Episode 76 — Foodie Terrorists
Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:03 PM
Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:35 PM
I know there are instances where a role will be written specifically for somebody, but the network decides to go with somebody else. Was this one of those? If it’s a sore spot, or un-kosher to essentially ask “hey why didn’t you get that part” I understand. The characters just seem too similar to be a coincidence and, in my opinion, he nailed it in In the Loop, so I’m dying to know what happened! Who made the terrible call not to go with him? Anyways, if it’s an interesting story, maybe you guys could do a scene off of it.
Also, if sucking up helps, I’m more than willing to say that I watched Veep because of I4H. I’d been meaning to watch it already, but it was the testimony after the first time they sponsored you that sealed the deal.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:28 AM
I'm moving to corvallis, OR in the fall. That will allow me to get cheap plane tickets to L.A. and I have a friend that lives and works there (supposedly in some grilled-cheese shop near Earwolf). Do you think it would be possible for me to take intermittent classes at UCB as long as I scheduled my trips accordingly? Do I really need to live in L.A. or NY is what I'm asking I guess?
Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:31 AM
I do have one question. Maybe this was unique to the most recent VPN epsiode, but I loved listening to the post-scene banter. I noticed that it wasn't included in the podcast version of that episode or other podcast episodes for that matter. Do you think it ruins the flow of the audio-only podcasts? Have you played with the idea of keeping it?
Speaking of the live episodes, when's the next one? Love them. I live on the east coast so I watch it at 9 PM. I make sure to keep my Thursday evenings completely free so I can watch!
Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:49 AM
Also, hopefully our improv book will be out in a couple of months which will be a great tool for someone who can't get to a bigger city to take a regular class.
Next live ep is April 25, 6pm PST
Bundi, yes I do think the flow is generally better by cutting post chatter. If I think it's really funny I sometimes let it stay.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:25 AM
Not sure if my questions would be interesting enough for the podcast, but you talked a lot about the origins, business side and inner workings of the UCB last time - I'd be interested in hearing more about the classes and what the typical experience is like for the people that taking them. What kind of people usually apply? Do people generally go there with the serious intention of becoming an improviser/ writer or for most people is it less serious than that? What do they go on to do afterwards? I think it'd be neat to hear about that kind of thing, as well as things like how you put the class structure together and if they've changed at all since you started.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:40 PM
Oh man! What are the visions for the future? There have been rumors that a second theatre has been purchased in LA. I know the UCB East theatre tried to be more inclusive to the stand-up community in New York; if there’s a second theatre in LA, what will the goals for it be? How was the process of purchasing and renovating it compared to New York?
Are there any plans to increase accessibility to the rest of the country? I know it’s kind of been held that improv is best experienced live, but I feel like I4H disproves that. ASSSSCAT was recorded for a while (and anybody who likes this show should listen to those), would it be possible to start a UCB podcast network with different teams performing audio only improv? This could even include sketch teams and it would give a chance for people outside of LA and New York to get to experience the different players. I hope this isn’t sacrilegious asking this on an Earwolf forum.
What are the current roles of the UCB four in the theatres now? On episode 58, Ian Roberts made it seem like you’d all left them in good hands and just come around once in a while to check on things or to try out a show.
Anything about the history where you might pause and go “That’s too inside baseball, my listeners might not understand that.”
What were those Road Rules people really like?
Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:08 PM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:24 AM
I was wondering, would you (and whoever your guest will be) be willing to go into the process of writing for the UCB TV show? You talked about it some in the commentaries and what I remember was a lot of season 1 was adapted from stage sketches, but what was the writer's room like? How did you vet and bring in extra writers? What was the creative process like?
I know you guys were also fond of Kent Alterman and I heard he came back to Comedy Central a couple of years ago, which magically coincides with a lot of new shows getting multiple seasons. Is there a correlation there? Comedy Central seemed to give up on shows really quickly for about 8 years, poor Stella...
Any chance of season 3 coming out?
Anyway, I'd love to hear anything about the show you'd be willing to talk about. Thanks.
Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:14 AM