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the past [Sep. 28th, 2007|01:29 am]
Roy Janik
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Since there's no use dwelling things beyond my control, I'd like to take a moment to dwell on the past.

Specifically, last Friday's 100th show and subsequent party.

We decided that for our 100th show we would bust out an old format... our first format that we did a run of... After School Improv. It's a fun, light, narrative format that makes fun of those old After School Specials from the 70s and 80s.

Anyhow, the problem faced by teens that we took at the top of the show was "bullying". It became clear early on that the hero of our story was the bully, Matt, played by Valerie. The rest of the cast filled out quickly: the younger, smarter sister (kaci), the drunk mother (kareem), the well-meaning father (me), the coach turned science teacher (me), the principal (kareem), and the love interest (kaci).

And then we just played. A lot. The show came together. We were silly, but without selling out the plot or the characters. And days later I still think of lines and moments from the show and laugh.

Like:

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Kareem, as the bullyish principal, pushed on my chair... and then realized I was about to keel over backwards, and caught it just in time.
Me (as both myself and the character): You really nearly killed me!
Kareem (as both himself and the character): I know!
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Kareem (as the mother) and Valerie wait for a parent/teacher conference with the principal (who kareem also played). Kaci and I didn't know for sure if he remembered he was the principal, so we took turns entering the room, describing the principal.. "He's a curly haired guy... with a beard!"
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and much much more.

I dunno. You had to be there I guess, but everything clicked. From rape whistles to apples, to descriptions of DNA, to soccer practice, it just all worked.

And then we had the celebratory after-party, which I just loved so much. Loads of people came out, and I got handsomely drunk.

I distinctly remember wandering around the party at some point, and there were people in all the locations... people playing baseball in the Wii room, people dancing in the DDR room, people playing theramins and concertinas in the music room, people chatting in the dining room, kitchen, and living room, people smoking in the back patio, and people whispering in the front yard.

It was great.

I am terrible at making posts.

It was good.
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2007-09-28 06:37 am (UTC)
my eyes hurt and i'm a little drunk and kitchen and theramin sorta danced together (one on top of the other) and i read 'ketamine' and thought 'damn, you really can't ever go home again.'
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[User Picture]From: lubuforhire
2007-09-28 07:17 am (UTC)
You might have missed Mike Joplin and Lee Eddy taking turns slapping each other in the face whilst in the Wii room. I was very entertained and gave them each a dollar.
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