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Nicky Guadagni: Actor, playwright


Nicky Guadagni, podcast, interview, hookedNicky Guadagni has been nominated for five Gemini awards and won two for her roles in “Major Crime” and “Blue Murder.”

Her one woman show “Hooked” started as a private performance in people’s home and eventually made its way to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.

“Hooked” won the SpringWorks’ 2016 People’s Choice Award.

In the podcast we talk about acting, producing at festivals, her training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and of course our lives as parents.

I don’t know what part of our conversation I enjoyed most: Learning about her youth in Montreal, the creative process behind her hit show “Hooked,” or how she and her husband dealt with their teen aged son who spent way too much time playing video games, and online poker, but then turned that into a career.

Show Notes
Hooked The Play
Sweeney Todd at The Shaw Festival with Nicky’s daughter Tess Benger in the ensemble.
Griffin Benger, Nicky’s son & poker player/commentator on Twitter
“First Person Shooter” documentary film from Cogent Benger Productions
Improvisation instructor Kate Ashby
Donna Eden Energy Systems
“Hooked” at the SpringWorks Festival in Stratford.

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Jeff Rothpan: Comedian, Writer

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Comedian, writer, Jeff Rothpan is originally from Montreal.

His comedy career began when he was just 16 years old and soon after that an encounter with Mark Breslin drove him from Canada to the U.S.

He moved to L.A., but despite he struggled to get stage time, so he worked hard to perfect his comedy.

He hit his stride by the time he turned 23 and landed an appearance on The Show with Jay Leno.

We talk about Jeff’s path to success.

These days Jeff is one of the busiest comedy writers in LA, working on TV shows, films and providing material for Jeff Dunham, whom Forbes magazine consistently ranks as one of the top grossing comedians in the United States.

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Show Notes
Jeff Rothpan on Twitter @jeffrothpan
Jeff Rothpan on the Bob and Tom Show
Just for Laughs Comedy Festival – Montreal
Jeff Dunham “All Over The Map” DVD
Jeff Dunham’s website

Martha Chaves: Comedian, Activist & Playwright

Comedian Martha Chaves has been headlining comedy clubs for over 20 years. The Nicaragua-born Canadian comedian is a regular on the CBC Radio show “Because News.”

She is also a keynote speaker using her poignant sense of humor to raise awareness about serious issues, including sexuality and oppression.

Martha has also used her way with words and unique perspective on politic to write plays

We discusses all of this and more.

Show Notes
Martha Chaves’ Website
Aluna Theatre
Alameda Theatre Company
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Because News at CBC Radio