YBY ep 292: Morgan Phillips on music, improv, and going viral in your forties!
In this week’s Yes But Why Podcast episode, I talk to Morgan Phillips, performer of improv and music since 1994.
Morgan Phillips is an improviser and improv coach based in New York City. He is the creator and temporary Artistic Director of Not A Bit Comedy Theater.
Morgan has been studying and performing improv on a regular basis for almost 30 years. He loves performing improv. In 2015, Morgan did online improv scenes with over 1000 improvisers. Morgan loves teaching improv. He taught at UCB NY from 2016 until March of 2020.
In our conversation, Morgan talks to me about temp jobs, acapella, and the New York City improv scene. Morgan loves to sing as evidenced by the multiple years singing in a professional acapella group. When he got into improv, he started with short form at Chicago City Limits. He says he liked their theater space and their focus on musical improv was a BIG plus as well.
Morgan talks to me about his experience with UCB NY. From taking classes to auditioning way too many times just to get onstage and then finally to be teaching in the conservatory, Morgan spent a lot of years at the NYC theater of Upright Citizens Brigade. We talked about it ending and how hard that can be when your community crumbles. I commiserated obviously.
And then he told me what it was like to go viral on TikTok in your mid forties. It sounds like fun, y’all.
We talk about some serious stuff here and there, but I swear we’re both hysterically funny, me especially, I mean Morgan, my guest. My guest Morgan was very funny.
Support Morgan by booking him to coach your troupe online. He can be anywhere, cause he’s on Zoom and Google Hangouts and he is a great coach and you should hire him! Also, check out his TikTok!
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(production notes: recorded via ZOOM on 10/28/2021…posted on 12/6/2021)