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Hardest show so far..

man, that 11:30 pm show as the hardest show I've done so far. It was just 2 of us. And after the show I was frustrated and upset. It makes me want to take a vacation from improv.

Sigh.. a part of me is happy I did it. It was hard, it was challenging. The 8 pm IFE show went very well, we all had fun, prob the funnest show we've done so far. But it was stuff we've done before.

We got 6 votes at the cagematch. I guess what touched me most was that some folks made such an attempt to watch it. Matt left his Sinus show early to watch.. and Walter even showed up. And Jason was so supportive. Jeremy said the show wasn't bad. But I don't think I believe him.

I guess I'll get over it. I think I may want to do this.. but we should have guests that are far more experienced then us.

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wackyengineer
Sep. 30th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
You're my new hero. I've been scared to do a cagematch show, and you went right out there and did a crazy hard format with just two people! Who cares if itwasn't the best show ever - you got yourself up on stage and put it out there - keep doing that and you'll be amazing in no time
ripresa
Sep. 30th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks matt! i really appreciate your support, and we should definitely dork off together with more sci-fi stuff.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
Hi Nadine, Mike here. You guys did awesome, despite what you think. You pulled off a very hard narrative and did it all under the pressure of the Cage Match. I have both played in and hosed this, and for a first-timer you did great. You stuck your neck out, pushed the limits of what you thought you could do, and really came away with a good show, despite what the votes said. Keep it up. In this next run, make another team, or unite with Mark and try again. You did very well tonight, and have nothing to feel upset about.
ripresa
Sep. 30th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
aww. thanks mike. you gave great feedback in our run-thru the previous night. *hugs*
jerseytude
Sep. 30th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel better, Yuri Gagarin survived the first manned spaceflight but was killed in a plane crash seven years later.
ripresa
Sep. 30th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think that really makes me feel better. Brian, be nicer in a more normal way?
jerseytude
Sep. 30th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Can't be done.
jerseytude
Sep. 30th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, well, maybe I'll try:

Here's the point, I once particpated in a really, really bad Improv cagematch called "I am a coatrack, I am a lamp."

I think you were there.

Anyway, I felt really bad about it because Tami and Chris Trew and Craig Kotfas and Jay Bernardo and everyone was very talented in that show, but you know what? It still sucked, and I couldn't help but think that perhaps it was because of me.

I had a point here but I think I've only succeeded in bumming myself out...

No, no, wait!

Sometimes there's just a bum show and there's nothing you can do about it, and the fact that it is a bum show has nothing to do with the quality of the performer. There! That's what I was going to say!
ripresa
Sep. 30th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
thanks for trying.

i was in that cagematch, i think you did fine. i felt like a bad performer in that show. you definitely did better then i did in that particular cagematch.
jerseytude
Sep. 30th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
You were a coatrack in that show. I wouldn't be too hard on myself.
majcher
Sep. 30th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
I totally want to watch the video. We chose a really difficult format, I think, and while it might not have been the best show ever, it sure helped to bring a lot of our weaknesses as improvisers to the top - which is good! (For us, anyway... I feel a little sorry for the audience...) If we can take a look at what went wrong, and not just retreat and beat ourselves up about it, it'll be a great tool for helping us get better at this.

Our biggest problem was The Fear. The opening totally didn't happen - wrong music, wrong lights, and after I ran out to do the first "previously, on..." bit, I realized that wasn't happening, either. It feels like that snagup at the top of the show really threw us, and that carried through the rest of the show. I kept dropping characters, confusing characters, and forgetting names. There was a lot of empty stage time, or standing in the wings while the other person was trying to initiate a scene with someone who wasn't there. We fell back on material that we did in rehearsal a bunch of times. Nadine bailed and called the lights early, when they would have come down in ten seconds, anyway. Lots of drivey, not enough paying attention to each other.

But - that's not inherent, incurable badness. Those are all things that, if we look at them and recognize them for what they are, we can work on and improve upon. That just means more practice, and not being afraid to go up and do it again - and I'd vote for doing it without bringing in a ringer to take the heat off when we mess up. But that's just me. Don't be afraid of messing up, and don't be afraid of doing a bad show - everyone messes up, and everyone has bad shows. What we did was super risky, and super challenging, and I'm glad we did it, and I'm looking forward to trying it again, and doing better every time.

Also, though it felt like getting teeth pulled up on stage, I think it was one of those shows that looked a lot better from the outside. Along with all the notes about Mister Buh-Buh-What's-Your-Name-Again and Little Miss Scaredy-Drivey, we got a good bit of positive feedback, too ("At least you guys had a story that I could understand - those other guys were funny, but just totally random and not going anywhere."). We also got a lot more cagematch votes than teams usually get against YM&G. We could have easily gone out there and done some IFE-style wackiness and made jokes about grandma's boobs and get easy laughs, but we chose to push ourselves to try something new and expand our experience and abilities, and even thought we didn't win, and it wasn't a Get Up or Three For All show, I think it was totally fine for a first attempt. Looking back on it, I don't even remember being scared up there - just lost and confused a lot, and all we need to do is keep working on it. Don't work so hard, have fun, and don't be so hard on yourself. There's no reason to be so afraid - the worst thing that could happen up there is that we have a bad show, and now that we've got that out of the way, we're all good! Only 4999 to go...
flounderphil
Oct. 1st, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
You took a risk.

You win no matter what for taking a risk, trust me.
ripresa
Oct. 1st, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Aw :)
Thanks dude.
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