Fuzzy at Dirty South Improv Festival 2
A couple of weeks ago, my friend (and Eventé cast member) Zach Ward called me up and asked me if I'd like to teach some workshops at the Dirty South Improv Festival (second annual). Turns out that he runs, from Chicago, an improv festival in Chapel Hill, NC, his old college town. Of course I said yes.
I'm really glad I did, because other than it being cold and rainy, I had a great time. And since I'm too tired to put together a coherent narative of the weekend, here's some highlights (and check out the many photos I took):
- Zach Ward driving our rental car right through the parking lot security bar (the lady did say "go ahead" and you couldn't see it over the massive hood of our Jeep Grand Cherokee), snapping it right off, and then using his Jedi Mind Tricks on the rental car lady. "There's no damage to our car. It's OK. We'll be going now."
- Getting Zach to take us out for barbeque just by asking over and over on the way from the airport, "So, Zach, when do we get barbeque?"
- Not getting to sleep before 3 AM any night.
- Eric Hunicutt's parents, who let us stay in their huge and beautiful home.
- Meeting up with Toast, who I first met at last year's Columbia Improv Festival. If they offer you "Kentucky Gentleman" bourbon, just run.
- The excellent work from so many of the groups. CHiPs, especially, has a lot of very talented people. Except Eugene.
- Doing a Bat (Georgia Pacific's form performed in the dark) with the other instructors. None of us had ever performed with more than 2 of the others, and we didn't really practice. We did have a great warm-up during Comedy Gears' show. And I think the whole thing came off very well.
- The stadium seating in Mark's living room.
- Brian Allman's bits.
- Making it back to Chicago on time to do A Day in the Life, despite the horrible weather in Chicago.
[Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2001]