Day: June 14, 2017
Let’s get one thing out of the way. The owner and the new employee are shacking up. There is favoritism, special favors and repeated abuses of policy. They have kids together and in fact, they live together. It’s Courtney Casperson, the new general manager of Sick Puppies Comedy. She is reportedly married to Casey. She’s funnier than him and has a better sense of business. She’s kind, fair and fun.
She recently made the move away from her career of 15 years so she could help grow Sick Puppies Comedy in a way that Casey could not. She worked from the bottom of her previous company and fought her way to become Director of Finance. Her experience in finance, payroll, inventory, employee management and cash will address many of the long standing issues Casey has created in the last 5 years. With the increase in classes, shows, students, cast and workshops, it was long overdue.
Her experience will add another layer of expertise to the corporate services Sick Puppies Comedy provides. In addition to team building, sales training, public speaking and leadership creation, Sick Puppies Comedy can consult on the corporate books to better assess results and serve our clients on the front and back end of their operations.
We are excited to have some accountability in the company since the owner continues to spend money on twizzlers and spitcoin (as he believes it’s bitcoin). Feel free to congratulate Casey for finally convincing her to join the company. She’s pretty fantastic.
If you didn’t see her first show with us on Saturday, you really missed out. Rebecca Salus is an improv force to be reckoned with. She can sing, dance and EMOTE. Her energy on stage gets everyone on the team in a frenzy.
Rebecca grew up with a passion for performing and making people laugh. She sang, acted, and danced her way through childhood, culminating in a tap dance performance at her own Bat Mitzvah. After establishing her career as a Social Worker, Rebecca reconnected with her passion by studying acting at the University Center for Performing Arts. She quickly fell in love with improv while studying with her mentor, Marlena Martino. She went on to become an original cast member of Troupe Therapy and later joined the Pride Pups, a sister troupe of Sick Puppies. Also active in community theater, Rebecca has played such roles as Sally in Reefer Madness, Dainty June in Gypsy and the Sexy Nurse in The Sunshine Boys. Rebecca is thrilled to be a part of the Sick Puppies family!
Sick Puppies Comedy Cast member Tom Neile shares a Holiday story about George Claus.
That’s the secret. We ask “What if?” What if we tried to do an entire show to music? But we’ve never done it before. We only have 3 weeks to rehearse. (The following clip is NSFW)
What if we tried to do Stand Up Comedy, but did it completely improvised? (The Following Clip is NSFW)
Both shows were really successful. Both shows were packed. They were fulfilling and we had no idea how they would go. Our cast has the most important thing a troupe could have: Implicit trust. I know that no matter what we try, it will likely be good. Better than that, there are no sacred cows in our company. Quality is what rules. Just because it’s my idea, doesn’t mean it’s going to make it in.
So, what if? Ask yourself that. What if? What if I could run a 5k? What if I tried improv? What if I asked her out?
Consider what your circumstance may look like if…. and if it looks good, do it. And if you fail, which will be often, enjoy the education it provided you.
The improvised stand up show October 4th at the Funky Buddha was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. As a comedian of 15 years, I always had material. I knew what worked and I tried new stuff in front of small crowds. I know it seems weird that an improviser was scared of improvised stand up, but the major difference with Improv Stand up is that there are no actors on stage with you. It’s completely up to you. And I’ve bombed a ton as a stand up comic with proven material!
We worked together as a team to figure it out and below I posted my complete 10 minutes without editing. It makes me nervous to share, but I think it explains the process. Some things worked well, some things didn’t. That’s part of the territory I think. The cool thing is the audience was really cool about it… well except the group in the corner (you’ll see in the video what happened… crowd work).
I was so nervous about the night and it turned out wonderful. Over 180 people came to the improvised stand up show and I’m proud of it. The cast was incredible. I hope to do it again soon and learn from this one. What I learned from this is that even if it doesn’t feel comfortable, it can still be rewarding. Maybe more so… What a trip.
Below is my uncut 10 minutes ( DEFINITELY NSFW)
Sunday, Oct 5th
Andrews Living Arts Studio
23 NW 5th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tickets: $20 each
Join the Pride Pups for another hilarious improv comedy show. Similar to the show “Who’s Line is it Anyway”, this troupe will bring you improvised scenes based on audience suggestions. Pride Pups is an improv troupe designed to give back to the LGBTQ community. Everything is fair game in a Pride Pups Show. Only 50 seats available. Buy your tickets now!