Beyond Cody Rivers
Where: Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St.
WHEN: 6:30pm and 8:30pm Fri.-Sat., Sept. 20-21
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
For a glorious spell of time, Bellingham was home base to the Cody Rivers Show. The brilliant sketch comedy duo comprised of Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor not only made audiences laugh uproariously, but their original works also made people think. It’s been five years since the two graced the stage together, but Sept. 20-21 they’ll reunite at the Sylvia Center with other iDiOM Theater actors and alums to present Baderson, an improvised storytelling format designed to bring entertainment back to the basics.
Cascadia Weekly: Andrew, where are you living now, and what creative endeavors have you been up to since you left Bellingham?
Andrew Connor: My wife and I live in Missoula, which is sort of like Montana’s Bellingham. I haven’t done much that has risen to the “endeavor” level since Mike and I have been on hiatus. After all those years of living and breathing the Cody Rivers Show and neglecting every other aspect of my life, I was due for a bit of a creative fast.
CW: How did Baderson come into being?
Mike Mathieu: The format, which is basically a group of people literally telling a story rather than acting it out, is something Andrew and I did for our own entertainment with a couple friends we traveled with after college. It’s super-simple but extraordinarily fun because your canvas is infinite and your imagination just lights up envisioning everything. As we thought about podcasting and how to capitalize on an audio-only experience, we knew this would be perfect.
CW: Can you tell us more about the other audio projects related to Baderson?
AC: One of the projects is Mike and I doing straight-up audio sketches. This is basically an audio version of the Cody Rivers Show, but since we are working with just sound it is obviously going to be very different than our live shows. We are also doing an interactive choose-your-own-adventure story series that takes place in an invented world. It’s kind of like a role-playing game without rules or dice.
CW: Other than you two, who else is involved in the upcoming shows?
MM: An amazing group that really gets and enhances the Cody aesthetic: Gillian Myers, Casey Connor, and Linnaea Groh from Bellingham. Luke Chmura, DK Reinemer, and Tim Greger, who used to be from Bellingham. Our friend Kevin Lee from Vancouver. And Jaz Okura-Youtsey is doing tech, like she did in the old iDiOM days.
CW: What do you think makes for a good story?
AC: Man, I wish I knew. I think a lot of people (like Mike) have an educated perspective on story structure and a grasp of essential elements and things like that. I wish I did, but I don’t. I have more of a “throw a bunch of stuff in the blender and see what happens” kind of approach. As a result, most of my stories end up tasting like smoothies.
CW: If people miss out on this show, when can they listen to the podcast?
AC: Hopefully not too long. There are a few variables at play, including how long it takes to edit everything, the other shows we are producing, our internet speed, the weather, bus schedules, solar flares, commodity prices. It’s a complicated process. We’re not sure. More than a month, less than a year?
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