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29 March 08 - 03:28Spotlight on Super Bowl commercial star, Rory O'Sullivan

The Spotlight shone for the first time in 2008 on March 16th at the Magnet Theater. The first guest was Rory O'Sullivan, the star of the 'Talking Stain' commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. 

Our commercial break features Robin Rothman on vocals and Ernie Privetera on keys improvising jingles based on audience suggestions. This is an amusing experiment and very entertaining for the audience. Whether they are used to musical comedy or more likely to be watching Poker.de than attending this sort of event, they'll find it hilarious and very clever.

Our second guest is Claire, an audience member from Kansas talking about her television appearance on the news 15 years ago.

 

Finally, Robin Rothman and Ernie Privetera come back as the musical guest improvising another song based soley on a made-up song title provided by our audience.

 

Catch the next Spotlight live at the Magnet Theater at 9:30p on Sunday (March 30th). For specifics and video of the interviews, songs and improv visit the 18 minute condensed show.

Total time: 29 minutes (14.5Mb).

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10 March 08 - 22:13Spotlight Political Ad promo

My talk show is happening on March 16th and I'd love to have a friendly audience to see it. Please come to the Magnet Theater (254 W. 29th St, NYC) at 9:30p and check it out.

My guest is Rory O'Sullivan, star of the Tide To-Go Talking Stain video during the Super Bowl. Also, improvisers Jess Allen, Tara Copeland, and Kevin Hines will be there too!

The Spotlight with Sean Taylor: where a real talk show meets really good improv

Here's the rest of the cast and crew...
HOST: Sean Taylor
SIDEKICK: Matt Shafeek
BAND LEADER: Ernie Privetera
MUSICAL GUEST: Robin Rothman
DIRECTOR: Shawn Amaro

All this for $5
Call 212.244.8824 for reservations 

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02 March 08 - 02:50My Girlfriend's Awesome Voice

My girlfriend, Robin Rothman, wrote me a song and recorded it for me...so I podcasted it.  Her voice is beautiful.  I hope you agree.  Here is the song she sang called "You're My InspiraSEAN".  Oh yeah, she's also cute.

Total time: 7 minutes (7Mb).

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23 January 08 - 03:172007 Pizza Month Awards Ceremony

Welcome to my first video podcast. During National Pizza Month 2007 (October), I ate a slice of pizza each and every day at 31 different locations. This is an awards ceremony I held to honor a few stand out pizza places. If you want spoilers before you watch then here is a transcript of the entire 3 min 48 sec ceremony...

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Hi. I'm Sean Taylor and I'd like to welcome you to the Pizza Month 2007 Awards Ceremony.  

I will make this brief since I know a lot of you have a lot of other videos to click on...

I ate pizza at 31 different places in October and will be giving out awards for the following 3 categories...

Best Pizza Experience
Best New Discovery
Best Tasting Slice

And the nominees are...Famiglia, Fornino, Arturo's, Naples 45, Sally's Apizza, Santarpio's, Frank Pepe, Lombardi's, Di Fara, John's, Lil' Frankie's, Luzzo's, Bella Vita, L'Allegria, No. 28, Waldy's, Otto, Gruppo, Angelo's, Una Pizza Napoletana, Lucali, Patsy's, Amorina, Nick's, Two Boots, La Pizza Fresca, Kinchley's, Totonno's, Nunzio's, Lazzara's, Grimaldi's

And the award for the Best Pizza Experience goes to....Arturo's
 - With it's delicious coal fired brick oven pizza, live jazz, superb service and no wait to get in, Arturo's was the only pizza place to receive a 5 out of 5 ranking this year

Well done, Arturo's.

Next up is the award for the Best New Discovery.  For Pizza Month 2007, the  award goes to....Lucali
 - Despite its youth, Lucali wood fired pizza is some of the best tasting pizza in the city.  You won't mind the trek to Carroll Gardens once you taste what your destination has to offer.

It's true.  I've already been back.  

Ok.  We've waited long enough.  The final award, the award for the BEST TASTING SLICE goes to...Di Fara
 - This comes as no surprise for anyone who has ever ventured out to Midwood, Brooklyn to taste a slice of Dom DiMarco masterpieces.  With homegrown herbs and a unique blend of cheeses, Di Fara pizza proves that perfection can be repeated.

Well, congratulations to Arturo's, Lucali, and Di Fara.  Thank you, everyone for joining me in person or online for Pizza Month '07.  A special thanks to Robin Rothman who not only attended 12 pizza days but also helped in the editing process.  Please come back soon for rankings of some of my favorite pizza places.

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoWOS684884

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01 October 07 - 03:12Spotlight on News: Bob Wiltfong and Catie Lazarus

On May 29th, the spotlight shines on the news. Our guests include a former anchorman, Bob Wiltfong who recalls his days behind the desk in Lake Charles, Wichita, and Long Island.

Then, Catie Lazarus talks about her experience as a FOX News correspondent.

This is followed up by an interactive discussion with both Bob and Catie.

 

Be a part of the next taping of the Spotlight by signing our mailing list!

Total time: 38 minutes (18.1Mb).

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27 August 07 - 16:09Spotlight on Hams: Rob Lathan and Louie Pearlman

On May 15th, the spotlight shines on hams. When the tv camera points their direction, they take advantage. First, Rob Lathan reminisces on his tv debut where he was eventually kicked off the set of CNN's Talk Back Live.

Then, Louie Pearlman talks about the time he took off his clothes and wrestled his friends on the Canadian show URBAN RUSH.

This is followed up by a panel discussion with both Rob and Louie.

 

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Total time: 29 minutes (14.9Mb).

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24 August 07 - 16:40Spotlight on Whiz Kids: LeMar McLean and Michelle Dobrawsky

May 1st, 2007 the Spotlight with Sean Taylor shines on whiz kids (or grown up whiz kids). 

First, LeMar McLean discusses his appearance on PBS's WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO

then Michelle Dobrawsky recalls her television appearance on Long Island Public Access quiz show ANSWERWISE.

This is followed up by a panel discussion with both LeMar and Michelle.

 

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Total time: 39 minutes (18.2Mb).

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12 May 07 - 17:13Spotlight on Sports: Will Nunziata and Maddy Mako

April 17, 2007 the Spotlight with Sean Taylor shines on a folks that were on television for Sports related reasons. 

First, Will Nunziata recounts the realization of a dream job: a correspondent for SNY's Mets Weekly.

then Maddy Mako recalls her television appearance on CBS's coverage of the 1997 Fiesta Bowl.

This is followed up by a panel discussion with both Will and Maddy.

 

Be a part of the next (free!) taping of the Spotlight by coming to Gotham City Improv (48 W. 21st Street @6th Ave) on Tuesday the 15th of May at 8:30pm.

Total time: 35 minutes (16.5Mb).

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29 January 07 - 11:19Spotlight on Poker and Dave Hill

January 28, 2007 the Spotlight with Sean Taylor shines on a Poker Champion and Dave Hill. Matt Deluxe discusses his experience representing New York City in the YES Network's Boston vs. New York Poker Challenge.

then Dave Hill gives us a taste of his amazing and extraordinary life, "in general" as evidenced by his appearance in a short airing currently on the SUNDANCE channel called "Actor's Movement"

Join our mailinglist (up top) or re-visit this site to find out when the next SPOTLIGHT show is scheduled. Total time: 62 minutes (29.5Mb).

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25 January 07 - 10:05Spotlight on Youths on TV

January 21, 2007 the Spotlight with Sean Taylor shines on Youths on TV. Not just any TV shows but iconic TV shows of yesteryear; DONAHUE and SESAME STREET.  After a discussion of Sean's mix cd, BJ Gallagher discusses his experiences as a preteen "dater" on an episode of DONAHUE called "Young Love"

then Mo Shafeek sweeps the clouds away and enlightens us all about what it's like to live on SESAME STREET

The next live show takes place on January 28, 2007 at 9:30pm at the Magnet Theater (call 212.244.8824 for reservations). Total time: 55minutes (26.7Mb).

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18 January 07 - 10:16Spotlight on Cooking

January 14, 2007 the Spotlight with Sean Taylor shines on Cooking. Duncan Murdoch discusses his experiences on Discovery Channel's GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DINNER

then Carl Arnheiter, donning a chef's toke and apron explains his upcoming new series COOKING SHEET as well as his current gig, INSIDE JOKE

Sandwiched in between the two guests is a phone call to Kitzi Taylor for the Serial Killer Minute.  This episode's focus:  The Boston Strangler.

The next live show takes place on January 21, 2007 at 9:30pm at the Magnet Theater (call 212.244.8824 for reservations). Total time: 58minutes (27.7Mb).

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10 January 07 - 23:36Spotlight on Pranks

On January 7, 2007 the Spotlight with Sean Taylor took the stage at the Magnet Theater.  The topic is 'Pranks' and the spotlight shines on two well known pranksters.Billy Merritt discusses his experiences on VH1's SLEDGEHAMMER and MTV's BOILING POINTS

while Charlie Todd explains how he and IMPROV EVERYWHERE prove that pranks do not always have to be at someone's expense.

Special thanks to Shawn Amaro, the director of The Spotlight for making it all happen.

The next live show takes place on January 14, 2007 at 9:30pm at the Magnet Theater (call 212.244.8824 for reservations). 

Total time: 52minutes (25.5Mb).

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26 November 06 - 13:36Debut of live talk show

On October 18, 2006 the Spotlight with Sean Taylor debuted at the Magnet Theater.  

The topic is 'Game Shows' and the spotlight shines on two former game show contestants.  Ashley Ward discusses her experience on JEOPARDY!

While TJ Mannix recounts his day on the hot seat of WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

Sandwiched between these two interviews is a brief bit of banter between the guests, Sean Taylor, and his sidekick, Matthew Shafeek.

Next live show takes place on January 7, 2007 at 9:30pm at the Magnet Theater (call 212.244.8824 for reservations).

Total time: 56minutes (27Mb).

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15 September 06 - 20:21Episode #4: Baseball, Killers, Hamburgers

This episode features guests Kevin Hines, Kitzi Taylor, and Matt Pack as they talk Baseball, Serial Killers, and Hamburgers, respectively. Click the podcast logo below to begin playing the mp3 through your web browser... or Open the enhanced version in iTunes

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15 September 06 - 20:20Episode #3: Croquet, Triathlons, Video Games

Episode 3 of The Spotlight with Sean Taylor podcast featured guests Christian Capozzoli, Amy Taylor, and Matt Shafeek. Click the podcast logo below to begin playing the mp3 through your web browser... or Open the enhanced version in iTunes

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15 September 06 - 20:18Episode #2: Elderly News, Symphony, Body Surfing

Episode 2 of The Spotlight with Sean Taylor podcast featured guests Joe and Kay Cawley, Rachel Ciprotti and Sid Taylor. Topics included Elderly News, Symphony Stuff, and Body Surfing tips. Click the podcast logo below to begin playing the mp3 through your web browser... or Open the enhanced version in iTunes

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00 -1 00 - 00:00Episode #1: Pizza, Killers, Trek

Episode 1 of The Spotlight with Sean Taylor podcast featured guests Nathaniel Rink, Kitzi Taylor, and Charles Gussow. Topics included Pizza Talk, the Serial Killer Minute, and Star Trek.   Click the podcast logo below to begin playing the mp3 through your web browser... or Open the enhanced version in iTunes

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