Ted O’Gorman and Michael Paul Smith are childhood friends who will do anything to make each other laugh. They’ve been writing and collaborating together for their entire friendship, and it’s high time they read some comedy sketches into microphones. So they made a sketch comedy podcast, Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones. It’s produced by podcaster Gillian Pensavalle (The Hamilcast, True Crime Obsessed) and features the three of them in every episode.
This podcast is an unapologetic look into the minds of Ted and Michael, who have always been guided by the creative principle of, “If it’s funny to us, it’ll be funny to other people, too.” The sketches may be stand-alone scenes, showcases of their impressions, brief moments of absurdity, or just Ted and Michael being themselves. Ranging from straightforward and wholesome to bizarre and outlandish, they are and always will be, “silly for the sake of silly.”
Ted and Michael are joined by their many comedically gifted friends on various episodes of Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones; making the final product one in which the sense of fun and celebration is palpable, contagious, and inclusive without exception. In listening, you’ll get a sense that each scene ends with a burst of laughter, as though the actors themselves could barely hold it together. And if you listen to the outtakes at the end of each episode, this is absolutely true.
This podcast is made for comedy nerds of all kinds. The goal of Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones is simply to make you laugh. Laughter is one of life’s great unifying forces, and this podcast hopes to inject just a little more of it out into the world.
Ted O’Gorman is an actor and writer.
He was featured in the webseries The Residuals. He teaches and performs with the improv/sketch group Basement View Improv, of which he is a co-founder. He’s produced, directed, and featured in the comedy website Black20.com.
He’s pretty surprised that Broadway Podcast Network is cool with him even coming by, let alone partnering with him on Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones. And he aspires to make sure they don’t regret it.
A born and raised New Yorker, Gillian is a karaoke enthusiast who says hello to dogs on the street, but always asks permission first. She is a proud Ravenclaw and loyal to House Stark. With over fifteen years of experience, Gillian is the creator, executive producer, and host of The Hamilcast:
A Hamilton Podcast. She is also the producer of her husband's sketch comedy podcast Ted and Michael Read Sketches into Microphones, featuring the voices of Mike O'Gorman, Nik Walker, and many more.
Michael Paul Smith is an actor, writer, director and producer. He can be heard opposite his wife Gillian Pensavalle on her podcast The Hamilcast. He is beyond thrilled to be debuting Season Two of Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones with the “Broadway Podcast Network.”
Theatre cred: Michael graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting, and has performed with MCC Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, among others.