Monday, August 17, 2009

Hello, improv.


As many of you know (or, rather, all of you who read my blog on a fairly regular basis) I perform improv comedy! I have been doing so for the past four years of my life. And, it’s been the most consistent thing in my life over these past four years.

Friends have come and go, boys have fucked me over, I’ve lived in more than one apartment – but throughout these years, improv has been the one constant. And really, it’s all I really care about. As of right now, I know it’s the only foreseeable thing in my future. I will base where I go next on improv, and as a wise man once said to me, “everything you do is in preparation for your next move” and it’s true. So I see that all the experience I’m gaining here as a stepping stone to the experience I’ll gain elsewhere. Which sounds very exciting and scary all at the same time.

So, that’s my life. This blog is going to become very improv-centric because it’s a very important, and huge, part of my life.

Lost in Boston is wrapping up, at least with the whole original cast. In the next few weeks, we’ll see Evan leave (I don’t want to talk about it), and Tony will be moving on to the main stage, and Scott will be leaving us for married life in central Massachusetts. Things are going to be changing, and the show will be transferring over to a new show come the fall! As someone who hates change, I’ll have to say that I’m super sad to see Lost in Boston leave – and my friends, clearly – but I’m so excited for the next show.

In preparation, I’ve been putting together little projects for myself. I’ve been in a weird mood for the past few weeks; I have little motivation to do anything. So, I’ve been getting in the “comedy mood” which, considering the amount I perform in a week – I should always be in! The first one was to spend some time on Google reading about comedy and all the things that inspired me four years ago.

I came across Jack McBrayer’s (30 Rock) blog that he wrote during the production process for the Second City E.T.C. show “Better Late than Nader” that premiered in December 2000. It’s slightly boring, but an interesting read. As someone who’s gone through a production process for a show (and about to again), it’s interesting to read about the process in a different theater, with a different director, in someone else’s perspective.

He also deals with a lot of similar issues: writer’s block, annoyance with other cast members, and losing perspective due to stress/rigorous schedule. It’s always good to know that you’re not just crazy; it’s actually a pretty difficult thing to do! (And I mean that in a good way. A challenging schedule is the best one!) He also mentions Tina Fey and talks about her in a light of “holy shit, this person worked with Tina Fey” and it’s funny – because six to seven years later, he’d be working with Tina Fey too!

Maybe now that I wrote about Tina Fey someone will come across my blog when I’m famous and say, “Look, she always wanted to meet Tina Fey and now she’s her mistress.” Yes!

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