Bloody Sunday: S01E11 “Strainspotting”

Bloody Sunday Graphic 2This episode of Bloody Sunday covers season one episode 11 of The Strain on FX titled “The Third Rail”. So if you haven’t seen the episode yet don’t listen. Actually, nothing really happened this episode. You can probably listen and get the same amount of enjoyment (?) out of it. As we say in this episode of the podcast, this show might be a great 8 episodes, but it’s 13. “It feels thin, sort of stretched. Like butter spread over too much toast.” We didn’t do any predictions for the final two episodes, but I’m still thinking Abe is going to die. Maybe this coming episode, surely by the last. I think we do more talking about other things, but that’s just how this episode was.

CHECK OUT PHILLY IMPROV THEATER FOR AWESOME COMEDY SHOWS!
You hear us talk about it on the podcasts all the time. PHIT is your home for comedy in Philly. Improv, sketch, standup, variety- we have it all. Here are a few quick shout outs for things coming up soon:

  • Wednesday, 9/24 7:30pm and 9pm: Harold Night! Watch PHIT’s newer improv teams perform the famous improv format- the Harold. Each team will create characters and stories that will start to intersect through the course of the show.
  • Thursday, 9/25 & 9/26 at 9pm: Kingmaker & Girls With Brown Hair. Two amazing sketch groups from NYC will be visiting PHIT. Check them out!
  • Friday, 9/26 at 7:30pm: Wildcard! Philly’s best showcase for indie improv teams. Hosted by the fantastic Something Simple with Alex & Frank.
  • Saturday, 9/27 at 7:30pm: Study Hall! One of the best hours of improvised comedy you’ll see. Area college professors give real lectures on real topics and the cast, hearing the lectures for first time, improvise hilarious scenes inspired by them. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh. Don’t be late to Study Hall!
  • Saturday, 9/27 at 9pm and 10:30pm: House Team Night featuring PHIT’s longer running teams. You’ll see several different teams, several different improv formats and lots and lots of laughs.
  • Sunday, 9/28 at 7pm: FREE SHOWS! Come see them!
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Gettin’ Close with Jessica Snow!

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Max Sittenfield and Jessica Snow in a Davenger show at Philly Improv Theater. Tom Lovelund Photography.

In this episode I get close with Philly performer, old friend, and all around awesome person- Jessica Snow! We talk about many of her projects including but not limited to the near decade old, very popular short-form improv show- The N Crowd, the creation, cast/director changes, and overall run of PHIT House Team Davenger and her transition into director and building PHIT Harold Team Trash Island . We also talk about what got her into all this, improv auditions, the growth of Philly comedy overall and much more. Listen and enjoy!

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Bloody Sunday: S01E10 “Love the One You’re With”

Bloody Sunday Graphic 2This episode of Bloody Sunday discusses season one episode ten of The Strain on FX titled “Loved Ones”. This episode, though enjoyable, didn’t do much to further the story overall. We had the big shift at the end after finding the whereabouts of Kelly, but that was more or less it. Still, that is a pretty big deal. How that’s going to play into things… who knows. I still think she’s gonna end up on the Strigoi Team 6 out there. It’s also still hard to tell at this point the exact extent of the virus outbreak. How bad is society? In one place things are running smoothly, in another it’s chaos on the streets. All in the same city. We have 3 episodes left.

ALL INTRO CLASSES AT PHIT ONLY $249 THROUGH OCTOBER 3rd, 2014!
All intro improv/sketch classes are only $249 through 10/3 at noon. That’s $50 off the full enrollment cost. As a PHIT student you get FREE admission to all PHIT shows, access to improv practice groups for FREE and access to exclusive workshops and other special offers given only to PHIT students. So, if you’re interested in comedy, making people laugh, looking to get more confidence in front of crowds or just looking to meet new people then check out PhillyImprovTheater.com now! You could end up on one of these podcasts and would that really be that bad? ha.

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Gettin’ Close with The Cambridge Footlights!

FootlightsIn this episode I get close with the most renowned comedy troupe in the world- the Cambrdige Footlights! They were kind enough to sit down with me to chat before one of their two shows at Philly Improv Theater (the Footlights have shows at PHIT every summer). You might not know the names of the people in this particular podcast, but based on the show they put on you likely will at some point. You definitely know many of the Footlights’ alumni. Hugh Laurie (House), John Cleese, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman (Monty Python), Emma Thompson (a lot of good things), Jon Oliver (Community, Daily Show), Michael Frayn (playwright), David Mitchell (Mitchell & Webb) and many, many more.

We talk Footlights History and structure as well as how they put together their shows including the touring show and their “smokers”- a show every two weeks with a full hour of new material each time. Yeah. Throughout the podcast I’m joined by the 5 person cast (Alex, Ben, James, Ryan and Tom), their director (Jamie) and two touring managers (Helen and . Thank you to them for doing it and you for listening!

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Bloody Sunday: S01E09 “I Just Want My Son Back”

Bloody Sunday Graphic 2 The kids are at it again!

For the second time this season, Mike leaves the SRM gang to its own devices. And, just as you’d expect, there were glitches, tangents, arguments, failed jokes, and interruptions. So…no different than any other episode.

Still, we’d love your feedback, so please, rate and review us on iTunes, send us an email SRMPodcast@gmail.com, or hit us up via twitter (@SRMPodcast, @MikeMarbach, @PhillyDeeWay, @BrotherlyRob, @TheJoeMoore)

FREE AUDIOBOOK  DOWNLOAD FROM AUDIBLE.COM FOR LISTENING!
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Improv 201 Starting 10/18 at PHIT!

PHIT TrainingIf you’ve been through PHIT Improv 101 or Improv 101 at another Improv theater then get into my 201! If you sign up before October 3rd you save $50! Details below:

IMPROV 201 WITH MIKE MARBACH AT PHILLY IMPROV THEATER

Dates: Saturdays, October 18th, 2014 to December 13th, 2014 (Skips 11/29/14)
Times: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class Location: Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (get map)

Graduation Show Date/Time: Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Show Location: Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (get map)

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 October 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 (noon). $299 afterwards. Partial payment plan available! (Place a non-refundable $150 deposit by September 19th, 2014, pay the balance of $149 by October 3rd, 2014).

 

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