Mondays in May: STRANGER and BC bring you an improv double feature that will make you believe in our children again. Check out some of the critical acclaim for these teams:
“who are these people?” - an iO student
“what the hell am I watching?” - blind guy
“funniest ever” - Steve Martin, from Martin’s Deli
Every week we trick different teams to perform before us, until the late people show up, who we love the most.
Monday nights @ The Lincoln Loft. FREE. BYOB. Donations aggressively accepted.
5/6 @ 8PM
5/13 @ 10:30PM (LATE SHOW!)
5/20 @ 8PM
5/27 @ 8PM
Don’t go bigger; go deeper. All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in - and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain.
I’d like to share a conversation I recently had with Peter Gwinn (Founder of Baby Wants Candy, Emmy Winner from Colbert, no one special). He is now back in Chi and plays in only 1 improv show, with 3033 a team he used to coach before he left Chicago and I asked why?
His response (paraphrased): “I’ve learned that it takes about 4 years for an ensemble to become GREAT. I got to experience it with BWC in Chicago and then at the UCB and BWC in New York. Those guys got really good. I mean REAL GOOD. Sure I can come back and drop in and play but I just can’t put in that time to become great with another new ensemble. I’m married and I’ve got kids. This show  is easy. I know these guys, worked with them and Sundays are just fun, relaxed, no pressure and actually, in tonight’s show we started clicking in that way again…”
This made me think. If someone like Peter Gwinn and the cats he’s working with take that long to achieve ONE great ensemble, where does that put me? It’s hard to watch amazingly talented people (and teams) and want to be there, NOW. But I realize there’s really no short cut to it. It’s work. The good news is, is that the work seems to pay off so for everyone out there who’s feeling frustrated or going through the woeful “ improviser’s valley” - hang in there. It gets better. Then worse. Then better. Then worse. Then great.