Take five of NYCs sharpest improvisers, add a dash of Youtube, and stir well with the nimble fingers of a trusty Research Assistant in the tech booth: you get Search Engine, the newest innovative improv cocktail to hit the stage at the Magnet Theater. With improvisers hailing from 4Track, Mother, and Hello Laser, Search Engine promises to deliver knowledge that you didn’t even know you had to know.
Alan Fessenden, Jesse Falcon, Matt Evans, Alex Marino
Search Engine started the night off right with an impressive choreographed entrance. With the audience suggestion of Stonehenge, the improvisers discussed their knowledge and experience (or lack thereof) of the prehistoric monument. Audience participation during the discussion was encouraged. Did you know that there is a stone circle monument in Armenia, called Karahunj?
The Research Assistant, in the form of Carl Olson, was an integral part of the show. Armed with the power of Google, Carl located National Geographic videos that informed the improv scenes that followed. He also interspersed factoids and articles throughout the show, inspired by the scenes. For example, he found this Guardian article from 2009 about how Michael Jacksons brother was planning to build a luxury resort on a former slave port in Nigeria (??!).
Come check out Search Engine and get smarter! Fridays at 8:30pm, Magnet Theater.
Photo credit: Lisa Flanagan
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