Sunday, November 15, 2009

Be careful what you wish for.

I set this as my goal on 11/23/08: At least one rehearsal a week, and at least two shows a month.

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:

  • 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
Sustainable? Who knows? At some point, I'll probably want to have a weekend that doesn't involve improv at all (or, say, lets me see improv in another city). (If you listen, you can hear Josh giggling.) December will give me enough of a break that I'll miss it, though, so I'm not too worried about the first three months.


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, 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.)


  1. So, with your 50-60 hour work week, when exactly is it you plan to breathe?

  2. Silly Pete...rehearsals and shows ARE breathing. Besides, my work week isn't usually that harsh; Hallmark is all about the work-life balance, except for crunch times, when it gets a little hairier.

    Moving Spite's shows to and doing the duo thang with Crossroads Comedy is a big factor in being able to play more. We'll help with promotion for those, but handing off production duties to someone else is a big relief.

  3. @SBo'C - I say this only because I hear you mention people and their workweeks a lot, but...the vast, vast majority of people don't work 50 (let alone 60) hours per week on a regular basis. It's not the norm.

    @kcig - That's not giggling you hear.

    Also, the award ceremony for most time spent watching, performing, teaching, rehearsing, discussing, thinking about, and spending improv-free weekends traveling to other cities (for crissakes) to find improv stuff? Cancelled. There's no prize this year.

    There is, however, other shit to do.

  4. @jjskck I'm not doing it for the awards. I'm doing it for the money and the glory.


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