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71 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Episode 33 - Cat Training (with Han Arbuthnott)
In episode 33, Ashley talks to comedian, dog walker and all around gem Han Arbuthnott! They talk about their mutual dislike of bugs, Han's experience going through "puberty part two-berty" as T changes his voice, the beloved Brendan Fraser and Han's topic for the week: Cat Training! They explain how good it is for cat's to be walked, how dogs and cats are quite different and they both giggle through pretty much the whole episode.
64 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Episode 32 - Comfort Shows / Re-Watching TV (with Hayley Tantau)
In episode 32 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to dear friend, comedian, writer and CO-HOST of the new podcast Call An Adult, Hayley Tantau! They talk about their mutual love of being in water, eating lipsmackers and Hayley's topic for the episode: Comfort Shows / Re-Watching TV - they get into the shows they love to re-watch, what they think drives someone to watch shows repeatedly, and give a sneak peak and their new podcast where they recap every single episode of Pretty Little Liars, Call An Adult!
73 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
Episode 31 - Student Theatre (with Lucy Rees)
In episode 31 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to old friend, theatre maker, actor, director and all round perfect human being Lucy Rees! They discuss meeting at university and continuing their friendship in the Melbourne comedy community, whether therapists can live in the city of their patients and Lucy's topic for the episode: Student Theatre! They discuss how their experiences in student theatre changed their lives, their favourite shows in student theatre, and what Lucy's life has been like working in and attempting to keep the La Trobe student theatre going.
77 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
Episode 30 - Scams/Con-Artists/Heists (with Scott Limbrick)
In episode 30 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to sketch comedian, writer, fellow improviser Scott Limbrick! They discuss their experiences reluctantly talking to people they admire, the majesty that is Sims Custom Content, and Scott's topic for the episode: Scams/Con-Artists/Heists. He educates Ashley about various famous scams in history, Ashley shares a story or a Real Life Con-Artist she knew, and they figure out what is and what isn't a heist.
88 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Episode 29 - Musical Theatre (with Charlie Zangel)
In episode 29 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to superstar comedian, writer, theatre maker and winner of Best Newcomer at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Charlie Zangel! They talk about the magical feeling in liminal theatre spaces, their Meyers Briggs Personality Test results and their mutual admiration for great simple song writing - and they get into the topic for the week which to no ones surprise is Musical Theatre. They rank their top 5 musicals, share horror stories of things going wrong on stage, and discuss their dream roles.
66 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 28 - Labyrinth (with Zenya Carmellotti)
In episode 28 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to superstar singer, actor, and musical theatre performer Zenya Carmellotti! They bond over their mutual understanding of what they wanted to do from a young age, how wonderful Zenya's mum is and Zenya's invention of "pregnancy mints" as a lying child - and lets not forget Zenya's topic for the episode: Jim Henson's Labyrinth! They get into the problematic subtext of the film, the music and how they feel about it today.
95 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Episode 27 - Books (with Cool & Smart)
This week, Ashley welcomes the first pair to the podcast, sketch and improv comedy duo Cool & Smart (Barney Pollock & Matt Young)! They get into how Barney's A-W "turbo brain" and Matt's ability to find connections is a strength in their work together, the joy released when watching sports vs doing escape rooms and their topic for the week (and first repeat topic, ooooh), books! Barney and Matt talk about earnestly liking books enough to start a podcast about them, they all discuss their ideal reading situation, self help books and what makes a book bad.
72 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 26 - Op Shops/Thrift Stores (with Maddy Weeks)
In episode 26 of Vision Quest, Ashley pals around with kindred spirit, comedian and all round legend Maddy Weeks! They talk about Maddy's asthma getting in the way of all their childhood dreams, how tram inspectors are dogs and Maddy tells the weirdest/best childhood story so far on the podcast - followed by their excellent topic for the week: Op Shops/Thrift Stores! Maddy breaks down their sword collection, creepy dolls and more!
33 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 25 - The Jonas Brothers
In episode 25 of Vision Quest, Ashley blabs on about about her most true and wholesome love: The Jonas Brothers. She goes into their backstory, her trajectory as a fan and why they're good boys who you should love and respect too.
61 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Episode 24 - Everybody Is An Artist (with Justin Kosisky)
In episode 24 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to artist/comedian/musician and friend Justin Kosisky about the dream of working for SNL, Justin's admiration for his bosses and feeling like you're in a version of The Truman show. And they get into Justin's topic: his belief that Everybody Is An Artist! They dissect how when money is tied to creative endeavours it can kill the passion for it, ways to find creativity in every day life and Art Attack.
78 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Episode 23 - Activism / Racial & Social Justice (with Samantha Antrum)
In episode 23 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to activist, writer and LA pal Samantha Antrum about their mutual musical theatre dreams, interior design and Sam's childhood obsession with birth videos. And of course, they get into Sam's topic for the episode: Activism / Racial & Social Justice! Sam talks about her experience growing up black in a predominantly white community, how she found her passion for activism in college and how white supremacy makes everything worse.
66 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Episode 22 - Short Form Improv (with Andy Vega)
In episode 21 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to old pal, impov/sketch comedian Andy Vega about his parallel's with High School Musical's Troy Bolton, having "dirt wars" in the desert as a child and how much Andy loves his friends. And they get into Andy's topic for the episode: Short Form Improv! They discuss the rivalry between short and long form, which games they played as kids and Andy tells some stories about performing short form as a teenager.
63 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Episode 21 - Sleepovers (with Katie Currie)
In this episode of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to kindred spirit, sketch comedian and improviser Katie Currie about Steve Irwin, their mutual love of Twilight, Katie collecting bones as a child and the topic for the episode: Sleepovers! They get into how "childlike wonder" shouldn't end when you grow up, the slumber party phenomenon that was the Family Computer and the smash hit 2004 tween movie, Sleepover.
60 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Episode 20 - Yoga, Crystals & Spirituality (with Mollie Adolf)
In episode 20 or Vision Quest, Ashley talks to her beloved friend, jewellery maker, improviser, podcast co-host, yoga teacher and overall dynamo Mollie Adolf! They discuss how yoga changed Mollie's life, both having questionable methods of exploring sexuality as children and their favourite conspiracy theories. Of course, Mollie unpacks her topic: Yoga, Crystals & Spirituality - she goes into why people shouldn't be judgemental of these practices, she and Ashley explore their bond based on astrology, and Mollie shares some expertise on particular crystals.
58 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Episode 19 - Documentaries (with Yoel Aynalem)
In episode 19 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to videographer, podcast host and documentarian Yoel Aynalem about LA culture, the toxic nature of workplace expectations in the entertainment industry and why Oprah should be president, as well as Yoel's topic for the episode: Documentaries! This being their first virtual meeting, they recommend their favourite documentaries to one another, discuss the Tiger King phenomenon and Yoel gives some great advice for any future documentarians out there.
52 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Episode 18 - Summerland (TV Show) (with Ally Sheehan)
In episode 18 of Vision Quest, Ashley welcomes her dear friend, hilarious YouTuber Ally Sheehan into her sweet embrace for a special in person episode. They discuss Ally's love of working at her U.S summer camp, their yearly friendship traditions and the root of their relationship: The Jonas Brothers. And of course, they get into Ally's topic, Summerland (the 2004 smash hit TV show but not really but they love it anyway). The pair get into every notable guest star, discuss the plot and characters, and keep going on about Australia's own Cameron Daddo.
58 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Episode 17 - Mental Health (with Victoria Chang)
In episode 17 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to her beautiful friend and social media mogul Victoria Chang about Victoria's obsession with coffee shops, their mutual love of musical theatre and their imaginary friends as children. And of course, Victoria's topic for the week: Mental Health. Having an open an honest discussion about therapy, medication, social media and some ways to manage a healthy mind through the pandemic.
69 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Episode 16 - Unus Annus (with Jenni Townsend)
In episode 16 of Vision Quest, Ashley talks to her hilarious friend and fellow improvisor, the whip smart, incredibly kind writer/comedian Jenni Townsend about their parallel experiences living in Los Angeles, their admiration for people who make things for their own enjoyment and being cruel as children. Then, Jenni breaks Ashley's brain by introducing her to the online cult phenomenon that was Unus Annus - a YouTube channel that existed for only one year, with the sole purpose of disappearing forever and leaving it's viewers in amazement.
57 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Episode 15 - The Truth About Chronic Pain
In the final episode of 2020, Ashley opens up about her struggles with rheumatoid/psoriatic arthritis and chronic pain as a way to let all the negativity of this year go, in the spirit of being authentic and potentially providing an honest perspective for those who want to learn more (or are struggling to find information about CP from someone who has experienced it). She goes over her personal timeline, diagnosis and progression of her CP, the current status of her CP, the things no one tells you about chronic pain, some useful tips for anyone suffering with CP, some tips for anyone who has a loved one with CP, and shares some online resources that help her.
60 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Episode 14 - Changing Your Mind (with Erin Michelle)
In Episode 14, Ashley has her first ever in-person guest - comedian, artist and all around excellent human being Erin Michelle! They discuss how they met via zoom trivia in lockdown, trusting yourself, and Erin's love and respect for musician Grimes - and of course Erin's topic for the episode: Changing Your Mind. Erin explains how important it is to her to have an open mind, her perspective as someone who has been both religious and an atheist, and they discuss the importance of letting go of things you once thought were meant for you.
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