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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets "WTF" but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Oct 20, 2014

Guest: Warren Phynix Johnson. Equity actor, improviser, comedian, and maker of the finest hybrid mattress rap music video eva



4:35 - Nilsa’s headshot/comp. card saga continues and gets more expensive

7:55 - Warren gets real about how the longer he acts, the looser he gets

12:40 - Bryn update:  he's been meeting with a potential writing partner

20:40 - Bryn and Nilsa attended Dan Harmon's live podcast recording and had a great time talking with Spencer

27:00 - if you ever want to have an air sex competition the people can be quite the sticklers

28:30 - Pop-up sex book

38:45 - Warren got his first paycheck when he was 14 - from being in a play called "Kids are People, Too" that toured at various schools; he played Scrooge

42:46 - Warren went to AMDA, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy 

43:00 - Warren went to Ohio for a while and took a break from performing, as college ended early for him

44:17 - Warren was the first intern for "T.J. and Dave”

46:45 - Warren's dad encouraged him to move back to Chicago and do theatre for a living and then his dad died. Warren kept his promise 

47:15 - IO gave Warren free classes and the rest is history

47:57 - Warren still does video work with Second City 

48:32 - See Warren's show, "Bastards of the Underground" at IO at 11:59 pm on Saturday nights and there's a taco bar, too!

53:49 - other things Warren has going on right now:  show at ComedySportz on Nov. 6th  and one with his all African-American group, "Blackout" and "Stealing from the King" about Stephen King with Awful People and another music video

55:35 - how Warren and Laura met - at "Bully:  The Hip Hop Musical” 

1:00:20 - As the teacher, Warren would do lessons involving lyrics from popular songs that students identified with, such as "Beez in the Trap," by Nicki Minaj 

1:09:49 - How Warren became an Equity actor by touring with Second City

1:23:12 - Warren may visit NY soon and get Bryn and Nilsa in to the Saturday Night Live after party!

1:25:17 - Warren worked with "Pimprov" - he played the role of Papa Bear the pimp 

1:27:09 - Warren was in "Touch 'n Dix," a web series, in which he played a drug dealer who pulls a gun on a cartoon parrot. 

1:33:12 - "What is Laura Wearing?" segment 


Podcast notes by Laura Scruggs with editing from Jake Scruggs

Our outro music, "Everything's Coming Up Roses,” is performed by Klea Blackhurst and written by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim