Storytelling Saga

Alison T.

The podcast that shares stories — original works, personal tales, favorites from TV shows, books, movies and more.

All Episodes

Ali discusses the beloved Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast (1991).

Nov 22

33 min 15 sec

Ali discusses what goes into crafting a compelling character, drawing examples from various TV characters including Moira Rose, Michael Scott, Peggy Olson and Bugs Bunny.

Nov 15

26 min 13 sec

Ali interviews writer, story editor, producer and voice director, Eric Trueheart. Eric shares how he got his start in the industry, advice for writers trying to break in, the early days of his comedy troupe, The Ministry of Unknown Science, lots of fun stuff from his book, The Medium-Sized Book of ZIM Scripts Vol 1: Pigs 'n' Waffles, and how he deals with writer’s block. He also talks about writing the ZIM comics, being a script consultant on Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus,voice directing on Yin Yang Yo!, pilots he’s written and his podcasts, The Army of Drunks and One Man Murder Maze, plus lots of great screenwriting tidbits along the way!


Nov 1

1 hr 21 min

Ali interviews TV, film and video game composer, Kevin Manthei. He shares about his musical influences, how he got his start composing for video games, his process for scoring an episode of TV, working as the series composer on Invader ZIM and stepping back into the world for Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, what went into creating “Peace Is Nice,” his thoughts on creative block, advice for aspiring composers, current projects and more!

Oct 18

57 min 6 sec

Ali discusses one of her favorite Disney movies, Mulan (1998).

Oct 4

25 min 33 sec

Ali discusses the pilot and the two-part series finale, "The Last Day," of the police procedural comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, created by Dan Goor & Mike Schur.

Sep 27

32 min 3 sec

Ali discusses the groundbreaking dark comedy, Kevin Can F**k Himself, created by Valerie Armstrong and starring Annie Murphy and Mary Hollis Inboden.


Sep 13

32 min 38 sec

Ali discusses her absolute favorite anime based on the popular manga series by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket, for this special 150th episode of the podcast! Having first been introduced to the manga when she was in middle school, Ali reminisces about falling in love with the characters (in particular, Kyo Soma) and fangirling with her friends, cousins and sister over the original anime. She shares her thoughts on the incredible new anime, exploring the powerful themes of acceptance, healing and what it means to belong, all the while breaking down character arcs in connection to the Soma family curse. Additionally, in a first for the podcast, Ali opens the episode by playing the original theme song, “For Fruits Basket,” on the piano. Enjoy!


Aug 30

1 hr 18 min

Ali discusses one of the best episodes of the profound Nicktoon, As Told by Ginger, “And She Was Gone,” written by series creator, Emily Kapnek, and directed by Mark Risley.

Aug 16

26 min 36 sec

Ali discusses the movie, The Princess Diaries, based on the young adult novel series of the same name by Meg Cabot.

Aug 2

27 min 38 sec

Ali discusses her favorite episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, "Frankie My Dear," written and storyboarded by Lauren Faust and directed by series creator, Craig McCracken.

Jul 26

22 min 26 sec

Ali discusses the 2004 cult comedy film, Napoleon Dynamite, written by Jared and Jerusha Hess, directed by Jared Hess and starring Jon Heder as the title character.

Jul 19

22 min 16 sec

Ali interviews actor and writer, Marin Miller, whose credits include Athena, Alecto and Tisiphone in HADES and Enkidu in Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia. They share how they got their start in the industry, their thoughts on dubbing vs. voice recording for video games, the intricate process behind script adaptation, favorite anime and ships, advice for aspiring voice actors and more!


Jul 5

56 min 52 sec

Ali discusses her favorite episode of Danny Phantom, "Fanning the Flames," story by Steve Marmel, written by Marty Isenberg and directed by Wincat Alcala, Juli Hashiguchi & Butch Hartman.

Jun 28

28 min 42 sec

Ali discusses The Breakfast Club parody episode of Victorious, "The Breakfast Bunch," written by Dan Schneider & Jake Farrow and directed by Steve Hoefer.

Jun 21

20 min 9 sec

Ali discusses the first episode of Family Guy she ever watched, "E. Peterbus Unum," written by Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and directed by Rob Renzetti.


Jun 14

21 min 12 sec

Ali discusses the season 4 finale of Parks and Recreation, "Win, Lose, or Draw," written and directed by series co-creator, Mike Schur.

Jun 7

23 min 6 sec

Ali interviews actor, Chiara Zanni, whose credits include the title character in Hamtaro, Amy Ryan in About a Girl, Daring Do in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and many other voice-over and on-camera roles. Chiara shares how she began her career, different techniques for voice acting vs. on-camera acting, her thoughts on living in Vancouver and LA, the importance of self-kindness, advice for aspiring actors and more!

May 31

48 min 34 sec

Ali discusses her favorite moments and musical numbers throughout season 2 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

May 24

30 min 23 sec

Ali discusses the iconic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams.

May 17

16 min 16 sec

Ali discusses the classic Disney movie, Cinderella (1950), based on the folk tale of the same name.

May 10

22 min 10 sec

Ali shares a short story she wrote called “Good to Be King.”


May 3

15 min 22 sec

Ali discusses the Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel, Holes, written by Louis Sachar.

Apr 26

21 min 27 sec

Ali discusses the ridiculously hilarious movie, BASEketball, starring Trey Parker and Matt Stone.


Apr 19

23 min 36 sec

Ali discusses the adventurous Nicktoon, The Wild Thornberrys, created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman and Stephen Sustarsic, as well as The Wild Thornberrys Movie written by Kate Boutilier. Smashing!

Apr 5

34 min 22 sec

Ali discusses the hugely successful musical, Hamilton, music, book and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Mar 29

18 min 16 sec

Ali and returning guest, Stacey, discuss The Fairly OddParents, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Nickelodeon reboots and more!

Mar 22

59 min 35 sec

Ali discusses the romantic comedy, 13 Going on 30, starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo.

Mar 15

22 min 35 sec

Ali discusses different types of cliffhangers.

Mar 8

16 min 43 sec

Ali discusses the movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which mostly involves her gushing over Seto Kaiba.


Mar 1

31 min 42 sec

Ali discusses the hit musical, The Book of Mormon, music, book and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.


Feb 22

21 min 12 sec

Ali discusses the Pixar film, Soul, directed by Pete Docter.

Feb 15

21 min 49 sec

Ali discusses what goes into writing a compelling inciting incident for any given story.

Feb 8

21 min 4 sec

Ali discusses the creative Nicktoon, ChalkZone, created by Bill Burnett and Larry Huber.

Feb 1

32 min 38 sec

Ali discusses the hilarious musical, Avenue Q, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty.


Jan 25

29 min 15 sec

Ali discusses the phenomenal show, Fleabag, created by, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.


Jan 18

1 hr 3 min

Ali discusses the Pixar film, Coco, winner of the listener-voted poll!

Jan 11

23 min 15 sec

Ali shares her New Year's resolutions and talks about a few miscellaneous things including shows she's been watching and upcoming revivals she's looking forward to in 2021. Afterward, she shares a brand new short story she wrote called “Smile or Not.”


Dec 2020

27 min 22 sec

Ali discusses A Chipmunk Christmas starring Alvin and the Chipmunks. She gives an overview of the Chipmunks and their debut song, "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," as well as the animated series from the '80s and The Chipettes before sharing her thoughts on this sweet Christmas special.

Dec 2020

18 min 52 sec

Ali interviews artist, Sam Kays. She shares about her experience as a background designer on Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, her favorite Invader ZIM character and episode, working as a design lead at OddBot, her thoughts on live-action/CGI remakes of 2D animated projects and much more!

Dec 2020

29 min 1 sec

Ali interviews TV writer and producer, Shauna McGarry. She shares how she got her start in the industry, what it was like working on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, details about the award-winning Tuca & Bertie episode she wrote, "The Jelly Lakes," a deeper look into the two BoJack Horseman season 6 episodes she wrote, "The Face of Depression" and "Angela," her advice for writers and much more!


Dec 2020

51 min 42 sec

Ali interviews award-winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director, as well as the founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob Krueger. Jake shares his journey into screenwriting and founding the studio, his thoughts on starting a project from character, plot or process, a deeper look into what’s behind writer's block, the effect of negative and positive self-talk about your own writing, a different approach to the well-known concept of show, don't tell and much more!

Nov 2020

55 min 2 sec

Ali discusses the heartbreaking reality of Miriam Pataki from Hey Arnold!, touching on episodes such as “Road Trip,” “The Beeper Queen,” “Helga on the Couch” and more.

Nov 2020

14 min 57 sec

Ali discusses the second Rugrats theatrical film, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. She reminisces about seeing it in theaters, sharing her love of all the heartfelt moments and the addition of new characters to the Rugrats family. Plus, some interesting revelations she never knew about the 2000 hit song from the soundtrack, "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men.

Nov 2020

26 min 21 sec

Ali discusses the stop-motion animated movie, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, sharing her thoughts on the plot, favorite songs and Jack and Sally's love story.

Nov 2020

18 min 42 sec

Ali discusses the movie, The Addams Family (1991), based on the characters created by cartoonist, Charles Addams, sharing her favorite lines while admiring the unbreakable love between this creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family.

Nov 2020

15 min 36 sec

Ali interviews TV writer, Alison Tafel. She shares how she got her start in the industry, her first day in the BoJack Horseman writers’ room and insight into each of the episodes she wrote for the show: “Stupid Piece of Sh*t,” “INT. SUB,” “Feel-Good Story” and “The View From Halfway Down.” She also talks about her experience writing for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she gives advice for writers trying to break into the industry as well as when you’re in the industry.


Oct 2020

56 min 26 sec

Ali discusses the cigarette-smoking, coffee-drinking, nonconforming Goth Kids from South Park, focusing on three of their most prominent episodes: "Raisins" (season 7), "The Ungroundable" (season 12) and "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" (season 17).


Oct 2020

20 min 32 sec

Ali discusses the musical, Little Shop of Horrors, composed by Alan Menken with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and based on the original 1960 horror comedy film, The Little Shop of Horrors. She talks about first seeing the musical in a college production, favorite songs, her thoughts on the 1986 movie adaptation directed by Frank Oz and the original ending compared to the updated version.

Oct 2020

24 min 13 sec

Ali discusses Gilmore Girls created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as the fast-talking, coffee-loving, mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. She shares how all the buzz about the revival got her into the show and reminisces about visiting the lot where they shot all the exterior scenes for the fictional town of Stars Hollow. She also talks about her favorite characters, Luke and Lorelai's relationship, her thoughts on each of Rory's boyfriends throughout the series and the Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Oct 2020

1 hr 1 min