James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight

Sweating the Joke, Surprising Your Audience, and Fighting For Your Convictions - Playwright's Spotlight with Paul Greenberg

December 26, 2023 James Elden/Paul Greengberg Season 3 Episode 3
James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight
Sweating the Joke, Surprising Your Audience, and Fighting For Your Convictions - Playwright's Spotlight with Paul Greenberg
Show Notes

This was an absolute treat and a dream come true. Paul Greenberg from the sketch comedy troop The Vacant Lot honored me with ninety minutes of his time to come and talk shop. We discuss his pathway to success while performing onstage and then being cancelled in Canada as well as auditioning for SNL. We touch on what makes a good idea, how something always has to go wrong, and how a sketch must have a good ending. We also talk about the structure of sketch, the Canadien Dream, the history of Second City, doing your time and learning from the greats and how L.A. gets it wrong in the world of improv and sketch. Paul is chock full of knowledge and insight and shares his wisdom on how to be successful in the world of sketch comedy. I hope you have as much fun listening as I did recording this episode.  Enjoy!

To view the video format of this episode, visit -
https://youtu.be/XSAXIIUHYs4

Links mentioned in this episode -

The Brill Building -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brill_Building

Rita MacNeil -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_MacNeil

Ryerson Polytechnic University -
https://www.torontomu.ca

The Groundlings -
https://groundlings.com

Second City -
https://www.secondcity.com

Nichols and May -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKL1tNv__kU

The Vacant Lot -
https://www.youtube.com/@thevacantlot137

Websites and socials for Paul Greenberg -

Hanging with Doctor Z -
www.hangingwithdoctorz.com

IG - @paulgreenberg1
         @thesensationalrustysteele

Websites and socials for James Elden, PMP, and Playwright's Spotlight -

Punk Monkey Productions -
www.punkmonkeyproductions.com

PLAY Noir -
www.playnoir.com

PLAY Noir Anthology –
www.punkmonkeyproductions.com/contact.html

James Elden -
Twitter - @jameseldensauer
IG - @alakardrake
FB - fb.com/jameseldensauer

Punk Monkey Productions and PLAY Noir -
Twitter - @punkmonkeyprods
                  - @playnoirla
IG - @punkmonkeyprods
       - @playnoir_la
FB - fb.com/playnoir
        - fb.com/punkmonkeyproductions

Playwright's Spotlight -
Twitter - @wrightlightpod
IG - @playwrights_spotlight

Playwriting services through Los Angeles Collegiate Playwrights Festival
www.losangelescollegiateplaywrightsfestival.com/services.html

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