Jay mugging for the camera, me and Ryan Stiles.
A couple of summers ago, I got to perform with Ryan Stiles during UPs improvathon. He is a really nice guy, smart, funny and he tells a good story. For me, it was kind of an improv milestone. Nancy and I used to watch the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway on the Comedy Channel back in the early 90s. This was before it merged with HA! and became Comedy Central. The British version is a bit brainier than the US version and you got to see people improvise monologs in the style of James Joyce and William S Burroughs. Watching that show, which had Ryan Stiles as a constant star, really made me realize that improv could be something more than just silly games. Not that there's anything wrong with silly games, but it's nice to watch smart people playing them.
Anyway, cukebrian just emailed me some photos and it made me remember that that night felt like a milestone. That things had come full circle in some way. He also sent me a picture that reminded me that I get to perform with some of my favorite people.
Lately, I've been taking some time off. Improv has felt more like work and less like play for a couple of months. An improv teacher once told me, "Improv doesn't pay and rarely leads to anything. So, if you aren't having fun, don't do it." These pictures remind me how much fun it can be.
I'm playing this Friday and looking forward to it.