We’ve just completed our INCREDIBLE run at the 2012 Montreal Fringe Festival! Six out of seven shows SOLD-OUT and we’ve received TWO FRANKIE AWARD NOMINATIONS: The Centaur Award for Best English Production & the Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy! Both of these awards come with runs at two of the most prestigious festivals in Monteal; Wild Side for the Centaur and an appearance at Just For Laughs for the Best Comedy Award!
We’ve also received some more incredibly generous reviews and press:
“…runs through every action movie cliche known in a fine sendup that plasters time travel and 80s-era Prince onto an Indiana Jones-style canvas.”
“The fight scenes are terrific…”
“The precise physical comedy and great script makes for an exciting, accessible adventure story.”
Only two days into our run, at our home-away-from-home the Montreal Improv Theatre (OFF Venue A), we’ve got two stellar reviews, two radio interviews, and two killer appearances on the late-night talk show the 13th Hour!
Thanks to everyone who has and continues to support Sex T-Rex in everything we do!
Movement Museum hosted by Allison Burns and Jenn Doan is a dance and movement-focused show that we snuggled our way into. Listen to Kaitlin & Colin gab about the genesis of Callaghan, from improv to script, and the benefit of trusting an audience’s imagination over filling space with props and set pieces.
Edge of the City is a weekly radio show hosted by our good friends Paul Aflalo, Asaf Gerchak, & Uncalled For’s Matt Goldberg. Colin phoned into their Fringe special last monday, which should be up for download soon.
Bloody Underrated came to our opening night and raved about the show. “This show is a non-stop high energy whirlwind of comedy…”
Plein Espace (Search of SEX T-REX PRESENTS CALLAGHAN) This one is in french, a cool and unique bonus of performing in MTL, and is equally enthusiastic about the performance “Callaghan! est un exercice de style tout à fait réussi”
Check back here for more and, if you’re in Montreal this week, you can buy tickets online HERE
This Sunday night Sex T-Rex has the honour of headlining a brand-new comedy show at U102. (376 Dufferin) They sent along a few interview questions (5 serious, 5 not-so-serious) that Colin, Conor, & Seann answered late one night this week. You can read or listen to the interview at the Revel Theatre Collective website.
If you’re not up on your Toronto Improv Politics you might not know that the venerable Bad Dog Theatre has become to official training centre of Comedy Bar. Julie Dumais, the incredible AP of Bad Dog, graciously asked me to develop a class for her new curriculum and I came up with a training tool for trained actors who think they can’t improvise. I meet tons of professional and amateur actors, young and old, who think their instrument only extends as far as the script they’re given. I think this is a fallacy, and I developed a class that (Hopefully) breaks the stigma of working without text.
It’s eight weeks of two-hour classes in conjunction with five weeks of performance in a student-friendly showcase show in the Comedy Bar Cabaret space. Students get adjudicated after each performance by me and a guest teacher from elsewhere in the Bad Dog faculty, thereby ensuring a balanced note session.
For more details and to sign up, check out the Bad Dog’s new website here: http://www.baddogtheatre.com/bdt/classes/event-registration?ee=11
Improv is a family art form.
I don’t mean Family in the ‘Channel’ or ‘Fun for the Whole’ way- although I strive for the contrary, when you put a bunch of adults on stage without a script shit’s gonna get blue. What I mean is that, unlike any other form of Comedy, Improv fosters on- and off-stage relationships that don’t occur with stand-ups or regular actors. Because we’re all complicit in live creation we have to trust and love each other during a show, and that respect often comes with us when the house lights come up.
Six years ago, while on my first Fringe tour, I met a group of improvisers in Winnipeg. I first saw them doing a scene (I think about ballet) in one of the Fringe beer tents and was immediately jealous and in awe. Improv was something I’d done for years and had performed competitively and very seriously in high school, but it had never occurred to me that I could do it as an adult. I don’t remember specifically meeting the team in question but we became fast friends and at the end of the week they invited me to jam with them. That group was named Uncalled For and that jam touched off a personal and professional friendship that has grown and strengthened despite the hundreds of kilometres that separate us.
This week I have the extreme pleasure and honour to join Uncalled For for a third time in their mindbogglingly intelligent, funny, joyful, creative extravaganza called Hypnogogic Logic at the next Stage Theatre Festival here in Toronto. If you’re reading this then you know Sex T-Rex and I absolutely guarantee that if you like what we do, you will LOVE this show.
Simply put, this is the finest material by some of the finest minds in Canadian comedy.
We open tomorrow. You can get tickets here
Good evening all, and welcome to pillow time. That’s right, you’re surrounded by cushions of many different colors. One pillow is a small square that’s bursting at the seams, crimson argyle. Another is perfectly round, deep blue, and is velvet to the touch. There’s a giant green rectangular cushion that’s corduroy. Oh, it’s pillow time.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Pillow time. Check it out, try and escape! You can’t even if you wanted to! You’re on a boat of softness across a comfort sea. Pillow time.
Next post: Spike Place.
It’s time for 3rd year. In storytelling, the number 3 is magical because it implies a threesome.
I don’t really remember much of 3rd year – except: for my hero. Yes, yes: I know I said that the first year philosophy professor was heroic because he dared to play jazz music, but this man was different. I forget his name, but he taught a Japanese cinema course yet he was not Japanese. Unorthodox! Pithy? Serendipitous! I can throw these words around because I have business cards! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.
He looked like Tom Cruise from the Last Samurai but was for more gentle and taller and was not a movie star. He gave a very stirring speech about the erasure of Orientalism (stereotyping the East purely based on the fact that West, remains, the centre of the universe). Did I mention this man was not Japanese?!
I remember him telling the tale of a film called 23 minutes of Zen which is a film with no images, but just runs a white film projection for about 25 minutes. He said that at first he was going to leave, but then realized that this was The pure experience of watching a film. I differ without begging to. Based on the amount of films that ‘hit it big’ in cinemas that involve 30 minutes (was that how long I said it was?) of blank film is negligible. As in: there are none that would ever want to do this. The pure film experience is watching Die Hard or the Muppets or something like that. Or perhaps the pure film experience is watching a trailer for a film, getting really excited for its release but then being profoundly disappointed when you see the real deal (ie Quantum of Solace sucked etc.).
In all seriousness, films from Asia are amazing. Partially because their language is pictorial, so they approach film with a much more embedded understanding of film as communicative tool. It’s subtle and haunting work.
Hurray for the finishing of 3rd year and onto the future as she comes to pass!