Urbaniak

Jul 18

The two leading facts of the “Personal life” section of Stephen Merchant’s Wikipedia.

The two leading facts of the “Personal life” section of Stephen Merchant’s Wikipedia.

Jun 09

Rolling Stone said some nice things about my podcast last month while it was on hiatus. It returns this month with a new episode by the great Anne Washburn (who wrote the much beloved first episode about an insomniac’s inventory of his refrigerator).  Enjoy at Feral Audio or iTunes.  And if you enjoy, reblog. It helps!

Rolling Stone said some nice things about my podcast last month while it was on hiatus. It returns this month with a new episode by the great Anne Washburn (who wrote the much beloved first episode about an insomniac’s inventory of his refrigerator). Enjoy at Feral Audio or iTunes. And if you enjoy, reblog. It helps!

May 12

publicschoolshow:

Your Public School theme is BROWSER HISTORY.
We will let you touch our internet on Tuesday, May 13th at 9 PM. 

Realness by:



April Richardson * Sara Benincasa * Joseph Scrimshaw * Sara Pocock
* Mary Kobayashi Connole * Julieanne Smolinski * Natasha Vargas-Cooper*

Hosted by the elegantly mammalian  James Urbaniak.


RSVP NOW TO LIVE AMONGST THE TREES 



Recommended.

publicschoolshow:

Your Public School theme is BROWSER HISTORY.

We will let you touch our internet on Tuesday, May 13th at 9 PM. 
Realness by:
April Richardson Sara Benincasa * Joseph Scrimshaw * Sara Pocock
Mary Kobayashi Connole Julieanne Smolinski * Natasha Vargas-Cooper*
Hosted by the elegantly mammalian  James Urbaniak.
RSVP NOW TO LIVE AMONGST THE TREES 

Recommended.

Mar 06

Me trying to buck up Andy Daly in the third episode of Comedy Central’s “Review.” The first episode premieres tonight at 10. I’m not in the first one but watch anyway, this isn’t just about me.

Me trying to buck up Andy Daly in the third episode of Comedy Central’s “Review.” The first episode premieres tonight at 10. I’m not in the first one but watch anyway, this isn’t just about me.

Mar 04

Eating 15 Pancakes - Review - Comedy Central -

andydaly:

Important News! Today is National Pancake Day. Don’t ask why or what that is or what it means. What answer could possibly be satisfactory? Just watch and pass along this clip from Review, in honor of The Pancake.

I’m in this.

Feb 28

GETTING ON WITH JAMES URBANIAK, Ep. 17: “Two Bits,” a pair of L.A. stories by me and Brie Williams. Guest starring Janie Haddad Tompkins. Enjoy and share!

GETTING ON WITH JAMES URBANIAK, Ep. 17: “Two Bits,” a pair of L.A. stories by me and Brie Williams. Guest starring Janie Haddad Tompkins. Enjoy and share!

Feb 12

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Feb 02

Years ago, sometime in the late ’90s, I auditioned for a one-act play in NY. It was a light comedy about a playwright who had a troll who lived in his closet who wrote his plays for him. My audition for the role of the the troll went very well. I thought the character suited my strengths; I took pride in having a corner on wry, verbal oddballs. The producers loved me and I seemed very close to getting it.

I didn’t get it. I went to see the play when it opened (it was part of an evening of one-acts) and when the troll made his entrance, a young Philip Seymour Hoffman walked out. Or rather, crawled out, pulling his big body across the floor, deep voice bellowing, playing this light comedy character with a physical intensity and emotional depth that was nowhere near what I had done in the audition. It hadn’t even occurred to me that you could play the character this way. This actor was taking this troll, this secretive, brilliant, deformed outsider…seriously.

I remember thinking “Holy shit. Well…I see why this guy got the part.”

I’ve thought many times through the years about being blown away by that performance. About what a lesson it was in committing, digging deep, raising the stakes, going further. Philip Seymour Hoffman kept doing that. He never stopped doing it. He was incapable of not doing it.

I’ve reflected on so many of his performances through the years but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about that troll. I’ll keep thinking about it.

Jan 21

Episode 051 with James Urbaniak, “Date Auction”

gobayside:

image James and I watch the one where the student council decides to have a date auction to raise money for cheerleading uniforms, and Lisa starts reading Tolstoy in order to win the heart of a snobby intellectual.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/gobayside/GoBayside_051_JamesUrbaniak.mp3

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I’m the guest on the new episode of April Richardson’s “Go Bayside,” a podcast about the television series “Saved by the Bell.”

Jan 07

Ep. 16: “Buyer’s Remorse” by Bill Braine. Come for the impulse, stay for the regret. At Feral Audio and iTunes. Enjoy and share.

Ep. 16: “Buyer’s Remorse” by Bill Braine. Come for the impulse, stay for the regret. At Feral Audio and iTunes. Enjoy and share.