DIM - Episode 38: Jorin Garguilo and David Wolinsky (Comedian, Teacher, Writer)
These guys both have parallel, legitimately interesting careers (Jorin worked with host Jim Jacoby at Manifest Digital and is currently a software engineer; David has worked as an editor at The Onion and curriculum builder at The Second City), but they both have one thing in common: They have treated their parallel pursuits - comedy - as a second career. That is, they take it extremely seriously, something that may sound silly to you, but that isn't the case for the Chicago comedy scene, a.k.a. the birthplace of improv comedy, and a city where people move to get better at their craft before inevitably moving to the coasts to pursue bigger opportunities.
David, a Chicago native, is one of those people who left, having driven cross-country with his writing partner just after Thanksgiving 2013. (He's also the producer of ADMCi's podcast and serves as its editorial director.) Jorin moved to Chicago from North Carolina in 2004 and has no desire to ever leave, calling himself an "improv academic." Here, they each talk about the tension that exists in the Chicago comedy scene and why people leave, explain the "industry" of comedy/performance/writing, and explore the challenge of continuously growing and moving towards mastery while staying true to yourself.
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Both David and Jorin have their own podcasts. Jorin invites guests to improvise and then immediately analyze the scene that transpired on the Department of Promethean Science podcast. David and his writing partner, and a writing duo in Chicago who has decided to never leave Chicago, talk about writing and the Chicago/LA dynamic on Writers Write, Right? David also has another podcast, The Electric Cybercast II: Online, a bucket-list video-game reviews podcast.