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.
Writing dialogue has got to be the hardest part of writing a script. People are silly and strange and I think it is really hard to capture that in a realistic way. At its worst, dialogue can turn out like Juno, where people sound like the tweets of a pop culture nightmare. At its best, dialogue turns out like duder.
duder. is a comedy web series. It is funny and interesting and weird in all the right ways. Some deets:
– duder. is an award-winning web series about a bunch of duders who just, you know, duder around a bit.
PERIODS. is an improvised comedy film series. Created by Victor Quinaz, Anna Martemucci, and the entire PERIODS. crew. PERIODS. is a co-production with Robinson Films, Inc. , Nomadic Films, and Before The Door Pictures.
While the characters and struggles might be straight out of The Hills or Real Housewives, these videos have historical settings. Their commitment to historical accuracy is truly admirable.
I just finished the last book yesterday. I have that bittersweet feeling you get when you finish a good book, you feel satisfied with how things turned out, but sad because it is over. Don’t let the popularity of The Hunger Games turn you off; don’t act too cool for school! These are exciting, fast-paces stories with an abundance of cliffhangers. Also, there are only three of them, so hurry up since the first movies comes out on Friday!
The soundtrack is bound to be phenomenal, with names like Glen Hansard and Neko Case attached. It is available for pre-order on itunes now.