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An interview podcast focusing on comedy, creativity and the mind. Hosted by Ron “AAlgar” Watt

29. On Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Matt Rowbotham and Amanda Smith join AAl for a discussion of the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga.

28. Caitlin Purdy

Longtime friend Caitlin Purdy discusses her highly effective coping mechanisms for depression and anxiety.

27. Randall Cleveland

Seattle comedy writer/performer Randall Cleveland opens up about anxiety and depression.

26. Vishal Bharadwaj

A chat about marketing and advertising with Vishal Bharadwaj (not the film director).

25. Day Job

A chat with Seattle-based comedy troupe Day Job.

24. Ed Casey

A periodic check-in with AAl’s brain twin, Ed Casey.

23. David Wise

A talk with animation writer David Wise (Star Trek: The Animated Series, Transformers, Batman: The Animated Series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more).

22. Michael Charles Hill

A repost of our 2010 Sarcastic Voyage interview with animation writer Michael Charles Hill (GI Joe, Transformers, Jem).

21. Mark Darin

Telltale Games’ Mark Darin discusses storytelling, game making and the horrible town from which he and AAl originated.

20. Drop the Root Beer and Run

A chat with Seattle sketch troupe Drop the Root Beer and Run.

19. Jason Wallace

Stage/voice actor Jason Wallace discusses his craft.

18. Nathan LaJeunesse

Artist/voice actor/animator Nathan LaJeunesse gives me a crash course in Transexuality 101.

17. Amanda Smith

A discussion of women in popular entertainment with photographer / writer / voice actor Amanda Smith.

16. Clayton Weller

A chat with comedy writer / performer Clayton Weller.

15. Danielle K.L. Grégoire

A frank discussion about depression, specifically how it affects people who work in comedy, with Danielle K.L. Grégoire.

14. Princess

The full version of my chat with Seattle sketch comedy troupe Princess, featured on episode 184 of Sarcastic Voyage.

13. Now with Dames

The full version of my chat with Seattle sketch comedy troupe Now with Dames, featured on episode 183 of Sarcastic Voyage.

12. Vishal Bharadwaj

A chat with designer/artist Vishal Bharadwaj.

11. Zak Nelson

A chat with Seattle sketch comedian Zak Nelson of Drop the Root Beer and Run.

10. Ed Casey

Ed and I follow up on our discussion from last year, as we continue our respective fights against our poisoned brains.

9. On Losing Your Idols

I go solo to discuss the loss of an influential force in my life.

8. Ed Casey

I sit down with Ed “The Mental Illness Guy, Apparently” Casey to discuss Attention Deficit Disorder.

7. Matt Rowbotham

Longtime collaborator Matt Rowbotham and I have a discussion about our creative process, what it feels like to realize that you’re actually a writer and the future of the Sarcastic Voyage podcast.

6. Ed Casey

Depression in general, and my depression in specific, is not something I usually like to talk about openly. My friend Ed, on the other hand, finds that it’s easier to cope with his down periods through open, honest discussion. So, we’re trying it his way. This is not, in any way, a stunt for attention. For either of us. This is us, saying “we’ve been through some shit, maybe you have too. And if you have, you’re not alone.” Sometimes — especially this time of year — you need to hear that. And that’s why we’re doing this. Like I said, this isn’t something I’m comfortable talking about often. This is quite probably the only time I’ll be getting quite this personal in these or any other recordings. But, for the sake of that simple message — you’re not alone and you can beat this thing — it’s worth it.

5. Gav Brown

In early 2012, my good friend “Irish” Gav Brown and I had this discussion about comedy — specifically about the similarities and differences between American and British comedy. This was recorded just as I’d decided to move Sarcastic Voyage in a different direction, but I think we had an interesting talk, so I present that here for you now.

4. Terry Drosdak

erry Drosdak (or, as I know her, T-Dro) is an independent crafter who has enjoyed reasonable success on Etsy. After I’d posted my earlier shows on productivity, she asked me about inspiration (ie, “where do you get your ideas?”) So we talked about that. This is us, talking about that.

3. Irene

Irene is a person whose work ethic I respect tremendously. Not only is she finishing up her Masters thesis, but she’s also maintained steady employment, finished National Novel Writing Month and produced some pretty decent short fiction. We’re different in a lot of ways, but one thing unites us: our drive to get things done.

2. Ed Casey

Ed Casey and I have a lot in common, as far as messed-up brains go. We’re also fairly on the same page in this discussion, which essentially centers around the daily struggle to be a decent person in a world filled with negativity.

1. Mark Boszko

This is a conversation I had with Mark “Bob” Boszko, ca. 2009, about productivity vs. quality. Bob is one of my oldest and dearest friends — we went to high school together, and have known one another for over twenty years. We’re both creative types, but we come at it from very different angles. This chat is one chapter in an ongoing debate that will probably never be settled.