Embracing Fear

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“Towards the end of that show, I started a scene waaaaay downstage
at the very lip of the stage–toes hanging over a very deep orchestra
pit. (That’s what I like to do if an audience might intimidate me: Walk
right up into their face … follow the fear.)”

-David Pasquesi, “Improvisation at the Speed of Life” 

The first time I read this quote I was on a plane flying to Chicago, coincidentally enough I would see TJ and Dave perform live for the first time on this trip.  I had to put the book down for a minute and process what I had just read.  This was one of the most simply profound pieces of advice I’ve ever read.  I know it might seem cliché but to just walk up and stare the fear down was eye opening to me, even after 7 years of doing this wonderful art-form.

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The Growth of San Antonio Improv

Alright, it’s been a hot minute minute…ok it’s been a long minute.  I’m going to try to bring this back now, especially with the scene in this town growing exponentially in the past year.  So that’s what this post is going to be about, the growth of improv in San Antonio, Texas since I’ve been here (2012).

I’m not going to lie, my knowledge of the history of San Antonio improv is elementary at best.  I know there isn’t MUCH of a history to go on, but there is some there.  I’m going to pick this up from where I came in and, hopefully in the next few days, will add some edits to this with updated information.

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Untitled Space Western

Video of the final performance of our Live Musical version of the “Our Mrs. Reynolds” episode of Firefly Untitled Space Western (original name omitted due to copyright claims from FOX).  This was one of the best final shows I’ve ever been a part of (I played drums) and much of the dialog was improvised, leading to a usual 40 minute show to be an hour and 20 minutes.

Untitled Space Western

I’m back.

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It’s been two years.  Two years of non-improv related activities (minus a couple of trips up to Austin here and there) in San Antonio.  But now I’m back.  Last week I took an open audition for the ComedySportz San Antonio troupe here in town and was invited to enter their 4 week training program to see if I would be a good fit to join the troupe.  Passing the audition allowed me to bypass their initial Improv 101, 102, and 103 classes.  I had my first class yesterday (well, first two) and it was like riding a bike.  It just felt so good getting back into the improv swing of things.  I’m excited about the possibilities of performing with this group.  I haven’t done a ton of short form games before but so far I’m enjoying the process, and the principles of storytelling and building the relationship still apply.

I’ll be updating this blog throughout my training and (hopefully) acceptance into the troupe.  Time to “Yes, And…” the hell out of this.

Sorry

I have been neglecting this blog and that is crappy.  There is a new post coming soon, I promise.  It will update on everything I’ve been doing in Level 6 (!) at Coldtowne and also give you updates/video on the live version of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog that I have been a part of for the last 2 months.  It’s coming soon, I promise!