YES! Richter is RIGHT and thanks Corey for pointing out this quote (Corey = the bestest).
That doesn’t mean though that you have to have 10 men to a woman on stage (or more like 4 to 1 which is what is happening on the NY improv stages right now - none in particular; all inclusive main stages - look at the improv house teams).
Because you know, women are effing hilarious and mixing up men and women on stage makes it for a much more interesting and enjoyable and dynamic improv / comedy experience for the audience.
This is a great article. I am fortunate to be a part of this community.
I’ve had this on a post it note on my fridge for a while… maybe 10 years? Also, this is basically how I’ve lived since I was born… The French AND the Iranian are very good at NOT breaking, but just slightly bending rules to increase the fun in life… Also, I love Katharine Hepburn.
Benefit to Raise Money to Fight Cancer - Special Kaleidoscope
Cathryn Mudon and I are organizing and will be hosting a special Kaleidoscope to benefit the fight against cancer on October 24, 2011.
Some of you who have been reading this blog know that I made a pledge many years ago to fight cancer by any means - mostly raising money through races and fundraisers (some back stories and an opportunity to donate here). I recently did the Susan G. Komen 5k with a team of amazing ladies of comedy. It’s not too late to donate to this race, even if it’s over. Just follow this link. During the show, I will probably tell you some sad cancer stories and make you laugh about it.
If you are looking for a fun way to donate, we are accepting donations to our show! Right now, we have the following items to raffle / auction:
- Three one-hour long voice lessons with professional singer and voice coach (and improviser!!) Scott Morwitz
- One two-hour long improv practice session and one monologue coaching session with Keisha Zollar
- One free improv coaching session with Kirk Damato
- One two-hour long improv coaching session with Morgan Philips
- One free stand-up coaching session with Michelle Dobrawsky
- A performance opportunity with Christina Gausas at the Pou & Nic show scheduled for October 27 (three days after the benefit!)!!!!!!
More donations are coming in! We are looking for performance / improv related donations, but also for non-performance/improv related ones. We will be pushing the event aggressively and are counting on you to do so as well. If you would like to donate an item, please email me on this tumblr (and give me your email address) or on my personal email if you have it. We will let you know how to donate money if you cannot attend the show.
If you haven’t been to UCBeast, maybe this weekend is the time to check it out? Some great shows are programmed for you over the weekend, and you can grab a Hot Chicks slice (a pizza dedicated to the UCB!) at Two Boots next door.
Josheer (Josh Sharp & Sasheer Zamata) will be performing at Couple’s Retreatat the PIT Underground, Friday, September 16th at 8pm, $5 or free with an improv student ID from any school (UCB, PIT, Magnet).
Pou&Nic have several shows upcoming this week: Froduce at The Creek and the Cave on Sunday 09/18 at 7:30, Thunderbolt Comedy at The Morgan (25 Bogart St, on Morgan St. L) on Monday 09/19 at 8 pm, and the Pou&NIc: You’re Welcome show at the Triple Crown on Thursday 09/22 at 10 pm (They invite you to join the two jams that happen during the show!)
“Role #1: Ego Actus is casting the part of Lupita, a Dominican-American single woman in New York for our production of ALIENS WITH EXTRAORDINARY SKILLS by award winning playwright Saviana Stanescu. Equity approval pending. The director will be Joan Kane. We are looking for actresses mid 20’s to mid 30’s who move well. Please send pictures and resumes to EgoActus@gmail.com.
Role #2: SAG film still seeking actor to fill the role of middle-aged male doctor with Iraqi accent. PRINCIPAL. (Ultra-low budget contract.) Shoots October. Contact Suzanne Savoy for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
I have to tell you - I LOVE this venue! I’ve spent 4 nights there this week already! It’s close to Brooklyn, it’s beautiful and the seats are comfortable and the shows have that energy that comes from trying new things. Cheating on Harold with Doppelganger for example was a blast! Last night’s Diamond Lion was amazing! I don’t know - I wouldn’t miss out if I were you! And it’s free all weekend for current students - jus’sayin’…
I sent @WillHines a question about this… I don’t know if this was already in the pipeline (serendipity) or a response to my question (in which case: Thanks!), but this gives me even more food for thoughts. Time to work on it with my team’s coach!
The trickiest case I think is when someone is making an offer for you that requires you to ignore reality. Then you have to make a really tough choice: do you support playing at the height of your intelligence, or do you support your partner’s offer? Like this:
Initiation (in a broad, hammy, wide-eyed musical theater but bad delivery): “These pens! These pens are so expensive! My wife is going to leave me!”
And let’s assume this big energy is not like a fun genre choice. You can’t just blindly match energy. It’s just aimless and silly noise. So you’ve got a problem: your scene partner is over-acting, and is being guided by unrealistic logic. And it’s confusing. What do you do?
It gives me great joy to be able to announce that UCB’s long awaited East Village venue — UCBeast — will be open as of tonight at 7:30pm. A new website will be forthcoming in the near future.
Please come check out the new space (155 E. 3rd Street and Avenue A). There is an attached bar (The Hot Chicks Room), where we’ll be serving soft drinks to start out and beer and wine soon.
The theatre itself is a beautiful 124 seat space, totally refurbished with brand new seats and fixtures, that will make for some great live comedy, despite the notable absence of multiple columns blocking significant portions of the stage.
Stop on by and buy a ticket at the door! Or use your improv Student ID for free entry to shows marked with an *
Wednesday 9/7 7:30pm - $5 - Outlook of the Poet + Two Man Movie * 9:00pm - $5 - Doppelganger + Cheating On Harold (this week: Standard Oil + Very Good Kiss) * 11:00pm - free - The Improv Jam (hosted by Grandma’s Ashes) *
Thursday 9/8 6:00pm - free - Oh, Hey Guys (storytelling open mic, hosted by John Flynn) 7:30pm - $5 - Adam Wade: BIG HEART 9:00pm - $5 - Totally JK (hosted by Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel) 11:00pm - free - Gutbucket (stand-up open mic, hosted by Rob Stern and Amber Nelson)
Saturday 9/10 7:30pm - $10 - AIRWOLF: Let’s Go Back To Your Place 9:00pm - $10 - The Extended Play E.P. Music Album Release Party with TJ Miller 11:00pm - $5 - Underground Americana (w/ Jeff Rubin, Lang Fisher and more)
Sunday 9/11 7:30pm - $5 - Two Fun Men + Off The Cuff 9:00pm - $5 - Hot Soup11:00pm - $5 - Fresh Out (hosted by Adam Conover)
Monday 9/12 8:00pm - $5 - Wheelhouse (hosted by Will Hines) 10:00pm - $5 - Improv Nerds *
Tuesday 9/13 8:00pm - $5 - After Hours with Gene Hackman & Friends 10:00pm - $5 - It Is It (hosted by Adam Lowitt)
I would add to this review that the Chris Gethard show reminds me of the footage I’ve seen from absurdist comedy shows that ran on French TV in the 70s, where everything went and it was a happy chaos. I love this show. When I’m not in the audience, I am watching live online - because there’s NOTHING better than live TV. Nothing.
Last year, I weirdly decided to make my own type of NaSkeWriMo. The goal I had for myself was to write 20 sketches, in a week. The thing I found hard in that week wasn’t actually writing, or coming up with beats of a sketch or finding the time. The thing I found hard was actually coming up…
…with what? You’ll have to click through to find out!
“And when the middle of the afternoon came, from being a poor poverty-stricken boy in the morning, Tom was literally rolling in wealth. He had besides the things before mentioned, twelve marbles, part of a jews-harp, a piece of blue bottle-glass to look through, a spool cannon, a key that wouldn’t unlock anything, a fragment of chalk, a glass stopper of a decanter, a tin soldier, a couple of tadpoles, six fire-crackers, a kitten with only one eye, a brass door-knob, a dog-collar—but no dog—the handle of a knife, four pieces of orange-peel, and a dilapidated old window sash.”—Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer