I am still very depressed about the Writer's strike. I hope it is resolved soon. I miss SNL and The Office dearly. Hopefully they come back energized and better than ever. Thank God 30 Rock is still on...for now.
In other news Tommy and I need to start rehearsing for our 2 man show at Improv Thunderdome which starts mid-January. We have discussed it a few times and the only thing we know for sure now is that Jared Brustad will be our director/coach. Very exciting. I have never had a coach for anything except soccer when I was younger, and that was my dad.
I stumbled across Molly Erdman's blog. For those of you who don't know her, she is the hilarious female in the Sonic commercials, and has been on the Second City Mainstage for quite some time now. (Although I guess she just moved to LA) Her blog is great. As if I needed another thing to fulfill my improv addiction. Her blog is very informative about her move to LA and the "business." She even has some blogs about her Second City past. Good stuff.
Sure, we don't know each other, we aren't friends, but why can't I post a link to her blog. I think it is great, and I respect her. It takes a lot of work to get on the Second City Mainstage. I wish nothing but the best for her and I will support her in any way I can you judgemental jerk!
I have to admit, it was nice to have a break from improv for awhile, and I do mean a break. I didn't even think about it for a good 5 days. Thursday morning was the last time I thought about it during the Turkey Bowl. (It wasn't the same without you Corey)
I feel refreshed. I had a lot of me time, which I think is exactly what I needed. Now I can go to the City 3 board meeting tonight excited again for improv in Kansas City. Not depressed about it like I have been the past few weeks. I have realized it is time to remain positive no matter what. I get to do what I love, and sure, maybe the audience is small, but I am having a blast, and that is all that matters. If it wasn't fun, then what would be the point.
Besides, maybe the audience isn't expanding, but the community is. 5 years ago there was one improv theater. (Comedy City) Now there are two. (Roving Imp) 5 years ago there were maybe 3 legitimate improv groups. Now, I can't even count how many groups are doing this at least once every 2 months or so. So there, positivity back on track.
Moral of this story. Thank God for Thanksgiving break. I think we all needed it.
Ruby is the musical director for the mainstage at Second City. Sure, that sounds like her favorite job...but no, she hosts a podcast for Second City. In the podcast, Ruby interviews current members of Second City's mainstage, etc stage, tourco's, and even some famous alumni. I have been listening to these podcasts religiously and the last two have been the most informative. It's as if it gives us fans a glimpse into the business side of Second City, from the performers perspective. Last week she had two lovely ladies from Second City Las Vegas. Shelly Gossman and Katie Neff discussing how they got to where they are today and what is in store for them. It is very insightful for those who dream of moving to Chicago and trying out what they have done. This week the entire cast of Second City Detroit keeps my addiction to improv at bay. If you are a true fan of improv, please listen in. They are divine.
Speaking of video stuff, we have posted our next one on our Youtube account...but I will just post it here anyway:
It's too bad, I was really looking forward to playing again...oh well, it will just have to wait until Saturday.
Have you ever had improv withdrawal? I really am having some right now. It has been exactly 1 week since I have done any improv...and I am really starting to feel it.
In other news, I can't wait for the *2007 Turkey Bowl!
*Turkey Bowl is copyrighted under Corey Rittmaster and Jim Montemayor
It is great to be back. As much as I love sitting around and being filmed all day for a decent amount of money. I would much rather be back improvising here in Kansas City with the people I know and have grown with. I missed rehearsal on Tuesday and my body felt it. I was having improv withdrawals for sure. I have a show this evening at Comedy City and another on Saturday so I can get my fix.
Also, this weekend Tommy and I will be putting the finishing touches on another video. I promise that it will be up by Sunday night or Monday morning at the latest.
I have given myself a new challenge for the upcoming shows I am in this weekend. Characters that are very far from myself. I know that I can change my body in order to create someone different, but what about my voice, and personality? I want the character to be grounded in reality, but to be nothing like me. I want people to see the character, not me playing a character. We'll see how that turns out.
Tonight is Comedy City, tomorrow is On The Spot, and at some point this weekend, Tommy and I will be putting the finishing touches on another video!!! Hopefully you are anticipating these things. For those who do read this, the upcoming videos are interviews...no more, I don't want to give anything away...but man they make me giggle.
The holidays are fast approaching which means there will be fewer posts around those days. Be patient people, I am not leaving you.
So far Tommy and I have had some great feedback on our first video. We know the video quality is not that good, but after the first few videos it will get better. My wife and I just bought a very nice camcorder for vacations and future family stuff, and it will definitely help our videos have better quality in the future. Thanks to everyone for the views, comments, and subscriptions.
In other news Jill Bernard has started showing up on the City3 forums answering any questions that improvisers have. She has been very helpful so far. She has been down here 2 times so far to teach workshops and participate in the Kansas City Improv Festival, and she is as nice as she is talented. (Very!)
Tommy and I finally finished some videos. We are trying this new venture out. We both love doing short videos and so far it has been fun. You can check out the first video (with more to come) by clicking the link on the right, or just right here.
Oh what the heck, I will just post it here!
Last night's show went well. Even though it was a Friday night, there were only 30-35 audience members, which isn't great, but it is about the average for every group in town at their shows, so I can't complain too much. I got to be the "DJ." This stands for Designated Jokester. You basically play in every game. This may sound like a great thing, but being somewhat new still at
What did I learn? Communication is key. Everyone in the show should discuss what games are going to be played and if everyone in the show knows how to play them. If they don't know how to play them, then give them a great description, or pick something else. Am I wrong here? Is it improv if you plan out the games before the show? I don't think it is a good idea to just pick games as you go, unless everyone in the show is experienced with all of the games. Does anyone know how ComedySportz does it in
By the way, the high school show will be on:
Saturday, Dec. 8:
High School Improv Showdown: Piper vs. Mill Valley