Our latest episode of The Constant Struggle podcast is up and this time, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dale Wells, improviser and co-founder of The Dandies & Holodeck Follies.
Dale speaks about the benefits and challenges producing live comedy shows in Toronto. We talk about the history of Star Trek improv in the city, about geek culture, and about his show; Holodeck Follies, kicking butt at this year’s FanExpo. Dale and Nick chat about what it’s like to be a Dad artist with a day job. We bring up his love of singing and the various ways in which improv can bring joy to your life.
What a positive guy!
With GREAT shout-outs to:
ROB ARISS HILLS
TODD VAN ALLEN (COMEDY ABOVE THE PUB)
GILLIAN ENGLISH &
It’s hard to believe we’re currently rehearsing for our end-of year sketch show!
It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in the audience as the second years from last year gave it their all one last time before graduating and/or moving on to the Industry Show. I’m so excited to see everyone’s sketches, the remount of some people’s plays, but most of all — I am stoked to FINALLY see our parody videos we filmed all last semester ago!
(See: Parody Shoots.)
And, I’m excited to actually put on our show, obviously. It really is going to be a good one. We’ve really extracted some of the funniest written scenes, with some of the funniest characters from over the past two years for your viewing and laughing pleasure. And everyone on the team gets a few opportunities to shine! (…)
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to perform sketch comedy, and as repetitive as I’ve been in saying it, I really miss doing it. Paige & I also get to showcase some of our dance experience in this show – in two numbers. So hey parents, all those 15 years of lessons are paying off. (Not literally. I don’t get paid for this. But maybe one day it’ll actually pay off. In this case, it’s just paying off because I’ve been cast in two scenes because I can dance and sing simultaneously.)
Maybe I’m too tired to be posting today. (Maybe that’s why everything’s in brackets.)
Maybe that five hour rehearsal for 10 minute’s worth of (terribly flawed) stage time really wiped me out.
Maybe it was working til midnight yesterday.
I’m finally caught up with Mad Men.
I need an oil change.
And to do laundry.