunswick: Tickets

Then he’s at the “Ethnic Show” at Just for Laughs in Montreal, July 10 – 25: Tickets

His New York clubs:
The Comedy Cellar: https://www.comedycellar.com/
Union Hall: https://www.unionhallny.com/
Comedy Juice at Gotham: http://gothamcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=128751

Ramy Youseff on Colbert
Mo Amer’s Netflix special:”The Vagabond

Snoop Dogg’s first album “Doggystyle” on Spotify.

Producer, Screenwriter: Ken Cuperus

Ken Cuperus is an award winning screenwriter and producer.

I first met Ken decades ago, when Ken approached me after one of my performances at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, asking if I’d help his comedy troupe.

A few years later Ken and his pals, known as the Brave New Weasels, were performing to sold out crowds.

We talk about the gutsy move to leave the comfort of being a big finish in a small pond, Winnipeg, to start with nothing more than one month’s rent in Toronto.

We also discuss working with Gene Simmons and Ken shares a hilarious story about his worst pitch meeting ever.