Episode 83 with Amy Howerska
April 20th, 2021
Surviving Smash or Bomb Comedy with Amy Howerska
Amy Howerska is an award winning comedian and comedy writer who has finally hit her stride on stage, but it wasn't always so easy. Listen as she shares stories of the times when audiences hated her and explains why bombing is glorious and how to get something produced on T.V. Come and see Amy headlining live at The Comedy Edge on the Oakland waterfront, May 1st - click here to get tickets!
Amy Howerska is an award winning stand-up comedian and writer. She has established herself as a unusual and idiosyncratic voice on the UK comedy circuit. She works internationally at festivals in Europe and Australia as well as writing extensively for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Wales. Her first television pilot through BBC writers room The Outsiders aired on BBC 2 on the 10th of October 2018. In 2020 she signed on with Rockerdale studios to develop her own sitcom Drop Zone Kidz. Find out more at www.AmyHowerska.com
Holly Shaw, CHT is a performance coach, creativity researcher and stand up comedian and has spent a lifetime in film, T.V. and on professional stages all over the world as an actor, dancer, and director. She has helped hundreds of artists, from Emmy award winning and Grammy nominated artists to world class choreographers overcome their anxiety, stage fright, impostor syndrome, and creative blocks so that they can create original work and totally crush it on stage again and again without feeling like they're selling out or losing their sanity.
In 2016, Shaw wrote and published, The Creative Formula which has become an Amazon bestseller and in 2020 published her second book, Making Art In The Middle of Madness which has become a #1 New Release. The Performers & Creators Lab podcast was named one of 2019's most outstanding podcasts by Databird Research. She teaches regularly at the Screen Actors Guild Conservatories in L.A. and SF and produces The Comedy Edge showcase in Oakland, CA where she lives with her son. Follow her on Instagram to stay up to date: @hollyshawspritely
Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano and musical saw. “Hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” says the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His extensive scoring catalogue spans a wide range of emotion and style.
Dan’s compositions for film and television have earned him numerous awards including an Emmy Award for KQED’s Home-Front,a Golden Gate award for the soundtrack to the documentary Divided Loyalties, and an Annie nomination for his work on three seasons of Cartoon Network’s the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
His Orchestral music was recently featured by the Oakland Symphony, and his chamber music was performed at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the arts, and in Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Dan also recently composed a suite of choral music performed by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as part of their yearly concert series. Visit bellowhead.com
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