Podcast: ‘It’s All True!’ Episode 23, with comedian Kevin Mullaney


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Kevin Mullaney (UCB, iO) discusses his journey in the world of comedy and the differences between improv institutions from coast to coast. Host, Tim Barnes notes his own failed attempts at improv and comments on the seeming separation between stand-ups and improvisers in Chicago. It all ends with a hilarious true story.

Kevin Mullaney

Kevin has taught improvisation for 17 years, first for iO Theater, then for the UCB Theatre in New York and now for the newly formed Under the Gun Theater in Chicago. He is the Artistic Director of Under the Gun Theater and the Chicago Improv Festival, the host of the IRC Improv Podcast and the webmaster of the Improv Resource Center. He is the former Artistic Director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, where he also served as the chief administrator of their training program. He directed numerous improv shows for the UCB Theater including “Tracers”, “Retraced”, “Individually Wrapped”, and “The Swarm in Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain”. He is the creator of Cage-Match and the Annual 3 on 3 Tournament at UCB. He is also an actor who has appeared in shows by Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, WildClaw, Will Act For Food and Caffeine Theatre. He can be seen performing Mullaney Chain, an improv show that closes Hump Night.


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Tim Barnes is TWJ's Senior Post Racial Correspondent. He's an L.A. born Chicago based comic who’s writing about himself in the third person right now. The Chicago Tribune described him as “a smooth wordsmith who is sharp, polished and confident…” He hosts TouchVision TV's weekly conversational storytelling podcast, "It’s All True!" (photo credit: Honk Honk Photography)