In our five years, Sick Puppies Comedy has seen a lot of cast members come and go. Some take a chance on themselves and head to New York, Chicago Or Los Angeles to see what’s next. It is a joy to witness the growth of our actors and follow their path beyond us.
2016 saw quite a few of our cast members leave for the big markets and 2017 is shaping up to be the same. Tonight is Sick Puppy Brandon Gross’ last show with us. He made his announcement to the cast with a heavy heart on Tuesday night. The response from us was pure joy with the sadness that he won’t be in our shows or side by side with us in practice.
Gross has only been with us for a short period of time. Beginning in our classes and quickly working his way into our shows, Brandon also became a favorite instructor in our school. In fact, we received more unsolicited compliments from his students than anyone else. It’s no surprise. When you get someone with passion, knowledge and experience paying close attention to each and every pupil, you’re going to have a life changing experience under his tutelage.
Brandon really got his experience at FSU. It’s clear their improv program is something special, since every FSU improviser introduced to us by Gross has been a solid player. What was evident early on is that Brandon had a wealth of knowledge, but the humility to share it only when appropriate.
Everyone wants to be on stage with him because they know the scene is going to be excellent. You get to ride the coattails of those scenes and say “Yeah… I was in that super successful scene.” Can he lead a scene? Sure. Can he follow? Absolutely. Can he unlock the niche of moment? Yes and… that is his real talent. Brandon has this character vocabulary and empathy unlike any actor I’ve worked with. He’s just the same off the stage. Always a helping hand, always willing to stay late or arrive early. The perfect team player and a friend to all of us.
Come see the show tonight. It will be your last time to say “I knew him when” because it won’t be long before the world knows his name in bright lights on the silver screen.
Thanks for making all us better at our craft and leaving your signature on so many things that make Sick Puppies who we are today Brandon.