Anecdota

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Comedy fans find improv opportunities at The Backline


NEWSWATCH 7 SKYCAM NETWORK. WE ALL NEED LAUGHETR IN OUR
LIVES. AND IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN
THE COMEDY SCENE, YOU’LL WANT TO
CHECK OUT BACKLINE COMED
YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND A FEW
YEARS. TELL US HOW YOU THAT STARTED AND
WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED.>>I WAS IN LOS ANGELES AND CAME
OUT HERE TO TEACH CLASSES AND
GIVE SHOWS. MOSTLY IMPROV, A LOT OF STAND
UP, SOME SKETCH. COMEDY RAP BATTLES EVEN. JOHN: I KNOW YOU HAVE OPEN MIC
NICE. WHAT HAS BEEN THE REACTION TO
BACKLINE?>>WE HAVE A GREAT COMMUNITY. WE ARE LIKE A GRASSROOTS COMEDY
THEATER. MOST OF OUR SHOWS ARE PUT ON BY
PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. JOHN: WHEN YOU STARTED THIS,
WHAT WERE YOUR HOPES? WHERE YOU HOPE TO KEEP GOING
FROM HERE?>>I WANTED TO TEACH AND
INHERITED THE IDEA OF HAVING A
THEATER. WE HAD OUR SEVENTH FESTIVAL THIS
YEAR WHERE WE BRING IN A LOT OF
TALENT. I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP GROWING AND
KEEP GROWING THE FESTIVAL. AND KEEP DOING MORE SHOWS. JOHN: YOU STARTED OUT TEACHING. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU ARE STILL
DOING? IF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN
TRYING IMPROV, WHAT CAN THEY DO?>>WE NEW CLASSES STARTING EVERY
MONTH OR TWO. EVERY TUESDAY AT 6:30, WE HAVE A
FREE WORKSHOP TO GET A SAMPLE OF
WHAT WE DO. JOHN: YOU ARE INCLUSIVE. YOU PUT ALL SORTS OF DISCLAIMERS
THAT YOU ARE OPEN BUT WILL NOT
TOLERATE A LOT OF THINGS.>>WE TRY TO PUSH THAT AND MAKE
SURE EVERYONE FEELS COMFORTABLE
AND CAN GET INVOLVED. JOHN: IS IT ALMOST EVERY NIGHT? WHAT NIGHT ARE YOU NOT DOING
THINGS?>>WE HAVE SHOWS TUESDAY,
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY. JOHN: YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING YOU
WILL WANT TO CHECK OUT.>>ABSOLUTELY. IMPROV AND STAND UP ARE THE
THINGS WE DO MUST. MOST PEOPLE ARE ONE OR THE
OTHER. JOHN: YOU JUST HAD A FESTIVAL. WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE?>>EVERY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. JOHN: IF PEOPLE WANT
INFORMATION, WHERE CAN THEY GO? BACKLINECOMEDY.COM. WE ARE ON HARDY STREET.

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