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Friday, December 18, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 41: The 2009 Holiday Extravaganza

On a very special edition of Host and Guest, Rick celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with a cavalcade of guests including Ira Glass, Chuck Klosterman, Bob Odenkirk, Jimmy Pardo, Andy Daly, Matt Belknap, Dan Wilson, Morgan Taylor, Nathan Rabin, TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi, Team Submarine, Matt Braunger, The Found Footage Festival, Tom Fuchs, Lee Rowley, Aaron Kopec, and Dick Chudnow

If you'd like to support Host and Guest and want something more tangible than the hours of audio entertainment, please purchase Rick Katschke's first book "Mark Sanders' Tangential September" available for purchase at: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/mark-sanders-tangential-september/6123477

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 40: Josh Modell

On the 40th episode of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by Josh Modell from the Onion A.V. Club and Spin Magazine. The A.V. Club has just released their second book, titled "Inventory. For more information on Inventory, be sure to check out: http://www.avclub.com/inventorybook/

You can read Josh's work at http://www.avclub.com/ and at http://www.spin.com/writers/josh-modell

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 39: Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold)

On this edition of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by Morgan Taylor, the singer, songwriter and illustrator behind Gustafer Yellowgold. For more information about Gustafer Yellowgold, be sure to visit http://www.gustaferyellowgold.com/. The songs sampled on this episode are from Gustafer Yellowgold's Wide Wild World.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 38: Aaron Kopec

On this edition of the show, Rick is joined by Aaron Kopec of the Alchemist Theatre. Aaron is the director of their current production "Dracula: The Undead", which runs Thursdays-Saturdays until November 7th. Tickets for the show can be purchased at http://www.alchemisttheatre.com/index.cfm?fuse=viewShow&showId=65

For more information about the Alchemist, be sure to visit http://bayviewlounge.com and http://www.alchemisttheatre.com/index.cfm?fuse=home

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 37: Jeremy Messersmith

On the thirty seventh edition of Host and Guest (THIRTY-SEVEN!?), Rick is joined by Twin Cities singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith. You can check out Jeremy's music at his website http://jeremymessersmith.com/. Sign up for his mailing list and you'll get a free digital copy of his first album, The Alcatraz Kid. Due to rising noise in the original recording spot, there is an edit midway through the interview as locations were shifted.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 36: Dan Wilson

For the one year anniversary of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by Grammy winning singer-songwriter Dan Wilson. Dan Wilson is a member of the band Semisonic that created the hit single "Closing Time". He was also a member of the band Trip Shakespeare. For more information on Dan, be sure to visit his website http://www.danwilsonmusic.com/

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 35: Matt Besser

On this edition of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by Matt Besser of the Upright Citizen's Brigade. This was recorded in advance of the Del Close Marathon in August.

For more information, be sure to check out http://mattbesser.com/ and http://www.ucbtheatre.com/ and http://www.ucbcomedy.com/ and http://www.uprightcitizens.org/

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 34: Joe Dante

On this historic edition of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by his favorite film director Joe Dante. Joe's directed films such as Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace, The Howling, Matinee, The 'burbs, Explorers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Small Soldiers. His new film is called The Hole and will be in theaters in 2010. Be sure to check out Joe's project, Trailers From Hell at http://trailersfromhell.com/

Also, this episode contains the first ever Host and Guest contest. Count how many teams I say "special screening" and e-mail me at hostandguest AT gmail.com The first person with the correct amount wins a special Host and Guest Prize!

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 33: Joe Ewert

On the thirty-third edition of Host and Guest, a sick Rick Katschke bids farewell to his friend, sports writer Joe Ewert before Joe relocates to Iowa.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 32: Nathan Rabin

On the 32nd edition of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by Nathan Rabin, the head writer of the Onion AV Club (http://www.avclub.com/). Nathan is also the author of the book The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You By Pop Culture (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Rewind-Memoir-Brought-Culture/dp/1416556206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248482842&sr=8-1)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 31: Matt Braunger

Rick is joined by comedian Matt Braunger who just released his debut album Soak Up the Night. For more information about Matt, be sure to visit his website http://www.mattbraunger.com/ You can also check out his show with Matt Dwyer, MATTs Radio at http://www.mattsradio.com/

Soak Up the Night is available for download at both Amazon and iTunes.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 30: TJ and Dave

On the 30th edition of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi...the two men that behind the "World's Greatest Improv Duo" - Rick Katschke, Host and Guest.

A documentary about the pair, Trust Us, This is All Made Up, recently was shown at the SXSW Film Festival. For more information about TJ and Dave, visit their website http://tjanddave.com/ and for more information about the film, visit http://www.trustusfilm.com/index.html.

You can also purchase individual TJ and Dave shows of their performances at the iO by getting in touch with Aadam Jacobs through http://www.myspace.com/tjanddavedvds If you're interested, the show they did after the interview is from 7/1/2009 and titled "Used Car Salesmen"

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 29: Dick Chudnow

Rick is joined by the founder of Comedysportz, Dick Chudnow as he prepares for the upcoming Comedysportz Tournament in Milwaukee from July 9th-11th.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 28: John Hartman

Rick is joined by Chicago performer and improviser John Hartman, who is finishing up the run of his one-man show "Your Friends and Enemies" at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 27: Davy Rothbart

Rick is joined by Davy Rothbart, the point guard for the incredible Found Magazine. You can submit your own found treasures to the magazine through their website http://foundmagazine.com/ . I spoke to Davy at the Lakeshore Theater in Chicago in the midst of his tour promoting the new Found book, Requiem for a Paper Bag (http://www.amazon.com/Requiem-Paper-Bag-Celebrities-Civilians/dp/1416560548)

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 26: Drew Steck

Rick is joined by his co-star from the Internet's Maximum Potential and frequent collaborator Drew Steck.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 25: Susan Messing

Rick is joined by Susan Messing of Second City, the iO and the Annoyance Theater. Susan currently stars in her own show Messing With a Friend, which can be seen Thursday nights at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago. For more information about Messing With a Friend, check this out: http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/messingwithafriend/index.shtml. For more information about Susan, she is on Facebook and Myspace, both viable options for social networking.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 24: Greg Proops

Rick is joined by comedian, actor, voice actor and improviser Greg Proops. Greg will have a new album out on AST Records later this year. You can follow what Greg is up to over at his website, http://gregproops.com/

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 23: Eef Barzelay

Rick is joined by musician Eef Barzelay of the band Clem Snide. Eef's sophomore solo album "Lose Big" was released in 2008, while the latest Clem Snide disc "Hungry Bird" arrived in February. For more information, check out the following: http://www.myspace.com/clemsnide

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 22: Joe Bill

Rick is joined by Joe Bill of the improv duo Bassprov. Joe has performed all over the country and was a founding member of the Annoyance Theater. For more information, check out Bassprov at http://www.myspace.com/bassprov. You can also check out Joe's personal myspace at http://www.myspace.com/mrjoebill

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 21: Matt Belknap

On the 21st edition of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by Matt Belknap, the producer of the hit podcast Never Not Funny. Matt also started the website www.aspecialthing.com and its record label, AST Records. For more information on Never Not Funny, be sure to visit www.pardcast.com

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 20: Tom Fuchs (part 2 of 2)

Tom Fuchs of CHUD.com fame returns to finish what he started. But will he? Can he?

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 19: Tom Fuchs (part 1 of 2)

Rick is joined by CHUD.com writer Tom Fuchs in the first half of an exciting two-part interview.
You can check out Tom's reviews at www.chud.com

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 18: Broadminded

After a multi-week layoff, Host and Guest returns with its first ever female guests: Melissa Kingston and Megan McGee of the Milwaukee sketch comedy group Broadminded. Broadminded will be performing at the Alchemist Theater with their new show Blue Plate Special through March 14th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.alchemisttheatre.com
For more information about Broadminded, visit http://broadmindedcomedy.com/

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 17: Eddie Furman

Rick is joined by Second City Alum and Annoyance Theater co-founder Eddie Furman. Eddie co-wrote the upcoming Second City Chicago production "Rod Blagojevich Superstar". Tickets for the show can be purchased at http://www.secondcity.com/ Eddie also writes and stars in videos by the New Beveraging Federation which can be viewed at http://www.funnyordie.com/newbeveragingfederation

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 16: Mick Napier

On the sixteenth edition of the show, Rick is joined by Mick Napier of the Annoyance Theater in Chicago. Mick has also directed numerous revues at Second City in Chicago, along with the feature film Fatty Drives the Bus. His book "Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out" is a wonderful tool for advanced improvisers. For more information about Mick and The Annoyance Theater, visit http://www.micknapier.com or http://www.theannoyance.com

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 15: Brad Gage

On the fifteenth edition of Host and Guest, Rick is joined by rising upstart filmmaker Brad Gage.

You can check out Brad on the television series Off The Wire at http://offthewire.tv

His film Hard Tough Kill Time can be viewed on Youtube:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSqqTb5YRMw
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUOznBfqvyw&feature=related

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 14: Team Submarine with Paul Brittain

Rick is joined by Nate Fernald and Steve O'Brien of the comedy duo Team Submarine. You can learn more about them by visiting their website http://www.teamsubmarine.net/

In addition, comedian Paul Brittain makes a cameo appearance. For more information about Mr. Brittain's show -"Sex" Ed Vincent - at the Improv Olympic, visit http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/64

SEPTEMBER 2010 UPDATE: Paul Brittain is now a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Cool, huh?

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Episode Guide

Beginning with the most recent edition of Host and Guest, here's a link to each episode's page where you'll find a description of the episode and its corresponding MP3.

(9-27-08) Episode 1: Chester French http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/09/host-and-guest-episode-1-da-wallach-of.html

(10-5-08) Episode 2: Jimmy Pardo http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/10/episode-2-jimmy-pardo.html

(10-12-08) Episode 3: The Sklar Brothers http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/10/episode-3-sklar-brothers.html

(10-19-08) Episode 4: Chris Hardwick http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/10/host-and-guest-episode-4-chris-hardwick.html

(10-27-08) Episode 5: The Found Footage Festival http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/10/host-and-guest-episode-5-found-footage.html

(11-3-08) Episode 6: The Alloy Orchestra http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/11/host-and-guest-episode-6-alloy.html

(11-10-08) Episode 7: D. Kent Watson http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/11/episode-7-d-kent-watson.html

(11-18-08) Episode 8: John Munson http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/11/host-and-guest-episode-8-john-munson.html

(11-30-08) Episode 9: Patrick Schmitz http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/11/host-and-guest-episode-9-patrick.html

(12-8-08) Episode 10: Stella http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/12/episode-10-stella-david-wain-michael.html

(12-15-08) Episode 11: Glen Phillips http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/12/host-and-guest-episode-11-glen-phillips.html

(12-25-08) Holiday Edition 2008 with the Robot Breakdancing Union http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/12/host-and-guest-holiday-edition-2008.html

(12-30-08) Episode 12: Tom Clark http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2008/12/host-and-guest-episode-12-tom-clark.html

(1-5-09) Episode 13: Eric Price http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/01/host-and-guest-episode-13-eric-price.html

(1-12-09) Episode 14: Team Submarine http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/01/host-and-guest-episode-14-team.html

(1-21-09) Episode 15: Brad Gage http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/01/host-and-guest-episode-15-brad-gage.html

(1-25-09) Episode 16: Mick Napier http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/01/host-and-guest-episode-16-mick-napier.html

(2-2-09) Episode 17: Eddie Furman http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/02/host-and-guest-episode-17-eddie-furman.html

(2-24-09) Episode 18: Broadminded http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/02/host-and-guest-episode-18-broadminded.html

(3-3-09) Episode 19: Tom Fuchs Part 1 http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/03/host-and-guest-episode-19-tom-fuchs.html

(3-11-09) Episode 20: Tom Fuchs Part 2 http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/03/host-and-guest-episode-20-tom-fuchs.html

(3-16-09) Episode 21: Matt Belknap http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/03/host-and-guest-episode-21-matt-belknap.html

(3-22-09) Episode 22: Joe Bill http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/03/host-and-guest-episode-22-joe-bill.html

(3-31-09) Episode 23: Eef Barzelay http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/03/host-and-guest-episode-23-eef-barzelay.html

(4-9-09) Episode 24: Greg Proops http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/04/host-and-guest-episode-24-greg-proops.html

(4-21-09) Episode 25: Susan Messing http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/04/host-and-guest-episode-25-susan-messing.html

(5-5-09) Episode 26: Drew Steck http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/05/host-and-guest-episode-26-drew-steck.html

(5-26-09) Episode 27: Davy Rothbart http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/05/host-and-guest-episode-27-davy-rothbart.html

(6-18-09) Episode 28: John Hartman http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/06/host-and-guest-episode-28-john-hartman.html

(6-30-09) Episode 29: Dick Chudnow http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/06/host-and-guest-episode-29-dick-chudnow.html

(7-4-09) Episode 30: TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/07/host-and-guest-episode-30-tj-and-dave.html

(7-14-09) Episode 31: Matt Braunger http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/07/host-and-guest-episode-31-matt-braunger.html

(7-24-09) Episode 32: Nathan Rabin http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/07/host-and-guest-episode-32-nathan-rabin.html

(8-6-09) Episode 33: Joe Ewert http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/08/host-and-guest-episode-33-joe-ewert.html

(8-19-09) Episode 34: Joe Dante http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/08/host-and-guest-episode-34-joe-dante.html

(9-1-09) Episode 35: Matt Besser http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/09/host-and-guest-episode-35-matt-besser.html

(9-21-09) Episode 36: Dan Wilson http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/09/host-and-guest-episode-36-dan-wilson.html

(10-13-09) Episode 37: Jeremy Messersmith http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/10/episode-37-jeremy-messersmith.html

(10-22-09) Episode 38: Aaron Kopec http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/10/host-and-guest-episode-38-aaron-kopec.html

(10-26-09) Episode 39: Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold) http://hostandguest.blogspot.com/2009/10/host-and-guest-episode-39-morgan-taylor.html

(11-17-09) Episode 40: Josh Modell

Monday, January 5, 2009

Host and Guest Episode 13: Eric Price

In the first episode of 2009, Rick is joined by comedian Eric Price who just wrapped his work on MADtv. You can check out some of Eric's work on his Myspace page at http://myspace.com/priceofcomedy

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