The Cage Match semi finals were really fun last night. Two amazing teams battled it out for a chance to go to the finals. At the end, Diamond Lion won, but both teams had an exceptional set.
A word about Rogue Elephant: They are the first indie team I discovered when I started improv about two years ago. I believe they were one of the first indie teams, period. I was lucky enough to have Silvija as my level 1 teacher, and she is an outstanding teacher. It’s too bad for new improvisers that she is not teaching much these days. She created a supportive environment and pushed us to become better, even though we were only little one oh ones. She encouraged us to go to jams, and share our experience. She is truly passionate about the art form and I love having discussions about improv and other forms of theater with her. Rogue Elephant is a team I will always love. Take a look at their old website here. Here are my two favorite sketches here and here. They trust each other completely, and get on the same page immediately. A lot of lessons can be learned form watching them play. Most importantly, they have so much fun playing with each other… it’s really inspiring to watch. I know some of them have moved to LA, and they are all busy doing well and becoming famous and stuff, but I hope they continue being strong and never give up performing!
Diamond Lion has been my favorite team since I discovered musical improv. Ashley Ward was my level one musical improv teacher (see what I did here?) and she teaches us to be more confident in our abilities, and to make big moves, in a supportive, safe environment. Morgan Phillips has been coaching my teams for a few months, and we hope we can keep him as a coach as we move forward - he is very much in demand because he is an amazing coach. Like Rogue Elephant, I think what makes the strength of this team is that they get on the same page immediately, and trust each other and really play as a team. The backup singing creates many linkages in the scenes, and as they listen to each other closely, they can create a 25 mns narrative that will culminate into a surprising and high energy final scene that will have everyone screaming in laughter and disbelief - which is what happened last night.