Mary Hilton: Sporknotes and Other Worthy Improv in NYC
Improv is one of those random acts of performance that can have you hurtin’ yourself with laughter, or bulldozing fellow patrons as you skedaddle for the exit. But if you want to see this ancient artform at its most skillfully wacky, then see improv in New York City. You’ve got the ticket-lines-around-the-corner Upright Citizens Brigade, fantastic site-specific Improv Everywhere, randy Peoples Improv Theater, legit National Comedy Theater, and of course just single comics galore. Really, you can’t go too wrong with improv here.Sporknotes, an ensemble improv show by the Rising Sun Performance Company, as part of the Frigid Festival 2008. If you are in the mood for thumbtack sharp improv wit, all under the guise of a literary roundtable, then check it out. Essentially, the actors – all unskilled non-academics – do their best to improvise abridged versions of highbrow literature. I was fortunate to be there on the night when that great American masterpiece, The Little Engine That Could, was shouted out by an audience member to became the madcap plot outline through which eight or so actors tapdanced. Wackiness ensued, but so did political commentary, sexual innuendo and Transformers. Let’s just say, it takes deliciously sick minds to come up with this stuff, and its pure delight to go along for the ride.Horse Trade Theater Group. It makes for a fun go-see, so check it out.
I had the pleasure of seeing
Hats off to the whole cast, who never failed to roll with the punches, even when they were below the belt. The show will have a more regular schedule soon, through
Check it out you say?
April 11th 8pm
with Queen of Sharks and Chemistry Grad School
at EndTimes Underground @ the Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street New York, NY 10012
As I sidenote, I was amused by Today’s blogstats. According to wordpress, the following three search terms led people to my blog:
“what is a handsome room?”
“we don’t remember”