Cheers, Stomps & Whistles

Well, well, well...hello there! Welcome to a very special description of a very special bonus episode of WhatsaPodcast.

This week, I had the pleasure to speak with two lovely ladies - Jean Schwartz & Claire Gordon-Harper. Jean (writer/director/producer) and Claire (actress/producer) reached out to me and asked if they could come on the show and chat about their upcoming film The Average Girl's Guide to Suicide (aka...TAGGTS).

...of course I said yes!

After a failed suicide attempt, Sarah joins a group of suicide survivors in a hospital psychiatric unit.  Their secret group’s goal is to help each other successfully complete suicide. But an inspiring therapist and a budding romance make Sarah question, does she want to live or die?

Jean, Claire and the rest of the TAGGTS team are still in the early stages of development on this project and they'd like your help! On March 23rd, 2015, they will start a crowd-funding campaign on their website to help raise money for the film. Please donate if you can!

This is honestly one of the most amazing and insightful talks I've had in the year and a half that we've been doing the show - it's amazing and I really hope you all enjoy!

Lastly, talk to each-other and ask for help if you feel like you need it. You're not alone.


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What's going on, honey-buns!

Welcome to the award winning* WhatsaPodcast description! I'm Ryan and I'll be your guide...not through life or nothin', just through these next couple of paragraphs. Think you can handle everything after we're done?

...are you sure?

Okay - great!

This week on the podcast, I had the amazing opportunity to the wonderfully nice and funny, Gregory "Greg" Nix! Greg and I chat at length about comedy, improv, taking time for yourself and how damn weird it is to be on a podcast, because, let's be's pretty weird!

I sincerely hope you all enjoy this little convo we've cooked up and I sincerely hope you check out Greg and his team Johnny Law at their show, Johnny Law Presents: The Lockdown, every Monday night at The Clubhouse in Los Angeles. Do it!

Lastly, please remember to subscribe to the show - it helps us out and it helps you out! Also, if you like what you hear, feel free to write an itty bitty review in iTunes. It helps save goldfish from children...we all remember Finding Nemo, don't we?

Is that it? I think that's it!


TAGS: comedy, podcast, funny, improv, improvisation, game of thrones, tv, television, entertainment, entertainment industry, florida, grandparents, conversation, greg nix, comedian, bits, lawyer, parents, siblings, singing, opera, communication, communicate, jokes, dynamic, intimate, vulnerable, vulnerability, community, scenes, stage, third person, perspective, arizona, awe inspiring, inspiration, los angeles, la, hollywood, zoo, ocean, space, fear, intimacy, scared, complex, complexities, movies, unbreakable jimmy schmidt, dreams, ambition, ucb upright citizens brigade, creation, life, death, love, wtf with marc maron, you made it weird with pete holmes

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Jake Jabbour chats with Ryan this week on Cheers, Stomps & Whistles.

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What's happening spooky snakes!

Welcome to WhatsaPodcast - it's so so so so SO freaking lovely to have you; we have a great episode planned! Did I use that semicolon correctly? I think I did, but...on second thought, maybe not...



Seriously though - this episode is a-m-a-z-i-n-g-!

I (Boring Ryan) got the opportunity to chat with the wonderfully funny, sweet and talented Craig Bullock (esteemed guest). We spoke at length about work, the stresses of Los Angeles, comedy, health and whether or not ghosts are real. Spoiler alert...they are...seriously.

I sincerely hope you kids enjoy this episode! As always, thank you so much for listening - it really does mean a lot <3


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What's happening friends and family and friends and family and friends of friends who also happen to be family of family of once removed friends...I'll stop.

Welcome to the one and only WhatsaPodcast description staring ME, Ryan (Description) Middledorf! Today, we have a doozy of a show - that's right...a one-of-a-kind, amazing, wonderful, fantastic doozy and I sincerely hope you kids enjoy!

This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with the very funny, very kind, very conversational Brian T. Arnold! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! Brian and I chit-chat about many different walks of life - from improv, to West Virginia, to driving to how to make the perfect ommelette...that's right, you may just learn something today!

ANYWAYS - please enjoy this conversation and don't forget to drop a dollar in the bucket on the way out. It's how we make rent!

Lots of love and hugs and lovers of hugs who also like loves,

TAGS: podcast, comedy, funny, improv, improvisation, ucb, upright citizens brigade, io, improv olympic, writing, x men, mask, television, tv show, snl, saturday night live, working, jobs, life, risks, wtf with marc maron, you made it weird with pete holmes, brian t arnold, religion

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What's going on, friendly faces and friendly feet...what?

I'm Ryan and you, right now, are reading the WhatsaPodcast description! That's right, congratulations - you've made it! Little known fact, the key to human excellency lies in this short two paragraph thingamagig.

...also, that is not true! I'm a liar!

In all seriousness, welcome to the podcast - it's lovely to have you. This week, I sat down with myself to talk about me (ridiculous, I know). Me myself and I chat about that state of the Whatsa-Union, what's going on in my world, how we got here, where we're going, is ice cream really better than frozen yogurt and so so so much more!

Forewarning, if you don't like my intros, then you'll absolutely hate this episode! Seriously - it's like a 45-minute intro, hehe...ANYWAYS.

This podcast has really been one of the most amazing and fun things I have ever done in my entire life and I see no end in sight! Keep listening, keep loving and keep rocking in the free world!


TAGS: podcast, comedy, interview, funny, improv, improvisation, year end review, review, jobs, hair, hair extensions, ucb, upright citizens brigade, josh simpson, b and c presents, music, coaching, coach, love, breakup, life, los angeles, la, hollywood, studios, wtf with marc maron, you made it weird with pete holmes, cooking, whatsapodcast, ryan middledorf, february, birthday, holiday, milestones, rental, apartments, roommates, persevere

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What's happening, people and sheeple...ewww...people sheep? Weird.

ANYWAYS - welcome to a brand spankin' new episode of WhatsaPodcast! That's right...I said "spankin'".

This week, I had the lovely opportunity to chat with one of the greatest, busiest, funniest and smartest comedians around - Mark David Christenson. Yeah - three names...can you believe it?!

MDC and I had a lovely-little conversation about many a thing: acting, comedy, performing, comic books, death - you name it! Seriously - name it!

This was a really great talk and I sincerely hope you all enjoy it. ALSO, please be sure to check out the I Will Watch Anything Once podcast - available for your earholes now - on iTunes!

Love you kids,

TAGS: comedy, improv, podcast, interview, conversation, comedian, acting, actor, audition, life, struggle, goal, frustration, perfect, perfection, perfectionist, problems, ira glass, writing, envy, material, advice, childhood, children, star wars, teenage mutant ninja turtles, imagination, grounded, diddy, p diddy, puff daddy, commercial, work, working, hard work, set, hollywood, la, los angeles, puppy, puppy delivery, luxury, driver, driving, road trip, cars, walking, biking, bike, bicycle, comics, comic books, superhero, spider-man, batman, captain america, marvel, mcu, marvel cinematic universe, kevin feige, creativity, movies, school, college, favorite movies, i will watch anything once, hollywood video, death, what happens after you die, hawaii, memory, memory loss feedback, headphones, wtf with marc maron, you made it weird with pete holmes

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Fan Club Comedy chats with Ryan on an all new Cheers, Stomps & Whistles.

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Hey there happy campers…that’s such a dad thing do say.

ANYWAYS - I hope you all have been lovely - are you good? You seem good…you seem happy. I like that!

This week on the podcast, I got the chance to talk to the wonderfully funny and charming, Joe Cabello. Joe and I dive into comedy, bad shows, picking yourself up and the excitement of backing yourself into a creative corner.

Be sure to check out Joe all around the LA improv community and on his comedy website:

Love you kids!
- Ryan

TAGS: podcast, comedy, interview, laziness, creativity, website, funny, silly, ucb, upright citizens brigade, time, effort, writing, improv, improvisation, stage, bombing on stage, bombing, acting, actor, los angeles, hollywood, how to survive, move to los angeles, performing, decision, scuba, scuba diving, clam shucking, parents, adolescence, childhood, adulthood, boyhood, ventura, support, happiness, happy, stand up, stand up comedy, hot improv, longshot improv, money, teaching, coaching, coach, pot, weed, quitting work, working, wtf with marc maron, you made it weird with pete holmes

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What's happening peeps!

...don't you just love peeps?

ANYWAYS - welcome, one and all, it is lovely to have your eyeballs whilst you read this description. I sincerely hope you

This week on WhatsaPodcast, I had the opportunity to talk to the very lovely and talented Rose O'Shea. Rose is a comedian in the Los Angeles indie improv scene and is all kinds of funny! She is also an experienced director - you can find some of her work here: Lady Astronaut.

You can also see her preform with her team Secrets at their show - the S.O.S. Comedy Show every other Sunday at the Clubhouse.

In this episode we chat about everything under the sun that includes but is definitely not limited to: kayaking, fishing, wilderness...hunting? Swordsmanship, basket weaving and of course lollipop manufacturing.

...nah - we didn't talk about any of that, but we DID talk about all the stuff below. Hooray!!!

Love you kids
- Ryan

TAGS: interview, comedy, funny, comedian, rose o’shea, improv, improvisation, conversation, avocado, sushi, superfood, super food, food, healthy, tattoo, ucb, upright citizens brigade, the clubhouse, los angeles, la, hollywood, podcast, fish, beta fish, animals, monsters inc., movies, disney, disneyland, harryhausen, harry hausen, cat, kangaroo, tree kangaroo, spirit animal, lady astronaut, ladyastronaut, yak, secrets, sos comedy show, seahawks, portland, seattle, thomas o’brine, nfl, national football league, Massachusetts, rome, study abroad, italian, living in room, weed, marijuana, drugs, culture, culture immersion, life lessons, north carolina, south carolina, the south, southern states, wtf with marc maron, you made it weird with pete holmes, stability, older, growing up, directing, acting, writing, traveling, skydiving, groundlings, circus, listening, being a better person, apartment, apartment hunting, real estate

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