Episode 14: That’s Valuable Discussion

Welcome back!

Taylor here. I was listening to the 2 Champs and a Chump podcast the other day and one of the co-hosts was talking about how “welcome back” is a poor way of starting a written article or post. I thought I would try it. Is it as bad as he thinks? Maybe. You know what’s worse? The fact that I decided to open with this paragraph.

Episode 14 was a very special episode because we had 2 guests I had wanted to get on the show from the very start of this crazy ride. I was super duper pumped to find out we had both, Mark Meer and Mr. Paul Sutherland swing into the Living Room Studios. It turned into a pretty great conversation right off the bat. If you don’t know Mark, then you aren’t a true Edmontonian as Mark was recently awarded Edmontonian of the Year. He chalks that up to the internet being more interested in video games than municipal politics. I know I was perplexed when faced with the choice of voting for our mayor or the voice of Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series. I obviously chose the man who saved the Universe.

Mark generally has many projects on the go so I knew we had to get him in whenever he had some down time. I really appreciate him taking the time to chat with us. He’s an all-around good dude. I know Mark would love if I linked to some of his projects so be sure to check out CBC’s The Irrelevant Show available also on iTunes. Don’t forget about Die-Nasty the live Improvised Soap Opera (listen to the episode to find out how to be eligible for some free tickets), Rapid Fire Theatre, Versus Valerie and his television work on Tiny Plastic Men and Caution! May Contain Nuts. I am sure that I am still missing several other credits so maybe just follow him on twitter. Check out his Super Adaptoid costume at the bottom of this post.

Also on the show was a good friend and amazing actor, Paul Sutherland who is performing in Northern Light Theatre‘s upcoming show DUST. Paul is also a member of Red Deer improv/sketch comedy troupe Bull Skit. I had wanted Paul on the show  while back but we couldn’t quite work it out so I am glad he was abale to make a last minute decision to join the conversation. Putting Mark and Paul together on the show ended up being a fairly nice fit because Mark is such an experienced improv artist and Paul (while, in my opinion a very solid improv’er) is relatively new to the world of improv. Their contrast made for a really cool conversation mid-way through the show. Be sure to check out Paul in DUST opening April 5th at the Trans Alta Arts Barns.

#theatremari was also on-hand and really surprised me with her impromptu #thatremari does it better. I have to say, I was very impressed. Mari certainly has grown from not knowing what a podcast is to a full fledged podcast pro. Maybe she deserves her own spin-off? Maybe not, though. She never reads this so don’t tell her I put the idea out there okay? Thanks to Josh Woodward for supplying the background tunes. Check him out by clicking his name.

We will be giving some tickets to Die-Nasty the Live Improvised Soap Opera over the next few weeks. We are going to give them out in a variety of ways but lets gets started with original tweets. If you want to be eligible for some tickets to Die-Nasty be sure to create an original tweet that tags @whatitispodcast.

There is a lot of great stuff in the episode so just go and freaking listen to it. To tempt you we even have a super-special-secret announcement that can only be discovered by listening to the show. If you are a fan, you won’t want to miss it!

Don’t forget that if you want to be a guest or have an event be sure to email is at whatitispodcast@gmail.com. Tweet at us, Facebook us….all of those things. Until next time!

Episode Breakdown
00:00-2:43> Intro
2:43-18:26> Interview with Mark Meer
18:26-31:42> Interview with Paul Sutherland
31:42-38:21>Arts News with Mari Chartier
38:21-40:50> #theatremari does it better
40:50-57:40> Chat about Improv
57:40-1:08:31> The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Advice
1:08:31-1:17:07> What are you working on?/Outro

Super Adaptoid

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