Posts by cwdjohn

The Birth of Comedy

Originally posted November 7, 2013 at backstage.com. Photo Source: Clay Rodery I’m not sure who invented comedy, but it is safe to say someone slipped on a banana peel at least 3,000 years ago. The earliest plays we value come from the Greeks. The Greeks loved tragedy. Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus were wrestling with ideas…

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Golfing Tips for Actors

Originally posted October 24, 2013 at backstage.com. I was watching the British Open on television. It is notable in that it is the only six-hour television show I know that starts at 3 a.m. They don’t care about ratings. They are only competing against the weed whacker infomercial and the guy selling nickels. It’s a…

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Story Show for Auckland, New Zealand

Live at The Classic / One Night Only 8:30 pm, Friday 27 December Tickets: $30 Click here for more info! I will be doing old and NEW stories. I am planning to do the same show in San Francisco this year at the Sketchfest! So if you can’t make it across the International Date Line…

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The Why Of Acting

Originally posted October 10 , 2013 at backstage.com. I was asked to be in a SAG Low Budget movie. I think that is what it’s called. SAG-AFTRA has developed so many new subbasements in its contract hierarchy , I wasn’t sure how it defined the official agreement I signed. It could have just as easily been a “SAG…

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The Two Kinds of Nothing

Originally posted Sept. 26, 2013 at backstage.com Photo by David Chen. When you study acting you are likely to do scene work. You may do improvisations. Monologues. Animal exercises. All useful. However, none of these tools can help you handle the most difficult things you have to face as a professional actor: the two kinds…

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The Things We Saved From the Fire

Originally posted Sept. 12, 2013 backstage.com (Photo from Los Angeles Theatre Center production of The Three Sisters, 1985.) The synagogue asked if I could step in as an usher for the Saturday morning service. I said yes. It feels good to help out. You get to wear your nice clothes. And it becomes an act of…

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Important Update for St. Paul, Minnesota – Oct. 10, 7:30 pm

I just learned today that our Tobolowsky Files Live event is Sold Out/Re-located to UBS Forum around the corner at Minnesota Public Radio. The address is: The UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio 480 Cedar Street, 5th Floor St Paul, Minnesota 55101 For information call the Minnesota Public Radio Box Office (651) 290-1200.  (Staff seems…

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St. Paul, Minnesota – October 10, 7:30 pm!

David Chen and I are coming to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota! We will be doing an edition of the Tobolowsky Files Live.  This is the historic theater where Prairie Home Companion was (and still IS) produced and recorded. If you are in the area come by for the show and stay afterwards…

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Earlier episodes of The Tobolowsky Files are Back!

Thank you the amazing David Chen has made possible the 33 most recent original episodes of The Tobolowsky Files: Subscribe here to download: On itunes As before, the first 24 episodes are at Audible (for purchase, audio book of The Dangerous Animals Club). We’ll have new episodes soon! Watch for a few live appearances upcoming, including Minneapolis,…

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The Comic Stylings of Sigmund Freud

Originally published: backstage.com June 17, 2013 I studied Shakespeare in college. I don’t regret it. I did scenes from Julius Caesar. I played Brutus. I was terrible. I am sure it made me a better person in some way. I studied Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. About the only thing I remember from this period of…

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