Nick Bertozzi – Learning Assertiveness

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We’re back, and boy have we got a corker for you this week! The Perfectionists sit down with Dennis’s old mentor — New York Times bestselling cartoonist and teacher at the School of Visual Arts, Nick Bertozzi! They talk about learning to stay true to yourself as a professional artist, unlearning the habit of people pleasing, projecting your dang voice in the classroom and on the stage, and most importantly assertiveness (when do you have it, when do you not, and how can you learn it?).

Nick’s upcoming graphic novel is called BOMB! (based on a YA novel by Steve Sheinkin) and it’s about how the Soviets stole the secrets of the Manhattan Project to create their own atomic bomb. It’ll be out in Winter of 2023 from Roaring Brook Press.

Episode Guest

Nick Bertozzi

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Nick Bertozzi is a New-York Times Bestselling cartoonist who has written and drawn many graphic novels and has taught Cartooning at the School of Visual Arts since 2003.

Rob Penty – Minimizing Risk

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This week improviser, storyteller, and writer Rob Penty talks perfectionism and how it’s really about minimizing risk. Then, Rob and the Perfectionists somehow do a “sober drunk history” on psychological experiments. If you’re looking for a fun convo about hypochondria, OCD, Catholicism, and mindfulness meditation, you’ve come to the right place. Folks, if this one don’t have it, you don’t want it!

You can find Rob performing monthly on The Little Big Show at the Magnet Theater. Read his writing at www.actuallyitsrobpentydotorg.com. Rob’s ebook was designed by Carly Monardo and laid out by Nick Jaramillo.

Episode Guest

Rob Penty

Rob Penty
Rob Penty is an improviser, storyteller and writer from Brooklyn.

Season 1 Finale – Leave Bill Buckner Alone!

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What was it all about? Dennis and Ellen take a fond look back at Season 1 episode by episode and prepare to come roaring back in just three little weeks for an even bigger Season 2. Join us, won’t you?

Amanda Rothman – Therapy, Shame, and Kung Fu Movies

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This week the wonderful Amanda Rothman joins Ellen and Dennis to talk drama therapy, our need to take care of others (including, sometimes, our therapists), and how shame is a driving force behind perfectionism. They also go off on a tangent about The Matrix for … way? … too long? Is this officially a kung fu movie review podcast now? Maybe!

You can find Amanda Rothman on Psychology Today. Hire her!

Abby Russell – Sit Down, Shut Up, and Do It

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Abby Russell is a content producer in the video game industry. The perfectionists (Ellen and Dennis, natch) have a delightful chat with Abby about Twitch streaming, comedy writing, and the high stakes (low stakes) world of improv.

You can find Find Abby on Twitch, Twitter, and Instagram. Her handle is @ybbaaabby on all the things.

Episode Guest

Abby Russell

Comedian and game person on the internet. Rolling Stone once called her a "YouTuber."

Hannah Chase, Perfect Patient

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Health writer and wonderful human Hannah Chase gabs with the perfectionists (aka Ellen and Dennis) about being a perfect patient, advocating for yourself, and people pleasing–and we learn what a mustache does for your resting neutral face.

Check out our Instagram for more fun with mustaches and wigs! @pursuitofperfectness

You can find Hannah’s writing at hannahchase.medium.com where she mostly writes about chronic illness.

Episode Guest

Hannah Chase

Hannah Chase
Teacher, improviser, feminist, adventurer.

The Family Business – Paul Ton

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Paul Ton surprises Richard and Jessica with The Family Business. In episode 604, we visit a small-town video rental store with so much more in store.

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900 Day Fiancé – Vanita Kumar

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Vanita Kumar clues us into her favorite (and only) podcast, 900 Day Fiancé. In episode 669, 900 Day Fiancé follows various couples as they fight, laugh, and most importantly, love.

Learn more about Vanita at https://magnettheater.com/people/vanita-kumar/ !

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Ghost Cake Factory – Paige Heimark

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Paige Heimark draws us into her terrifying world with the Ghostcake Factory Podcast. In this episode, the kids tackle the Pittsburgh-adjacent Ross Park Mall Cheesecake Factory, with all its horrors.

Follow Paige Heimark at PaigeHeimark.com or her insta, @EdibleFreaks

Episode Guest

Paige Heimark

Paige is an artist, baker, producer, and radio host.

Dr. Jilda Greenspan – Blake Rogers

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Blake Rogers invites us to spend some time with Dr. Jilda Greenspan, a renowned therapist. In this “best of” episode, Dr. Greenspan solves relationship problems from friends to coworkers to family. NOTE: This episode is rated #NFC, Not For Children.

Find Blake on Instagram @blakenburger !

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