Shows, Theaters & Spaces

The Glendale Room is My Oracle Park

Let’s Play Ball!

Here’s a picture from a show at the Glendale Room a few weeks back!

Nuisance (my Pack House Improv Team) along with Frick’n’Seilaff, Ka-Blahm-O! and a fun mashup team put on a great night of improv comedy.

The Glendale Room has some really good energy. Something about the space makes it fun and easy to perform.

It reminds me of Oracle Park where the San Francisco Giants play.

It’s a baseball stadium built to be nothing else but a not-too-big ball park for hitting homers, stealing bases, clapping at double plays, drinking beer, and shooting the breeze with your friends during a long afternoon of nine dudes trying to stop one dude from getting home.

Basically, The Glendale Room is made for live comedy, and it’s perfect for that. The intimacy generated from the energy in the space is unique and special, and I encourage you to check it out when you get a chance.

In fact, I’ll be putting up a show there tomorrow night at 8:30pm featuring Ka-Blahm-O!, Sunset Brunch, and a mashup team. This is a free show, so join us!

#improv #theglendaleroom
#glendale #LAimprov #nuisance

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The Pool Party Was a Success!

Nuisance, Gorgeous, and Swipe Right

Pace and Rhythm Curate the Audience Experience

Well, we had a really fun Pool Party!

Every team was fun and surprising in their own way, and the time just breezed by.

Pace and rhythm are things you forget about the audience experience, but when those are good, you’re having a good show. Something to keep in mind!

Thank you to Nuisance, Gorgeous, Swipe Right, and all the amazing people on our last minute mashup jam team.

Longform Improv every Thursday night at the Glendale Room – check it out!

#improv #poolparty #pace #rhythm #show #showrunner #nuisance #gorgeous #swiperight

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Our 1st Ever Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales at the Pack Theater Was a Success!

Fernando, Andy Lomeli, Diosa, Jackie Gonzalez-Durruthy, Juanito Velasco, Joe Felix

We Did It!

Our 1st Ever Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales at the Pack Theater was a success!

Thank you to all of our amazing Latinx comedians for doing the show: Diosa, Jackie Gonzalez-Durruthy, Kiki Anderson, and Juanito Velasco – y’all are hilarious!

And I’m super proud of Andy Lomeli and Joe Felix for finally getting their chance to put up a live version of this Latinx panel show we developed on Twitch over the pandemic.

Believe it or not, we’ve been developing this show online for the better part of a year. All that work paid off last night when we had a super fun show with minimal hiccups.

We’re coming back to the Pack on Sunday, April 27 at 10pm for our next Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales at the Pack Theater! So join us then!

#latinxcomedypachanga #packtheater
#panelshow #latinxcomedy #writer

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The Improv Life: You Will Use Everything You Know

The Improv Life: You Will Use Everything You Know

Steve Martin’s standup memoir “Born Standing Up” is must-read for all comedians.

He describes things only other comedians would understand, like doing a show in front of a packed house but being thrown off your game because of the one audience member in the front row that you can make eye contact with.

Honestly, I discover something’s new every time I read it.

One of its most enduring lessons, however, comes from a time when Steve Martin was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for the umpteenth time.

During a commercial break, Johnny leans in close to Steve and tells him, “You will use everything you know.”

In that moment, Steve knew exactly what Johnny meant. And when I first heard it, I knew immediately as well.

You will mine every single experience for comedy. Or everything you’ve ever read, watched, or listened to, you will use it for something. All information, insight, gossip, revelation, newspaper headlines, magazines articles, and whatever is yours to use for bits.

And I’ve been using that strategy all month long in my one-improv-blog-a-day project. Coming up with a blog post every day was hard, so I literally pulled from every corner of my comedy experience, and I loved it!

I now have 30 essays on the improv experience, ranging from mediations on the journey, comedy history, and at least one how-to piece. I hoped people found value in what I wrote, and at the very least, some of these posts set up a bedrock of improv comedy insight for me to explore further.

Honestly, writing every day is a great habit to clarify your thinking and get ultra specific in what you want to say. And the more you write, the more insight is revealed to you, and all that knowledge stacks up on top of each other, leading to some major discovery down the line – and its the major discoveries that make this art form amazing. I encourage you all to write every day. Thank you for reading these past 30 days.

Fernando

#improv #sketch #comedy #stevemartin #johnnycarson #writer #usewhatyouknow #blog #bornstandingup #insight #knowledge #discovery #revelation

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The Improv Life: My Freedom is Found in Improv

The Improv Life: My Freedom is Found in Improv


I’ve never felt more free than when I’m on stage in the middle of a fire improv show, doing a bonkers set that everyone on stage and in the audience is invested in, following every single move, adding, building, ooooing, aweing, laughing, clapping, and just hanging on to every moment because you don’t know where it’s going, but you want to see it get there.

You don’t get to experience that kind of freedom in your everyday life. If anything, that kind of freedom is stifled by your responsibilities, roles, and obligations.

You wear various masks to experience life through in order to a). stay accountable to the promises you have made to the world like taking care of your family and paying your rent, and b). to protect the authentic self you need to draw on when you’re on stage.

There’s a reason superheroes have alter egos. They need a mundane personality to manage all the day to day things required of living. Bruce Wayne pays the bills, but Batman has all the fun.

That’s a theme with superheroes too – that the alter ego is the real mask, and that the masked crusader in full costume is the true expression of the hero’s face.

So I guess what I’m saying is that when I’m doing improv, that’s my true face, the face that reflects what’s inside of me, the inner truth I want to share with the world.

#improv #performer #face #mask #superhero #costume #truth

I’ve never felt more free than when I’m on stage in the middle of a fire improv show, doing a bonkers set that everyone on stage and in the audience is invested in, following every single move, adding, building, ooooing, aweing, laughing, clapping, and just hanging on to every moment because you don’t know where it’s going, but you want to see it get there.

You don’t get to experience that kind of freedom in your everyday life. If anything, that kind of freedom is stifled by your responsibilities, roles, and obligations.

You wear various masks to experience life through in order to a). stay accountable to the promises you have made to the world like taking care of your family and paying your rent, and b). to protect the authentic self you need to draw on when you’re on stage.

There’s a reason superheroes have alter egos. They need a mundane personality to manage all the day to day things required of living. Bruce Wayne pays the bills, but Batman has all the fun.

That’s a theme with superheroes too – that the alter ego is the real mask, and that the masked crusader in full costume is the true expression of the hero’s face.

So I guess what I’m saying is that when I’m doing improv, that’s my true face, the face that reflects what’s inside of me, the inner truth I want to share with the world.

#improv #performer #face #mask #superhero #costume #truth

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