Improv Yak

Improv Yak is an improv podcast hosted by improv teacher and Los Angeles improviser, Carla Cackowski. Each week Carla interviews an improviser about a specific technique that she admires in their performance and at the end of the show, Carla and guest improvise a scene in which Carla attempts to utilize the technique they discussed. Guests range from seasoned improvisers to first year improv students.
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Dec 23, 2015

In episode number seventeen of Improv Yak, Carla yaks with the Artistic Director of Curious Comedy Theater, Stacey Hallal. They discuss the Portland improv scene, CORE (characterization, objective, relationship, environment), and improvise a scene as father and son.

Dec 14, 2015

In Episode 16 of Improv Yak, Carla yaks with Marc Warzecha about the different approaches he takes to teaching improv, coaching improv, and directing sketch shows through improvisation. They also speak about Marc’s love of political satire, his improv group with his buddies from Detroit (313), and challenging himself to be okay with failing. OH, and Viola Spolin!

Dec 9, 2015

In Episode 15 of Improv Yak, Carla yaks with Paul F. Tompkins about his heightened listening skills, his comedic influences, and his desire to stay present and live in the moment both onstage and off.

Dec 7, 2015

In Episode 14 of Improv Yak, Carla yaks with Ithamar Enriquez, an improviser and solo performer in Los Angeles.  They talk about playing the silence of a scene and then improvise a scene about two teens on a date in the backseat of a car.  Also, Muppets are discussed.  MUPPETS.

Dec 4, 2015

In Episode #13, Carla yaks with four different students at the beginning of their improv studies. 

Dec 2, 2015

In Episode 12 of Improv Yak, Carla talks improv with co-director of OTRimprov in Cincinnati, Kat Smith.

Nov 26, 2015

In Episode #11 of Improv Yak, Carla sits down with her friend Dwayne Colbert for a conversation about directing improvisers.  They also discuss auditioning for a Nerdist House Team, diversity in the Los Angeles comedy scene, and then Carla goes blue in their improv scene (these things happen sometimes).

Nov 18, 2015

In Episode 10 of Improv Yak, Janet Varney discusses vulnerability in improv and the ins and outs of producing the San Francisco Sketchfest.  

Nov 11, 2015

When Carla was recently in New York City, she sat down to yak with the Artistic Director of Magnet Theater, Megan Gray.  They yak'd about the importance of having fun in improvisation and improvised a scene featuring a couple of film geeks.

Nov 9, 2015

Carla sits down with her buddy Mark Gagliardi to discuss how he applies his training as an actor to improvisation.

Nov 4, 2015

In Episode 7, Carla speaks to LA comedian and actress Amy Phillips about using improv to create characters and generate content for the web.

Nov 2, 2015

Carla discusses specificity in improvisation with improviser and improv teacher, Craig Cackowski.  

Oct 28, 2015

Carla speaks to Todd Cooper, a newer improviser in the Los Angeles scene, about the blocks he has been feeling as he navigates the techniques he has learned over the last year.

Oct 27, 2015

In the fourth episode of Improv Yak, Carla chats with improviser James Mastraieni about his philosophy on the role of “straight man” in a comedic scene.

Oct 25, 2015

In the third episode of Improv Yak, Carla chats with Jean Villepique about her use of emotion when performing improv comedy.

Oct 25, 2015

In the second episode of Improv Yak, Carla chats with Drew Droege about commitment in improvisation and how he applies it in his work as a performer.

Oct 25, 2015

In the first episode of Improv Yak, Carla chats with Amanda Blake Davis about character point of view and how she applies it when improvising.