Julia Pistell and our podcast return from a long break to talk it up with Helena Morris about math, being a theater outsider, performing at the HUGE Theater in Minneapolis with Jill Bernard, chasing red balloons of information, concussions, butts, death, dentists, and being an animal hipster.
Julia Pistell lends an ear to Jeffrey Schaefer as he gets dark quick and talks about bonding over metal, playing the mean guy, transitioning from punk to improv via Michael Scott, going to UCB for classes & shows while taking classes in CT, setting a goal to get on Sea Tea and making it, shortform vs. longform, and the benefits of playing together often, all with a bevy of literary references strung throughout as only an English teacher can do.
Julia Pistell gets Briana Haynie to talk about having allergies (all of them), old sitcoms (but mostly just 30 Rock), “burning the puppet” (Sea Tea slang for the first time you’re in a show that doesn’t go quite right), breaking badly (in a good way), and old wrestling (but mostly Chris Jericho).
Julia Pistell climbs the beanstalk to chat with Casey “The Gentle Giant” Grambo about improv as subculture, finding improv in Hartford, Tina Fey’s theater tech dog whistle, and what it is to be weird, funny, and uncomfortable all at once.
Locally Made Improv
Every week, improvisors at Sea Tea Improv are producing the finest quality improv in New England.
Our improv is made from pure Connecticut suggestions, some of the most satisfying suggestions this side of Long Island Sound.
We take those suggestions and, though a tradition passed down to us by improv artisans at Hartford Stage, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade, we produce fresh comedy scenes, songs, and games.
Our community-based approach creates a sustainable improv ecosystem. We teach, perform, and consume more improv here than anywhere else in the Connecticut River Valley.
Our improvisers are fed a diet of custom-made rehearsals, major city training, and rich and varied outside interests.
Try our all-natural improv, and you’ll see why Sea Tea Improv has been the choice of thousands of Connecticut event planners, business trainers, party throwers, and comedy show-goers since 2009.
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Julia Pistell re-re-interviews Greg Ludovici about his broken lefthandedness, his background in musical theatre, very real sports like rowing & archery, white hat hacking, the career move from Saratoga to Hartford, the reason improv is better than scripted theatre for working folk, cats, games and more!
Stephanie “Sproffee” Rice enables Julia Pistell to speak about world travel, high school society, going from NYC to Hartford, shedding shyness, improv vs. scripted theater vs. writing, mentally recording the details of the moment for later storytelling, yet losing yourself in the music/the moment, Sea Tea Improv’s dedication, and her almost magical cooking skill.
Julia Pistell talks Dan Russell into talking about the beginnings of Sea Tea Improv, doing Wu-Tang karaoke, local & national stand-up comedy, acting for non-actors, memorable gigs (good & bad), the Connecticut improv scene, researching improv homework, being a carnie, finishing college, Muppet Babies Live, colored pencils, amateur baseball and getting engaged.
Julia Pistell dares Vladimir Perez to talk about getting started in improv, stalking comedy influences from the SNL extended universe, hockey, and truth in comedy.
Julia Pistell talks with Graham Snow about being secretly British, joining Sea Tea Improv via the CT improv community, Animaniacs (“Chicken Boo” theme song Copyright © 1993 Warner Bros.), and the silliness of laughter and Mystery Men.