A little give-it-up-for post, here, to pay tribute to two more frequent pod-guests, both of whom first appeared in the Taming Lewis Black show (#61). It started when I posted an open call for sketch/voice parts in a Facebook group (Independent Podcasters Alliance).
Monica Hamburg was the first to sign on. A voice-over artist and actor from Vancouver, she’s been hosting the Dazed and Convicted podcast for over a year. On her show she talks with her co-host Bill Allman about especially stupid crimes, and then creates sketches inspired by them.
When I told her the part she’d read was a waitress, she replied, “yeah, most parts for women tend to be waitresses or hookers.”
Since then, I have asked her play anything BUT waitresses or hookers. She played “Mother” in our Mother’s Day show, and has now played “Computer” (a role she inherited from Wendy Liebman) twice. Her performances are always great, and perhaps best of all, she turns things around really quickly.
Mike Sains first appeared as Howard Stringer, a character I invented when I needed a second reporter (our reporter, Charles Paintakingsley, had been detained).
Mike did a fine job in the role. Soon after, our Facebook posts started to sprout comments requesting “more Howard Stringer please!”
(From Mike, of course.)
A twenty-something writer and podcaster from the DC area, Mike was a regular on The Tower of Sour podcast, and recently became co-host of Geek Girls, Nerd Boys.
Over the course of the last couple of months, I’ve asked him to do small parts in various sketches, all of which he’s delivered with aplomb.
With friends like these, our little sketch-comedy podcaster has no choice but to continue to grow and improve. We love our sketch players!!!!