The first time I met Mitch, he was wearing a Beach Boys Pet Sounds t-shirt. I couldn't resist complimenting the shirt. For the optimal reading experience, I recommend listening to this album while you read this article. Or soon after if you have a hard time reading and listening to words.
Mitch started taking improv classes after watching his middle son, Adam, perform at Washington Improv Theater and with his team The Female Accent. After asking questions of Adam like 'what is a warm-up' and 'what do you do for 2 hours in an improv class?', Mitch decided to jump in and take Tavish Forsyth's 101 class at Baltimore Improv Group. It turned out to be games! And fun with strangers.
His one true love is music, and soon after he jumped at taking Musical Improv with Bridget Cavaiola. Soon after the class ended, Mitch and Brian Young started Bad Karaoke Experience to continue exploring the world of music made up on the spot. Almost a year later, they are performing at Mitch's birthday party this Saturday, November 18th at The BIG Theater.
Come see some of BIG's best improvisers incorporate stories of Mitch's life into a set and several scenes. Maybe a scene will come up about his favorite restaurants. Daniela's in Hampden is one of his favorites, and it reminds him of travels to Sardinia. He also celebrated several birthdays and events Helmad Afghan Restaurant in Mt. Vernon. Will those places be the place of a scene on Saturday? We can't wait for you to come and see!
Lookout for a sign commemorating Mitch's father, Lenny, in the lobby. Leonard Fishbein (1929-2009) introduced Mitch to The Ed Sullivan Show, George Carlin, and Alan King. As part of BIG's mission to serve all of Baltimore, anyone who cannot afford a ticket to a show will get to see great comedy on Lenny.
What does Mitch plan next? His goal is to perform a fully improvised musical in the coming years. He started the Club 1727: An Open Musical-Improv Jam open musical improv night, and this happens every Wednesday in the BIG lobby. Mitch's vision for BIG includes having programming seven nights a week and, eventually, a BIG Musical Improv Festival!
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