Raye Maddox here, Intern Manager, here to present to you two cool dudes! These guys have been workin’ miracles while in a black staff shirt and you need to be aware of them! It’s URGENT! As per usual, and to everyone’s jealousy, the two intern of the week for the past two weeks have netted themselves four show tickets, a $20 gift card to the DCH bar, and this neato bandito blog feature. Who are these dudes? Well it’s Josh Schneider and Andy King!
Where is your hometown?
Josh: I'm originally from Mesquite, TX (sadly, it is no coincidence that my first initials are JR and I'm from Dallas...), although I was a Navy brat for 19 years. During that time, I lived in: San Diego, Charleston, Norfolk, New Orleans, Memphis, and Twentynine Palms, California. I think moving around so much is why I'm such an extrovert... when you have to introduce yourself to a new group of people every few months to few years, you get comfortable being around new people all the time.
Andy: I grew up in Hingham, MA, a beautiful and quaint ocean-side town about 25 minutes south of Boston *cue “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine*
What level are you in?
J: I am currently in Level 2, with Mike and Paco as our fearless teachers. Almost my whole Level 1 class is back for this round 2, and I feel like they are family. Jam has also been a great extension of my education at DCH. Much love to both my #ClassFam and #JamFam!
A: I’m currently in level 4, but I’ve been doing improv since I was a freshman in high school. (it was a while ago. Please don't do the math)
What’s something you’re passionate about?
J: I'm a little ADD, so my interests are all over the dang place. My kids are probably one of my main constant passions. I have 2 boys that are 6 and 10 (you can probably find us at the Family Friendly show at least once a month), and its of paramount importance to me that they become good, happy adults someday. When I'm not dealing with them, I love writing code, playing video games, watching movies (and really picking them apart), enjoying beer, camping, hiking, and the list goes on.
A: Hedonism. It's the only thing that truly speaks to me as a card-carrying millennial.
What’s the best food?
J: I love food, period. Tacos, Stir-Frys, steak and potatoes, soups, stews... give it all to me. I love to cook and experiment with different ingredients, combinations of ingredients, and ways to cook things. Food is good... too good sometimes. I used to weigh over 300 pounds. About 3 years ago, I lost 110 pounds, mostly off of eating better. Trying not to get back up there. The struggle is real!
A: French Hot Chocolate. For the uninitiated, it’s basically a cup pure melted chocolate. None of that watered down Great Depression nonsense.
What’s the worst candy?
J: Oh man... black licorice and anything mint flavored. I think the former we can almost all agree on, and the latter seems to be just a "me" thing.
A: Circus peanuts. 100%. Those things are absolute trash.
J: Do I have to pick just one? I love film, so to pick one is like asking me to pick a favorite child. I recently did a list (incomplete, I know) of 10 "essential" films that I think everyone should see, which is posted below. Most of them are comedies... I'm a bit biased there, but all of them have something about them that I think is special or fun.
A: I don’t deal in absolutes, what am I? A sith? But I have seen “Ocean’s 11” over twenty times.
What’s just the worst?
J: That moment when you feel like you have way, way too much to do, and far too little time to get any of it done in. I like to push for a high level of quality in everything that I do, so when it feels like there's not enough time to get everything done to my standards, I get very stressed very fast. I hate that feeling, and hate the way I can act when it hits me. In the past few years, I've learned to apply something I learned in programming: taking a large problem, and breaking it down into smaller, more manageable pieces, and then start working those pieces one at a time. Like I've told the kids at my kids' elementary school on Career day, "You may not get all of it done, but you'll get a heck of a lot more done than you would have done freaking out about the problem."
A: Trigger warning, I’m about to get sentimental. I’m leaving for a job in NYC in a couple weeks, and what’s truly the worst is not being able to fully graduate the DCH training center and leaving all of the wonderful, loving, and supportive people I’ve met during my time here. It was really hard moving to Dallas. I had never been here, and I didn’t know another soul when I arrived. The first year was incredibly lonely, but after getting involved at DCH I found a community that was all too ready to have me as a member. It’s an extraordinarily special place and I’ll never forget how much value it added to my life when I needed it most.
Josh Schneider is one of our most sporadic interns; you never know when you’re going to see him! Here is the link to his top 10 “essential” films. He also wanted it to be noted how much “I love the DCH community. The performers and students I've met have been welcoming and supportive. The other interns I've worked with have been awesomesauce! Thank you all for being so damn cool and letting me find a place with ya.”
Andy King is not long for out world! As he said above, he’s moving and we’re losing one of the best interns! Go to a jam and meet the guy before it’s too late and he’s locked up in the Disney vault forever.
Raye Maddox is the Assistant Training Center Coordinator (ATCC) and the Intern Manager. He finally watched The Shape of Water! Warning: It’s a weird movie but really well done, and if you’re into weird movies with adult-themes/content, go for it. You can see him do improv in Midnight Passion, The Revenge Society, and Deep Dish. He also hosts the free monthly variety show Block Party every last Wednesday of the month!