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Host Michael Churven takes you backstage for a freewheeling conversation with current and former members of the world famous Groundlings main company. Discover the origins of famous characters and sketches created on the Groundlings main stage and meet the comedians who have made The Groundlings one of the world’s most successful comedy theaters for over 45 years.
 
When I Grow Up is a podcast hosted by me, Katie Philo. Each episode, I interview a guest about the trials, tribulations and joys of growing up. Whether you want to be a writer, lawyer, actor, farmer or still have no idea… it’s always reassuring hearing about the twists and turns in other people’s paths. Dialling it back to those childhood dreams and subsequent journeys, we’ll discuss how they arrived at their current destination, what they’ve learned along the way, as well as their remaining ...
 
Welcome to the Life & Leadership Podcast, where we share ideas, real life stories, and inspiration for powerful people to level up. Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul are recovering HR executives and professional life & leadership coaches. In each episode, they’ll help you tap into your personal power and take your life and career to the “next level.” Tegan & Katie are committed to helping others discover their inner mission and rise to their highest potential. And they are working on it every d ...
 
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This week on the podcast we’re bringing you another special compilation episode with clips from episodes that have featured the amazing writers and writing teams that have been formed at the Groundlings. From having their scripts picked up to winning prestigious awards for their work, you’ll find the stories and advice from these writing teams illu…
 
This week on the podcast we’re bringing you another special compilation episode with clips from the 45th anniversary panels that were featured last year as part of the Groundlings anniversary celebrations. The panelists discuss a huge range of topics, from embracing the Groundlings as a place to discover your comedic voice, to creating solo shows, …
 
Kevin Kirkpatrick, a Groundlings alumni, and Allison Dunbar from the current main company, have the kind of collaborative partnership that the Groundlings is all about. They are both huge admirers of each other's work, and when they come to write, their similar sensibilities mean that the writing process is a total joy for them. In this episode, Ke…
 
This week on Breaking Ground we’re bringing you a special compilation episode with past guests as they reveal how they discovered the Groundlings and what their first steps were like in the Groundlings training program. From enormous excitement to intense fear, everyone’s beginning to the journey is unique, but there are as any many similarities as…
 
In episode two of a special two episode series, Groundlings co-founder Tom Maxwell talks about the development of the Groundlings style of sketch and improv, the creation of classic exercises and drills that are still performed in student shows to this day, and how the company transformed from a roving band of improvisational actors to find its per…
 
In episode one of a special two episode series, Tom Maxwell and Don Woodard talk about the creation of the Groundlings theater dating all the way back to the first workshops run by Gary Austin. Tom discusses the growth of the theater, what it was like for Don to have Tom as his teacher, and how they later came to form their extremely successful wri…
 
Maryedith Burrell is one of the early members of the Groundlings troupe and went on to have an extraordinary career, starring in ABC’s Fridays and Ron Howard’s Parenthood, writing on the Peabody Award winning Faerie Tale Theatre, and recurring on Seinfeld and Home Improvement. In this episode, Maryedith talks about being part of the comedy renaissa…
 
We all need support and guidance in our personal and professional lives. But how do you build a network of people who will lift you up when you need it? How do you know if your current situation calls for a mentor, a sponsor or a coach? And what if you’re ready to BE an advocate for someone else? Today on the podcast, we’re sharing the distinctions…
 
From his time in the Groundlings main company to being an original cast member of one of Los Angeles' longest running improv shows to his dozens of film and television credits, Brian Palermo has been entertaining American audiences for decades. In this episode, Brain talks about being part of the iconic Groundlings Beverly Winwood show, his love fo…
 
George McGrath is a national treasure. He was a member of the Groundlings main company in the 1980s and 90s and went on to an acting and writing career that has spanned over four decades. His first writing job earned him an Emmy nomination on Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and was nominated several more times, in particular for his work on HBO’s Tracey Takes…
 
Phyllis Katz is a pioneer member of the Groundlings. From her first performance in a Groundlings sketch as a terrified pageant contestant to running workshops that helped create some of the world’s most famous characters, Phyllis’ talent and comedic direction is felt through generations of Groundlings performers and writers. In this episode, Phylli…
 
It’s easy for entrepreneurs and leaders to get so caught up in the day-to-day that we fall into a kind of sleepiness. And for many, it takes a dark night of the soul to wake us up to what’s really important. But what if we’d rather not wait for a crisis to find our way? How can we develop the self-awareness to lead with intention and follow our cal…
 
Tim Bagley made his way to Los Angeles as part of the famous American singing group ‘The Young Americans’. But it wasn’t long after landing in Los Angeles that Tim found The Groundlings where he was in the main company from 1990 to 1995. In this episode, Tim talks about working in the main company with his favorite writing partners like Lisa Kudrow…
 
It took Wendi McLendon-Covey four years to sign up for her first Groundlings class. Wendi even had to ask her friend to make the call because she was so nervous. But once Wendi was finally in class, she soared. She made her way from the Fun Shop intro class to the Groundlings main stage and has gone on to star in Reno 911, Bridesmaids, and now curr…
 
Chris Kattan’s sketches and characters (Mr Peepers, The Roxbury Guys, Mango) are some of the most iconic ever to come out of Saturday Night Live. In this episode, Chris takes us back to the beginning when, as a young kid, he watched his father Kip King perform on the Groundlings stage with other founding members, and where Chris first got the oppor…
 
Most of us involved in the practice of leading and coaching teams take a relational approach, focusing on group dynamics and resolving conflicts as they arise. But what if we’re treating symptoms without getting to the root cause? All the conflict resolution in the world won’t help if a team lacks the underlying conditions necessary to be successfu…
 
In addition to being a place of great collaboration in its sketch and improv shows, the Groundlings has also become an incredible platform for solo performers. Several solo shows created on the Groundlings stage have gone on to be produced on Broadway and at international comedy festivals such as The US Comedy Arts Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe…
 
Phil LaMarr is a Groundlings alumni who began studying improv long before he found the Groundlings theater. He has trained with some of the all-time best improv teachers like Del Close in Chicago, but it was at the Groundlings with its emphasis on characters that Phil found his home. In this episode, Phil talks about getting to work with a slew of …
 
Greg Worswick and H Michael Croner are current Groundlings who first met when they started writing together in the Sunday Company around 2011. They’ve had many hit sketches together and two of the characters that they created on the Groundlings stage were picked up and turned into a series by Comedy Central. In this episode, they talk about their f…
 
Mindy Sterling is best known for her role as Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films. It was at the Groundlings Theater where Mike Myers workshopped his Austin Powers variety show with Mindy and several other Groundlings. Mindy relives her experience of working with Mike, the joy she discovered through performing and directing on the Groundlings…
 
We all assess how we’re feeling physically on a daily basis and use that data to inform our decisions. (If our knee hurts, we don’t run that day.) But we don’t do that with our mental health. Despite the fact that it drives our physical health and the way we see the world, we tend to consider mental wellness a luxury rather than a foundational piec…
 
In addition to generating some of the world’s best comedic actors, the Groundlings theater has also produced a slew of incredible writers who have won Oscars, Emmys and Peabody awards. Join our panel of Groundlings who write for film and television as they discuss their writing process, which elements are essential for great storytelling and how th…
 
Lisa Schurga and Ryan Gaul have the rare experience of knowing each other and working closely long before ending up in the main company at the Groundlings together. Lisa and Ryan relive their first encounter in an improv class over 20 years ago at the Improv Asylum in Boston and they talk about how their Boston roots continue to be an anchor for so…
 
Mitch Silpa and Jim Cashman are Groundlings alumni who have been writing together for almost 20 years. From their beginnings in the Groundlings main company to having their first sitcom script produced as a pilot for Fox, this hilarious writing duo talk about their writing process, why they enjoy trimming their own material and why improv is an inv…
 
The Emmy and Peabody award-winning writing team of Tracy Newman and Jonathan Stark met at the Groundlings theater, but it was not until after they both retired from the main company that they started writing together. Tracy and Jonathan talk about how they got their start writing a spec script for Cheers, what it was like to write Ellen DeGeneres’ …
 
Lisa Kudrow is widely recognized as creating one of the greatest characters in American television. Her role as Phoebe Buffay on Friends was called ‘a delivery system for joy’ by the New York Times. But the origins of Phoebe go all the way back to her training at the Groundlings. Lisa talks about being pushed by her Writing Lab teacher to play a ‘d…
 
“Anybody can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way? That is not within everybody’s power—and is not easy.” —Aristotle We’ve been socialized to see anger as a bad thing. So, we ignore it and let it fester. Or we lose control and u…
 
A habit is not something you do sometimes. Even something you do ‘most of the time’ doesn’t qualify. To be a true habit, the practice has to be a part of you. Something you do so regularly that it’s hard to give it up. And the quickest route to being a better leader is to establish habits that support the way you want to show up for your team. Toda…
 
By 2030, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce. So, how do they differ from Gen Xers and boomers? And what can companies do to accelerate millennial leadership development? Today, we’re joined by Lindsay Boccardo, the founder of Lindsay Boccardo Training and Coaching, a practice dedicated to helping companies understand how generatio…
 
What intentions did you fulfill in 2019? Where did you fall short? Did unexpected circumstances change your plans? As driven, high achievers, we want to be in control of life’s outcomes. But life doesn’t always go according to plan. In fact, the most rewarding parts of life are often the most unpredictable. So, how do we plan for a new year knowing…
 
Do you deprive yourself of love, connection or feeling good? I do! In this episode I discuss how starving myself of the things I wanted or even needed has affected my life and led me to make choices I wouldn't have ordinarily made. Learn how: * Self Deprivation affects every area of your life including your relationships * What to do when you becom…
 
Would you believe that a simple business initiative can decrease turnover by 50% AND inspire double-digit improvements in engagement and productivity? And it all starts with making work more human. Today, we’re joined by Derek Irvine, the Senior VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Workhuman, the fastest-growing social recognition and continuous…
 
Did you know you can use your chakras to heal core wounds and patterns that are keeping you stuck in toxic relationships? Working with our chakras is a powerful way to heal not just our hearts but our minds and bodies as well. In this episode I discuss each chakra, the wounds we tend to hold there and how thats stopping you from creating the love i…
 
New Training on Healing Our Core Wounds! I've been going through this huge massive eruption of core wounds and being faced with emotions I've dismissed for years. In this episode I discuss the tools I am using and have used to become aware of my core wounds so I can heal them and move into new levels of self worth and as a result experience the lif…
 
Are you curious about how current trends might impact the future? If so, you may be a futurist. In fact, we can all apply strategic foresight to plan for what’s ahead, exploring the current tends in our own lives to think through how the future could unfold—and then building a plan around the things we can control. Today, we’re joined by Rebecca Ry…
 
In the face of trauma, a courageous mindset can be what moves us toward healing and connection. In this episode I speak with Author and Holistic Psychotherapist, Regina McCarthy, about what it takes to create a courageous mindset and how to heal and move forward from trauma. If you, or someone you know, has ever suffered from anxiety, panic attacks…
 
So many people currently are suffering from chronic illness and getting little to no results when it comes to treating it with western medicine. Is there a way to integrate natural health alternatives with western medicine and achieve actual healing results? What is chronic illness and how can we better understand it so we can move toward healing? …
 
Work culture is everyone’s responsibility. No matter your job title, your actions have an impact on other people’s experience in the workplace. And your inaction has an impact, too. So, what can you do to get off the sidelines and OWN your leadership? Today, we’re joined by Mike Rognlien, the founder of Multiple Hats Management, a consulting team o…
 
In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Trena Jones, an amazing relationship and life coach, who has made self-love her main focus. She understands what self-love is beyond what you might see on Instagram these days and she clearly defines the difference between self-love and self-care and how all of it relates to having deep intimate r…
 
Maya Angelou famously said, “I have written 11 books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out!’” This phenomenon of feeling less capable or talented than people think—despite ample evidence to the contrary—is known as imposter syndrome, and it impacts 70% of the po…
 
How do you measure success in the pursuit of 90-day commitments? Is it more important to follow through on what you set out to do—even if doesn’t feel right? Or allow yourself the flexibility to pivot to a goal that feels good? What can you learn from the habits that don’t stick? Today on the podcast, we’re checking in to share the outcomes around …
 
Do you feel a sense of belonging at work? Or do you spend time and energy trying to fit in? Do you downplay any part of who you are? Do you feel safe being vulnerable with colleagues? Cultivating a sense of belonging and psychological safety is crucial for innovation, creativity and risk-taking, yet most of us don’t feel comfortable bringing our wh…
 
Do you struggle with food? Do you feel like all you ever want is sweets and then you beat yourself up after you eat alll the cookies? Well, my amazing guest today is a Food Freedom Coach, she knows the struggles of dieting, binge eating and all the things around food. Today she is going to give you the low-down on why we end up in a struggle with f…
 
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