Player Name: Daryl Ducharme
Player Number: √-1
Hometown: Olympia, WA
What got you started doing improv?
I have always been an entertainer. I’ve been my school mascot, been in bands, been a professional wrestler and even tried my hand at magic for a bit. A few years after I retired from wrestling I was itching to get back in front of people again. There was a comedy and improv school and theater just 5 minutes from my house called DSI, which stood for Dirty South Improv in Chapel Hill, NC. One day I drove by the theater and decided to sign up for their 101 class. With home just a few minutes away I didn’t have time to forget. My first class was just a few weeks later and I was hooked from day 1. This was what I was missing when I retired from wrestling and more. I only took one class at DSI before moving to California and taking classes from ComedySportz San Jose. That’s where things got even better. The playerz there were so polished and shows were always tight.
What do remember about your first show?
My first improv show is a bit of a fuzzy memory. I remember being very happy to have been performing in front of people again but no specifics. On the flip side, my first show with CSz Seattle had me very nervous. I was one of the first people brought onto the roster after they had already been playing matches at the Ballard Underground for a few months. Now I was playing with people I looked up to. It took me a few months to get past that feeling.
What kind of games do you like to play, and why?
I like to play games that have a physical component. All games can have some physical parts but certain ones allow physicality to shine. Forward and Reverse, Replay at Bernie’s, Countdown and Shrinking Scene (among others) really shine. Physical humor is something I played with quite a bit as a wrestler. Now that I’ve added improv knowledge I have even more fun with it.
I also have a fond place in my heart for rap games. My musical background along with what I hope is a decent vocabulary makes those games a fun challenge. After all, I’m not exactly the kind of guy who stereotypically has any skill at rapping.
What is one of your favorite ComedySportz memories?
Some of my favorite memories have come up since I’ve started the CSz Seattle After Party podcast. I got the idea to start it after listening to Kevin Smith’s book Tough Sh*t. The idea I had was simple, hanging out with improvisers after a show is pretty fun as we are all hyped up after a show. I wanted to let the CSz Fanz in on that fun. However, the podcast has taken on a life of its own. It’s turned into a podcast with guests from the local entertainment and creative community. I’m talking to people I don’t even know about really cool stuff I like. We recently had our 1 year anniversary and I can’t wait to see how we will grow even more in the next year.
How has ComedySportz and improv affected your life?
The improv community is the largest of my social networks. The Seattle improv community is such a close group of people, despite its size. On top of that, I’m part of the CSz family. I’ve met people from many different cities. I love having such wonderful and creative people as friends. It keeps a smile on my face most of the time.