Bar-B-Tour Part.1 by Glassworks Improv

Our tour started just over a week ago and it's already going way to quickly. Right now we are set up in Cave Creek, AZ with Elliot's grandparents resting up after an amazing first week of being back on the road. So far we've played eight shows in five different cities and just concluded our stay at the Phoenix Improv Festival. Here's a breakdown of the last week--

EAU CLAIRE 

We played three shows in town as a part of this tour. The first one was at Pizza Plus last Thursday, which was full of irresponsible parents and adult amusement parks. Thank you to Clear Water Comedy for having us! 

Our next show was at Forage Kitchens in Banbury last Saturday night. We were able to put on a show for friends and family and then quickly packed up and ran to play another show at a house in EC. We especially loved our set at the house show that evening, which played with icicles, blind issues on a bus and politically active children at a library. 

MINNEAPOLIS

Started the day with a beautiful brunch made by Patti, Don & family. It was a perfect way to start our first day on the road! 

Shot of us before we left Eau Claire

Shot of us before we left Eau Claire

We left for Minneapolis on Sunday the 12th to go play a house show hosted by our good friend Sarah James. Dozens of folks crowded into her living room to watch music (Spirit of the Void, The Nunnery) and then us. Our suggestion for the night was "drug test" so the show delved into doctors hiding their drug use, home schooled children learning about drugs, and two mischievous kids being followed and confronted by their father. 

Spirit of the Void playing his set

Spirit of the Void playing his set

The Nunnery

The Nunnery

Mack and Alex in a scene

Mack and Alex in a scene

DENVER

Gorgeous morning in Minneapolis waking up amongst friends. We packed up, said goodbyes and hit the road.

Minneapolis send-off

Minneapolis send-off

We made it to Denver in one day! It wasn't until 2am, but we made it. Our friend Beccah even waited up for us! Huge thanks to Beccah for letting us crash in her room for several nights and feeding us delicious university food. 

Meal with Beccah

Meal with Beccah

Our show in Denver was last Tuesday at the VooDoo Comedy Playhouse. We were really psyched to be back for show in Denver. This was our third time playing there and second time at VooDoo, but this time we had the great joy of sharing the night with Denver's very own Governor Jack Comedy. Alex joined Governor Jack as a guest performer in their show and inspired their entire set through a personal interview at the top of the set. Afterwards we took the stage and explored banking careers and artificial realities. Good times! We are almost ready to put up a video for this set. 

Blurry iPhone photo of Alex being interviewed

Blurry iPhone photo of Alex being interviewed

Wednesday was reserved for exploring and relaxing in Denver. 

ALBUQUERQUE

We woke up to snow in Denver!

We got out there quickly and by the time we reached Colorado Springs it was mostly spring again. The road to Albuquerque was full of strong gusts, sudden storms and tumbleweed, but cleared up as we approached our destination. 

Our show in Albuquerque was a wonderful surprise! It was booked after we had already started our tour and ended up fitting into our driving schedule perfectly. We played at a theater called The Box, which hosts both short and long form improv groups. A bunch of people came to the show despite the last minute booking! Everyone there was warm, welcoming, and very supportive of our tour. We had a great set the revolved around ex-convicts and old friends. This set will also be available online soon! Our time in ABQ was short-lived and left us wanting more. 

Post-show with the folks in Albuquerque

Post-show with the folks in Albuquerque

After the show we packed up and decided to drive through the night to Phoenix. We made it about thirty minutes until we hit stand-still traffic, which stopped us for about two hours in the middle of the night. Turns out a semi trailer had exploded! We drove for about two more hours until the time came to give in and sleep for a bit in the car. 

Our view of the traffic jam

Our view of the traffic jam

PHOENIX

We made it to Phoenix on Friday around noon and checked into our hotel for the Phoenix Improv Festival! The fest paid for our hotel room, which was fucking awesome. Seriously, no other festival in the states puts performers up in hotels. It was a clear sign that this was going to be our favorite festival thus far and lo and behold, it was! This festival put so much time and effort into this one weekend. They covered every detail from start to finish and as performers we knew that we were welcome. Amazing amazing amazing festival. 

Pre-show in the hotel

Pre-show in the hotel

Anyways we all slept for a bit once we were checked in, then got ready for the night. Our show that night was at the beautiful Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix. It's safe to say that this was the best space that we have performed in. The space was huge, but felt intimate at the same time.  A whisper on stage could be heard from a seat in the third balcony! That was pretty awesome. Our show went really well! We covered a wide range of social issues like gender fluidity, child parenting and private schools. A full video of our set is in the works and will be up in the coming week or so. 

Post-show found our name on a sign!

Post-show found our name on a sign!

The rest of the shows that night were awesome. Actually, that goes for the whole weekend! The Phoenix festival brought in some top-notch improvisors from around the world. We also had the pleasure of playing a set with the duo Fancy Football from LA on Saturday night. They grew up in Wisconsin! Based on our heritage we decided to name our combined group, Sheboyz-n-girls. If you live in Wisconsin that may make a little sense to you. 

Group photo from the festival

Group photo from the festival

We also attended something called an "Unconference" where a bunch of improvisors get together for a few hours, decide which topics should be discussed, and then break up and talk about it! All about improv all the time. We heard from new and old improvisors from around the states and Canada. Did you know Canadians can apply for artistic grants from their government? Not only apply, but receive funding for theaters, shows and touring! Imagine that! I'm pretty sure every European country does that too. Everywhere except for the US, really...

Phoenix was just all around incredible. The food was unlike anything we have had before. The shops were unlike anything we had seen before. The weather! Perfect. Art on the streets, art inside buildings, art everywhere. We plan on being back soon. 

Last meal in Phoenix at Bragg's. Amazing vegan food!

Last meal in Phoenix at Bragg's. Amazing vegan food!

CAVE CREEK

Well now we are caught up to our current location. Currently stationed with Elliot's grandparents for the next few days, sipping on coffee and watching quails dig for food in the back yard. Have you seen a quail before? We don't have them in Wisconsin. They're about the size of a dove with a small tail on their heads and seem to be a faux royalty of this bird-world. We will be editing photos and videos while we are here and getting them online soon. Our next show is in Austin on Friday so we will be laying low until then. 

Cave Creek at night

Cave Creek at night


Jesse Johnson has been taking some incredible photos while we have been on the road, which he is posting on his flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/jpegmasterjesse/ Check them out! Most of the photos in the blog are his, except for the shitty phone images. You should be able to tell the difference. 


Southern Bar-B-Tour by Glassworks Improv

In just over a week we will begin our next tour, which will bring us to the southern portion of the states! This one is really getting us excited. It's the first time that we will be hitting places like Texas and Louisiana, it's our fifth major tour, and this is the last chunk of the US that we have yet to traverse (except for Alaska and Hawaii). We will also be going to the Phoenix Improv Festival! Click here for more info on shows.  

In the meantime we will be cleaning/prepping our van and printing some shirts for this tour. It's been too long since we have toured, about six months! Luckily we have been able to offset our withdrawal from the road with a mini-tour with From Justin to Kelly back in December and several smaller trips around the midwest.  

As always, you can follow along with our travels here on this blog. We will be posting photos & videos of performances taken by our friend and loving travel companion, Jesse Johnson. 

Oh! We have recovered the blog from our old website. It has text and photos from our first two tours, Breakfast for Dinner (w/ friends Sayth & Wealthy Relative) and the Spirit of America Tour, which took us down the west coast and wrecked one our old vehicle. Click the link below!

http://glassworksimprov.weebly.com/blog 

Peace!

 

"Sketching the Glassworks Universe" by Glassworks Improv

"Improv is cool and Glassworks is really good at it, but improv and sketch are very different. In trying their hand at sketch comedy, some improvised, some not, Glassworks’ pilot exists as proof that you probably shouldn’t worry; they’re pretty damn good at all of it." -Eric Christenson



VolumeOne magazine recently interviewed us about an upcoming sketch project that has been under the works for a few months now. Check out the full article for yourself! 

http://volumeone.org/articles/2015/01/20/8518_sketching_the_glassworks_universe

NYC meets EC by Glassworks Improv

This last week was unbelievable. 

Mini-tour poster

Mini-tour poster


Our good friends Justin Peters and Kelly Buttermore (AKA From Justin to Kelly) joined us for a week long mini-tour across our portion of the midwest. We have gone on four tours around the country, but this was the first time that we toured with another improv group! It worked so well. Seriously. Every show was infinitely better than the last, using one another's performances to fuel our scenes and craft. Our energies meshed like none other, both using a brutally honest approach to scenes and relationships. We all explored sadism, sex, drugs and death alike. Audiences were fully engaged for all of our shows and perhaps a bit surprised by the topics we had presented during our performances. We fucking loved every minute of our time together, beginning in Madison and continuing to Minneapolis and Eau Claire for the festival that we run here. Going into it (both groups) honestly had no idea if we would all get along and has now left us with lasting friendships. It was a risk that brought great reward. I'm hopeful that we will all join forces again in the near future and tour extensively around some portion of the US or beyond. Soon! In the meantime, check out these photos we snapped of Justing & Kelly doing their thing. 

Madison, WI

Madison, WI

Eau Claire, WI

Eau Claire, WI

ECIF 2014

ECIF 2014

West Coast No.2 -- Ending by Glassworks Improv

So let's wrap this up. We are home, we are safe, we miss the road. The last post ended with our arrival in Phoenix, which is where this one will begin.

Wednesday took us Los Angeles all the way to Phoenix, AZ. This drive was the first time really going through the desert on this tour. I mean sure, Nevada was a desert, but Arizona was over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit! There were signs on the road directing us to turn off the A/C to avoid potential overheating of our engine. 

Driving into Phoenix

Driving into Phoenix

We arrived in Phoenix in the middle of the afternoon and were greeted by our friend Jose from the Torch Theater. Jose showed us a small local shopping district packed with books, coffee, and vintage clothing. Later we explored the Phoenix Art Museum, which happens to be free to the public on Wednesdays. SO MUCH ART including hanging charcoal, LED space illusions, stitchings of Philip Glass and much much more. It was a perfect way to unwind before the night. 

Later that night we visited a small art space called The Trunk Space, which hosts an independent improv show on the fourth Wednesday of each month. We watched a couple of teams and then had a chance to jump up for an impov jam, featuring everyone in the room. Jesse was able to join us for this one! He killed it. 

Improv at the Trunk Space

Improv at the Trunk Space

Afterwards we made our way to The Torch Theater for our show. Everyone at the theater welcomed us and showed us around their space. The theater was about the size of The Playhouse, which was the venue that we ran out of our house last year. We loved it! Intimate environments like this are the best for connecting with the audience during a show. We met the opening team, Zombie Gourmet, then were able to sit in the theater and watch most of their performance. Next up was us! Our suggestion to begin was "pumpernickel" and you can watch the entire set here. The entire evening was lovely. Huge shout out to Bill for letting us spend the night at his apartment!! Thank you Thank You THANK YOU

Zombie Gourmet at the Torch Theater

Zombie Gourmet at the Torch Theater

Thursday started at Lolo's Chicken & Waffles in Phoenix. Amazing.

Mack at LoLo's

Mack at LoLo's

Next we drove up to the Grand Canyon. These pictures will sum up the experience. 

We made ourselves a gourmet feast of corn, beans and tuna for dinner. Don't worry, we added spices too. The night time was full of driving through Arizona and Colorado, taking the backroads all the way to Denver. 

We arrived in Denver on Friday morning, spent time exploring the city and catching up on sleep in several of Denver's parks. No show today. Our friend Andy hosted us for the next couple of nights and even bought a steak to share with us. Thank you Andy, we love you. 

On Saturday we hiked the foothills of the Rockies and visited Buffalo Bill's burial site. 

Later that night we met with our friend Becca and had a house show near the Denver University Campus. All-in-all a great night. 

House show in Denver

House show in Denver

The next morning we had wake up early in order to get to Kansas City in time for our show. We drove, slept, drove and eventually parked the car in Kansas City. By the way, Kansas is no fun. Zero fun to be had there. Luckily Kansas City is in Missouri! We met with the folks from Chess With Death at a bar in KC. 'Twas the night before Monday and crowds were slim, but we played and fun nonetheless! Thanks to the KC folks for hosting us!

Kansas City show

Kansas City show

It was our last show for the tour so we packed up the van and began the final drive back to Eau Claire. We made it until 1am before we had to pull over and sleep for awhile. 6am brought the sun and energy needed to get back on the road, pushing into Iowa, Minnesota, and finally Wisconsin. Familiar roads paved the way as we rolled into Eau Claire at 8:30am on Monday morning. We were welcomed home by our good friend Eric and unpacked our belongings, eventually parting ways and beginning the recovery process that ensues each tour. 

Minnesota Sunrise

Minnesota Sunrise

Well, here we are. Eau Claire, WI. Home to us all and a harbor to some of the most genuine and talented folks in the US. All of us are experiencing a bit of withdrawal now that tour is over. We will wake up and wonder what time it is and how soon we need to get ready to go to the next city, but quickly we realize that it is over. Now is time to visit with friends and family in Eau Claire, seek sources of income for future travels, and have some time to ourselves. 

Back in Eau Claire

Back in Eau Claire

Tour has come to a close, but we still have plenty of shows ahead of us. Next week we will be hosting a house show at Eau Claire's Hudson House. A night of music and Comedy. We are headed to Duluth, MN for a weekend trip soon! On the 25th we will be opening for local rock legends Drunk Drivers at the House of Rock in Eau Claire. Plus more that will be added in the coming weeks. 

We hope you enjoyed following along as we shared photos and summaries of this tour.  This was our second time touring the West Coast! It was lovely and amazing to see some of these cities for the second or third time, as well seeing Phoenix and Kansas City for the first time! This was also the first time we took a friend along on a solo Glassworks tour. Seriously, aren't his pictures amazing? You can see them all here. He also has quite the way with words. We will leave you with this message from Jesse...

"Just got back from two weeks of seeing the beautiful and gigantic U.S.A. The excited existence of Omaha collapsing the Nebraska fields into an all America burble. I think Iowa is there somewhere. Wyoming's welcoming prairie curls a refreshing double take, reconsidering our dream as for a little country, with cheap ice cream. The fine citizens of Utah dwelling in the great mystery, their dry salt lake waking up early, in the blue, offering a humble feast. San Francisco bearing with dignity all our vulnerability, an ancient civility and delicious reminder. Oakland earnest and dangerous. Los Angeles's yet untapped pouring, creative curiosity. Phoenix containing fine art, a universal ambition to do well. The giant canyon's in between. Colorado's thick health. Kansas City means well.

I couldn't have better friends than Elliot HeinzMack Hastings, and Alex Raney, if it weren't for all the amazing people that put us up on our travels. I can't mention everyone, and can't possibly extend enough thanks to those that we stayed with, especially Ian Jacoby, my super brother Justin Johnson and best ever sister in-law Marissa Nystrom, and Andy Immerman."

-Jesse Johnson

 

PEACE!

West Coast No.2 -- Continuation by Glassworks Improv

Hey internet! 

It's been about a week since we last filled you in on our whereabouts. Today we are in Phoenix, AZ and it's 107 degrees above 0 in the Fahrenheit scale. We are all sweating. It's hot.

San Francisco. It was sunny, cloudy, windy and wonderful. We explored the city and its parks, visited the ocean again and spent time with some lovely folks. One of the parks we visited overlooked the Pacific Ocean and the beach below. Above you could see birds drifting in the air, as well as this guy

Hang gliding in SF

Hang gliding in SF

Plenty of people with dogs also roamed the beach

People with dogs

People with dogs

One day led us through the Golden Gate Park to Haight St and all of its shops

Jesse holding his new CDs

Jesse holding his new CDs

Friendly human selling his crystals 

Friendly human selling his crystals 

Each night we were able to see shows at the Eureka Theater for the San Francisco Improv Festival. So many great teams from around the area and beyond. Our favorite group by far was the duo of Scott Adsit and Jet Eveleth. These are two seasoned performers and are masters of improvisation. Watching them was inspiring. 

Scott Adsit & Jet Eveleth

Scott Adsit & Jet Eveleth

We performed shortly after they did as a part of the late-night show. No pictures to show from the set, sorry. Afterwards we hung out with a bunch of folks and the next day we said our goodbyes and left the great city of San Francisco. 

Golden Gate on a foggy day

Golden Gate on a foggy day

We stopped in Oakland for a bit before leaving the bay area.

Alex and a street salesman

Alex and a street salesman

View of Oakland from the lake

View of Oakland from the lake

Elliot and his fascination with squirrels

Elliot and his fascination with squirrels

Saturday night brought us to Los Angeles. We crashed with Jesse's brother and his wife (thank you guys). His brother, Justin, has an Oculus Rift headset from a developer kit that he purchased. Look it up if you don't know what it is. In short, Oculus is the future of entertainment and education. It's honestly terrifying to think of the possibilities with it, but still exciting. 

We explored Griffith Park in LA, visited the beach again and spent the rest of our nights with Mack's mother just south of the city. It was a mini-vacation built into our tour.

Walking along Venice Beach

Walking along Venice Beach

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Elliot looking at the ocean

Elliot looking at the ocean

Alex swimming

Alex swimming

Mickey, the dog

Mickey, the dog

We left Los Angeles on Wednesday morning to head to Phoenix, which is where we are right now. Lots more to come! There'll be another one of these posts once those pictures are edited. Also once we have wi-fi again! 

 

Peace y'all

West Coast No.2 -- Beginnings by Glassworks Improv

Hey there! We are San Francisco! Just arrived yesterday after a beautiful pilgrimage from Wisconsin. It's exciting to be back on the West Coast again for another tour and to be back in the bay area for a few days. 

Our first day of tour was Sunday. We packed the few belongings that are needed for traveling and said goodbye to our respective homes, then began the trek to our first stop—Omaha, NE. The drive went fast, only needing two drivers to get there. Oh! We brought a friend with us on this tour. His name is Jesse. He offers company and love to us while we travel and has been documenting the trip with photos and video. Just about every photo that you will see from the tour will be from Jesse.

Streets of Omaha

Streets of Omaha

We arrived in Omaha around 5pm and had plenty of time to roam the streets, visit shops, and lounge in the parks. One of the parks had a huge slide! Two of them! Side-by-side. Kids and adults welcome, no ageism. After a hearty meal of soup and beans we made our way to the Backline for our first show. Dylan, owner of the theater, welcomed us and gave us a run down of the night. We were the second team of the night, performing for the folks and improvisers of Omaha. The show was fun! We touched on roommate conflict, reconnected lovers, a father who couldn’t give up his son, and some stuff about motorcycles. It was a great way to start tour.

The next two teams involved the three of us splitting up and joining forces with Omaha improvisers for two sets. Can’t pass up an opportunity to play with new people! After the show we hung around for a bit and had a chance to meet the improvisers we had just performed with. That’s a really unique way to meet people, you know? Performing with them before you know their name or anything about them, then having a chance to chat afterwards. Good times, Omaha. Thanks for putting on the show! We hope to return again soon.

No sleep for us this night, just a long drive to push through Nebraska before dawn. It worked pretty well, too. We only took a short nap at 8am in WY somewhere before continuing west once more. Did you know that they name some cities in Wyoming after gas stations? 

Elliot, Mack & Jesse at Wyoming rest stop

Elliot, Mack & Jesse at Wyoming rest stop

Alex

Alex

By the end of the second day we had made it all the way to Salt Lake City, Utah. We camped on Antelope Island, home to wild buffalo, deer, bobcats and flies, nestled in the southern portion of the Great Salt Lake. We had quite the view when we hiked up one of the islands' many peaks. 

Walking on the Salt Lake shoreline

Walking on the Salt Lake shoreline

On top of Antelope Island

On top of Antelope Island

Jesse having fun

Jesse having fun

Tuesday brought us through Salt Lake City, the Bonneville Salt Flats, Nevada deserts, Reno, and finally to Lake Tahoe. We camped overnight and then took off early in the morning after watching the sunrise on the lake. 

Mack & Alex in the van

Mack & Alex in the van

Driving through the Sierra Nevada was absolutely breathtaking, forcing us to stop several times to take pictures and breathe in the mountain air. There is a huge forest fire on HWY 50, just west of Lake Tahoe, which caused us to detour around on HWY 89, 88, and 49. 

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

Mountain turned to desert, desert to ocean. San Francisco! We played in the ocean for awhile, hiked several hills and chatted it up with the locals. 

Playing in the ocean

Playing in the ocean

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

We strolled about the city and eventually made it over to the Eureka Theater where the San Francisco Improv Festival is taking place and where we will be performing on Friday night. The theater is gorgeous and very suitable for improv. We were able to catch one show last night before we met up with Eau Claire friend, Ian. He is so graciously letting us crash at his place while he works overnight at a library. 

SF streets

SF streets

Well, we are in San Francisco now through Sunday! Exploring the city, eating seafood, and watching improv shows at the festival. If you are in SF or have a friend here, let them know about our show tomorrow night at the festival! 10pm. Eureka Theater. Tickets here

More photos by Jesse will be on our Facebook page as the days go by. 


PEACE!

Homeward Bound by Glassworks Improv

Whew! Two more shows left. Damn. Tour is coming to an end. We are all pretty exhausted right now, especially on this last leg of the tour. The stretch home forces us to drive nine hours between cities each day. Driving is taking a toll, I'm beginning to have stress dreams about driving on a twenty-lane highway. 

So where have we been recently?  

 

ATLANTA

 

 

Centennial Park

Centennial Park

We left our campsite in North Carolina at 7am Monday and made our way to sweet Georgia peaches. Thank you thank you thank you to Hazel and Eddie for housing us and providing us with fruits and vegetables.

Tuesday was downtown Atlanta day. We hit up centennial park, the CNN center and walked by the aquarium. Three guys from CNN interviewed us while we were running around the park for "the daily share." Pretty sure it doesn't exist, try searching for it.  Our show was later that day at the Whole World Theatre.  

Panoramic image of the theatre 

Panoramic image of the theatre 

We were quickly greeted at the front an shown around the space before the crowd arrived. This place was awesome. The stage had multiple levels to jump across, a couch, windows to climb through, and three separate entry points. The opening team was a short form bunch playing off of the hit tv show "Who's Line is it Anyway?" with a host and everything! We hadn't seen any short form for awhile. They killed it! We were then faced with the task of following their quick-paced and punchy games with a long form set of our own. Our word was 'whimsicality' and most of our set was a subconscious reminiscence of the ocean. A widow struggled between lovers, friends became legal relatives, and coworkers managed to keep their jobs. Fun show, followed by pleasant post-show convo in the lobby. Atlanta was rad and definitely a place I plan on visiting again. 

ST LOUIS  

We spent two nights in the area. The first was at a KOA on Route 66! Such history, much wonder. Also right by six flags. We hit up a quaint little diner the following morning on 66. Damn fine biscuits.  

 

St Louis KOA

St Louis KOA

We took a break from reality and bought tickets to the most recent ape film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." A++++, man. Go check it out. You will feel every type of way! 

 

 

 

Ape movie

Ape movie

Checked into a Ramada afterwards thanks to y'all and Hotwire. We saw the arch! It's huge. An extraterrestrial feat of man. 

 

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Later we headed to the Improv Shop, located on the west side of St Louis. We watched a few Harold teams perform before we took the stage at the end of the evening. It was incredible to see so many people there that we're all jazzed up about improv on a Thursday night! Our word for the night was "onomatopoeia," which led to a few organic edits, kids finding their way through high school, and some quirky parents. Thanks to everyone that hosted us at the theater last night! St. Louis has a solid scene. 

CLEVELAND

So we didn't know about this show until a few weeks ago. Tonight we are performing at the BigLittle Comedy Festival! We were accepted and are now en route to Ohio. Long drive ahead of us. Hopefully we make it in time for the show!  

Tomorrow we wake up and drive to Madtown to get down with a bunch of friends at the Leaquinox. That will be our final show of this tour.  

 

Peace y'all

Ten Shows Down by Glassworks Improv

We have been to a lot of places recently! Philly, DC, Richmond, and now Chicamacomico. It's been great traveling between these places, because it's only a two or three hour drive each day. Much easier than the ten hour drives that we faced each day on the west coast. 

PHILLY

First of all, thank you so much to Scott & Kevin for having us at their house while we were there! Those two guys are such a delight to be around and are excellent hosts. They spoiled us, really. 

Drummer spotted in Philly

Drummer spotted in Philly

Last wednesday we played at the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) in Philadelphia. It was a Harold Night at their theater so we racked our memories from years past to put together a Harold of our own. For those that are not familiar with the name a Harold is a form designed for an improv show, consisting of an opening, sets of scenes, and group games. The Harold was originally intended for large ensembles of roughly ten or more improvisers on stage. We only have three of us! The show went well and we all really loved the space there. PHIT recently moved into a new space and they chose a wonderful building. Huge green room and a lot of room to move around on and off the stage. Thank you for setting up the show Ralph!

Green Room at PHIT

Green Room at PHIT

Watching a large ensemble perform a Harold at PHIT

Watching a large ensemble perform a Harold at PHIT

WASHINGTON DC

Taxation without representation! We rolled into DC on Thursday afternoon. There wasn't time to hit the main square with all of the monuments, so we went right to the neighborhood that we were performing in. Our venue was at the DC Arts Center, a charming little gallery located above restaurants and shops on 18th Street. Before the show we walked around and checked out some of the shops, which were packed with artifacts!

African Goods Store

African Goods Store

We were caught in a downpour on our way to the "Happy Buddha Show," which was set up by DC improviser Jeff Hughes. Opening for us this evening were Hot Meat Sandwich and The Score, both local teams. Afterwards we went out with Jeff, exchanged improv stories, and ate calzones. Thank you for hosting us Jeff! It was great to see you. 

That night we stayed with a new friend, Glenn. It was a quick stay, but we were able to get to know each other and meet his pets Abigail (dog) and Conner (parrot). 

RICHMOND

Friday night landed us in the capital of the confederacy-- Richmond, VA. We don't have any connections in this city so we got ourselves a room at a pretty swanky hotel thanks to the support from our IndieGoGo campaign and a great deal from the internet!

It's a Wyndham 

It's a Wyndham 

Our show was at the Coalition Theater, a really rad space with a ton of talented folks running the theater. Every building we walked by on our way there was either an art gallery, thrift store, or barbershop. Definitely a perfect neighborhood for an improv theater. 

Our name written on a sign!

Our name written on a sign!

We caught the end of the 8pm show and then met Katie and the rest of the crew running the show that night. They greeted us with smiles, showed us around their space and made sure we had everything we needed for the night! A trio by the name of Slurpee-Prov (AKA Middle Management) opened for us. They performed a monoscence while sipping on slurpees throughout the set. These guys killed it and are stellar improvisers. After our set we had the honor of sharing the stage with them for a group montage. Things really got going once we clicked! We left shortly after and crashed back at the hotel.

NORTH CAROLINA

That's where we are now. Not a lot going on these next few days. Our next show is on Tuesday night in Atlanta! Looking forward to it, but for now we are camping out in the town of Chicamacomico on the outer banks of North Carolina. We stopped at a Waffle House on the way here. That was pretty awesome.

Mack at a Waffle House for the first time

Mack at a Waffle House for the first time

Swam in the Atlantic Ocean last night! Slightly terrifying when you compare the size of your body versus that of the entire ocean. 

Sunset

Sunset

Oh, almost forgot to mention that our campsite is nestled right next to an abandoned cemetery. Pretty awesome! There's a black cat that sleeps on one of the graves. I saw him from the tent while I was trying to fall asleep last night. 

You can kind of see the cemetery here

You can kind of see the cemetery here

Thanks for reading, PEACE OUT!

New York, New York by Glassworks Improv

This city is huge. Enormous. Prodigious! Beautiful as well. Our stay in NYC has come to an end.

We first entered NYC via the Jackie Robinson Expressway, which led us to the heart of Brooklyn. Stressful place to drive. Seriously. Those Brooklynites are feisty. We parked the car in Bushwick and found our way into Manhattan for our show at the Magnet Theater. We puttered around the streets, taking time to look up and look at everything around us! So much everything, everywhere. Our team was part of Magnet's 6pm show called "The Rundown," featuring independent improv teams from NYC and Wisconsin. 

Facade of the Magnet Theater

Facade of the Magnet Theater

The first team of the night was a musical trio named 'Petting Zoo.' They improvised songs to express their characters' points of view in every scene and damn, they killed it. Next up was 'Yolo Ohno,' a hodge-podge group of improvisers exploring relationships and thoughts on pregnancy throughout their set. Next up, Glassworks. Our show was really fun! Full of fathers that kept losing their kids, kids that started smoking e-cigars, and swimming pools. To close the night was 'Justin to Kelly,' a kick-ass duo that performed a monoscene. These two are sharp, witty, and brutally honest. Fantastic artists.

Afterwards we were able to catch up with our friends Elana and Shacottha, both performers at the Magnet. We also met several other performers and instructors who are all the greatest people in the world. Super friendly, supportive, and amazing improvisers.

We stuck around for two more shows. The first was 'The Weave,' which is directed by our coach Rick Andrews! Hilarious show. This one revolved around online dating, wizards, chicken and fox, and teaching scenarios. 

'The Weave' directed by Rick Andrews

'The Weave' directed by Rick Andrews

The last show we saw was called 'Kiss, Punch, Poem.' This show started with a guest poet from NYC to inspire the scene work for the improvisers. Other poets stepped up during the show to add more inspiration of their own, again followed by more improv. Finally, a poet that has been watching the entire show takes the stage and delivered a three page poem summarizing everything that had happened during the show. Incredible. 

Side view of a poet during 'Kiss Punch Poem'

Side view of a poet during 'Kiss Punch Poem'

That ended our night at the Magnet! We somehow figured out the subway system and found ourselves back in Brooklyn for the night. Thank you so much to Amanda and Spencer for hosting us at their place for two nights.

The next days were full of exploring the city and watching millions of people exist around us. On Sunday night we lined up at the UCB Theater in Chelsea to see their signature show, ASSSSCAT 3000. Performers included Shannon O'Neill, Zach Woods, and many more. 

ASSSSCAT 3000

ASSSSCAT 3000

Central Park

Central Park

Times Square

Times Square

In the words of James Murphy, "New york's the greatest if you get someone to pay the rent."

What's next? Philadelphia. We are part of a Harold Night tomorrow night at the Philly Improv Theater. Until then we will be watching the World Cup, resting, and perhaps doing some laundry. 

Peace!

Onward! To New York! by Glassworks Improv

Hello again! It's the morning of July 5th and we have left Boston and are en route to New York City! The van is buzzing with Dunkin' Donut-fueled excitement. Tonight we play at the Magnet Theater! 

Yesterday, America's b-day, we were forced to stay inside; hurricane Arthur dumped quite a bit of rain on Boston. However, we had fun watching the World Cup with our friends Tim, Ami, Thor, Monica, and baby Ben. We also hit up the local Guitar Center for an hour or two of electric music playing. After a quick nap it was time to head back to ImprovBoston for our 'cagematch' show!

We arrived at the theater and discovered the green room to be full of improvisers, which meant goofy antics and high energy. This was our first experience with competitive improv. In this cagematch format, three teams take turns performing a 10 minute set and then a 7 minute set, and then the audience votes to decide the winner.

We won rock-paper-scissors at the beginning, and got to choose the order of teams. We went second. Tidepool took the stage, and we retreated to the green room to wait our turn (we wanted to watch, but the show was sold out). Our first set consisted of law-breaking, soccer-playing nine-year-olds burning down a locker room. When our time was up, Friends on Craigslist took the stage. 

Our second set was high energy. Beginning with friends blowing each other up with mortars and progressing to Sam Adams and Thomas Jefferson trash talking John Hancock, to a trust fund baby purchasing a Target store. After a jam with all three teams, Tidepool was crowned champion (congrats!). Cagematch was exceptionally fun. Thanks again to ImprovBoston for hosting. 

That's all for now, we'll check in again once we reach NYC!  

peace & blessings, 

glassworks

Boston, MA by Glassworks Improv

We arrived in Boston just two days ago and are now facing our last night in this historic city.

Wednesday night we arrived and met with Mack's family and friends, making our way to ImprovBoston. That place is rad! We were greeted by our hosts and brought down to the green room, which was actually painted green! A first for all of us. We met folks from the theater as well as other teams playing with us that evening. Our show started with us yelling at rats below our balcony, followed by the lives of divorcee's and their children. Snakes and bagels made their way into the show as well. Friendly crowd and much appreciation following the show!

Us in front of ImprovBoston

Us in front of ImprovBoston

No show Thursday, just a day off with friends and family. Fireworks also happened due to Hurricane Arthur, which is currently hitting us today (Friday the 4th). 

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Tonight we return to ImprovBoston! It's going to be interesting. This is our first ever improv "cagematch," meaning that we will be going up head-to-head with another team from Boston competing for the hearts of the audience. We have never done such a thing before, competitive improv that is. A pretty silly concept, but a show nonetheless! Hopefully we play well. 

Have y'all been watching the world cup? Germany! Brazil! Wowza. It only happens once every four years so catch up before it's over. 

Tomorrow we head to NYC for a show at the Magnet Theater. Super psyched! 

-Glassworks

 

Boston Bound by Glassworks Improv

Greetings from Glassworks HQ (dodge caravan we call 'Mo')!

The march to the coast is almost over. We'll be camping in Upstate New York this evening before heading to Boston tomorrow for the first of our two shows at ImprovBoston. But first, an update on what we've been up to:

Last night we played at Planet Ant Theatre in Detroit. Planet Ant is a beautiful theatre that has been around and thriving in Detroit for over 20 years. We opened for their house team featuring some of the best improvisers in Detroit. It was great fun. Thanks to everyone at Planet Ant for having us!

This morning we explored downtown, including a stop at the Ham Shop. Seriously if you're in Detroit this place is a gem. Stop by and grab some of the best breakfast of your life. After breakfast we hit the road. We of course stopped to catch the USA/Belgium World Cup clash. Total bummer of a loss but a nice break from the van either way. 

We're very excited for our shows at ImprovBoston. We'll post another update in a few days. 

 

Peace,

The Glassboys

 

 

Eastward Bound by Glassworks Improv

Three shows down! We are now en route for Detroit, MI. Here's what we have been up to--

 

 TCIF

a few days ago we performed at the eighth annual Twin Cities Improv Festival. All shows took place at HUGE Theater and damn, they sure know how to run a festival. We were greeted with a goodie bag and performer badges on day one. All shows ran flawlessly and I believe every one was sold out. Glassworks performed on Thursday night along with 'Breakfast for Dinner' and 'For Better or Worst' from Minneapolis. Our show revolved around a common theme of car dealerships and visual disabilities. Fun stuff! Thanks to HUGE for hosting us once again, we hope to return soon. 

Post-show TCIF

Post-show TCIF

BIRTHDAYS

Saturday night brought us to the Lake Hallie Golf Course in Wisconsin for a private show to celebrate Harlan and Pat's 70th birthdays! We found a plot of wooden floor for the stage, grabbed a couple of chairs and performed to perhaps the oldest crowd yet (median age ~50yo). The show included our opinions of both the young and the old in the world, exploring and contrasting the generational differences between us. We really enjoyed our time with everyone there! Thank you for the food and happy birthday to these folks! 

Glassworks+Birthday Boy&Girl

Glassworks+Birthday Boy&Girl

MILWAUKEE

Yesterday marked the official departure towards the east coast. 

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Our third show took place at our friend Sam's house in Milwaukee. The air was fresh, grass green, and stage set in his backyard as dusk approached. Our performance revolved around horse euthanization, witches, and online dating. Several audience members were seeing long-form improv for the very first time! Always a treat. Thanks to everyone down in Milwaukee for having us. 

DETROIT

That's tonight. We're all packed comfortably into the van and about two hours away from motor city, USA. Internet access on the road! Love this generation. Currently laying on a mattress in my underwear,  typing this post, playing synthesizers and listening to traveling music. We perform at Planet Ant Theater tonight along with one of their house teams, then have some time to rest up before we leave for Boston tomorrow! 

Thanks for taking the time to read this (^__^)

-glassworks

EAST COAST TOUR BEGINS by Glassworks Improv

The official name for our third tour is the ...

BACKSEAT BALL PIT PARTY!

This tour will be taking us from Minneapolis all the way to Boston, as far south as Atlanta, and back up the Mississippi (with over a dozen of stops on the way). See the full list of cities and shows here

Tour officially began today with a drive from our hometown of Eau Claire, WI to the Twin Cities for Night #1 of the Twin Cities Improv Festival! We will be watching shows tonight and performing at 7pm tomorrow (Thursday) at HUGE Theater. 

Check out the rad and official tour poster designed by our good friend Dan Forke AKA Wealthy Relative. Chances are you know at least one person in one of the following cities, so hit them up and let them know when we are coming!

We plan on keeping y'all posted on our whereabouts and will upload clips of our shows as we go! 

 

ALSO there are only a few hours remaining for our IndieGoGo Campaign! We are still accepting donations in exchange for some merch+perks to help fund things like gas, food and lodging on this tour. Any amount helps! 

 

Love you all so very much

<3 Glassworks

New Website! by Glassworks Improv

Hey y'all, it's been about a year so we have decided to update our website. That means all of our photos and videos will be fresh for your eyes and ears. We will post links to the old site which will act as an archive for all of the things we have done. Enjoy!