Learn more about… QuizProv

Get the inside scoop on a local favorite below. Haven’t had the pleasure of seeing QuizProv? See them at 11pm on Friday July 8th at Big Sexy! Tickets available at the website!
QuizProv
What do the members of QuizProv find funny?
QuizProv: When Danny has trouble tallying up the score using basic math skills he acquired in elementary school because technology has spoiled us, that’s pretty funny. Surprising the audience with concepts like “Who Said It? Trump or Cartman” makes us laugh. The people we invite on stage to play our little game with us make us laugh hard or we wouldn’t have invited them in the first place.

If your troupe was a mixed drink, what kind would it be?
QuizProv: It’s a little ode to our favorite game show that continues to inspire us in our daily lives. We call it the “Daily Double.” It’s a frothy concoction of various potent potables that no one quite knows and can only deduce by taking a sip and using their critical thinking skills to determine its contents. They must figure out the ingredients before the time runs out and the poison starts working.

What inspires your improv? Is it a constant or changing idea?
QuizProv: The show has a format and rules that may sound like it’s not a completely improvised show but hosting and bantering with the contestants before they step up to do pure improv is itself an improvised skill. We’ve learned that simply hosting a show and keeping a crowd energetic and engaged is a huge challenge and requires the right kind of confidence and personality that takes training and experience just to learn how to do on a basic level. So it changes with every show and every new audience who sit down to see us.
How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals?
QuizProv: We do a little pre-banter with the contestants we bring up on stage to explain the game to them because as we’ve learned, the magic of television has tricked us into thinking that contestants on a real game show know everything about the game when the host explains it to them in front of the camera. Glenn and Danny separate off and get the stage set up and then they play a little game called “Are You Nervous? No, Are You Nervous?” The way you play it is right there in the title.

What do you like to do outside of improv?

QuizProv: Obviously, we play at a lot of games. It’s hard to put a competitive spirit back in its shell once you’ve already cracked open that walnut, my friend.

Learn more about… Clarissa Explained Nothing

We’re getting closer to Big Sexy time, and want you to learn a little more about the troupes! This blog post features a local act you should get to know so read about them then see their show at Big Sexy on Friday July 8th at 7pm!
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What do the members of Clarissa Explained Nothing find funny?
Liz: I feel like we channel a lot of weird stuff from everyday life into our humor.
Jane: Also, each other. We really do make each other laugh a lot. Overall, I like dry humor and angry humor. I like things that come from a place of real emotion.
Greg: Joy, camaraderie, support. Every show we work to remove these things from our improv.
John: (Looks up from a giant plate of BBQ ribs he is currently eating.) I’m sorry what was the question?
Sallie: (Stares longingly at John’s ribs hoping he will share.) People getting hurt is always funny.

If your troupe were a mixed drink, what kind would it be?
Jane: (Looks back and forth between John and Sallie, worried, before snapping back to the task at hand.) Um…I guess whiskey, neat. No mixer. We can get pretty dark.
Liz: This seems very accurate. We like to create complex characters who suffer hilarious tragedies. About half of them are kids. Or some kind of special “bespoke cocktail” that’s actually just neat whiskey. Also we like meat.
Greg: Or a Sazerac! When you just want Rye and Absinthe.
John: (Mouth and hands are completely covered in BBQ sauce.) Um… give me a minute. I need to find a towel…
Sallie: (Reaches over to try and grab a rib.) A buttery nipple?

What inspires your improv? Is it a constant or changing idea?
Jane: We’re inspired by other troupes and our own strengths. It is always evolving because we always want to improve.
Greg: I know there is some next level game I am just missing.
John: (Finds a napkin on the table and attempts to wipe his hands. The napkin completely falls apart upon contact, leaving his hands covered in a pulp of BBQ sauce and shredded napkin.) Oh jeez…
Sallie: (Manages to snag a rib and takes a big bite, bone and all.) Oh god, I think I broke a tooth.
Liz: (Finds half of Sallie’s tooth on the floor and sticks it in her pocket.)

How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals?
Jane: Our coach, Colten Winburn, will assign crazy characters to two of us at a time and then we do two-person, three-line scenes. It’s fast-paced and weird.
Liz: Yeah, that weird warm-up! Characters like The Little Engine that Could and someone who is running for Pope interacting, or many other crazy duos.
Greg: A child violence scene emergently appears in almost every show. We really need to put a stop to that.
John: (Tries wiping his face with his hands and smears the BBQ sauce and napkin pulp all over his face and shirt.) Gosh dangit…hang on. Just a sec…
Sallie: (Blood is dripping from her mouth but she still tries to eat the rib.) Goddamn these are good ribs. GIVE ME BACK MY SON!

What do you like to do outside of improv?
Jane: I’m really loving stand up. I try to make it out to open mics when I can. I love naps more than anything, though. Oh, and I’m also trying my hand at a webcomic on Instagram.
Liz: Writing, reading, sleeping, podcast dabbling.
Greg: (Starts drawing little pictures with his finger in Sallie’s blood.) Stand up is my hobby. Netflixin’. Dungeons and Dragons.
John: (Pulls his shirt off and uses it as a towel, further spreading the sauce over his upper torso as he wipes. He is now covered in a thin film of sauce and sweat. His face and hands have tiny bits of napkin stuck to them. He looks up in bewilderment.) I like watching YouTube videos.
Sallie: (Somehow manages to eat the whole rib, bone and all. Her mouth is severely bleeding.) I’ve been getting into ribs lately.

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Learn more about Butter!

We can’t believe it’s not… but it is… it’s BUTTER! Read a little about this clowning duo and see their unique show at Big Sexy on Friday July 8th at 7pm!
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What do the members of Butter find funny? Blowing raspberries, simple mistakes, melodrama and fanny packs
If your troupe was a mixed drink, what kind would it be? Tequila Sunrise, Pina Colada…don’t forget the umbrella
What inspires your improv? Is it a constant or changing idea? Having fun and checking in with the audience, breaking the fourth wall and changing the stereotype of what clowning is.
How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals?  We like making each other laugh and really challenge the other to break. We like doing large group warm-ups with just the two of us, think 2-person Bunny Bunny.
What do you like to do outside of improv? Watch movies, hang out at coffee shops and talk philosophy/stupid stuff people do.

Butter

Learn about ChuTopp!

More Big Sexy performer tid-bits coming your way! Read below to learn about ChuTopp from Austin, TX and see them on Saturday, July 9th at 7pm. Get your tickets here: Big Sexy Tickets

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ChuTopp from Austin, TX

  • What do the members of ChuTopp find funny? Life
  • If your troupe was a mixed drink, what kind would it be? a Sour Rump – Sour Apple Schnapps and Rumplemintz (we’ve never done it, but it would be very much us)
  • What inspires your improv? Is it a constant or changing idea? Constantly changing. From family, to work, to politics, to reality shows, to anything on BBC America
  • How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals? We just talk a lot about random awesome crap to get our minds in order.
  • What do you like to do outside of improv? The structural integrity of things, baseball, scrapple, music, reference books, giraffes, shoes, dive bars, etc.

Learn about Red Dirt Improv!

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The 8th Annual Big Sexy Weekend of Improv is soon and we’d like to give you a short intro to the groups performing this year! Read below for some tidbits form Red Dirt Improv from Norman, OK. Catch their show on Saturday July 9th at 7pm.
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http://www.reddirtimprov.com

What do members of Red Dirt Improv find funny? We love when an obvious punchline or joke is coming, then we get a curveball. Also, animal videos.

If your troupe was a mixed drink, what kind would it be?
Crown and Coke. Half of us drink and half of us don’t.

What inspires your improv? Is it a constant or changing idea?
There are certainly some changing ideas, but we always return to short form. We love taking short form sensibilities and packaging into a long free form set. We will pack in jokes, and quickly edit.

How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals?
We do a lot of circle up pass the focus games…then we get really animated and at peak energy for showtime.

What do you like to do outside of improv?
Game of Thrones, board games, video games, knitting, drinking, eating, and keeping up with superheroes on the big and small screens.

Getting to Know… Your Dad’s Friends

This group from Austin knows how to put on a show! Read about them and make plans to check out their set!

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What do the members of Your Dad’s Friends find funny?
Usually, members of our group laugh when things are going horribly wrong.  It isn’t that we love misery.  It is that we love watching people recover from adversity.

If your troupe was a mixed drink, what kind would it be?
Probably a fruit smoothie.  Topping is the frozen banana.  Cole is the orange juice. Jessica is the strawberries. Tyler is the smug sense self of righteousness that recovering alcoholics feel about drinking non alcoholic drinks at the bar.

What inspires your improv? Is it a constant or changing idea?
We have all been improvising for a long time.  We like to find inspiration in the pleasure of finding new, genuine moments.

How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals?
Chuy has instituted a no warm up policy.  Really.

What do you like to do outside of improv?
Members of YDF can be found at their second home, The Hideout Pub watching Jeopardy and over tipping.

Getting to Know… Rory Scholl

You’ll have two chances to see NYC improviser Rory Scholl at Big Sexy- once in a family friendly show, once in a not so family friendly setting. Check him out at both!

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What is one of your favorite improv moments?
I’m part of an improv group in NYC called Fake Church where we get a suggestion from the audience and build a complete church service around it. I did the music portion and brought up a kid which turned out to be our directors kid, Everyone was nervous that it would go south and or I’d poke fun at the kid, but we did three really sweet and funny songs together. It brought laughter and tears to everyone in the crowd and was one of the most satisfying times I’ve ever had on stage.

What do you find funny?
Sarcasm is always funny. Also, believing in the reality you create on stage is always great fun. I also love little kids falling. Still the best.

Where do you get comedic inspiration?
I’m inspired by other improvisers who are, and I hate this word sometimes, but fearless. That doesn’t mean cursing up a storm and yelling in every scene. That means not being afraid to throw new ideas, show formats, and concepts up at any time. Straight forward 30 minute scene shows get pretty old so I’m always inspired by improvisers who think differently.

How did you develop this show?
I developed Rory and Friends based on some strengths I think I have as an improviser. First and foremost, I enjoy crowd work. I love talking to people and playing off them. You should base your show around things you enjoy. I also like playing guitar and creating songs. This is a very immersive show for the audience. Also, the more you invite people up the less hecklers you get.  :)
How do you prepare for a show? Any rituals?
I don’t have any hard fast rituals for a show. I do like to see who files in and try to get a glimpse of the crowd. Also, if there’s an act before me, I usually try to watch it to get a sense of what they like or don’t like based on what they’ve seen. Also, beer. Always beer.

Getting to Know… ComedySportz

Get revved up for a crazy comedy match with ComedySportz! See them at Margo Jones Theater in Fair Park on Friday June 26th at 7pm. This is going to be fast paced high energy fun!

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Tell us about Comedy Sportz.
A ComedySportz® Match is comedy played as a sport where two teams go head-to-head in a competitive, down to the buzzer, swinging for the fences, all out, high energy, fast, fun, clean, improvisational showdown that’s perfect entertainment for all audiences. The whole match is improvised, so all dialog and scenes are entirely made up on the spot!

​These Players will play for Audience laughs in hopes of earning points for their team. Audiences get to participate throughout the Match by yelling out suggestions that inspire the scene and cheering for their favorite team of the night. Some audience members, if they want, could even find themselves on the field.

How do you choose games for a match?
Just like most Sports Team, our ComedySportz Teams have Captains that help lead their Team to victory. You can think of Captains as Quarterbacks. They help call the plays they think will help take their Team to the next level. So really, it’s about looking at the players on the field and determining what game might be best for the night.

What was one of your favorite improv moments?
A favorite? Oh wow. Not sure we can pick just one…um…So for those have been following us since the beginning, might know that our Troupe has a history of losing our performance space due to unforeseen circumstances. A few years back, when we had to leave our venue, we weren’t sure where or when our next show would be. So we decided to performed a special last hurrah kind of show. We didn’t know what would be made of it, except we were determined to play with heart and have a ton of fun. Well as it turns out, we have some of the best audience (or fans as we call them) who showed up and gave us packed house that was Standing Room Only. Possible one of our best shows ever. Afterwards, the crowd didn’t leave for almost 2 hours just talking to players and reliving past shows and stories. That spontaneous moment will always stick with us. We really do have some of the best audiences any Troupe could ever ask for.


How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals?

Before every show we warm up by getting into a mindset that’s all about being silly and having fun. We’ll play warm up games that can get us out of our heads, that help us stay on beat or rhyme just in case the night calls for any singing games and we’ll also do some exercises designed to get us all on the same wave length and be on the same page. Right before we all go out and take the field, we all look at each other, and go up to each other individually, letting everyone know that everyone has each other’s backs.

What do you like to do outside of improv?
After almost every practice or match, the Troupe will go out and grab a bite to eat together or catch a movie. A number of our Troupe members are also in plays, so we’ll go out and support them. We’ve also been known to go camping, play kickball, cheer for Knights at Medieval Times, go to the zoo, escape room with zombies and make movies together.

Getting to Know… Mirage Machine

Pocket is going to get wild for Big Sexy and Mirage Machine is going to heat it up! Check them out on Friday June 26th at 11:15pm and read below for some fun facts!

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Mirage Machine

Tell us about your troupe name.
Mirage Machine was a really hard name to come up with. Theo Daley said, “Hey, our group should be called Mirage Machine.”

And we said, “Yes.”

How did your show and format develop?
Our format was extremely loose at the beginning. All we knew is that we wanted to play together and that’s it. We recognized that every single other group on the Improv Planet were doing that. We wanted to create something different.

David Fruchter, our resident sage, came in with a suggestion of getting a dream. We all looked at each other and went, “This makes our name make sense.” It’s a weird reverse engineering process we underwent to make our work fit the name. I can’t think of many other groups that would do that.

We let this suggestion fuel our work, too. We try and do “edit-less” edits where other players will simply hop in and start a new scene. No sweeps or tag-outs, they simply start a new scene by walking out. It’s the responsibility of the other players to go, “Oh, I’m in this.” It’s a challenge but it’s also super rewarding to watch.

What is one of your favorite improv moments?
We recently did a show at the Hideout Theater (located at 616 Congress Ave. in the heart of downtown Austin). Two of our players, Manuel and Kenny, got locked into a scene at a typography school. Kenny made a crack about feeling “Comic Sans.” The audience laughed/groaned at the same time. Because Kenny and Manuel are sadistic towards the audience, they started a Font Pun Off on stage.

Also, it’s important to note that there was a keyboard on stage for the act afterwards. Mirage Machine had no intention of using the keyboard at all.

So, when the Pun Off began, another improviser COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO MIRAGE MACHINE (Tosin Awofeso) started SCORING THE PUN OFF. It was transcendent and completely unexpected. It also made the epic Pun Off even more epic.

What are some things that always make you laugh?
Existential misery. Time.

Getting to Know… Red Dirt Improv

Big Sexy favorite Red Dirt Improv is back and ready for fun! New to RDI? Check them out at Margo Jones at 9pm on Friday June 26th and read below to get some fun details on these players!

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Red Dirt Improv

Tell us about your troupe name.
We couldn’t agree on other names, so we went with most of our second choices – Red Dirt Improv. Our group enjoys having a name that references Oklahoma in some way.
How did you form as a troupe?
Many of us performed in a college troupe together, and wanted to keep performing after graduation.
What was one of your favorite improv moments?
Anytime an audience new to improv sees us and enjoys!
How do you guys prepare for a show? Any fun warm-ups or rituals?
We do a lot of the standard warm-up exercises, but when we get bored of those we resort to mime violence.
What do you like to do outside of improv?
We love to get together and play board and card games (like Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity). We also regularly watch Game of Thrones together.