Karen Rontowski has performed her stand-up comedy around the world, appeared on Comedy Central and The Late Show with David Letterman. She also knows a heck of a lot about ghosts! Natalie goes to Karen’s home in Los Angeles to hear just what the paranormal professional has to say about how spirits work, how they came to be called ‘spirits’, how to protect yourself, and just what it’s like being a ghostbuster!
Canadian comedian Mae Martin opens up about, well, everything! From why she was banned from Second City to her bleakest comedy show in Edinburgh, her stint in rehab, making her Dad cry, whether there are downsides to having a fluid sexual orientation and why she risked everything for comedy. The conversation also explores whether performing comedy is an addiction, the science of cymatics and just what is going on with gender.
1992’s iconic music hit I’m Too Sexy made instant stars of brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass, better known as Right Said Fred. From Clapham, London, they speak candidly with Natalie about drugs and fame, 9/11 conspiracy, the UK’s sex scandals, and what Mick Jagger told them that warmed their hearts. They also explore who they feel is the greatest pop singer of all time and the role of a producer in making great music.
Time for Part II of the Ultimate Hardcore Writers series where we talk with Andrew Ellard, the man who helps wrangle the genius creators behind shows like Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd, Miranda and more. Andrew discusses what you really need to know before you write your show, explores just how many rewrites are normal, tells us the ultimate way to test your writing, and answers that burning question: do we need to know latin?
Does the thought of writing for Red Dwarf and The IT Crowd make your heart skip a beat? If so, join Natalie and British writer Andrew Ellard as he breaks down his job helping iconic talents like Graham Linehan, Doug Naylor and Miranda Hart stretch their genius that little bit further. He dissects TV writing in the UK versus the US, airs his beefs with religion, and reveals how his horror screenplay Afterdeath came to be produced.
Paul Davids, producer of the cult movie Roswell, gives details of his encounter with what he believes to have been a UFO, an experience that plunged him into research that soon led him to the alleged crash of an alien craft in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 and the belief by many that an alien being was inside the mysterious craft. Paul discusses The Disclosure Project, his relationship with Bill Clinton, and the former President’s stance on UFOs.
Natalie goes to the home of legendary British entertainer Des O’Connor, whose showbiz career spans over sixty years, to discuss his life thus far including his record breaking number of shows at The London Palladium and nearly twenty-six years hosting his iconic and star studded TV show, Des O’Connor Tonight. Des talks about his worst comedy experience, the infamous Morecambe & Wise taunts, and how his outlook on life keeps him young at heart.
Author and Ayahuasca expert Mark Flaherty takes us through his life-changing experience in Peru with Blue Morpho, the company that works with the shamanic brew. Mark recounts his healing journey, as well as Ayahuasca’s impact on everything from depression to cancer. The episode also explores the profound message Natalie received in 2012, Everything is an Illusion, a concept spoken of by authors including Eckhart Tolle and David Icke.
Scottish actress Morag Siller takes us backstage at the Barbican where she stars with Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet, the fastest selling show in London theatre history! We learn what it’s like working with a giant star, what happens after shows, and how they learn all those lines! Also, the price of fame, the role of publicity, Natalie’s horrific celebrity encounter, and an inspirational tale not to be missed.
Want the inside scoop on a career in magic? Brilliant magician and comedian Dana Daniels takes us from The Magic Castle in Hollywood to stages around the world as we look inside the top hat and learn about everything magical including the man who broke the magician’s code, working with birds, and of course the rockstar of magic, David Copperfield, as well as comedy tales involving Gary Shandling, Alex Trebec and more. Open Sesame!
Fabiana Udenio starred in the original Austin Powers movie as the infamous Alotta Fagina opposite Mike Myers. She also rose to fame in the iconic teen movie Summer School and just about every sitcom you can think of. In this episode Fabiana details the difference between working on films versus sitcoms, the auditioning process, being directed by Carl Reiner, what makes a director legendary, all amidst the fun of friendship.
With a career spanning over 40 years, Leszek Burzynski has precious wisdom to share. Beginning with his time working on iconic comedy shows of the BBC, his story has a cast that includes people like Harold Pinter, Michael Palin, Martin Sheen, Mike Leigh and even a guest cameo by Elton John. Leszek details the plight of the independent filmmaker, the moments that make movies work and why directing actors is a nightmare.
David Sobolov is fast becoming one of the top voiceover names in the industry with over 100 credits in films, animation and video games. We get the lowdown on how many pages of script are in video games, acting in Klingon, and just who steps in for JJ Abrams on the set of Star Trek! The Guardians of the Galaxy star discusses his emotional techniques, his studies with Sanford Meisner, and the pitfalls of fame for both child actors and their parents.
Viral YouTube star Amy Walker of 21 Accents fame reveals how your voice can stand in your way, how to change it, and how to be authentic in any accent. Amy shares how meditation helps her stay sane in showbiz. It’s Science meets Spirituality as the girls discover a common passion of quantum physics and explore the concept of the Holographic Universe, all presented through the magical morphing dialects of Amy Walker!
Kevin Sorbo speaks his mind as he gets real on acting, politics, the state of independent film and the real Donald Trump. The world knows Kevin as Hercules, at one point the most popular TV show on the planet, but what happened after he almost lost his life and then rebounded into Andromeda and over fifty movies!? Kevin clues us in on Method vs. Meisner and enlists Natalie’s help and they hatch a plan to save America!
America’s Got Talent sensation Melissa Villasenor shares how she really feels about her impressions and how she’s been hurt by comedy. We learn why Whitney Cummings is like her Mom, the impact of Tig Notaro and why Maria Bamford makes her cry. Melissa relives her SNL audition, how Kate McKinnon showed her the importance of attitude in Hollywood and what TJ Miller told her when she was afraid.
In ’94 Roger Corman made the first movie of the Fantastic Four. It was never released. Natalie embarks upon an epic journey of her own with star of that very film, working actress Rebecca Staab who shares her most embarrassing celebrity tales. The interview goes to unimaginable places involving the casting couch, revelations of Hollywood’s most thoughtful stars, who shops at Bed Bath & Beyond, and how to behave at Costco.
Wanna know if wrestling’s real? Spoiler alert! Comedian and wrestling aficionado Jonny Loquasto lets us in on the industry’s biggest secret. We also explore the transition from open micer to paid comic and the benefits of finding a niche as a comedian. Also on the agenda, Big Pharma, why The Rock was always the man and how Jonny plans to break records with LA’s biggest blood drive.
Comedy Central comedian and impressionist Jeff Burghart shares stories of cruise ships, being roommates with Pablo Francisco, meeting comedy greats like Jerry Lewis and Milton Berle, why comedy has left him with a broken heart, and a revelation of his encounter with dark forces! Natalie also delves into the beyond, revealing more on the very sci-fi, Wachowski-esque experience that happened to her in 2012.
You know the guy that had the hidden camera run-in with Shia LaBeouf? This is him! Actor, comedy writer and host of the viral series Screen Junkies, Hal Rudnick, joins Natalie as they explore political correctness and question whether Amy Schumer’s controversial joke was crossing the line. Hal also shoots from the hip about the movie Trainwreck, and gets to the bottom of an internet death hoax concerning Edward James Olmos.
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.