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The Improv Obsession Podcast is the ideal place to hear fun and thoughtful improv discussion. Your host Stephen Perlstein brings you new guests from the improvisation community to have an enlightening talk about improv comedy.

76. Dave Theune & Doing Comedy On Your Own Terms

We’re back! 2017! Will this be the only podcast I record all year? Who knows! Today on the show, it’s Dave Theune. Los Angeles...

75. Mike McLendon & Finding Your Place in Improv

Mike McLendon is on the show! You may know Mike from his incredible teams, Outside Dog, Orpheus Roy, Tatertown, Second City, Mission Improvable, and...

74. James Bachman & The Indie Improv Scene Is Completely Broken and Needs to...

James Bachman is on the show today to talk about the indie improv scene, and how it’s completely broken, and needs to be destroyed...

73. Carl Tart (MADtv, White Women, Comedy Bang Bang) & Performing to the Max

Carl Tart is on the show! You may know Carl from UCB Harold Teams Queen George & Six Killer, as well as his Maude...

72. Jake Jabbour (Shapeshift, The Meat, We’re Gross with Gilli Nissim) & How To...

Jake Jabbour (Shapeshift, We're Gross with Gilli Nissim) is on the show! Improv fans will know Jake from hosting 4,3,2,1 and Shapeshift. Podcast fans...

71. Rebecca Drysdale & Doing It Your Own Way

Becky Drysdale is on the show! Improv fans will know Becky from the Hebecky Drysbell, Elephants Gerald, Baby Wants Candy, and Brand New Ball....

70. Kyle Parulski & Keeping it Simple

Kyle Parulski is on the show! Improv fans will know Kyle from the indie teams Delta Flow, Argo Navis, and plenty of other great improv...

69. Farley Elliott & Walking Away From Improv

Farley Elliott (Scandal! Squeeze, Comrades, Los Angeles Street Food, Eater LA) is on the show talking about improv in a continuing conversation I’m having...

68. Billy Merritt & Should I Quit Improv

Billy Merritt comes on the show to talk about the the darker side of improv. Jealousy. Loneliness. Failure. Fading passion. Billy helps me with...

67. Ronnie Adrian & The Plan to Get On Harold Night

Ronnie Adrian is on the show! Improv fans will know Ronnie from the UCBLA Harold Team The Dragons. You may also know Ronnie from...

66. James Mastraieni & Approaching the Harold

James Mastraieni comes on the show to talk about improv! You may know James from UCB house team Outside Dog, or his former harold...

65. Will Hines & How To Be The Greatest Improviser On Earth

Will Hines is on the show today to talk about this new book, How To Be The Greatest Improviser on Earth. You know Will...

64: Jen Krueger on the LAIIF Improv Talks

Today on the show, Jen Krueger is on to talk about the LAIIF Improv Talks! Saturday, October 18th 3-6 PM at the Downtown Independent...

63: Chris Kula

Chris Kula is on the show! You know him from The Smokes and Police Chief Rumble. Also he’s been a writer on Onion News...

Sketch Obsession 1: Charlie Sanders

Charlie Sanders opens the very first Sketch Obsession edition of improv obsession podcast! I recored this forever ago, thought I was gonna do more, and wanted...

62: Jacob Reed

Jacob Reed is on! You know Jacob from improv powerhouse Bangarang, sketch duo Tremendosaur, movie teams Rought Cut and Whilem. You COULD say Jacob...

61: Chad Damiani

Chad Damiani is on the show! You know him front he wonderful show he runs, Catbath, his crazy improv team, Jetzo, and he’s an...

60: Drew DiFonzo Marks

Drew DiFonzo Marks in on the show, but call him DDFM he likes it! You know Drew as that Last Day go School Harold-ing,...

59: Will Hines

Will Hines is on the show! You know him from The Smokes, Your F’ed up Family, The Stepfathers, Play by Play, and the bitter...

58: Jacob Womack

Jacob Womack is on the show! He’s the long time host of the soon to be finished Crashbar Improv! He’s also on the wonderful Harold team John...

57: Scott Neiman

Scott Neiman is on the show! You know Scott from his Harold teams, The Ruckus, Scandal!, and The Great War. Scott and I talk about...

56: Joel Jensen

Joel Jensen is on the show! You know Joel as one of the cohosts of Room 101 with his team Shakedown. Joel and I talk about...

55: Scott Davis

Scott Davis is on the show! You know Scott from Styx Martin, or as the DJ for Soundtrack, or from Oh Brother  or as one of the hosts...

54: Drew Coolidge

Drew Coolidge is on the show! You know him from his two man team Ranger Danger and The Danger Ranger, and his iO West Harold team The...

53: Matt Newell

Matt Newell is on the show! You know Matt from his super star harold team Kid Grift, as previously heard on this podcast. AND,...

52: Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh is on the show! You know him as one of the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as from Assscat, and he’s in like 100...

51: Miles Stroth

Miles Stroth is on the show! You know him from the Cagematch juggernaut team, Heather and Miles  Miles and I chat about his Miles Stroth workshops and how they can teach...

50: Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts is on the show. You know him as one of the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as from Assscat, from the legendary The Family, Reno...

49: Jessica Allen Eason

Jessica Allen Eason is on the show! You know her from Neutrino and Ms. Jackson. Jessica and I talk about her roots in musical theatre and her desire...

48: Mary Holland

Mary Holland is on the show! You know her from John Velvet, Fiddler’s Green, Lord Willin’, and New Money. Mary talks to me about the first thing she...

47: Paul Welsh

Paul Welsh is on the show! You know him from Cooper, Styx Martin, Grandma’s Ashes, Monstro and more. Paul and I talk about following dreams, getting stage time,...

46: Lauren Lapkus

Lauren Lapkus is on the show! You may know here from Bangarang! or a whole bunch of TV. Don’t forget to support Lauren by watching Orange is...

45: Harrison Brown

Harrison Brown stopped by the show! You know Harrison as the host of The Cagematch at Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, maybe you’ve seen one...

44: Adam McCabe

Adam McCabe is here! You probably know Adam from Bangarang!, Oh, Brother, and as one of the hosts of Sketchbar. We talk about the merits of Short...

43: Los Angeles Indie Improv Festival (Casey Feigh, Nick Mandernach, Jonny Svarzbein)

Today, we’re talking Los Angeles Indie Improv Festival, THE SECOND YEAR! And back each for their second time, Casey Feigh, Nick Mandernach, and Jonny Svarzbein. First we cover...

42: Christopher George

Christopher George is on the show! Christopher is the Assistant Artistic Director a at Finest City Improv in San Diego. He also writes an awesome...

41: Dickie Copeland

Dickie Copeland is on the show today! You know Dickie from Styx Martin, Bitty Schrim, D’artagnan, Heavy Goose, Bikini Tiger, her wonderful writing, more. Dickie and...

40: Lilan Bowden

Lilan Bowden is on the show! You may know Lilan from Bonafide, Styx Martin, or TAB, the host team of Crashbar! Lilan and I chat about being in...

39: Jimmy Carrane

Jimmy Carrane, aka The Improv Nerd is on the show today! If you’re a Chicago person, you’ll know Jimmy from his many Art of...

38: Thomas Middleditch

Thomas Middleditch is on the show today! You know Thomas from his friday night exploits with Diamond Lion. You also may know Thomas from Snow Pants,...

37: Erin Whitehead

Erin Whitehead is on the show! She’s a hilarious improviser who you may know from her UCBLA harold team Kid Grift, and you may remember...

36: Sarah Claspell

Sarah Claspell is on the show!! You know her from The Get Go, Styx Martin, Monstro, Dybbuk, and her website Well That’s Adorable. Sarah teaches me a bit about...

35: Brian Jack

Brian Jack is on the show! You know him from The Reckoning, Deep Schwa, and The Armando Show. Brian comes on to talk about being in the...

34: Johnny Meeks

Johnny Meeks is on the show! You know him from Sentimental Lady and as the new Education Guy at UCBLA. He and I talk Por...

33: Heather Anne Campbell

Heather Anne Campbell is on the show! You know her from Heater and Miles, Last Day of School,  The Midnight Show, and Drew Carry’s Improv-A-Ganza. Heather and I talk...

32: Joe Hartzler

Joe Hartzler is on the show! You know Joe from Flap Jackson, The Great War, Up! Up! Up! The Twitter Show, a whole dickload...

31: Mark David Christenson

Mark David Christenson is on the show. You know him as a member of one of the newest UCBLA harold teams, Mister Town City. He’s...

30: Charlie Sanders

Charlie Sanders kicks of 2013 on improv obsession podcast. That sentence made it sound like he was here and recording this over new years...

29: Lennon Parham

Lennon Parham is on the show! You know her from Skinny Business Will Not Apologize, her amazing show on NBC, Best Friends Forever, and...

28: Alex Berg (The Return)

Alex Berg IS BACK! You know him from his UCB Los Angeles teams Convoy, Sentimental Lady and maybe you know him for when he...