Getting to know… Shades of Brown

The 6th Annual Big Sexy Weekend of Improv is only weeks away and we want you as excited as we are! One of the fun things about festivals is getting the opportunity to see new troupes and new types of shows. This is the beginning of a series of posts to introduce you to the performers at this year’s festival!

Today we’re getting to know Shades of Brown from Dallas, Austin TX. Read about them below and see them perform at 7pm on Saturday July 12th!

*Tell us about your troupe name.
Shades of Brown – started as a troupe of purely Latino improvisers. Thus the name. But the truth is everyone is a Shade of Brown so we’ve become inclusive to other cultures. What is important to us is to ensure that all cultures and genders feel welcome to participate in Improv.

*Each time we see SOB, we see a new and unique format. How do you decide when to switch, and how do you develop a new show?We don’t have any real formula of when or how. Sometimes we get together and brainstorm, other times one of us will come up with an idea and the rest of the team will approve or offer feedback. Our formats again are based on exposing culture. This year we are debuting our brand new format based on and called the Narcocorrido. This is a much more serious subject than we’ve tackled in the past (Mexican Soap Operas, Luchadores, Dia De Los Muertes). But it’s important to us that all facets of culture are expressed. Not just the easy to swallow stuff, like breakfast tacos.

*What is one of your favorite improv moments?
When I first started with the Shades, I had a tendency to die in shows. Partially because of my own morbid sense of humor and partially because someone (I won’t mention Monica’s name) was on an Improv killing spree. In this particular show I died because I jumped in front of a bullet for my brother. In the same show Monica became a penguin with mystical powers. The show ended with Monica using her penguin powers (which included slapping me on the head with her wings multiple times) to resurrect me. I think the lights went out on the whole audience and cast laughing.



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