Day: May 29, 2018
So Andrea, how did you find out about Sick Puppies Comedy?
Through a friend!
What got you involved and interested in improv?
I wanted an outlet for stress, a place to be my weird self (or someone else, because improv!) and to meet new people with creative/fun/quirky minds.
Tell us about your first improv show ever. What was it like?
Terrifying but unforgettable. Being on stage with all lights on you and an audience with expectations can be really intimidating. I remember how fast those fears and inhibitions melted away when I focused on my cast mates and let myself just enjoy the moments as they came – the good, the bad and the awkward. At the end of the night, you’re always reminded that your improv family has your back and I think that feeling of support Is always extremely rewarding.
What’s your favorite game/form of improv? Why?
I have respect for both long form and short form games. That being said, my favorite game is one called “Follow the Leaver” which is kind of a medley of both short and long form. Follow the leaver involves establishing a scene with at least 2 characters, as the scene develops one character has a reason for leaving to which you “follow” them to the next scene while they interact with other/new characters, the goal always being to follow whoever has the excuse to remove themselves to go do something different. The “leaver” can be the same character or a different character every time, which helps create a universe in which these characters live and revolve in. I love this game because the scene possibilities and character development choices are really endless. It’s a fun blend of the two improv styles.
What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had based on your life in comedy?
The camaraderie and sense of family is what I love most about being part of Sick Puppies. There is a lot of trust and vulnerability that comes with improv, always feeling accepted regardless of whatever random, weird or inappropriate thing that just came flying out of your mouth is liberating.
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?
I’m currently pushing myself to make bolder character choices. Right now I’m really working on accents and being more animated in a way that is convincing and embodies the character Im bring to life.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to new improvisers?
Listen and gift. Let go of thinking about the funny lines you want to deliver for laughs. Instead, listen and focus on honestly reacting to your scene partner. Gift them with details, emotions, motives, etc. When both partners focus on making each other successful in their scene, the laughs, the energy and the flow will happen naturally. You will create a scene that an audience will love getting swept up in with characters that they will root for.
See Andrea, along with The Clamazons this Saturday at 8:00p in Wilton Manors! Get tickets now: http://bit.ly/AndreaC2018!
Sick Puppies Comedy is officially announcing their first Internship opportunity! If you are interested in getting some experience in theater, we have a couple of spots available. In addition to the experience, you can also take our classes for free as well. Commitment time is relatively low, but crucial to making sure our shows go smoothly.
If you are interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 954-667-7735.
You want to buy tickets? Here’s the link! Do it!
Please help us give a warm welcome to an old friend and a new cast member, Jesse Sheriff! She’s one of the funniest people we know, a great team player and a moderately decent human as well. You’ll get to see her play in our next show on September 5th at 9PM at Center Stage Performing Arts Theater. Click Here to get tickets.
Jesse Sheriff – was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL but she swears she’s not a Jewish American Princess. She got involved with Sick Puppies as a student when she started taking classes with her mother in 2013. Jesse saw this as an opportunity to bond with her mom and yell at her during scenes. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Communications, but she is most proud of her certificate from Sick Puppies University. She is super excited to be playing with Sick Puppies and she looks forward to getting weird with the cast.
Many of our Sick Puppies Comedy fans and followers would love to learn Stand Up Comedy, but they live too far away or their schedule doesn’t allow it. Stand Up Comedy is something that can be taught virtually as long as we pay attention to all of the important factors. It’s only $10.
- Writing Techniques
Thursday night, we’ll be hosting a google hangout for a maximum of 9 students. Casey Casperson will be the host and instructor of the live event.
Casperson has been a comedian for over 15 years and worked with some of the best in the industry. He’s opened for Pauly Shore, Mike Armstrong, Bill Bellamy, Marc Curry, Kevin Meany and many others. He’s headlined in the midwest and most recently in Florida.
This particular class is being offered at a special low price as we are testing the format. By participating in this class, you’ll receive a special offer to join the series of Stand Up Classes.
In order to participate, you’ll need access to the following:
- Google Plus Account – Get one now by visiting plus.google.com – It’s free.
- Android, Iphone or PC/MAC with ability to participate in Google Hangouts – Please download app in advance.
- Headphones – In order to reduce background noise and poor quality
- Pen and Paper or ability to take notes.
- A good attitude – Seriously.