Monthly Archives: June 2017

Getting to know… Buddy Puzzle!

Closer to festival and we’re getting you closer to Buddy Puzzle! Check them out on Saturday July 8th at 9pm!

What do members of your troupe find funny?
We like character driven work that has heart. Offstage we do character
bits that are overly dramatic and so committed we forget where the bit
ends.

If your troupe had a mascot, what would it be?
Vin Diesel (Dom) or Michelle Rodriguez (Letty)

What inspires your troupe? Is it a constant or changing idea?
Our favorite improv teams that have inspired us are The Reckoning and
Cook County Social Club. Outside of that our inspiration is always
changing. Our passion gets sparked by a podcast (mostly NPR or Tim
Ferris) or a new song we discovered. It runs as deep as a rant we heard
from some old cowboy chewing tobacco outside a starbucks. (He’s yet to
show up in one of our shows but I know he’s in there somewhere.)

What is your troupe’s favorite pre-show ritual?
We like to walk, talk and connect to each other. Lately we’ve been
reading a sonnet from Erik Didriksen’s “Pop Sonnets” and listening to
the corresponding song. We also have individual rituals (stretches, hand
stands and vocal warm ups etc.) that we like to do.

What advice would your troupe give to new improvisers/troupes?
Play with people you love who want to do the same kind of work you do.
It’s the fastest way to grow. Hell, we did it and even FELL in love and
it’s the BEST. We highly recommend it. Do be afraid to take risks, it
won’t work the first time but the only way  to learn how it works it to
fail first. As a mentor and dear friend of ours would say “don’t be a
baby”.

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Getting to know… Motley Players

Want more? How about some answers from Motley Players? Catch them at 5:30pm in the family friendly show at Studio Theatre on Saturday July 8th!

WHAT DO MEMBERS OF MOTLEY PLAYERS FIND FUNNY?
When wit and happenstance collide in clever or ironic ways in such a
manner to make you snort your drink. Translated from Dave-speak: Stuff
that makes us snort our drinks.

IF MOTLEY PLAYERS HAD A MASCOT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Tasmanian devil or sloth, depending on our levels of caffeine.

WHAT INSPIRES MOTLEY PLAYERS’S IMPROV? IS IT A CONSTANT OR CHANGING
IDEA?
We like to keep things original in an ever-changing and stressful world.
It doesn’t hurt that most of us are so easily distracted, we don’t
remember what we did last week, so it’s always original to us!

WHAT IS MOTLEY PLAYERS FAVORITE PRE-SHOW RITUAL?
To laugh at ourselves. The more fun we have before the show cracking
each other up, the more relaxed we are during the show.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD MOTLEY PLAYERS GIVE TO NEW IMPROVISERS/TROUPES?
There are going to be great successes and great failures. Remember the
successes and learn from the failures.

MP

Getting to know… Red Dirt Improv

Tonight’s Getting to know…. features Red Dirt Improv from Norman, Oklahoma! Read about them below and see them on Friday July7th!

What do members of Red Dirt Improv find funny?
Half of us think animals in clothing are funny. The other half of us like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

If Red Dirt Improv had a mascot, what would it be?
Our mascot’s name is David Courtright. He will sign your autograph book.

What inspires Red Dirt’s improv? Is it a constant or changing idea?
Red Dirt Improv is inspired to do things the audience doesn’t expect. While we like to get better at whatever form we are doing, we try not to get attached to repetitiveness. Often we will put a slight tweak on a game rule or audience suggestion that keeps the audience and us excited.

What is Red Dirt Improv favorite pre-show ritual?
An unintelligible mashup of every warmup game we have ever done.

What advice would Red Dirt Improv give to new improvisers/troupes?
All improv rules are made to eventually be broken. However, those rules will help you if you follow them more often than not.

Getting to know… After Party

We’re back with another round of Getting to know…. and today we’re introducing you to After Party from Chicago! This group of musical mavens performs July 8th at 9pm so make plans to check them out and read more about them below!

What do members of After Party find funny?
–       We love smart, fast, musical comedy. Broad City, Lucille Ball, Monty Python, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, and on and on. And butts.

If After Party had a mascot, what would it be?
–       Cappy and Gertie, the cutest, funniest doggos in the world and pets of team members Ashley and Holly.

What inspires After Party improv? Is it a constant or changing idea?
–       It is constantly changing. We are inspired by our relationships, true crime shows, brunch foods, classic musicals, politics; anything and everything goes into our shows.

What is After Party’s favorite pre-show ritual?
–       Pre-Show Group Selfie! Taking a moment to connect and be silly together in private before we share it with the audience.

What advice would After Party give to new improvisers/troupes?
–       Find improv partners who make you laugh! Seek out teammates who you trust and who you enjoy being around even when you’re not performing. Have fun!

After Party

Getting to know… Chairold!

It’s that time of year again folks. Yes, the 9th Annual Big Weekend of Improv is only weeks away and it’s time to learn a little more about who you’ll be seeing this year. In addition to show descriptions and bios online, we’re posting thing on Facebook and in this blog. Today, we’d like to introduce to you- Chairold from Oklahoma City! See them on Friday July 7th and read below for a little more insight into this troupe.

What do members of your troupe find funny?
Mixing the mundane with the absurd and running with it. Clever wordplay. Finding hidden games.

If your troupe had a mascot, what would it be?
A chair with eyes like Herbie the Love Bug. It would be accompanied by a bare-chested fireman riding a cougar while drinking Jameson on the rocks.

What inspires your troupe? Is it a constant or changing idea?
Taking the hurdles of life and finding the bizarre fun in them. We adapt as we grow as a team and as individuals.

What is your troupe’s favorite pre-show ritual?
Eating together, creating awkward moments, and quirkily moving about. We are big fans of the marathon text message complete with topical GIFs.

What advice would your troupe give to new improvisers/troupes?
Allow your concept to breathe and adapt in a way all members are validated. Appreciate the smallest moments of brightness from way of your teammates, and work hard to value your unique contributions. Mostly enjoy the journey of creating together. Always be willing to learn from anybody. Support each other both on and off the stage and beautiful things will grow from it. Get invested in one another’s lives.