Recap: The First Ever U-HAHA Improv Comedy Tour Truck Brings Theater to Baltimore City Neighborhoods
On May 11, 2019, we took to the streets of Baltimore with The U-HAHA: A traveling comedy show. Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) brought our mobile theater reaching neighborhoods around the city.
After renting a large U-Haul with a sign to the side of reading “U-HAHA”, volunteers will convert the truck into a theater as part of their mission to spread improv throughout Baltimore.
Here's the story in the words from a few of those who helped make it happen.
"I didn’t know what to expect, but the day did not disappoint. That truck was filled with yucks and yelps of delight— who knew so much connection and joy could happen in the back of a U-Haul. " Alysia Lee, improvisor
"Every improv experience takes me into the unknown, but doing two shows on a Saturday morning in the back of a U-Haul truck took the cake. To top it off, I don't perform regularly with most of the people I spent that morning with, but the incredible spirit of support and togetherness took away any hesitation. The whole experience pretty much encapsulated why I love BIG and Baltimore." Brian Shea, improvisor
"One dad running errands with his two toddlers was able to hop into the U-HAHA for a quick family friendly comedy show before continuing his shopping. I spoke with him afterwards, and he commented on how the improvisers pulled comedic ideas from an interview and then used them to make up all the comedy scenes on the spot. I could see the wonder in his eyes at this process. It was so cool to see someone in the middle of a busy day juggling kids have a moment to do something fun and unexpected that introduced him to a new art form." Jenn Withers, artistic director of Baltimore Improv Group
“I am so grateful to have been a part of U-HAHA! Seeing our community come together in supporting U-HA-HA, raising awareness, and providing access to areas of Baltimore that might have otherwise not known about improv comedy was really special.” Daniel Rodriguez, improvisor
"I had a blast participating in the U-HAHA! We traveled to parts of Baltimore I've never been to, and we introduced improv to a bunch of new folks. I felt so connected with the city and the people we convinced to walk through a velvet curtain to the back of our U-HAHA truck." Grant Chang, improvisor
"I love the U-HAHA! I loved the people we met, the creativity that went into creating this experience, and the accessibility to live comedy that it provided... We learned a lot from this first experiment and intend to do more!" Terry Withers, Baltimore Improv Group's managing director
"I’m claustrophobic, so I didn't know how I’d handle being in a confined space with 10-13 other people. Once I saw how willing people were to just hop on the back of a truck to watch a comedy show, then all I was worried about was putting on a good show for them and helping spread Improv to the community. " Geoff Taylor, improvisor
"The U-HAHA was such a fun and rewarding experience. Going into different neighborhoods, figuring out what makes all these different kinds of people laugh, it reminded me of why I love doing improv so much." Devin McKay, improvisor and house manager
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