I’m excited to announce that I’ll be doing three online improv shows this month! One of the nice things about the pandemic is working with people from different parts of the country and the world.
On Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, I’ll be doing a show with Slip Stone out of Ann Arbor, MI. I believe this group is an extension of Pointless Brewery & Theatre. I’ll be joined by Michigander Ben Mullins, with my Canadian friends Flo Penicaud, Madeline DeCorso and Pedro Abrantes. We’re calling ourselves Big Boat after the sketch Ben wrote for the rest of us recently. You can sign up for the Zoom stream here.
Then on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern, I’ll be returning to John Hildreth‘s Jam Sandwich. John has been on the Chicago Improv scene since the ’90s. He’s directed several Second City revues and runs this show for current and former students. He taught my first Second City Conservatory class. You can watch the stream on the Jam Sandwich Facebook page.
Finally, on Wednesday April 28 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, I’m doing my Second City Level Two grad show. The last show focused on archival scenes while this one will be on doing grounded improv scenes. You can sign up for that Zoom stream here.
All of the streams are going to be live and free to attend. (Donations to Slip Stone and Jam Sandwich will be greatly appreciated.)
I’m enjoying finding my way again with improvisation. One thing about working over Zoom is finding a place that is authentic and alive. Sort of a combo of working for a live audience but in extreme close-up. I like working from a more grounded place where you respond honestly in the moment and see where that leads you. Hopefully, it goes to an unexpected place without forcing it. I’m not great at fast and clever. I’d also rather go to a place that is transcendent or painfully human than funny. Comedy is a by-product of the work to me. Fortunately, I’ve been working with a lot of very funny people.