Editors Note: In this segment, we step away from the stage and take a look at comedians in the Philadelphia area… Learn a little more about where they come from, what they do while not performing and of course the question we all ask ourselves… Why do we do it?
Might have seen him in: Leo Callahan
Hangs his hat in: West Philly
Stomping Grounds: Tacoma, WA
Pays the Bills as: Non-profit Fundraiser
Other Hobbies: ultimate frisbee, creative writing
I have been doing longform improv for about seven years now. Obviously, getting on stage and putting on a great show is a wonderful feeling. I keeping doing it, though, because I still find improv deeply challenging and frustrating. To me improv is a very intellectual activity, and one I enjoy thinking and talking about with my friends. There are so many ways of approaching a scene and a show, and so many very smart people who have tried to articulate the essence of the cooperation that makes improv successful. Improv can be frustrating to perform, because you never know how a show will go, and so much of the difficulty is hidden behind the curtain, so to speak. An audience, particularly one not familiar with improv, may not realize all that’s going into the performance. But when it works, oh boy, it’s a wonderful thing to watch and be a part of.
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