We’re 2 years old!
Today is our 2nd birthday and we couldn’t be happier.
Two years ago a group of young(ish) improvisers from mulitiple backgrounds, varying levels, and different improv theaters met after the very first 10,000 Hours meeting (A great improv program, organized by the lovely Julia Morales). We talked improv, ate Chinese ( Iliana says Korean) food, and went on our way. We immediately started practicing religiously, heaving up 6 flights of stairs in Chinatown, while shoving $1 pork dumplings in our face, to rehearse in an art studio that kindly donated their space (Thanks Beau and Mo!). We went to tons of jams, performed everywhere we could (still do, book us!), and started holding team “business” meetings. This wasn’t just a team. We became a family that just happened to be passionate and ambitious about improv.
This drive led us to be a team that would always run before we could walk, but would soon be running as fast as the rest of them. After only 3 months and a magnificent proposal by Charla and Iliana, the fantastic Jeff Lepine gave us the opportunity to host our show, which we titled TUG OF WAR. At the time there were no improv competition shows solely for indie teams, so we decided to fill that void with a goal to bring together improv teams of all sizes, all levels, and from all the theaters, together in a friendly competition show. We experimented with forms and hosting bits (we use to make teams have a real tug of war, but it became dangerous).
We grew as comedians, producers, as a team, just as our comedy community was growing. In rehearsal we’d create our own forms and games (ask us about “Ugly Face”). We always had something to focus on whether it was the Fairytale Show for the Charleston Comedy Festival or those silly TUG OF WAR News videos, and right now our new “Group Therapy” show that we’re taking to the North Carolina Comedy Festival.
Like any family we’ve shared laughs and a few arguments. We’ve lost teammates and gained some (Hi Keaton!). What it all comes down to is that we want to thank you, the community, for supporting us.
To all of our coaches, esp. Oscar Montoya, who has been there almost since the beginning. Nothing is better for a team than a coach that not only pushes you, but that believes in you and your unique identity as a team.
To Jeff Lepine for letting 3 interns who were on this new team, prove to you that they could host a good show.
To Keith Huang & Toby Knops for continuing to support and trust us.
To all the interns, bartenders, and and house managers at the PIT, for your hard work and kindness.
To ARTJAIL and Mosaic for letting us rehearse in your space.
To all of our family and friends to coming to one or numerous shows.
To the improv teams and comedians for let us perform in their shows. Those are always the most fun.
To all the teams that have participated in TUG OF WAR. We’re honored to have such talented performers in our show, many of which we’re lucky enough to call friends.
Last and certainly not least, to the improv students and audience members who show up at TUG OF WAR, not knowing anyone, and just want to give up-and-coming improvisers a chance. That is what we truly love seeing.
Please come celebrate our birthday with us this Sunday at the 10,000 Hours 2nd Anniversary show, 9:30 at the PIT. Or come to TUG OF WAR, Saturday Jan. 26 at 10 pm also at the PIT. We would love to see you there.
Happy birthday us!