I love comedy but nothing creates frisson (nostalgic goosebumps!) quite like music - and specifically for me…. every single song from 1991-1992.
New Show Alert!
The Generation Gap: A Comedic Lesson on Pop Culture As Told By A Couple Reconciling with An Age Difference
I could not be more excited for this weekend’s first show of a new project RaeRoest has been working on!
About The Show
Comedians Rachel and Sam are romantically involved and have everything in common. Except for an age difference of 12 years. As a result, there is a certain gap of time that they have agreed they cannot talk about. They just cannot -- it’s just too weird! Now, it’s time to talk about it. On stage. Each show explores 2 iconic pieces of nostalgic pop culture from their two different childhoods in great detail. By the end of each show, Sam and Rachel - and the audience - will have learned more about each phenomenon as well as about each other.
Sept 23rd @ 9pm
Oct 11th @ 9:30pM
Both shows at The PIT: 123 E 24th Street (@ Lex)
Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast / Big Bang Improv)
Sam De Roest (Thicket & Thistle / Curious Comedy Theater)
Tech by John Vogel!
This weekend I am heading back to Providence Improv Festival to perform with both Big Bang and North Coast! I am also teaching a workshop. The Providence Journal called me up to ask some questions about me and the kind of improv I like to do.
And now all the world knows that I've never seen Hamilton. Ugh!
They also interviewed my good friend, Molly Gaebe. Check out the article and if you’re in the area - come see one of the shows!
“All the Best Stuff and Even More Best Stuff at the Fifth Stumptown Improv Festival”
Before I headed back to Portland OR and Stumptown Improv Festival with both Big Bang and North Coast, The Portland Mercury put out their not-to-miss show recomendations. In such an incredible lineup of shows, i am absolutely honored to see both of my teams on this short list!
Last week, I had the pleasure of joining North Coast on the road in Sarasota Florida for 10 days. We were hosted by the amazing Florida Studio Theatre and we started our week off at the 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival!
Some Festival Highlights for me include:
- Doing a show with the legendary Smothers Brothers! After an in-person interview with Tom and Dick Smothers, North Coast got to do a performance of ANYBODY: The Smothers Brothers, with the two of them right there in the front row. Both brothers could not be more funny or more gracious. The whole thing was an absolutely surreal and emotional experience.
- An incredible performance - to a Standing ovation! - with my improv team, Big Bang!
- I got to perform in the Festival All Stars Show with some incredible performers from all over the world...
Once the festival had calmed down and most of the out of towners went home, we stuck around! I had the pleasure of teaching some awesome workshops with the incredible Sarasota-based performers.
Hey, Mom! I'm On TV!
In promoting our Residency shows, I got interviewed on local ABC affiliate, the SunCoast View! Meg and I answered questions from the host and then we improvised a song. The whole thing happened so fast but we had such an incredible time and the hosts were nothing but gracious!
North Coast closed off the week with performances back at Florida Studio Theatre again. This time, I got to play in a show about Martin Luther King. Not only was the audience laughing, but we were all crying as well. At one point, the whole crowd was holding hands in a huge circle while we sang a song called "I Have A Dream." Now this is what improv is all about - and why I love the ANYBODY show so much.
The whole week was an absolute treat and a reminder to me that I get to do what I love as my career. On a daily basis, I get to travel, make people laugh, and teach improvisers the skills I am most passionate about. I'm very lucky to be leading this creative life. Thank you to Will Luera and everyone at Florida Studio Theatre!
NORTH COAST’s residency at the Caveat, New York’s newest and undeniably unique speakeasy, is currently in full swing. The NYC improv theater team are bringing audiences weekly performances of their hip-hop musical ANYBODY throughout the month of March and you should be jazzed to check it out. Here is an interview with Rachel Rosenthal and Meg Reilly about the latest run of shows!
Grab your skis, a light winter jacket, and your best bits, and come join us for SkiProv 2018! Join ~15 fellow Improvisers in Killington Vermont for a fun filled weekend of skiing (or hot tubbing, if that's more your thang!), community building, and improv! It's going to be the MOST fun weekend and you don't want to miss this.
Last month in my newsletter, I mentioned heading Off-Broadway with Blank! The Musical (more info on that extended run coming soon!) Well, now North Coast is getting in on the fun. You can read all of the details on Broadway World.
I can't emphasize enough how much this show and opportunity means to me.
I'm about to come up on my 7 year anniversary with North Coast. Unlike any other project - this team has my blood, sweat and tears in it. I've helped build this team from the bottom up. From an indie improv group scrounging for free rehearsal space... to a touring improv company... now here we are: trying to bust into the professional theater space. If this run goes well, it could mean A LOT for the future of this team. Also - not for nothing - it's one of the greatest shows I've ever been a part of. What I love about Anybody is that the shows have heart in addition to humor.
ANYBODY: An Improvised Historical Hip Hop'era
ANYBODY, North Coast's improvised historical hip-hopera, is coming to the historic Connelly Theatre in the East Village for a limited 5-show run this September!
I will personally be in these performances:
Wednesday, September 20 @ 8:00pm
Friday, September 22 @ 8:00pm
I recently sat down with Richard Krysztoforski & Will Huebner at Reckless Radio (of Reckless Theatre!) to discuss my improv career from Age 11 to present! And, What a fun interview! Huzzah.
As per usz, I shout out to ImprovBoston (Will Luera!), Big Bang, Improv Foundry (Matt Fisher!), Curtain Call and the Half Pint Players, Corporate Improv, Barcelona Improv Group (Noah Levin!), David Byrne and obviously North Coast! I also talk for some reason about taking a boat from Japan to China.