While I can’t necessarily prove it (I’ve lost track), I am 99% sure that it was 10 years ago today that I attended my first ComedySportz practice after being accepted into the troupe.
I really wanted to write something big and important about it, because it’s a big and important part of my life — but somehow, I couldn’t quite plan it out. And it wasn’t until just now that it occurred to me that… well… I could just improvise this post.
I could use this post to talk about some of the people who have been instrumental in my education about improv (Ed Trout; Woody Rau; Jon “J-Co” Colby; Mookie Harris; Mia Lee Bauman; Jarrod Reid; Jill Bernard; James Bailey; Patrick Short; Jeff Kramer; Dick Chudnow; Andrew Berkowitz; and so many others that I couldn’t possibly name them all).
I could use this post to talk about the games I particularly enjoy and why (Five Thingz; Director’s Cut; Shoulda Said; Good Advice Bad Advice Worst Advice; It’s Not You, It’s Me; Anything You Can Do; and dozens more).
I could use this post to talk about some of my favorite memories related to improv (my first match and how little I actually remember; my first tournament; meeting some of my comedy heroes; my first time guessing at Five Thingz; my first time reffing; seeing “Drum Machine” and realizing what ELSE was out there in improv; and of course, making any of the CSz Indy managers snort with laughter).
But as I’m writing, I realize that what I want to write isn’t about the last ten years.
It’s about the next ten years.
By this time in 2022, I want to have accomplished a few things. (We’ll see if I even remember this in ten years.)
I want to have played in or with all of the CSz cities one way or another.
I want to have developed a longform show.
I want to have done at least one solo improv show.
I want to have done at least one improv show with just one partner.
I want to have had a chance to bring Sage up during a show. (And not just to show her off.)
I want to have someone come up to me and tell me that I’m the reason they do improv. (This is obviously out of my control.)
I want to have other performers be as scared and excited to work with me as I currently am to work with some of my improv heroes.
I want to be able to look back at these ten years and realize how far I’ve come, and to have no regrets about how much effort I put in.
And finally, I want to be in a CSz tournament championship match and/or a CSz All-Star match. Winning is totally optional. I play to win, but I don’t care if I lose.
Let’s do this.