Good Timing with Isabel Hagen

By Isabel Hagen

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I'm just your typical stand up comedian/Juilliard-trained violist. I love discussing my two crafts, and each episode I'm joined by a fellow musician, comedian, or other creative type. We examine the creative process, talk performance anxiety, and explore similarities across artistic fields. Listen in as we navigate the beautiful mess of being an artist and a human being. New episodes out every Tuesday! Show art photography by Jenni Walkowiak

Episode Date
35 - Happiness, Serendipity and Woodstock with Mark Kapner
46:36

I talk to former keyboard player for Country Joe and the Fish (and my uncle) Mark Kapner. We discuss performing at the original Woodstock in 1969, living at a yoga center for 7 years, always wanting more out of life, learning to listen, strange serendipity, letting go of results, giving up control in exchange for happiness, playing the dental floss on Letterman, running a swing dance camp, setting ukulele’s on fire, hating the Grateful Dead, and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com 

Check out Mark's website and watch him play dental floss on Letterman here

Jan 19, 2021
34 - Anxiety and Gratitude with Katie Hannigan
56:52

I talk to stand-up comic Katie Hannigan. We discuss hypochondria, doing a late night set, predicting the pandemic, trying not to compare ourselves to others, working on mental health during our time off, managing social media use, writing for TV, mean youtube commenters, gratitude, going to therapy, positive affirmations, anxiety, and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com 

Follow Katie on Twitter @katiehannigan and on Instagram @katiehanniganforever and check out katiehannigan.com 

Jan 12, 2021
33 - Artistic Relevance and Enjoying the Process with Daniel Anastasio
01:03:51

I talk with pianist and fellow Juilliard buddy Daniel Anastasio. We discuss being backstage at the Tonight Show together, finding fulfillment in teaching, striving for relevance as an artist, what it means to be successful in the arts, the struggles of overthinking, depression, expressing your needs in relationships, divorce, interpreting music written hundreds of years ago, being present, bettering yourself for others, and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com

Check out danielanastasio.com 

Jan 05, 2021
32 - We're All Just Animals (ft. Sean Donnelly)
56:35

I talk with comedian Sean Donnelly. We discuss self-hatred, annoying audience members, needing to be liked, being a warm-up comic, starting stand-up later in life, nerves v. excitement, when people say they want to start doing stand-up, being competitive with other comics, trying new material, bad audiences, and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com

Follow Sean on Instagram and Twitter @seanytime

Dec 29, 2020
31 - Searching For The Perfect "Perfect" with Talia Kagan
54:02

In this special edition of Good Timing, my roommate Talia Kagan (aka "DJ Tali K") and I do a deep dive into Ed Sheeran's song "Perfect." We review live performances on YouTube in search of the perfect "Perfect." Enjoy!

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com

Follow Talia on Instagram @tali_kay

Dec 22, 2020
30 - Fear of Success and Funeral Planning with Kenice Mobley
01:06:21

I talk with comedian Kenice Mobley. We discuss being secretly mean, planning our wedding and our funeral, growing up religious, christian pop music, bad acting, genres on pornhub, filmmaking v. stand-up, watching comedy as a comedian, winning the lottery, fear of success, and more!

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com

Follow Kenice on Instagram and Twitter @kenicemobley 

Dec 15, 2020
29 - Eric Bogosian
54:32

I talk with actor, author, playwright and monologist Eric Bogosian. We discuss unintentional humor, deciding to take the role of Arno in Uncut Gems, monologuing v. stand-up comedy, stage acting v. acting on camera, how the performance process differs when you’re seeking a laugh, offensive comedy, the benefit of going deeper in one's art, and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Check out Eric's project www.100monologues.com 

Dec 08, 2020
28 - From Dancing to Stand-Up with Daily Show Writer Randall Otis
50:13

I talk with comedian and writer for The Daily Show Randall Otis. We discuss comedy post-Trump, writing for someone else’s voice, how performance anxiety differs between art forms, shifting from dancer to comedian, having confidence, getting gigs based on physical appearance, dance and stand-up helping with social skills, the need to fill silence in conversation, people-pleasing in relationships, sources of anger, writer’s block, how emotions drive jokes, and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com 

Follow Randall on Instagram and Twitter @randallotisTV

Dec 01, 2020
27 - Genre, Collaboration, and the Blank Page (ft. Judd Greenstein)
54:08

I talk with composer and co-director of New Amsterdam Records Judd Greenstein. We discuss the messiness of genre, the different benefits of live and recorded music, the transparency of collaboration in certain music, the idea of influence, the role of feedback on the creative process, the elusive “blank page,” and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com 

Check out juddgreenstein.com and newamrecords.com 

Nov 24, 2020
26 - Stand-Up Comedy Inside and Out (ft. Sarah Tollemache)
51:47

I talk with stand-up comic Sarah Tollemache. We discuss the positive aspects of outdoor comedy shows, “pure” stand-up v. musical and prop comedy, the joy of hearing jokes over and over, the mistake of doing jokes off stage, rude audience members, religion, finding out Santa’s not real, McDonald's, and more!

New episodes out every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com

Follow Sarah on Tik Tok, Instagram and Twitter @stollemache

Nov 17, 2020
25 - Pandemic Comedy, What Makes Us Cry, and the Writing Process (ft. Sam Morrison)
57:37

I talk with stand-up comic Sam Morrison. We discuss pandemic comedy, the election results, what makes us cry, words we don’t know, how we write jokes, the time Sam peed his pants before opening for my one-woman show, performing for no audience, and more! 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com 

Follow Sam on Instagram and Twitter @samuelhmorrison and check out samuelmorrison.com 

Nov 10, 2020
24 - Touring as a Hired Gun and Composing for Commercials (ft. Will Canzoneri)
01:01:29

I talk with Vampire Weekend keyboardist Will Canzoneri. We discuss touring and performing as a sideman, matching your dreams to your actual skillset, composing commercial music, choice paralysis, successful musicians who don't have formal training, playing at Madison Square Garden, and more!

New episodes every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com  

For more on Will head to www.willcanzoneri.com and follow him on Instagram @twaseverthus 

Nov 03, 2020
23 - Imposter Syndrome, the Upcoming Election, and Emotional Detachment (ft. Craig Frucht and Paul Frucht)
01:01:13

I introduce a new “Questions” segment! Write in questions for me to answer on the podcast through the contact submission form on my website. I also talk with Craig Frucht, a communications strategist who’s worked on numerous political campaigns. We’re  joined by his brother, former Good Timing guest Paul Frucht. We discuss Craig’s work as a digital content creator for political candidates, the upcoming election, poll analysis, recounting where we all were on election night of 2016, our emotional relationship to “low odds,” dealing with anger, emotional detachment, applying technique from one field to another, our moms, and more!

New episodes out every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com 

Check out Craig's company www.ascend-strategies.com  

Oct 27, 2020
22 - Intent and Interpretation (ft. Billy Martin)
52:25

I talk with drummer of Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin. We discuss the connection between music and visual art, experimental art, how vital the creative process is to life, developing material on the road, being at an artist residency during Covid, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out isabelhagen.com

Keep up with Billy's work at billymartin.net and on Instagram @illybeats and Twitter @Bmartin63 

Oct 20, 2020
21 - Delayed Gratification (ft. Olivia Vessel)
01:08:21

I talk with actor, comedian, musician, and editor Olivia Vessel. She edited 3 out of 4 episodes of my web series, IS A VIOLIST, and also acted in it. We discuss making the series, as well as violin-making, different components of stand-up comedy, cheese, the vulnerability of of being yourself onstage, anonymity as an artist in the age of social media, trying out different personalities, artistic ownership, happiness, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Olivia on Instagram @viavessel

Oct 13, 2020
20 - Playing In A String Quartet (ft. Tina Bouey)
52:38

I talk with violinist and good friend Tina Bouey. We discuss confidence, dealing with injuries, our old quartet, dysfunctional rehearsals, what types of performances make us nervous, finding your voice on different instruments, finding your voice in comedy, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Tina on Instagram @tinabouey and check out her YouTube channel.

Oct 06, 2020
19 - Using Perfectionism for Good (ft. Ben Laude)
53:54

I talk with pianist and Juilliard friend Ben Laude. We discuss Ben's involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement, founding Juilliard's student newspaper "The Yard," never being satisfied as an artist, necessary perfectionism, stepping outside ourselves as artists to be better people, the ego and the humility it takes to perform well, how art can be a spiritual pursuit, Ben helping me start stand-up, not being in a hurry, the visceral need to play our instruments, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Check out Ben's work at www.tonebase.co 

Sep 29, 2020
18 - Ego Balance (ft. Joe List)
01:04:21

I talk with stand-up comic Joe List. We discuss being funny to get friends, ego balance, how thoughts are not reality, personifying our anxiety, bombing in music and comedy, what happens to art forms the longer they are around, starting comedy at a young age, having chemistry with people, and more!

 

New episodes of Good Timing out every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Watch Joe's special I Hate Myself on YouTube and follow him on Instagram and Twitter @joelistcomedy

Sep 22, 2020
17 - Half-Artist Half-Athlete (ft. Yuga Cohler)
59:14

I talk with conductor and fellow Juilliard buddy Yuga Cohler. We discuss shifting from oboe player to conductor, what a conductor actually does, definitions of creativity, ice dancing, making classical music more relevant, why we even want to make classical music more relevant, the importance of comedy in today's world, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Yuga on Instagram @yugaconducts, on Twitter @yugacohler and check out www.yugacohler.com 

Sep 15, 2020
16 - Dating Our Creative Pursuits (ft. Corinne Fisher)
01:02:24

I talk with comedian and host of the Guys We F****d podcast Corinne Fisher. We discuss the connection between comedy and horror, growing up sex-positive, realizing not everyone is like you, being alone v. being lonely, what we seek in relationships, dating our creative pursuits, using crushes to help us focus, looking good when you play an instrument v. sounding good, shifting from a private to a public person, the time Corinne judged me in a roast battle, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Corinne on Instagram and Twitter @philanthropygal and check out her new podcast Without a Country.

Sep 08, 2020
15 - French Horn Is Like Stand-Up Comedy (ft. Kyra Sims)
01:17:49

I talk with french horn player and comedian Kyra Sims. We discuss teachers who made us cry, social difficulties leading us to music, how french horn is like stand-up, how crushes on boys made us practice our instruments more, playing in the Lion King on Broadway, learning to say no, accidentally eating an edible before a gig, how progress isn't a straight line, and more!

 

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Kyra on Instagram and Twitter @lilymischief and join her Patreon

Sep 03, 2020
14 - From Rock Bands to Radio Broadcasting (ft. Dara Quilty)
58:49

I talk with radio broadcaster and musician Dara Quilty. We discuss growing up in Dublin, narcissism v. insecurity, being in bands v. being a classical musician, playing in sessions, Irish accents, social anxiety leading to pursuing music, panic attacks, vomiting from nerves, and more!

 

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Dara on Instagram and Twitter @daraquilty and check out his podcast Dara Quilty's Different and his band Apella

Sep 01, 2020
13 - Being Held Hostage By Our Dreams (ft. Jesse Perkins)
01:06:21

I talk with stand-up comic Jesse Perkins. We discuss being quiet as a kid, using jokes to deflect in social settings, being content with where you are, compassion v. judgment, how we used to date each other, jokes we each had about our relationship, using comedy to get through the darkest times, fear of success, being held hostage by your "dreams," and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Jesse on Instagram and Twitter @jesseperkins_ and listen to his podcast All Fours

Aug 27, 2020
12 - Different Definitions of Success (ft. Caeli Smith)
54:31

I talk with fellow Juilliard violist Caeli Smith. We discuss singing and doing comedy in bars when nobody wants to listen, feeling useless as a performer during the pandemic, using freelance gigs as a way of running from yourself, nurturing passion, my discomfort with teaching, Caeli's new program MusicAlly, wanting our non-musician friends to love Beethoven, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Caeli on Instagram @caelismith and visit www.caelismith.com
Follow MusicAlly on Instagram @your.music.ally and visit their website.

Aug 25, 2020
11 - Door-to-Door Salesman to Juilliard Grad (ft. John Hong)
01:13:26

I talk with clarinetist/writer and fellow Juilliard alum John Hong. We discuss playing Mozart on the wrong clarinet, getting rejected by Hallmark, being a door-to-door salesman, overcoming the fear of self-promotion as a classical musician, "high" art v. "low" art, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Check out John at www.johnhong.me and follow him on Twitter @john_hong 

Aug 20, 2020
10 - Content Creation in a Rapidly Changing World (ft. Ginny Hogan)
46:34

I talk with writer and comedian Ginny Hogan. We discuss shifting from data scientist to comedian, the fact that we are not sisters, debate team, loneliness and our phones, sandwich-themed comedy shows, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Ginny on Twitter and Instagram @ginnyhogan_ and get her book here

Aug 18, 2020
9 - Routine, Writer's Block, and Emotions (ft. Paul Frucht)
53:02

I talk with composer Paul Frucht. We discuss shifting from being a performer to a composer, watching other people listen to your music, different types of writer's block, how routines can fuel creativity, emotions and how much we can control them, how Paul makes me less anxious, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Paul on Instagram @highfruchtose and visit his website to hear his music.

Aug 13, 2020
8 - Tour Life and The Importance of Solitude (ft. Ravenna Lipchik)
56:51

I talk with violinist and fellow Juilliard alum Ravenna Lipchik. We discuss being part of a bigger whole, solitude, emotional attachment to our instruments, wedding gigs, mac n' cheese, and more! 

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Ravenna on Instagram @ravennalipchik and Twitter @ravenna_lipchik

Aug 11, 2020
7 - Homeschool to Open Mics (ft. David Piccolomini)
58:02

I talk with stand up comic and buddy of mine David Piccolomini. We discuss how we're different around different people, open mics in weird places, joke writing, being homeschooled, performing comedy in front of our parents, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow David on Instagram and Twitter @piccolomeany and check out his podcast Tinder Tales

Aug 06, 2020
6 - Tricking Yourself into Accomplishing Things (ft. Chelsea Starbuck Smith)
54:49

I talk with violinist and pal from Juilliard Chelsea Starbuck Smith. We discuss tricking yourself into getting stuff done, the benefits of creative limitations, one of my first ever stand up sets, when to give up, heroic narratives, playing in Broadway pit orchestras, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Chelsea on Instagram @chelseastarbuck and check out www.chelseastarbuckmusic.com 

Aug 04, 2020
5 - The Beauty of Being a Beginner (ft. Talia Kagan)
01:01:36

I talk with my roommate Talia Kagan (AKA DJ Tali K). We discuss when to be open to feedback, Talia's theory on AirPods, her experience working at a comedy club, starting something new, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Talia on Instagram @tali_kay

Jul 28, 2020
4 - Playing Cello Sideways (ft. Ken Kubota)
49:15

I talk with cellist and fellow Juilliard alum Ken Kubota. We discuss covering pop tunes on classical instruments, how Ken sometimes plays cello sideways, connecting with audiences, playing with others remotely, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Ken on Instagram @kkubota8
Check out JHMJams on YouTube

Jul 28, 2020
3 - Getting Serious About Being Funny (ft. Anne Hollister)
32:08

I talk with actor Anne Hollister. Anne is both a dramatic actor and comedic performer. We discuss feeling more nervous performing for close friends, recount our first times ever on stage, transitioning from "serious" art forms to doing comedy, Anne's Broadway debut, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Anne on Instagram @mygirlanne + @poorlenadunham

Jul 28, 2020
2 - Making Viola Instagram Famous (ft. Drew Alexander Forde)
39:38

I talk with violist, fellow Juilliard alum, and influencer Drew Alexander Forde (AKA That Viola Kid). We discuss how posting our playing to social media can help with performance anxiety, how Drew got his enormous following, playing on cruise ships, straying from the traditional path of a classical musician, and more!

 

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Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com

Follow Drew on Instagram and Twitter @thatviolakid
Check out That Viola Kid on YouTube and Spotify
Listen to the Faking Notes Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/faking-notes-podcast/id1467641031  

Jul 27, 2020
1 - Outgrowing Our Jokes (ft. Dan Perlman)
50:27

I talk with stand up comic Dan Perlman. We discuss outgrowing our jokes, what we do before we go on stage to get in the zone, performing as a stand up comedian v. performing as a classical musician, focusing on what you can control, and more. I also briefly introduce myself. Hi!

 

New episodes of Good Timing out every Tuesday! Be sure to subscribe.

 

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @isabelhagen_ and check out www.isabelhagen.com  

Follow Dan on Instagram and Twitter @danjperlman
Listen to Dan's album Emergency Contact wherever you listen to albums.
Watch Dan's web series www.flatbushmisdemeanors.com 

Jul 27, 2020