Summary of Improv Goals 015

To review, the Roving Imp held no class last Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, but I forgot and drove to Bonner Springs anyway, while the Conference for Motorists of Defective Mentality was in town…

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Also, the set that Matt and I performed, Reset Button, has been folded in to a new ensemble. Despite these occurrences, for which I have limited culpability, I am happy.

Last Saturday was the fourth iteration of The Mixer, where the names of improvisers are placed in a bowl and drawn at random to participate in scenes; whether he or she is in an ensemble or merely takes classes, any improviser present in the audience may play. I have allowed too many days to pass, so I cannot remember the commentary that I wanted to make in regards to my goals for my improv.

The final name for that new ensemble is still being determined, but its first rehearsal followed Tuesday class, which thereby had an attendance twenty percent higher than usual limit; creative director in both title and nuisance John handled the situation with aplomb.

John accepts students as young as thirteen for his classes; such situation was helped by his directorial ability and the presence of the parents of the boys. While the Roving Imp did shows at the Great Mall of the Great Plains last summer, a family from Desoto was sometimes present; the son Chad now attends class. Kitty is a regular performer, and brought her twin sons Alex and Andrew.

Twelve people participated in class last night, which with John becomes thirteen on stage, and fifteen with the father of Chad and the visiting mother of Matt in the audience. I am making no complaint, only observing.

Ironically, I tend to be more candid in this public, electronic forum than I am in private with my friends. OK OK OK, dispensing with any further pretense, I sometimes find Chad to be annoying to aggravating; inspiring for his energy and ability to uninhibitedly quip; and entertaining in his Up-like tendency to mention squirrels, which he hunts with his father, who also home-schools him.

After some exercises with everyone in a circle, John asked us to line ourselves up, according to the day of the month on which we were each born, along the back wall. After in place near the middle, David was pushed into me, but my perception was that two people had been violently shoved by Chad, and I said, “Hey, what the hell?!”

When another circle later knocked around David again, I concluded that no specific person was likely at fault for the earlier incident.We shall now dismiss further discussion for minutiae to which might actually be related to the title of this post.

Next, John had the westren half of the line (i.e., Frank, Alex, Kitty, Andrew, Steve B, and myself) go to the lobby for a circle of Two-Headed Monster; one person says a word, the next person speaks whatever word comes to mind, and the two words are rhythmically repeated by the circle. When that exercise was stopped, my group established a pattern with the second person saying, “Stein.”

John soon  illustrated the point of the previous exercise with what he called previously, “Chicken wire,” but now calls, “Spider web,” a method of connecting a string of ideas so that one may think of the first line in a scene; this is perhaps to avoid using the suggestion in the first line. I cannot remember what the initial suggestion, but I do recall parts of the sequence:

“And that makes me think of lederhosen.”

“Which makes me think of varicose veins.”

“And that makes me think of old people.”

John ended with the idea of Hinduism, but was quick to say that going directly to someone speaking with an Indian does not logically follow that suggestion: we should only go two or three layers deep. He then had the western half give a suggestion to the eastern group, who were individually what word that suggestion brought to mind and a first line for a scene based on that.

Following some two-person scenes, we next did three-person scenes, of which I would choose the scene between Kitty, leaning against the wall; Steve A, sitting on a block; and Mary on a chair with casters, as the best. Initially, Kitty stepped away from the wall and addressed Steve A. John paused the scene to ask Kitty why she had moved when she had started the against wall.

“I don’t know, because I’m an unbalanced person,” Kitty replied.

“That’s your character. You, the actor, know why you made that choice.”

Okay, this perhaps the pace of this post should quicken, Kitty basically said that she was about to get to that, and continued with Steve, whose half hour on the mimed computer had expired. Steve replied that he had been waiting on an e-mail.

Mary mimed writing on a pad, “Patient is uncooperative.”

Then John called attention to the drop in the energy in the scene. Mary’s character noted that Steve’s character was always on the computer between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., waiting for a message from his son. Kitty’s character just wanted to check her messages on Facespace before she ate her applesauce. John stated that everyone’s having a want helped them connect emotionally and advanced the scene.

Later, people did not want to let go of my obsession with My Little Pony. I should have taken out my example of Rarity and owned it. On being meta, John rightly called me out. Besides a canned personality, I admit, being meta on stage is a defense mechanism to avoid connecting emotionally, and I was not emoting well last night. Fortunately, the new ensemble and format worked really well in rehearsal, which followed class, so I am happy.

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Postscript to Experiment 023

If I was more capable of foresight, then I would have a different name; however, the early cancellation of Reset Button, the set that Matt and I performed, leaves me feeling a little hurt. Matt felt that he was not playing up to his potential in our last show, so our ensemble has been folded in to a newly forming ensemble, which should likely allow for better results.

Let us watch “Smile Smile Smile” to bring a smile to my face.

Pinkie Pie

Because the official site for My Little Pony likely knows about that which it speaks, Christopher Hurt is the most like Pinkie Pie, the character to whom the title for this post is so dedicated and the following image of whom is from a Portable Document Format (PDF) on My Little Pony.

This song was leaked earlier on-line, but the official version
was broadcast in the latest episode Saturday.

Smile Song” (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 2)
“Pinkie Pie sings this Acoustic Pop/Musical Theater song about making her friends smile.”

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Apparently, breaking the fourth wall is not only a format employed by Matt and I, but also by Pinkie Pie, who is a pony likely to fly across the universe.

Even Greater Things in 2012
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Any pony who read Brony Appreciation Day remembers the following:

Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is smiling with large eyes.

What the hell is that thing in your profile picture?

Source: Equestria Daily

All Aboard the Friendship Express with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! 
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I have bought an example of Pinkie Pie from Target, and this set at Toys ‘Я UsSource: My Little Pony

An offer that I cannot refuse 015

When two members of the Holy Cow! Improv Comedy Troupe, whom I rarely see in person, had a show at the Roving Imp, I ironically had an offer that I could not refuse at the Westport Coffee House, where Tom Kessler set up an event for the Underground Throwdown. Sometime in the past, I said that the Roving Imp Theater dominates my weekends; however,  I stopped by Green Room Burgers & Beer, the new physically connected establishment at 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.


Source: George Takei

Well, you have added a chair to the end of the row, and blocked aceess to the fire door. I’m not going to lecture you, but I will move the stack of chairs, and move myself up two rows. You women sound stupid, and are annoying me. Why do these white women feel the need to frequently photograph themselves?! And people wonder why I rarely venture far from my friends? Because other people are annoying!

This is senseless 019

This is senseless.

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This is senseless.

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This is senseless.

Zed, as in Xylophone

People in the United States pronounce some words differently than people in other parts of the world, like the following:

AluminiumWikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Aluminium ( /ˌæljuːˈmɪniəm/ a-lew-mi-nee-əm) or aluminum (American English) ( /ˌəlˈuːmɪnəm/, ə-loo-mi-nəm) is a silvery white member of the boron group of chemical elements. It has the symbol Al, and its atomic number is 13. It is not soluble in water under normal circumstances.”

In Nissan 370Z Tuner, the initial after the number does not rhyme with see. In the second season of the Power Rangers, the villain Lord Zed appears; I had to consult a dictionary to learn that zed is just another name for the twenty-sixth letter in the modern Latin alphabet, not fully appreciating that until I started to regularly watch the British Top Gear.

Ancient and modern Latin alphabet
“Details of the development of the Latin alphabet from its beginnings in Ancient Rome to today.”

At Johnson County Community College, I work in a support area. When a co-worker recently took a call, the caller spelled her last name, “And Z, as in xylophone,” about which we all shared a chuckle. With my segue successful, a promoted tweet shared the following.


Image originally posted on Zengage, The Zendesk Blog

Whether the following is an example of my ignorance or my refreshing naïveté, until someone told me, I was unaware that The Big Bang Theory uses canned laughter; knowing that made the show unwatchable for me last night.

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OK OK OK, I am utterly amazed at myself and the timing of that image.
What was life like before Memebase?

An offer that I cannot refuse 014

Thank you, Mainstreet Credit Union, for catching the fraud on my debit card. Now no one is going to fly to Kuwait on my dime, besides We Won’t Fly.

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Sometime in the past, I could have gone to Lenny’s Sub Shop, but I stopped by yesterday with a coupon for one FREE regular sub or salad with the purchase of a second regular sub or salad, chips, and drink; an offer that I learned about through the page on Facebook.

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