The Sharon Spell Show
A comedy podcast chat-tacular between your fabulous host Sharon Spell and a veritable slew of special guests! Produced by GrumpyFILMS, inc.
info_outline Episode 164: Pat Brown 09/10/2018
Episode 164: Pat Brown Sharon is figuring out big picture things with guest star Pat Brown (Sex Tape) this time, including what kind of napper you are. The two remember their meeting on a train trip returning from New Jersey and discuss healthcare's entwining with politics, plus smart drugs and Lasik woes. All we can say is, faith and hope...
info_outline Episode 163: Jill Pangallo 08/27/2018
Episode 163: Jill Pangallo We're exercising five times a week (kind of) with guest star Jill Pangallo. Jill and Sharon discuss what yellow smells like (SoulCycle) AND what Sharon smells like (cookies...flowers...). They also remember their meeting in Greenpoint, and discuss the ins and outs of this business of show. And that "Fern Bar" is a great drag name.
info_outline Episode 162: Joyelle Nicole Johnson 08/13/2018
Episode 162: Joyelle Nicole Johnson Sharon and guest star Joyelle Nicole Johnson (Lady Parts Justice) remember that time they blocked traffic on the 59th Street bridge, which leads Joyelle to remember some cross-country ride shares. The two then discuss "Sex and the City" DVDs as collateral. And Joyelle wraps things up with some fun memories of the last LPJ tour through the South.
info_outline Episode 161: Kiki O'Keeffe 07/30/2018
Episode 161: Kiki O'Keeffe We all know that astrology is not real, but also agree that it HAS to be! Sharon's guest, Kiki O'Keeffe (I Don't Believe in Astrology) concurs. The two discuss their respective signs, as well as how "houses" work, and how Kiki takes a fresh approach to it all in her regular newsletter. They also come down from the heavens to talk about how Kiki hates the business of show, and how Sharon is not really afraid of death anymore.
info_outline Episode 160: Audrey Stanfield 07/16/2018
Episode 160: Audrey Stanfield Family is the center of the home, and Audrey Stanfield (Branded Content Will Set You Free) discusses BOTH family AND the family home with Sharon this time around. (It's called Longview and it's in Missouri, btw.) The two also mull over the struggles of the city and "the biz" before emphatically agreeing that pretending to kill is just insane. Audrey may be allergic to her smoothie, too...
info_outline Episode 159: Alex Adan 07/02/2018
Episode 159: Alex Adan Sharon and Alex Adan met way back when Alex was tech staff for Sharon's first Spank show, and the two discuss Alex's experience there (and how having a child changed his perspective). They then discuss ghosts and how Alex is the only one in his family not to see one, before Alex wraps up with his experience tracking down family members and the meet-ups that resulted.
info_outline Episode 158: Caitlin Bitzegaio 06/18/2018
Episode 158: Caitlin Bitzegaio Sharon welcomes Caitlin Bitzegaio (Womaning) to the guest star chair this time, and Caitlin starts by remembering those early gigs that didn't pay much or not at all. The two then compare reality TV notes, including seeing yourself on Honey Boo Boo, as well as small town experiences. Hair care routines are then compared, including getting to the place where you just trust your hairdresser.
info_outline Episode 156: Gastor Almonte 05/21/2018
Episode 156: Gastor Almonte Did you know kids don't eat cereal anymore? That's just one of the shocking tidbits revealed as Gastor Almonte takes the guest star chair this time. He and Sharon discuss the other - when other comics have the nerve to tell you they are using your material! Gastor also discusses his practice of pleasing his 5 year-old self and 15 year-old self every day AND his upcoming album recording. The two then wrap up by comparing what hurts today...
info_outline Episode 155: Eric Cunningham 05/07/2018
Episode 155: Eric Cunningham Welcome to the Clean Plate Club! And welcome Eric Cunningham to the guest star chair this time. After a rude interruption, the two discuss Eric's work as producer of Night Late, and Sharon's work as set designer - kisses and all! There's talk of THE TREE and live activations done for a living. The great star feud between Roanoke and El Paso is dissected, and the two wrap it up by taking a work trip to Brazil!
info_outline Episode 154: Georgia Clark 04/23/2018
Episode 154: Georgia Clark The lovely Georgia Clark (The Bucket List) joins Sharon this episode, and begins with remembrances of her move to NYC right in the thick of the Great Recession. The two then discuss Georgia's work as curator and producer of the Generation Women storytelling show, before Georgia admits there was a time she created a fake band...and then had to create a band to match the identity. A tease for her new book follows, and they then wind up deciding one must finish something as a way to court the muses.
info_outline Episode 153: Jen Kwok 04/09/2018
Episode 153: Jen Kwok We're blithely chasing the Sugar Dragon as Sharon welcomes Jen Kwok (Songs For One) to the guest star chair this time. The two try out Sharon's Shoulder Weather App, before Jen relates a story of a tantrum on the train, and how most people wanted to help, but did they? They then discuss how NYC changes your depression perspective, and wrap up by recalling how people used to listed to albums. Remember?
info_outline Episode 152: Arti Gollapudi 03/26/2018
Episode 152: Arti Gollapudi Astrology can be a mood-killer...that's the lead topic on this episode as Sharon welcomes Arti Gollapudi (Your Self, Your Body) to the guest star chair. The two discuss the hilarity of apartment building email chains AND how Arti was injured by a beach umbrella. Arti also discusses coming to NYC to work in music, but finding her way to comedy, and how that comedy can be a conduit for acknowledging pain. After all, you have to write yourself into history, so grab a pen and paper!
info_outline Episode 151: Sandi Marx 03/12/2018
Episode 151: Sandi Marx Storyteller and performer Sandi Marx is in the guest star chair this episode, and she begins by telling Sharon of her journey from actress to talent agent to performer, and how Peter Weller played a role in it. The two then discuss approaching art without specificity, the times you find out other people think you've got it all together, and how we shouldn't be afraid of being opportunistic. Sandi then talks about being a subject in a documentary before we all decide that we really just want to work with the kind of people we would have over for dinner.
info_outline Episode 150: Shawtane Bowen 02/26/2018
Episode 150: Shawtane Bowen We're airing LOTS of grievances at the start of this episode, as Sharon welcomes Shawtane Bowen (BoogieManja) to the guest star chair. (Sharon hates multi-borough whistling, btw.) Shawtane speaks on his experience as a care-giver for the elderly, and the sometimes very difficult relationships that come about as a result. He then tells Sharon about the recent funeral for his father, and the two discuss the challenges in performing after deaths in the family.
info_outline Episode 149: Akilah Hughes 02/12/2018
Episode 149: Akilah Hughes You know, change is hard. Especially for an old dog...that's living in your apartment...and belongs to your sister...who is your roommate. Such is the situation with guest Akilah Hughes (Akilah Obviously). Pippa, the dog in question, is discussed at length with Sharon, as are other old pets. Akilah then charts her progress as a content producer on YouTube - the first 100 videos are bad, you know - as well as her family's history with goldfish. We're surrounded by such...judgement...!
info_outline Episode 147: Jorja Hudson & Brittany Tomkin 01/15/2018
Episode 147: Jorja Hudson & Brittany Tomkin We all need buddies in comedy and this time we welcome two comedic buddies, Jorja Hudson and Brittany Tomkin, to the guest star bench. They're the creators of a new webseries Myrtle & Willoughby (which should be out soon, btw). With Sharon, they discuss how all good ideas come to you on the G train, as well as faking it till you're making it. Hugh Jackman, Floppy, and Spellella are all discussed before they wrap up musing on credit cards for making your dreams come true.
info_outline Episode 146: Doug Moe 12/18/2017
Episode 146: Doug Moe So you have a lot of customer loyalty cards, eh? Ah, but how many do you actually use? That's just one of the musings mused about as Sharon welcomes Doug Moe (Man vs. Child, Hot for Teacher) to the guest star chair this time. The two discuss happy kid noises and the lousy neighbors that complain about them, before covering the importance of learning from cross-discipline classes. They then turn to all things coffee, the right way to make it, and how you can get it delivered right to you!
info_outline Episode 145: Chloe Marsh 12/04/2017
Episode 145: Chloe Marsh There's a rash of missing earrings this time as Chloe Marsh (Chloe Doesn't Do Boys) joins Sharon at the podcast table. Chloe discusses having to adjust comedy material after transitioning as well as having to actively experience your emotions. The two also talk about the negative effects of napping and the positive effects of black dress shopping. They then wrap up by thinking of life as a process of finding out what you have to do.
info_outline Episode 144: Anne Rodeman 11/20/2017
Episode 144: Anne Rodeman We're really hoping to get some of that shoebox cash this time as Sharon welcomes Anne Rodeman (So Into It) to the guest star chair. The two muse about both posture AND dabbling in drag before Anne describes her recent clip show without clips. There's also that trip to see Lorna Luft in an outer borough, too. Anne and Sharon then reminisce about early improv days and agree that patter songs don't really work in church.
info_outline Episode 143: Ed Galvez 11/06/2017
Episode 143: Ed Galvez Sharon bids a very special welcome to Ed Galvez (Amigo Undead, Brand New Old Love) this time, as Ed is often Sharon's host when she's in LA. The two discuss the difference between friendships and bring friendly, and how you need to spread out the neediness. They are then surprised that COPS is still on the air, and then hash out the differences between working in LA and New York. Ed then wraps things up with tales of his time teaching standup...and the certain types of people you always get as students.
info_outline Episode 142: Tahlia Robinson 10/23/2017
Episode 142: Tahlia Robinson Sharon is sharin' a lovely lemon ice with Tahlia Robinson (Hidden Fences, Affirmative Action) this time, as Tahlia laments how no one can pronounce her name correctly. The two then discuss how New Yorkers refuse to share their specialists with anyone, and Tahlia reveals her passions for (in order) cooking shows, breakup songs, and advertising week. Lastly, they discuss the merits of stepping away from improv in order to get re-inspired.
info_outline Episode 141: Ray Cordova 10/09/2017
Episode 141: Ray Cordova Brooklyn's Prospect Park is an example of Victorian Privilege, did you know that? That's one of the topics tackled this time with Ray Cordova (Astronomy Club Presents, Sad Marriage). There's also an extended musing upon all things laundromat, as Sharon lives over one now and loves the smells but hates that one weirdo. The two then talk of how moving sucks, especially when you lose your laundromat. Ray then brings this episode to a close with a couple juicy stories from his experience working in the psych ward.
info_outline Episode 140: Boris Khaykin 09/25/2017
Episode 140: Boris Khaykin Boris Khaykin (Improv vs. Standup, North Coast) is preparing to exchange living with a roommate for living with his girlfriend as we start this episode. He schools Sharon in the details of proper beard maintenance before the two imagine a Lasik intern getting paid in drink tickets. Comparing app dating to a video game follows (including the perils of bringing weirdos to work), and Boris wraps things up by telling of that time he livestreamed a show from a car.
info_outline Episode 139: Five Year Anniversary 09/11/2017
Episode 139: Five Year Anniversary And here you thought you were downloading some regular, workaday episode, huh? But no! This is a special, bonus-length CLIP SHOW! Join Sharon as she trips lightly down memory lane to celebrate five years of her podcastical chatacular. Featuring insights, anecdotes, and musings from the likes of (in alpha order): Lauren Conlin Adams, Michelle Buteau, Frank Conniff, Robert Dean, Amanda Duarte, Ophira Eisenberg, Naomi Ekperigin, Alex English, Jo Firestone, Lou Gonzalez, Jeff Hiller, Clark Jones, Mehran Khaghani, TJ Mannix, Isaac Oliver, Becky Yamamoto, and Rick Younger. Sharon is WEEAAARRRIN' those clips!
info_outline Episode 138: Yoni Lotan 08/28/2017
Episode 138: Yoni Lotan Emotions are based on experiences, so have an experience by listening to Yoni Lotan (The Instagram Show) in the guest star chair this time. He and Sharon have a discourse on all things "Air Bud", before Yoni tells of his experience having a kid watch him play Ballz on the subway. It's clean. Sharon then tells of the friends she's made on the same subway, before the two wrap things up by commiserating over having their buyout photos show up in advertisements and coupons and gift cards....
info_outline Episode 137: Carolyn Castiglia 08/14/2017
Episode 137: Carolyn Castiglia We're balancing the public and the private as Carolyn Castiglia (Right Now, Daughter Knows Best) has a seat in the guest star chair this time. Carolyn tells of how she was scooped by an antiques raider while trying to do something nice, right before she and Sharon launch a new company, covereddish(dot)com. Carolyn then remembers a string of remembrances as a waiter at Applebees, which leads, totally unconnected, to an imagining of Sharon's death.
info_outline Episode 136: Max Ash 07/31/2017
Episode 136: Max Ash Escape the Room expert Max Ash (Hot Bird, BEENG BOONG) is in the guest star chair this time, and explains his history with the genre - including the worst one he's done - with Sharon. He's also in a relationship for the first time in a moment, so waxes about that, which leads Sharon to wax about her boyfriend. The two then cover showtunes on the subway, surprise visits to friends, and the excitement of cans. Because, y'know, it's all about choices.
info_outline Episode 135: Katie Hartman 07/17/2017
Episode 135: Katie Hartman I'm sorry, but we're trying to apologize less as Sharon welcomes her FIRST REPEAT GUEST Katie Hartman (Gypsy Danger, Sweet Parents) to the show. Katie tells Sharon of her recent trip to LA. No one works there, y'know. Then there's a visit from a past teacher, Mrs. Werner, which leads to Sharon doing all of the voices. And, after an attempt to reach Leah Rudick on the phone, Sharon and Katie wind things up by discussing those who use signatures in texts and the general state of being underemployed.
info_outline Episode 134: John T. Reynolds 07/03/2017
Episode 134: John T. Reynolds There may be lots of John Reynoldses about, but we have the one and only John T. Reynolds (A Fistful of Babies) in the ol' guest star chair this time. He and Sharon play a little "Bible Drill" before discussing Disney World and how those big cartoon head performers are annoying. Sharon then shares her trick for walking and using a phone at the same time. The many joys of LA - Lyft, hikes, walking, celebrity graves - is covered next. Then the two wrap up by being woke and comparing painting and cartooning.
info_outline Episode 133: Timothy Dunn 06/19/2017
Episode 133: Timothy Dunn Timothy Dunn (Queerball) is Sharon's guest this time around, and he's fresh from an appearance at housing court. We'll let him tell you about it, and let him paint a picture of "Linda". He and Sharon also discuss pulling back from social media, and how we generally need to click it down a few to get back to normal speed. Sharon then discusses her recent trip to LA, before the two wind up discussing having to be open to at least try in love.