Oct. 2nd PREVIEW: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY VS. 4SOME

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The Music Industry is on a tear through the Inspirado stage, winning 3 weeks in a row.  The Inspirado Gauntlet gets no easier, however, as their challengers this week are Improv titans 4Some

4Some  features 20/4000 members Jana Schmieding, Lauren Olsen, and Christian Paluck, PLUS Hello Laser’s Alan Fessenden.  And while they’re coming hot off a rave reviewed Fringe sketch show, they’ll be putting the scripts away and busting out the ‘prov skills showcased in Chet Watkins, Armando Diaz Experience, TourCo, and private conversations with their friends and loved ones.

Will Christian Paluck make a very specific reference to food and/or cars?  Will Jana Schmieding yell at Christian?  Will Alan Fessenden wear a tie?  Will Lauren Olsen chew gum before the show!?!?  FIND OUT THIS THURSDAY, AT INSPIRADDDOOOOOOOOOOOO!

SEPTEMBER 25TH RECAP: The Music Industry Wins in the battle of Long Scenes vs. Short!

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The Music Industry took on The Ali Fisher Duo in a deadly grudge match of improvisational speed and fiery eye contact

The Trash talk was harsh, will Ali Fisher of the Ali Fisher Duo confessing to starring longingly at The Music Inustry’s near nude group photo, while former Ali Fisher roommate Kevin Cobbs returned Ali’s copy of Mein Kampf, exposing Ali as a horrible racist.  Oh Shit!

The Ali Fisher Duo went first and selected Physical.  Their Physical challenge was called Contact: You must make and maintain eye contact for your entire show.  TAFD regaled with a monoscene tale of former lovers, meeting up again at the bar where one worked.  Massive loving and hating eye contact ensued; other patrons were ignored, drinks were somehow poured, and dancing with spins were employed.  In the end, it turns out that a lot of arson in your past doesn’t mean you can’t stare lovingly into a mirror at someone.

Up next was The Music Industry, bidding member Charles Rogers Adieu in his final show before moving.  They selected Dumb and their challenge was called Short: No scene in your show can be longer than three lines.  TMI barreled through a barrage of short short scenes, some with no lines at all, some with long length speeches or awkward long pauses, and of course a man with balls on his head.  A scene with three different marching lines technically had many more than three actual lines, but they swept by on a technicality.  In the end, they set the improv world record for most sweep edits in a show.

The contest was tight, but in the end the audience voted The Music Industry victor for their 3rd week in a row.  They’ll return next week to face off against formidible veterens 20/400 (Jana Schmieding, Lauren Olsen, and Christian Paluck).  Who’ll win?  YOU DECIDE!  INSPIRAAAAADOOOOOOOOOOO

May 8th RECAP: NORTH COAST WINS MEMORIAL FICUS IN LIVE ALBUM RECORDING #OHSHIT

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It was a night that will live in the Inspirado Hall of Fame for the rest of time.  North Coast. Oh Shit! Challenge. Live Album.  The road to the Oh Shit! Challenge is never an easy one, and North Coast had their bouts over the last 9 weeks, but last night, last night was magical.  The night started off with trash talk from Pepita and James Robilotta.  Verbal punches were dolled out slowly, but both captain’s stood their ground.  Robo decided to go second and Pepita took the stage!

Pepita (Elana Fishbein) selected “Physical” and received “Ailment”.  During Pepita’s show, each of her characters had to have a physical ailment of some sort.   Pepita shared true stories from her life and then used different characters to bring those stories to life. Arms were lost, wars were fought and in the end, we all felt closer to the wonderful Pepita.

OH SHIT! North Coast took the stage.  Robo selected the “Oh Shit! Challenge” and received “Debut”.  Their challenge was to record a live concert album.  Microphones were brought out, there was a sound check.  North Coast shwag (T-shirts, Hats) were thrown out to the audience, as well as glowsticks and beads.  Their album cover was provided.
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Each track title was given to North Coast and was based on each Inspirado challenge.  What followed was pure Oh Shit! magic.  They killed songs like “The Entire Plot of Star Wars”, “Wiener Hate”, and “The Most Epic Outro Ever”.  Throughout the album recording, they were joined by audience members and Homeboy Sandman.  Balloons dropped from the ceiling for their last song and North Coast lifted The Dale North Memorial Ficus to glory.

Next week!  There will be an unveiling of a NEW Dale North Memorial Trophy, you’re not going to want to miss this.  See you next week at 11pm.  INSPIRADOOO!

The Dale North Memorial Ficus Fan Art Contest: Win 2 Tickets To The OH SHIT! Challenge!

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Welcome to The Dale North Memorial Ficus Fan Art Contest!  Here’s how it works!

RULES:
-You must create an epic piece of fan art that commemorates The Dale North Memorial Ficus
-This art can be done in any medium but MUST feature the picture of the ficus above
-Share it on Facebook and tag @Inspirado and @DaleNorth
-OFFICIALLY SUBMIT your art to magnetinspirado(at)gmail(dot)com

-All submissions must be in by Wednesday, May 7th at 11:59pm

-The Winner will be announced Thursday, May 8th at 12pm via the Inspirado Facebook Page
-The Winner will receive 2 tickets to The Oh Shit! Challenge on May 8th at 11pm

Email magnetinspirado(at)gmail.com(dot)com with any questions!  See you at OH SHIT!

NORTH COAST HEADS TO 5TH EVER #OHSHIT

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It was an epic night on the Inspirado stage, one that will forever live in the Inspirado rafters.  After 8 weeks, North Coast is heading to OH SHIT!  The almighty coveted challenge that has only been performed 4 times in the history of the world.  It is the Holy Grail of improv, and Thursday, May 8th, North Coast will attempt to perform it.  But…until then, let’s talk about last night!

Megawatt sweethearts, The Wrath took the stage first and accepted the Dumb challenge, which was called “Ain’t Nothin’ In The Rulebook Says A Dog Can’t Be A Defense Attorney”.  Their show had to live in the Airbud series and had to feature a dog rising to become a prominent defense attorney.  The show started out with an incredibly realistic Airbud, who commits a crime and has to go on trial and defend himself.  It isn’t until the attorney asks for a slam dunk contest, that Airbud really shines.

North Coast, on their 8th week, chose the Random challenge and received “Stranger”.  They had to incorporate a stranger, from off the street, into their show.  After finding a stranger, who happened to be an improviser, they gave up on her and headed back out.  Then they found a wonderful man named Marty.  Marty, a 70 something young man, had never done improv before.  North Coast’s Boris Khaykin explains what happened: “Evan and I were both looking for people. I came up to a girl who heard me out like she was into it but then shut me down. At the same time as that was happening, Evan was asking Marty who immediately shut him down before he even finished asking.  After he shut Evan down he saw me asking more people and realized we weren’t asking for money. So after this girl walked away he said “you guys need help? I thought you were asking for money.” So we explained we’re doing a competition show where every week is a different challenge and this week we have to find a stranger to perform with us. He immediately said he’ll do it but then took his time throwing his Dr. Pepper in the garbage and followed us in. As he walked in the building he got a phone call and as we walked into the show he said a perfectly time “I have to call you back, I’ve got to do something…” To the audience’s applause.”

North Coast had one of the most epic shows the Inspirado stage has ever seen.  Marty, a newbie to the Inspirado stage, fit in like a seasoned steak.  His accents were on par, his character work was incredible and his timing was exactly what North Coast needed to get to the OH SHIT! Challenge.

Next week, North Coast, on their 9th week on the Inspirado stage will take on the Oh Shit! Challenge.  What will happen?  You decide…actually no, we know what’s going to happen…Get there early.  Very early.  INSPIRADOOOOO!

Jan. 2nd Preview: The New Year Brings…A New Champion?

1497502_250947588400740_620074244_nIt’s not everyday that you get to see the FIRST Inspirado of 2014…in fact, today is the ONLY time when you’ll be able to do so.   Megawatt newbies, The FLOOD bless The Inspirado Stage tonight.  They’re a team of gentle giants, lovers…not fighters.  This gives them a finesse unlike any other improv team in the history of planets.  But can they use their improv genius to take down 3-time Inspirado Champions Weekend of Regret? Uhhh…Who knows?!

Tonight at 11pm, there will be snow.  There will be a lot of snow.   But blizzards have never stopped this show in the past…and it shouldn’t stop you.  We’ll see you TONIGHT at 11pm for the showdown of the new year…The Flood v. Weekend of Regret!  Who will win?  You decide.  Inspiradooooooo!

Oct. 24th Preview: MEGALOU is here…

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They’re here.  MegaLou (Megan Gray & Louis Kornfeld) cram 14 years of relationship into 30 minutes of Inspirado love.   But one thing stands in their way, the incredible Inspirado champions Pumpkin!  Can MegaLou smash Pumpkin in their 3rd week on the Inspirado stage?  Or will MegaLou get spooked just like everyone else has?  You decide!  Thursday at 11pm!  INSPIRADOOOOO!!!!