Go to your troupe’s Facebook “Page”.
Wait. Your troupe doesn’t have a page?
Make them a page. Right now.
Good, your troupe now has a page.
Now, go to your troupe’s “Page” and click on the “About” tab.
If not all the members of your troupe are listed in this tab, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU EVEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?
A producer who books improv and sketch troupes
Thanks to Facebook, it’s now easier to get super-reflective on the stuff you’ve been up to over the past, well… since you joined Facebook…. For example, on this day, 7 years ago, I visited Lyon, France. I had a panic attack in a taxi on the way to a Coldplay concert and wasn’t quite sure at the time what was going on. I carried on anyway because I would eventually stand so close to Chris Martin, I’d hoped to catch a bead of his sweat in my mouth. I would later discover Lyon is the hometown of the first CBC employee who would call me a friend.
See how close?!?!
On this day 1 year ago, Gill and I had our first improv set together as a duo at Winprov at the Cage. We called ourselves Exit, Pursued by a Bear. A name combining her love of Shakespeare and my desire to be chased by bears. I would later discover we were bound for more than just that one performance. We founded a monthly show for emerging and established comics to come present and perfect their material all while doing the same with our own craft. This would eventually bring us out to Halifax, where I am currently enjoying performing daily hour-long improv sets for completely new and different audiences than those from our Toronto base at the Social Capital Theatre one Thursday night per month.
At this time, 5 years ago, I was settling into my new apartment in Toronto, having up and left my life in Ottawa. I had some big dreams, which is apparently rare for someone leaving the civil service. I was happy because if I walked a few feet away from my apartment and gazed through the trees, I could see the CN Tower, not knowing how significant that landmark would become to me. I went back to school. I was weeks away from performing stand-up comedy for the first time. Months away to writing my first comedy sketches. Years away from producing my own shows and touring the country, working in one of Canada’s most significant cultural establishments as well as one of North America’s most recognized comedy institutions, from meeting my future husband, (still not used to saying that,) meeting new best friends, new amazing colleagues & immensely talented creative partners and laughing more and harder than ever before.
I would later discover Toronto (dramatic pause) …is my home.
Happy anniversary, you beautiful bitch.
Episode 6 of my brother and my podcast, The Constant Struggle, is up & we’d love it if you’d giver a listen.
This time around, Nick’s got a new writing deadline he wants to get to before he takes off to Scotland with his family. Will the trip inspire him to write something while he’s over there? We’ll see!
Will Brie survive her month of insane-work hours and continue to work on her comedy all throughout, or will she have a complete mental breakdown along the way?
Find out, by downloading the episode on iTunes or checking it out right here:
Oh, and if you want to sign that petition to help get Kevin Smith Canadian citizenship, click here:
Struggle On, friends!
Given the recent surge in Facebook invites, either I’ve become increasingly more popular (not likely) or it’s the Toronto Fringe, and all the performers I know in this city seem to have a show this year. And believe me, I would love nothing more but to enjoy your talents on a weekday afternoon, the time you so desperately need an audience, but I’ll be at work.
Anything in the early afternoon too, yup. Working.
In the evening? Probably just leaving work. If I’m lucky.
Shit, the project I’m working on these days has be so busy that when I DO finally get off my shift, it’s all I can do to not fall asleep on the streetcar, call the 501 my bed and ride it fully unconscious until the morning comes and I’m forced to exit and stumble into the freezer that is my current place of employ.
Not that I’m complaining about the fact that I am employed. I’m happy about that. In fact, I’m dependent on it.
You’re all such a tremendously talented bunch of amazing folk.
But what I am saying, is that I really REALLY will try to see your shows, but if I can’t, I’m sorry. And I wish you the best of broken legs throughout such a wonderful festival.
EXT. Toronto on a Friday Night.
You had a good day at work today, and a fun show this evening. Feeling a bit tired now, let’s go home and get some rest.
Good idea, brain!
INT. At home, opens laptop to Facebook.
MY BRAIN (cont’d)
AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!FOMO FOMO FOMO FOMO FOMO!!!!!
Why aren’t you everywhere else right now but home?!?!?!?!?!
This message was posted on the Guess Who’s Coming to Improv? Facebook page today. It is heartwarming and amazing:
This message is a greater gift than any host could hope for. And yet, tonight, Rachel came back to the show and gifted me with two hilarious scenes as well as the following:
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started hosting #GWCI. I wanted to play more, I wanted others to have the opportunity to play more, and I wanted people from all levels of the learning spectrum to mingle and create magic together.
I certainly never in the process ever expected BACON!
These are life’s wonderful little gifts.
Thank you Rachel!
Sometimes I watch stuff that sparks my imagination and creativity and makes me want to go on a writing/creative binge.
So I go to my computer to get going.
I get sidetracked on Facebook and immediately feel all that joy and inspiration disappear.
Three hours later I come out of it, and realize all the time I’ve wasted in my life.
And then I go to sleep feeling miserable and unaccomplished.
Thank you Mark Zuckerberg – or my addictive personality.