Comedy Lab is one element of the writing program at IO West. From listening to/eavesdropping upon participants, it vibes Clarion-style boot camp, though a bit tougher because the people who go through it are doing so on top of holding down day jobs and whatever else they have going on in life. It's not eight weeks devoted exclusively devoted to writing...it's eight weeks of cramming writing in on top of everything else, with the requirement of having to produce a polished spec script at the end.
There is a point where Comedy Lab brings writers and performers together. Once the writers have produced their beta spec scripts, the performers step in to stage a live reading in front of a real audience. What I learned today is that audience is not comprised solely of other students and family/friends of the writers. It's open to anybody who comes into the theater looking for a good time.
And now we get to the part about Me! I will be serving as narrator for a hilarious script written by Helen Shang. I don't know the protocol but suspect I shouldn't tell you the plot. Let's just say it involves Twilight fandom. Yes that includes fanfic. Featuring Snape. My jaw was on the floor when I started reading this thing, you have no idea. I got the script maybe 2.5 weeks ago, and I still struggle to get through the thing without laughing. I cannot break down laughing tomorrow. I MUST NOT BREAK DOWN LAUGHING TOMORROW. I WILL NOT BREAK DOWN LAUGHING TOMORROW WHILE ON STAGE.
The narrator for this type of thing doesn't act, exactly. The job is to set the landscape and keep it moving briskly. Since I enjoy doing this type of thing (yay championship forensics team!), and since the narrator routinely gets to talk more than anybody else on stage, and since I love to run my mouth, it's a perfect fit.
I'll update this entry with the full names of other performers once I have them. Right now I only have their first names. When we all got together today I was astonished listening to what was coming out of their mouths. Wow are they talented! The guy doing Stewie, the guy doing Brian and the woman playing Lois sound *exactly* like the prime characters, and the other performers do quite a hilarious range of voices. Several of them are doing multiple voices.
Here's the (I think) schedule for tomorrow night:
8:30 - Sketches written by Ben Rosen
9 - Helen Shang "Family Guy" spec (we're also going to sing the theme song)
9:30 - Luke Rajnoha "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" spec
It's held at the Andy Dick Theater, 1647 Cosmo, Hollywood. The ADT is one of the theaters inside IO West, located at Hollywood & Cosmo, but the ADT has its own entrance.
Update! It went great and was so much fun. Downstairs house full, upstairs maybe two full rows (the ADT sucks sound, so it's important to know if anybody's upstairs because that means you have to project more, even though you're looking down to read), and people laughed at Helen's script in all the right places - with a few more thrown in! There were at least three places where I stumbled, probably because I was reading too fast, but thank you flying spaghetti monster I did not collapse giggling during the Snape & Meg fanfic scene, which is the part I was most worried about. Since I'm not in the writing program I won't see the tape, Update 2! We live in the future - here's the video - but I suspect my pacing was a bit off during the climactic chase scene. Everything else was fine.
These are the people who did the actual character voices -- Bryan Howard/Heather Henry/Lilia French/Ethan Stone/John Paul Karliak/Popeye V./Ginger Marie Rogers -- and man did they nail it.
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