Category Archives: Yes and so this happened

When you fall in love

When I first started doing improv, it was like falling in love. I think a lot of improvisers feel the same way, it’s intoxicating, you want to be doing it all the time and when you aren’t, you’re talking about … Continue reading

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Just in case you think this was made up

If anyone was wondering if my last story was fanciful, here is video of the incident.

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All the world is not a stage

Once, the Chainsawboys performed in Boston as a part of improv festival at a space call Improv Asylum. Our hosts were extremely friendly and kind so we were given the prime eight o’clock slot. It was a packed house and … Continue reading

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Sing like you hope no one’s listening

Musical improv is very popular. If it is done properly, it’s a magic trick, a song from a suggestion. In the interest of full disclosure, singing is not one of my innate talents. I don’t even sing in the shower, … Continue reading

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What are we doing here?

“What are we doing here? Both of us can write.” These words were uttered backstage at a Chainsaw Boys show by my fellow Chainsaw and good friend, Mike Bencivenga as the overture for the show was being played by our … Continue reading

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Just a Suggestion

It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools and a subpar improviser that blames their audience. After all, it’s improviser’s job to entertain, not the audience’s job to BE entertained. Even so, when you do enough improv shows, there are … Continue reading

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Just Keep It Clean

The Chainsaw Boys went to the Big Stinkin’ Improv Fest in Austin Texas. There are more stories about that trip, which I will tell later but one result was we made a lot of new friends. Improvisers from all over … Continue reading

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If they liked it, it’s good

I know I’ve been focusing on my less-than-glamorous moments in improv. Many times failure is a better teacher than success. This is not so much a fail as an example of reluctantly accepting praise. Even when you don’t think you … Continue reading

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Don’t say IT out loud!

In what was the first couple of years of my improv career, such as it was, I felt as though I knew what I was doing. I consistently got laughs, I had a solid grasp on the rules of the … Continue reading

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Which lie is funny?

Comedy is mostly about suffering, usually about someone else’s suffering. Many comedians tell stories about humiliating incidents in their lives and we all laugh. It doesn’t matter if they are completely factual, but they should have a kernel of truth. … Continue reading

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