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Josh Swallows Broadway
A subversive comedy podcast with Broadway’s biggest names, hosted by Josh Lamon, one of Broadway’s most sought out comedic performers (and it’s not just his mom who thinks so!). These are candid, often inappropriate conversations with his friends ranging from behind the scenes antics to in depth conversations about their lives and daily struggles. Together they explore what it is actually like to deal with the ups and downs of show business and they don’t hold back. “WHY DO WE DO THIS?” Listen to find out. Each episode features a special call to one of his fans who gets to ask both Josh and his podcast guest(s) a personal question. Josh is an award-winning Broadway actor who was most recently seen in The Prom on Broadway. He has a long Broadway stage history including Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf, Hair, Into the Woods in addition to numerous film credits including 30 Rock, Inside Amy Schumer, The Good Fight, and Deadbeat. Connect with Josh via twitter: @JoshLamon, Instagram: @Josh.Lamon
April 8, 2020
Ep24 - Beth Leavel, it's roaches! Welcome to New York!
Beth Leavel is a Tony Award-winning actress and singer who was most recently seen on stage with Josh in The Prom. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Leavel studied social work at local Meredith College before earning a graduate degree in theater at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.F.A., 1980). She made her Broadway debut when she joined the cast of the 1981 Tony winner for best musical, 42nd Street, as a replacement in 1985. Her subsequent Broadway shows included Crazy for You, Show Boat, and The Civil War, all in the '90s. In the 2000s, she appeared in a revival of 42nd Street before winning a Tony Award in 2006 for her performance in the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone. She followed it with parts in Broadway's Young Frankenstein and Mamma Mia! In the meantime, Leavel earned guest spots on TV series like Law & Order: Criminal Intent and ER, appearing in that show's series finale in 2009. Back on-stage, she earned roles in 2010's Elf: The Broadway Musical and the jukebox musical Baby It's You! before landing a small part in the 2014 feature film This Is Where I Leave You. Originating the role of June Adams, Leavel returned to Broadway in 2017 with the musical Bandstand. Support me via Patreon! Twitter: @JoshLamon Instagram: @Josh.Lamon Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
March 24, 2020
Ep23 - Caitlin Kinnunen & Izzy McCalla, he's got to pitch in and put on his royal nappies!
Sometimes you just have to sit back, relax, and listen to 3 good friends do their thing. Tony nominee Caitlin Kinnunen made her Broadway debut in 2008 at the age of 16 in Spring Awakening. She went on to star in The Bridges of Madison County. Most recently, Caitlin received a 2019 Tony nomination for her performance as Emma in The Prom. Isabelle McCalla made her Broadway debut in 2018 as Jasmine in the production of Aladdin after coming off of the tour of the same name, and starred as Alyssa also in The Prom. Support me via Patreon! Twitter: @JoshLamon Instagram: @Josh.Lamon Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
March 11, 2020
Ep22 - Annaleigh Ashford, don't get your Woody dirty
Annaleigh Ashford won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Essie in You Can't Take It With You on Broadway. She starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as Dot in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George, and played Betty on Showtime's critically acclaimed Masters of Sex. She is known for her work on Broadway as Glinda in Wicked, and Margot in Legally Blonde, as well as for originating the role of Lauren in Kinky Boots, a performance for which she received a 2013 Tony nomination. Twitter: @JoshLamon Instagram: @Josh.Lamon Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
February 26, 2020
Ep21 - Groundhog Day reunion with Taylor Iman Jones, Joseph Medeiros, Tari Kelly, and Travis Waldschmidt
Join Josh and follow Groundhog Day cast mates Taylor Iman Jones, Joseph Medeiros, Tari Kelly, and Travis Waldschmidt as they discuss the ups, downs, turns, turntables, and all other directions that was the wild ride of this show. Groundhog Day is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and book by Danny Rubin. Based on the 1993 film of the same name written by Rubin and Harold Ramis, the musical made its world premiere at The Old Vic in London in summer 2016 and opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway on 17 April 2017. The plot centers around Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. Twitter: @JoshLamon Instagram: @Josh.Lamon Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
February 12, 2020
Ep20 - Taylor Iman Jones, I don't know why air is here
Taylor Iman Jones is about to drop into Emojiland, starring opposite Josh, this week before moving on to the upcoming original cast of The Devil Wears Prada! After being in New York for only two months, Taylor made her Broadway debut in Groundhog Day, which is where she and Josh became besties. Previously, she toured nationally with American Idiot and was seen regionally in Stage Kiss at the San Francisco Playhouse; Other credits include Smokey Joe's Cafe, Spring Awakening (Center Repertory Company); Mary Poppins (Berkeley Playhouse); Rent (CCMT) and The Unfortunates (American Conservatory Theatre). Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
January 29, 2020
Ep19 - Willam Belli, I'm gassy like a star
Willam became emancipated at age 16, almost became Mark in Rent, and then instead decided to be on TV. Part of the original cast of Rock of Ages in LA, he is an American actor, drag queen, and recording artist. He came to prominence when he competed on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2012. His TV and movie credits include A Star is Born, Nip/Tuck, Eastsiders, Super Drags, Miss Arizona, and Southland. Since 2012, Willam has recorded three albums of comedy music, mostly consisting of parodies of popular songs. His second album, Shartistry in Motion, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Comedy Albums chart. Between 2012 and 2014, he recorded several songs as part of the group DWV (alongside drag queens Vicky Vox and Detox), including the parodies "Chow Down" and "Boy Is a Bottom" whose music videos found viral success. Following the breakup of DWV, Willam formed another drag supergroup, the AAA Girls, with Courtney Act and Alaska Thunderfuck. Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
January 15, 2020
Ep18 - Ali Stroker, will you Fedex me a grilled cheese, please?
Ali Stroker just made history as the first person in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award, and is currently starring in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! as Ado Annie. She first broke onto the scene in the Glee Project in 2012 which got her a guest starring role on Glee itself. In 2015, she made history by becoming the first ever actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage in the revival of Spring Awakening produced by Deaf West Theatre, with a company that featured many prominent deaf actors as well. She is a co-chair of Women Who Care as well as a co-founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign. Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
January 1, 2020
Ep17 - "The Prom" reunion: Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle (Izzy) McCalla, Angie Schworer and Michael Potts
Back together for the first time since The Prom closed, this episode features Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, and Isabelle (Izzy) McCalla... with special guest appearances by Angie Schworer and Michael Potts. Take that, L-L-L-Lin-Luh-Lin-Manuel Miranda! Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
December 25, 2019
Happy holidays, everyone!
2019 has been a great year! Or has it? Who are we to judge? Turn to that person next to you, give them a great big hug (but only if you're both consenting adults), and give them the gift of making sure they're also subscribed to Josh Swallows Broadway! Happy holidays, everyone!
December 23, 2019
Ep16 - Lesli Margherita, the grand-poobah of all theatre
Recorded the day after Josh received the news that his beloved show, The Prom, was closing, Leslie and Josh lament over why show business is one of the worst to work in. Lesli Margherita is an Olivier Award winning actress who made her Broadway debut in Matilda in 2013 after a successful run on the West End in Zorro, which earned her the award. She was recently in Dames at Sea here on Broadway, but made a big splash in the entertainment scene in 1997 in the TV show Fame LA. She is now about to open Emojiland off-broadway, headlining with none other than Josh himself! Connected with Lesli online: Twitter: @queenlesli Instagram: @queenlesli Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
December 17, 2019
Ep15 - Jonathan Groff, if you love her, we support you
Groff grew up Mennonite (aka diet-Amish) and rose to prominence in 2006 for his performance in the lead role of Melchior Gabor in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also originated the role of King George in Hamilton. On TV and film he's known for Frozen, Frozen II, Mindhunter, and Glee among many others. Connect with Jonathan on Instagram: @grofffsauce Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
December 3, 2019
Ep14 - Morgan James, tears before bedtime
Morgan James is both an amazing recording artist, being one of the Postmodern Jukebox OG's, and a phenomenal Broadway actor. She made her Broadway debut in The Addams Family, followed by Wonderland, Godspell, Motown The Musical, and most recently in Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls. Her character of Peggy also roams the streets, roasting some of the Great White Way's biggest names. Connect with Morgan Twitter: @morganjames Instagram: @morganjames Patreon YouTube Online gallery Facebook iTunes Spotify Amazon Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
November 25, 2019
Ep13 - Jessica Vosk, back to the NJ balloon festival
In partnership with TodayTix, Jessica Vosk was part of our first-ever live event held at WeWork in the Flatiron district held on Nov 14, 2019. According to Josh, she's the second coming. She literally went from a finance job on Wall Street to Broadway, with a little bit of a NJ balloon festival in there somewhere. Vosk may be best known for her performance as the lead role of Elphaba in Wicked, which she recently finished playing on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. She was Elphaba for Wicked's 15th Anniversary. She made her Broadway debut in The Bridges of Madison County, then went on to roles in Finding Neverland and Fiddler on the Roof (in which she famously says she played "Dead Elphaba"). She most recently performed with Kristin Chenoweth in her show Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls, as well as her own solo album. More info via This episode also features Samara Ariel Ehrlich, NYC's foremost Moana impersonator (who we first heard in episode 4) giving a special live-only introduction. Connect with Jessica Instagram: @jessicavosk Twitter: @jessicavosk Web: Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
November 19, 2019
Ep12 - NY City Center's EVITA creative team: Sammi Cannold, Emily Maltby, Valeria Solomonoff, and Rebecca Aparicio
Getting the history lesson he never bargained for, Josh sits down with the creative team from NY City Center's upcoming production of EVITA, running Nov 13-24, 2019. This exquisite rock opera expands perceptions of icon Argentinian icon Eva Perón. There's gang fights, there's tangos, there's war, and that's just in this episode! Guests include director Sammi Cannold, co-choreographers and Emily Maltby, Valeria Solomonoff, and associate director Rebecca Aparicio. Get your tickets to EVITA here. Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
November 5, 2019
Ep11 - Andy Karl and Barrett Doss, feel the intensity
As a mini Groundhog Day reunion of sorts, Josh swallows Andy Karl and Barrett Doss whole. Andy Karl has appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Groundhog Day (for which he won the Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award), Legally Blonde, 9 to 5, and Rocky the Musical, as well as appearing in Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Jersey Boys, On The Twentieth Century (for which he won the Outer Critics Circle Award) and And So It Goes. Barrett Doss originated the role of Rita Hanson in Groundhog Day after a run in You Can't Take It With You. She stars as Megan in Iron Fist on Netflix, and is also known for TV roles on Station 19, Person of Interest, 30 Rock, and Grey's Anatomy. Connect with Andy and Barrett: twitter: @andy_karl, @barrett_doss Instagram: @andy_karl, @dontgo_jasonwaterfalls Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
October 22, 2019
Ep10 - Alex Wyse, it's not my fault you look like a pillow
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he made his way to Broadway to do many things, most of which include joking about Beth Leavel and co-creating, writing, directing, and starring in the web series Indoor Boys with Wesley Taylor. His Broadway credits include Lysistrata Jones, Spring Awakening, Waitress, and What the Constitution Means to Me (of which he also co-produced). On television, Wyse has appeared in multiple roles since 2010 including Bored to Death, Switched at Birth, The Bold and the Beautiful, Marvel's Iron Fist, and Masters of Sex. On film, he appeared opposite America Ferrera in X/Y. Connect with Alex: twitter: @alexwyse Instagram: @alexjwyse IndoorBoys.tv Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
October 8, 2019
Ep9 - Lisa Lampanelli, I'm into bi-conversion therapy
Lisa Lampanelli is a former stand-up comedian, actress and insult comic. Much of her material is racy... and this episode with Josh is no different. With a career that spanned more than 30 years, Lisa Lampanelli was a constant on the comedy scene. With numerous tours, Grammy nominations, and national TV guest appearances and specials under her belt, Lisa made headlines in 2012 when she lost more than 100 pounds with the help of bariatric surgery. The comedian went on to speak with unflinching honesty about her lifelong food and body-image issues, and has since gone from insulter to inspirer. She announced her retirement from stand-up comedy on the Howard Stern radio program in late 2018 and is now dedicating her life to running transformational food and body-image workshops, performing in issue-oriented storytelling shows, and completing a rigorous life-coaching certification program. Connect with Lisa twitter: @lisalampanelli Instagram: @lisalampanellilisalampanelli.com Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
September 24, 2019
Ep8 - Carolee Carmello, Mr. Stone to see you now
Taking the title role in Hello Dolly! in the national tour, this 3-time Tony nominated actress made her Broadway debut in City of Angels, before moving on to roles in Falsettos, 1776, Parade, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Parade, Kiss Me, Kate, Unrinetown, Mamma Mia!, Lestat, The Addams Family, Sister Act, Scandalous, Finding Neverland, and Tuck Everlasting. She grew up in Albany, moved to New York for fun, and is still waiting fo figure out how to make money from acting on Broadway. Her favorite cereal is Grape Nuts. Connect with Carolee twitter: @CaroleeCarmelloI nstagram: @caroleecarmello Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
September 10, 2019
Ep7 - Jay Armstrong Johnson, the little bouncing gay ball
Josh has known Jay Armstrong Johnson since they were in high school -- Jay is currently starring Raoul in as in Phantom. In 2001, he made his debut at the theater in a production of the musical Peter Pan. After joining the American tour of A Chorus Line in the role of Mark, he debuted on Broadway in 2009 in the musical Hair (with Josh, duh) as a member of the ensemble and the first substitute for Gavin Creel in the role of Claude. In 2010, he played the protagonist Jack Kelly in one of the first readings of the musical Newsies. In 2011, Johnson replaced Aaron Tveit as Frank Abagnale in the musical Catch Me If You Can. before returning to Broadway in the musical Hands on a Hard Body. twitter: @JoshLamon Instagram: @Josh.Lamon Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
September 3, 2019
Ep6 - Rachel Bay Jones, all I do is laugh at you
Apparently New York smells like tears before bedtime. At least that's what Josh thinks with this episode's guest, Rachel Bay Jones. She has played the roles of Catherine in the 2013 Broadway revival of Pippin and Evan Hansen's mother, Heidi Hansen, in Dear Evan Hansen. The latter earned her the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include Meet Me in St. Louis, Hair, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. twitter: @JoshLamon Instagram: @Josh.Lamon Produced by Alan Seales and Dori Berinstein. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.