The Improv Life: I Love LA
LA has a magic to it that is hard to describe.
I started coming here to do improv, as the thousands before me, so many now being my friends.
I drive these streets and get inspired creatively.
I feel the history around me in LA’s weird angles. An American City grid on top of a Spanish City outline in what used to be Mexico and native land before that. If that’s not improv, I don’t know what that is.
The one advantage is I didn’t have to live here. I can take what I need from it and return to my fortress of decaying suburbia just beyond the Orange Curtain.
But even then, I don’t escape LA’s grip. From the Grapevine to end of the 405, it’s all just one huge quilt of urban development, with LA being the pulsating heart driving the constant progress and expansion. This is Megacity 2.
And you see LA’s cultural reach in TV as well. You watch a TV show and you notice that key creative leads got their training at UCB, Groundlings, Second City, Pack, and a bunch of other improv schools and communities with people cutting their teeth in the LA comedy scene.
Of all the places to find my life – to find myself – LA has become an integral part of my journey, past, present, and future.
Love you LA,
Son of Juan and Alicia
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