Saturday, January 26, 2008

Corey and Monique: LIVE!

Last night we previewed parts of our sketch show. Though we were pretty confident in our material, it can be really vulnerable to put up work that you wrote, rewrote, rehearsed etc. It's not like an improv show where you are making it up as you go. You deemed this material to be good enough to put up in front of an audience and now it will be judged. The night before I dreamed that I couldn't remember a single line and had to keep reassuring myself that there had to be at least some laughs, it wouldn't an entire show of awkward silence. Needless to say, we were a bit nervous.

The Playground was packed. Besides other performers, few were there to see us. We had kept the invites pretty minimal. This was a true test of how an audience would react.

The show was GREAT! We had one sketch in particular that we weren't even sure if it was funny. We knew each of the others were pretty strong but this was was a test drive. It was funny the first time we improvised it, but then we deconstructed it, rewrote it, changed it, rehearsed and rehearsed it and by the end couldn't remember what had made us laugh about it in the first place. Corey flat out hated it. Still, we gave it a shot and it got a lot of laughs. Definitely a keeper. The only thing I would've changed last night were some minor tweaks here and there with our performance and that will only get stronger as we do it more.

Hopefully we'll have a run in the spring. Enjoy some pictures from the show...




11 comments:

trish said...

YAY! Congrats guys...glad to hear it went so well!

Steaming bowl o' Calderone said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy and proud for you both. It's funny to look at those pictures and think, "Ah, that's vintage Corey/Monique". I can almost hear the tone in your voices from those pics.

cszponce said...

Awesome! Congrats ou guys!

Do you have any other show dates set yet or are you going back to writing more material before hitting the stage again?

Did you decide on a name for the show yet? I offer the following:
- The Corey & Mo Show
- Jerkpod
- The Jerkpod Experience
...and my favorite:
- Jeff Adamson presents The Ha Ha Factory!

improvclown said...

I want to see this. Keep us posted.

AJRitz3 said...

Glad to hear it went well - I'm looking forward to seeing it!

Jared Brustad said...

Awesome!!!

Tracy Crowe Jones said...

Congrats! I'm sure having the first show under your belt will make the next ones less nerve-racking. Sketch still seems like scary territory to me - so I think you guys rock!

Colin M. said...

Woohoo! Sorry I missed the run, but let me know when the show's going up. I'm going to be in Chicago a bit more these days, so I should be able to make it for your show!

Mom said...

Wish we could have been there to see you - but we never doubted you'd be fantastic!

We love and miss you!

Mom & Dad Rittmaster

Bella Rossa said...

Hey, I was at that show, with Bryan, and I thought you guys were terrific together. I especially liked the first sketch, about all the potentially negative genetic traits in the family...so quick and funny.

Mo said...

Thanks Elizabeth! Nice to hear feedback from someone that was there.

Thanks everyone else for your support. We'll send out more details as soon as we know more about the run.