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--
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.
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!
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.
Gorgeous morning in Minneapolis waking up amongst friends. We packed up, said goodbyes and hit the road.
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.
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.
Wednesday was reserved for exploring and relaxing in Denver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.