A few years ago, a friend introduced me to SPIT (Silly People's Improv Theater). Six years later, the improv group has grown and moved from one "performance" venue to another, and my friend has probably become their biggest fan. When I say biggest, I do not mean it literally (maybe so) but I mean that he can't even remember how many times he's seen the show and he's become friends with the group. If only he's a little bit funny, they'd ask him to join, but he's not. HAHAHA! Why am I devoting my introduction to make fun of my friend? I DON'T KNOW TOO!!!
Spit at Commune
Since my first time, I've seen about 4 shows now. Every time I go, it's always an entertaining night. Two weeks ago, just out of the blue, I decided to join my friend and went to Commune in Makati to watch the show.
An Improv Theater is an ambush type of comedy show. The core of each act is designed by the group, but the actual performance is carried out at random, often as suggested by the audience. It's not rehearsed, none of it is, but the actors train to be quick, witty and sharp.
- Quick. Improv Theater does not work with a script. There are several designed acts but not one
- Witty. Of course they cannot just be quick, they have to be funny too. I mean, it is a comedy show, and people who see them expect to laugh. So more than just knowing what to say in record time, they have to hit the funny bone and make people LOL or even better, ROFL. I laughed out loud many times that night. People on my table kept shaking their head in disbelief: "Ang bilis nila mag-isip!" (They think so fast!), because it is sometimes unbelievable how they're able to craft a punchline that fast. It's really amazing!
- Sharp. More than just being funny, actors have to be relevant and they have to be understood. I mean, they may think they're funny but if they're only funny in their minds then that means they did not get the message across. You cannot use "inside jokes" because that will alienate the audience. In fact, you have to think about getting through to the audience and hitting them HARD. When I speak of being sharp, you need to be clear, relevant and voice projection should be superb.
My Favorite Act
That night they did several skits. They did Jeopardy with impromptu categories and items; they did a talk show backwards; and they did the Angst Course--my favorite for the night. The Angst Course featured four actors and a supporting character who played "conductor". The four characters had to give life to a role/situation as suggested by the audience and it was funny because the pressure for the actors was crazy and yet they were able to think of something quick and to act on cue.
You know what, I was in Drama Club in grade school, but that's very mediocre acting. I enjoyed it so much and I loved going to workshops but I don't think I'm good enough. I shattered all my talent when I auditioned for a St Paul play and blanked out in the middle of the monologue. That ended it for me. I'm usually very good with remembering lines, but I just lost it all. I stood there and then decided to excuse myself--I never recovered. So in high school and college, I seldom took big acting roles, but I enjoyed directing. I think I'm bossy enough to do a good job.
Anyway, enough about me, you can catch SPIT through their Instagram: @spitmanila. They usually go around different venues, so you have to constantly visit them on Facebook for announcements. Try it if you haven't yet. Tickets are usually sold at Php250 and it comes with one drink. Come on your own, and meet new people, but it's best if you bring more people so you do not LOOK SILLY LOL-ing on your OWN. Haha!
|That's my table. We had fun loads of fun!|