Actor-Comedian Eric Schwartz With Your Roadmap to Getting On Stage

 

. . . . .

ERIC: Is it the magic of the universe, or is there a logical explanation?

MAXXIMILLIAN: The magic of the universe is a logical explanation.

. . . . .

Eric Schwartz (@ericschwartzis a quadruple-threat entertainer with multiple albums of original comedic anthems, dozens of videos that you’ll want to watch again and again, a one-hour special that might make you pee your pants, and a live standup show worthy of Carnegie Hall. He writes sketches. He writes comedy. He writes music. He performs live. He’s on tour constantly. But I caught up with him for an hour and we chopped it up into bite sized pieces.

I met Eric for the first time 5 years ago at YouTube Studios Los Angeles during a special event for YouTube creators and from the moment I saw him, I knew he was someone to watch. He invited me to see his standup show and (unlike many folks) I surprised him by actually showing up. I’m so glad I did. I was right about my suspicions; I watched him on stage through my tears as he brought the house down to ashes. The guy is hilarious.

But it ain’t all jokes. Creating material worthy of your audience’s hard-earned dollars isn’t something even a talented performer can just pull out of a hat.

So how do we consistently move toward excellence in our vehicle of intentional creativity? How do we go from what’s now to what’s next? We all have ambitions, and the people who look like they’re at the top have their eyes set on some goal beyond their peak too.

We know that waiting for someone else to recognize our talent and give us a ‘break’ is a delusion that we could use to con ourselves out of valuable years of our creative lives.

 

What to do?

 

We all have heard countless times (I hope) that we each have within us what it takes to do, be, and have whatever it is that we desire. Beyond desire how can we facilitate forward momentum in the direction we want to go?

Eric has some suggestions.

Eric offers an emotionally intelligent perspective on creating art, and what it took for him to move from posting his comedy videos on YouTube and performing at comedy clubs to booking roles in films by invitation on the merit of self-produced works already seen (no audition).

If you are an actor, writer—any kind of performing artist or creator, you can benefit from Eric Schwartz’s roadmap to getting on stage, developing and tightening your own standup comedy routine, and building an audience that appreciates your unique brand of standup comedy.

Do you know a performing artist you’d like to encourage?

Share this with all the performing artists you know—you don’t have to be an actor or comedian to benefit from listening to this episode.

Though comedy is Eric’s currency, his concepts transcend vocation.

A quote from the show — Eric says, “Amazing things have been done by people that just wanted to do it [who said,] ‘You know what? I’m going to do it and I don’t care what it takes. I’m going to ask as many people as I need to, and I’m going to do this.’ That’s the spirit you have to have. And Your passion will take you [the rest of] the way there.”

Actor-Comedian Eric Schwartz shares helpful perspectives on:

  • Upholding personal integrity in the face of an awkward moment
  • Your Roadmap to starting your career in standup comedy—no kidding! 
  • The book that has shifted his art to a new higher level (and how he uses it)
  • How to get started doing standup comedy at comedy clubs  (and everywhere)
  • Why you have a good chance of success asking to perform at live venues (both comedy and non-comedy venues)
  • Pitfalls to avoid in selecting performance material
  • How to hone your routine to its highest potential
  • How to get noticed in Hollywood
  • How to get on stage (literally what to say) and what to do before you get up there
  • and more… (of course there’s more!)

Join us for this very special episode of Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC, a podcast about topics interesting to creative people—best practices and helpful habits plus personal shares from creatives who are achieving success and want to share their experiences wrapped up in music to tickle your pleasure center.

If it’s the first time we’re meeting, I’m Maxximillian Dafoe an award-nominated audio dramatist, director, screenwriter, songwriter, actress, performer and host of the THEMATIC podcast, author of three books (AFTERLIFE, MOLLYVILLE, DAUGHTER AND THE SNAKE), screenwriter and performer who has worked/performed with Michael Chiklis, David Fincher, James Franco, Bruce Willis, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, and Dr. Dre as well as collaborations with many other widely appreciated notable artists.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Props Given:

 

Visit the podcast episode page for full show notes including episode extras and helpful links to take you to where you want to be (amongst the books and all the precious videos and things)!

 

Here it is… Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC – Show Notes & All Episodes

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Visit the episode page for full show notes including episode extras and helpful links to take you to where you want to be (amongst the books and all the precious videos and things)!

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Did you enjoy this episode? Help spread the word about this brand new podcast by telling a friend you think may appreciate this podcast AND with your positive iTunes review. (Hint: There’s no time like the present!) Have a suggestion? Drop me a line on my podcasts homepage.

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♥   EPISODE CREDITS   ♥

 

AUDIO CLIPS | Courtesy of Eric Schwartz

“Can’t Afford It” (“Can’t Believe It” – Lil Wayne) parody written and performed by Eric Schwartz (from a LIVE performance at The Laugh Factory)

“I’m Getting Paper” (“Look At Me Now” – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes) parody written and performed by Eric Schwartz (Performed LIVE at The Improv)

 

SPOTLIGHT MUSICAL FEATURES

“Smudj” by Foniqz

“Spectrum Subdiffusion Mix” by Foniqz

“Mutations” by Small Colin

 

MUSIC

“Mutations” by Small Colin

“Show Your Love” by Otis McDonald

“Heater” by MK2

“Operator Error” by Gunnar Olsen

“Late” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena

“Everything’s Nice” by Jingle Punks

“By The Pool” by Jingle Punks

“Stellar” by MindsEye

“Smudj” by Foniqz

“Q” by Inara George

“Howling” by Gunnar Olsen

“Spectrum Subdiffusion Mix” by Foniqz

 

 

Censor SoundFX courtesy of SoundJay.com

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama - album cover - image of a person looking into the stars in a night sky // Mollyville Episode 01

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 01: What You Wish For

In the seaside community of Mollyville, Bjørn Olsen, a healing psychopath in the golden years of self-recovery, laden with his rotten adult children, a careless, promiscuous wife and a vindictive ex-girlfriend, struggles to stay in the light as things fall apart.

This week in Mollyville… At the opening reception of an art exhibition, Bjorn Olsen meets the woman of his dreams—in addition to his wife, that is…

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama — a dystopian suspense fantasy — is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. For episode extras and more visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

Curious about what’s in it for you? Check out your patron rewards, here.

Can’t wait until next week to find out what happens next? Buy this title on Amazon.

 

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And if you’d like to drop me a line one-to-one you can always use the contact form on the front page of my website to send me a message.

BOOM! Here’s your 2-minute Pep Talk — Listen NOW: Encouraging words to light you up from the inside out! (Go ahead and give it a tap, you know you’re curious!)

 

 

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Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology.

 

Episode 07: Money, Power, Respect

Why is Goldie so nefarious? Find out this week when we take a trip down memory lane to her violent past.

Last we saw Bjørn he was in rough shape. His son, Jas, the most rotten of the Olsen apples dropped a bomb on Bjørn which sent him straight to the bar where he ran into none other than the one person he promised his wife he’d leave alone, Mx. Goldie Glās who dropped another bomb on Bjørn with a confirmation that she in fact is having a relationship with Bjørn’s married son Axel—and that regardless of Bjørn and Eva’s feelings about it, she doesn’t intend to stop; loud-talking Bjørn in the crowded bar, Goldie kicked it up a notch by threatening Bjørn that he and his wife would do best to mind their own business. Sound advice, surely.

This week in Mollyville we take a trip down memory lane back to Goldie’s not too distant violent past.

 

Special Feature

This week’s episode features a trailer for Wynabego Warrior, an audio drama podcast that brings you into a modern day Wild West fantasy  so real that you’ll smell the vegan meat cooking over the open flame of the fire. Intelligent, subtle humor, excellent writing, brilliant acting and flawless execution. You’ll hear the trailer at the end of this song. Give it a listen. #EagleScreech

 

Can’t wait until next week to find out what happens next? Download the book. You can read the first seven chapters free at tarynmaxximilliandafoe.com/mollyville.

Or visit patreon.com/maxximillian, become my fiction lover famiglia and listen to future episodes before they’re released for as little as $4.

Are you enjoying this podcast? Yeah? Yeah! Write me a poem as an iTunes review.

I love poems. It doesn’t even have to be about this story! Whatever poem you write, take a screenshot and tweet it to me—maybe I’ll read some of them on the next podcast (if I get any… hint hint)!

Dip those quills!

 

Music

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama Podcast Episode 07: Money, Power, Respect: Episode 07 Musical Features: Hang Ups (Want You) by Otis McDonald; Ever Felt by Otis McDonald; Dreams Become Real by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) – Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500027 – Artist: http://incompetech.com/

 

 

 

RELEVANT LINKS

Leave your iTunes Review

Download Mollyville: Humble Beginnings

Official Site for Maxximillian Dafoe

The Writer & Angelino Show with Maxximillian Dafoe

Mollyville on Pinterest

Maxximillian on Tumblr

Dopamine releasing SomaFM internet radio (with no ads ever)

Official Mollyville Website

Support for Mollyville

Novels by Maxximillian Dafoe

 

Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama podcast employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.
A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as “not-good place”, an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his most well-known work, Utopia (the blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty). Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology. (Source: Wikipedia)

Image: A man's bare buff nude chest WOW! No face but what a hunk! Image reads: Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 08: Fresh Meat

Episode 08: Fresh Meat — Plateau Nick

 

A pair of gigolo travelers blows into town—they’d been a trio but the third man, Nick discovers, died under violent circumstances.

Are you enjoying this podcast? Yeah? Yeah! Write me a poem as an iTunes review.

I love poems. It doesn’t even have to be about this story! Whatever poem you write, take a screenshot and tweet it to me—maybe I’ll read it on the next podcast.

This week’s listener poem from Jesse Hall, the second loudest voice on Tales of Thattown, a podcast about a small town, nice people and supernatural forces. Find it on iTunes and anyplace you listen to podcasts.

 

Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama podcast employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

 

A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as “not-good place”, an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his most well-known work, Utopia (the blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty). Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Thank you for listening to the Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama Podcast.

 

MUSIC

Musical features in Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama Podcast Ep 08: Fresh Meat…

‘Everything’s Nice’ by Jingle Punks

‘Hang Ups (Want You)’ by Otis McDonald

‘Lagos 2030 A.D.’ by Otis McDonald

 

RELEVANT LINKS

Leave your iTunes Review

Download Mollyville: Humble Beginnings

Official Site for Maxximillian Dafoe

Mollyville on Pinterest

Maxximillian on Tumblr

Dopamine releasing SomaFM internet radio (with no ads ever)

Official Mollyville Website

Novels by Maxximillian Dafoe

 

 

Eyes Wide Shut: Liberal Media’s Seduction of America—How To Reach Common Ground

Eyes Wide Shut: Unpleasant Truths Vs. Comfortable Lies — How Liberal Media’s Seduction of America Led To A Presidential SNAFU

Writer-Director Rob McCollum of the riveting political audio drama TERMSAuthor Maxximillian Dafoe (Host of THEMATIC), discuss the unanticipated outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election and what misled many Americans to believe it would turn out some other way.

Musical Features
“Be Sweet” from Marco Trovatello
“Everything’s Nice” by Jingle Punks

This is a teaser. Listen to the full episode (coming soon) by subscribing to THEMATIC on iTunes—or your favorite podcatcher.

Maxximillian Presents: Thematic is a journalism based storytelling podcast featuring listener-themed stories. Episodes feature an interview with a creator, innovator, writer, artist or scientist sharing practical tips and how-tos.

Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC is available on iTunes and wherever podcasts are found.

Visit the THEMATIC podcast page for details, show notes, and podcast extras.

 

MORE FROM MAXXIMILLIAN

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama

Award-Nominated Afterlife Paranormal Satire Audio Drama

Official Site for Maxximillian Dafoe

Novels by Maxximillian Dafoe

Get Exclusive Goodies!

Sleeping With The Enemy: Making Peace With America’s Boogieman

The American Experiment: Are Pure Politics The Solution To Irreconcilable Differences?

Writer-Director Rob McCollum of the riveting political audio drama TERMS and Author Maxximillian Dafoe (Host of THEMATIC) discuss the real boogieman in American politics—and it’s not who you think.

Musical Feature
“Sunday” by Otis McDonald

Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC is a Journalism-based storytelling podcast featuring interviews with creators, innovators, writers, artists, and scientists. Musical features from unique musical groups, and solo artists ranging in style from classical to funk are presented in each episode to shine a light on Maxximillian’s favorite—sometimes obscure—musical discoveries.

THEMATIC is available on iTunes and wherever podcasts are found. Visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com/thematic-writer-director-rob-mccollum

 

MORE FROM MAXXIMILLIAN

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama

Award-Nominated Afterlife Paranormal Satire Audio Drama

Official Site for Maxximillian Dafoe

Novels by Maxximillian Dafoe

Get Exclusive Goodies!

The Irresistibility Of Literary Fiction: Extraordinary Adventures In Ordinary Lives

Join Authors Jayme Beddingfield and Maxximillian Dafoe (Host of THEMATIC) as they discuss how genre popularity influences literary agents… and what it really means when an agent tells you that the genre you’ve written isn’t going to sell.

Author Jayme Beddingfield has been crafting stories since her third grade assignment to write her own fairytale. She has been writing professionally for five years. Originally from Northern New Jersey she now lives in Seattle, the city of her dreams. Her book The Highly Capable (The Ruby Dawson Saga) (Volume 1) is available for sale on Amazon. Listen to Jayme’s podcast Too Many Words on iTunes. If you’d like to hear more of Maxximillian and Jayme together, tap here to listen to Maxximillian’s appearance on Jayme’s Too Many Words podcast. We had such a good time together, we did it again—tap here to listen.  The full Thematic/Beddingfield Episode is coming soon. Subscribe on iTunes and you’ll be the first to hear it.

Author Maxximillian Dafoe (Afterlife, Mollyville: Humble Beginnings, Daughter & The Snake) is the host of Thematic and an audio dramatist (Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama, Award-Nominated Afterlife Paranormal Satire). She published 3 books last year, and like every good business-minded writer should, she likes to keep a pulse on the business of publishing as she works on her current novel.

The Worst Thing People Do At Parties ( And It’s Not What You Think! )

 

Ever thought about being a stand-up comedian and wanted to know the best way to get started?

Join author-artist-performer Maxximillian Dafoe (that’s me!) and actor-comedian Eric Schwartz as we discuss strategy, how to create your own opportunities, and how to get started in standup (or what you might do to elevate what you’ve already got going on) right now, today, whether you are interested in getting on stage for the first time but want a roadmap of where to start, or you are already performing in comedy clubs and have dreams of making the jump from stage to screen.

Any person who likes stand-up comedy, musicians who post original songs to YouTube, musicians who are self-publishing and selling music through iTunes, actors who post self-produced videos on Vimeo or YouTube, comics at all levels, performing artists of any kind, everyone interested in performing or writing sketch comedy like Funny or Die — anyone who likes to laugh, this episode is for you!

Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC is available free for download wherever podcasts are found. Subscribe and never miss an episode.

This is a teaser for the upcoming Thematic/Schwartz Episode. The full Thematic/Schwartz episode is coming soon.

Speaker: Eric Schwartz. Music, “Mutations” by Small Colin. “Show Your Love” by Otis McDonald.

For related videos, extras, and show notes visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com/thematic-podcast-show-notes.

 

image: caption reads: Mollyville Episode 011: Requiem for a Dream; the tendency of all life is onward and upward;. Image features a person carrying a huge backpack in silhouette

Episode 011: Requiem For A Dream

 

Janik puts his complete faith in Plateau Nick’s promise of a better life and convinces Nohl to give up their life of petty crime, but not without a fight.

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama Podcast Episode 011: Requiem For A Dream featuring inspirational words from Christian Daa Larson, YOUR FORCES AND HOW TO USE THEM, “The Ruling Principles of Man”. Music from Kevin MacLeod, and Otis McDonald.

 

CREDITS

011 Inspirational Feature “The Ruling Principle of Man”

Opening words by Christian Daa Larson, an excerpt from YOUR FORCES AND HOW TO USE THEM. Music, “Ghost Dance” by Kevin MacLeod. Performance by Maxximillian Dafoe.

Musical Features in order of occurrence…

  • “Ghost Dance” by Kevin MacLeod
  • “Otis McMusic” by Otis McDonald
  • “Hang Ups (Want You)” by Otis McDonald
  • “Stay” by Otis McDonald

SFX

  • Gutek, “Footsteps In Forest”
  • Digifish Music, “Walking on a Gravel Path by the Sea”
  • Robert Urell, “Parrots Arrive”
  • Nikeran, “A creek in a Forest”

Additional music/sounds by Maxximillian Dafoe

 

More from Maxximillian

Afterlife Paranormal Satire Audio Drama

Maxximillian Presents: Thematic, an uplifting podcast for curious minds

Novels by Maxximillian Dafoe

Want more Mollyville? Get manuscripts, maps, and more by becoming my patron. Visit patreon.com/maxximillian and take a look around.

Are you enjoying this podcast? Leave Your iTunes Review & Subscribe—thank you!

 

 

Episode 012: Who’s The Boss

 

Imagination paves the way for destiny. We are as we believe. 

Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama Episode 012: Who’s The Boss features inspirational words “How We Govern the Forces We Possess” by Christian Daa Larson. Music “Seeing The Future” by Dexter Brian. Performance by Taryn Maxximillian Dafoe.

Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama Episode 012: Who’s The Boss Musical Features in order of occurrence…

  • “Seeing The Future” by Dexter Brian
  • “Lagos 2030 A.D.” by Otis McDonald
  • “La La La” by Otis McDonald

SFX

  • Yap Audio, “Gravel Footfall Countryside”
  • Saam18, “Walking Wooden Bridge Fall Leafs Creek”
  • Airborne80, “Walking Over Wooden Bridge”
  • Denis Chapon, “Big Wooden Open Door”
  • Hybrid V, “Creepy Dungeon Door Slam”
  • Ethan Crawford & Keri, “Native Flute”
  • Thaigh Audio, “Showering Sequence”
  • Rocotilos, “Pen Drawer”

 

Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

MORE FROM MAXXIMILLIAN
Afterlife Paranormal Satire Audio Drama
Maxximillian Presents: Thematic, an uplifting podcast for curious minds
Novels by Maxximillian Dafoe

Want more Mollyville? Get more by becoming my patron. Visit patreon.com/maxximillian and take a look around.

Episode 013: See No Evil

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 013: See No Evil

“The most common challenges we face are our own beliefs.” —Maxximillian Dafoe

Would you follow through on your promise to enact vengeance even if it meant hurting a friend? When do you have the right to renege on a promise? What if it’s a matter of life or death—when is it fair to share a secret?

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Modern Radio Drama is written, performed & produced by Maxximillian Dafoe. Want more Mollyville? Get manuscripts, maps and more by becoming my patron. Visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

Inspirational Intro

  • Music. “Summer Days” by Kai Engel
  • Words. “Concentration and the Power Back of Suggestion”, an excerpt from Your Forces and How To Use Them by Christian Da Larson
  • Performance. Maxximillian Dafoe

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama is based on Mollyville: Humble Beginnings, a dystopian suspense novel written by Maxximillian Dafoe—available on Amazon.

  • “Hang Ups (Want You)” by Otis McDonald
  • “Difference” by Kai Engel
  • “Otis McMusic” by Otis McDonald
  • “Magic Part 2” by Otis McDonald

Additional Sounds…

  • “Parrots” from Robert Yurell
  • “Footsteps On Cement” from Tim Freyer

 

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Modern Radio Drama is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. For episode extras and more visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama is a labor of (my) love.  If you’d like to support me and this podcast, you can become my patron for as little as $1 an episode at patreon.com/maxximillian.

Curious about what’s in it for you? Check out your patron rewards, here.

 

More Podcasts from Maxximillian Dafoe

Join my mailing list — When I find excellent things I like to share them. Get these gems in your inbox. No self-promotion. Just helpful information, books, videos, and well-vetted articles. Positive perspectives you’ll appreciate.

Connect with me at twitter.com/maxximillian, facebook.com/maxximilliandafoe, and instagram.com/imaxximillian.

And if you’d like to drop me a line one-to-one you can always use the contact form on the front page of my website to send me a message.

BOOM! Here’s your 2-minute Pep Talk — Listen NOW: Encouraging words to light you up from the inside out! (Go ahead and give it a tap, you know you’re curious!)

Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology.

Listen on iTunes…

Subscribe via RSS…

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 015: Touch Me, Tease Me — episode cover image of a nude woman in an artistic pose with the tagline: "True Love Knows No Shame"

Episode 015: Touch Me, Tease Me

 

Bjorn & Eva Olsen are together at last!

After a heated tangle with his wife’s vindictive ex-girlfiriend and sister wife Goldie, Bjorn is still weighing his options. Is it better to say nothing and risk driving his wife to react in a way that would escalate Goldie’s vendetta? Or should he tell his wife he believes they may be in danger?

This week we trip down memory lane to Bjorn’s distant past to a hooker named Simone with magical fingertips, a chinchilla cooxxe, and a big round booty. She hasn’t been seen around in years.

Wonder why…

 

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 015: Touch Me, Tease Me was written, performed and produced by Maxximillian Dafoe with production assistance from creator-audio dramatist James Oliva (Greater Boston  audio drama podcast)—check out his psychedelic noir audio drama, What’s The Frequency, here.

Musical features for Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode: 015 Touch Me, Tease Me

  • “Everything’s Nice” by Jingle Punks
  • “BirdBrainz” by Otis McDonald
  • “Heart Break” by Vibe Tracks
  • “Champ” by Gunnar Olsen
  • “Namaste” by Audionautix
  • “Lude Illa” by Joe Bagale
  • “I Am Running Down The Long Hallway of Viewpoint Elementary School” by Chris Zabriskie
  • “Smooth Sailing (with Guitar)” by Audionautix
  • “Chill – Disco Ultralounge” by Kevin MacCleod
  • “Nice To You” by Vibe Tracks
  • “Fingers” by Otis McDonald

SFX

  • “toilet lid closing” by Passmanairgrace of FreeSound
  • “hand dryer public bathroom” by Rivernile7 of FreeSound
  • “Public Bathroom Entrance Door” by AGFX of FreeSound
  • “Bathroom Hand Dryer” by Jose908 of FreeSound
  • “Footsteps On Tile” by Kingsrow of FreeSound
  • “Russians Exiting Men’s Restroom” by bsumusictech of FreeSound
  • “Taking Belt Off” by ftpalad of FreeSound
  • “Vibrator” by toiletrolltube of FreeSound

 

Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology.

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. For episode extras and more visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama is a labor of (my) love.  If you’d like to support me and this podcast consider becoming my patron for as little as $1 an episode at patreon.com/maxximillian.

Curious about what’s in it for you? Check out your patron rewards, here.

 

More from Maxximillian Dafoe

 

Connect with me at twitter.com/maxximillian, facebook.com/maxximilliandafoe, and instagram.com/imaxximillian.

And if you’d like to drop me a line one-to-one you can always use the contact form on the front page of my website to send me a message. If you like what you see there, join my mailing list — When I find excellent things I like to share them. Get these gems in your inbox. Helpful information, books, videos, and well-vetted articles. Positive perspectives you’ll appreciate.

 

BOOM! Here’s your 2-minute Pep Talk — Listen NOW: Encouraging words to light you up from the inside out! (Go ahead and give it a tap, you know you’re curious!)

 

 

Listen on iTunes…

 

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Episode 03: A Bird in the Hand

Last we left Bjørn, he’d been walking toward home after a night on the town with his crush, the most captivating creature he’d ever met, the beautiful Goldie. Passing up an opportunity to take their physical relationship to the next level, Bjørn excused himself and went home to his wife, Eva who seems rarely to be at home…

There’s infidelity in the Olsen house, a reversal of fortune as things seem to be working out for Bjørn, and a harbinger of trouble to come.

But first, a few words about the protagonist of the Mollyville Dystopian Fiction Podcast—a closer look at Bjørn Olsen, the man with a heart of gold and a dark past…

If this is the first episode you’re listening to, go back and begin at the beginning. So much happens in each episode, I don’t want you to have left any scandalous morsel out.

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CREDITS
Musical Features for Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 03: A Bird in the Hand

  • “Hang Ups (Want You)” by Otis McDonald
  • “Sun 40” by Otis McDonald
  • “Direct To Video” by Chris Zabriskie

 

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Modern Radio Drama is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. For episode extras and more visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

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Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology.

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“Inner Visions” from Mollyville Modern Radio Drama

 

When Your Thoughts Are Like A Bad Neighborhood: How-To Evoke Mental Sunshine While Facing A Painful Memory — “Inner Visions” — Mollyville Modern Radio Drama

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Musical Features for Mollyville Modern Radio Drama “Inner Visions”…

  • “Dark Lotus” by MK2
  • “Champ” by Gunnar Olsen
  • “Namaste” by Audionautix
  • “Scarlet Fire” by Otis McDonald

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Modern Radio Drama is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. For episode extras and more visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

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Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology.

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Episode 02: First World Problems

Bjørn, a married man, pursues Goldie capturing her attention, but now what? His wife gives him such a wide berth… How far does he want to go?

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. For episode extras and more visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama is a labor of (my) love.  If you’d like to support me and this podcast, you can become my patron for as little as $1 an episode at patreon.com/maxximillian.

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Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology.

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CREDITS
Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 02 Musical Features

“Birdbrainz” by Otis McDonald
“Fingers” by Otis McDonald

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 010: Sugar-Free - album cover image - two men in silhouette "The greatest remedy in the world is change."

Episode 010: Sugar-Free

 

Janik comes to terms with the likelihood of his future in Mollyville—he wants a way out. Nick makes one of the grifters an offer they can’t refuse.

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama Podcast Episode 010: Sugar-free

 

MUSIC

Musical features for the Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Audio Drama Episode 010: “Realness” by Kai Engel; “Hang Ups (Want You)” by Otis McDonald; “La La La” by Otis McDonald; “Everything’s Nice” by Jingle Punks

SOUNDS

“Quiet forest with frogs and birds” from psnflute1984; “Playing with a lighter” from Janevdmerwe1995; the sounds of walking on grass from Jankoehl; “Blackbird in forest” from Carlito62; “Forest birds woodpecker” from Costaipsa; “Grass Falls” from Project Trident; “Waterlake” from Fabian Gutscher; “Walking on a gravel path by the sea” from Digifish Music; “Light rain and owl” from Geodylabs; “Tawny Owls” from Ben Boncan; “Deepbreathing” from Robinhood76; “Opening a creaky door” from Leady; “Party sounds”, “Gasp”, and that lovely lady’s “Laugh” from Freqman; “Brazilian Street Bar” from Suprasummun; “Talking people” from Szalonegacie; “Wine bar ambiance” from Rbn Yng; “Crowd in a bar” from Leandros Ntounis; “Solitary Beach” from Baidocin; “Small crowd cheering” from Howard V; “Yay” from Dr. Skiz —courtesy of freesound.org. Blackbird bird calls and river sounds from soundbible.com.

 

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Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama podcast employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

 

A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as “not-good place”, an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his most well-known work, Utopia (the blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty). Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Mollyville Episode 014: Family Affair

 

Plateau Nick delivers unwitting incomers, Nohl and Janik, to Mollyville’s most nefarious resident.

Mollyville’s resident arms dealer, Merv, confides in his long time friend and co-conspirator whose personal debt to him extends far beyond anything he could ask, until now.

 

Mollyville Dystopian Suspense Modern Radio Drama is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. For episode extras and more visit podcasts.maxximilliandafoe.com and take a look around.

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BOOM! Here’s your 2-minute Pep Talk — Listen NOW: Encouraging words to light you up from the inside out! (Go ahead and give it a tap, you know you’re curious!)

 

 

Caveat: The Mollyville Dystopian Audio Drama employs frank language and provocative themes. It is intended for a mature audience.

Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology.

 

Credits for Mollyville Modern Radio Drama Episode 014: Family Affair…

MUSIC

  • “Heart Break” by Vibe Tracks”
  • “Lagos 2030  A.D.” by Otis McDonald
  • “Ever Felt Part 3” by Otis McDonald

SFX

  • “Splash, Jumping, D.wav” by Inspector J of FreeSound
  • “Splash, Jumping, C.wav” by Inspector J of FreeSound
  • “Splash, Jumping, B.wav” by Inspector J of FreeSound
  • Pine Forest Ambience by dobride of FreeSound
  • “Multiple Knuckles Cracking” by spenceriv of FreeSound
  • “Machete Sharpening 2X” by Bettina Masberg of FreeSound
  • “Opening Coconut With Knife” from sonsdebarcelona of FreeSound
  • “Machete Cutting Tree” from Glen Curtis Adams

 

Credits for the Pep Talk…

“Concentration and the Power Back of Suggestion”, Words by Christian Daa Larson from YOUR FORCES AND HOW TO USE THEM. Music, “Summer Days” from Kai Engel. Performance by Maxximillian Dafoe.

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I Got 999 Faces But A Hero Ain’t One: Gamechanging Must-Reads For Fiction Writers

— includes bonus material —

SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO: LITERATURE’S FIRST FUCK-BOY?

 

Ever since I began calling myself a writer, people have recommended that I read The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. I use the word ‘recommended’ here loosely as there have been a wide range of indignant attitudes evoked by my not having already read the book—on account of me being a writer—with one uppity literati telling me:

“Until you read that book, you’re not really writing… You think you are, but you’re not.”

This came (of course) from a man who had written (you guessed it) ZERO books himself—typical, right? That exchange might have bothered me a bit more than it did were his psychology not so glaring: he considered himself a great writer—at least one superior to me—because he’d read The Hero with a Thousand Faces. (Obvious and utter caca, but I believed in his belief of what he was saying.)

Well even if it could have been true, it sure ain’t anymore because after two years of enduring supercilious sneers, insistent cajoling and (in the one case) outright contempt, I have finally read the book!

I’m happy to report that it was interesting, but it was not the gamechanger that for all these years writers and academics have promised it would be.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces reminds me of another book, a book that actually was—and still is—a gamechanger for me, The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri.

The Art of Dramatic Writing gave me a new way to think about my characters.

More than just insightful observations pointed to in a specific scene of an ancient film or play, in The Art of Dramatic Writing, Egri discusses what elements of the character (personal prejudices, background, immediate wants/needs) are active in the scene and how those motivations that I mentioned (upbringing, etcetera) influence that character’s actions.

In a later chapter, Lajos takes this discussion a step further by playing out how the writer might construct a life (from scratch!) that arrives at its dramatic end bit by bit, choice by choice, so that the entire series of actions/inactions that get our protagonist strung up, excommunicated, suffocated, blanched, dried, and eaten as snacks are understandable because we’ve come to know his character and witness his shortcomings.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE TAKE-AWAYS FROM The Art of Dramatic Writing IS THAT WHEN THE MOTIVES FEEL REAL EVEN THE UNLIKELY SMELLS AUTHENTIC.

For example, in Romeo & Juliet there is all this drama with Romeo killing himself since he can’t be with Juliet.

We get it, he’s hurt and their families both suck but we accept his resignation of life because he has come to the conclusion that his life without someone to love isn’t worth living, and we believe that he feels that way because at the very beginning of the play when we first meet him, what is he doing?

Fucking skulking around, kicking rocks, with his head hanging down because he’s sad about some bitch named Rosalind! I know, I know… Are you like, who the hell is Rosalind?!

I was too.

We’re made to quickly forget about Rosalind because Romeo—like the fickle man-child he is—forgets about Rosalind the instant he lays his fuck-boy eyes on Juliet. (A fuck-boy is the worst kind of guy, or at least one who represents the worst trends of the present moment—an excellent definition from Slate.com)

Romeo has entitlement issues, is impetuous, reckless and self-destructive—if he were alive today, he’d probably be on antidepressants and bipolar meds.

But there wasn’t any Vortioxetine in Shakespeare’s day and I’m guessing talk-therapy wasn’t popular, so he might have been feeling really bunched up; suicide might’ve looked like the only relief to someone like him.

Even if you don’t know anyone who would intentionally take poison then lay down next to his girlfriend to die, it’s believable that mad-at-the-world, spit-in-your-eye, crazy-in-love Romeo would do exactly that.

Remember: Romeo party-crashed the Capulet’s dinner party, even though they had threatened his life, just to see Rosalind—who didn’t even like him!—damn reckless. Who does that? People who want to die, that’s who.

Shakespeare’s Romeo is an angry, self-destructive guy who uses his unrequited love as an excuse for the ultimate lashing out at his family. Seeing him as he is—a jilted, self-destructive, unattainable tail-sniffer, self-proclaimed bad-luck-having guy—it’s a believable leap from self-pity to defiance to suicide.

Romeo & Juliet is a well constructed play with characters so well-formed that even their wildest actions seem believable.

Why?

Lajos Egri addresses the why and the how in The Art of Dramatic Writing.

I’d hoped that The Hero with a Thousand Faces would show me a new way to think about the elements of a hero’s journey through a story in the same way that The Art of Dramatic Writing expanded my awareness to include universal parallels in character and motivation.

It did not.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces is interesting reading, but if you’re a writer looking to enhance your own writing with the superpowers you can only get from reading well-written books on the craft, I recommend these books instead:

  • The Art Of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
  • The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The serious business of writing comedy by Steve Kaplan
  • Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure, and Scene by Martha Alderson

Just a few words on Martha Alderson—All of her books are thoughtful and helpful. She’s active on twitter, and inspires a great online community of friendly writers that participate in her motivational online book-writing events like PlotWriMo.

I’ve read and own maybe twenty (maybe 50!) books on writing.

Some focus on a specific aspect of writing—say, creating a character, and others illustrate the finer points in the long-game of creating fictional worlds, or how to realistically kill a character with various poisons, I could go on… My point here is: I love to read, and I love to read about writing BUT (and I don’t think I’m alone in this) I only like reading books that leave me with tools that I can use to hone and polish my own lump of quartz, you know?

I’m a book nerd, not an information perv who gets her rocks off on familiarity with literature alone.

I like to read shit that helps me do my shit better. That’s the shit I like best.

Doesn’t everyone?

Here are the links…

The Art of Dramatic Writing
The Hidden Tools of Comedy
Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step by Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure, and Scene

By the way, if you prefer more interaction to books or want to spike your experience with something IRL, both Martha Alderson and Steve Kaplan offer consultations, writing events and courses on writing.

If you want the straight dope right this minute, these videos of Steve Kaplan sharing his insights on crafting a compelling comedy, the business of writing, and his tips on storytelling—that are helpful in any genre—will flip your wig back.

In closing, dear writers, and lovers of books of words on the writing of words, it is my hope that these tips are helpful. And with that, I’m off to work on my latest novel.

Sending you lightning bolts and heart emojis,

Your friendly scribe,
Maxximillian

P.S. Have you been listening to my fiction podcast? If so, consider writing me an iTunes review — here’s the link. If you haven’t heard any episodes yet, here’s a great place to start, it’s Ep 011 Popping Bottles—one of my favorite episodes.

The story here picks up with the female protagonist, Karen, a newly minted Hollywood celebrity that after years doggedly pursuing her dreams has finally become rich and famous.

In this episode, Karen has accepted a bribe and used her celebrity status to get invited into a popular rap mogul’s Beverly Hills garden party. As it turns out, for Karen, there’s not much to celebrate.

The award-nominated Afterlife Paranormal Modern Radio Drama is based on my book Afterlife (Book 2 in the Bedtime Stories for the Intellectually Adventurous series), available on Amazon.

Or click here to listen to The Afterlife Podcast Episode 011: Popping Bottles on iTunes.

You’ll hear me say it in the intro but since we’re both here… The Afterlife Podcast employs dark humor and frank language. It is intended for a mature audience.

 To learn more about the story of Afterlife, check out this post.