I’m a big lover of television. We do live in the golden age of it, after all – or at least that’s what they say. I just recently watched the 2nd season of Stranger Things, which was excellent, and gave me nostalgia for the ‘80s even though I was only alive for about 9 months of them.
I’m also a huge fan of comedy. Comedy Bang Bang is one of my favorite podcasts, and they always have hilarious guests.
You might be wondering where I’m going with this. “Is he just going to tell us about all the stuff he likes?” you may ask. “Isn’t that what his wife is for?” Fear not, there’s a point coming!
In Stranger Things Season 2, a few new characters are introduced. One of them is a conspiracy theory peddling journalist (who, of course, turns out to be right). As soon as he started talking, I recognized his voice – that’s Brett Gelman! (Brett Gelman is a semi-regular guest on CBB. Look up “iBrain,” if you’re okay with seriously NSFW stuff.) There’s a certain feeling you get when someone you know from another world shows up on one of your favorite shows.
Well, I’m happy to announce that you’ll have that opportunity tomorrow night!
See, me and my pals from Happy Valley Improv have been running a faculty workshop series over the past eight weeks. This is the last week of the course, and the students will have a closed recital to celebrate. But, we are also inviting two of them to perform with us in Happy Valley Improv! If we had credits, there would be a giant "WITH SPECIAL GUEST" title card!
We’re incredibly excited to have them on stage with us. They’ll be joining us for the first and final acts of the night. I reached out and asked them to share their thoughts and feelings with us!
Andrea: Working with Happy Valley Improv has been an amazing experience. I was unsure of what to expect when the course began. Every class has been so much fun, so challenging, and so rewarding. This show is going to be a chance to really test myself, to release my inhibitions, and to just focus on my partners and the scenes that they create. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of it and hope that the audience has as much fun watching!
Jackie: As someone involved with community theatre, I always thought the intersection of performance and pedagogy was something fun to think about. This workshop has made me think about being truly present when teaching, and “yes and-ing” has become somewhat of a life philosophy extending outside the classroom. Performing with Happy Valley Improv is an honor, and I can’t wait to show the audience what we’ve been working on!
To see what we’ve been working on, well, you’ll have to come out to our show on Thursday! It’s going to be a blast! Just click here: TICKETS!