We time travel back to the origins of Seinfeld, Kinison, Roseanne and Andrew before he was Dice Clay with veteran comedian Cary Odes who shares what it was like to experience the transition between two very distinct eras of comedy. We find out the identity of the music legend who tried their hand at stand-up, hear about Natalie’s memorable encounter with Marc Maron, and learn why you should always listen to a heckler.
The Groundlings Theater in LA has forged stars like Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy and more. It has also been home to Sean Hogan who gives a brutal recount of the relentless process of being groomed for shows like Mad TV and Saturday Night Live. We learn why Sean wouldn’t hang out with Ben Stiller and are privy to his personal message for Chris Kattan.
Natalie shares how Whitney Cummings played a role in Amy Schumer’s success, and chats with original IO member and Second City alum Mark Beltzman about working with talents like John Candy, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld and more. Mark opens up about the personal struggles felt by so many outstanding talents like Chris Farley and Del Close, and the degree to which drugs have played a role in comedy.
Natalie shares tidbits courtesy of Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg and then chats with comedic actress Cherise Bangs about working with Jamie Foxx, Chelsea Handler and more. Natalie tries to come to terms with how Cherise can be so wholesome despite working as a Britney Spears impersonator. Together they explore the meaning of life and ask the question, is everything an illusion, and can you find happiness in Hollywood?
Featured in Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary, Comedian, Hollywood manager Barry Katz has been instrumental in the careers of people like Dane Cook, Whitney Cummings, Louie CK, Dave Chapelle and more. This recording took place at Barry’s offices in 2013 and he opens up about his own experiences in stand-up, Dave Chapelle’s infamous 50 million dollar deal he walked away from, and how what you DON’T think about can help you succeed.
Natalie dives into a fun and deep conversation with fellow Brit comedians Chris James and Jason Canning. Shenanigans include Star Wars impressions and a sound-effects-off, and discussions range from alternative health therapies and juicing to the true size of Africa and the most profound question of all: can British accents sound sexy?
Comedy writing and improv masterclass with Upright Citizens Brigade founder Ian Roberts who is currently Exec Produces Comedy Central's Key & Peele. Ian and Natalie share war stories on depression, question why there are so few women comedy writers, and explore how sexual orientation can yield opportunities in showbiz. Ian not only brilliantly dissects the craft of comedy, but also shares a deeply insightful viewpoint on what it takes to be successful in comedy, in Hollywood, and in life.