Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast

Reviews For Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast

I've been listening since Episode 1, a few years after having seen Austin perform All the Great Books at the Kennedy Center. The podcast has never failed to be both entertaining and informative, whether it's a slice of life from the world of live theater, memories of what has inspired their performances, or the wide range of interviews. Austin's dedication to putting out a quality production week after week for so many years is a testament to his devotion to the fans of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. The only slip in over 10 years was more of a missed opportunity. Episode 576, "Captain Picard's Autobiography", should have been held for one more week -- so that it could conclude with "577/1701 of the RSC", for NCC-1701E, of course. Keep up the amazing work!
If you are a fan of theater, subscribe now. Yes, there are many light-hearted discussions with a Shakespearean theme, but the essence of this podcast is the theater. The interviews with playwrites, actors, directors, etc. are entertaining and informative.

5/5

By PXM1968
I've listened to the RSC podcast faithfully for years. I've enjoyed each and every one they produced. It's one of the few podcasts I keep rather than delete after playing it. I love Austin's choice of topics in general, and I especially love the podcasts related to Shakespeare. Austin interviews interesting people who do interesting things. The members of the RSC troupe are awesome. I saw them a few times at the Kennedy Center in DC, and I always had a great time. Once I was called on stage during one of the audience participation scenes. It was fun. At a personal level, they are wonderful people, great humanitarians, very stable geniuses, and remarkably generous lovers. Cheers! Peter
Love the guests. Love the list of upcoming dates. No kidding!
Austin Tichnor is a bright and talented actor with a knack for entertaining interviews. My family LOVES seeing RSC shows when they come to our area. His comedic witt is a refreshing diversion of informative topics. Austin Tichnor and Reed Martin are smart and kind people that share their love of the theater with us in a humorous way. Thanks to you both!
I first saw a performance of the RSC on DVD (still available) in their first show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) on stage. From there, I saw them perform that show locally on stage live, and then all of their other shows in an Extravaganza over one week, and their latest show, William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged) in April 2017. I will be seeing their Christmas Show this December. They are gentleman and scholars and so clever! Their shows are witty, as well as being full of slapstick, juggling, and guffaws, and the occasional serious or poignant moment. Austin's performance of Hamlet's "To be or not to be..." is not to be missed. If you ever get a chance to take an improve class from Reed, grab it! The podcast is full of fun, celebrity guest bits, general silliness, personal insights, and on-the-road goofing around, as well as interesting trivia, and it never disappoints. The pacing is good and it is never boring. I never miss an episode. The podcast, their shows, and their Web site are all delightful! You don't even have to be a fan of Shakespeare to enjoy them.
Austin keeps us up to date on the shows and tours and has great guests

5/5

I love this podcast!! I've had the pleasure of seeing the RSC live before and they're incredibly talented and hilarious. This podcast really has the same vibe & the interviews and discussions are always very interesting even if the topic is unfamiliar. As a student who is interested in pursuing acting, it's incredibly helpful to get this view into how wide and multifaceted the world of theatre is!
I first saw the RSC in the early 90's. Very, VERY funny. My local Shakespeare company now produces their original production, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" every summer. Austin Tichenor of the RSC produces a funny and/or interesting podcast that drops every Monday. He covers a variety of topics or interviews interesting people. A very enjoyable 20 minutes early in the week.
I have been listening for several years now and keep forgetting to write a review - so now I present to you a reduced review. Fantastic. Often funny. Never boring. And I have actually learned a thing or two from the podcast.
...and yes, you are absolutely right. As you mentioned at the end of your lastest podcast yesterday, "Our Favorite Shakespeares", to please submit a review on iTunes because "you know you hear me say this every week and you always plan on doing it but you haven't yet", I will certainly own up to being one of those listeners who needed to hear this. Being a fan of Shakespeare Abridged, I was thrilled to discover this podcast in October of last year, and I haven't missed a single episode since subscribing. Any fan of theatre can find something to enjoy while listening to this podcast. It's always relevent to the current theatre scene, it gives insights into not only the happenings of The Reduced Shakespeare Company themselves, now and throughout the years, but they also dedicate a number of podcasts to people they know who are involved in other theatres throughout the world. Every episode maintains a light and fun atmosphere, even while discussing serious issues, such as theatre politics (such as the Actor's Equity controversity of setting a minimum wage for professional actors discussed not too long ago)...I don't think there has been a single episode I've listened to where I didn't find myself laughing aloud at least once. But above all, I'd have to say that what I love the most about listening every week is how welcoming Austin is as a host. He is brilliant at making his audience feel as though they are right there and are a part of every discussion, and as a listener, I truly appreciate that. Keep of the great work, RSC, and I hope you get a chance to come to Wisconsin sometime soon so I can personally see you guys in action!
What is great about this show are the interviews. The RSC takes their style of getting to the point and makes it fun to listen to them discuss an array of topics. This podcast is a must subscribe for anyone in the arts,
I have listened to every single episode of this podcast, and although I have never seen them live, I feel like I know them. This is such a fun podcast to listen to, and the inside information and backstage info is great to hear.
The RSC podcast is not just for fans of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (but it doesn’t hurt to like these guys). The RSC podcast is not just for fans of both dramatic and comic theatre (but theatre fans will learn a lot about producing a show and taking it on the road). The RSC podcast is not just for people into comedy (but comedy fans will get plenty of insight into making comedy). The RSC podcast is not just for nerds and geeks (but nerds and geeks of both theatre and sci-fi flavors will get some welcoming validation). The RSC podcast is not just for people who need something to listen to on their commute (but for those who do, it fills up the time nicely). So if you fail into any of the above categories (wait, was that a Freudian typo?), check it out. Much better than a poke in the eye.
Look forward to this every week- Great peek behind the scenes
I've listened to every one and they are fantastic and well worth a listen. They are also timeless, so it's worth listening to old episodes. Of course, if you have the chance, see them live. Thanks for your great shows! Luc
I left the theater years ago so I love the candid backstage chat and enthusiasm for fun that the RSC brings to the podcast worl - finally get to see them tomorrow in Mill Valley! Here's a virtual ear-tug and a 'Goonie'!
The RSC podcast provides a back stage insight into comedy and theater--and the day to day activities of a performing group. The members of the RSC each have interesting backgrounds which are disclosed over the course of many podcasts. They are also well connected throughout the entertainment world and often have guests who give us a glimpse of broader arts. Sometimes an episode will deal with a serious but realistic and touching manner, such as the death of one member's wife, or providing deeper understanding of Ambassador Chris Stephens--who also a good friend--shortly after his death. The podcasts are never too long and are a combination of interesting and amusing. Oh--and they provide a weekly example of improper fractions. My math teacher would have loved that!
Funny, thoughtful, engaging and sometimes touching... Since I'll probably never have the chance to see these guys live this will have to do. A little peek behind the minds of the RSC. Hats off to you gentlemen!
This weekly podcast is an always-entertaining and informative amalgam of comedy bits, the history of comedy, tour vignettes, and cast, crew, and fan profiles and personal stories. Austin Tichenor (seventy-seven two-hundred-thirty-firsts of the Reduced Shakespeare team) is great at engaging both the people he interviews and the audience by showing his own personal interest in the topic at hand. He takes advantage of many fans scattered through the entertainment and political worlds to have something new every week. I’ve listened to it for 5 or 6 years, and I wish that I had caught on even earlier in its run. Several episodes he has done dedicated to the memory of his high school and college friend Ambassador Chris Stevens were especially excellent, both informative and touching, and really served to humanize the Ambassador. I recommend this podcast VERY HIGHLY!
Not only do I get some glimpses of the ins-and-outs of the behind-the-scenes of an extremely talented comedy troupe, but these guys (and gals) are rib-splitting, gut-bustin’, knee-slappin' hilarious. Fun for the whole (twisted and warped) family! a pulled earlobe and ‘googie’ from 1/1100th of your podcast fan base! Keep up the good work!
This is by far my favorite podcast! It's just the right length and always interesting and frequently hilarious. Can't say enough good things about it.
I've been working my way through the entire back catalogue of the real RSC's podcast and laughing the whole way. It's amazing that Austin et al have managed to produce a consistently entertaining, high-quality podcast every week for over FOUR YEARS. You really can't ask for more out of free entertainment. The only disappointment comes from the chunk of missing episodes between 190 and 254. What gives?! I'm going to run out of podcasts to listen to that much faster--a far worse tragedy than Shakespeare ever wrote about.
iTunes has told us that if you click Subscribe, you'll see (or at least have access to) all the old podcasts. If that's not your experience, please let us know at feedback (at) reducedshakespeare (dot) com. In the meantime, you can also find our entire podcast archives at reducedshakespeare (dot) com. Thanks for listening!
I have listened to this podcast for about a month now, and just recently noticed that the older podcasts are no longer unavailable. Is it possible to bring them back?
I am a long time listener of the podcast and am very pleased with the inside and backstage stories of the group and past theatre history.
I love the Reduced Shakespeare Company! I have seen them 3 times in person and those are 3 of the best shows I have ever seen. This podcast is also great because it keeps me up to date on what they're up to and I learn some awesome things.
This podcast is a great deal of fun, and as an actor, director, and fan of theater, it is wonderful to travel around with mostly Austin, some of the time Reed, and occasionally Mick, Matt, Domenic, and others as they crisscross the globe. They invite us backstage to listen in with themselves and occasionally others discussing any number of topics. If you like theater, you’ll love this podcast, and if you don’t care about theater you’ll also love it. I have listened since episode 1 and still look forward to it every week - tune in! I still wonder, though... How many RSC members does it take to change a light bulb?
Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin (and the other past and present members and crew of The Reduced Shakespeare Company) are funnier (and probably smarter) than most of the people I get to interact with on a regular basis. They also get to go more interesting places and meet more interesting people. Fortunately, Austin has an iPhone and a really good microphone that he brings with him when he goes to many of these interesting places and speaks with these interesting people. Then he cleverly edits the audio files with another couple of Apple products and distributes the resulting podcast through iTunes. The practical result of this is that we can live vicariously through him, going to interesting places and speaking with interesting people and learning really cool stuff (and since we're living vicariously, we, too get to listen in on the cleverness of Austin, himself). So, yeah, we've been backstage at any number of cool theatres (and even the inner sanctum of the Folger Shakespeare Library), met brilliant people (recently, Michael Whitmore and Howard Sherman come to mind). Thanks, guys. We've also been in cars and dressing rooms ("thank you, five minutes") on tour with a group of working performers. In the last couple of years, the RSC have developed and debuted a couple of new shows, and candidly discussed the process on the podcast. (Full disclosure: this is being written after we saw the opening night performance of the most recent, The Complete Christmas Show Abridged.) It's been a tremendously interesting series of insights, on many levels. For consistency and professionalism, they don't come any better than the Reduced Shakespeare Company podcast. They find their light and hit their mark every time. The fact that they inadvertently teach us so much and make us laugh so often is just a bonus.
This past summer as I started getting into more into podcasts, I discovered that the RSC had been podcasting since 2006, and quickly downloaded all episodes and started listening to them. They start out relatively short (around 10 to 15 minutes), but as the years progress, they start getting lengthier (but always remaining entertaining). The weekly podcast is primarily about the RSC's life on the road, their shows - including the developing of their current production, The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) - and other theatre topics, including interviews with actors, technicians, and various people they encounter as they tour the country. It deals with the proverbial slings and arrows, if you will, of being a touring company and being an actor, writer, and/or director myself (even if for me it's all voluntary) makes it doubly fun for me. However, Austin Tichenor, the primary person behind the podcast, is an admitted geek - and so there is also the occasional podcast on geeky topics like Kirk vs. Picard, the definition of geeks versus nerds, and other similar topics. Then, there are topics that are just of interest - interviews with authors, other podcasters, and even a nun. I finally caught up with all the podcasts last week, and can say that there wasn't a single podcast that was boring or one I would skip if listened to again, and even have kept all the previous podcasts in case I do want to listen to them again.
Austin and Reed do an excellent job of exposing the theatre lay people and veterans alike to the full gamut of experieces that make up a life in the theatre. It's occasionally funny, often narcissistic and totally necessary. If you have any interest in the performing arts at all, you should have subscirbed to this one years ago. Thanks guys!
As a huge fan of the RSC since seeing my first performance in 1994 on a trip to D.C., I look forward to this podcast every week. While I love hearing about what the RSC has been up to, the real strength of the show is Austin's easy, always-engaging interview style. Whether interviewing up-and-coming stars such as Eric Stonestreet or his own mother, he never fails to disappoint. Thanks, RSC!
It's Shakespeare! It's Sports! It's Biblical! It's America! It's Great Literature! It's Millenial! IT'S REDUCED!!! It's GREAT!!!! (And I don't use four exclamation points for just anyone!)

5/5

Everything they do is great.
This is really good but I wish they had it as a movie that would be worth it and I would get no matter what. Please put it as a movie please.
Totally worth twice... no... THREE times the price. (Actually I am truly and wholy intellectually in love with all of these guys. Except for Matt Rippey. He's totally too full of himself. But the rest of them are really hot and steamy over the iPod. Humerous brain candy. Rock on, world-traveling burlesquers!) (May the Oob be with you.)
They dudes are incredible, and it's awesome to be able to hear updates of what they're up to every week. If you're a fan, definitely subscribe. If you're not, I suggest you check them out. These guys are hilarious!
I love this podcast because the comedy you experience in the RSC's shows carries over completely into the podcasts. You gotta love 'em. My favorite so far is the podast with an abridged version of A Christmas Carol. Great stuff.
You've got to be pretty into the company to appreciate it, but it's entertaining if you are.
I love getting to hear RSC every week
Awsome podcast! I saw Books at Walnut Creek and it was incredible. Keep up the good work.
I am so happy that you guys are doing a podcast! Great job! I'll be seeing you in Walnut Creek, for both shows. Break a leg!
Finally! After countless shows, a book or two...the podcast was the next logical step! :D This podcast is really great! If you like the RSC, or if you've never even heard of them, you're guaranteed to have a laugh or two -- or even more! I definately recommend it!
FINALLY! A Reduced Shakespeare...podcast. These guys are amazing on the stage and just as good on the air. They don't lose any of their flaire. It's Austin and Reed bouncing off each other and the people on the phone, talking about anything they want (there isn't really all that much Shakespeare involved, per se, but it's all good), trying to seem professional in 20 minutes. Of course, they fail, but it's all on purpose. The questions-and-answers are wonderful for fans too. It's best to listen to them if you've seen them before or listened to their radio CD to get all the jokes. Happy happy, joy joy.