The Tobolowsky Files

The Tobolowsky Files

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True stories about life, love, and Hollywood from legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky.


83 - The Things That Move in the Dark (Season Finale)
Jun 9, 2017 • 69 min
When I was little, I was afraid of the dark. Not anymore. That is where answers hide.
82 – Greetings from the Great Destruction
Jun 1, 2017 • 57 min
Imagine a season of theater so bad it is beyond imagination. Got it? You’re not even close.
81 – The Legacy
May 24, 2017 • 54 min
Stephen remembers a couple of things he forgot. One of them is in his suitcase.
80 – Building a Character
May 17, 2017 • 56 min
Sometimes when you reach your destination you discover you haven’t even started.
79 – An Actor Prepares
May 10, 2017 • 50 min
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…and a case of Coors.
78 – The Holy Places
May 3, 2017 • 53 min
There are two places you never forget: the holy places and the places that weren’t.
77 – The Road Trip
Apr 26, 2017 • 56 min
We should never forget the Berlin wall. I carry a piece of it with me wherever I go.
76 – The Soldiers of Empathy
Apr 19, 2017 • 51 min
Anyone can be a soldier. You just have to know what you’re fighting.
75 – Three Questions
Apr 12, 2017 • 43 min
What is the difference between an answer and the real answer? I start with three questions.
74 – What Is Hidden
Apr 5, 2017 • 51 min
What does a story for my father and the end of the world have in common? The answer is hidden. Note: This episode contains adult language.
73 – The Uncomfortable Balance between Lost and Found
Mar 29, 2017 • 44 min
The most surprising thing about the future can be the past.
72 – Boys Life
Mar 22, 2017 • 56 min
A journey down the creek past the end of the known world leads to treasure and the unexpected – proving that what is gone, can return with a vengeance.
71 – If I Know Now What I Knew Then
Aug 13, 2015 • 42 min
We may be born knowing everything we need to know. The problem is we have a short attention span.
70 – Maps of the Ancient World
Apr 22, 2015 • 55 min
Stephen learns from his brother Paul that sometimes sports can be death-defying.
69 – The Two Kinds of Nothing
Mar 25, 2015 • 51 min
Nothings happen to everyone. The challenge is to fill them before they fill you.
68 – Circle of Causation
Feb 2, 2015 • 51 min
The only difference between mystery and certainty is that everyone loves a good mystery.
1 – Sex, Death, and Halloween
Oct 28, 2014 • 51 min
Episode 1: the 2014 Version. “Sex, Death, and Halloween.” Sometimes a picture says it all.
67 – Tomorrow Comes
Sep 26, 2014 • 48 min
You try many things on a first camping trip: peyote, skinny dipping, death. We were lucky. We got two out of three.
66 – The Benefit of Doubt
Aug 5, 2014 • 43 min
Theater is like life, you never know what will happen next. That’s supposed to be the good part.
65 – All In
May 30, 2014 • 42 min
We’re all gamblers. The only difference is that some of us know what a sure thing looks like.
64 – The Days of Rat Funerals Are Over
Mar 17, 2014 • 54 min
Here is the “Million Dollar Rabbit”, Thistle. Is he really worth that much? The truth is he is probably worth more.
63 – The Return
Feb 24, 2014 • 42 min
The Return: The conclusion to the Travel Trilogy. Ann and Stephen discover the secret to happiness from a sheep on the coast of Scotland.
62 – Notes from the Frontier
Jan 30, 2014 • 41 min
What could possibly go wrong when the sun is always shining? We test the limits. Part 2 of Stephen and Ann in Finland.
61 – Prehistoric Britain
Dec 20, 2013 • 59 min
There are a lot worse things than traveling to Europe with a girl you don’t really know. On second thought….
60 – Another Second Chance
Nov 21, 2013 • 58 min
Education is a tricky thing. I learned a lot when I became a father—so who was the teacher?
59 – The End and an Introduction
Feb 26, 2013 • 58 min
The end of Stephen’s first experience on Broadway demonstrates that the difference between hope and tragedy depends on when you choose to close the curtain.
58 – Gone
Aug 29, 2012 • 50 min
It often seems like our world vanishes before our very eyes. But what is more amazing are the things that seem to reappear.
57 – The Long Distance Relationship
Jun 29, 2012 • 53 min
Stephen prepares to leave his family for Broadway. Along the way he learns some unexpected lessons from his past about the future.
56 – What Does The First Day of a Dream Look Like?
May 18, 2012 • 50 min
Stephen auditions for Broadway: A morning of terror, an evening with a lap dancer, and an unexpected discovery of where a lifelong dream comes from.
55 – The True Arena
Apr 13, 2012 • 53 min
Stephen learns about acting from a horse. Winning and losing may not be how you play the game but if you can, figure out where the arena is.
54 – The Long Road to Somewhere Else
Feb 10, 2012 • 61 min
The conclusion of the heart story trilogy. Stephen finds the missing time from the recovery room. It comes with a message he didn’t expect and will never forget.
53 – The Return of Mr. Huge
Jan 6, 2012 • 49 min
Part Two of the Open Heart Surgery Adventure. Some journeys are best enjoyed without actually having to reach the destination.
52 – The Rubicon
Nov 25, 2011 • 45 min
Crossing the Rubicon. In history or literature it was the act that couldn’t be undone. I just couldn’t remember if it was at the beginning of the story or the end.
A Special Tobolowsky Files Announcement - Live in Boston and Seattle
Oct 14, 2011 • 12 min
Come see the Tobolowsky Files LIVE in Boston and Seattle.
51 – The Light of the First Day
Oct 7, 2011 • 44 min
Creativity is risky. But it can save your life.
50 – The Primary Source
Sep 2, 2011 • 44 min
It all started when I played in a rock band with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Sometimes the truth is a funny thing. Sometimes it just rocks your world. A rock and roll story almost twenty years in the making.
49 – A View from the Mountain
Jul 22, 2011 • 53 min
An adventure in Norway in Part 2 of the Zen Story. Director Stein Winge takes Stephen on a journey to the edge of the world and makes a surprising prediction about the future.
48 – The Zen Story
Jun 24, 2011 • 50 min
In times of trouble be careful of turning to the parables of Zen for advice - the story keeps changing before your very eyes.
47 – The Metamorphic Man
May 20, 2011 • 50 min
Everyone says change may be the key to the future. Is it possible that it is also the key to the past?
46 – The Time Machine Deconstructed
Apr 1, 2011 • 45 min
Some scientists say that time travel actually exists. But it’s risky. If you take the ride you have no control over what you’ll find or how you’ll be changed.
45 – The Things I Never Learned In School
Mar 3, 2011 • 44 min
Real world tips on being a professional actor. The difference between acting school and the real world is the difference between reading and reading between the lines.
44 – The Voice from Another Room
Feb 18, 2011 • 53 min
Some true stories about the creation of the movie True Stories. Sometimes the truth is almost impossible to believe.
43 – The Stranger
Dec 25, 2010 • 48 min
A moment forgotten and one unforgettable. Both leave their mark. The x/y axis moves again and another “moment before zero” reveals the Stranger.
42 – The Moment Before Zero
Dec 13, 2010 • 46 min
What does a bad first date, a fist fight with Mel Gibson, and the beginning of all space and time have in common? Well…
41 – Everyday Weather and How It Works
Nov 26, 2010 • 48 min
It’s 1957 - Stephen and his older brother Paul learn about science and get more than they bargain for with results that took decades to understand.
40 – The Man in the Closet
Nov 12, 2010 • 47 min
Stephen looks at a series of good and bad bedtime stories and how they occasionally can change the world.
39 – Contagion
Oct 29, 2010 • 47 min
Stephen encounters both the natural and the supernatural during the making of Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning.
38 – Escaping the Shadow
Jul 30, 2010 • 39 min
A new beginning, an unforgettable episode with the Pooch, and a question: Are dreams intervening to solve waking problems? Only the Shadow knows.
37 – Chasing the Laugh
Jul 25, 2010 • 45 min
Stephen explores the dangers of playing comedy and recalls stories of those who did it well - and some who didn’t.
36 – Virtual Reality
Jul 16, 2010 • 40 min
Yes, it’s Christmas in 1987, and we can listen to it in the middle of the summer because it’s Virtual Reality!
35 – Playing It As It Lays
Jul 9, 2010 • 39 min
Stephen discovers that starting over at the age of 36 can be very, very interesting.
34 – A Good Day at Auschwitz
Jul 2, 2010 • 44 min
Stephen has an afternoon drink with a new friend and accidentally stumbles into the heart of human evil.
33 – The X Factor
Jun 26, 2010 • 45 min
Stephen gives tips on auditioning and some recollections of the film Memento as he recalls some of the dangers of knowing too little as well as the dangers of knowing too much.
32 – Night Time on Mars
Jun 18, 2010 • 48 min
The final reveal of the magic act in Buffalo: A date with Faye, the art of the boilermaker, and a new respect for Plan B.
31 – The City of Illusions
Jun 11, 2010 • 41 min
Stephen finds the only thing expected is the unexpected in the City of Illusions.
30 – Plan B
Jun 4, 2010 • 49 min
Don’t look at Plan B as a setback - it’s just taking the scenic route.
29 – The Classic
May 28, 2010 • 47 min
Stephen talks about “Groundhog Day” and reveals some of the story behind the story, behind the story, behind the story.
28 – The Afflictions of Love
May 21, 2010 • 49 min
Stephen discusses life, death, squirrels, parrots, and the possibility of miracles.
27 – Three Honeymoons
May 14, 2010 • 38 min
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. And maybe even once more for good measure. Stephen tells the story of his three honeymoons.
26 – Dark Matter
May 7, 2010 • 39 min
Stephen reflects on the connections between love, marriage, tomatoes, and the missing 80% of the Universe.
The Tobolowsky Files Bonus Ep. – FAQ
Apr 16, 2010 • 22 min
Stephen imagines describing himself to a group of strangers.
24 – Season Finale: Don’t Argue with the Road
Apr 9, 2010 • 43 min
Stephen and Beth discover how surprising the road can be in this concluding episode of “The Tobolowsky Files: Season One.”
23 – It’s Not My Dog
Apr 2, 2010 • 37 min
An unexpected love story.
22 – The Dangerous Animals Club
Mar 26, 2010 • 32 min
Stephen explores the secret world that children live in when their parents aren’t looking.
21 – Heart. Broken.
Mar 19, 2010 • 39 min
Stephen talks about the terrifying prospect of being lost, and the satisfying, yet uncertain, journey towards being found.
20 – The World’s Not What It Used To Be
Mar 12, 2010 • 37 min
Stephen talks about the Romance of Travel and the realities of shooting on location, relating some Rules of the Road he has gleaned from experiencing the good, the bad, and the very bad.
19 – The Season of Misdirection
Mar 5, 2010 • 49 min
In this death defying episode, Stephen and Beth make some accidental life decisions in Illinois while Stephen has a brush or two with the Grim Reaper and finds help from a most unexpected source.
18 – Without a Handle
Feb 26, 2010 • 42 min
This week on The Tobolowsky Files, Stephen and Beth in Illinois find that trying to grasp success out of the jaws of failure isn’t as easy as it’s cracked up to be.
17 – The Uncertainty Principle
Feb 19, 2010 • 47 min
In this episode of The Tobolowsky Files, Stephen recalls one of his first years “off the beaten path” as he and Beth go to Illinois and encounter genius, insanity, and a ghost.
16 – Dating Tips for Actors
Feb 12, 2010 • 46 min
In this episode of The Tobolowsky Files, Stephen shares dating tips for actors gathered from his years of experience picking up women in bars. Also, some special, uplifting stories and music from Fox’s television show Glee.
15 – The Politics of Romance
Feb 5, 2010 • 43 min
In this episode, Stephen and Beth return from France and experience some unexpected changes in their world.
14 – Lost in Act 1
Jan 29, 2010 • 44 min
In this episode, Stephen explains what it’s like to audition and work on commercials, and tells stories from the set of Heroes.
13 – Conference Hour
Jan 22, 2010 • 38 min
In this episode, Stephen tells sordid tales from the politics of academia.
12 – The Sound of Surprise
Jan 15, 2010 • 36 min
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11 – Chaos Theory
Jan 8, 2010 • 37 min
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10 – Miss Hard-to-Get
Jan 1, 2010 • 45 min
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9 – A Christmas Memory
Dec 25, 2009 • 25 min
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8 – A Wager with Freddie
Dec 18, 2009 • 47 min
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7 – Once in a Lifetime
Dec 12, 2009 • 41 min
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6 – The Price of Nothing
Dec 4, 2009 • 45 min
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5 – The Middle Chapters
Nov 27, 2009 • 47 min
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4 – The Alchemist
Nov 20, 2009 • 42 min
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3 – The Land of Enchantment
Nov 13, 2009 • 42 min
In this episode, Stephen talks about the fascinating hierarchy of background artists and the dangers of filming Wild Hogs.
2 – Local Hero
Nov 6, 2009 • 46 min
In this episode, Stephen explains exactly what Davy Crockett and a rogue hippopotamus named Bubbles had in common.