Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t really do or tend to enjoy “slow play” or “real” improv.
Well, I was wrong.
It’s kind of like that thing Besser was saying, that if you don’t like the Harold then you probably haven’t seen a good Harold. I’ve said before that I don’t like “slow play” or really “real” improv, even though I’ve seen it a bunch of times. But it turned out, it was because I didn’t like the shows, not because I didn’t like the form or style.
This past few weeks, I’ve had the joy of seeing two really great shows. One was just a video, above, of a show Adsit & Gausas did (above), which is just this really honest monoscene, with two great comic minds working through a real situation. It’s just a real joy to watch unfold and to discover the weirdness in seemingly normal points of view and situation.
Then last night, I got to see Alison Royer’s Date Night, which she performed with guest David Harris. It’s an improvised 2-person monoscene, and the one last night was a 20-minute piece about two co-workers at a Wendy’s who just discovered they’ve both been in love with each other for months. I just thought it incredibly funny and great, this perfect mix of sweetness and absurdity. I mean, you could have wrote it up as is and had a great one-act. I loved it, to say the least. (Click here to get tix for her next performance)
Anyway, so now, personally, that feels like the next big improv thing I’d like to tackle. And Adsit & Gausas and Date Night are the inspriation for that. Check out the vid above.