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Pushing boundaries and empowering women along the way. The On Her Turf podcast highlights amazing women- and their male allies- who are champions on and off the field and who motivate people to be the best versions of themselves. Lindsay Czarniak, Lolo Jones and MJ Acosta-Ruiz will host the first NBC Olympics show dedicated to covering women’s sports at the Games. Katie Ledecky, Allyson Felix, Alex Morgan, April Ross, and Alix Klineman will be among athletes featured.
 
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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Joining the pod from Blaine, Minnesota, USA Hockey Olympians Brianna Decker and Megan Keller give their thoughts on each other as teammates, including where they keep their Olympic Gold medals, and why Brianna wants to go up against Megan in the video game, NHL22. Plus, find out which unique piece of hockey equipment Brianna been wearing since 9th …
 
Specializing in the halfpipe, Maddie Mastro talks about the impact global warming has on her sport, as well as the challenges she faces as a woman snowboarder. Plus, find out what unusual purchase Maddie made the first time she won prize money. To keep up with the latest news in women’s sports, be sure to follow On Her Turf on all of your favorite …
 
Special guest Megan Reyes talks about making her mark in the sports world not just through athlete branding but in advocating and creating spaces for diverse and underrepresented voices. Plus, find out who influenced Megan to take her career to the next level, but hasn’t necessarily gotten the attention they deserve. To keep up with the latest news…
 
Becky Sauerbrunn, of the US Women’s National Soccer team, talks with “On Her Turf” co-hosts MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak about what it feels like to win Olympic gold along with her favorite village memories. Plus, find out the many hats Becky is balancing as a woman and being a professional athlete from period apps, fertility services, and m…
 
Meghann Burke, the executive director of the NWSL Players Association, talks with "On Her Turf" co-hosts MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak about where negotiations of the league’s first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) stand. Plus, Meghann shares her thoughts on why free agency is crucial for player empowerment. To keep up with the latest ne…
 
Four years after a devastating injury, short track speed skater Kristen Santos will make her Olympic debut this February. Fresh off a dominant performance at U.S. Olympic Trials, Kristen caught up with “On Her Turf” co-hosts Lindsay Czarniak and MJ Acosta-Ruiz about how that 2017 injury helped her shift her goal from wanting to just qualify for the…
 
Aerialist Ashley Caldwell is the only woman who has ever landed "The Daddy," a quadruple-twisting triple back flip. But the three-time Olympian is still afraid every time she stands on top of the hill. In this episode, MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak talk to Ashley about how she manages her fear while pushing her sport to new levels. Plus, you …
 
At the Tokyo Olympics, Raven Saunders experienced the highest high of her life, followed by the lowest low. After winning silver in shot put, she made an ‘X’ on the podium, representing where the “oppressed meet.” Less than 36 hours later, though, she got a call that her mom had passed away. In this episode of On Her Turf, MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsa…
 
MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak reunite for this special “teaser” episode of On Her Turf and look ahead to the 2022 Winter Olympics, which begin February 3rd. This season, expect interviews with your favorite athletes, the latest in women’s sports, and in-depth dives on some of the challenges women in the sports still face today.…
 
On this special “best of” episode of On Her Turf, we are taking a look back at several great conversations from our two weeks at these Games, including a visit from swimmer Simone Manuel as well as a roundtable discussion from week one with Monica McNutt, MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Olympic gold medalist Michelle Carter about the pressures Black women face …
 
Lindsay Czarniak and Lolo Jones interview Dr. Natalie Brown, a British researcher who specializes in the study of how menstrual cycles affect performance. Together they learn about how women's hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle affect their nutrition and other aspects of their training. Later they are joined by Paralympic Swimmer Mallory…
 
Lindsay Czarniak and Lolo Jones interview 3-time Olympian Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson on her journey returning to Volleyball as a mother. Foluke talks about the strength of teammates and family, and their roles in recovery and pushing forward to win gold. Later, they are joined by U.S. Beach Volleyball players Alix Klineman and April Ross for a con…
 
Lindsay Czarniak and Lolo Jones interview 19-year-old canoe sprint gold medalist Nevin Harrison after becoming the first American woman to win gold in any canoe or kayak event. Nevin speaks about the pressures that face young athletes and the excitement that comes with a newer Olympic sport. Then, On Her Turf is joined by LSU gymnast/TikTok influen…
 
Lindsay Czarniak and Lolo Jones interview 400m hurdles gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin about her world record performance in Tokyo. Later, We then hear from Paralympic sprinter Hunter Woodhall & Olympic long jumper Tara Davis on how they believe fun helps performance. Finally, On Her Turf is joined by Seattle Storm head coach Noelle Quinn and forme…
 
Hosts Lindsay Czarniak and Olympian Lolo Jones are joined by US wrestler and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Adeline Gray. Adeline discusses some of the adversity she’s faced and how she ultimately decided to compete in one final Olympics. Then multimedia sports journalist Shireen Ahmed joins On Her Turf to breakdown woman’s uniform policies, step bac…
 
Hosts Lindsay Czarniak and Olympic hurdler/bobsledder Lolo Jones hear from New Zealand’s first transgender woman weightlifter Olympian Laurel Hubbard on her performance and the confidence that sports brings her. Then Raven “Hulk” Saunders, the 2020 Olympic shot put silver medalist, joins the show to discuss mental health and her demonstration on th…
 
On today’s episode, Lindsay Czarniak and Lolo Jones speak to 19-year-old American Hannah Roberts about her silver medal-winning performance and the Olympic debut of BMX Freestyle. Hannah shares her path to the sport, her mental process, and her thoughts on pay equity and the disparities between men’s and women’s events in BMX. We’re then joined by …
 
Lindsay Czarniak welcomes new co-host and Olympic hurdler/bobsledder Lolo Jones. Lolo provides us with a training update as she prepares of the upcoming winter Olympics. Lindsay and Lolo are then joined by Olympic gold medalist and the first woman to win gold in the 100m back to back, Wyomia Tyus. Wyomia speaks with On Her Turf about her protest du…
 
MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak link up with two-time Olympic archer Mackenzie Brown after her bronze-medal match to learn her approach to the sport on the world's biggest stage. Next, journalist Britni de la Cretaz and professional triathlete Rach McBride join the show for an insightful round table conversation on the impact of the first trans…
 
MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak speak to Kara Lawson, head coach of Duke women’s basketball, on coaching the USA women's 3x3 basketball team to the sport’s first ever Olympic gold medal. We then talk to three-time Olympic table tennis player Lily Zhang to learn about table tennis’ impact on her life and what misconceptions exist around the spor…
 
Veteran Gymnastics Reporter Andrea Joyce joins M.J. Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak to discuss Simone Biles' stunning decision to step away and the strength it took to make that decision. We then speak with Olympic Cyclist Amber Neben to learn about her best-ever Olympic finish at age 46 and how she won't let age define her. Finally, we chat with …
 
M.J. Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak are joined by Olympic Gold Medalist Carissa Moore to discuss winning the first ever gold medal in women's surfing, four-time World Medalist in Artistic Swimming Bill May, and winner of the Inaugural World Cup in Women's Nordic Combined Tara Geraghty-Moats for a conversation on the few Olympic events that are cl…
 
M.J. Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak are joined by co-captain of the U.S. Olympic women’s rugby team Abby Gustaitis to discuss the impact of rugby on her life, Olympic gymnast MyKayla Skinner for a reflection on her gymnastics journey, former WNBA player/NBC Analyst Monica McNutt, and Olympic Gold Medalist/Part-Owner of the Chicago Red Stars Kenda…
 
M.J. Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak are joined by guests to discuss all that’s happening in women’s sports at the Olympics, both on and off the field. Joined by NBC Olympics Gymnastics analyst and Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin for a women’s gymnastics preview, American Rifle Athlete Mary Tucker for a reflection on her first event of the Gam…
 
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…
 
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