000 - Talking Shop: An Improv Podcast

Let’s not talk about the past or the future. Let’s talk shop.
— Brian Gray, about this podcast

In this first brief episode of Talking Shop, host Brian Gray summarizes the format and goals of the podcast and gets listeners excited about the first full episode, being recorded in front of a live audience on March 22 at 11pm at the Steel City Improv Theater in Shadyside.

The first episode will feature Greg Gillotti, a teacher and performer at the Steel City Improv Theater, creator of such memorable shows as The Death Show and Cold Soup, and a huge comedy nerd.

In Talking Shop, Brian Gray talks improv with improvisers. He gets deep into his guest's relationship with their work: what is driving them right now? What gets them charged up to start new scenes? New project? How do they go about forming teams? And so on.

And since he often interviews teachers and coaches, he gets them to teach him how they like to play. Each show will feature a short set with Brian and his guest playing the way that guest likes to play.

This is all recorded in front of a live audience at the Steel City Improv Theater once a month.