Episode 88. The Firesign Theatre

The Reduced Shakespeare Company has many influences — Bugs Bunny, the Marx Brothers, the Goons, Monty Python — but only the Firesign Theatre has living members willing to acknowledge us. Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre chats about his influences, LA in the 60s, the line between surrealism and documentary, and reveals the method to the Firesign Theatre’s madness. Weirdly cool. (MP3. Length 23:09)

Episode 87. Walking The Line

”The Long Run: How do actors keep it interesting? How do they walk the line of doing the show as rehearsed and keeping it fresh and alive night after night? That’s what we discussed one night in the dressing room before and during a recent performance. Featuring listener questions, more Read more…

Episode 86. Meet Matt Rippy

”Matt Rippy – RSC webmaster, director of our upcoming UK tour of The Bible (abridged), and featured actor on Torchwood and The Dark Knight – finally sits down for an in-depth interview. Featuring kissing tips from one gay icon to another, what it’s like to be an American actor in Read more…

Episode 85. A Theatre Company

”Are we a comedy troupe? A rock band? A floor wax? A dessert topping? We try to define once and for all What We Are, and examine the various places we find our actors, reveal once and for all whether our audience “volunteers” are plants, outline the advantages of actors Read more…

Episode 84. Opening Night Crowds

”The classic opening night audience is dissected and examined, and several actual audience members are pinned to the wall and forced to speak. Featuring sweeping generalizations, very strong if completely uninformed opinions, feedback from podcast listeners, and a classic theatre story! Plus, a special guest appearance from Peter Overby from Read more…

Episode 83. Notes For Dustin

”Poor Dustin Sullivan. After performing All The Great Books (abridged) in St. Louis, Ireland, and Ithaca (New York), he’s now performing in San Jose, California with the script’s two authors as his co-stars. Featuring insight into a reduced rehearsal process, the difference between acting and vaudeville, Dustin’s role-winning joke, and Read more…

Episode 82. Meet Bob Mondello

”A fun chat with Bob Mondello, film critic for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, who makes a powerful case that critics are people too. Listen as he reveals trade secrets, shares his favorite reviews, divulges the difference between criticism and reviewing, uncovers even more words you can’t say on Read more…

Episode 81. Great Books (abridged)

”Co-authors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor reveal the birth pangs (and leg pains) of the RSC’s fifth stage show All The Great Books (abridged). Featuring excerpts from live performances, adaptation tips, performance advice, semi-obscure Curt Schilling references, a special and scornful appearance from Scott Simon of National Public Radio, and Read more…

Episode 80. Friday Night Lights

”No, this week’s podcast is not about the critically-acclaimed but low-rated NBC show about high-school football in a small Texas town. We talk about the odd scientific phenomenon of a large Friday night audience not responding as loudly as its numbers might suggest. Plus, an examination of the obverse principal: Read more…

Episode 79. We’re Always On

”Is it always a laugh a minute with RSC members offstage? Not hardly, yet many people are surprised to discover comedians aren’t always as energetic offstage as they are on. Featuring the perils and pitfalls of being constantly ‘on’, the difference between choosing to perform and chasing demons, some tiny Read more…

Episode 78. Phil Abrams Now

”Number One RSC actor Phil Abrams has written The Autistic Spectrum Parents’ Daily Helper: A Workbook for You and Your Child and shares his experiences of working with autistic children. Featuring stories of performing The Bible (abridged) in the Holy Land, being trapped in Paradise, and using actor training — Read more…

Episode 77. Three Word Stories

”The “Three Word Story” is RSC fan fiction written by committee — three words at a time — at the Reduced Shakespeare Company Forum, where audience participation rises to a whole new level. Featuring an extended tour around our website, zippy new theme music by Jon Weber, some YouTube greatness, Read more…

Episode 76. Nerd vs. Geek

”Shakespeare nerds. Drama geeks. We’ve been called worse, but to help us understand the difference we rely on guest expertise from Dave and Barbara Shepherd, 120/240ths of The Word Nerds. Featuring much splitting of linguistic hairs, a special appearance by Nina Totenberg from National Public Radio, and the important distinction Read more…

Episode 75. Happy Mother’s Day!

”A reduced celebration of all things maternal! We talk to some real RSC Moms and learn about the joys of waxing, the benefits of talking to people, the difficulty of scheduling your day around your kids, and some disturbing examples of Hamlet’s Oedipal complex. Featuring an excerpt from The Reduced Read more…

Episode 74. Meet Adrian Scarborough

”English character actor Adrian Scarborough talks about working at London’s National Theatre and in UK films with fantastic actors like Michael Gambon, John Wood, Imelda Staunton, and terrific directors like Mike Leigh and Nicholas Hytner. Hear insights into making the movie Vera Drake, learn a whole new meaning to the Read more…

Episode 73. Mick and Jerry

”Mick Orfe and Jerry Kernion — old friends and RSC actors who share the same roles — overlapped recently in DC and caught up on old times. Featuring conflicting stories on how they met, the value of RenFaire training, unnecessary digs at innocent bystander Brent Tubbs, and special appearances by Read more…

Episode 72. The Authorship Question

”Don’t know your Bacons from your Marlowes, your deVeres from your Rutlands? Fear not. As William Shakespeare turns the big 4-4-4, we review the candidates some people consider the actual authors of Shakespeare’s plays. Featuring scandalous scholarship, an excerpt from Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (abridged), and Read more…

Episode 71. Love From Europe

”The Dutch, the French, and the Germans love the RSC! Brent Tubbs tells stories from his ten week tour of Belgium and Holland, and offers insights about corpsing and the intimidation factor of working with Noah Brody. Featuring a German voice message, French feedback, a special appearance by Carey Perloff, Read more…

Episode 70. More From London

”LIVE! from the Captain’s Cabin pub in London: a conversation with former RSC stage manager Davey Naylor. Featuring the pitfalls of the Internet, a glorification of the Facebook Group I Worked With the Reduced Shakespeare Company!, a distinct cry for help, and fascinating technical details about how we record our Read more…

Episode 69. Backstage in DC

”Join us as we wander backstage at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre. Stroll down the Hallway of Fame! Marvel at the stars! Gaze befuddled at the Elvis Shrine! Wonder how the hell you really pronounce Ted van Griethuysen! Listen enrapt to stories of the other RSC! Shake your Read more…

Episode 68. The Alaska Story

”This week’s Alaska trip prompts recollections of a series of unfortunate (but fantastic) RSC events which took place in our 49th State. Featuring memories both fond and horrific, things not to say to an Alaskan woman during the winter, favorable comparisons to other comedians, and a special appearance by Matt Read more…

Episode 67. Plane Ol’ Podcast

”LIVE! from Virgin Atlantic Flight #8….and from a UK Taxi….and from various cafes and pubs all over London. Reed and Austin discuss the various business hoops one has to jump through in order to set up a tour of Great Britain. Featuring detours to Holland, a reduced Oscar post-mortem, some Read more…

Episode 66. Kirk or Picard

This age-old philosophical question is analyzed in irredeemably geeky and undeniably nerdy depth by the RSC’s resident Trekkies. Featuring startling insights why Star Trek is like Shakespeare, an excerpt from our Paul Harris interview at KMOX, and special guest appearances from actual Star Trek story editors and Borg fighters. Embrace the cheese! (MP3. Length 19:29)

Episode 65. At The Movies II

”It’s a sequel! Our 2nd annual Oscar® Podcast, featuring startling insights from two RSC actors who’ve been too busy to see many of the nominated films, and a special and embarrassed appearance by NPR’s film critic Bob Mondello. Hello, gorgeous! (MP3. Length 21:57)

Episode 64. MySpace vs. Facebook

”Useful tools or annoying time-wasters? (Or both!) The ins and outs and pros and cons of both MySpace and Facebook, and the RSC’s place in (and out) of them. Featuring the expertise of RSC MySpace Mistress Khushi Bhatia, a Dane Cook Cautionary Tale, and some fantastic ideas for the future. Read more…

Episode 63. Reduced Dating Service

”Happy Valentine’s Day! Tales of love and romance from RSC fans and – possibly – between RSC fans! Featuring listener email and voice messages, excerpts from the Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show and The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged), a special appearance from Edinburgh Fringe First Winner and Obie-Ignored playwright Russ Lees, Read more…

Episode 62. Questions And Answers

”Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor respond to email and snail-mail. Featuring clarification about our UK tours, great news about DVD sales, confounding audience expectations, a Reduced News Flash, and a special appearance from Hollywood Casting Director Janet Gilmore. Ask away! (MP3. Length 18:30)

Episode 61. New Old Shows

”What’s it like performing Complete History of America (abridged) and All The Great Books (abridged) after a year of performing mostly Hollywood and Bible? Confusing and nausea-inducing. Featuring an interview with our latest backstage goddess Alli Bostedt, the perils of remembering new line changes, a special appearance from Fox-TV’s Beth Read more…

Episode 60. Bea Arthur Lookalike

”Stage Manager Kea Watson returns from Hollywood, where she’s the second 2nd AD (Assistant Director) on the hit CBS show Cold Case. Since production has been suspended due to the writers strike, Kea joins us in Charlotte and talks about her other job. Featuring insight into what it’s like being part Read more…

Episode 59. Words On Theatre

”Excerpts from our interview on Marcy Solomon‘s KUSF-FM radio program Words On Theatre. Featuring details on Plasticman action figure accessories, tips on audience participation, advice on how to take one for the team, insight into RSC percentages, an update on what RSC fans call themselves, and a special appearance by Read more…

Episode 58. Belgium and Holland

”Meet the cast that’s coming to Belgium and Holland this week: Brent Tubbs, Noah Brody, and newest RSC member Mark Farrell, who gets a primer on RSC touring. Featuring the proper way to eat pommes frites, unneccessary digs at Michael Faulkner, a celebration of Belgian beer, a special appearance by Read more…

Episode 57. Reduced New Year!

”2007 ends differently for each of us, and 2008 begins with a look ahead at all the places we’ll be playing this year. Featuring reminiscences of past glories, previews of future triumphs, a special appearance by Sedge Thomson from West Coast Live, and our very own New Year’s resolutions (such Read more…

Episode 56. What Are We

”Our religious backgrounds are many and varied, and this week we reflect on how they affect our creating and performing The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Featuring some questionable theology, the perks of agnosticism, and a special appearance by an honest-to-God JuBu! God bless us, every one! (MP3. Read more…

Episode 55. Holiday Panic Begins

”Have you finished your shopping? Neither have the people who shop at DVD Playground, judging by the panicky phone calls and emails logged by Matt Croke. Featuring holiday shopping tips, an excerpt from the RSC’s holiday jingle Mrs. Santa Claus, a special appearance by Bob Redell from NBC 11 in Read more…

Episode 54. Reaching Critical Mass

”Sometimes a small matinee audience fails to reach critical mass and they become afraid to laugh. The RSC banters backstage about what to do in such a sitch. Featuring tips on mixing and matching your animals on Noah’s Ark, intricate theme park analogies, a timely excerpt from Western Civilization: The Read more…

Episode 53. Just For Us

”The RSC Podcast begins its second year by swapping tales of shows we loved being in more than audiences loved seeing. Featuring the realities of performing for non-English-speaking crowds, the dangers of casts that outnumber audiences, and the perils of adapting Dostoevsky’s The Possessed. Plus, a special appearance by Billy Read more…

Episode 52. Writing “Completely Hollywood”

”Reed and Austin talk about how they wrote — and continue to write — the RSC’s latest stage show Completely Hollywood (abridged). You’ll learn which movies influenced the writing, why some movies make our Greatest Movies Ever list and some don’t, and how (and why) the script keeps evolving. Featuring Read more…

Episode 51. At The Table

”After every performance, we meet and greet the audience at the table in the lobby, so we decided to turn the microphone on and let our Podcast listeners hear what they have to say. Learn about The Rules of the Game, what happened when we made changes to the first Read more…

Episode 50. San Francisco Treats

”The RSC Podcast turns the big 5-0! We hear news from San Diego, the site of the worst of the recent southern California wildfires, and get answers to such burning questions as: what Matt Croke does inside people’s heads, which RSC member likes the teddy bear rub, and which two Read more…

Episode 49. The Week Reduced

”Reed and Austin talk about the creation and taping of The Week Reduced, the RSC’s foray into weekly television. Featuring a breakdown of the TV writing process, an evaluation of the two tapings, and an interview with cast member Dana Sorman. Plus, a special appearance by singer-songwriter Libbie Schrader and Read more…

Episode 48. Play By Play (Pt. 2)

”The commentary continues! LIVE! from the balcony of the Royal George Theatre in Chicago: Matt, Reed, and Austin provide play-by-play commentary during an actual performance of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)“. Featuring live performances from Brad Harbaugh, Tim Schueneman, and Kiff Vanden Heuvel, and a special appearance Read more…

Episode 47. Play By Play (Pt. 1)

”LIVE! from the balcony of the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, Matt Croke, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor provide play-by-play commentary during an actual performance of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Featuring live performances from Brad Harbaugh, Tim Schueneman, and Kiff Vanden Heuvel, and a special appearance Read more…

Episode 46. The Chicago Guys

”Meet Karl Hamilton, Brad Harbaugh, Tim Schueneman, and Kiff Vanden Heuvel, the newest members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and hear what it’s like to learn two RSC shows in four weeks. Learn some tricks about performing RSC shows and marvel at the attendance record we shattered last week! Featuring Read more…

Episode 45. Jon Weber Rules!

”Pianist, composer, arranger, lyricist, and musical trivia genius Jon Weber chats about his background, training, and musical adventures. Featuring excerpts from the wide variety of music he’s written for RSC shows, pop culture digressions, apocryphal tales, and a special appearance by trained pitchman and best-selling author Jasper Fforde. Play on! Read more…

Episode 44. Busiest Fall Ever!

”A breakdown on the crazy number of RSC productions this fall, and a terrific example of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” Featuring too much yawning, some backstage details of the RSC TV show The Week Reduced, and a special appearance by Reginald Studmuffin, star of the Read more…

Episode 43. It’s Captain Marvel!

”Recent RSC addition Steve Marvel talks about The Actor’s Life….specifically, his. Steve and Austin share complaints about playing the “Verbose Professorial One”, and discuss the burdens of finding a motivation other than “not being fired”. Featuring some clues about who’s performing where this fall and a special appearance by by Read more…

Episode 42. That Dave Razowsky!

”David Razowsky, the improviser’s improviser, toured with the RSC and (at the time of this recording) was Artistic Director of the Second City, LA. Listen to his tales of touring, mistaken hotel rooms, and the limitations of farce. Featuring Austin Tichenor’s strict direction and surprisingly girlish laughter, and a special Read more…

Episode 41. The Irish Guys

”A lively LIVE interview with Noah Brody, Ryan Dietz, and Dustin Sullivan, who’ll be performing All The Great Books (abridged) in Ireland starting Sept. 22. Featuring alternative audition techniques, commercial gigs both lost and found, a reduced Tolkien debate, and dozens of screaming girls! Plus, a special appearance by the Read more…

Episode 40. RSC On TV!

”We’re on TV (sort of). We’ve written a TV show called The Week Reduced and will be filming a sample episode on September 26. Also, an interview with Neil Benson of Opus 3 Artists, one of the country’s leading theatrical booking agents (who, for some reason, also represents us). Featuring Read more…

Episode 39. Behind The Table

”Between seeing great Chicago actors this week, we had plenty of time to chat about fan concerns, joke selection, and smart actor choices. Featuring the results of the Podcast Awards, some highly technical medical jargon, a scary excerpt from Reduced Idol, and a special appearance by Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company. Read more…

Episode 38. Memories of Edinburgh

”The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is in full swing, and we’re not there! If you’re not either, listen to our tales of Edinburgh discoveries, inventive sleeping arrangements, freak show skills, false alarms, and confused protesters. Featuring excerpts from The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) and The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show, and a special Read more…

Episode 37. How To Audition

”Want to audition for the Reduced Shakespeare Company? Reed and Austin outline everything they look for during RSC casting sessions. Featuring advice, tips, warnings, and explanations why sometimes even the best actors don’t make the cut. Plus, a special appearance by Brick Hawke and Attacus Dove, hosts of the Hawke Read more…

Episode 36. Ffan-Ffording-Tastic!

”Bestselling author Jasper Fforde talks about First Among Sequels, the latest in his Thursday Next series. Jasper shares the RSC’s reverential irreverence for sacred literature, reveals some eerie insight concerning Jane Austen, and outlines his Schrodinger Night Fever Principle of Literary Analysis. Featuring a special appearance by The Word Nerds. Read more…

Episode 35. Best Podcast Ever!

”You did it! We received two nominations for 2007 Podcast of the Year Awards! In honor of that, we give you…the Best Podcast Ever. Featuring “lost” podcast bits, a plethora of fan voice messages, a special appearance by four junior pseudo (in their own minds) celebrities, and — don’t blink Read more…

Episode 34. The Windy City

”We’re coming to Chicago! Our opening at the Royal George Theatre prompts this tribute to the City of Big Shoulders. We celebrate this great theatre town, debate the merits of the Cubs v. the White Sox, and reveal the truth about Mrs O’Leary’s cow. Featuring a special appearance by Charna Read more…