by Megan Radke
It’s almost that time again! Obviously, the most wonderful time of the year, Dallas Comedy Festival (DCF) kicks off on Tuesday, March 22. To help you put together your festival schedule, we want to make sure you get to know as many of the fabulous out-of-town acts as possible that will be dropping into Dallas Comedy House.
Forever Dog, based in New York and Los Angeles, are multi-taskers. And that’s putting it lightly. These guys do a little bit of everything! Co-founder, Joe Cilio, let me in on what we can expect from his and Alex Ramsey’s (also a Forever Dog co-founder) sketch show at DCF, as well as the awesome stuff we can look forward to from the Forever Dog team this year.
Get to know Forever Dog!
Describe what your show at this year’s Dallas Comedy Festival will be like. (Without, you know, giving everything away…) What’s it called?
Our show is called “All the Kinds of Comedy.” It’s a two-person show in which we showcase a hyper-theatrical, energetic but polished voice. The material is very meticulous in its design but you can expect a lot of high energy, a goofy show, something like watching people having a heart attack. A very thought out heart attack.
A bit of a loaded question here: Forever Dog Productions does everything from podcasts, short films, plays, live shows and more. WOAH! First, what inspires/influences all of this awesome material?
We work with tons of people with tons of different backgrounds in New York. Our fellow writers, dancers, and directors, the core of the group, that’s where we draw a lot of inspiration from. We’re also really inspired by dramas. We really love classic novels and epic movies and plays. And as far as comedy goes, we love the same things as everyone else does, you know? Monty Python, Tim and Eric, but I think the most interesting things we draw inspiration from are just those things we don’t have enough money to do. That spectacle! We like to put on a show as if we have $6,000,000, when we really have like, $60!
Second, tell me a little about your podcasts and where I can listen to them (I really love podcasts…).
On the March 19, we are launching our own podcast network! There will be 10 original podcasts that are all totally different and showcase a variety of talent. The highest quality in structure but really diverse. They range from 10-minute character monologues to two-hour long dissections of Kanye West songs.
That’s awesome! That had to be a ton of work to put together a network like that.
Last year we did a 12-hour long play, in 12 parts, Volcano Town. There were 50 characters. It was a really huge undertaking. The podcast network is just another one of those huge undertakings for us.
Forever Dog is a group of performers, writers and directors. What advice do you have for anyone hoping to do any of the above within comedy?
Discipline. Obviously, you need the discipline to keep to a schedule and set goals but also you need to have the discipline to keep the nicest and best people around you at all times to support you. It just comes down to kindness. Work with people that you can count on and that are just as hard-working as you are. There’s no time for people that aren’t cool!
OK, before we welcome you to Dallas from NYC, anything else we should know?
Come to our show and hang out with us! We’re nice!
See Forever Dog on Thursday, March 24 at 10 p.m. with On-Time Delivery. Tickets are on sale now!
Megan Radke is currently a Level 3 student at DCH. She is a copywriter and social media manager by day and an essayist and mediocre musician by night. She is a constant consumer of books, music, film, and all things comedy. She is also great at racking up copious amounts of credit card debt with spur-of-the-moment travel.