I found Heather and Miles after looking at some Upright Citizens Brigade videos and clearly they are an amazing improv team.
Rule 1 of improv is to agree with your partner and build off of their premise. AKA “Yes, and…” BUT, all rules are made to be broken.
I like the perfume sample scene above because it shows that once people reach a certain level, they can work outside the rules.
Even though I love Portlandia and SNL and Key and Peele, they aren’t improv shows. If something great happens during filming, they might keep or add it, but everything is scripted to start. So, I guess I will just keep watching clips of random improv teams and Whose Line is it Anyway on youtube:
Yes. Yes, that is his real name. No. No, he is not named after Hannibal Lecter.
Hannibal Buress is a former writer for SNL and 30Rock. He has played a bum on 30Rock seven times (the picture above was taken during filming). UPDATE: He was on last night’s (5/3) episode as Rus/Gus, the man in the tin-foil hat. Buress’ first comedy album, My Name is Hannibal, released in 2010, is available on itunes.
I recently listened to the WTF with Marc Maron with Hannibal. He talked about how when he first moved to NYC, his sister kicked him out, so he had to live in hostels, and when he couldn’t afford that, he slept on the F train. Dang, that is a level of commitment I have never reached.
Key and Peele is fantastic. Both Portlandia and Key and Peele are more consistently funny than SNL is or MadTV was. It may be a “cooks in the kitchen thing,” where you get more quality sketches out of a comedy duo (Fry and Laurie, Armisen and Brownstein, Key and Peele) because of the closer rapport. Idk, just a guess.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the stars of “Key & Peele,” an original new sketch-comedy show that examines life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, Key & Peele showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.