Since 1997, I have performed a fair bit of Improvisational Comedy, including participating in performances and workshops run by the Bad Dog Theatre (formerly Theatresports Toronto).
I have performed with a variety of different improvisors at a number of different clubs (including the Solar Stage, the Oasis, Harbourfront, the Village Playhouse, the Poor Alex Theatre), the Bad Dog Theatre, and the Black Swan (see e.g. here). On occasion I have also hosted shows, provided colour commentary, etc. Over the years, I have collected a few improv truths. See also my player profile.
In 2001, I began combining improv with my interest in performing music, by providing the musical accompaniment for numerous improv shows, at such locations as Harbourfront, the Village Playhouse, the Poor Alex, Blue Heaven, the Ambassador Hotel, the Bad Dog Theatre, and the Black Swan (see photo1, photo2, video clip). I have also written an article about improv music.
More recently, I created and posted some semi-improvised comedy short films. I've also continued to perform live on-and-off, e.g. in one eight-day period in February 2012 I appeared in four different comedy shows.
In addition to actual improv, I have also done some other improv-like performing, including:
- In September 1995, I performed as a clown at my nephews' birthday party in Hamilton. I wore a clown costume, makeup, red nose, and red wig, and I juggled and sang songs (see photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4). The next year I dressed up as a pink bunny (see photo).
- I have been known to play the chacter of Lt. Worf (from Star Trek) at Halloween parties (see photo).
- I performed in a Star Trek spoof play, twice: on July 9, 1999 at the Toronto Trek Convention, and at The Oasis on July 12, 1999.
- It could be argued that my teaching, and even my entire life, are really just improv scenes ...