As he stepped out from the Greyhound bus and on to the wet mush of three day old snow, he couldn’t help but feel a certain sense of nostalgia. He really did miss the country side of Southwest Virginia. The way the hills rolled into the blue smokey mists of the mountains. The rich history. So much that New York City just wasn’t capable of offering. So much stuff that it’s almost possible for him to forget the reason he made this trek.
I saw The Stepfathers for the first time and it changed my life. It wasn’t my first improv show or UCB show, I had seen plenty the days ahead (Asssscat, Cage Match and I believe a New Team Harold to name a few) but the energy was different. I remember feeling so excited, it was almost kinetic. Black Betty came on and they came out. As always, Shannon asked who was there for the first time, I clapped (I was sitting front and center on the stage). She asked for a suggestion from one of us, I yelled out robots.
That set made my mind for me that I was going to move here and study improv. I moved on April 26th and started my 101 with Ari Voukydis on May 25th, 2010.
Such a great song. The first couple of lines, man. Also, the energy it gives off is perfect as the album opener for “Killing Time”.
Side Note - I have seen Bayside live about nine times (including Warped Tour appearances) since 2005. They are and have been my favorite band since high school. Jack O’Shea (the lead guitarist/backing vocalist) was in the audience of the Chris Gethard Show this past week, hopefully that means Bayside will be a music guest in the future? That’s what happened with Kevin Devine!
Today I auditioned for Harold Night for my first time. I was sick and exhausted and not warm at all, but I tried my best. Sure, I didn’t play my best, but it wasn’t horrible by any means. I am just happy to have had the opportunity to improvise with new people as well as meeting a goal that I had set for myself last year (audition in the next open auditions). Life is pretty great. Now it’s time to sleep and do laundry at the same time.
I don’t feel comfortable giving advice about Harold auditions, but I do feel comfortable making observations. I’ve auditioned six times and gotten every possible result, from getting on a Harold team to not getting a callback. That means I’ve had more opportunities for trial and error than most…
UCB was featured on Rock Center last night. If you live under a rock and haven’t seen it yet, here it is. So glad I found this community. It really is kind of a big deal when you think about it.
It’s always really cool to see people you are friends with or acquaintances with on television. It’s also really cool when those people are promoting to the world the cool, punk-rock thing that you have spent over a thousand dollars and hours on. It’s also really cool to watch Will Hines be excited about an improv scene. It’s also really cool when your parents post the video on your facebook wall and say that it is awesome. Basically, the UCB is really cool.