SRM Season 5 Episode 2: Qyburn Gets Ahead

srm 5This episode of SRM covers Season 5 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones. In an episode that took us all over Westeros and Esos we got to check in and also progress several storylines. Lots of ups and downs for characters tonight, but we know very well that the highs for any character typically don’t come without a price. Only two episodes into this season and if we can keep up this pace this could outdo last season, which at the start seemed an impossible task. If you have any comments or questions about the show or the podcast email SRMPodcast@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @SRMPodcast.

And don’t forget the contest! Rate and Review us on iTunes and you’ll be entered to win a copy of “The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros” by George R. R. Martin. All reviews that come in through April will be counted. Winner will be announced in the May 4th podcast following episode 4 of Season 5. As always, if you have any questions or comments about the podcast email SRMPodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @SRMPodcast. Thanks for listening!

You can also get the above book FREE! The other sponsor is Audible.com. Register for a no-risk trial and you’ll get one credit for a FREE audiobook of your choice. In addition to the Game of Thrones books only costing 1 credit they now have The World of Ice and Fire available. Cancel before the trial ends if you’re not happy with the service and it won’t cost you a dime and you get to keep the book. Head over to AudibleTrial.com/StarkRavenMad and sign up for a free trial and support the podcast by supporting Audible. It’s VERY much appreciated!

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#TBT to #GameOfThrones Season 3 Bits + Contest!

srm 5These are two short audio sketches made for the podcast inspired by a couple different things from Season 3 of Game of Thrones. The first is Podrick’s condoms. There was a running joke through Season 3 about Podrick and the whores of Westeros. The second is “Craster’s Keep” which is a “sitcom” based on the night’s watch staying at Craster’s and dealing with all of his rules.

We’re also running a contest! Rate and Review us on iTunes and you’ll be entered to win a copy of “The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros” by George R. R. Martin. All reviews that come in through April will be counted. Winner will be announced in the May 4th podcast following episode 4 of Season 5. As always, if you have any questions or comments about the podcast email SRMPodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @SRMPodcast. Thanks for listening!

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SRM Season 5 Episode 1: Hizdahr The Lorax

srm 5And we’re back! After nearly a year of waiting Game of Thrones returns and SRM is there to spend most of the time talking about Sansa again. Not really. This episode covers Season 5 Epsiode 1 entitled “The Wars to Come”. General consensus was a it was a good episode, but a bit calm after last season’s game changing moves. The title of the episode is pretty telling that that would probably be the case. We’re setting everything up. This podcast got a bit messy at times, but we’ll do what we can to reign it in so things are a bit less clunky moving forward. That said, it’s a great discussion that’s full of a lot of really great points, predictions and bits from everyone in what is probably our longest podcast yet. Plus, you get the sweet sounds of Roose and The Bolt Hens playing us out. Enjoy, rate and review!

This year an unofficial sponsor of the podcast is the Philadelphia Rennaissance Faire which will be in Philly May 16th and 17th. Game of Thrones’ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain) will be appearing this year and there’s lots of really cool opportunities to see and interact with him, so head over to PhillyRenFaire.com for more details! Expect to hear more about this event in the weeks leading up to it. The other sponsor is Audible.com. As always you get a free audiobook and a hefty discount on audiobooks when you register for a FREE trial of the Audible service. Head over to AudibleTrial.com/StarkRavenMad and sign up for a free trial and support the podcast by supporting Audible.

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Stark Raven Mad Returns Monday, April 13th!

srm 5Game of Thrones season five premieres in a matter of days (April 12th!) and Stark Raven Mad: A Game of Thrones Podcast will be back on April 13th, 2015 to cover every fuck, marry and kill the season dishes out.

This year will be the 3rd season of SRM and is coming after a recent win of “Best Podcast” at the 2015 Philly Comedy Awards. Hosted by Mike Marbach the panel includes various combinations of David Donnella, Robert Alesian, Kevin Pettit, Corin Wells, Frank Farrellm, Whitney Harris, Mallory Rhodes and other guests that pop in from time to time. The panel is comprised entirely of Philly comedians that perform at the Philly Improv Theater and other venues around the city.

You get various perspectives for each episode as well. Some panelists have read the books so you can see how some things might differ and some only watch the show so everything is new. However, as creators have said this season- no one is safe. Apparently even the book readers are going to be surprised at different points this season as the show runners begin to veer more and more away from the source material. In addition to show analysis and jokes along the way, the show sometimes highlights social media reactions from twitter, create quick improvised scenes inspired by the show, and sometimes produces fun Game of Thrones themed content such a audio sketches.

Reviews for the podcast on iTunes have been very good: “Overall feel is less of a dry study of GoT and more like a group of friends discussing a series they love. And it’s a lot of fun to listen to. A+ guys!” — “Great great great combo of interesting and funny… these guys are hilarious. You can tell right away that everyone involved loves the series.” — “This podcast is one of the most entertaining moments of my week”.

This year an unofficial sponsor of the podcast is the Philadelphia Rennaissance Faire which will be in Philly May 16th and 17th. Game of Thrones’ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain) will be appearing this year and there’s lots of really cool opportunities to see and interact with him, so head over to PhillyRenFaire.com for more details! Expect to hear more about this event in the weeks leading up to it. The other sponsor is Audible.com. As always you get a free audiobook and a hefty discount on audiobooks when you register for a FREE trial of the Audible service. Head over to AudibleTrial.com/StarkRavenMad and sign up for a free trial and support the podcast by supporting Audible.

Stark Raven Mad is the first of what is now several podcasts covering different TV shows such as The Leftovers, Better Call Saul and The Strain. Each one has a cast of Philly comedians looking to not just geek out and talk about a show, but also make you laugh in the process.

We’re also looking to get out and do some more live episodes this year. Previously we’ve done the Philly Podcast Festival in 2013 and 2014, but this year we’re looking to do some live episodes where we watch the episode and then do the podcast after. We also hope to occasionally Skype in some of our former panelists such as Andrew Stanton who is hard to beat in terms of his Game of Thrones knowledge.

So, if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones then you should be listening to Stark Raven Mad: A Game of Thrones Podcast. The perfect companion to your GoT viewing experience until George R. R. Martin kills it off.

SRM Is available to download/stream on MikeMarbach.com and is also available on iTunes and receives tens of thousands of downloads each season. The show is a real blast to do and all the support and downloads are appreciated. If you enjoy the show please rate/review on iTunes!

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Breaking Goodman Episode 10: It’s All Good, Man.

Breaking Goodman LogoThis episode of Breaking Goodman talks about Season 1 Episode 10 of Better Call Saul entitled “Marco”. We have reached the end of the much hyped and expectation passing first season of Better Call Saul. The finale was a bit of a come down after last week, but this sets up the beginning of the guy we know from Breaking Bad. We have the beginnings of Saul Goodman. This season, in itself, has been a great origin story for the character. Whether you watched Breaking Bad or not I have to think that this was a good story for everyone. Though as we’ve said many times on the podcast, if you didn’t watch Breaking Bad- go and do that. Until you do… you’re kind of a weirdo.

I’d like to do an off season episode or two, but for the most part this is it for a year or so. I hope to have everyone back that did this season as well as finally get you Mr. Kettleman’s name. And Ned’s notes. Thanks to him, Mike Henley, Samantha Russell Craig and Brian Craig for making this a really fun show to not just watch, but also discuss. Thanks again to Chris Calletta for the graphics. And thanks to AudibleTrial.com/StarkRavenMad where you can go to register for a FREE trial of the Audible service, which also gets this podcast a few bucks.

Speaking of Stark Raven Mad: A Game of Thrones Podcast– we are BACK next week! So if you watch Game of Thrones and want to listen to some people not just analyze the show with good detail, but also crack you up while doing it- then be sure to listen, rate and review on iTunes.

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Improv 301 Starting Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at @PHITComedy!

Improv 301 is the class I teach most often and there’s another one coming up in June. In 301 we’ll go over different ways to use monologues to inspire your scene work from general inspiration to pulling full ideas to initiate scenes. It comes together in form based on the wildly popular Armando. Enroll before May 31st and save $50 off the full enrollment cost. Each class gets you a student pass to see all PHIT shows for FREE as well as access to FREE practice groups that drill scenework focusing on the previous week’s curriculum.

Dates: Thursdays, June 4th, 2015 through July 30th, 2015 (Skips 7/2/2015)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Class Location: Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Instructor: Mike Marbach (bio)
What Students Say About Mike: “Mike’s a great teacher; he’s not only very knowledgeable, but incredibly attentive to his students with their development and comfort.” — “On top of being an effective, fun teacher, Mike is good people. He seems to genuinely care about his students’ success. I thoroughly enjoyed having him as my Improv 101 teacher and I’m looking forward to future classes at PHIT!”

Cost: $249 through Monday, May 25th, 2015. $299 afterwards.
Cost with Payment Plan: $299. Choose the “split-payment” option from the drop down menu below to submit a $150 non-refundable deposit by Monday, May 11th, 2015 to reserve your spot. Then pay the remaining $149 by Monday, May 25th, 2015.

Payment plan option will expire on Monday, May 11th, 2015. Payment plan option and early registration discount can not be combined.

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