Frozen show

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Since the start of the pandemic, I haven’t got to perform in front of a live audience. That changed last week. No, it wasn’t in a theater. It was for a small group of preschoolers and their parents in our backyard. Betsy, who is almost five years old, became obsessed with inviting some of her friends over to put […]

Improv online

5 Biggest Mistakes Improvisers Make Online

In the last year that I have been teaching improv online, I have gotten to work with improvisers from all over the country and at various skill levels. And regardless of their experience, I have seen the students in my classes and workshops make the same mistakes over and over again. And I’ve also seen that once most […]

The Last Blockbuster

Blockbuster, I Miss You

I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called The Last Blockbuster. It’s about the last remaining Blockbuster video store in Bend, OR. It also takes a look at how the once-powerful chain that had 9,000 video stores collapsed. Watching this documentary brought back memories about when I was high school and first started renting videos. […]

coloring book

I Am Not (That) Creative

Lauren and I read a lot of library books to my four-and-half-year-old daughter, Betsy. Recently one night we read a new one called Alex’s Good Fortune, by Benson Shum. The plot goes like this: Alex invites her friend Ethan over to her house for Chinese New Year, and (spoiler alert) we learn about all of the things […]

Jimmy Carrane and Jay Sukow

What I Like About You: 6 Improvisers I Admire

Working with great improvisers is exciting and fun, and usually I ended up learning a lot from them. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to get to play with some of the best improvisers out there, and because I am still doing Jimmy and Johnnie on Zoom, I still get to do so. Here are […]

new house

A Little Less Miserable

Last week my family packed up and moved to a new house. Which I guess is good news? But I have a hard time with change of any kind, even if it’s an improvement. After we unpacked the boxes and I smudged the house with sage to prevent any negative energy from coming in, I then […]

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