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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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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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A Year in Review

Dec 20 2017
This episode Rob and Adam say goodbye to the dark cloud that was 2017 by remembering all the good things: the touring, the travel, and burgeoning improv communities across the globe! Also have you read any Dragonlance novels? Let us know @thebacklinepod on Twitter and Facebook.
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A Year in Review

00:40:58 Download (56MB)

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18 Rules by Sarah Gaul

Dec 13 2017
While Adam was skulking about on Facebook, he stumbled upon a Facebook post that struck him. This episode, Australian comedian Sarah Gaul, shares her list of 18 Rules for Being a Male Improviser. Learn more about Sarah Gaul at here website: www.sarahgaul.com/#comedienne This episode produced by Adam Cawley.
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18 Rules by Sarah Gaul

00:08:14 Download (11MB)

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Judgment

Dec 06 2017
Of course, you never want to judge an offer. But sometimes it's easier said than done. This week Rob and Adam discuss the nature of judgment and investigate where it comes from, how to deal with challenging offers, and when judging an offer might actually benefit your scene, your partner, and the show.
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Judgment

00:33:03 Download (45MB)

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Teacher’s College

Nov 29 2017
This week we go to improv teacher's college to reveal how to put together a one hour workshop for highschool kids (ages 14 -15). Rob and Adam discuss how they might organize a typical workshop, and go over some exercises that work well. Enjoy!
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Teacher’s College

00:43:34 Download (60MB)

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The Improv Sherpa

Nov 15 2017
Sherpas live near the Himalayan mountains. They are known to be expert mountaineers and sometimes guide foreigner through the perilous trek up the mountain. For many veterans, guiding new improvisers through an improv jam can be equally daunting. So how do you take care of newbies and ensure they arrive at peak in one piece? Special thanks to Linda Julia Paolucci this episode! If you have your own questions drop us a line @thebackpod on Twitter and Facebook.
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The Improv Sherpa

00:39:42 Download (55MB)

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What’s Missing? (R)

Nov 08 2017
FROM THE ARCHIVES: This week Adam and Rob talk about might be running through your head, standing on the backline of a longform improv set. Great improvisers don't walk onstage and just do good improv scenes. They are mindful of the scenes that came before, the overall energy of the show, what variety looks like in longform improv, and most importantly what's missing from a show. Also the guys answer listener questions regarding being blackballed from shows and which accents are offensive onstage.
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What’s Missing? (R)

00:43:28 Download (40MB)

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