Comedy on the Square was back last night for the second time since our three month hiatus, and again, the formula (Exit 16 + Fakers = audience) worked. We had about the same number of folks in the crowd—a little over 30, which means the cast goes home with a little cash. After-show thoughts:
If the Exit 16 kids continue to be interested in this, it can be really good for them. For both shows, about half of their usual 12-person cast has been available, which means a lot more pressure to carry the show. And both times, it has worked out great—I think it’s easier for them to get in a rhythm with each other when they’re on stage more than once every 10 minutes.
Clay is reliable, talented and tolerant. He’s the backbone of the Fakers, and able to flex no matter what gets thrown at him—typically, an early in the day phone call about which members won’t be there because they got called in to work. He and Tommy did a fun little two-person set last night, having come up with their format about 10 minutes before going on stage.
Because “Fakers” was really “Clay and Tommy of Fakers,” we switched up the running order a little. Exit 16 played 30 minutes, Clay and Tommy did 20 minutes and then we took an intermission and did lights-up, lights-down scenes for about 30 minutes. It seemed to work pretty well: It took the pressure off Tommy and Clay to carry a half by themselves, and gave folks who came specifically to see one group a reason to stick around for the second half.
Again, the vibe was good. The atmosphere is laid-back and the show is fun and playful. I don’t know that it would have much appeal to an adult crowd who didn’t know the kids—but that’s not the point. If we can continue to get high school and college students in the door and paying the rent, it’ll do the job of attracting younger folks to the Corbin and showing people improv is more than one-liners and guessing games.