Kieran ‘English Kieran’ Kaye

Kieran KayeOur beloved English Kieran is leaving us for the verdant pastures of his homeland and we are dedicating this entire final episode of our season to giving him a proper send off. Prodigal son Matty Blake returns to join Dan as host and manages to not make a single Benedict Arnold joke! Tune in for multiple special guests, highlights from Grinds past, heartfelt goodbyes, and other surprises.  We love you Kieran and miss you already.  Long live the queen!

Brian Avers

Brian Avers Headshot Pro 1 lo resYes we’ve been away for a while but we have a darn good reason: Prepping the amazing last two episodes of this season of the Actor’s Grind! The first of the two, which we are proud to present here, boasts the incredibly talented actor Brian Avers AND a huge announcement from English Kieran.

Brian’s directorial debut, celebrated indie comedy The Weekend is now available on iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Instant.  (Watch that sucker, it’s awesome!)
 
As an actor, Brian has regularly performed on & off Broadway, including The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Tom Stoppard’s Rock N Roll, King Lear at the Public opposite Kevin Kline, Becky Shaw at South Coast Rep, and originated roles in Completeness by Itamar Moses at Playwright’s Horizons and The Explorer’s Club by Nell Benjamin at Manhattan Theater Club. TV & film appearances include Julie/Julia, Gigantic, In Lieu of Flowers, “Castle”, “The Closer”, “Person of Interest”, “Blue Bloods”, “Golden Boy”, “Medium”, and recurring character Agent Renko on “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
 
Brian is also the producer and co-host of a profane and passionate Ohio State football podcast, The Buckeye Brothers, which can be found on iTunes or podbean.com.

As for the second episode, our grand season finale, stay tuned it will be out before the New Year!

Natalie Knepp

Natalie KneppFresh off shooting her latest feature – in which she stars opposite Anna Kendrick – the beautiful and talented Natalie Knepp is here to talk about her extraordinary career.  Natalie credits so much of her success to the support of her mom that it inspired our theme for the day: the role of family in an actor’s career.  Don’t miss this very special and emotional interview.
Plus! Find out why this podcast begins in Kieran’s bedroom with him and Dan sweating profusely. (Hint: it’s not because they had sex, you dirty bird) Plus a new Katherine Heller segment, Kieran earns another $20, and the most entertaining trip to pickup Chinese takeout ever recorded.

Julia Grob

Julia GrobJulia Grob is the co-creator and lead actor of “East WillyB,” an original web series named the “Latino Show for the New Generation” by the New York Times.  Named one of 25 emerging theater artists by Kevin Spacey, Julia has appeared on screen opposite Rosie Perez, Andre Royo (“The Wire”), and Jaime Tirelli (“Girl Fight”) and onstage opposite Kathy Najimy, Billy Crudup, and Jason Biggs. If that weren’t enough to keep her plate full, she’s also a Fellow of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Latino Producers Academy and Latino Artist Mentoring Program. In short, a kick-ass guest who has taken her career into her own hands and is here to share her story.  Listen in!

Carl Bishop

Carl BishopThe worlds of acting and music have been intertwined for as long as they’ve existed. High time we made this an episode theme!  With music as our through-line, join us and guest Carl Bishop as we as we hear his amazing journey from drummer to opera singer to radio DJ to voice artist back to drummer again.  Plus!  We present musical submissions from our three finalists for the Katherine Heller jingle contest!  (Spoiler alert: one’s from a former host of the podcast) Later, we explore a serious question: how does the industry’s lingering, unfortunate reputation as a boys club affect gay actors?  And, finally, Kieran turns the tables on Dan during our Fishing for Tips segment.

Please enjoy!

Jessica DiGiovanni

Jessica DiGiovanniJessica DiGiovani is a multi-talented actress who hails from Chicago but always knew she’d take New York by storm one day. And that day is here! Listen in as she shares everything from premiering a play with David Hyde Pierce, to shooting an award-winning music video to how she’s keeping herself atop every casting director’s short list.

Plus! More insight into typecasting by agent Robert Slavin. All this, Katherine Heller’s latest report, PLUS we discover what American word makes English Kieran blush like a shy schoolgirl.  An podcast for the ages!

www.jessicadigiovanni.com

Jim Conroy

Jim ConroyThis week’s episode of TAG sports a shiny new host!  Dan Schachner takes the reins, showing Kieran the love he always wanted and announcing that each episode will now have a “theme” (Cue eye roll from Matty B).

Our guest this week is the incomparable JIM CONROY, who joins Dan to discuss this week’s theme of accents, what it’s like to be nominated for a Daytime Award, and why a prison commissary may not be the ideal place to launch a career in animation.
Also! A transatlantic battle for the title of sexiest British accent (probably NSFW but what do we know), a new weekly segment from the effervescent Katherine Heller and more surprises than you can shake a stick at.
“Class A edu-tainment!” — Dan’s Grandma

Matty Blake

Matty Blake

A very special and bittersweet episode of the Grind. This episode features a BOMBSHELL announcement, culminating in our HOST sitting in the guest chair. A can’t miss for all Grinders!

Mark Sarian

Mark Sarian

The boys welcome Mark Sarian.  Mark is a comedy writer, actor, teacher and producer of content.  Mark talks about being a UCB Alum, his thoughts on how to define yourself as an actor and tells a great Broadway audition story.  Mark also plays perhaps his most difficult role to date: Matty and Kieran’s couple counselor.  Mark is truly hilarious, thoughtful and talented. A great episode full of laughs!

Jamie Effros

Jamie Effros

A long awaited, very special episode.  We’ve talked film, TV, Commercial and VO acting, and we’ve talked Broadway.  Our guest Jamie Effros does it all, plus an area we haven’t really focused on: Jamie is fully committed to bringing live theater to you.  ANYWHERE.  He truly believes in the power of theater and his life and career are a testament to that belief. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your acting hands dirty, Jamie’s passion is contagious.  Despite some technical problems, poor English Kieran has finally been able to post this episode, which was supposed to be our “Presidents Day Special”.

Oh, you might want to wish the poor chap a Happy Birthday this week!