Phoenix Improv Festival Founder Mack Duncan Talks About Improv, Memorable Performances, and this Weekend's Fest
|Jacque Arend, Todd Porter, and Adrienne Sanford from Light Rail Pirates improv troupe perform at last year's Phoenix Improv Festival.|
We recently talked with Duncan about how to do improv, his most memorable shows, and the Phoenix Improv Festival.
What are the keys to doing good improv?
Any tips for people who may get stuck or speechless, mid-improv?
Last year, I did three shows in one night, and all were different. One was an ensemble show, one was a two-person show with puppets, and then I did a solo show. I ended up exercising every improv muscle. By the time I got to the solo show, I'd already done all the zany, weird things, so I ended up doing a darker show. I experienced every emotion.
What sort of improv will we see at the festival?
All kinds. For the past five or six years, groups from all over the country ask to participate, so we get everything from everywhere. There are two-person shows, there are shows with eight to ten people, and there's game-style, short form improv like in Who's Line Is It Anyway? We also have long form, more theatrical improv, improv musicals, and things with puppets -- like Avenue Q, but without the songs. Even if you've seen improv before, you're going to see something new at the festival.
The Phoenix Improv Festival, featuring Galapagos, Light Rail Pirates, National Comedy Theatre, Mail Order Bride, and more, takes place Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Call 480-389-4852 or visit www.phoeniximprovfestival.com for more information.
|Amy Carpenter, Michelle Edwards, and Stacey Reed from improv troupe Mail Order Bride perform at last year's Phoenix Improv Festival.|