Thursday July 19th may have appeared to be just another night at Austin comedy theater, The New Movement, but the energy in the room was so magnetic that we decided to photostream the night. Here’s what went down on our iPhone!
Whoa. We got a new sign! How badass is this? Expect the purty one on the left to change from time to time. Mixin’ it up!
The Austin training camp students opened the show after performing for 6.5 hours straight earlier in the day on their fourth day in a row of camps. This improv intensive group was high energy and playful playful playful. Training Camp director CJ Hunt says:
“There is something pretty indescribable that happens when a group of people spend all day doing improv together and get up every night in front of people to do something wild and experimental. It’s balls. It’s endurance. It’s straight up hustle. And it’s wonderful to watch them take the stage every night, exhausted as hell, and take the leap off the ledge together. ”
In the middle was The Human Aquarium, a new student troupe coached by Austin artistic director Alex Berry. This is them in the green room getting ready to do the damn thing followed by a shot of them FROM the green room IN THE PROCESS OF doing the damn thing!
Closing out the night was another brand new student troupe, Death Metal Banjo (coached by TNM legend Dan Grimm)! All three groups were delightful, all three groups were photogenic (forgive our iPhones, yeah?) and all three groups have peeps with bright, bright futures ahead of them. Bravo!
NAME: Your City, Your Love
IDEAL TEAM SIZE: 6+
HISTORY: When you think of great cities of the world, a host of magical places come to mind. An anthology film by notable directors called Paris, j’e taime captured the beautiful and ethereal nature of the City of Lights and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. This was followed by New York, I Love You and other films in the series are currently in development. Growing up in Texas, I’ve become fascinated with the growth of our cities that seem destined to enter that pantheon, my hometown of Houston and Austin, a wondrous city. When I travel, I attempt to listen to the heartbeat of the place I’m in and understand how the people affect the backdrop and vice versa. The only way to have the time of your life in a city is to find out what makes it unique.
THE BREAKDOWN: Explore the idiosyncrasies of your city using an Invocation opening and improvise a Harold that captures the perfect essence of what makes it unique and beautiful, elevating your city to mythical proportions.
NOTES: I picked the Harold structure because it is the form that I feel is closest to the epics of Greek, Roman and Shakespearean theatre. The Invocation is an opening that I find is easier to work with than basic organics as it goes with a unifying purpose while still possessing overtones of ancient ritual. If you work with the form and find that you get too epic, needing a more intimate portrayal of your city, attempt performing the show as a La Ronde to focus on specific character works and relationships. Whatever you decide, the basic idea is mythmaking so don’t be afraid to go as big as you can with your choices.
What happens when a bunch of powerhouse producers all get together to put on one massive event?
What happens when you get over 10 venues and a couple of performances all happening under one umbrella?
What happens when an entire city focuses up and puts on a humongous week of comedy?
You get Austin’s first annual Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival taking place the last week of April. We’ll post more details as they become available but for now we know that the people behind Cap City, Paramount, The New Movement and Hell Yes Fest1 are all involved.