This past November, I had a mini-improv tour in NorCal. Here are some pictures. (Taken 11/13/14 – 11/16/14)
First stop, SF Barprov.
My Ka-Blahm-o! brother and constant source of inspiration and encouragement, Dwayne Mcdaniel.
An awesome Ka-Blahm-o! set with Dwayne. Jamming with Dwayne in Ka-Blahm-o! is one of the funnest experiences I’ve ever had as an artist. (Photos courtesy of Ashley Bening of Charmer’s Market).
Dwayne and Shirley F. Rivera, another awesome Bay Area improviser.
Another big thanks to Dwayne for making half of this tour happen.
After SF Barprov, it was off to the Up ‘Til Midnight Jam (Stacey Beckley and Joshua Love did an excellent opening of the jam).
More Dwayne awesomeness at the jam.
The TBD Comedy Alumni Show in the Basement of Moffit. So proud of these guys. When we got this shebang going, we had nothing. The next generation stepped up, built an audience, got a banner and lights, but most importantly, continued the spirit of improv entrepreneurship that the founders set up. I feel like an immigrant parent whose kids became doctors and lawyers.
From Left to right: Picture One – Chloe Kiester, Jake Earl, Vanessa Leann Wilcox; Picture two – more of the same; Picture Three – Emily Forbes, Michael Ross, and Chloe; Picture Four – Michael and Chloe.
From Left to Right: Picture One – David Loer, Vanessa, and Chloe, and ditto for Picture Two and Picture Three. Love these guys so much. They are to the founders of TBD Comedy what Joshua was to Moses (Book of Exodus reference/analogy).
Back to Back Series 1: Dwayne and I. Dwayne is an amazing friend and an incredible asset to the Bay Area Improv Community. He’s the kind of dude that will accept you for who you are and be there by your side when you need it.
Alan J. Miller and I. I love Alan. He was one of the first Berkeley improvisers to really embrace me, and he cheered me on throughout my entire Berkeley improv career. However, Alan J. Miller is an incredible improviser in his own right; he’s also an amazing musician with his group, Mike and Alan, and he’s one of the few dudes who has taken his improv skills – like team building and emotional intelligence – and applied it to his professional endeavors in the Human Resource world of Silicon Valley.
Back to Back Series 2: Eric Rubin and I. My improv brother, fellow ex-monarch, and over-all wonderful human being. He’s a great listener, teacher, and Parkour practitioner, but he’s so humble about it all that you would never know it.
Derrek Coleman and I. An incredibly nice, charming, and sincere fellow who can light up a room by entering it. Derrek and I used to live together at Stebbins Hall, where he gave me one of the best compliments I ever received – “You have my utmost respect for living your life with character and integrity.” Thank you so much for that.
The King of the Bull-Shitters and a great Devil’s Advocate – Will Kuffel.
Back to Back Series 3: David T. Cline and I. One of the kindest, gentlest, and most charismatic souls I’ve ever met. Hope you’re doing well, brother!
My gracious hosts that gave me a place to crash while I engaged in these improv shenanigans that give my life purpose and meaning. Thank you Ron and Eleni. (My head is much bigger than either of theirs).
Until Next Time, NorCal – Fernando