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MINUTE 21   We have a new phone number for leaving Actual Responses voicemails! Hear your voice on the show: MMWA-61-MUST (669-261-6878)   Library access to stream/borrow the movie (not comprehensive): www.kanopystreaming.com http://www.worldcat.org/title/my-dinner-with-andre/oclc/910115906/editions?editionsView=true&referer=br https://www.hoopladigital.com/   TRANSCRIPT: Andre: Then...I remember a very, very beautiful procession with the sheet, and there was somebody being carried below the sheet, you know, the sheet was like some great biblical canopy, and the entire group was weaving around the room and chanting. And then at one point, people were dancing, and I was dancing with a girl, and suddenly our hands began vibrating near each other like this...vibrating...vibrating, and we went down to our knees, and suddenly I was sobbing in her arms, and she was sort of cradling me in her arms, and then she started to cry too, and then we...then we just hugged each other for a moment, and...uh...then we joined the dance again. Andre: And then at a certain point, hours later, we returned to the singing of the song of Saint Francis, and that was the end of the beehive. And then, again, when it was over, it was just like the theater after a performance, you know, people sort of put on their earrings and their wristwatches and we went off to the railroad station to OUR GUEST: Tara Dunderdale is a Podcaster: http://www.prattlepod.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/gh/podcast/death-prattle/id1142393342 www.twitter.com/prattlepod ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Jake! Voicemail: MMWA-61-MUST (669-261-6878) myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Thanks to Jeremiah for the iTunes review! Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Thanks.
Bonus #3 In this bonus episode I talk to Tara Dunderdale of Death Prattle who provides her own unique perspective on the MMWA pilgrimage to Cincinnati Comic Expo to meet the great Wallace Shawn, and I seek advice on what to do next. OUR GUEST: Tara Dunderdale makes Death Prattle: www.prattlepod.com https://itunes.apple.com/gh/podcast/death-prattle/id1142393342 https://twitter.com/prattlepod Next Up: Minutes 21 and 22 also with Tara!          
MINUTE 20   Library access to stream/borrow the movie (not comprehensive): www.kanopystreaming.com http://www.worldcat.org/title/my-dinner-with-andre/oclc/910115906/editions?editionsView=true&referer=br https://www.hoopladigital.com/   Transcript: two people in my group had brought musical instruments, a flute and a drum, which, of course, are sacred instruments...was that sometimes the room would break up into six or seven different things going on at once, you know, six or seven different improvisations, all of which seemed, in some way, related to each other, it was...it was like a magnificent cobweb.   Andre: And at one point, I noticed that Grotowski was at the center of one group huddled around a bunch of candles that they'd gathered together. And like a little child, fascinated by fire, I saw that he had his hand right in the flame and was holding it there. And as I approached his group, I wondered if I could do it. I put my left hand in the flame and I found I could hold it there for as long as I liked, and there was no burn and no pain. But when I tried to put my right hand in the flame, I couldn't hold it there for a second, so Grotowski said, "If it burns, try to change some little thing in yourself." And I tried to do that...didn't work. ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Jeremiah P myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Thanks.
MINUTE 19 So happy to be back! You can hear this podcast being mentioned on a great episode of Judge John Hodgman  here: http://www.maximumfun.org/judge-john-hodgman/judge-john-hodgman-episode-346-check-pleas Transcript: Andre: Now, you could easily see, cause we're talking about group trance, where the line between something like this, and something like Hitler's Nuremberg rallies is, in a way, a very thin line.   Andre: Anyway, after about an hour of this wild, hypnotic dancing, Grotowski and I found ourselves sitting opposite each other in the middle of this whole thing, and we threw the teddy bear back and forth. You know, on one...on one level, you could say this is childish. And I gave the teddy bear suck, suddenly, at my breast, and then I threw the teddy bear to him, and he gave it suck at his breast, and then the teddy bear was thrown up into the air again, at which there was another explosion of form into...something, and these...suppose it like, you know, this is the...this...there's something like a kaleidoscope, like a human kaleidoscope, the evening was made up of shiftings of the kaleidoscope.   Andre: Now, the only other things that I remember, other than constantly trying to guide this thing, which was always involved with either movement, rhythm, repetition or song...or chanting, because, uh, ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Kristina May myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Thanks.
  In this special episode I recount the thrilling conclusion of the story of me meeting WALLACE SHAWN HIMSELF at Cincinnati Comic Expo this past weekend, with the help of podcaster and great friend of mine Alexandra Bowser! OUR GUEST: Alexandra Bowser makes Arthur Mommy Movie Time: https://www.arthurmommmymovietime.com https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/arthur-mommy-movie-time/id1227861542?mt=2 https://www.facebook.com/ArthurMommyMovieTime/   PEOPLE WHO MADE THE CINCINNATI TRIP POSSIBLE: Kristina May J.J. Pelechaty Alexandra Bowser Tara Dunderdale Talcott Starr Jillian Guyette Thank you and I love you all myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Thanks.  
In this special episode I recount the first half of the story of me meeting WALLACE SHAWN HIMSELF at Cincinnati Comic Expo this past weekend, with the help of podcaster and great friend of mine Alexandra Bowser! Part two of this story will come out Friday so stick tuned. OUR GUEST: Alexandra Bowser makes Arthur Mommy Movie Time: https://www.arthurmommmymovietime.com https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/arthur-mommy-movie-time/id1227861542?mt=2 https://www.facebook.com/ArthurMommyMovieTime/   PEOPLE WHO MADE THE CINCINNATI TRIP POSSIBLE: Kristina May J.J. Pelechaty Alexandra Bowser Tara Dunderdale Talcott Starr Jillian Guyette Thank you and I love you all myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Part 2 of this bonus ep will drop tomorrow, Friday the 29th. Thanks.
MINUTE 18: We’re moving to a once-weekly schedule on Wednesdays! Update your podcast calendars or just let those sweet episodes roll into your app as usual! Transcript: taking off their jewelry and their watches, and stowing it away, and making sure it's all secure. And then, slowly, people arrived, the way they would arrive at the theater, in ones and twos and tens and fifteens and what have you, and we were just sitting there, and we were singing this very beautiful song, and people started to sit with us and started to learn the song. Andre: Now, there is, of course, as in any performance or improvisation, an instinct for when things are gonna get boring. So, at a certain point, it may only have taken an hour to get there, an hour and a half, I suddenly grabbed this teddy bear and threw it in the air, at which a hundred and forty or thirty people suddenly exploded, you know, it was like a...a Jackson Pollack painting, you know. Human beings exploded out of this tight little circle that was singing the song, and before I knew it, there were two circles, dancing, you know, one dancing clockwise, the other dancing counterclockwise, with this rhythm mostly from the waist down. In other words, like an American Indian dance, with this thumping, persistent rhythm. OUR GUEST: Malcolm Whitfield Is A Comedian: https://www.facebook.com/MalcolmWhitfieldComedy/ https://www.instagram.com/marvelous_mal/ www.twitter.com/marvelous_mal www.malcolmwhitfield.com HIs Radio Show: www.mixcloud.com/almosttuesday ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Thomas and Betzalel myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Thanks.
Putting this back in the feed today to commemorate the last episode of The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn and his Reddit AMA (link below). Getting back on track with new MMWA episodes with Malcolm Whitfield/Episode 18 tomorrow morning. DO THE AMA: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6t3859/i_just_interviewed_16_of_the_worlds_greatest/ THEN LISTEN: Woody interviews Jesse Thorn, host of Bullseye for NPR and owner of the Maximum Fun podcast network about his new project The Turnaround, in which he interviews famous interviewers (such as Ira Glass, Terry Gross, Larry King and yes, Werner Herzog) about the art of asking questions and getting answers. We discuss: The Turnaround: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/the-turnaround Bullseye  http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/bullseye Jordan, Jesse, Go! http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/jordan-jesse-go Judge John Hodgman: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/judge-john-hodgman More great WAYO programming: wayofm.org and full Almost Tuesday Archives at mixcloud.com/almosttuesday
MINUTE 17: Any suggestions for new/different segments to the show? Any suggestions for who should be a guest? Send an email or join the Facebook group! TRANSCRIPT: and you thank God for your life, and it...uh...it repeats itself over and over again, and this became our theme song. I really must play this thing for you one day because you just can't believe that a group of people who don't know how to sing could create something so beautiful. So, I decided that when the people arrived for the beehive that our group would already be there singing this very beautiful song, and that we would simply sing it over and over again. Andre: One of the people decided to bring her very large teddy bear, you know, well, she's a little afraid of this event, and...uh...somebody wanted to bring a...a sheet, and somebody else wanted to bring a large bowl of water, in case people got hot or thirsty, and somebody suggested that we have candles, that there be no artificial light, but candlelight. And I remember watching people preparing for this evening. Of course, there was no makeup, and there were no costumes, but it was exactly the way that people prepare for a performance, you know, people sort of taking OUR GUEST: Malcolm Whitfield Is A Comedian: https://www.facebook.com/MalcolmWhitfieldComedy/ https://www.instagram.com/marvelous_mal/ www.twitter.com/marvelous_mal www.malcolmwhitfield.com HIs Radio Show: www.mixcloud.com/almosttuesday ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Tyrion Lannister! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 18 drops Friday the 4th Thanks.
  MINUTE: 16 Late again, I'm sorry. Figuring out life stuff while doing the podcast has proven more challenging than I had originally imagined. Expect episode 16 tomorrow! TRANSCRIPT: And he said, "Well, certainly, in fact...why don't you, with your group, lead the beehive instead of participating in one?" Well, you know, I...I got very nervous, you know, and I said, "Well, what is a beehive?" He said, ''Well...a beehive is...at eight o'clock a hundred strangers come into a room." And I said, "Yes?" He said, "Yes, and whatever happens is a beehive." I said, "Yes, but what am I supposed to do?" He said, "That's up to you." I said, "No, no. I really don't want to do this. I'll just participate." And he said, "No, no. You lead the beehive." Andre: Well, I was terrified, Wally, I mean, in a way, I felt on stage. I did it anyway. Wally: God, well...tell me about it. Andre: You see, there was this song. I have a tape of it, I can play it for you one day. And it's just unbelievably beautiful. You see, one of the women in our group knew a few fragments of this song of Saint Francis, and it's a song in which you thank God for your eyes, and you thank God for your heart, and you thank God for your OUR GUEST: Hayden Maxwell is a Podcaster and Comedian: twitter.com/OnlytheBest4HM PERFORMING LIVE THIS SUNDAY: 8pm @ Vital Joint in Brooklyn: https://www.facebook.com/events/1260138010775580/ His Podcast, Only The Best For Hayden Maxwell Find it on Apple Podcasts And Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/haydenmaxwell And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onlythebestforhaydenmaxwell/ ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Suzy! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 17 drops Wednesday the 2nd Thanks.  
MINUTE: 15 Late again, I'm sorry. Figuring out life stuff while doing the podcast has proven more challenging than I had originally imagined. Expect episode 16 tomorrow! TRANSCRIPT: Who am I? Why am I here? Where do I come from...and where am I going? But instead of applying them to a role, you apply them to yourself. Wally: Hmm. Andre: Or, to look at it a little differently in a way, it's like going right back to childhood, where a group of children simply come into a room, or are brought into a room, without toys, and begin to play. Grown-ups were learning how to play again. Wally: So, you would...uh...all sit together somewhere and...uh...you would play in some way but what would you actually do? Andre: Well, I could give you a good example. You see, we worked...uh...together for a week in the city before we went off to our forest and, of course, Grotowski was there in the city, too, and...I heard that every night, he conducted something called a beehive, and I loved the sound of this beehive so...a night or two before we were supposed to go off to the country, I grabbed him by the collar, and I said, "Listen, about this beehive, you know, I'd kind of like to participate in one, just...instinctively, I feel it would be something interesting." OUR GUEST: Hayden Maxwell is a Podcaster and Comedian: twitter.com/OnlytheBest4HM PERFORMING LIVE THIS SUNDAY: 8pm @ Vital Joint in Brooklyn: https://www.facebook.com/events/1260138010775580/ His Podcast, Only The Best For Hayden Maxwell Find it on Apple Podcasts And Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/haydenmaxwell And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onlythebestforhaydenmaxwell/ ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Suzy! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 16 drops Saturday the 29th Thanks.
MINUTE 14: What is the difference between ourselves and the parts we play, on stage and in life? Transcript: --someone to have an impulse to do something. Now, in a way that's...that's something like a...a theatrical improvisation, uh, you know, if you were a director working on a play by Chekhov, you might have the actors playing the mother, the son, and the uncle all sit around in a room and do a made-up scene that isn't in the play, for instance, you might say to them "All right, let's say that it's a rainy Sunday afternoon on Sorin's estate and you're all trapped in the drawing room together." And then everyone would improvise, saying and doing what their character might say and do in that circumstance.   Andre: Except that in this type of improvisation, the kind we did in Poland, the theme is oneself. So, you follow the same law of improvisation, which is that you do whatever your impulse, as the character, tells you to do, but in this case, you're the character. So there's no imaginary situation to hide behind and there's no other person to hide behind. What you're doing, in fact, is you're asking those same questions that Stanislavsky said the actor should constantly ask himself as a character: OUR GUEST: Dewey Lovett Is A Comedian: www.twitter.com/dewey_lovett Catch her show WTF with Marc Maron Hosted by Dewey Lovett Sponsored by Stamps.com in New York ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Jake and Suzy! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 15 drops Wednesday the 26th Thanks.
Minute 13: Sorry about the tardiness folks! Minute 13 today, minute 14 tomorrow, Saturday 7/22. Thanks for your understanding. Transcript: and this wonderful group of young men and women. And the forest he had found us was absolutely magic but, you know, it was a huge forest, I mean, the trees were so large that four or five people linking their arms couldn't get their arms around the trees. So we were camped out beside the ruins of this tiny little castle and we would eat around this great stone slab that served as a sort of a table. And our schedule was that usually we'd start work around sunset and then generally we'd work until about 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning, and then, because the Poles love to sing and dance, we'd sing and dance until about 10:00 or 11:00 in the morning, and then we'd have our food, which was generally bread, jam, cheese, and tea, and then we'd sleep from around noon to sunset. Andre: Now, technically, of course...technically, the situation is a very interesting one because, if you find yourself in a forest with a group of 40 people who don't speak your language, then all your moorings are gone. Wally: What do you mean exactly? Andre: Well, what we'd do is just sit there and wait-- OUR GUEST: Dewey Lovett Is A Comedian in New York City: www.twitter.com/dewey_lovett Look out for her show: WTF With Marc Maron Hosted by Dewey Lovett Sponsored by Stamps.com ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Jake and Suzy! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 14 drops Saturday the 22nd Thanks.
MINUTE 12:   If you like the show tell all your friends! If you hate the show tell all your friends!   Transcript: --and maybe I can give it to you."   Andre: So I said, "Well, if you could give me forty Jewish women who speak neither English nor French, either women who've been in the theater for a long time and want to leave it but don't know why, or young women who love the theater, but have never seen a theater they could love, and if these women could play the trumpet or the harp, and if I could work in a forest, I'd come."   Andre: A week later, or two weeks later, he called me from Poland and he said, "Well, forty Jewish women, that's a little hard to find." But he said, "I do have forty women. They all pretty much fit the definition." And he said, "I also have some very interesting men but you don't have to work with them. These are all people who have in common the fact that they're questioning the theater. They don't all play the trumpet or the harp, but they all play a musical instrument, and none of them speak English." And he'd found me a forest, Wally, and the only inhabitants of this forest were some wild boar and a hermit. So that was an offer I couldn't refuse. I had to go.   OUR GUEST: Brandie Posey Is A Comedian: www.twitter.com/brandazzle www.brandieposey.com Her Album: https://itunes.apple.com/album/opinion-cave/id1079720150?i=1079720371&app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D5 Her Podcast: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/lady-to-lady   ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Scott, Tilco and Jake! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 13 drops Wednesday the 19th Thanks.
MINUTE 11:   Transcript: And we talked about his wife, Chiquita, and his two children, Nicolas and Marina. Andre: And I...I'd stayed back... Wally (narration): Finally, I got around to asking him what he'd been up to in the last few years. Wally: ...I'm just dying to hear it. Andre: Really? Wally: Really. Wally (narration): At first, he seemed a little reluctant to go into it. So, I just kept asking, and finally, he started to answer. Andre: ...conference on paratheatrical work then. And, uh...this must have been about...five years ago and, uh, Grotowski and I were walking along Fifth Avenue and we were talking, you see, he'd invited me to come to teach that summer in Poland, you know, to teach a workshop to actors and directors and whatever and...I had told him that I didn't want to come, because, really, I had nothing left to teach. I had nothing left to say. I didn't know anything. I couldn't teach anything. Exercises meant nothing to me anymore. Working on scenes from plays seemed ridiculous. I...I didn't know what to do, I mean, I just couldn't do it. Andre: So he said, "Why don't you tell me anything you'd like to have if you did a workshop for me, no matter how outrageous,   OUR GUEST: Brandie Posey Is A Comedian: www.twitter.com/brandazzle www.brandieposey.com Her Album: https://itunes.apple.com/album/opinion-cave/id1079720150?i=1079720371&app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D5 Her Podcast: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/lady-to-lady   ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Jonathan, Aubrey, Tara, Tilco, and Pat! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 12 drops Friday the 14th Thanks.
MINUTE 10:   Transcript: Waiter: Ready for your order? Andre: Ah...yes. Uh, the aranygaluska. How...how do you prepare that? Wally (narration): Andre seemed to know an awful lot about the menu. I didn't understand a word of it. Waiter: Very good, I think. Andre: Mmm...no, I...I think I'll have the cailles aux raisins... Waiter: Very good. Andre: ...the quail. Wally: Oh, quails! I'll have that as well. Waiter: Two. Andre: Great. Wally: Great! Andre: And then I think, to begin with, the terrine de poissons. Waiter: Yes. Wally: What is that? Andre: Uh, it's a sort of pâté...light...made of fish. Wally: Does it have bones in it? Andre: No bones. Perfectly safe. Wally: Well...um. What is the, um, bramborová polévka? Waiter: It's a potato soup. It's quite delicious. Wally: Oh, well, that's...great. I'll have that. Waiter: Thank you very kindly. Andre: Thank you very much. Wally: Well. And when was the last time... Wally (narration): So we talked for a while about my writing and my acting. And about my girlfriend, Debbie.   OUR GUEST: Kay May Yard is not on social media, but see her in plays and modeling in The Bay Area   ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Laura, Tara, and Jake, myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 11 drops Wednesday the 12th Thanks.
MINUTE 9:   Transcript: Waiter: ...if you feel like sitting down. Wally: Oh. Andre: Yes, thank you. Wally (narration): I was beginning to realize that the only way to make this evening bearable would be to ask Andre a few questions. Asking questions always relaxes me. In fact, I sometimes think that my secret profession is that I'm a private investigator, a detective. I always enjoy finding out about people, even if they're in absolute agony, I always find it very...interesting. Wally: By the way, is he still thin? Andre: What? Wally: Grotowski. Is he still thin? Andre: Oh, absolutely. Oh, waiter? Uh, I think we can do without this. Waiter 2: Yes, sir. Andre: Thank you. Wally: What about this one? Andre: Seven swimming shrimp.   OUR GUEST: Kay May Yard is not on social media, but see her in plays and modeling in The Bay Area   ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Tara, Jake, and Scott from Nebraska myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 10 drops Friday the 7th Thanks.
Woody interviews Jesse Thorn, host of Bullseye for NPR and owner of the Maximum Fun podcast network about his new project The Turnaround, in which he interviews famous interviewers (such as Ira Glass, Terry Gross, Larry King and yes, Werner Herzog) about the art of asking questions and getting answers. We discuss: The Turnaround: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/the-turnaround Bullseye  http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/bullseye Jordan, Jesse, Go! http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/jordan-jesse-go Judge John Hodgman: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/judge-john-hodgman More great WAYO programming: wayofm.org and full Almost Tuesday Archives at mixcloud.com/almosttuesday  
MINUTE 8: When does a hug mean community? Are we all just playing unusual characters in the lives of our friends ? What’s the first thing people see when they look at us? Transcript: I remember, when I first started working with Andre's company, I couldn't get over the way the actors would hug when they greeted each other. "Wow. Now I'm really in the theater," I thought. Wally: Well, you look terrific. Andre: Well, I feel terrible. Bartender: Good evening, sir. Nice to see you again. Andre: Thank you, good evening. Ah, I think I'll have a spritzer, if I could Bartender: Yes, sir. Andre: Thank you. Wally (narration): I was feeling incredibly nervous. I wasn't sure I could stick through an entire meal with him. So we talked about this and that. He told me a few things about Jerzy Grotowski, the great Polish theater director, who was a friend, and almost like a kind of a guru, of Andre's. He'd also dropped out of the theater. Grotowski was a pretty unusual character himself. At one time, he'd been quite fat, then he'd lost an incredible amount of weight, and become very thin and grown a beard. Waiter: Your table is ready… Andre: Wally Wally: Wow! My God! OUR GUEST: Madelein Smith is a comedian: www.facebook.com/madeleinsmithcomedy www.madeleinsmith.com www.twitter.com/madeleinmurphy www.instagram.com/madeleinsmith TOURING The Northeast 7/2-9! ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Tara, Jake, Tarnish and Suzy! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 8 drops Friday the 30th Thanks.
MINUTE 7: Is it possible to live in your art, and your life? TRANSCRIPT: Andre's tastes used to be very ascetic. Even though people have always known that he has some money somewhere. I mean, how the hell else could he have been flying off to Asia, and so on, and still have been supporting his family. Wally (narration): The reason I was meeting Andre was that an acquaintance of mine, George Grassfield, had called me and just insisted that I had to see him. Apparently, George had been walking his dog in an odd section of town the night before, and he'd suddenly come upon Andre leaning against a crumbling old building and sobbing. Andre had explained to George that he'd just been watching the Ingmar Bergman movie "Autumn Sonata" about 25 blocks away, and he'd been seized by a fit of ungovernable crying when the character played by Ingrid Bergman had said "I could always live in my art, but never in my life." Andre: Wally! Wally: Wow! My God! OUR GUEST: Madelein Smith is a comedian: www.facebook.com/madeleinsmithcomedy www.madeleinsmith.com www.twitter.com/madeleinmurphy www.instagram.com/madeleinsmith TOURING The Northeast 7/2-9! ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Suzy, Jake, Marlin and Tallcoot for writing in. myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 8 drops Friday the 30th Thanks.
MINUTE 6: What price are we willing to pay, in pride, not in dollars, for our proverbial glass of Source de Pavillion? And is this for friendship or merely to honor the social contract? What gauntlet of opulence are we willing to walk through, just to be told that even our taste in fizzy water lacks class? ? Is not water, water?   TRANSCRIPT: Wally: Uh, sir, my name is Wallace Shawn. I'm expected at the table of Andre Gregory. Maitre D': That table will be a moment, sir. If you like, you may have a drink at the bar. Bartender: Good evening, sir. Wally: Uh, could I have a club soda please? Bartender: I'm sorry sir. We only serve Source de Pavilion. Wally: That'd be fine. Thank you. Wally (narration): When I'd called Andre, and he'd suggested that we meet in this particular restaurant, I'd been rather surprised--   OUR GUEST: Braden Stewart is part of Sugar City: http://www.buffalosugarcity.org/ And contributes to Almost Tuesday: www.mixcloud.com/almosttuesday And wants you to read this book: http://www.lesliefeinberg.net/download/479/   ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Chris, Jake and Suzy for writing in. myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 7 drops next Wednesday the 28th Thanks.
MINUTE 5: As a skeptic, is it necessary to be alarmed when a friend speaks of their mystical experiences. Is a believer in magic required to keep their wild discoveries to themselves? Are they asking for help or for understanding. What if what they say is true? What are you supposed to be, a doctor?    TRANSCRIPT: Wally (narration): But then, something had happened to Andre. He dropped out of the theater. He sort of disappeared. For months at a time his family seemed only to know that he was travelling in some odd place like Tibet. Which was really weird because he loved his wife and children, he never used to like to leave home at all. Or else you'd hear that someone had met him at a party, and he'd been telling people that he'd talked with trees or something like that. Obviously, something terrible had happened to Andre.Wally (narration): The whole idea of meeting him made me very nervous. I mean, I really wasn't up for that sort of thing. I had problems of my own. I mean, I couldn't help Andre. Was I supposed to be a doctor or what?Wally: Hello.Coat Check Person: Hello. There you go.Wally: Thank you.Maitre D': Yes sir.Wally: Uh OUR GUEST: Braden Stewart is part of Sugar City: http://www.buffalosugarcity.org/ And contributes to Almost Tuesday: www.mixcloud.com/almosttuesday ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Chris, Jake and Suzy for writing in. myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute 6 drops this Friday June 16th Thanks.
MINUTE 4: What makes a friendship go sour? Is it competition between peers? Is it years of neglect? Is it having to figure out your own damn dinner situation three nights a week? TRANSCRIPT: Wally (narration): It was now seven o'clock and I would have liked nothing better than to go home and have my girlfriend, Debbie, cook me a nice, delicious dinner. But for the last several years, our financial circumstances have forced Debbie to work three nights a week as a waitress. Afterall, somebody had to bring in a little money. So, I was on my own. Wally (narration): But the worst thing of all was that I'd been trapped by an odd series of circumstances into agreeing to have dinner with a man I'd been avoiding literally for years. His name was Andre Gregory. At one time he'd been a very close friend of mine, as well as my most valued colleague in the theater. In fact, he was the man who had first discovered me and put one of my plays on the professional stage. When I'd known Andre, he'd been at the height of his career as a theater director. The amazing work he did with his company, The Manhattan Project, had just stunned audiences throughout the world. OUR GUEST: Chris Thompson Blogs at www.chroniclesofnonsense.com And blows up Twitter hourly: www.twitter.com/chronsofnon   ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Jake, Phillipa Soo and Tara for writing in. myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute Four drops this Wednesday June 14th Thanks.
MINUTE 3: Are artists entitled to make their living from their art? If art isn’t paying the bills, is the artist a failure, or just out of step with economic reality? Do material struggles hinder or rather inform an artist’s work? TRANSCRIPT: --meanwhile, checking constantly with my answering service to see if my agent had called with any acting work. In the morning, the mailbox had just been stuffed with bills. What was I supposed to do? How was I supposed to pay them? After all, I was already doing my best. Wally (narration): I've lived in this city all my life. I grew up on the Upper East Side and when I was ten years old I was rich, I was an aristocrat, riding around in taxis, surrounded by comfort, and all I thought about was art and music. Now, I'm 36, and new all I think about is money. OUR GUEST: Chris Thompson Blogs at www.chroniclesofnonsense.com And blows up Twitter hourly: www.twitter.com/chronsofnon ACTUAL RESPONSES: Thanks to Ramona from Toronto, Jacob Haller and the Marquis de Lafayette for writing in. myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmwapod Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute Four drops this Friday June 9th Thanks.
MINUTE 2: What is the difference between a character and the actor who plays them? What if they have the same name? The same job? What if they wore their clothes from home to set? What if they wrote the script themselves? TRANSCRIPT: Wally (narration): The life of a playwright is tough. It's not easy, as some people seem to think. You work hard writing plays and nobody puts them on. You take up other lines of work to try to make a living, I became an actor, and people don't hire you. So you just spend your days doing the errands of your trade. Today, I had to be up by ten in the morning to make some important phone calls. Then, I'd gone to the stationery store to buy envelopes. Then, to the Xerox shop. There were dozens of things to do. Wally (narration): By five o'clock, I'd finally made it to the post office and mailed off several copies of my plays, meanwhile, checking constantly with my–   Thanks to Kay May Yard, Jacob Haller and Tara D. for writing in your Actual Responses! myminutewithandre@gmail.com with any questions/comments OR: Join our Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/myminutewithandre Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/mmwapod and send in your cut-off dialog completion speculations! Review us on iTunes and tell all your weirdo friends! Episode/Minute Three drops this Wednesday June 7th Thanks.
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Created by
Woody battaglia
Podcast Status
Hiatus/Finished
Started
May 31st, 2017
Latest Episode
Oct 8th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
34
Avg. Episode Length
36 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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