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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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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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Effort

Jun 13 2018
Canadian Comedy Award winner Adam Cawley has a couple pet peeves that he has to get off his chest! Watch out relaxed improvisers! Beware trucks parked in the bike lane! Prenez-garde major corporations who slightly inconvenience the public! Angry Adam is on a rampage. And it all starts with how much effort and care you bring to the stage.
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Effort

00:51:15 Download (70MB)

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The Maker

Jun 06 2018
This week Rob and Adam discuss The Maker, Toronto's best kept longform secret. In this episode, you'll learn The Maker's origins, the nature of thematic longform, and how to try one in your own city. Get ready for a metanarrative improv rollercoaster ride of adventure. Also Adam is angry when riding bikes.
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The Maker

00:38:04 Download (52MB)

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Trust

May 23 2018
“I got your back” is the last thing you hear from your teammates before you leap onstage. But real trust is more than just a platitude. It’s earned. What do you do when you struggle with putting your faith in others? Where does distrust come from? How do you overcome it? This week Adam and Rob, do a deep dive on the essence of ensemble work.
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Trust

00:45:19 Download (62MB)

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When to Leave

May 16 2018
This week Rob and Adam discuss their decision to leave MANTOWN: The Improvised Frat Party after 12 years of service. When is it a good time to leave? Why should you stay on a team? What does it mean? All will be discussed in this week's episode of The Backline with Rob and Adam.
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When to Leave

00:50:44 Download (70MB)

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The First 30 Seconds

May 09 2018
What happens in the first 30 seconds of your scene - determines what you'll be stuck playing for the next 4 minutes. This week Rob and Adam explore the challenges of starting a scene and what typically goes wrong.
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The First 30 Seconds

00:36:52 Download (51MB)

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The Harold Experience

May 02 2018
It's the premiere of SEASON FOUR OF THE BACKLINE! This episode Rob and Adam debrief The Harold Experience from the Next Stage Festival. What does it mean to do a Harold for an hour? What burden do improv shows face in front of a non-improv theatre crowd? How do adapt a classic form for the needs of your theatre. Special thanks to Marius from Copenhagen for the question!
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The Harold Experience

00:58:38 Download (81MB)

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