After nearly a two year absence, Black and A Half returns with a Christmas Special, with guest Jack Ballard. Will this be a return of the most notorious comedy stable in the Seattle comedy scene? Or will they be regulating themselves to special event broadcasts? Listen up and find out. Subscribe to the Black and a Half podcast on iTunes.
The year kicks off with another great episode with special guest, comedian Matt Black. Matt is the man behind DrHeckle.com, an internet humor website that commonly posts humorous pics before they make it to mainstream websites.
About Matt Black
Matt Black (aka Dr. Heckle) is a comedian, writer, and actor from Seattle, Washington.
He started comedy at 12 years old when he drew a comic strip for his school paper. After years of drawing and writing “funnies” for various newspapers and magazines, he started the critically acclaimed comedy website “Dr. Heckle” in 2005.
His unique, imaginative joke writing and intense passion for making people laugh sent him down the path of stand-up comedy. He recently won the Darrell’s Invitational Comedy Competition and was a finalist in the 2012 Joke Off Comedy Competition. He regularly performs at comedy clubs, casinos, and theaters. He currently produces and performs at “Heckle’s Comedy Show,” with acts every week from across North America.
Most recently you may have seen him in a commercial for Conair razor’s “Get the Edge” ad campaign. Recognized as one of the hardest working comics on the scene, you won’t want to miss a performance from this up and coming bright star in the world of comedy.
On this episode of Black & A Half, Manny Martin and Silas Lindenstein sit down with Lorraine Montez, actor and producer, as she gets ready for the release of her new web series “Locally Grown.” They have a very fun and great talk about putting together this fun web series, discuss the recent Cheerios commercial, and they get into a deep discussion about out of body experiences.
About The Guest
Lorraine Montez possesses extensive professional credits in film and theater. She is the founder of Abundant Productions and works her expertise as executive producer, producer, director, writer, and marketing goddess. She has also worked as an executive producer, producer, writer, UPM or AD for numerous indie productions in Seattle and surrounding areas. Her most recent endeavor is producing for Abundant’s web series Locally Grown and moderating Abundant Story Playground – and experiential experience for writers to strengthen scripts in progress and actors to strengthen character skills. Lorraine also has more than 15 years of experience as a professional acting coach. In addition to her film work, Lorraine is an award-winning communications professional with more than 13 years of experience in marketing, writing, media relations and conceptual and business development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Three-Camera Technique Certificate from Los Angeles Valley College, and a PR Certificate from University of Washington.
In this fabulous episode of Black & A Half, Manny and Silas sit down with actor, director, and theater reviewer Jay Irwin! Jay talks with them about being a Seattle reviewer and the complications that go with also being a local actor. They also talk extensively about the Seattle web series he is an actor in Chop Socky Boom, a hilarious comedy which just successfully funded a Kickstarter for its second season.
About the Guest
This episode of Black & A Half with Manny Martin & Silas Lindenstein, they sit down with the creative team of Matt’s Chance Director/co-writer Nicholas Gyeney & co-writer/actor Edi Zanidache. They chatted about the making of the movie, fun times with fellow cast member Gary Busey, and what films they are looking forward to this summer.
Here’s a trailer for the movie Matt’s Chance.
Edi Z can be compared to an exciting carnival ride that will never end but won’t make you sick. A weird all around artist that employs comedic energy upon a crowd like some sort of comedy wizard. Or a lion ready to pounce on a helpless audience with his claws of humor. A giant humanoid can of Redbull that raps comedic flows so fast and so hard you’ll feel a cool breeze of astonishment.
Born in Romania, based in Seattle, Edi Zanidache can be seen performing all over the United States at comedy clubs and theaters. Apart from stand up comedy you can find Edi working/performing his latest projects in Seattle from sketch comedy, comedic raps, slam poetry, and even two comic strips THOSE DARN ZOMBIES! and The Stickmen Revolution. Edi has also just finished co-writing/acting in a movie called “Matt’s Chance” starring Edward Furlong, Lee Majors, Margot Kidder, Gary Busey, and Seattle Seahawk’s own Marshawn Lynch coming out in 2013.
Another episode of Black & A Half with hosts Manny Martin and Silas Lindenstein. This episode is an extended edition because of it’s double size in guests. The team of Mighty Tripod Productions made up of married Seattle acting couple David S. Hogan and Angela Dimarco join them for this installment. Mighty Tripod Productions is a Seattle based production company and they also teach acting classes for film and theater. They have a lot of students who may listen to this, so be warned; Manny and Silas get them to swear! They talk about how they got into acting, what it is like to work in films, do auditions, and we find out interesting things like which Superpower they’d rather have. Enjoy!
About the Guests
Mighty Tripod Productions was partly inspired by our cancer-fighting tripod canine, Vida. Vida persevered and fought osteosarcoma for 15 months, thriving happily for longer than expected. Her journey, and this theme of perseverance, resonated with us and our own paths as artists. We believe that the Actor must have the strength to persevere through trials and tribulations, as well as proper actor training which will allow their unique talents to emerge. Mighty Tripod Productions is committed to helping actors succeed by providing educational opportunities and production services (short film, screenplay readings, play readings, and more) to the northwest Actor.
This episode we sat down with Ashley Cozine, actor and producer for the web series Look Up In The Sky. Manny and Silas talked to her about her web series, the life of an LA Actor, how technology has advanced, the current Seattle film market, they each discuss their 5 desert island movies, and Manny and Silas try and get on her show.
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About the Guest
Ashley Cozine is an actor currently working in Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Her short films “Dessert and Suicide” and “On the Mountain” were featured in Tacoma Film Festival and Local Sightings Film Festival, respectively, and feature film “A Perfect Life” was seen at Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Catch her in newly released web series “Look Up in the Sky” as Samantha Vaughn, a woman set out to reclaim her past and solve the 10 year old cold case of a disappearing teen. Find Ashley online at her Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ActressAshleyCozine
Black & A Half; some episodes are hilarious, some are insightful, and some are just damn sexy. This is all three! Manny and Silas got a chance to sit down and talk to the intelligent and sexy burlesque dancer, Lana Milk-n-Honey. They discussed how she got into burlesque dancing, the life of a kinda geeky burlesque gal, her move up to Seattle from LA where she was pursuing acting, and her and Silas share strange stories of being parents. Manny tries to figure out how to get into a movie while Lana tries to get him to do Boy-lesque. Lana will be performing in the upcoming May 18th show – Comedy Trek: Into Laughter as an Orion Slave Girl.
About the Guest
Lana Milk-n-Honey,”the six foot sex pot” is one intense performer. From nerd to neo this burlesque showgirl can give you what you want and things you never knew you did. She’ll charm you with her smile and make you week in the knees with sheer power. A classically trained actress and makeup artist help to make for a memorable performance. Lana is a member of Lady Lux burlesque an troupe working out of Darrell’s in shoreline. If that wasn’t enough she’s partnered with fellow academy of burlesque graduate Czech Mate to start Blonde Ambitions productions, June 14th look for I love the 80′s burlesque. You can reach Lana at firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook and lanamilnhoney.com website to up and running soon!
On this episode of Black & A Half, Manny and Silas sit down with the hilarious author, Jacqui Brown. Jacqui talked about her newest book Drop Your Parachute, Not Your Party Pants!. Jacqui was very motivating and inspiring as a Canadian turned Mexican commercial actress, turned successful self-published author.
About the Guest
This episode of Black & A Half features Author C.J. West. C.J. is an author living in Massachusetts. He discovered our podcast and loved it so much he contacted us to get on. This is our first ever interview via Skype, so please forgive the oddness that comes from not being able to see the person we are interviewing. We talked to him about his life as a self-published author, acting in murder mysteries, his early life trying to become a golfer, and Manny tries (again) to get a part in a movie.
About the Guest
C.J. West is the author of seven suspense novels including The End of Marking
Time and Sin and Vengeance, which was optioned into development for film
by Beantown Productions, LLC (screenplay by Marla Cukor). C.J. blogs at
www.cjwestkills.wordpress.com. You can also find him at www.22wb.com or at