My Latest Podcast with Katy Colloton of TV Land’s “Teachers.”

I’m six episodes deep into my new podcast, “The GOATcast with Ryan Patrick Dolan.” Tony Mendoza wrote my new theme music and stingers which I use for the first time in Episode 6, “Is Katy Colloton The Greatest Of All Time?

That episode also debuts a couple of fun segments and starts to hue closer to my original vision of the podcast to mix a little humor with a regular interview format. The world didn’t need another podcast, and I’m doing nothing groundbreaking. I’m borrowing elements and styles from various interview and humor shows I like: Fresh Air, WTF, The Colbert Report, the game-esque interludes you find in podcasts like my friend, Sammy Tamimi’s very entertaining “Popfury Podcast.”

All that said, I had a great time talking to Katy (pictured at top). I think the ep is very fun and funny. She’s a good sport with my new ridiculous segments. She also tells some great stories about meeting Alison Brie (Mad Men/Community), who would go on to Executive Produce “Teachers,” and her experiences auditioning in L.A for the first time, and the time she found out “Teachers” was going to get picked up by TV Land.

If you’re into theater and playwriting, check out Episode 4 with Carrie Barrett. My two-part podcast with Kate Powers provided some great insight of a TV writer who has worked their way up in the Hollywood system while working on shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Good Wife before writing for Sundance TV’s Rectify.

Please subscribe via iTunes, and follow the GOATcast with Ryan Patrick Dolan on Twitter and Facebook. I have a new logo my friend, Jorin, is finalizing, which will be up in its final iteration soon. I have some fun guests coming up including some amazing playwrights, very funny comedic performers, and in the future maybe a sportswriter or two. Also, you’ll see a lot of women represented in my podcast. The first five guests are women. So many talented female writer/actors/comedians out there that deserve to recognition.

Thank You,
Ryan

I Started a Podcast – First Guest Anna Carini

It’s called “The GOATcast.”

Only folks who’re GOATS are on my show.

I was going to call it “The GOAT Podcast,” but one ep it’s clear that it’s so One ep in and The GOATcast is already a GOAT so I thought limiting it with the “pod” was insufficient.

My first guest is Anna Carini. Anna is a talented actor, playwright, and screenwriter, who did theater in Chicago for a longtime before moving to LA a couple of years ago.

We talk about writing for yourself, being frustrated with the lack of roles for women being an impetus to to start writing plays, and the writing process itself.

I have a website for the podcast in the works, but for now just listen to it on the site I’m currently hosting the audio, Spreaker. As soon as you listen to it, you’re a GOAT too.

Anna Carini

Anna Carini

Anna Carini an actor, playwright and screenwrite. She is a founding member and the Artistic Director of SiNNERMAN Ensemble, a storefront theater company formed by graduates of the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. She is now based in Los Angeles and a proud member of The Road Theatre.

Anna’s play, Sweet Confinement, won four “After Dark Awards” when it premiered in Chicago in 2008 including Outstanding New Work. The play has had three subsequent productions to date including being remounted at Chicago’s Theater On The Lake, a prestigious invitation offered to eight standout Chicago productions of the year. Two of her plays, Sweet Confinement and Facing Back, have both had readings at The Road Theatre in LA as part of their Summer Playwright’s Festival. Facing Back has also had a reading at Chicago Dramatists and was chosen by The Women’s Theater Alliance in Chicago for participation in their New Play Development Workshop. Her first short film, Bliss Blue, that she wrote, starred in and produced will soon have it’s LA premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Anna can also be seen in a recurring role on the Amazon show, Good Girls Revolt.

Kilroys Fundraiser in LA December 3rd

The Kilroys are awesome. They’re a group of female playwrights that have banded together from NYC, Chicago, and LA to promote gender parity in theater. They act as a de facto literary agent and advocate for new plays from female and transgender playwrights. Each year they publish and publicize a list of recommended plays so to get access to and encourage theaters to publish more female and transgender playwrights. They’re doing their first-ever fundraiser on December 3rd here in Los Angeles.

Here’s a link to the fundraiser.

Tickets are $25/$50/$75. Feel free to donate if you can’t make it.

To Read More About the Kilroys:
Here’s a 2014 NY Times article about them.

Here’s a 2016 NY Times article about them. 

Facebook “Dead”

Facebook DeadNovember 9th, 2016. Donald Trump is now the president-elect of the United States last night/today. Like half the country I’m wondering “How the hell did we get here?” There are plenty of think pieces out there about it. I’m not going to say anything new about it. I’m anti-Trump. I think his election is both mind-boggling, and going to a disaster in about every conceivable way.

I can say that watching Facebook and Twitter today as people vented — and everyone on my feeds vented and none celebrated — I just felt like it was such a waste of time and energy. I used to think Facebook was at least useful to keep in contact with my family. See pictures of my nieces and nephews growing up. My siblings and I do chat and connect through it. But there are so many apps that you can communicate electronically now, Slack, GroupMe, Kik, etc, without having to have your soul getting eaten up by Facebook’s White Lies of Happiness and Illusion of Connectivity.

FB has been instrumental in getting me apartments, roommates, jobs, etc, but whose to say that I couldn’t have done that through more social means because I wouldn’t have had my face 18 inches away from a laptop or phone screen for hours a day?

The disconnectedness with half the country is what really irks me though. Historically, the Coasts have and still do always look down upon the states that don’t border a large body of water. But I’m from There. I grew up in Kansas City and lived there most of my first 27 years. Our country has a built-in racist and misogynistic culture, but to me it has grown more conservative and outwardly unabashedly racist since my childhood. Yet, the day-to-day common decency of folks is as present as it always has been. There’s a break in the collective psyche of Midwesterners Whites and the ideals of the country we grew up in that welcomed the Huddled Masses and everyone was entitled to Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. There’s also a break between the children of the Midwest who have moved to the big urban areas, and the towns and states that birthed and raised them. Many folks that live in Blue States and liberal cities come from these large Blocks of red. They tackled opponents on the gridiron, marched in their bands, shot baskets on its hardwood floors, and kicked soccer balls across its never ending soccer fields. We’ve broken from each other and the anger and hate towards each other and towards non-whites is more intense than I can remember. There’s always been the tension, but I don’t remember the unabashed vitriol.

Social media has thankfully been used as a tool to shine lights on injustice. Facebook Live feeds of murder by cop that may have been covered up in the past are now reaching the public’s eyes. It will continue to serve as a tool in this fashion. But Primarily It Divides. It Divides and deepens the darkness in this country. It’s used on the Right to push hate, and lies, and vitriol and has given a hate-monger, Demagogue the White House, and its abused by the Left to ignore those who don’t agree with It.

Like every smart idea that becomes a company. The bigger the company gets, the dumber it becomes. One of the worse sins of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is that it controls which posts by our friends and family come across the feed. We are given no option to access to the raw data of information put in by our fellow online citizens, and instead spoonfed content that they think will keep us online the longest. It’s been completely aggravating tonight, to see on Instagram 23 hours after the fact, pictures posted of my friends voting and getting ready to watch the election. Why these pictures were delayed 23 hours? I have no idea. It’s painful. It’s like listening to a voicemail of someone who has passed since leaving it. And yet, there was no way to control this. What good is Instagram doing me when it can’t provide me realtime information about what my friends are currently doing? Isn’t that supposed to be one if its strengths? The first thing FB asks me every time I log on is “What’s on my mind?” It should say “What’s on your mind that might be relevant to your friends in 12-24 hours?” No algorithm can fix a company’s flawed strategy. Hell, Google is the best at algorithms, and the can’t even get a Social Media company off the ground.

Since 2013, multitasking has been shown by cognitive science to be a myth. Human beings are not more productive when doing it. You can’t watch TV and do homework at the same time. You can’t watch a game on TV, and be a good conversationalist with your date. You can’t take your work with you 24/7, and be a good partner to your significant other. Yet, social media and all apps constantly want to ping is with updates and articles, and engage us much as possible. These “smart devices” are making are lives worse in so many ways. As great as Google Maps or Waze can be in routing you a shorter route through traffic, the other apps are in your phone eat up way more time than you save in traffic.

Most importantly, social media cuts down on time I should be using to create worlds, critically think through issues about stories and my life, and cuts down on face-to-face interaction. I won’t figure out how to make my world any better, both personally and in community, by wasting any more time on Facebook. By letting some third-party app decide what information I get to see from my friends. I get to go back and be in control of that by reaching out to them and talking and hanging out.

Just as important to me, I get back to tackling the humanity of us in my writing, trying to bridge the divide be creating characters that we all relate to, and whose flaws we empathize with. Cause if anything really was the Biggest Loser in this election, and it’s something that Facebook and Twitter is horrible at fostering, it is Empathy.

I Have a Commercial Agent

I’m supposed to like promote myself on my website, right? I’m in L.A. now. That’s a thing to do?

I’ve had a commercial agent for a couple of months, and he’s great. Tim at Activity Talent. I’m going on lots of auditions, and was put on hold for a national spot last week (didn’t land it wompwomp.)

Tim at Activity Talent: tim@activityla.com

So after three years of writing plays, I’m back doing the acting thing. SAG Eligible. L.A., baby.

Do You Like Grease: The Musical, Conspiracy Theories, or The Magic Tavern?

IMG_0070My friends, Adal Rifai, and his sister, Sadieh (I mean I guess we’re friends), have a new podcast called The Siblings Peculiar (pronounced Peck-You-Lar.) They play siblings (natch) who lost their parents to the ether regions of Time & Space (or a drowning accident in their backyard pool), and are major conspiracy theorists. This week’s episode features guest is Jim Jacobs, the co-creator of the blockbuster musical “Grease.” Jim’s a dirty old man/naughty little boy.

Jim tells tantalizing stories about The Princess of York, Annette Futicello and Walt Disney, and Marilu Henner among others.  You might even hear me in a little cameo.

Adal is also one of the co-creators of the hit podcast “Hello From The Magic Tavern,” which was voted one of the best new podcasts in 2015 by iTunes and others. Seriously, you should see some the fan art they get. Hell, they even have their own reddit page. If you’re reading this you’ve probably already listened to it. If not, check it out post-haste!

The GOAT – My New Podcast

BW-GOAT-LOGOWell, at least one ep of a new podcast. I was in Chicago last week, and I took over Sammy Tamimi’s podcast for one episode (The GOAT). He’s kindly had me on before (Ep. 60). He’s now done 150. Sammy combines a normal interview podcast of folks in, around, and from Chicago’s improv scene, with his love of Pop Culture.

I flipped the podcast table (There isn’t one. No, wait, it might be a milk crate), and interviewed Sammy. This is a VERY CONTROVERSIAL podcast (you should have SEEN Facebook) as Sammy cringed at my use of the word “slave”(I mean it’s in the common vernacular…you should listen to him talk about Detroit), talking off-the-cuff about various improv theaters, but mostly it’s exploration of a guy who’s been doing improv since the late 90s and seen and been apart of a lot of cool stuff.

The podcast is called The GOAT (buried the lede), and it’s the Greatest Of All Time podcasts. I hope to start doing this on the reg in L.A. with folks from all walks of life. Or I won’t, and you’ll never hear about it again.