Improv 101 Graduation Peformance: Slaughter The Cow
2015-05-16, 11:00 p.m.
The day was mostly pretty quiet. I went to drop off my stuff at the state fair. I went to the grocery store. I took Mom to Vampire Penguin and she was very impressed. And eventually we picked up Dawn and we all went off to my Improv 101 graduation show!
We had ten people show up (darn it, folks...), so some people got to go twice. I volunteered, yay! In the side classroom, we started out with warmup games, then were divided into two teams (which is to say, even out the girls--four in all), We picked team names--Toucan Soup and The Ohter Guys. He gave us a pep talk about failing up the wazoo, and told us to go in through the back of the stage and then exit towards the bar,. or just run around the back of the audience if you were going again. We got to do 4 skits instead of 5--I guess he had some "miscommunication" with the lighting or something there. Well, okay. I didn't do a monologue either time because none occurred to me that were on a related note to the other subjects being covered except for ones I'd already said in class--ah well. Did have fun doing scenes though. Wasn't quite as good as I had been a few weeks ago, but that's okay.
Trying to recall... monologues about being a teenager getting canned for being a flake, skiing when no one else was skiing, accidentally spraying oneself in the face while going through someone's else's stuff (moral of the story: don't go through someone else's stuff!), running a restaurant when a lady was way too picky about where she was seated, one about finding funny/dirty names at work (I was so tempted...), trying to be a paperboy and having "my sack shifted to the left..."
The scenes were, as best I can recall:
Well, I enjoyed it and there were a lot of laughs. Mom probably wasn't too thrilled with all the dirty, but ah well. Brian didn't tell us ahead of time he was going to give us notes afterwards, which went on for awhile. He made some good points, like "first day on the job" scenes are hard and I probably should have been a little more grounded/shocked instead of "hey, this sounds fun, let's jump in"--good point, and also I should do walk-ins a bit later than I was doing.
Fun Brian quotes: "Every time someone needs editing, I"m just going to say slaughter a cow."
But hey, we all had a good time and hopefully at least some of us will reunite in 201. And we were in there for so long that the Lady Business show at 8 had started. Now I'd wanted to see this all along and had kinda floated the idea to Mom and Dawn a bit ahead of time and they hadn't sounded interested (plus extra money). But they apparently nicely paid up and paid for me as well, so I could see it. And it was delightful, I think that was Mom's favorite show so far. They had some kind of song theme going on for this show, i.e. picking some song, doing a monologue about it, explaining why "this is my jam" and then doing some brief "high school slow dance" scenes in between. I didn't get to hear them all, but possibly the most memorable was Mel's, talking about moving to a small town in Ohio where nobody ever left for generations, and she was trying to figure out how to fit in. She eventually decided to stop trying to dress like a jock or a nerd and went full rocker and cut her hair and then everyone liked her for herself. D'awwww. I also recall Molly doing one about going into the back of a crap restaurant she was working at to smell the crayons.
Scenes I recall:
Mom was pretty impressed with Mel and Molly and I was all "Those chicks won Cage Match ten times in a row."
It was all a very good time. I look forward to doing it again in the future.