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6/14/08 Recap – Cowboys, Mexican Doctors, No Sleep and more

June 15, 2008

This all really starts Friday. I’d ended up going in to work late, like 3pm late. I took a half day so I could take one final improv class with my 201 group. I hadn’t been in class with them since the previous Friday, and though I’d mad up two classes (letting my continue to 301) I wanted to do one more class with them before our graduation performance.

Friday at 6pm I get a text from Jake telling me he’s heading over to the 48 film fest to get our mission. When next I hear from him, I find out our genre is Musical or Western. We’re both dead set on doing a western, thank god.

After work I head over to his place and from about 9pm to 1am people spit ball some ideas and I write a 5 page script called ‘No Country Fried Steak Men’ for lack of a better title (at this point I’d just call it ‘No Country for Men’) but I don’t know if the guys have already done the title screen, so whatever.

Saturday at 8:30am Jake, Sean and myself meet for coffee and to figure out a shooting schedule, a shooting schedule that has me leaving our location at 4pm so I can go do my improv show.

Shooting starts way after schedule, as we’re still in Hollywood running around getting things at 10am and not 40 minutes away in the forest we’re shooting in, and when we do get there we’re waiting for the camera to show up. Once we start shooting things seem to take shape and go pretty fast. I’m the villain, the beautiful curves in the picture are Kelsy the hero.

So by 4pm I’m still on location and we’re pushing things to get a few last shots of me, and Schleppy who’s my ride back to my show. I end up cutting my own death scene, telling them to just cut to black and make a gun shot.

So we ride back to LA and actually make record time, enough to run back to my place. I get changed and we go wait at the theater. My class shows up and we do a practice session and then start the show at 6. (thanks to Schleppy there’s actually footage I’ll cut up and put on Youtube later).

If I remember correctly our audience suggestion was ‘Flip Flop’ we then do a word association pattern game
to find more words, themes and ideas to then build scenes off of. At some point in the game some one says bad doctors and mexico, something like that. So I build a scene with my partner in which I give him a compliment and then tell him some really bad news. I could probably talk alot about improv on a clinical level but I doubt it’s that interesting. I’ll get the video up, that’ll be more fun

Anyway it’s been a long ass day, even though it’s the day after I’m still tired and still not done.

Today I’m heading over to the ADR guy to do some voice over work for the film. Hopefully I’ll be able to put this up on youtube after the film fest is over.

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Live On Stage @ UCB (again)

June 12, 2008

Welp it seems like just two weeks ago I was having a graduation show at UCB, and in fact it was. I went on to a 201 Intensive class 4 classes a week, 2 weeks so…

It’s time for another Gradation Show:

5919 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 908-8702

$5 Saturday Jun 14 6:30 pm Improv 201 Intensive

http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com

The show will last an hour, and I’ll be in one of two groups for 20 to 25 minutes, we’ll take a suggestion from the audience and then do a word association type game and create scenes on the fly off of that.

So it maybe amazing or failtacular. Either way you get to point and laugh, so it’s win win for you. Right?

Live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater

May 19, 2008
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UCB Flyer Come Check out my Class Performance for Improv 101.

It’ll be about an hour roughly So come and check it out.

Tuesday May 20th 6:30pm $5
at the

Upright Citizens Brigade

5919 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 908-8702

http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com

If you have any questions about me or anything at all now’s the time to ask.

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Mission Improvable.

May 1, 2008


For starters looks like I need to create a new category for Improv related posts.

So last night I went to TNT – Tuesday Night Thunder for a couple of shows and more importantly the 11 O’clock Improv Jam.

For those not in the know, the Jam is like an open mic for improv comics. The crowd is broken in to 3 groups of roughly 14 people and come up to perform improv for about 20 minutes. I’ve done two of these before and basically did nothing. Once I just stood on the back wall, and the other time I was a statue of Jesus.

Well thankfully this time was different. It’s kind of a hard thing to recap improv. It’s this liquidy semi tangible entertainment that just has to really be experienced. If I just tell you I was a Tang dealer I feel like the words have no meaning what so ever. But the very truth of it is, I was a Tang Dealer.

A scene evolved in which A woman (Marrissa) thought Vitamin C was a drug, she couldn’t get enough of it. So Naturally I approached her as a trench coat wearing drug dealer selling packets of Tang. She was tapped out and Jay entered as my Drug boss, complaining to me about a loss of revenue. I simply explain that Cocaine was too expensive and Tang was easier for people to afford. At which point an astronaut entered the scene looking for a score, thus solidifying my point

But the main point was I didn’t just stand on the back wall and in fact I did something that pulled the show along and sparked several mini scenes. So all in all my best Jam yet.

Upright Samson Brigade

April 1, 2008

So if you’ve noticed less SamProof on line there’s a simple explanation, the free WiFi I was jacking went away so I’m just not online nearly as much. But it’s temporary, I’ll get service eventually. The big thing is, my job ends in a month and I really don’t want to start paying 50 bucks a month for something till I know for sure I have another job lined up.

Part of this come down to the fact that I just dropped some money on.. of all things- Classes.

Yup I signed up and started taking improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).

So I had my first class yesterday there’s something like 15 people in the class and so far it’s all pretty basic games. But that’s basically what I e

xpected. The class seems pretty much full of 20 year olds give or take a couple years. I’m pretty sure I’m even older than the teach by a fist full of years. but I don’t think a single person suspects it.

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Anyway when I got home from work today a package was waiting for me, and I was like “What the hell, I’m not expecting a package.” So I careful cracked the tape and listened for deadly snake sounds, and sniffed to smell for poison.

When I opened it I found this little surprise from JenLuv

Jen thank you so much. Luv you to death. And I can’t wait till Little Baby Samantha BnessleBlend Luv is born ūüėČ