Posts Tagged ‘Dinosaur Jones’
Congratulations to the newest Magnet Sketch Teams and the newest additions to Just Karen, Nitro Girls, Chillionaire and The Executives! Thanks to everyone who submitted and auditioned this round. Heres to a brand new season of killer comedy, premiering on Monday, September 11th, 7:30pm.
Italicized = new to program
* = new to existing team
+ = promoted to writer/performer
Just Karen – Directed by Matt Alspaugh*
Devin O’Neill +
Chillionaire – Directed by Michael Delisle
Nitro Girls – Directed by Chris Hastings
Amy Lynn Berger
Team Bill S. Preston Esquire – Directed by Jesse Acini
Lorena Russi +
Team Ted Theodore Logan – Directed By Chrissie Gruebel
Daniel Louis Sgrizzi
Team Rufus – Directed by Nat Silverman
Dinosaur Jones – Directed by Joe Lepore
The Executives – Directed By Kevin Cobbs
Evan Forde Barden
Queen of dinosaurs, BECCA SCHALL, joins host Louis Kornfeld to discuss her 10-minute play “Goofus & Gallant,” how she has grown alongside the Magnet’s sketch program, and duh, makeover shows! We find out from where Becca draws inspiration and what her sketch writing process looks like. Her team, Dinosaur Jones, moves to Friday nights starting April 21st but you can find out all about her right now!
Our episode begins with Louis asking Becca about her contribution to Magnet Theater’s 10-Minute Play Festival, “Goofus & Gallant.” They get into the differences between writing sketch and writing something a bit longer and Becca shares her fascination with the “Highlights” characters the play is based upon. Listen also to find out who Becca Schall was before she came to Magnet Sketch Teams and what the struggling life of an actor can be like!
Since finding sketch comedy at Magnet, Becca has grown a great deal and we find out how exactly she has changed since shes been in the program. She and Louis talk about honing your voice and learning what your sensibilities are, Louis asks about the kinds of things she finds herself writing these days, and they both discuss the legendarily bad movie “The Room.” Becca tells of being inspired by everyday daydreams, growing a sketch from a small nugget, and how she works from an analytical process. Our two heroes both agree that makeover shows are sad and weird and Louis shares with us an excellent episode of Hoarders. Outside of comedy, Becca can often be found nannying and, as such, Louis asks her to dish on what kids are into these days. Finally, Becca shares with us where her comedy compass is pointing and where she hopes to go.
Don’t forget to check out Becca’s team, Dinosaur Jones, performing each Friday at 7pm from now until the end of June with a new show each month!!
Say hello to our 2017 Spring/Summer Magnet Sketch Teams! Congratulations to all who made a team and thank you to *everyone* who applied and auditioned we saw so much incredible talent it was inspiring. Here’s to a brand new season of killer comedy and some big changes to the Magnet sketch community!!! Read on.
* – Returning to Magnet Sketch Teams
** – New to Magnet Sketch Teams
Bold – New addition to a returning team
|NEW TEAM FRYLOCK|
|Director – Elena Skopetos|
|Lorena Russi Serna**||Performer|
|NEW TEAM MASTER SHAKE|
|Director – Chris Hastings|
|Amy Lynne Berger**||Performer|
|NEW TEAM MEATWAD|
|Director – Michael Delisle|
|Director – Jesse Acini|
|Diego Martinez||Writer/ Performer|
|Director – Matt Alspaugh|
|Director – Chrissie Gruebel|
**WEEKEND TEAMS** – Congratulations to Dinosaur Jones and The Executives two incredible veteran sketch teams who were promoted to a run of Friday night shows starting in April!
|Director – Joe Lepore|
|Director – Kevin Cobbs|
|Evan Forde Barden||Writer/Performer|
Last, but certainly not least, we want to congratulate our *NEW* Magnet Sketch Teams Director ARI MILLER and give a gigantic THANK YOU to our outgoing director CHET SIEGEL, who has put three years of hard work into this program and built it into something that we are so proud of and incredibly excited about going forward! Cheers to Ari and Chet!!!
Animator, illustrator, and Magnet performer, CARLY MONARDO, joins us to talk about the links between her different disciplines, who her heroes are, and what drives good characters. Plus, she plays monologue hotspot with Louis and performs a serious scene with a jar of pickles. Carly started at Magnet with the Free Intro to Improv class and now performs on Megawatt with Metal Boy, on Magnet Sketch Teams with Dinosaur Jones, with her duo TJ & Blood, and every Saturday night with The Cast! She’s also created the artwork for dozens of different shows at the theater and helped drive the Magnet’s visual identity. Could she BE anymore wonderful???
Carly begins this episode talking about how she first became interested in improv by watching shows at UCBT and then seeing Musical Megawatt at Magnet. Her first class was the Free Intro to Improv class, which turned out to be a really good idea. Louis pauses the improv talk for a bit to ask about how Carly got into animation, graphic design, and art in general. She talks about having to take an acting class in college and how the lessons learned while studying animation have bled into her performance. They also attempt to answer the question of what drives characters. Is it all ego-driven? Louis can’t let the opportunity pass to ask Carly what she did on The Venture Bros., what her proudest projects have been, and who her heroes are! Plus, they throw a lot of shade (and love) at Sulaiman Beg. Our episode concludes with a wonderful round of two-person hotspot based on the suggestion of a rose by any other color and Carly performs A Serious Scene With A Jar Of Pickles. You’ll have to listen in because these two native Staten Islanders have a grand old time!
- Carly Monardo
- Chris Hastings
- Dinosaur Jones
- Louis Kornfeld
- magnet sketch teams
- magnet theater
- magnet theater podcast
- magnet training center
- Metal Boy
- new york
- new york city
- Pat May
- Sulaiman Beg
- The Cast
- TJ & Blood
- Venture Bros