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Improv Inspired by Taylor Swift

I’ve been a closet Taylor Swift fan since her early days – okay, yeah, I just turned 44 last week. I graduated from High School the year she was born. Regardless, I have a lot of admiration for her as an artist – especially as a song writer. Songs like “Invisible,” “Our Song,” and “Tim McGraw” are ones that I… Read more →

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‘Yes, And’ Philosophy

The cardinal rule of improvisational theater is “yes, and…” – in other words, I say yes to what I’m given, and then add my own unique ideas to keep the scene moving forward.   For example, I enter a scene and my partner says, “Our son has locked himself in the airplane restroom again!”  I say “yes” to that statement by… Read more →

Miami Improv Festival now accepting submissions

David Christopher with the Miami Improv Festival let me know that their submissions are now open so I’m passing it along: The 2015 Miami Improv Festival presented by Just The Funny is now accepting submissions from improv and sketch acts for consideration for MIF 2015! MIF 2015 Includes: 2 Performance Slots per Group (with a 10% split of the door)* Dinner… Read more →

Jeromy Barber

Jeromy Barber – Co-Producer

Producer/Director Jeromy Barber is passionate about growing and showcasing talent in Houston. He was born in Pasadena and calls Houston home. Jeromy found a love of performing early – piano, singing, french horn, musicals.  While obtaining his degree in Music Education, he furthered his performing and producing experience in Baylor Showtime!, Sing Alliance (Founder), All University Sing, Phi Mu Alpha… Read more →

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A MATCH for Houston

For this blog post I want to deviate a bit from the Improv theme and talk about what I think is the most exciting development in the Houston arts scene since I moved here in 1996:  the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH).  This facility is an arts complex designed specifically for mid-sized and emerging arts organizations in Houston… Read more →

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September Shows

Labor day has past, school’s back in session and the Houston traffic is burgeoning. September is here, ladies and lads, and there is no better way to celebrate than a night or two of improv comedy. Here’s what’s going on in the Houston Improv Scene this month. Beta Theater Beta’s Standup Comedy bracket continues this month at MKT Bar on… Read more →

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An ode to Robin Williams

Robin – I miss you already:  your brilliance, your vivacity, your smile.  I remember the character, Mork, from my childhood.  I remember laughing at the weird character with the suspenders.  I didn’t think much more of it at the time. I’ve been a big improv fan since the late 80s.  I loved Whose Line is it Anyway all through the… Read more →

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2014: the year of Houston Theater Transitions

This morning in my inbox was the announcement that CSz Houston is checking in to the Holiday Inn.  Yep – the old location is being sold, so they are moving to a new location.  Their last performance at 901 Town & Country Boulevard will be August 30, and while they prepare their new digs (which they are maddeningly secretive about)… Read more →

Intimate Elevator Graduation Show

An Intimate Elevator Graduates Station

I’m the first to admit I’m not a fan of class recital shows.  They tend to pack the house as students invite all their friends and relations, but the quality of the performances is low.  It’s to be expected – these are improvisers who are just learning the ropes. That in mind, I was was pleasantly surprised this Saturday night… Read more →