Kath Barbadoro: It’s Good to be Bad

Kath Barbadoro
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Audio By Valerie Lopez, Words By Richard Goodwin

How is grossly insulting someone similar to that classic, vaunted, form of prosaic delivery itself, iambic pentameter? These are the kind of questions that flow through Kath Barbadoro’s mind, and will now be inextricably linked in mine. I think I have a new goal for a skill to develop in 2017.

Every interview of Valerie’s that I cover teaches me something new about comedy and the science and art involved. I’m only slightly exaggerating when I say that her time with Kath took that to an entirely new level.

Born in New Hampshire, Kath Barbadoro grabbed her major at Grinnell College, in Iowa (shout out to Joe Barlow, fellow Iowan graduate and recurring influence in her story), before making her way to Austin. In Part one of their interview, Barbadoro takes Valerie on a journey through her early inspirations, how she chose her current home base, and how she landed an unexpected (and well deserved) role on ATX Uncensored(ish).

Kath Barbadoro: The Past 

Kath Barbadoro is in constant pursuit of perfection in her art, and in Part two of her interview, we learn more about her ambitions beyond stand up, and the story behind some of her more well known appearances like Comedy Central: Roast Battle, where she faced off with another Austin favorite, Chris Cubas, and Master Pancake, where she’s appeared with other Comedy Wham alums like Ella GaleWe also get to hear early news about an unreleased upcoming special, and her promise that, no matter where life takes her, she’ll always return to Austin. We have it on tape, Kath, and we’re holding you to it.

Kath Barbadoro: Current 

If you do the Twitters, you owe it to yourself to follow Barbadoro to keep up with her latest views on politics, life, and a million other topics. Find clips, press, upcoming dates, and more at her website, kathbarbadoro.com, and on Facebook. If you listen to podcasts, be sure and check out Wigsnatchers, featuring Kath Barbadoro, Chris Cubas, and Ralphie Hardesty.

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David McQuary: Writers Are A Word’s Best Friend

(Credit: David McQuary)
(Credit: David McQuary)

Audio By Valerie Lopez, Words By Richard Goodwin

Remember the holy trinity of childhood humor:  Garfield, the Far Side, and Mad Magazine?  Maybe that was just my religion, but David McQuary and I seem to have worshipped at the same illustrated childhood altars. Valerie talks with a lot of comedians, but not always on the topic of actual comics. While this subject, and others, weren’t specifically the roots of David McQuary’s comedy gene, they definitely played a role in where he would go, and one in particular convinced me that cows really do plot regime change when we’re not looking.

McQuary was born in Texas, spent some time in South Carolina, and returned to get a business degree at UT before moving to the Houston area he now calls home.  In part one of his interview, he and Valerie cover the beginnings of his passions for illustrating, writing, and stand up, and how a costume malfunction [eventually] led to David being a finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin contest 2 years running.

David McQuary: The Past

Austinites, and UT students especially,may be familiar with the Texas Travesty. This is where David McQuary cut his publishing teeth  – in a collaborative, writer’s room style environment. Part two of his interview, he lets us in on how an open mic coincidence landed him the gig, and the series of events that took him from there to a writing fellowship at The Onion; leading to him spending his days in a contributing writer role at the satirical paper, while still finding time to perfecting his craft for his Austin stand up appearances.

David McQuary: Current

 

To stay up to date with David, follow him Facebook and other social media sites. He promises you’ll get something out of it. If you haven’t had the chance to see him live yet, check out one of his sets from TNM Tonight, or find some of his many video appearances like That Guy Class on YouTube.

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On The Move With Ella Gale

(Credit: Erin Holsenback/ An Indoor Lady)
(Credit: Erin Holsenback/ An Indoor Lady)

Audio by Valerie Lopez, Words by Richard Goodwin

Like the origins of comedy itself, my feelings about Ella Gale may be best represented as a quantum superposition: two states at once -both joy and sadness. The former comes from the hilarity and presence she has brought to the Austin comedy scene, and the latter from the fact that she is moving to Los Angeles in early 2017. At the same time I’m also happy about her future success there. So that’s three states at least. Physics is amazing, y’all.

The oddly technical intro up there came about after listening to Valerie cover Ella Gale’s dual lives in performing and engineering (R.I.P. to the second life as of when this was recorded). I can  relate to how she methodically approaches comedic endeavours and the many videos and sketches she’s created and refined.

Ella Gale: The Past

For a young comedian, Gale has a hefty, and worldly, history behind her. Her path led through Colorado, Montana, Yemen and Austin is definitely one rarely traveled. In college, Gale took advantage of  varied Liberal Arts and Sciences topics. She picked up skills in areas that ultimately make perfect sense for the rigor and creativity she brings to stage and video. In Part One of her interview, we learn more about her history, how a bad job market and coincidental connection led to re-igniting her performing career, and how she became involved in several projects that local comedy fans will certainly know by name.

Ella Gale: Current

Fresh off a performance at the Bridgetown comedy festival in June, Valerie jumps into Part Two covering the major changes happening in Ella Gale’s life and careers. We discover how to slake our unending thirst for general (and just accurate enough) knowledge about giraffes, Los Angeles vs New York, and finally reveal the name of her agent. Don’t forget to check out Ella’s YouTube channel; she’ll know if you don’t.

Catch Ella Gale on Naughty Bits on November 11th and December 16th, the only two remaining with her at the New Movement Theater. She also has two upcoming Master Pancake shows on November 11th and 12th at the Alamo Ritz.  Find more show dates and videos at her website, ellagalecomedy.com. Be sure to follow her on Facebook. Her latest video covers a new dating service that is sure to have many rolling over in their graves, or, if you’re lucky, your bed.

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Katie Stone: Unfiltered For Your Pleasure

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(Credit: Kana LiVolsi of Dos Mundos Creative)

Audio by Valerie Lopez, Word by Richard Goodwin

You know those parts of past relationships that drive you insane? The parts which would help so many people if they could hear them and just understand that what they’re going through is not unique, and they have the power within them to effect change for the better? You know how you keep your experiences to yourself, because they seem too embarrassing, and no one could possibly relate? Katie Stone doesn’t do that.

Whether you follow the warped magnifying glass of her Twitter feed, read her essays on her website, or have been lucky enough to catch one of her many live shows, you know Katie Stone holds nothing back. I’m fairly certain I participated in a Twitter poll on whether she should feel bad about answering the door for a delivery after having not showered for 3 days. If you haven’t lived in that glass house, then by all means throw the first…well, you get it.

Katie Stone: The Past

In Part One of their interview, Valerie Lopez and Katie Stone dig into how experiences in school life set the stage for a career in performing for an audience. She comes to our fair city from Georgia, passing through Tulane University to nab a major in a language that has one of my favorite words of all time. (Hint: it’s ausfarht.) While comedy wasn’t at the forefront of her mind from the beginning, a chain of serendipitous events after she arrived in Austin got her back in front of people with a renewed passion.

Katie Stone: Current

Many know Katie from the Naughty Bits live show and podcast, created with local comedian Ella Gale. Naughty Bits, now in its second year, is a delightfully dirty, and sometimes touching (in the good way, pervs), look at what makes for really good and bad comedy about sex. Be sure and catch the next one on November 11th, at The New Movement Theater, which hapens to be one of the last two before Ella Gale moves on from Austin. Stone also runs the weekly Megaphone show, Saturdays at 10:30 at The New Movement Theater. In Part Two, Katie explains this unique format and where she hopes to take it.

You can also find more of Katie Stone around town at shows, open mics, on Instagram,  and in Sketch videos she’s written and directed, and those created with others. Don’t forget to to follow Naughty Bits and Trash Palace on Facebook.

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