Category: "Improv Comedy"

Tour...Days 3 + 4

03/11/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Improv Comedy

Day Three: We arose at 6:00 to get out to our first gig. This gig consisted of three workshops and a show, which was exhausting, however, we did get a very good picture out of it! After those shows, we ate lunch at the school and drove cross town to another show where we did yet another show and workshop. Finally, we rented skis on the way home. It was a very busy day.

Day Four: We slept. We skiied. We ate a "Mountain of Love" (Secret VQ recipe)

In other news, a friend pointed out that my photo has poped up again on gizmodo. Of course I guess since these things just get into the wild there is no stopping them. Oh well, at least you all know the truth!

That's the news, the next day or two we will be taking it easy: Bumming around town, hiking up by the NOAA, indoor rock climbing, and performing traditional VQ traditions. Our final show is in a coffee shop on Friday, so some good resting to be had before that!

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Tour....Day 2

03/09/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Improv Comedy
Tour....Day 2

Not sure if today is actually day two, maybe three? I can't tell yet. My day got off to a great, albeit still surreal start. I checked my email this morning to find that the only email I had was from a Thai college reporter who wanted copies of my Gender Neutral Housing photos. Very odd. But hey, now I can say that I've been published internationally.

Carrying on from where I left off yesterday, we got to the tour house and I was once again stunned. It is amazing (see pictures). Just a great place to spend tour. From the stories I hear it sounds like I've been spoiled silly on tour houses. So far no one has gotten sick from the altitude (Just over a mile, so not bad). I am however somewhat sick with some kind of allergies or sinus infection, but the show must go on!

Last night, we went into Boulder to "Illegal Pete's", for burritos. They were ok, but the steak was no Chipolte (Although they have those here!). After that we went to the most quaint thing I've ever seen. It was a teahouse that was shipped over from Tajikistan. In a sister city trade, Boulder got this tea house in exchange for an internet cafe. It was just amazing to see (no pictures, Sorry!)

We finally made it home and rehearsed for our corperate show and workshop today at Tier 3 communications which turned out to be a very...interesting experience. It was a lot of fun to get to watch someone that wasn't us perform. Plus a bunch of lawyers doing improv is just hilarious.

We also went and found another geocache on top of a nice vista today and I cooked some hamburgers and we hung out tonight. REALLY long day tomorrow with lots of shows!

Tags: tour, vq

Tour...Day 1

03/08/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Improv Comedy

Well it's hard to explain the past 24 hours. It has all kind of been some type of surreal, absurd theater performance. New Haven suddenly decided to warm up to me...literally. The weather was great, sunny and 60+. It was also a nice treat to enjoy the town without my normal college routine. I took part of the VQ geocaching, which was great. And we all had lunch and dinner together. Dinner was a fiasco though. This is about where things got extremely weird...

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Tags: tour, vq

And we all float on...

01/29/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The Life, Improv Comedy, Yale Daily News, Theater, Classes

Well my last couple posts have been rather specific so I thought I'd update you on what's been going on in my life around Yale. There's so much going on, which of course is just how I like it :)

First off though, I should mention the new Yale Drama Coalition website. The look and feel are almost identical to the old one, but I gutted the whole thing over break and rewrote it. So now it's all database driven, meaning there's lots more versatility to be had. It's still a work in progress, more features will get added soon, but for now all the normal functionality is there.

Speaking of the YDC, we just finished applications for the next board year. So there will be a whole new group of people to work with on there. It's a really great organization that ties together the various Sudler (Yale funded) shows, actors, and techies on campus. I've been thrilled with the work they do. For instance, I have to attend one of the periodic workshops about theater so I can get "ladder certified" for my shows.

Oh! My shows! This semester's lineup features a variety of shows for me. First up is Equus, you know, the one with the horses and Harry Potter naked...that's the one. I'm doing Lighting Design for that. I just drew up my initial ideas yesterday and will talk that over with the director later this week.

Next there's Laughing Stock. This is a comedy about a theater company. It's put on by the Dramat meaning it's one of the larger shows this semester. But what makes this one special is that it's done entirely by Freshman. Each year the Dramat puts on a spring show run entirely put up by Freshman (Oddly called the Freshman Show). I'm Master Electrician for this one, so I'll be handling the load-in, hanging, gelling, focusing of the lights, etc.

Finally, there is a play I'm intimately involved in called Romance by David Mamet. I haven't read that many plays, but I'm told David Mamet has a It's entirely Male, and the F-word is the most prominent word through out the play. Anyways, we just finished casting the play, having had auditions last weekend. It's a great group of guys and we're excited to get started. The other two guys working on it (so far) worked on Speech and Debate with me, so I'm glad to be working with them!

My own acting career is getting busy as well. The freshman from all of the improv groups are doing a show this Friday. We've been practicing for a couple months now and I think it's going to be a really fun show. Exactly one week after that show, is the VQ's Valentine's Day show, which is always fun.

Photography's been going great as well. I *finally* got all my flash equipment and batteries together today. I've been reading the Strobist Blog for a couple weeks now learning about different ways to use a flash. I even went and made my own cardboard gobos and snoot (like a bazooka you stick on the flash). Plus I have some gels from an old show I use to color the flash. I got ready to go do my first portrait today only to find that my wireless battery had died. Naturally it's an obscure 3v photo battery so I wasn't able to replace it in time. Nevertheless, look for some samples of my new flash look on the photoblog soon! YDN has been great, they wanted to send me to the Presidential Inauguration, but the transportation schedule just didn't work for me. Looking forward to another good semester there though, I've already had a few photos in there, including this nice portrait I did for a friend upstairs.

EDIT: I almost forgot...there's three new header images for the blog...see if you can find them all! (And use all my bandwidth in the process)

There's been plenty of activities on the social scene as well; Parties and dances to boot. We've had the Silliman and Freshman Screw this month (your roommates "screw" you with a blind date) plus lots of other gatherings.

Oh right, then there's schoolwork. That's all good too. Data Structures and Algorithms, German (I might be fluent next year!), Psyc and Stats. Nothing too exciting, but all good classes. On that note, C is a worthless and stupid programming language and I'm mad at it.

Well that's a pretty good life summary at this point in time. I am REALLY excited about this semester, if you know me, you know I love to work on contributing to things, and opportunity abounds this semester. The reception to the new Drama Coalition site has been positive, and I'm looking forward to converting the entire YDN photo desk to flash photography (yea, right) but hey maybe I'll at least convert myself. If anyone gets a chance, please come out some weekend, there's lots of shows I will at least have helped with, tons of great concerts, and of course improv. You never know what you'll get.

Great time to be at Yale, welcome to the new semester!

France, Tampons, and Popcorn

10/27/08 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Improv Comedy

What an interesting title! What do these three things have in common? Oh they were all in our first on-campus improv show! Yes that's right, our first show was a huge success; we packed a full-house. I played in three games, Commercials, Oracle and Pantheon in addition to introing Circle of Death. Unfortunately there was no video of the show, but I'll give you a quick rundown!

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A collection of musings from my time at Yale along with some thoughts about my "Freshman year of life" in San Francisco.


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