I run a podcast that I use to talk to awesome people about improv. You probably already know this.
What you likely don’t know is that when I ask guests to come on, they often question whether or not they’ll have anything interesting to say, are smart enough, know enough, or if anyone will care what they think. Seriously, this happens… a lot.
I know from doing enough of these that everyone, everyone has an interesting story to share. From the most experienced to the least experienced. The person who has been doing comedy since they were a kid, to the person who left their job to do improv. Students who still don’t REALLY get game, to teachers who want you to REALLY get game.
I feel like often the things that are most interesting come out 30 minutes into the episode when the guests aren’t really thinking much about what they’re saying and just are honest. Improv, as collaborative as it is, feels lonely a lot. And it’s nice when you hear someone has gone through what you’re going through. And it’s even better when they mention something that could help.
I dunno why I felt the need to post this. I’ve just been running into people more and more second guessing how they came off on their appearance on the show or fearing they wont be good if they come on.
I guess we’re all sensitive. We all want approval. We all don’t wanna seem like jerks.
So, if someone came on the show that you enjoyed and you see them, let them know that you appreciated what they had to say. And, if you talk to someone you think should be on my show, tell them. And tell me. We’ll get the story of all these wonderful journeys one day…
Any highlights? Great shows? Great moments? Proud of your improv moments?
This Saturday, May 25th is the Los Angeles Indie Improv Festival from 11 AM to Midnight. There are a ton of teams going up, and I thought I’d share who I’m gonna go see.
Private Street 12:40 ArtWorks Theatre Main Theatre (Anais Fairweather, Charlene deGuzman, David Brown, Dylan Booth Vigus,Mark Schroeder, Yak Manrique) The Cagematch Kings! 25 wins at Second City, 5 wins at UCB, 100% worth checking out.
Typhoon 2:40 ArtWorks Theatre - Main Theatre(Allen Loeb, Casey Feigh, Dave Theune, Jacob Reed, Lauren Lapkus, Mike Leffingwell) These guys are always super fun, and I guess they’re doing all group games? AWESOME!
Werner Hotdog 4:40 ArtWorks Theatre - Main Theatre (Anthony Gioe, Casey Feigh, Cissy Fenwick,Clay Larsen, Greg Tuculescu, Josh Simpson,Julie Brister, Rene Gube) I love seeing this team host/do shows at Shapeshift. It’s an interesting form and it always goes in fun surprising directions.
MurderCliff 6:20 ArtWorks Theatre - Main Theatre (Chris Teregis, Dan Foster, Darien Clark, Jessica McKenna, Jon Schmidt, Zach Reino) These guys I think are the ideal indie improv team. What does that mean? They’ve stuck together for a while, they do their own form, and they’re AMAZING. Also they dethroned longtime cagematch champs Heather and Miles. WOW.
Hip Hop Penguin 6:40 ArtWorks Theatre - Main Theatre Casey Feigh, Jacob Womack, Nicholas Mandernach, Rene Gube) These guys did the best harold I’ve ever seen. In 5 minutes. Looking forward to seeing what they do in 20.
Reuben Starship 7:00 Art Works Theatre - Main Theatre (Anthony King, Charlie Sanders, Chris Kula, Eric Scott, Eugene Cordero, Joe Wengert, John Reynolds, Kate Spencer, Katie Dippold, Lennon Parham) Duh, go. Look at that line up.
Styx Martin 7:40 The Lounge (David Christenson, Dickie Copeland, Jonny Svarzbein, Lilan Bowden, Paul Welsh, Sarah Claspell, Scott Davis, Stephen Perlstein) When you can’t get into all the headliner teams, come see my team!
Lord Willin’ 8:40 The Longue Theatre (Drew Tarver, Grant McFadden, Jacob Womack, John Mackey, Marcy Minton, Mary Holland, Matt Newell, Will McLaughlin) These guys do amazing southern style improv. Oh, and they’re all amazing.
Ranger Danger and the Danger Ranger 11:00 ArtWorks Theatre - Main Theatre (Drew Coolidge, Luis Cortes) A two man powerhouse. They had a good long run at the iO cagematch. They’re real funny, real talented, real unafraid. Check them out.
The Younger Statesman 11:20 The Clubhouse (Danny Tieger, David Kantrowitz, Matt Chester, Matt Schwartz) These guys are talented and I swear they do the most entertaining interesting opening I’ve ever seen.
It Came True 11:40 ArtWorks Theatre - Studio A (Andrew Law, D’Arcy Carden, Dickie Copeland, Marcy Jarreau, Mike Scollins, Paul Welsh, Sarah Claspell) I’m looking forward to ending my night watching my friends.
What shows are you seeing? What should I see? Who did I miss?