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!