You Don’t Have To Be A Nerd To Enjoy ‘Improvised Star Trek’ (interview)
While I appreciate “Star Trek” (LeVar Burton anyone?) my first thought when friends told me they were doing a podcast and live show called Improvised Star Trek I thought, “Yeah, yeah, yeah… Nerd Fest.” These aren’t just any nerds though. I happen to know that they are all hilarious and smart as hell, which only makes them more hilarious. Knowing this, I went to a show and tuned in for an episode and no surprise to me, loved it. And so do 1000’s of others, with a fan base that keeps on growing. ... [Read More]
Listen to Matt Besser Explain How People Constantly Misunderstand "Yes, and"
"'Yes, and' is about agreement. Agreement doesn't necessarily mean you literally say the word yes all the time... In fact you more often probably do say no. Agreement means I'm agreeing with the improviser, not that I'm agreeing with the character... Agreement is I'm agreeing to your premise." - Matt Besser on the latest episode of improv4humans explaining the common misconception over what "yes, and" means. It's part of a well-articulated rant on the subject that shows why he is an improv lege... [Read More]
Second City performer Paul O’Sullivan dies at 48 in car collision
Paul O’Sullivan, a well-respected Toronto actor and comedian, dies in a car accident at 47. At Second City, O’Sullivan made a mark early. “Paul was the quintessential Second City performer and writer,” said Andrew Alexander, Second City’s CEO, reached in Beverly Hills Saturday. “He was quick-witted, and fast on his feet. But there was a sweetness about him that really came through as well.” [Read More]
Trust Us, This Is All Made Up: Explaining Long-Form Improv to the Masses
Overwhelmingly, the two major types of comedy documentaries are specific looks at particular comedians, or broader looks at stand-up. Not much time is given to other areas of the comedy world, so it’s refreshing to see a documentary about the less-discussed world of improvisation. In fairness, Trust Us, This Is All Made Up is only partly a documentary. Most of the film is comprised of a performance of “T.J. and Dave,” a long-form show performed by Chicago improvisers T.J. Jagodowski and David... [Read More]
Kristen Wiig on Why She Was Drawn to Improv
"I think it was improv. It was watching people be on stage, acting without a script. There was something in me that was like, 'I want to do that. I know I can do that.' For some reason it was less scary to me than having words in front of me, because I think when you’re handed a script you know that... [Read More]
Jersey Shore castmember Vinny Guadagnino taking classes at UCB
It’s probably a safe bet that nobody in this week’s new batch of students expected one of their classmates to be Jersey Shore castmember Vinny Guadagnino. Seems it’s going well for him, judging by his tweet: "Day 1 of improv classes was dope, these tools can help with many areas of life." Right he is! Though one has to wonder how strange this experience must be for his classmates. [Read More]
Assssscat Monologist's Identity Revealed, Forwarded to the Authorities
The guy who told the story of when he had sex with a woman against her wishes as part of the Asssscat show at the Del Close Marathon's identity has been outed and confirmed by Jezebel; they also got in touch with his prior employers at Second City as well as his new theater Improv Vegas. Second City... [Read More]
One Night at Asssscat, or What to Do With a Date Rape Monologue
We’ve been getting a lot of emails this morning about a particular audience monologist that performed at the Assssscat at the Del Close Marathon on Sunday, August 14. In case you don’t know, the Del Close Marathon is the Upright Citizens Brigade’s annual improv fest in New York and Asssscat is the i... [Read More]
2011 Del Close Marathon in review
I primarily put in my time at the Hudson Guild theater, where I never had to wait in any lines and there was always a seat. The only time the room was packed to a humid, virus-friendly capacity was on Sunday evening from about 5:30 on, when there was a slow-moving line and the no-reentry policy was put into effect. [Read More]