Episode #111: Tigers Blood Theater & Swayze McIntyre: Human Guinea Pig


Have you ever accidentally started a fire?  That's cool, but Colleen McKenna accidentally started a theater company!  Colleen is the talented actress and improviser behind Tiger's Blood Theater, a growing theater company that supports and encourages people to do something they've never done before, on a stage, in front of an audience. It takes a special person to be that encouraging--someone brave enough to use the motto: "Explore. Experiment. Express.". Her productions are rated Triple EEE!  Tiger's Blood THeater has found a supportive home base at The Comedy Spot in Arlington where the shows have included established improv troupes, stand-up comedy, sketch and virgin improv troupes hitting the stage for the first time. Tiger's Blood Theater also proudly presented the dramatic production of Edward Allen Baker's one-act play, Rosemary with Ginger at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, which was critically acclaimed. Colleen is looking forward to hosting a sketch writing workshop Jan. 25th at The Comedy Spot taught by Kevin McDonald from Kids In The Hall. Stay tuned for details on the Tiger's Blood Facebook page and @tigersbloodthtr on Twitter. 2014 is going to start with a roar for Tiger's Blood Theater! You can also see Colleen perform with DC improv troupe, Pluto's Last Stand.

Since Colleen encourages experimentation, we brought Swayze McIntyre on the show to talk about his career as a Human Guinea Pig. Although emotionally traumatized and shockingly poor from the "Guinea Pig Game", he shares his incredible stories with uncomfortable honesty. Such as the time he set the president of Coleman's wife on fire while testing camping lanterns. Or the time he almost died choking on Country Time Lemonade's powder mix. Swayze's most recent gig was testing Dress Barn's dresses which he excelled at with the help of a lot of Spanx and sit ups. And as usual, our guests made a connection and Colleen will be shepherding Swayze into a performance career where he can tell his story to a broader audience without being poked with a toothpick.  Please follow Swayze on Twitter and help his pain-free future along!

Special thanks to Jon Milstein of Porkchop Volcano for playing the very lovable human guinea pig, Swayze McIntyre. Please see Jon and his troupe, Porkchop Volcano --they perform every other Saturday night at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Next show will be Dec. 14th at 9pm!