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.”
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The Prom website
The Prom on Instagram
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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.
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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.
We discuss the importance of making a good self-tape for auditions, the growing demand for actors who can handle experiential theatre, why knowing who you are as a human is the most important thing that informs you as an artist, and lots more!
Kate has collectively worked on over 40 film/TV productions, and 80 theatrical productions in New York City and across the USA including shows at The Kennedy Center and many others. Kate also works with Celebrity Cruises Productions, casting from live auditions in various cities across North America including Toronto.
She’s also the Head of Education for the Broadway Collective – a training academy for young performers looking to break into the industry.
Kate is running an audition workshop at Broadway Con:
10:00 AM Friday, January 11
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