Blog: A Matter Of Time (and Randy Adeva)

It’s been almost two years since we tried to reboot our little podcast as The Spudcast, and our guests for that singular episode were a couple of improv comedy nerds named Beau Windon and Randy Adeva.

Really, this interview was my introduction into the world of improv – a performance style that I had little respect for, and knew even less about.

That conversation with RanBeau (as they were collectively known) led me to do some homework, and I came to realise that many of my favourite actors, comedians and performers used elements of improv in much of their best work.
Randy also mentioned in that little chat that he was wanting to get into standup.

So yes, after a decent chunk of life, here we all are: I’ve teamed up with Beau (and some other wonderfully talented people) to produce The Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe (link) and after honing his standup skills over the interim, Randy is now doing his first MICF show.

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It’s a funny old thing, but when you’re spending your days just chipping away at a project, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture and you can forget just how far you (and those around you) have come.

I’ve spent a lot of time not doing much – drifting in the ocean, as it were – clinging for dear life to the life-preserver that is my little projects. It’s taken a while, but I feel like I’ve finally got my feet back on dry land.

There’s a lot of great stuff happening at MICF this year and it’s the perfect time to try something new, so why not get out there to catch Randy before he becomes the next big thing.

We’ve all come a long way, baby.

 

Blog: Back To Square One

Hello human person!

Welcome to the Potato revolution!

Like all good root vegetables (or stem tubers to be precise), it begins underground.

First time here? Sit back, relax, and have a look around – there’s plenty to see. If informal movie reviews are your thing, baby, we’ve got you covered.

For everyone else, this potato is getting old and it’s time to evolve (…or revolve?*).

Here’s the skinny:

Waaay back when Andy and I first started this thing, the content here fluctuated between whatever we were doing with the podcast and a kind of bloggy-journal thing from me. I was also working at a video store, so movie reviews would turn up as well.

After the podcast took on a life of its own with season 3, I migrated the movie reviews and journal stuff to their own sites. Can you guess what happened next? That’s right, I just tripled my workload. How about that?

Not long after (and in conjunction with a life event or two), I became a little overwhelmed and the whole thing came crashing down around me. I’ve spent the last five years trying to work out what to do with all the pieces.

Eventually, I stopped thinking about Potato Revolution, so that I might focus on something else for a bit. Here’s the result:

We followed up the first season of The Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe with Space Junk, a podcast cobbled together from improvised sessions with the Quest Inn cast and a handful of previously unrecorded sketches I’d written for another project.

Through the creation of Space Junk and bringing those unused sketches to life with music and sound effects, I’ve come to realise that I’ve spent the past 3 years in various states of limbo with work, study – and life in general.

Real life is real hard.

For a while there I thought I wanted to be an editor as it would parallel with my interest in writing. Working in a music store when you want to be in a band does not make you a rock star – you’re just some person that works in a music store.

I’m tired of watching from the sidelines.

Let’s hit the reset button – I feel like I should start over.

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So here we are back at square one, so to speak. Is it time to erase the past or embrace it?

Follow my journey here as I find out.

From here on in, Potato Revolution is just a place for me to share doodles and bloggy thoughts as I navigate my way from one project to the next.

I hope you enjoy the ride.

Love.

 

 


*”Revolution, not evolution.” (02:25)

Featured Podcast: The Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe

Article – by Morgan Thistlethwaite

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The Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe is a new comedy podcast series produced by the team here at Potato Revolution. How did it come to be? Well, that’s the interesting bit.

It all started way back in the middle of last year (2017) when Andy and I (Mog) brought Randy Adeva and Beau Windon onto The Spudcast to teach us all about improv comedy. Before then, I didn’t know too much about this well-established performance technique.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Ugh. Improv… that’s like the word “moist”. And for a while there, that’s how I felt too. But don’t think that, the thing about improv is that when it’s done well, you don’t even know it’s improv. Hell, some of the best movie moments of all time are the result of improv.

Improv done right is wonderful, and with recommendations from Randy and Beau, I discovered some live shows that allowed me to rethink the whole improv=moist comparison. Like sex, improv is best when everyone involved is communicating and working to a common goal (I’m aware that sex is also moist and may confuse this metaphor. Like sex, don’t overthink it).

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Adric the Helien

So, somewhere between then and now, Beau had this idea that maybe he wanted to record an improv podcast. Something comedy-driven with an ongoing story like Hello from the magic Tavern or Welcome to Night Vale. And like all good improv performers, he followed up this idea with “yes, and…”

Before I knew it, he had assembled around him some friends from the Improv Conspiracy (Indiana Kiely and Tom Fahey), and together they came up with a premise, along with their own characters to bring to the show as well.

The only thing missing was a producer, and when Beau asked if I’d like to do it, I jumped at the chance.

Over the Christmas break, we got to putting together ideas and co-ordinating how we were going to do this thing. We put some time aside, spent some money and followed up on a few connections. Pretty soon, our release date arrived and on the 18/02/18, we delivered the first three episodes to the world.

The story follows Chase Quarterly (Beau Windon), Katherine Wilder (Indiana Kiely), and Bocky the idea rooster (Tom Fahey) as, together, they commence work as new employees for the Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe. Quest Inns can be found in the furthest and most remote reaches of the universe, away from the prying eyes of any kind of governed law where they provide budget accommodation as well as functioning as transaction points for those that wish to pick up a quest or two for some easy cash. What’s odd about this one, however, is the circumstances that have led to needing new staff. It seems that the last employees moved on rather suddenly, leaving the new team to pick up the mess.

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Mickle Mantel

Chase is a time-traveller who’s lost his time machine, Katherine is a shentaur (that’s a female centaur) and the last of her species, while Bocky is genetically-engineered poultry with the mind of a scientific genius. Each has started this job to escape their past, but with each new and unexpected guest that arrives at the Quest Inn, they find that sometimes, the past has a habit of catching up.

So far we’ve met a variety of intriguing characters including: Cecily (Caitlyn Staples), a jewel thief on the run from pretty much everything; Mickle Mantel (Tom Burton), the tricky fox of dubious intent, and;  Adric the Helien (Lukas Quinn), who has been sent by management to keep tabs on the team.

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Cecily

Producing this series has been a so much fun and I hope that, as a listener, you get to experience a bit of that energy. With a new guest (almost) every episode, and a few favourites returning, it’s an absolute joy to be a part of bringing this creature to life.

From plugging stuff in, to recording, editing, and getting the world excited through little promos like this, we’re all really proud of how it’s all coming together.

As for future plans, we have ideas for the coming season and are even thinking about live shows (which are going to be next-level awesome) so keep an eye out for those.


With a new episode released every Sunday, follow the adventures of Chase, Katherine and Bocky at:

http://www.thequestinn.com/

You can also find us on iTunes and Spotify.