Paleontology 1

I’m going to Blog you a tale… a tale of the first time I ever saw Sexual Tyrannosaurus do improv back in 200something.  2008?  Back then there were four members of the soon to be stylishly abbreviated Sex T-Rex, and they were all friends of mine, more or less, so they had the pull to get me out to see an improv show.  That’s the unwritten beginning to all great tales, by the way.  Frodo probably saw some killer Dwarf-prov just before the book got started.

This show was at a place called the Savannah Room, and I think you can still see its husk somewhere along College, west of Spadina.  As a side note, in later years, when we’d do our Sex T-Rex and Friends show at the Free Times Cafe, I’d always walk past the old Savannah Room on my way to the show and be reminded of these primordial days with the guys.  The Savannah room holds fond memories for me… a lot of Rickard’s White, and some very Heavy Metal wall art.  But more than the wall art, there were the shows.

The first shows were all part of the improvisational killing fields of Impatient Theatre’s “Cage Match”, where two teams would take the stage, the audience votes and someone falls out of the running for a cash prize.  It was a good environment for a starting team, with built-in fire under the ass, and built-in incentive for attracting a faithful audience.  Also good specials on Rickard’s White.  Did I mention that already?

So, my friends take the stage, and they get their audience suggestion.  They asked the crowd for a movie they liked, and they wound up with “A League of Their Own”.  I could be getting this wrong, but I’m pretty sure none of them had ever seen it, so they wound up getting the audience to describe it to them, “It’s an all girl baseball-team during World War II” is what they got.

The details of the set are blurry, but what I can say for sure is that there were a lot of British and German accents of varying quality, someone tried to play Rosie O’Donnell (I’m thinking it was Conor) and it was very, very funny.  I do remember heading down to the basement bathroom and thinking, “Man, what a blast that must be- I wanna do that too.”  I’m pretty sure I was looking at a decal for some band called “The Knifings”.

The guys had done a good set, and they’d killed my pet peeve about improv- when the audience’s suggestion is ignored.  Watching Sex T-Rex was fun for me because I felt like I was in on the joke and knew just as much (or as little, as the case may be) about what was happening as the people on stage.  I thought the movie-suggestion idea was great; for one thing, everyone seemed to enjoy proposing movies, and for another, instead of just giving a single kick-off point for a set, it gave a whole parcel of ideas that can be unpacked as much and as faithfully as need be.  The team would stick with it for the whole competition, and it remains one of our go-to formats.


Back just in time to leave again!

Heyo fans and friends and secret spies, we’re finally back to reality after months of rehearsing, travelling, promoting, showing, and partying. A critical account of our success is provided below in the post labelled ‘Fringe Buzz’ but I know what you really want to know: was Sex T-Rex’s first Fringe tour the best? Yes it was.

We recently had our AGM and settled on a few things, most importantly
1)  We’re not breaking up

2) We love each other very muxh

3) We’re going to New York in two weeks

That’s right, Sex T-Rex will mark it’s second appearance in the United States with a slot in the ridiculous Del Close Marathon; a fifty-hour non-stop improv orgy featuring teams from all over the planet, including fellow TO pals S&P, Big In Japan, WDWMKR, and The Jenkins Syndrome. We’ve got a celebratory show to raise some cash for that trip, the details of which are available in the ‘Upcoming Shows’ widget at the bottom of the page, and by searching for ‘Sex T Rex Bling Blang New York!’ in Facebook. We’ve already confirmed the Rude Leaves, Tony Ho, and The Templeton Philharmonic will be there, so don’t miss out.

The biggest thing we agreed on at the AGM was this: We love you, we love seeing you, and we love making you laugh. We’ll be trying out many news ways of accomplishing this in the months ahead, so stay tuned!

The 2010 Year in Review (Or, Sex T-Rex: Season One)

Sexual Tyrannosaurus technically formed in the winter of 2008 for the ITC Cage Match tournament, a lark proposed by Julian to keep us motivated in the post-theatre school vacuum. Over the course of a few months we met most of our extended improv family, most notably Matt Folliott and The Jeremy Birrell Show. After pursuing individual projects Matt contacted us to start a monthly show with JBS at Comedy Bar in January of 2010- this would coincide with our appearances at the sorely-missed Short Notice Show, where we were becoming regular acts.

Our appearances at SNS and Sex With Jeremy led to a number of other show opportunities, both for the group and for us as individuals. At our peak last winter we averaged a show a week, often as many as three, in venues all over Toronto,
as well as appearances in Montreal, London, and Ottawa.

In late August we produced our first independent show, Sex T-Rex & Friends at the Free Times Cafe. After four monthly appearances there we negotiated a bi-monthly schedule for 2011, in addition to the continuation of the second season of Sex W/ Jeremy at Comedy Bar and our new show Callaghan! at Bad Dog Theatre.

We have agreements to perform in BYOVs at the Montreal and Ottawa Fringes, and a slot at the Ottawa Improv Festival in March.