So those of you who know me, know that Improv is totally my HJ right now. I'm taking classes down at The Tribe (...gather 'round). Well, tonight, I decided to go hang out at Improv Boston. You see, they have this Sunday Night Jam where anybody can sign up to perform after the 2 regular acts have had their fun. So I went to get a little practice (and my fix).
I get there, and there's a bunch of people there, and I notice that it's a significantly older crowd than usually shows up at The Tribe. In particular, there's this ANCIENT guy walking around with a video camera. "Strange," I think, but hey, maybe he's some old improv groupie.
Then the show starts. After the opening warm-up, the first group comes out. They start out and then introduce someone who has been helping them work on some new stuff this week. The old guy stands up, starts to teeter across the stage, and they introduce him: David Shepherd. DAVID FUCKING SHEPHERD
For those of you who don't know. There once was a woman - Viola Spolin. She begat Paul Sills who knew David Shepherd. Together, they begat The Compass Players. The Compass Players then begat Second City
which begat Alan Arkin, Del Close, Joan Rivers, Fred Willard, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Bill Murray, John Candy, Dan Akroyd, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Shelley Long, Dan Castellaneta, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Stephnie Weir, and dozens of others. Needless to say, this guy is influential. Now, he actually bolted before Second City, but he and Sills came up with the whole philosophy of improv comedy, thus establishing the pattern for all we know about modern American comedy.
Of course, he didn't stick around past the two main troupes, so he missed my stage debut, but I'm sure he'll hear about me soon enough...