From time to time we’ll be posting more in-depth information about our performers, guests, and people important to our troupe, in a segment we call Get To Know Us. First up is our most experienced player, Blake.
How old are you?
What is your “real” job?
Teaching Improv to kids and adults through my business, Spontaneous Education. Also, teaching Community Ed LEGO classes, and giving tours of the Wabasha Street Caves.
How long have you been doing improv?
I started in 2001 at St. Olaf College.
What got you interested in improv?
Just a feeling that I needed to do it, and the fact that it looked incredibly fun.
How has improv affected your life off-stage?
Improv has impacted every aspect of my life positively and profoundly. Improv has empowered me to become the person I always wanted to be, and given me the courage to pursue and realize my dreams. It has also shown me the joy of supporting others and the incredible healing and bonding power of laughter and play. Improv has become my life, in more ways than one.
What were some of your early comedic influences?
My parents, the Three Stooges, Wile E. Coyote.
Is there anywhere else people can see you perform?
What is your favorite game (short-form) or structure (long-form)?
Short form – Forward/Reverse ,185. Long form – Genre Narrative (one story, in a given genre)
Finish the sentence; “This one time on stage….”
I got mooned (for real) by two different performers during a game of “Chain Murder”.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I have a brother with special needs who is the most amazing person I have ever met.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in improv?
Keep going. Relax. Play joyfully and fearlessly. Embrace and support your classmates/teammates on and off the stage. That is far more important than being “the funniest”.
Is there anything else you’d like to plug or add?
Life is improv. Jump in and play!
Thanks Blake! If you want to tell Blake anything, have a question for him, or think you know someone who would be an awesome feature for this segment leave us a comment!