Over the past two weeks, my assigned sketch troupe, aptly named the “Mimico Insane Asylum Players” (because part of the Humber Lakeshore campus used to be an insane asylum…,) has been working on putting on a performance of a collection of sketches already written by people much funnier than us, in our case, the good people at Mr. Show, Big Train, Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live.
Yesterday was the culmination of 2 weeks of hard work, blood, sweat, tears and pie. And all in all, I think we all performed admirably.
Soon, a friend in the class will hopefully send over the video of our performance, but first, I’d like to, if I may, which I can, because this is my blog, discuss the fun and obstacles had when working on each of our skits.
Mr. Show – The Audition (Check out the original at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-ZNX1jqbOk)
I wasn’t in this one, but I think it came turned out really well. Another group in the class had also put this one on, and it was really interesting to see how different they both were, considering the personality differences between both of the guys who played David Cross.
Big Train – Ritz to the Titz (Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7xgiO_NdkQ)
This one was a lot of fun because we got to play it really dry and deadpan, which I hadn’t personally ever been given the opportunity to perform before. Also, it was the first time I’d ever heard of Big Train. Hopefully I’ll be checking more of that series out along the way.
Kids in the Hall – The Country Doctor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD-hHa1_mdo)
The video for this one was put up in an earlier blog post of mine, but I put the link up there anyway, just in case anyone should have missed that particular post. This was the sketch I had selected to contribute to our team, and it was a bit challenging because it was the only scene in which we needed two different settings. There was action taking place in two different locations, which can be pretty difficult to do correctly, especially for a troupe performing for the first time. But all in all, I think it went really well.
SNL – Colonel Angus (http://www.livevideo.com/video/EFD201BFC58542929B94AC369B58523A/-snl-colonel-angus.aspx)
This one, we pretty much had down after rehearsing just a few times. Basically because it’s so hilarious. (Sorry Mom.) I think the casting was superb. Everyone played their parts well and not one of us got out of character when Colonel Angus said “Colonel Angus might not smell like a bed of roses,” which for us, is pretty impressive, considering the rehearsals.
SNL – Bill Brasky’s Funeral (http://video.filestube.com/watch,3930ae81ed27391103e9/To-be-Bill-Brasky.html)
We got a lot of flak for this one when we were rehearsing in class considering the noise volume required to pull it off effectively. We thought it would have been hilarious if, at the end of the day, we performed it very quietly, and perhaps with British accents just to throw everyone off and get them frustrated about how needlessly loud we were being in class, but in the end, we played it straight and loud and after about a billion rehearsals, it came together really freaking awesometastically.
I can’t wait to start writing and performing some original stuff though!
… and to post these videos!!
TO BILL BRASKY!!!
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