My former Second City Conservatory classmate let me know the opening song from our Grad Show is available online, and I just had to share it.
Check out the opening number from the Bipolar Express, December 2013:
Tonight I saw an improv scene that was just so delightful.
It was kindof dark, and gritty. It didn’t rush. Slowly, the characters were discovered and developed. The scene was set so well, so you could see the space in your mind. It was leading to something, but felt OK that we never had to get there… And for a scene referencing anal bleaching, it turned out to be a pretty heartfelt (and hilarious) story about sacrifice for the people you care about.
I fucking love improv.
(The scene featured Jess Grant and Isaac Kessler if you must know; and the performance took place at Zonk Improv, a duo night produced by Monquea Marion and Constantine Pavlou — you should check that show out! Exit, Pursued by a Bear performed as well!)
I’m so stoked to announce that this Saturday’s show features none other than Second City Main Stage alumni: Naomi Snieckus and Alastair Forbes. And if YOU attend, YOU might get to play with them!
Get to know more about these two phenomenal improvisers/people and read on:
Naomi Snieckus is an actor, writer, improviser, voice over artist, and director. She studied at University of Waterloo and then Ryerson Theatre School before moving to Vancouver for five years. An alumnus of the world renowned Second City in Toronto she wrote and performed in 5 shows and met her funny man Matt Baram. She is a founding member (along with Matt Baram) of five time Canadian Comedy Award winning The National Theatre of the World and performs and produces: Impromptu Splendor, The Carnegie Hall Show and The Script Tease Project. The National Theatre of The World is a company in residence at The Young Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto. They have traveled internationally to Berlin, Israel, Amsterdam, England, New York, South Carolina, Chicago, Los Angeles as well as throughout Canada. Naomi won the Canadian Comedy Award for best female improviser in 2010, as well as best female in a TV Series (Mr.D) and was nominated for an Actra Award in 2013 for her work in Mr.D.
Alastair Forbes is a Second City Mainstage Alumni, Dora Award nominee and two-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards Best Male Improvisor. You may have seen him on your TV (Insecurity and The Ron James Show, CBC; The Bridge, CTV;Breakout Kings, A&E; That’s so Weird, YTV) on your big screen (My Ex Ex) on your stage near you (Theatre by the Bay, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Centaur) or have seen his voice on your radio (Go!, CBC Radio One). He has written for YTV’s That’s So Weird and is a story editor on a CTV development project Matt and Jeff. Oh, and yes, he’s probably that guy from that commercial you saw. You can catch him almost every week performing at the Comedy Bar or with his critically acclaimed improv troupe Bonspiel!
For more information, check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/1510937449152943/?fref=ts
At work today, as I was trying to get some people jazzed about their impending participation in a daytime television studio audience, I saw four female comedy writers/improvisors walk through the halls of the CBC. They stopped briefly to chat, one having recognized me from an earlier improv event we had both attended. (eee!)
She proceeded to inform me they were headed to a meeting upstairs.
…And for a second, I felt really great about the future of Canadian comedy on CBC.
(Sidenote: I hope they remember this encounter if/when they get green-lit)