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The Running Joke

The Running Joke

By Charlie Charm
This is an improv discussion podcast with occasional instances of performance. The host is Charlie Charm, an old performer at CSZ Sacramento and a current performer with Central Coast Comedy Theater of San Luis Obispo, CA.
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Ep 32 Zoe's Film of Films
Hey folks! Long time no see! We are back with Zoe Fassler, recent Cal Poly Alum and Smile and Nod veteran. She is here with us talking about movies she's made, improv she's done, and a place she is going that will rock her improv world. All of this and more in your new episode. 
July 14, 2020
Ep 31 Annelies Has the Word on Disney
Running Joke is back! This week, it's an episode with the multi-talented Annelies Veldman. She has been in countless theater productions, has her own long running YouTube series which talks about technology, lifestyle and more,  and also her own podcast, Waterfall of Consciousness. This very busy lady gives her take on working with Disney and then does some improv! Have a blast with this one folks!
June 21, 2020
Ep 30 Shawna and Her Love/Hate Relationship With Fish
We were recently blessed with the return of one of our favorite local comedian's, Shawna Volpa! In this episode, Charlie and Shawna talk about her version of a she-shed, how crazy fish lovers can be, what you can do with a theatre degree AND.... IMPROV! That's right, we have an interview and improv episode for your thirtieth episode of Running Joke! Hope you enjoy!
June 7, 2020
Ep 29 Clean as a Gun Polished by Pappy
Laugh out loud listening to the antics of Molly and Charlie in this fun filled episode of Running Joke. In this one, the two try their hand at a radio serial format that turns spooky, they handle a death in the family with a shopping spree, and much, much more. So as always, sit back, relax, and enjoy your new episode of Running Joke. 
May 31, 2020
Ep 28 Talking About Covid 19 with Molly Jo
Though things are a bit grim because of this topic, sometimes it helps to hear some pals talk it all through. In a continuation of our time with Molly Jo, the Running Joke crew chats with Molly about what she's been eating, where she's been going, and how she's been hanging on through this crazy time we are all in. All of this, and more, in your latest episode of Running Joke. 
May 25, 2020
Ep 27 Molly's Smarts in Victorian Fashion
In a three part episode series, join hosts Charlie and Nikki with guest Molly Jon, in a fun chat about Victorian fashion eating for people's amusement and developing as a performer. You'll think about all sorts of things you'd never thunk before. And then you'll sit and think some more.
May 17, 2020
Ep 26 George This is H.R., We Need to Talk
Improv with 12 years of chemistry working! Listen as two old friends do the wildest bits that climax in hilariously disturbing ways. This is the return of Odin Rasco. If you haven't yet, make sure to check out Ep 25 Odin Rasco Comedian Extraordinaire, to learn more about this funny dude.  NSFW. Trigger warning, gun humor. Not a pun. 
May 10, 2020
Ep 25 Odin Rasco Comedian Extraordinaire
The stakes are high and the bond between these friends unbreakable. Meet Odin Rasco, a 26 year old man who is changing up the game in the Placerville area with his comedy variety shows. Kick back relax and hydrate as you enjoy some more Running Joke. ALSO: when you're done with this episode, give Less Than Rad a listen wherever you get your podcasts!
May 3, 2020
Ep 24 Nikki and Charlie are Back at it!
It's season two so that means it's time to know where our intrepid heroes are in their lives. Did they survive Cal Poly? Where do they live now? And why does the improv portion have sound effects now? All of these questions are answered in today's episode of Running Joke. As a note, sound effects were provided by, the easy way to get royalty fart sounds.
April 26, 2020
Ep 23 Nufo is a Poet and He Totally Knows it
Another wonderful episode of Running Joke! This time with Nufo Navarro from Central Coast Comedy Theater of San Luis Obispo. Nufo and Charlie talk over entertainment in all varieties from improv, to film, to poetry. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a fun conversation with this week's episode of Running Joke.
April 19, 2020
Ep 22 Nobody Doesn't like Sarah Lee
Season 2! And we are starting off with an awesome episode with Sarah Lee, an old Comedy Sportz Sacramento improvisor, who now does improv at Csz Seattle. In this episode Sarah and Charlie talk about acting, dance and learning Japanese! クレイジー!Then after a brief break, the two do an improv scene that will make you laugh your socks off. All of this and more in your new episode of Running Joke!
April 11, 2020
Ep 21 Jeremy Brint Aka Jack Jackson
Another fun episode of Running Joke! Hurray! According to spell check I have spelled hurray wrong. Hooray? That's it. That's the one. In today's episode we are joined by Jeremy Brint, an old member of Comedy Sportz Sacramento and a current employee of Disney Land! In the episode we talk about the noir hit Jack Jackson and then Charlie and Jeremy do improv. All of this and more in your new episode of Running Joke.  Check out Jack Jackson here:
September 22, 2019
Ep 20 See the Elephant
Welcome back to Running Joke, where we have a two for one episode today! Host Charlie Charm and improviser, Ryan Lloyd do an improv scene at the start with the suggestion of... Then in the second half of the episode, we meet Jamie Van Camp of Placerville, CA, the coowner and operator of See The Elephant, a new performing arts group in El Dorado County. All sorts of fun is had in today's episode of Running Joke.
September 14, 2019
We have hit twenty episodes! So it's time to start marketing our work a little more. This is a brief ad, that you can share if you want to spread the love for our work. Thanks!
September 2, 2019
Ep19 Sally Get in the Circle
In this new episode of Running Joke - there is improv! Beth Bolyard is back and this time she is performing and creating all sorts of characters! All of this and more in your latest episode of Running Joke.  Make sure to check out Ep 18 The Journalist, to learn more about this awesome improvisor. 
September 1, 2019
Ep 18 The Journalist
In this week's episode of Running Joke, we learn about CCCT member Beth Bolyard. We talk about the benefits of improv and her work in journalism . All of this and more in your new episode of Running Joke
August 31, 2019
Ep 17 Ryan the Ninja
Yay! Another awesome episode of Running Joke is out! Host Charlie Charm and Cohost Nikki Maraviglia are joined again by our guest Ryan Lloyd of Central Coast Comedy Theater. In this episode, everyone discusses the Robot, Pirate, Ninja book, they discuss toxicity in the improv community, and they get into some fun improv hijinks. You'll laugh, you'll nod your head and say "yup," and you'll be glad you listened to another episode of Running Joke
August 24, 2019
Ep B The Golden Age of Games
Get ready for another episode of Tunnelsnakefool (a segment that's a part of Running Joke). In this episode host Nikki and co-host Charlie talk about sonic the hedgehog, early computer games, and the advent of saving games. Hope you enjoy some more Tunnelsnakefool
August 22, 2019
Ep 16 When Ryan Ruled the Scene
Here is another great episode of Running Joke. Join host Charlie Charm and Co-host Nikki in an improv bonanza with CCCT's musical director Ryan Lloyd. Enjoy circuses, music and crime like you've never seen solved before. You'll laugh you'll cry you will be enjoying another episode of Running Joke.
August 17, 2019
Ep 15 Baby Bits
In today's episode host Charlie Charm is joined again again by wife and co-host Nikki, as well as his dear friend and CCCT brethren, Ryan Lloyd. We talk about Ryan's journey with art, Charlies' plays and people who inspire us. All of this and more in your new episode of Running Joke.
August 10, 2019
Ep14 Time Again Again for JC
In today's episode host Charlie Charm is joined again again by his wife and co-host Nikki, and again again with Josh Conrad from Central Coast Comedy Theater. They talk about accents, pop culture, hanging with your improv buds and the Harold. All of this and more in your new episode of Running Joke.
August 3, 2019
Ep 13 The Return of the Conrad
Josh Conrad from Central Coast Comedy Theater is back and ready to chat in this latest episode of Running Joke. Host Charlie Charm and cohost Nikki have all sorts of fun talking points involving weed and what not to talk about with our friend Josh, and improv is involved? All of this and more in your latest episode of Running Joke. 
July 27, 2019
Ep12 Was it Nikki Peeing?
In this episode we learn about Shawna Volpa and Olivia Doty. We learn how they started in comedy. We asked them for help with steam rollers, how to help folks that aren't giving a lot in scenes, and we wanted them to describe long form formats beyond the Harold. We did it all in less than an hour and a little more than half an hour in your newest episode of Running Joke. This is part two of my time with Olivia and Shawna. Check out our last episode Ep11 Pronounced Doty to hear some improv with these improvisors
July 15, 2019
Ep11 Pronounced Doty
Host Charlie Charm is joined by three fellow improvisors from Central Coast Comedy Theater! Co-host Nikki Charm Maraviglia returns, as well as Shawna Volpa a local teacher of comedy and Olivia Doty who has worked with KSBY, of San Luis Obispo County. In this episode people get wild with improv and you will hear all sorts of crazy scenes. There may be witches. There may be public hair. But what there definitely is, is another episode of Running Joke.
July 13, 2019
Ep10 Theresa Caputo: The Long Island Medium
Improv. For. You. In this episode join Charlie Charm and Sabrina Pratt for an improv experience that puts the fun in funky. If you haven't checked out episode 09, you may want to before or after. And as always keep hydrated.
July 8, 2019
Ep09 Sabrina's Journey
July first, we interviewed San Luis Obispo's very own, Sabrina Pratt. She is the owner and director of Central Coast Comedy Theater and she has been in the improv game for sixteen years! In this episode, we hear about her history, her goals for the theater, and her advice for any troubles improvisors are having these days. Be sure not to miss this episode of Running Joke! Also check out Central Coast Comedy Theater on the web at or on Instagram or Facebook!
July 6, 2019
Episode A: First gaming episode!
In this episode I (Tunnelsnakesfool) join my hubby Charlie to talk gaming!
July 3, 2019
Ep08 Josue Does Improv
We couldn't keep this until Saturday! Host Charlie Charm and guest Josue Sanchez return and do a few improv scenes. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wonder how many times Charlie is going to cough from his voices. All this fun in store for you, in this episode of Running Joke.
June 30, 2019
Ep07 Josue Making Dreams Come True
Host Charlie Charm interviews Sacramento based improvisor Josue Sanchez. Both bois performed at Csz Sacramento and at bars together in Sacramento under the name Kissy Wimps. In this episode they talk about Josue's show "Josue Makes Your Dreams Come True" (tm) and we talk about how to get swoll at the gym among other things. So sit back relax and enjoy some more Running Joke.
June 29, 2019
Ep06 Kelly Part 2
Finally, the last part of the interview with Kelly Jackson! Join host Charlie Charm and cohost Nikki Charm Maraviglia, in an interview with Smile and Nod alumni, Kelly Jackson, where they all talk about toilet paper, improv inclusiveness and youtube videos from the mid-2000's. This episode doesn't hold back, with a total time of 1 hour. So sit back, relax, grab like five or six drinks, and enjoy, Running Joke. 
June 22, 2019
Ep05 When Will They Edit For Me?
Hey look! An episode where they talk about the things I feel in an improv scene! Host Charlie Charm, talks to Central Coast Comedy Theater improvisor Josh Conrad, about improv scenes that last tooooo long and what to do when you're in a scene that has lasted tooooo long. They then do an improv scene together - unedited - for your pleasure. So sit back, get hydrated and enjoy some Running Joke.
June 15, 2019
Ep04 Balancing Improv and School
Nikki is back! Host Charlie Charm and Nikki Charm Maraviglia talk in this episode about how they balanced school and improv. If you are currently in school and doing improv regularly, this is a really good episode for you. [We apologize for the background noise. Eventually we will get better equipment. Also this was recorded in a car.]
June 8, 2019
Ep03 Kelly Smiling and Nodding.
In episode 3 of Running Joke, host Charlie Charm and co-host Nikki Charm Maraviglia interview improvisor Kelly Jackson of Santa Clara. Drinks are had, jokes are made and entertainment alchemized for all our wonderful listeners. Cheers and as host Charlie Charm says, stay hydrated.
June 1, 2019
Ep 02 Old Kissy Wimps
In this latest episode, host Charlie Charm interviews improvisor Jack Sheldon from Sacramento. Charlie and Jack talk about improv styles, character boxes, and improv group dynamics. At the end of the episode, Charlie and Jack play a round of Switch Interview - a classic short form improv game. Sit back relax and enjoy some goofy jokes on your favorite podcast - Running Joke. (Note: due to technical difficulties, audio may sound soft or muddled in parts of the recording. We have edited as best as we can for your listening enjoyment.)
May 23, 2019
Pilot Test Test ep 01
In this episode, join improv host Charlie Charm in an interview with his wife about improv. Sit back relax and listen to our takes on what improv is about.
May 21, 2019