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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!
Want more info on their show? Get it here!
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

ChuTopp

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.
http://facebook.com/reddirtimprov
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.