Posts Tagged ‘Sketch Directing Lab’

Tuesday June 12, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

What is love? It’s certainly strange, perhaps the most confusing human emotion of all time. Do you like me, yes or no? Will they or won’t they? Do you love me? Will you make me the happiest person in the world?? The new sketch show Love Is Strange is here to explore all the questions, concerns and strangeness that love entails. Nick Pappas is our romantic compass–and you can catch Love Is Strange at Magnet on Sundays June 11 & 24 at 6:00.

Nick Pappas holding a black dog

What’s your show all about? Are we gonna see sketches or more of a cohesive play?

Our show is a series of sketches that talks about love and relationships in all their unusual forms.

What kinds of strangeness can the audience look forward to seeing?

The audience will get to see love at first sight in Penn Station, dealing with exes in a galaxy far, far away, and what happens when the love story is over and the cameras are shut off. Also, there’s a really cool guy named Matt Canonie. You’ll see.

Love Is Strange is coming out of the Sketch Directing Lab. How did the lab shape your process?

The Diversity Directing Lab was amazing. Zackery really helped us define how to put on a show that gets the audience laughing. A good show is more than just putting up a series of funny sketches. You need to understand the importance of the show order and how well all the sketches work together. Most importantly, in the lab we really focused more on sketches that deal with relationships between characters more than finding a game. That’s why my group ended up with the theme we have.

Have you heard the song “Love Is Strange” from the TV show Galavant? (It’s on Netflix and seriously, you should check it out.) “Love is straaaange and sometimes kinda gross, it’s embarrassingly gassy….”

I hadn’t heard the song until you mentioned it, but it’s great! I think you’ll see similar ideas in the show.


Don’t miss Love Is Strange, Sunday June 17 & 24 at 6:00, only at Magnet!

Love Is Strange

 

Tuesday June 5, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

If you’re asking yourself, where’s a good show for a gambler, a risk-taker, someone who knows when to hold ’em and knows when to fold ’em, whose boots are made for walkin’ and that’s just what they’ll do, look no further than Results May Vary, Saturday June 9 & 16 at 6! After all, the only constant in life is change. Desmond Thorne is here to help us get comfortable living in the uncertainty of it all!

Desmond Thorne

Tell us about your show!

The show features a mix of performers with a sketch comedy background, and some with a theater background. It’s about half and half! I did this because I want to see how the worlds of sketch and theater can meld together in terms of writing and in terms of performance. I think two things that can really take a sketch show to the next level are specificity of environment and specificity of performance! I believe this special group of people can achieve both!

According to the ‘recipe‘ for the show, we can expect political satire, puns, and musical panache–anything else?

Along with these other elements in the “recipe”, you can expect to see a lot of Blackout sketches! I think Blackouts can really amp up the energy of the show and our writers wrote some really excellent ones! I also love to play with visual and auditory comedy in sketch shows, so expect to see and hear some of that!

Okay, we know they may vary, but what sort of results can be expected?

Whatever the results may be, they will be fun and high energy! Along with seeing how much theater we can get into a sketch show, I’d love to see if we can never drop the ball and keep the energy super high and fun for the entire 30 mins of the show!

How much of an influence did the Sketch Directing Lab have on the final product?

The Sketch Directing Lab greatly influenced the final product of the show. We were shown sketch shows from Second City in Chicago, and many of their ideas on how to approach a sketch show go along with my theatrical instincts that I’ve gathered since high school. The Lab also gave me and everyone else in the class a freedom of voice that I don’t think we get to experience very often, which leads to a lot of experimentation that you don’t usually see on the NYC comedy stage!


Roll the dice at Results May Vary, Saturday June 9 & 16 at 6:00 on the Magnet stage!

Results May Vary