Ep 38 - Terry Can Open Doorknobs

Ep 38 - Terry Can Open Doorknobs

Tired of being cooped up in the house, two cats meet an inspiring self-help guru who promises to help them learn to turn the doorknob. But there's more to being an outdoor cat than meets the [Google "Deep Dream"] eyeball.

This episode features co-hosts Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), Lori Goldman (Yonic Tonic) and Fred Naumann (Napoleon). 

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Ep 37 - We Need More Sweatshirts

Ep 37 - We Need More Sweatshirts

When your high school sweetheart goes off to college without you, there's only one question to ask yourself: does she have enough sweatshirts with your name on them that she won't forget you?

This special "after dark" episode (that means the performers mayyy have been drinking at the time) features co-hosts Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club) and John Mathias (The Unmentionables), as well as an interview with the fabulous Paige Schoppmann on the eve of her first day of college!

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Ep 36 - Are We Here Too?

Ep 36 - Are We Here Too?

College roommates in an awkward living situation begin to question the very nature of their universe when a princess, a frog, a dungeon-dwelling hunchback and a menagerie of wild animals all make appearances.

Back from its summer hiatus, this episode of Improv Vermont features co-hosts Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), Jon van Luling (NapoleonGreen Mountain Cabaret) and Tim Bridge (The Unmentionables).

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Ep 35 - Snake Bar vs. Corpse Beach

Ep 35 - Snake Bar vs. Corpse Beach

What's the kinkiest place in all the world? We aim to find out, traveling from the Snake Bar in Montana to The Leather Pit in Brussels to the cadaver-caressed shores of Corpse Beach. 

This episode features co-hosts Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club) along with their teammate from The Unmentionables, Aaron Paulsen, and from the Napoleon improv troupe, Fred Naumann!

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Ep 34 - Who's Your Exemption? (LIVE!)

Ep 34 - Who's Your Exemption? (LIVE!)

LIVE from the 2015 Green Mountain Comedy Festival, this one has it all: circus secrets, child-swapping parents, magician entrapment, door-to-door pain mongers, freeze-dried space snacks, and sexy celebs Maggie Gyllenhaal and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Hilton Garden Inn, and features co-hosts Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club) and John Purcell, Sydney Hollis, Jon Bershad and Betsey Kenney: members of Apollo, which performed regularly at Harold Night at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

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Ep 33 - Tiffany & Clarence: Goat Architects (LIVE!)

Ep 33 - Tiffany & Clarence: Goat Architects (LIVE!)

Hunters who stalk Canadian tourists! Grudge-holding drum & bagpipe instructors! Farm animals building skyscrapers!

For this very special episode, we interview participants in Vermont Youth Conservation Corp's LEAP program (Learn, Earn and Prosper), and perform LIVE for them at Sangha Studio in downtown Burlington. 

The LEAP program works with blind or visually impaired students ages 16-24 to develop skills that help them obtain meaningful employment. Learn more at www.vycc.org.

This episode features Vermont Comedy Club improvisers Nathan Hartswick, Natalie Miller, Fred Naumann and Tim Bridge, as well as LEAP Coordinator Shelby Glass, and interviewees Alec, Micah and Hollis!

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Ep 32 - Slothdactyl's First Show

Ep 32 - Slothdactyl's First Show

Slothdactyl is more than just a band. It's a non-band band. It's a reddit phenomenon. It's a lifestyle brand. Most importantly, it's a group of hipsters who may end up being the sole survivors of a word apocalypse. 

This episode of Improv Vermont features your host Nathan Hartswick (Vermont Comedy Club) and members of our short form team Lori Goldman (Yonic Tonic), Jon van Luling (Green Mountain Cabaret) and Jeff Winer (Saber Mammoth). 

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Ep 31 - Yale or Porn?

Ep 31 - Yale or Porn?

"Some people are born into greatness and some people have greatness thrust inside them."

This is a big one, folks. We've got porn stars, grocery store managers, guidance counselors, old hipsters, children dressed as adults, Chicago Bulls players, community theater performers and much more.

This BONUS-length episode features  co-hosts Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), John Mathias (Spark Improv Troupe), and NYC-based improviser John Frusciante (Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus Live!)

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Ep 30 - The State Provides

Ep 30 - The State Provides

This episode of Improv Vermont asks the ever-important question, "Could I be arrested for my social media history years from now when my country becomes a ruthless totalitarian state?" You'll have to listen to find out the answer. (Hint: Yes. You can.)

Featuring the improv abilities of co-hosts Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), John Mathias and Tim Bridge (Spark Improv Troupe). 

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Ep 29 - The Adventures of Churchy Lady

"Stop bullshiting me, I'm Adolph Hitler, dammit."

The host of a children's Christian TV show has a secret. We meet the colorful hosts of the less popular children's programming on the network. And Donkey Kong is in a standoff with the cops.

In this special LIVE LARONDE episode of Improv Vermont, we jam out with nearly all members of the Vermont Comedy Club improv teams (plus an audience member). Featuring: Nathan Hartswick, Natalie Miller, Aaron Paulsen, Sarah Venuti Yates, Mark Stein, Fred Naumann, Tim Bridge, Jon van Luling, John Mathias, Nichole Magoon, Pam Wheeler, Laura Greenwood and Tim Shaw!



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Ep 28 - Detroit Rap City

Ep 28 - Detroit Rap City

Two sleazy music industry producers set out to exploit a young girl with a talent for freestyle rapping and a passion for veterinary science. When young Carol becomes an overnight Hollywood success, she finds it difficult to escape the limelight and pursue her true calling: curing mad cow disease.

This episode of Improv Vermont features hosts Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), and Spark Improv Troupe players Chicky Winkleman and - in her IV debut - Lori Goldman!

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Ep 27 - Disneyworld Hotline

Ep 27 - Disneyworld Hotline

A man arrested for indecent exposure has a hard time getting a hold of his wife to bail him out. When his single phone call reaches a gruff stranger who works at Disneyworld, Terry implores the gentleman for help getting out of prison.

This episode of Improv Vermont features Tim Bridge and Aaron Paulsen of the Spark Improv Troupe, and co-hosts Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club). 

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Ep 26 - Suzanne the Ethical Reindeer (and Other Tales)

Ep 26 - Suzanne the Ethical Reindeer (and Other Tales)

An adult dancer hired for a house party gets put in an awkward position; a bigoted angel and sanctimonious reindeer help two guys decorate their home for the holidays, and a manipulative couple guilt trip their own family for personal gain. 

In this three-act holiday spectacular, we our joined by a guest monologist: standup comedian DeAnne Smith (Last Comic StandingLate Late Show)! Also featuring co-hosts Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club) and from the Spark Improv Troupe, John Mathias and Chicky Winkleman. 

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Ep 25 - A Christmas Do-Over (LIVE!)

Ep 25 - A Christmas Do-Over (LIVE!)

Todd spends every Christmas with his wealthy family, whose lavish gifts make him feel ashamed each year. They attempt to one-up each other by gifting him with jewelry, private islands, and even Jeffrey Tambor, but Todd finally surprises them all with an incredible gift that will change their lives forever - and maybe even teach them the true meaning of the holiday season.

This special holiday episode was recorded live at the "Joke 'Til You Drop" 12-hour comedy marathon at the BCA Center in Burlington, VT. (Apologies - we did not have microphones on the audience, so they're a bit low in the mix.) This episode features co-hosts Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), Aaron Paulsen (Spark Improv Troupe), and Central Vermont comedian Sean Hunter Williams

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Ep 24 - Doris O'Brien Has Needs

Ep 24 - Doris O'Brien Has Needs

THANK YOU! With your help, we raised $30,026 toward our brick and mortar comedy venue!

For 45-year old Doris O'Brien, a plane headed to Philadelphia is the best place to air her grievances about her own faulty body chemistry. Not everyone on the flight appreciates her predicament, including her pushover husband, Tommy. But when she meets a no-nonsense air marshall, he finds her unique brand of self expression intoxicating.

Featuring co-hosts Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), Aaron Paulsen (Spark Improv Troupe), and Vermont native (and current teacher and performer at The Second City in Chicago) Julia DiFerdinando.

Note: You can see Julia on Sat, Dec 27 in her hilarious sketch comedy show, "Two Fifty and a Snickers!" Visit www.vtcomedy.com for details.

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Ep 23 - Ruff 'Em Up!

Ep 23 - Ruff 'Em Up!

Steve Waltien has been in the casts of the world famous Second City MainStage, the Improvised Shakespeare Company, and Whirled News Tonight. His wife Kate James has been seen in the Chicago troupes "Schadenfreude" and "Virgin Daiquiri," on USA in Playing House, and in the viral "Drunk Cubs Fan" video. All of that, we learn in this episode of Improv Vermont, is totally irrelevant, because credits are bullshit and we should all cut out the self promotion already and just be good, loving, sensitive human beings, goddamit.

In this very special Thanksgiving episode, brothers Tad & Brad sort out some long-festering family issues between them, with a little help from Donna, the headhunter with the heart of gold. 

REMINDER: Saturday, November 29 we'll be at the BCA Center on Church St. in Burlington telling 12 HOURS of jokes from 11am to 11pm (with the help of 100 local comics). Also, our Kickstarter to build a comedy club in Vermont is NEARLY COMPLETE - so now is the time to donate if you haven't done so yet. Thanks for your support! 

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Ep 22 - Lime-A-Rita! (LIVE LaRonde)

Ep 22 - Lime-A-Rita! (LIVE LaRonde)

Please donate to our Kickstarter and give VT comedy a permanent home!

A young boy and girl learn the secrets to living in a treehouse for 80 days, while their parents on the ground struggle with their inner demons.

This special LIVE episode of Improv Vermont was recorded at Spark Arts with Spark Improv Troupe members Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), John Mathias, Aaron Paulsen, Laura Greenwood, Sarah Venuti Yates and Tim Shaw, and Spark Arts student Zowie Bither. 

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Ep 21 - Donald Trump's Animal Kingdom

Ep 21 - Donald Trump's Animal Kingdom

When apes are given an experimental "smart serum," they overrun their master and change the world as we know it. Meanwhile, a 7-year old girl allows her Disney fantasies to influence her choice of which pet to adopt, and her innocent imprisonment of an unconventional animal wreaks havoc on her family.

This episode of Improv Vermont features Tim Bridge and Mark Stein of the Spark Improv Troupe, and co-hosts Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club). 

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Ep 20 - Outbreak! (LIVE LaRonde)

Ep 20 - Outbreak! (LIVE LaRonde)

The Improv Vermont gang takes on the country's recent hysteria over infectious disease. In this episode, a compulsive liar creates trouble on public transit and in his family life; a senior citizen tries laugh yoga, and a lycanthrope has an unusual secret.

Co-hosted by Nathan Hartswick & Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club), this special LIVE episode features Spark Improv Troupe players Jon van Luling, Sydney McEwen, Fred Naumann, Tim Bridge and Mark Stein.

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Ep 19 - Satan's Bookshelf

Ep 19 - Satan's Bookshelf

In an unconventional school where teachers are perpetuating a cycle of cruel name-calling, a shy boy lobbies for a nonexistent role in his school play. But when the play goes up, the schoolwide HR crisis gets even worse.

Co-hosted by Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller (Vermont Comedy Club) and featuring Spark Improv Troupe performers Mark Stein (in his Improv Vermont debut) and Tim Bridge! 

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