Writing on the Floor
Pittsburgh's Premiere Arts, Entertainment and Culture Radio Show
info_outline Episode 71 - Brad Stephenson Returns! (Part 2) 05/29/2015
Episode 71 - Brad Stephenson Returns! (Part 2) In which we hear the rest of our conversation with Brad, talking about Knights of the Arcade, the improvised D&D show at Arcade Comedy Theater that is taking the world by storm! The show is monthly, and happens to be on the schedule for THIS WEEKEND! Get tickets to see Brad in one of the best shows ever, at ArcadeComedyTheater.com
info_outline Episode 70 - Brad Stephenson Returns! (Part 1) 05/29/2015
Episode 70 - Brad Stephenson Returns! (Part 1) In which Brad updates on his life, and his relatively new gig as Marketing Director for The Carnegie Museum of Art! We talk art, cats, fossils, and a whole lot more in this first part. Part 2 is coming out shortly with the rest of our conversation in which we discuss the continued success of Knight of the Arcade!
info_outline Episode 69 - Chris Daley of TEDxPittsburgh 05/20/2015
Episode 69 - Chris Daley of TEDxPittsburgh This week, Chris Daley of TEDxPittsburgh talks about the TEDxPittsburgh conference happening this saturday. The theme this year is "Bridges". He also mentions a special way to get a nice discount on tickets to the festivities!
info_outline Episode 68 - Scott Bricker of BikePGH 04/25/2015
Episode 68 - Scott Bricker of BikePGH On the program this week it's Scott Bricker, Executive Director of BikePGH! Scott leads this incredibly ambitious and progressive organization that seeks to make the streets of Pittsburgh safer for everyone, regardless of their mode of transportation. With the primary focus on cycling advocacy, they offer memberships, classes, training, events, maps, and other resources to keep us safe and help us all get where we are going easier.
info_outline Episode 67 - Balloon Ride Fantasy 04/12/2015
Episode 67 - Balloon Ride Fantasy On the program this week it's Balloon Ride Fantasy. The incredibly intricate, fun, poppy, progressive, rocking group stops by to talk about creating music that is both precise and entertaining, full of life while simultaneously technically detailed. They have just released their first full-length album of their 80s-esc music and they stop by to talk about how they write, what it's like to work collaboratively and a whole lot more!
info_outline Episode 66 - Joe Wichryk 02/13/2015
Episode 66 - Joe Wichryk This week on the program it's Joe Wichryk. Joe is an alum of The Cellar Dwellers, a member of the sketch comedy group Hustlebot, and the manager of The Oaks Theater in Oakmont which has just been renovated and restored to it's it original Art Deco glory. The theater is putting on all kids of amazing film programming, pub trivia nights, live comedy and bands... it's an amazing place being run by a really cool guy. Joe talks about all that, and a whole lot more!
info_outline Episode 65 - Sean Collier Returns! 02/08/2015
Episode 65 - Sean Collier Returns! This week, movie critic and writer Sean Collier of the WDVE Morning Show, Pittsburgh Magazine, and his own awesome show "You Can't Handle The Truth" returns to talk about everything that has happened in his life and various projects since he was last on the show!
info_outline Episode 64 - Devious Maid's Ayne Terceira and Abby Lis-Perlis 01/30/2015
Episode 64 - Devious Maid's Ayne Terceira and Abby Lis-Perlis On the program today it's Ayne Terceira and Abby Lis-Perlis, the driving force behind Devious Maid's new immersive theater experience, "Professor Eldritch's Asylum for Uncanny and Extraordinary Women". They sit down to talk about this new production, immersive theater, representations of women (good and bad) in media and whole lot more.
info_outline Episode 63 - Casey Hanner (from the band Donora!) 01/26/2015
Episode 63 - Casey Hanner (from the band Donora!) On the program today it's Casey Hanner! Casey is the leadsinger and front-person of the Pittsburgh-based band Donora. If you don't know Donora, you are missing out! They are one of the most fun bands I've ever seen play live, and they've been touring and making music for years now. They are playing their first show in town in a while, this Friday - January 30th, 2015 - at Brillobox in Garfield. Casey sits down to talk about music, being a professional musician, working with her brother, growing up in a musical household, and a whole lot more!
info_outline Episode 62 - Does This Hold Up - Jamie and TJ Wooldridge 01/23/2015
Episode 62 - Does This Hold Up - Jamie and TJ Wooldridge Jamie and TJ Wooldridge of the wildly popular Does This Hold Up? podcast sit down to talk podcasting, hanigng out with famous comedians and their show wherein they riff and analyze a movie (at least 10 years old) and ask the question "Does This Hold Up?".NSFW WARNING! Too much language to bleep, so use headphones and don't listen in the car with Grandma or Kids! That said, these guys are very funny, and it is a very fun episode.
info_outline Episode 61 - Brian Gray 01/16/2015
Episode 61 - Brian Gray On the program this week it's Brian Gray. Brian is an improviser, comedian, coach, teacher, and one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. Brian has been invovled in comedy for years, and even hosts his own podcast, exploring the hows and whys of improv with some of the best improvisers in the country. We sit down to talk comedy, theater, english, improv, the comedy festival, and whole lot more.
info_outline Episode 60 - Nina Barbuto 01/02/2015
Episode 60 - Nina Barbuto This week on WOTF, it's Nina Barbuto, founder of Assemble (www.assemblepgh.org) the non-profit that is making waves as it brings the people of Garfield hands-on experiences in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. You may have heard a lot about STEM programming, but Nina has taking things a step further by adding "Art" to the mix.
info_outline Episode 33 (R) - Pittsburgh's Undercover Boss, Mayor Bill Peduto 12/22/2014
Episode 33 (R) - Pittsburgh's Undercover Boss, Mayor Bill Peduto Last night, CBS's Undercover Boss featured Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and we have to say... he looked pretty good. It was great to see Bill, now ten months into his administration, working to acheive the vision he talked about as a candidate.
info_outline Episode 59 - Missy Moreno 10/16/2014
Episode 59 - Missy Moreno This week our guest is Missy Moreno! Missy is an improviser, actress, comedian, writer and producer, putting on some of the funniest cabaret style shows at Arcade Comedy Theater. She spent years at Second City, went through their musical improv conservatory and came back home to Pittsburgh... almost unintentionally... and has now began to make her mark here once again.
info_outline Episode 58 - Fred Betzner 10/04/2014
Episode 58 - Fred Betzner On your program today it's Fred Betzner. Fred is a comedy writer and actor who has done many many things here in town, most recently creating the wildly popular "Knights of the Arcade" series. This is the show that features hilarious, improvised Dungeons and Dragons quests, all performed in front a live audience at Arcade Comedy Theater. It's been going on for over a year, started to get some national attention is now available in podcast form. Fred sits down to talk about that, and a whole lot more
info_outline Episode 57 - Kevin McMahon 09/06/2014
Episode 57 - Kevin McMahon This week our guest is Kevin McMahon, President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. If you are unfamiliar, that is the organization that started 30 years ago, with the mission of transforming the seedy Penn and Liberty corridor of Downtown Pittsburgh into a thriving cultural center. Today the Culture District is home to theaters, art galleries, jazz clubs, a museum or two, performance spaces, restaurants, and tons of great cultural amenities.
info_outline Episode 56 - Myq Kaplan, Zach Sherwin, Micah Sherman 08/10/2014
Episode 56 - Myq Kaplan, Zach Sherwin, Micah Sherman This week's guests are Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents, etc) the quick witted, word-playing standup comedian along with actor/comedian Micah Sherman who has been a million things, and Zach Sherwin who you may know from Epic Rap Battles of History or appearing on late night TV or his own youtube channel with his extremely funny and smart rapping.
info_outline Episode 20 (R) - EatPGH Part II 07/06/2014
Episode 20 (R) - EatPGH Part II This week are re-posting our episode from December of 2012 with Mandy McFadden and Laura Zorch, two of the four authors of EatPGH. A lot of great stuff has happened with thier work since, but this was a fun conversation.
info_outline Episode 30 (R) - 48 Hour Film Project 07/01/2014
Episode 30 (R) - 48 Hour Film Project This week we are "rebroadcasting" our 2013 interview with Kahmeela Adams and Nina Gibbs, the duo behind the Pittsburgh chapter of The 48 Hour Film Project. The project is coming up in just a few weeks, so we figured it would be a good time to revisit our converstaion about it! Kahmeela and Nina have been running it for the last 6 years, and they stop by to talk about that, their work with the storied Hollywood theater in Dormont, how they got inovlved in filmmaking, and how you can get involved yourselves!
info_outline Episode 55 - Rick Sebak 06/20/2014
Episode 55 - Rick Sebak Rick Sebak, the man about town, hero to many, inspiration to more is on our show IN THE STUDIO this week to talk about his Pittsburgh History Series, the new special "A History of Pittsburgh in 17 Objects", living in Pittsburgh, and so much more!
info_outline Episode 54 - Laura Mustio 06/14/2014
Episode 54 - Laura Mustio Our guest today is Laura Mustio. Laura is an artist and author who quit her job, set up a kick-starter, and raised money so that she could spend a year traveling to four countries, making art inspired by those locations. She is out now with a new book about this experience in India, Italy, Ireland and Iceland, and the exhibit of this work open this weekend at The Union Hall above Bar Marco in the Strip District. Laura stopped by last week to talk about this project, and what it's like to spend all of her time making art again.
info_outline Episode 53 - Tracy Certo 06/07/2014
Episode 53 - Tracy Certo On your program today is Tracy Certo, the founder and editor of "Next Pittsburgh" the new online multimedia magazine that is "taking Pittsburgh to the next level" by covering the innovative people, ideas, projects and events making Pittsburgh a better place.
info_outline Episode 52 - Matt Lamanna 05/28/2014
Episode 52 - Matt Lamanna Our guest this week is Dr. Matt Lamanna, Paleontologist and Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Matt is a rock star in the world of paleontology, directs the third-largest collection of actual dinosaur fossils, and recently published a groundbreaking paper about a newly identified dinosaur called "Anzu". This creature he and his colleagues discovered has been called "The Chicken From Hell" and while it wasn't actually a chicken, it was very closely related to today's birds. Matt sat down to talk dinosaurs, digging, Michael Crichton, Anzu, and a whole lot more!
info_outline Episode 51 - Bonus Episode! Liz Labacz and Zach talk Aaron Sorkin 05/19/2014
Episode 51 - Bonus Episode! Liz Labacz and Zach talk Aaron Sorkin In this first-ever bonus episode, Liz Labacz and Zach talk love and frustration... and more love of Aaron Sorkin and all his writing, and series, and movies. The West Wing was a big deal for these two.
info_outline Episode 50 - Liz Labacz 05/17/2014
Episode 50 - Liz Labacz It's Liz Labacz! Liz is an actress, Improviser, writer and comedia, as well as one third of the hilarious female-driven sketch group "Frankly Scarlett". Liz is one of this class of funny and driven people in town who have been working diligently and patiently at the craft of comedy for several years now, and I feel like the culture in the city is finally catching to them. Liz has been involved in comedy since the early 2000s, and it feels like it's only been in the last few years that the we've seen an explosion in the scene that is starting to offer venues for people of her incredible level of talent. Liz stops by to talk comedy, writing, Aaron Sorkin, and SO much more.
info_outline Episode 49 - Shannon Norman 04/22/2014
Episode 49 - Shannon Norman This week our guest is Shannon Norman. Shannon is a a comedian and tv personality who is a member of the "race to the coffin" comedy tour. That tour was put together by him and a few other guys in town who all have edgier and less-than-healthy persona's on stage at least, if not also in real-life. Shannon has become one of the few tried and true comedians to come out of the Pittsburgh scene, and numbers among those who don't just call Pittsburgh home, but live here still. Shannon sits down to talk comedy, ventriloquists, bunking with furries on the road, and more
info_outline Episode 48 - Brian Edward (of 'Burgh Vivant!) 04/12/2014
Episode 48 - Brian Edward (of 'Burgh Vivant!) Our guest this week is Brain Edward, drivin gforce behind Burgh Vivant, which describe as "an interview program with a mission to promote and encourage the unique culture of the city of Pittsburgh through candid interviews with Pittsburgh’s artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, and newsmakers."