#53: Talking Late Night featuring guest Kristy West, founder of BraveSpace and current improviser

January 31, 2019

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max talks with Kristy West, founder of BraveSpace and current improviser. Kristy got into performing improv almost two decades ago with Whole World Theatre in Atlanta, GA. From there, she continued studying and performing until she came to a big realization: that the skills she was learning in her improv class were transferrable to her job in Sales and Corporate Training. From there, she blended the improv and business worlds together to create BraveSpace, a business that goes into corporations to offer "live learning programs and creative business solutions for teams and individuals using the methodology of improvisation." In addition to all that, she is currently in the process of creating and opening her very own theatre with her group "The Founders." Want to learn more about BraveSpace and Kristy? You can find them at their website, their Facebook, their Twitter, or their Instagram!

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#52: Talking Late Night featuring guest Ibanez Downtain, improviser at the Village Theatre

November 22, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max interviews Ibanez Downtain, an improviser and main stage performer at the Village Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Ibanez began his improv career with he was just 13 taking classes at Whole World Theatre in Atlanta. From there, he began to get involved at the Village Theatre, which is his current home for improv.  Ibanez performs in plenty of shows such as Improv Asshole and with his teams like Diet Mountain Thunder. You can learn more about the Village Theatre by visiting them on their website!

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#51: Talking Late Night, featuring guest Ted Alexandro, stand-up comedian, opener for Jim Gaffigan’s “Fixer Upper Tour,” and co-creator of “Teacher’s Lounge”

November 15, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max interviews Ted Alexandro, a stand-up comedian, co-creator of the web series "Teacher's Lounge," and opener for Jim Gaffigan on the "Fixer Upper Tour." Ted's comedy has been met with critical acclaim, with the New York Times calling him "one of the funniest comedians working today." He has gotten the opportunity to appear on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O'Brien, and also has performed all over the world at venues like Madison Square Garden and the Sydney Opera House. Ted is also the co-creator (along with Hollis James) of the web series "Teacher's Lounge," a show where he stars as a school music teacher and that features a brand new comedian each episode. Currently, he is on tour all over the United States and the world with Jim Gaffigan for the "Fixer Upper Tour." Ted also has a brand new special out called "Senior Class of Earth." You can find it on his website and also through All Things Comedy!

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#50: Talking Late Night featuring guest Freddy Boyd, improviser, actor, and writer

October 25, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max speaks with Freddy Boyd, an improviser, actor, and writer based in Atlanta, GA. Freddy got started doing improv with Georgia Tech's improv troupe "Let's Try This!" From there, his interest in performing and his times doing it increased. Today, Freddy performs all over Atlanta, from Highwire Comedy Company to the Village Theatre. He is a member of the General Company for Dad's Garage Theatre Company where you can see him almost every weekend performing improv and sometimes can even catch him acting in one of their scripted shows! Be sure to check out some of the shows at these three theatres to get a chance to see Freddy perform live!

Also, he was named "Best with Legos" as his Pre-K superlative. So he's a pretty big deal.

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#49: Talking Late Night featuring guest Plug Chapman, stand-up comedian, writer, and actor

October 18, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max chats with Plug Chapman, a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and even former rapper. Plug started his performance career as a rapper. His career in the music industry brought him to Los Angeles where he discovered his knack for stand-up. He's been doing it ever since! Over his comedy career, he has opened for comics like Jon Lovitz and Jodi Miller and has performed at clubs like The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Club. In addition to that, he has performed on Kevin Hart's Hart of the City and was a finalist in the Black Film Festival's Comedy Wings Competition. In November 2018 Plug will be teaching a stand-up class at the Laughing Skull which you can sign up for here! Want to learn more about Plug? Follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook, and visit him at his website.

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#48: Talking Late Night featuring guest Jeff Murdoch, Second City mainstage performer and co-founder of Seriously Unprepared

October 11, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max interviews Jeff Murdoch, a mainstage player at The Second City and co-founder of the comedy duo "Seriously Unprepared." Jeff is an improv performer, actor, and writer currently based out of Chicago, Illinois. He has performed at many different theatres in the city including iO, the Annoyance, and Upstairs Gallery. In addition to performing at theatres in Chicago, he has performed improv through Second City on multiple cruise ships and was a member of the Second City National Touring Company. Today, Jeff is currently a mainstage performer for The Second City. He is also a member of the comedy duo "Seriously Unprepared," which have written and performed sketches and television pilots that have been met with critical acclaim from organizations like the New York Television Festival. Want to learn more about Jeff? You can find out more about him on his website and his Twitter. Check out content by Seriously Unprepared at their website and you can always see him perform nightly at Second City by clicking here!

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#47: Talking Late Night featuring guest Steve Hernandez, stand-up comedian and podcast producer

September 27, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max chats with Steve Hernandez, a stand-up comedian, and a podcast producer and host. Steve didn't get into comedy immediately. For many years, he was a pastor at a church in California. When he realized that wasn't for him, he looked to other avenues and eventually found stand-up! He is the founder of and currently hosts Chatterbox Comedy Nights at Chatterbox, a bar in Covina, California. He also is the host and producer of two podcasts: "Who's Your God?" and "Views from the Vista." Want to learn more about Steve or see him perform? You can follow him on both Twitter and Instagram!

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#46: Talking Late Night featuring guest Amy Miller, stand-up comedian and podcast host

August 23, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max interviews Amy Miller, an LA-based stand-up comedian who has appeared in shows and festivals all over the United States and is the co-host of her very own podcast, "Who's Your God?" Amy didn't get into stand-up until she was thirty-years-old, with her first performance coming at an open mic at a laundromat. From there, her career exploded. Amy has appeared as a semi-finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Viceland's "Flophouse," "Doug Loves Movies," and NPR's "Marketplace," and has performed her comedy at many festivals such as the San Francisco Sketchfest and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She was even named Portland's Funniest Person by the Helium Comedy Club! In addition to stand-up, Amy co-hosts her own podcast entitled "Who's Your God?" Want to learn more about Amy? You can find her at her website, Twitter, and Instagram!

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#45: Talking Late Night featuring guest Ken Robertson, Artistic Director of BATS Improv

August 2, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max talks with Ken Roberston, the artistic director of BATS Improv in San Francisco, California. Ken began his career in the performing industry as a professionally trained actor. From there, he worked with the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the On-Edge stunt team. Ken has also been a writer for the scripts of multiple video games. He started performing improv with BATS Improv in San Francisco and never left. Ken went from student to company member, to teacher, to eventually his current role as Artistic Director! Want to learn more about BATS and check out a show at the theatre? Check out their website here! Want to learn more about Ken? Visit his website or Twitter!

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#44: Talking Late Night featuring guest Matt Elwell, Executive Director of CSz Worldwide and improv teacher

July 5, 2018

On this episode of Talking Late Night, Max talks with Matt Elwell, Executive Director of CSz Worldwide and an improv teacher and performer. Matt got involved with comedy (after years of performing theatre) when he watched his first improv show in Chicago. Since then, Matt has been a performer with multiple improv theatres and shows including ComedySportz, Second City, iO, and Dave & Co. In addition to performing, Matt has taught at Dave & Co., ComedySportz Chicago, and was also an Associate Faculty Member of the Second City Training Center in Chicago. Today, Matt is the Executive Director of CSz Worldwide (the company that operates ComedySportz Shows) and is also a corporate speaker and trainer who, using improv, has worked with many companies all over the United States. To learn more about CSz and ComedySportz you can check them out on their website! To learn more about Matt, you can find him on LinkedIn

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