Vashon Island, WA
What got you started doing improv?
Middle school drama classes and watching Whose Line Is It Anyway got me hooked, although I didn’t start doing improv regularly (or well) until college.
What do remember about your first show?
My first real show was actually a combined performance with an acapella singing group. We alternated sets of improv and music, and for the finale we improvised scenes as they sang. My favorite was “This Land Is Your Land”, where I tried to fight off a massive group-hug that was converging on ‘my land’.
What kind of games do you like to play, and why?
My favorites are the games like Stage Directions, Blind Line, or New Choice that throw things into your scene that are completely random and then force you to make sense of them. It’s still funny if you fail, but it’s absolute magic when you succeed.
What is one of your favorite ComedySportz memories?
We were playing the game “I Can Do Better” in a scene about puppies. Someone suggested they could solve world hunger, and pulled some bread out of nowhere. I called out “I can do better! I can solve world hunger with something that was already on stage!” The audience never forgave me for suggesting that we all eat puppies, but I maintain that it was a reasonable solution.
How has ComedySportz and improv affected your life?
The greatest thing about improv for me is the way it teaches you to trust yourself. You don’t always have to plan out every little detail in order to do something amazing, and often what you come up with off the top of your head is better than anything you could have planned. (For more on that, I highly recommend the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.)