Episode 93. Full English Breakfast

”LIVE! From Dressing Room 3 at the Stratford Circus, the UK cast of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) reports on the first weekend of performances. Featuring director Matt Rippy, authors Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor, speechless actors, the glories of Sanskrit comedy, the nature of 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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…

RSC On TV!

The RSC’s on TV!! (Sort of.) We’ll be taping a presentation of “The Week Reduced”, a late night comedy show currently being considered by TBS on Wednesday night, September 26, 2007.”The Week Reduced”, created by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, will be a weekly half-hour satire of TV news programs, 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…

Episode 32. The Celtic Tiger

”Whatever you call it….the Emerald Isle….the Land of Saints and Scholars….the Celtic Tiger…Ireland is one of our favorite places. Since we’re touring there for eight weeks, we tell Irish tales of the perils of pub singing and the legend of Oliver Reed. Featuring special appearances by Irish natives Jane Fitzpatrick Read more…

Episode 31. Happy Birthday America!

”In honor of America’s big 2-3-1, we feature The Complete History of America (abridged) in all of its reverent irreverence, and some truly patriotic behind-the-scenes info about how to celebrate and needle a large world power. Featuring a special appearance by Peter Hulne, star of the Comedy Central show American Read more…

Episode 30. Summer Reading Lists

”This week: Random meanderings about books! How film and TV inspires our reading habits, and how reading choices reflect character….or in our case, lack of character. Plus, which books cure insomnia, the eerie similarities between Alan Ayckbourn and Curt Flood, and a classy excerpt from All The Great Books (abridged). Read more…

Episode 29. The Word Nerds

”Reed and Austin chat with Dave Shepherd, producer and host of The Word Nerds podcast, and we share podcast gossip, details of rhythm, intonation, pronunciation, and the glories of the Liquid U. Plus, a special appearance by David Koechner (The Office, Anchorman) — and we get to hear Beowulf as Read more…

Episode 25. Follow The Mistakes!

”Mistakes…or oh-so-brilliant bits of comic invention!? You be the judge. We honor the god of chaos (Harpo?) and analyse the funny moments in our shows which began as screw-ups. Featuring excerpts from several of our stage shows, unnecessary vomiting, and a special appearance by Bridget Fonger, author of The Lazy Read more…

Episode 24. Let It Snow!

”We’ve died many times onstage, but only once for real (almost!) on this terrible flight into upstate New York. Memories of a horrible blizzard, prompted by our performance at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Featuring bi-coastal fan feedback and a special appearance by Neil Flynn, the Janitor from TV’s Scrubs. Read more…

Episode 21. Happy Birthday Willy!

”Celebrate William Q. Shakespeare’s birthday with this collection of live performance readings from Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide For The Attention-Impaired (abridged). Also, excerpts from the BBC World Service’s Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show, the radio version of RSC Q&A, and a distinguished and plummy appearance by Dr. Peter Holland, McNeel Read more…

Reduced Shakespeare Podcast

Backstage drama. Touring trauma. Famous guests. Infamous guests. Where to eat in Pittsburgh. Where not to drive in Israel. How to audition. When to improvise. Literary analysis. Hysterical paralysis. All this and less – on the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast.

Episode 7. Be A Clown!

”Reed Martin and Matthew Croke share clown experiences from their days with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, and respond (badly) to criticism. Featuring an excerpt from the Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show (originally b’cast on the BBC World Service and available from iTunes), random fan shoutouts, RSC Q&A, and a special Read more…

Episode 4. A Little Dickens

”Hosts Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin discuss what it’s like to for once be actually home for the holidays, and look forward to upcoming holiday movies. Plus, an important warning about dreidel sharks, fan feedback, and the complete audio recording of A Little Dickens – The Complete Christmas Carol (abridged). Read more…

Episode 3. Happy Wholesome Holidays

”Austin Tichenor talks about Christmas in LA, speaks with DVDPlayground owner Matt Croke about what business is like this time of year, and premieres “Reduced Tales of Hollywood” with former RSC’er Dee Ryan, who talks about famous people from Lowell and describes her encounter with Jay Leno. Featuring Reed Martin‘s Read more…

Episode 2. On the Road

”Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin host this podcast from Lowell, MA, on tour performing Completely Hollywood (abridged). Talk of digs on the road, the quest for food, an interview with Charles Towers (Artistic Director of Merrimack Rep), plus messages from listeners, the Mighty Boosh, and more. (MP3. Length 20:04)