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Some photos from the tourney are getting circulated now.  Here is a pic from my last Plan B show in the Semi Final round of Washington Improv Theater’s FIST 2010.  I was really proud of the performances we gave throughout and couldn’t have had better teammates.  These are my pals Mikael and Jenny.

I was not doing Jenny any favors in this scene.

Mikael takes a moment to send a photo to his agent.

The show before the one above... Jenny and I were running a little late to the theater.

I got so excited. I forgot I was only about to get an "improv" box of wine.

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"Self-Portrait with Camera Phone"

My improv team, Season Six, asks one member of the audience at the top of the show to describe the last picture they took.  We then immediately take shape and play certain objects or persons in the photo and then zoom in on certain details while verbally describing everything we are creating.  After we zoom in and out we go back to the original photo for one last freeze frame and button line.  Here is a pic of that from the last show of our Spring 2010 run at WIT.

"Family in Front of Cherry Blossom"

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Well, my rag tag FIST team made it all the way to the final 4 of Washington Improv Theater’s Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament.  We lost in the semi-final round to our friends in The Flea Sisters.  We were the second to perform in the match and I knew it was all over for us when we got off stage.  The Flea Sisters had a great show and they ended with a super fun song to boot.  Backstage we congratulated them before the results were read but they weren’t convinced they won yet.  We had a packed house of over 100 people and it was hard to tell how you were doing while onstage.  One thing was certain, we all wanted to end on a super funny high note.  So I suggested that we all do a spit take when the results were read.  That way no one gives us sad-loser-sorry-face and six hams get what they really want: one more laugh.  Here’s the pic:

"...and the winner is... The Flea Sisters!"

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Me and my allergies did our first “in studio” live streaming podcast situation on The Mariya Alexander Show.  Mariya is a lovely lady who does stand-up in DC and has recently taken up classes with WIT.  She does her show every Sunday at 1pm EST and last week I went to the studio in Fairfax to promote WIT, FIST and sketch writing.  You can go to iTunes to subscribe to the free podcast. 

Here is a link to the show:  http://mariyaalexander.libsyn.com/

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Over the last week I’ve been writing and rehearsing sketch material to be debuted at Brightest Young Things: The Family Hemerlein Variety Show on March 25th.  I am super excited.  Brightest Young Things will be posting an interview of me and Murphy McHugh on Monday so keep an eye out for that.  Here’s a blurb from Brightest Young Things:

Secondly, the comedic headliner shall be Brick Penguin, the unofficial sketch comedy troupe of the Washington Improv Theater. Led by Murph McHugh and Tara Maher the head instructors of the WIT’s brand new sketch comedy school, the small band of abstract and cerebral outsiders are bringing to DC the power and innovation of the Upright Citizens Brigade [and] the Second City.

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At the beginning of each improv class I tell my students that if they ever feel like their personal space is being invaded that they can yell out a safeword such as “shennanigans” or “umbrella”.  I say this of course in jest but then I pause for 30 solid seconds and stare each student dead in the eye to make sure they know that my little joke was IN FACT not a joke.  This semester my students chose the word “pineapple”.  They are hipper than they realize.

I’m stealing this from Dan’s blog.  It’s the high quality soundtrack that tickles me the most.

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Where:  Tonight (and every Thurs-Sat night for 2 months!) 8pm Source Theater  (14th & T St. NW)

What:  WIT’s FIST Tournament & Season Six performs

Who:  Me and other funny people

Why:  Life should be spicy.

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