Moving Image 9-11-2014

What’s So Funny? – With Mike Fotis

For this episode of our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy, host Levi Weinhagen talks with storyteller, "Wits" writer and improv comic, Mike Fotis.


About this episode’s featured artist:

“After I did that show, this is the least anxious I’ve felt in a really long time.”

Comedy writer and performer Mike Fotis talks about working in multiple comedy platforms. He talks about the differences and similarities amongst improv, sketch, storytelling, and writing for the radio. Mike also talks about the experience of sharing very personal stories on stage and trying to do things that aren’t comedic after building an audience that expects only comedy things from him. Plus, he shares stories of writing for the Brave New Workshop and the Minnesota Public Radio show, Wits

About the host:

Levi Weinhagen is a comedy writer, podcast producer, theater maker and host. He has written & performed with the Brave New Workshop, the Ministry of Cultural Warfare, HUGE theater, Pick-A-Line productions, the Science Museum of Minnesota & many more. In 2010 Levi co-founded, along with Joshua English Scrimshaw, the Twin Cities based all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase.

Levi is the producer & host of the award winning Pratfalls of Parenting, a podcast featuring conversations with artists about the relationship between being an artist and being a parent. He is the co-host of the science and comedy podcast Regret Labs. He also produced and co-hosted the highly inappropriate improvised comedy podcast Trendz. From 2011 to 2013 I was social media manager and contributing writer for the online Twin Cities performing arts magazine Minnesota Playlist.


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Levi Weinhagen

LEVI WEINHAGEN writer, producer, performer, podcaster, trainer and educator TEACHING I currently develop curriculum for and lead classroom residencies and workshops as a teaching artist with the state-wide organization COMPAS. This has given me the opportunity to work in-depth with groups across the state including elementary age children of active duty military parents, middle school students from immigrant and refugee communities, intergenerational families coping with Alzheimers and elders …   read more