"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." The bard may have been making a rather sweeping analogy about the pattern of one's journey through life, but for those who find themselves enamored with stagecraft, either from the audience or in the company itself, the famous quote from "As You Like It" rings a little more true. Whether you come from the performance side, the live audience, the pre-recorded side, any view of the stage you choose, those of us who proudly consider ourselves "theater geeks" have a very unique community to thrive in. Drama? Sure. Suspense? Whenever needed. Fascination? Unquestionably. But how can we possibly explain these deep-rooted emotional connections with the uninitiated, or even worse, uninterested? Should we just wall ourselves off (mind that fourth wall, of course) and keep it to ourselves, or are there means to extend beyond? This session, we're looking at the topic of theater geeks, that infatuation with live (or broadcast) stage entertainment. Joining us for the discussion are two unabashed fans of stage productions, Joy Piedmont (of the Reality Bomb podcast) and Robyn Jordan (of Black Girls Create and the #WizardTeam podcast)! * IMPORTANT NOTE: * As you'll hear in this episode, this marks Alyssa's last conversation with IDO for the near future, as she is taking on a highly time-intensive (and wholly incredible) new career pursuit. We wish her the absolute best in everything she invests her time and energy in, and look forward to having her back in the studio down the road, with so many stories to tell!
If we were to take some of the best things our respective fandoms have given us this year to date, wrap them lovingly in fancy paper, add a few ribbons and bows for detail, possibly place them under a tree or on a candle-lit table, chase away the cat who inevitably will attempt to eat said ribbon, and invite friends to accept them as gifts to be opened and enjoyed as we first did, you'd have the spirit of what we're looking to do today. You may hear a lot of items we've shared in our "good news" segments from previous episodes this year, or even things that have come up in our main topic conversations with previous guests. Knowing us as you do by now, you may also be able to predict a number of things we have on our lists, and that's okay! That just means we're excited about them and thankful for them, and hope you feel the same. You may, however, hear of some things you'd missed in the flurry of activity and social media blur, and that's even better. Our biggest hope is that you find something new to enjoy, and maybe even a new fandom to add to your roster. Joining us for the "game" this year is staff editor for and contributing writer to Den of Geek, Kayti Burt! (The full roster of mentioned 'glad' items is coming shortly, but listen for them first!)
When the world around you feels like a burning trashbag, there are many -- many -- of us who seek the temporary refuge of laughter. We rely on comedy and humor to brighten our days, distract our conscious minds, perhaps bond with others, and even release some valuable endorphins into our systems that help with the mental and physical healing processes. (It's true!) Knowing this, the role of the comedian, the humorist, the satirist, is that much more important to our society. But is this a viable occupation in that society? How does one actually make the decision to bring laughter to others as a profession, and then seek out and test the medium in which to explore it? From the comedy stage, to the pages and sites of humor and satire magazines, to the writer's rooms of television, film, and online studios, there are thousands among us who not only enjoy the good joke, but enjoy its creation. Joined by stand-up comedian and writer Riley Silverman, we look at what is means to make a career out of comedy, and how one can retain their sanity in the pursuit. (...Maybe.)
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