We're back this year with "A Serious Exploration of St Patrick Using Comedy" celebrating the stories of historical figure Saint Patrick:
In today's video blog, we see Jenn Withers, Artistic Director of Baltimore Improv Group share insights on casting with our Managing Director, Terry Withers.
Watch the video on YouTube. Or read the below transcript of their conversation.
Haunted ghost tours in Baltimore seem like a lot of work, going from place to place. In an effort to find a way for my ghosting experience to be a little less active, I talked to Kim Le - one of the creators of an improvised show called GHOST PARTY.
Read on below for a transcript of our conversation:
After seeing the show appear on our calendar, I was really curious to learn more about the 2019 version of When ____ Met ____: An Improvised Romantic Comedy.
It's the second year of this show where two audience volunteers play the leads. Don't worry! They're guided by trained improv performers. I saw a 2018 performance and felt VERY impressed with the way the improv performers fully immersed two audience members with absolutely no stage experience.
Baltimore TV station WJZ 13 stopped by The Big Theater. If you're new to us this segment is a great introduction to everything we do!
You have to really admire the inventors on the televisions Shark Tank. Putting themselves out there with an idea, often with little funding and resources. Believing in a product and the willingness to try to come up with a viable plan. Putting together what they can with what they have. These gritty creators often make a product and iterate, while most of us wouldn't even try. They have the willingness to ask for help. Perhaps that's why we admire the show.
The original Japanese version of the show went by The Tigers of Money. Before the show came to American networks, I recall watching the BBC version called Dragon's Den. Hannah Jeffrey is producing a comedy show inspired by the television hit, as she explains in the below transcript:
For many years we’ve relied on media and strangers visiting school assemblies to teach us valuable lessons.
You probably think I’m talking about hiring BIG to visit your school. You might even expect me to plug that we’re a rostered artist with Young Audiences of Maryland. And yes you're right, we total will do a true and actual educational program that visits your school and does an actual assembly. Sure, you could totally hire us!
However!! That’s not what this post is about. This time we're presenting a comedy show in response to all of the adults who taught us valuable lessons as kids. Producer Alexa Sciuto tells us about the show After School Special and the performers of improv team Ready, Set, NO in the below interview transcript.
Short Form Improv is a series of quick, exciting, and fun games. Each game has its own chance for audience interaction. Think of a game like Pictionary where you know who draws and who guesses.
Most shows at Baltimore Improv Group tackle explore audience suggestion(s) or ideas over the course of several scenes. Each scene is built in the moment without restriction that goes on at such length that it's actually called Long Form Improv.
Luckily for us, we have performer and coach Kim Scarfe (GUS) bringing together some of our cities top performers to compete – not to the death. In the below transcript, we find explore Comedy Deathmatch 3000 and it's producer in the past, present, and future:
What is an indie team? They’re performers who – as an independent group – aren’t connected to a theater. It could even be you!!
You get to take the initiative to pick the players you want to play with. Sometimes when your team or project ends a run of shows – or as a students, you end a session of classes – you want to stick together.
Sometimes your practice group or improv jam's great dynamic makes you want to keep playing. Other times, you have an idea for a type of show. You ask around and find a team who wants to try it.
Sometimes the stars align. You don’t even know how it happened.
You get to decide on your own priorities. You don’t have to follow any rules! You can make big comedy choices. Play for drama, genre, or tragedy. You can be a solo act, two people, or bring way too many people on stage to see what happens.
Brian Shea produces The BIG Indie Showcase that helps you put your ideas in front of a crowd. Read the transcript below to find out more.
Some might easily argue that improv classes with Baltimore Improv Group completely replace a standard college education regardless of your desired career path.
Still, improviser Julia Gerhardt found a way to support those who choose a more traditional university based path.
Scholars Among Men is that way.
In the below transcript, find out more about this comedy show and about the person behind it.
Various BIG members and friends contribute to the blog. Enjoy!