Tonight we challenge a giant.

Cagematch is a weekly improv competition at the UCB theater. Fiefdom, my improv group, is the challenger tonight. Our opponent is Omelette Vision, a dream team of 3 of the city’s best improvisors. They’re hugely popular. And they are the men who taught us improv.

It’s been a difficult haul. We lost two team members the week we were invited to challenge. We’ve had only a month to find and rehearse the new team amongst schedule complications, vacations, and our coach quitting. We’ve only performed together with the new lineup once.

But I’m excited. We have a great group, much stronger than before, and I’m glad we’re going up against the big boys. So come out tonight and vote for Fiefdom. Thursday, June 21st, 11:00 pm at the UCB theater. Details and reservations here.

“Uh, Prime, Wheelie’s been helpin us out for a little while now. We use him as a decoy a lot.”

“Don’t you love me!” Funny enough for repeat viewings. You may recognize Ptolemy (Gibler) from many TV commercials, and as Bono in the Improv Everywhere U2 prank.

Mark and Ari's LOFT

Caught Mark and Ari’s “LOFT” at the UCB theater tonight. Very funny, very tight.

Rooted in the theme of New York City apartments, the show is peppered with references to Lost. Like when a frustrated Ari needs help assembling his new end table, the included video tutorial impressively resembles the Dharma orientation films.  A lab-coated Mark stiffly explains a mysterious and ridiculously complex set of instructions. When Ari can’t find the right tool, the on-screen Mark tells Ari to answer his phone, which rings.  Ari is instructed to open his front door, behind which a live Mark is waiting with the tool.

I can’t do it justice. Go see these guys at the UCB Theater (show details).