I perform at Upright Citizens Brigade. I have written and/or directed for Hotwives of Orlando, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, & Funny or Die. And I like to drink milkshakes. Now you know me. Find me on Twitter, Funny or Die, or at UCB.

 

oldshowbiz:

give the graphics department a raise

A million graphic designers would kill to be able to accurately recreate this aesthetic.

A couple of years ago, I made this video about everyone’s favorite literary dog, Wishbone, and you know what? I still like it! We had to hire a dog that was driven in from, I think, Arizona, just for this. Worth every penny!

I want this comic to go on forever and ever and ever. Fraction, Aja and Wu have made Kate Bishop into my favorite character to come out of the past decade of comics.

timneenan:

Hawkeye’s mugshot | Annie Wu.

My very favorite comic is ending in two issues and I feel overwhelming despair. Though Amazon is teasing me with something very exciting.

Anonymous asked
what's your best advice for fighting off ironic detachment?

Care.

Anonymous asked
Do you think some UCB people are (unconsciously) homophobic?

Yep! Most probably!

Anonymous asked
Hey Alex! As someone who wanted to get better at improv, I'm wondering if you have any 'every day' drills that might help with the fundamentals of a scene. Maybe some stuff you practiced in your daily life, when you were first getting started.

I feel like I get asked this question a lot. Or at least some version of it like “What exercises are there that will help me get better on my own!” And I never answer it… so I’ll do my best to answer it now!

The reason I normally dance around answering this question is because I don’t know. I’ve never found a way to work on improv skills outside of performing or class or practice sessions. Not really. I think it is such a collaborative thing that there isn’t really any good way to literally work on it without other people. I have never encountered a personal, solo exercise that I found helpful. So, my base answer would be nope! I don’t have any every day drills that I practiced in daily life!

That said (and you must have known there would be a “that said” coming), here are a few things that I think can help you as an improviser outside of practicing with a group or class:

- Go see shows. Obviously. And really watch them with a critical eye. Why do you like what works, and why do you not like what doesn’t.

- Don’t JUST go see shows. A lot of people when they get into improv go see shows all the time. UCB, IO, Indie nights… they spend night after night in that world. I did when I was starting! And I think that’s destructive. You need to lead a life and have experiences that are completely non-comedy related, otherwise, you’re going to do scenes based on scenes. Improv based on improv. And that will lead to shitty work.

- Similarly, read a book. Or better yet, read multiple books. To be a good improviser, you need to be curious, you need to be open to new ideas and and you need to be constantly learning. So read a book a week. Go see movies that you normally wouldn’t see. Engage in activities you haven’t done before. Absorb everything you can. The best improvisers are people who know things and continue to see out new knowledge. If you’re not doing that, you’re going to stall out. Plus, it makes you a better person.

- Lastly, make sure you are good at conversation. Conversation in real life follows the same rules as conversation in an improv scene. Check yourself when you’re just out and about, make sure you are actively listening and responding to everyone you interact with. Friends, family, waitstaff, the people behind the snack counter at Arclight who all have “There Will Be Blood” listed as their favorite movie. Engage them all, and make sure you really hear them when they talk, and respond to them. Make it second nature, if it isn’t already. If you’re a good conversationalist, you’re over half way to being a good improviser.

Sorry I don’t have anything more concrete than that! I’d love to be able to say “do crazy 8s alone in your bathroom”, but in reality, that’d just make you a lunatic.

rejectedjokes:

THE SIMPSONS MARATHON LIVE VIDEO FEED IS UP AND RUNNING! WATCH ABOVE! SIMPSONS WRITERS! COMEDIANS! GUESTS GALORE! TALKING SIMPSONS WHILE THE EPISODES AIR ON FXX! WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE ARE DOING! THIS WILL LAST ALL DAY! #EverySimpsonsEver

Check this out! Ben Schwartz put together a live stream of writers, comedians and people that have worked on The Simpsons getting together for the Every Simpsons Ever marathon.

I’ll be showing up around noon today!

Do you know and love this video as much as I do? What about this one? Or this one?

These were all directed by Matt & Oz, a crazy talented duo that I had the pleasure to work with when I was at Funny or Die. They have made more great and funny things that you can imagine.

Matt Villines, the Matt half of the equation, was recently hit with a world-class shitty situation with a cancer diagnosis and the sort of medical bills that no one should ever have to worry about. He’s already been through a ton and his friends, fans of his work, and just anyone that thinks there should be more good people and funny things in the world can help.

If you know him, check out this link and consider helping out. If you don’t know him, trust me when I say he is a kind, talented, awesome guy who shouldn’t have to be dealing with this bullshit. Perhaps you might consider giving a hand as well?

Go here: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/let-s-help-matt-kick-cancer/221616

Here it is, the final episode of season 1 of Hotwives of Orlando! It’s a reunion episode, of course! Fun fact, we shot this entire episode in about 5 hours in a mini golf/arcade/ice cream parlor place where when you ordered their specialty sundae, they had to march around with sparklers and sing a song. It was weird!