There’s no right or wrong answer, Garrett. Just make sure you are making very specific choices. What brand of toilet is it? Is it a standard white toilet seat or does it have a crocheted toilet seat cover? What are you doing on the toilet? And of course, never be a stranger to the toilet. Always have a relationship with the toilet. This is important.

There’s no right or wrong answer, Garrett. Just make sure you are making very specific choices. What brand of toilet is it? Is it a standard white toilet seat or does it have a crocheted toilet seat cover? What are you doing on the toilet? And of course, never be a stranger to the toilet. Always have a relationship with the toilet. This is important.

tuxedollamas asked: Have a full show this Tuesday. Any quick tips?

If you haven’t read ‘Have Something' yet, that's a great place to start.

Other than that, here are some quick tips:

Be specific - Don’t say things like, “Hey honey, I got you a gift…” Make a really specific choice about what the gift is. “Hey honey, I got you a DVD set of the show Wings.” 

Take co-ownership of the scene - If your scene partner says, “Hey honey, I got you a gift…” don’t wait for them to tell you what the gift is. They weren’t specific, so now you get to be. Name the gift right away. “A jewel encrusted hunting rifle! Thank you!”

Have fun being wrong - It really doesn’t matter what specific choice you make. If you choose something that doesn’t make sense in the world as we know it, that’s fine because it will make sense in the world you are creating in that scene. So have fun with it! The audience will enjoy watching you be wrong, as long as you are making bold specific choices and not floundering in a haze of ambiguity. 

Let me know how it goes!

Improv: Have Something

(Recently I said I’d start writing more about Improv and nobody objected, so here goes. These posts will be tagged #improvthoughts if you want to block them and I’ll use the read more feature so you don’t have a huge block of text on your dash)

Have you ever been having a conversation with  your friend, co-worker, doctor, or general family member, while standing in a nondescript room not touching anything or doing anything? Yeah, me neither. And yet, most (bad) improv scenes tend to look like this.

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But I think there is a very simple way to combat this problem: Have something.

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Tonight my comedy partner lifeisaslowharold and I will take the stage at The Invite in Portland, OR. We’ll be taking an audience suggestion and improvising a single scene for about 25 minutes, each of us playing multiple characters. If you’re around town you should come check it out.

8pm

1963 NW Kearney St, Portland, Oregon 97209

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How many of you are improvisers?

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My two favorite notes from Improv rehearsal last night:

"Fuck up and be happy"

"How can I make everyone laugh while being wrong?"

For some reason these messages just spoke to me.

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Tonight I am performing in an improv showdown tonight at the Curious Comedy Theater. I might get murdered.

curiouscomedytheater:

This weekend at the Curious Comedy Theater, come see our fully improvised musical PIPES on Friday at 8pm.

Friday night stay for the 10pm showing of Ladies and Gentlemen, an improv show where an all-male group squares off against an all-female group before they finally join in holy matrimony (of comedy). This week’s show features Katie Michels, Katie Behrens, Jake Michels, and Nate Smith.

Saturday at 8pm join David Saffert in celebrating his birthday at his Birthday Bashstravaganza! You don’t have to know who David Saffert is to be excited about some of the best piano playing and joke telling that Portland’s finest have to offer.

Saturday night join us at 10pm for Mixology, an ungodly mix of stand-up, improv, sketch, and any other kind of comedy we can find (except prop comedy*)

Get tickets and details at CuriousComedy.org

*maybe prop comedy

The brilliant Jake Michels asked me to join him as a sub in his 2-person improv group, Balrog. We performed in a  comedy cage match style show called Friday Night Fights at the Curious Comedy Theater. We were given 17 minutes to perform and at the end of the night the audience would vote for their favorite team. (We won!)

What you can’t see is that on the right side of the stage is a clock counting down from 17 minutes. Knowing that will make a joke at the end of the show a lot funnier.

If you like Ender’s Game, this set has a lot of jokes you’ll enjoy.

Also, I don’t know what was up with my hair that night.

I’ll be performing improv tonight at the Curious Comedy Theater at 8pm. It’s an Open Court, meaning any of you can show up and get onstage to perform with me. Come play!

I’ll be performing improv tonight at the Curious Comedy Theater at 8pm. It’s an Open Court, meaning any of you can show up and get onstage to perform with me. Come play!

curiouscomedytheater:

We got a pretty great review from SuperSlice for our opening set at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
“Curious Comedy Playas of Portland had the challenging task of opening for Theme Park and they scored laugh after laugh from the supportive crowd. I have the utmost respect for improv performers. In the art of comedy, improv is the closest thing to a tightwire act. That tennis match of, “Yes and,” is something to behold as it can be entertaining-as-all-hell or painful and awkward. As our colleague and reporter, Aaron Abrams, put it, “When improv comedy works, it works like some kind of miracle.” Luckily, or should I say skillfully, on this evening, the laughter far outweighed the cringe-worthy nanosecond. The Curious Comedy Playas are pros and you should check ‘em out in Portland soon…”

Pictured from left to right is me, Stacey Hallal (founder of the Curious Comedy Theater and one of the most amazing comedians I’ve ever known), Nathan Loveless (one my oldest and most favorite improv partners), and Leon Anderson (one of my newest and most favorite improv partners).

curiouscomedytheater:

We got a pretty great review from SuperSlice for our opening set at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

“Curious Comedy Playas of Portland had the challenging task of opening for Theme Park and they scored laugh after laugh from the supportive crowd. I have the utmost respect for improv performers. In the art of comedy, improv is the closest thing to a tightwire act. That tennis match of, “Yes and,” is something to behold as it can be entertaining-as-all-hell or painful and awkward. As our colleague and reporter, Aaron Abrams, put it, “When improv comedy works, it works like some kind of miracle.” Luckily, or should I say skillfully, on this evening, the laughter far outweighed the cringe-worthy nanosecond. The Curious Comedy Playas are pros and you should check ‘em out in Portland soon…”

Pictured from left to right is me, Stacey Hallal (founder of the Curious Comedy Theater and one of the most amazing comedians I’ve ever known), Nathan Loveless (one my oldest and most favorite improv partners), and Leon Anderson (one of my newest and most favorite improv partners).

curiouscomedytheater:

Viva Les Revolutions!! “Pipes” our improvised musical ensemble are back kicking off a 6 week run of mind-melting song-belting improv comedy. Want more?! Stay late tonight for Friday Night Fights where high-school improv phenoms IMPULSE take on our reigning champs ALL OF CHINA. It’s going to be a wild n wooly weekend so bring an extra pair of socks!! Full schedule Below:

Friday 8pm - Pipes: An Improvised Musical
Friday 10pm - Friday Night Fights: ALL OF CHINA vs. IMPULSE
Saturday 8pm - Pipes: An Improvised Musical
Saturday 10pm - Curious Comedy Stand-Up Showcase
Sunday 8pm - Curious Open Mic w/Gabe Dinger

I’ll be performing the opening set tomorrow night before the Improvised Musical. It’s going to be a really good show!

curiouscomedytheater:

Aaaand scene

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curiouscomedytheater:

This week the music is back!! “Pipes” our ridiculously fun and completely improvised musical comedy is back for a 6 week run. And strap in for another great match-up as “Friday Night Fights” reigning champs ALL OF CHINA take on local high school super group IMPULSE, coached by our own Jake Michels. It’s gonna get wild n’ weird!! Full schedule below:Thursday 8pm- Open Court Improv JamFriday 8pm - Pipes: An Improvised MusicalFriday 10pm - Friday Night Fights: ALL OF CHINA vs. IMPULSESaturday 8pm - Pipes: An Improvised MusicalSaturday 10pm - Curious Comedy Stand-Up ShowcaseSunday 8pm - Curious Open Mic w/Gabe Dinger

I’ll be at Open Court this Thursday if any of you want to play with me, or just watch me goof around on stage. And this week is the beginning of an all new run of Curious Comedy’s improvised musical show PIPES! This is the best show that the Curious Comedy Theater does. You really have to see it.

curiouscomedytheater:

This week the music is back!! “Pipes” our ridiculously fun and completely improvised musical comedy is back for a 6 week run. And strap in for another great match-up as “Friday Night Fights” reigning champs ALL OF CHINA take on local high school super group IMPULSE, coached by our own Jake Michels. It’s gonna get wild n’ weird!! Full schedule below:

Thursday 8pm- Open Court Improv Jam
Friday 8pm - Pipes: An Improvised Musical
Friday 10pm - Friday Night Fights: ALL OF CHINA vs. IMPULSE
Saturday 8pm - Pipes: An Improvised Musical
Saturday 10pm - Curious Comedy Stand-Up Showcase
Sunday 8pm - Curious Open Mic w/Gabe Dinger

I’ll be at Open Court this Thursday if any of you want to play with me, or just watch me goof around on stage. And this week is the beginning of an all new run of Curious Comedy’s improvised musical show PIPES! This is the best show that the Curious Comedy Theater does. You really have to see it.

curiouscomedytheater:

Come play with us!

What kind of character do you want to be tonight?

curiouscomedytheater:

Come play with us!

What kind of character do you want to be tonight?

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