Uh...done. Up to three or four a few times this year, even. So now, just like last year, I'm looking at my schedule for the first quarter or so of 2010, and it goes something like:
- 1st Saturdays: Exit 16 at the Corbin
- 2nd Fridays: Tantrum at the Westport Coffeehouse
- 2nd Saturdays: At least one round of Thunderdome
- 4th Saturdays: Omega Directive at the Roving Imp
- Saturday TBD: Spite at Crossroads Comedy the Fishtank (and maybe another Friday at some point)
- Saturday TBD: Duo with Erik Johnson at Crossroads Comedy
- Sundays with Erik
- Tuesdays with Exit 16 (shows monthly, too)
- Monthly with Omega Directive
- Pre-show with Tantrum and Spite
- A few before Thunderdome with Team #9
- And coaching Nifer, Julie and Chante's Thunderdome team with the ladies of Spite
Got to play with Erik again tonight.* We're getting to know each other better and better, and pushing each other out of our comfort zones more and more. Random notes:
- My characters all have had the same diction (sentence length, word choices) and reactions to things; tonight, I tried higher status, more confident and more...um...well, less asexual characters. Not necessarily all at once.
- As we get more comfortable with each other, we're willing to make our characters more vulnerable and more interesting things are happening.
- We're having fun goofing around with forms (french braid/stripped-down Harold, La Ronde) and different ways into scenes. We're tending to play longer scenes, but it's hard to know if we're finding the turns or missing the beats.
- So yeah, we're ready for a coach. We'll have one more session without one, then bring in the fabulous Nikki DuPont, who we're confident will call us on our bullshit. (And, we're hopeful, not have to find a way to explain that we're only funny to ourselves.
- Playing at home continues to force us to play some level of appropriateness. We can get weird, but not loud weird. So characters are typically grounded enough that no one calls the police.
*BTW, if you haven't seen a CounterClockwise Roast, go when they come back next year. I giggled all the way through their take on The Bodyguard last night. Erik is surprising and smart and goofy; Ashley is highly observant and absolultely adorable; and Bess is hilarious when she revels and rolls around in the pop-culture muck.)