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.

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Video Game Awards Tonight

December 13, 2006

Spike TV loves the UCB this year. Tonght’s Video Game Awards feature two comedy shorts starring UCB mainstay John Gemberling and directed by yours truly. UCB Harold-teamer John Gabrus is a staff writer for the show, and comics Brian Berrebbi and Nick Kroll play costumed gamer nerds.

Joystiq.com had a “liveblogger” at the VGA taping last Fri. Here’s what he had to say about my “MoCap” segments:

9:42: Mocap skit with balls. A chubby dude in a blue suit covered in giant balls plays “the bitch” in Saint’s Row. Nice.
10:53: [update 7] More motion capture skit action. This stuff has been the best of the show so far, by far. Someone might be pitching Mocap: The Show to Fox already. Sarah Silverman comes out… Besides the mocap dude, she’s the funniest thing in the show so far as well. (Full link)

Fiefdom

August 23, 2006

Dave, Kim, Trevor

Got a show tonight.

Fiefdom
8pm Wednesday, August 23rd
Under St. Mark’s
94 St. Marks Place (twixt 1st and A)

Appearing with Queefer Sutherland, Creak Weasel, and Chantico Warfare. I think tickets are $5.
The photo above is from our show last Saturday, which I completely failed to mention on this blog. (Photo courtesy of the the inimitable Ari Scott).

Ysketball!

August 15, 2006

A short I just produced for the comedy group Hot Sauce will screen this Wednesday night as part of their industry showcase. These guys are great.


Hot Sauce Sells Out

8pm, Wednesday August 16th.
UCB Theater
302 W 26th (between 8th and 9th)

More Improv Tonight

August 3, 2006

My improv group, Fiefdom, has a show tonight at Variety Underground. Details:

Thursday August 3
7-9 PM
The Parkside Lounge
VARIETY UNDERGROUND
317 East Houston between Avenue B & Avenue C (F Train to 2nd Ave)
www.varietyunderground.comĀ 

Improv in Azeroth

August 3, 2006

The House of Uster, my Warcraft guild, performed “Warcraft Prov” at the Del Close Marathon last weekend. Some photos here.

It was pretty poor improv, frankly. We never rehearsed and were still discussing the form up until the minute we went on stage. Basically, we just stood on stage in bizarre costumes and declared details about Warcraft. Our audience was surprisingly gaming-literate: the warcraft-specific jokes got a lot of laughs. It’s also possible the audience was just really drunk.

The guy in the skull mask is legendary rapper MC Chris. And that’s an actual girl next to him.

The weekend was crazy. I was hired at 1pm on Friday to produce a segment on the marathon for Current TV. The kick-off event was later that day at 4:30 pm, so there wasn’t much time to prepare.