So, Ryan, tell us…how did you find out about Sick Puppies Comedy?
Tired of just coming home after work every night and sitting in front of my TV, I was looking for something different that would interest me. I searched improv comedy on the web and found SPC. That was six years ago and I’ve been a part of the troupe ever since.
What got you involved and interested in improv?
Growing up in Chicago, which is considered the mecca of improv, I got to see shows at Second City when I was a kid and always thought it was so funny. I thought it would be fun to do it as an adult and I went for it.
Tell us about your first improv show ever. What was it like?
I remember going to Second City in Chicago for one of their “adult shows” when I was younger. I was so impressed with the talent and how the improvisers were able to think of such funny ideas in a split second. It looked like so much fun.
What’s your favorite game/form of improv? Why?
I’ve always been a sucker for short form. It’s quick, is always good for a laugh, and the audience finds it enjoyable too.
What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had based on your life in comedy?
I just enjoy seeing how much the audience is laughing and taking in the show. When an audience member tells you after the show how much they enjoyed it, it feels great to know I made someone laugh for a hour and was able to take them away from whatever stress or issues they may have going on in their lives.
Newer improvisers might be surprised by how much you continue to learn from improv, no matter how long you’ve been doing it. What’s something you recently learned, or that you’re currently working on?
Improv is kind of like the game of golf. No matter how long you’ve played it or performed it, you’re never going to master it. You can always improve and be better every time you go out there to perform.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to new improvisers?
Be open to everything. Don’t feel ashamed about any ideas you have. Go out there and say whatever you feel for a scene. Improv is about trusting yourself and your fellow players. We’re all here to support your ideas and decisions when you’re on stage.
See Ryan, along with #NoFilter and Daddy’s Little Nest Egg this Saturday at 9p at Sick Puppies Comedy! Get tickets now: http://bit.ly/RyanL2018!