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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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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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How to Frankenstein a Character

Nov 01 2017
This spooky Halloween episode, deals with using arcane sorcery to animate a character and bring it to life!!! Adam and Rob talk Tatiana Maslany, Mike Myers, Hot 30's, and accents. Regardless, this episode is full of improv tricks and treats. Enjoy!
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How to Frankenstein a Character

00:29:47 Download (41MB)

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R.I.P Who, What, Where

Oct 26 2017
There comes a time in every improviser's life when you have to say goodbye to your previous ideas of who,what, and where. This week, Adam and Rob rabidly scream out their frustrations with the limitations of explaining context and offer other perspectives on structuring scenework. Whether you love or hate who, what, where - this is an episode designed to stick in your craw.
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R.I.P Who, What, Where

00:53:03 Download (73MB)

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Adam’s Guide to Producing

Oct 18 2017
Adam Cawley, renown curmudgeon, goes into detail about the basics of producing your own improv show: from etiquette to show premise. Adam also shares his producing pet peeves and some simple fixes to make your show shine. Enjoy!
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Adam’s Guide to Producing

00:45:15 Download (62MB)

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The Golfer’s Clubs

Sep 27 2017
Every improviser is a golfer with a bag of clubs. Every club is a different way of improvising and a different school of thought. The improviser looks over the green (the show they are doing) and decides which club is appropriate. Picking the right club for the right hole is an essential skill for any player. This week, Rob and Adam return back to their Copenhagen apartment and over beers discuss improv modalities. This episode includes many Tuborgs and lots of swears, so if you're sensitive to cussing - maybe try something else the Sonar Network has to offer
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The Golfer’s Clubs

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Drunk

Sep 21 2017
FROM THE ARCHIVES. This episode Rob and Adam talk booze, drugs, and improv. Lots of our community is soaked in alcohol, but for new improvisers what's appropriate aspects of party culture to embrace onstage. Rob also tries to get drunk for the podcast … see how well it goes.
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Drunk

00:39:55 Download (55MB)

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Framing

Sep 15 2017
This week Rob and Adam, delve deep into the world of UCB-style Game of the Scene and discuss framing. We know framing is all about contextualized, that one weird offer in your base reality (platform), but how do you know what do with those offers? How do you use them in a way that makes it clear to your audiences and partner: THIS IS THE GAME! Well, we get into it. Also, Copenhagen and Olso updates, what to do with a weekend to yourself, The Beaches, Alvvays, and Adam becoming a real boy...
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Framing

00:47:29 Download (65MB)

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Archetypes

Sep 07 2017
This week Adam and Rob nerd out about character archetypes, stereotypes, Star Wars, and how to create memorable characters that stand-out from your peers. If you're passionate about improvised soap operas or narrative improv, you'll get some insight into how to craft a character from scratch and sustain it throughout the show.
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Archetypes

00:51:53 Download (71MB)

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Questions Only #4

Sep 01 2017
UPDATE: Audio problems fixed! This week Rob and Adam, answer YOUR questions! From playing dumb to reading improv books to feeling overlooked - this episode has it all! Also discussed Kill All Normies, Red Lanterns, and ending a show on a dream sequence. Meat and Potatoes!
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Questions Only #4

00:30:12 Download (41MB)

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