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The Backline

Canadian Comedy Award winners Rob Norman and Adam Cawley discuss weekly improv-based topics based on a theme.

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Casting

Sep 05 2018
In this episode, Rob and Adam discuss casting and what does the "perfect" Harold team look like!
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Casting

00:42:50 Download (59MB)

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Loud, Proud, and Wrong

Aug 15 2018
This week Adam and Rob discuss the importance of swagger, showmanship, and stagecraft in improv scenes. Whether you’re struggling controlling an audience or you’re stuck in a scene that’s gone terribly wrong, then this episode is for you.
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Loud, Proud, and Wrong

00:47:36 Download (65MB)

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Bombed

Aug 08 2018
This week Adam chats with Rob from Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss that terrible, awkward, weird feeling when you bomb. What do you say? How do you manage the feeling? What do you say to your friends. Also, updates on Rob’s tour through Latvia and Denmark.
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Bombed

00:36:40 Download (50MB)

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Advanced GOTS

Aug 01 2018
This week Rob and Adam revisit the Game of the Scene from Season One, and discuss how their views have evolved over the past four years. From pattern recongition to heightening, all is covered in this episode. If you’re new to GOTS, check out GOTS (ep. 14), Push/Pull (81), and Framing (ep. 118) before giving this episode a listen!
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Advanced GOTS

00:49:51 Download (68MB)

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Questions

Jul 25 2018
This week Rob and Adam answer listener questions! From improv copyrights to accents to panicking onstage to the walk-ons - all will be revealed. Please if someone knows where Rob's dad is, contact us @thebacklinepod on Facebook or Twitter.
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Questions

00:43:42 Download (60MB)

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So We Bought a Zoo

Jul 11 2018
This week Rob and Adam discuss the very theoretical scenario of opening an improv theatre. What do you need? What resources do you require? How does an improv theatre actually work? Also if you have a really bad business idea for an improv theatre, let us know your worst ideas at thebacklinepod on Twitter and Facebook.
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So We Bought a Zoo

00:45:27 Download (62MB)

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Blocking

Jul 04 2018
If we don’t need to literally say “Yes And” to offers in scenes, then what does agreement actually look like? With this new defintion, what is blocking? Is blocking even possible in modern improv? This week Rob and Adam do a deep dive on all-things negative, contrarian, and self-defeating. If you’re stalling out in scenes or frustrated by nay-sayers in your troupe, this episode is for you.
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Blocking

00:41:18 Download (57MB)

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$300

Jun 27 2018
For students new to improv, classes are a great way to meet people, involve yourself in the community, and hone your craft. But what do you do when classes are no longer challenging you and you aren't getting any better? This week Adam and Rob discuss what you can do with $300 to improve your abilities onstage outside of the classroom. Also Rob took a photo in a clawfoot tub.
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$300

00:40:18 Download (55MB)

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Therapy

Jun 20 2018
This week Rob and Adam discuss all things therapy! From improv as therapy to their real expereinces inside a therapist's office, and the importance of mental health care in an industry full of rejection, self-doubt, and hurt. If you have your experiences how improv have changed you, let us know! Drop us a line to @backlinepod on Facebook or Twitter.
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Therapy

00:45:32 Download (63MB)

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