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Episode 30

Joanne Boland


Naomi Snieckus

Hey Firecrackers! I hope you’re all doing well! What have you all been up too? This week I’m starting out by talking a bit about comedy. Now, I (obviously) love comedy and recently we went to see some stand up at the Hollywood Improv with our new friends Mark and Carla, and the line up was crazy! We got to see some incredible comedians, dare I say comedy legends, like Margaret Cho, Bobby Lee, Kevin Nealon, and Tom Arnold. What I really noticed was the calmness that each of these performers had on stage. For me, stand up makes me a bit sweaty, it’s not an easy thing to do. Improv is definitely more my style, Tina Fey once said “when you have a joke in improv, it’s a joke everyone shares on stage” but when you have a joke in stand up, its all on you. However the same goes for bombing on stage, in improv its a shared feeling of “well, that wasn’t great”, but with stand up, that pressure it totally on you. So, they’re definitely two different beasts, and I’m totally in awe of the calm, laid back energy these folks had! Next up, my guest this week is the incredible Joanne Boland! We first met on the show ‘Train 48’ which was an improv based, news oriented, daily TV show. Our mornings were super early, but we had such a good time on this set and of course, became great friends. You may also know Joanne from her roles on ‘Carter’, ‘Strange Empire’, or ‘Being Erica' or maybe films like ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ or ‘Saw IV’. Wherever it may be from, you know she’s one talented gal. Have a listen firecrackers and enjoy! 

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