In the Dark
About This Show
I want to understand people I disagree with instead of just being angry at them. I want to have big conversations where I don't have to be politically correct or well-spoken. I'm a jumble of thoughts and words and really I just want to laugh and drink Gin & Tonics.
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 21 Michael Robinson on Fetish Parties and Not Giving a Fuck
3 days ago
Hola Mi Amigos,
Michael Robinson is an ebullient powerhouse. He’s a director, actor, dad and adventure seeker. I met him at Vancouver TheatreSports in 2003 or something, it doesn’t matter. Here’s his bio I pulled from his imdb page and then I completely fabricated things along the way. Sorry Michael, but it’s my show. I can do what I want.
Michael went to the University of British Columbia becoming the first ever graduate of the new BFA Acting program. Soon after electricity was invented. Michael then went on to be one of the core group responsible for making the Vancouver Theatresports League the greatest improvisational theatre company on Earth. He won the World Theatresports Championship in Calgary in 1988 but it was overshadowed by the Winter Olympics. For several years, he performed with Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles and I think probably taught them everything they know/knew. He moved to New Zealand in 1990 and started his own Improv company, The Court Jesters, which is the classicest of classic improve troupe names. He also taught Cate Blanchett how to improvise (act). Pretty good. Love her. She’s the Australian Tilda Swinton, isn’t she? I always got Tilda Swinton and David Bowie mixed up. Not anymore. RIPs.
While never neglecting Improv as his first love, Michael also developed a television directing career. He won a BAFTA Award in 2005. He has also directed many theatre productions, particularly as Artistic Director of the Queenstown Shakespeare Festival in New Zealand. In 1998 he moved to London (not Ontario) and took up a prestigious directing position at the BBC. In 2001 he returned to Vancouver where he continues to improvise, teach, direct TV and Theatre and act.
Little known facts about Michael. He climbed Mount Kenya in 1988 by the original Burton and Speke route (Obviously. All the other routes are sooo lame.) He almost died of Malaria in Thailand in 1989 (Who didn’t? It was the ’80s, man!) And the following year he broke his back in a car accident on the Autobahn. That’s what you get for doing Improv on a highway.
Today Michael and I talk about drugs, BDSM, the Fetish scene, Improv and not givi