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?
Hangs his hat in: Berlin, NJ
Stomping Grounds: Berlin, NJ
Pays the Bills: Teaching 5th grade
Other Hobbies: writing, hiking, reading
I have been acting since elementary school but did not discover improv until I was well into adulthood. I was visiting Disney World’s Pleasure Island (which is now sadly only a memory) and attended my first improv show at the Comedy Warehouse. I started out the evening thinking “This is awesome!” which later progressed to “I could do this!” which finally ended up with “I HAVE to do this!” When I came back to New Jersey I did some internet searching and signed up for classes with ComedySportz. After going through every level class that ComedySportz offered, I was beyond hooked and knew I had to continue. At the time, the “closest” group that was holding auditions was Delaware Comedy Theatre in Lewes, Delaware. The fact that I was willing to make a six-hour round trip drive to Lewes at least once a week for several years tells you that I had either found my calling or I was out of my mind…or a little of both.
Improvisational comedy is such a rewarding performance outlet. I enjoy playing many different types of characters and experimenting with different types of physical comedy. Anything is possible in any given show. I am never limited by the words and stage directions someone else has written for me. It is also rewarding to know that when you elicit any kind of reaction from an audience member…laughter…a happy sigh…a gasp…it is a result of something that you developed on stage in that moment–something that only you and your scene partner(s) brought to life. The improv scene in Philadelphia has also allowed me to be a part of many different types of improv, from musical to premise-based, from shortform to longform, so it is always exciting, changing, growing, and completely fulfilling!
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