2016 Resolutions

2015 was a character building year. I started the year in debt, which is fine. I’ve become accustomed to a certain degree of living in discomfort. But it’s the first time where I’ve carried debt for an entire year. Nothing crazy, but enough to be a nuisance. The problem with debt is that it hangs […]

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Lesly Kahn Intensive

I just completed Lesly Kahn’s December Intensive and it was…intense-ive. For those of you that don’t know Lesly’s method, it’s “a simplified…way of breaking your scene down by focusing mostly on identifying subtext or what Lesly calls ‘thoughts’ behind what you’re saying based on what is going on in the scene, the relationship, and what […]

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DubTopia! with Drake & Lasley

Last week, I caught DubTopia! with Drake & Lasley at The Holding Company. It’s a monthly sketch show put on by DeDe Drake and Sherra Lasley. I know DeDe from improv class at the Annoyance and Sherra from slinging me beers at iO Chicago. What a treat. This month’s show featured: Connor Tillman – a […]

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The Art of Falling

Take a risk. Fall in love. Let yourself go… Oh. This show. THIS SHOW! Poignant, moving, thoughtful, engaging, lovely, funny, hopeful, inspiring. Here’s the description: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Second City bring their ingenious collaboration, The Art of Falling, to our stage, creating an unprecedented performance that’s lively, charming and adorably absurd. The […]

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Two Years in Hollywood

It’s been two years since I pulled into Brian and Rachel’s driveway in Thousand Oaks and officially arrived in California. My high school friend, his wife and their two kiddos graciously housed Uncle Rob for three weeks while I searched for accommodations in LA. Reminder – I still have their kitchen table and two red […]

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UCB LA Harold Audition

Improv auditions are interesting. I’ve now auditioned for house/Harold teams at iO Chicago, iO West, The Annoyance, The Playground and for Rogue. Two nights ago, I added UCB LA to the list. 512 people auditioning. Less than 5 percent get in. Seems about right. A couple thoughts about this audition: 1) The auditors were extremely […]

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UCB LA’s Jake Regal Part 2

Here’s the second part of my interview with UCB LA’s Jake Regal. How has improv changed? When I was first taking classes, the philosophy was a very much a writer’s philosophy. It seemed solely about the game – finding the unusual thing, playing the move. It was very mathematical. Almost too mathematical. Never as bad […]

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