This past weekend was the Del Close Marathon where I performed twice and saw a whole bunch of improv.
Saturday night was Big Gulp’s big night with a 1/2 hour time slot at UCB East Village. I think we were all a little nervous about it but the show went amazing. We’ve had better shows but it was still awesome. We laid out some good scenes in the beginning and called back to them as the show wrapped up. We got some good laughs from the crowd and I was giddy as a school boy afterwards that we did so well.
Sunday morning, at 8:30am, I was a part of the last bit show of the festival, Improvised West Wing. This show went better than I had expected. There were people literally asleep in the theater when we went out to perform but we brought in a lot of energy (way more than 8:30am on a Sunday deserves). The whole set was done with the house lights up as we walked and talked through the aisles and over empty seats. I’ve never seen the West Wing, so I played a woman who kept getting coffee for people. It was fun.
Of the three Del Close Marathons I’ve been to, I also had the best experience of all those years seen shows. Here’s the complete list:
- Marathon Press Conference
- Five Dudes
- North Coast
- THE LAW FIRM: Law and Disorder
- THE SWARM
- Middleditch + Schwartz
- Some Kid
- Cardinal Redbird
- Improv4Humans with Matt Besser
- Devlin Down
- BABY WANTS CANDY
- Adsit & You
- Play by Play
- Improvised Seinfeld
- Tami and Shannon Have Friends
- We Can Fix You
The Marathon Press Conference was my first time seeing Amy Poehler perform improv, and the whole UCB Four (Amy, Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, and Ian Roberts) on stage together. Five Dudes was crazy good. KEMPSAS pulled me on stage with them for their last scene and we hugged afterwards (marking the first time I’ve performed on UCB’s Chelsea stage). The Law Firm had a ridiculously huge cast with all kinds of members from the past. Middleditch + Schwartz is probably the most fun and silly improv set I’ve ever seen and included a bunch of hat based humor. Play by Play was one of the few shows I decided I couldn’t miss and that decision worked out well because of the amazing cast.
So, all in all, a pretty good weekend. I’m still tired.