Dec. 29th RECAP: Ready, Set, PLAY!

It was a grudge match between Team 1 & Team 2- in the end, they found peace enough to take this photo.

The Play-Tacular!  The Last Despirado of 2011, The Last Inspirado until 2012…Wow.  The night started with a bucket full of audience members names.  These names were slowly drawn out to create Teams 1 & 2.  Team 1 consisted of veteran improvisors Kevin Cragg, Frank Bonomo, Megan Gray, and fresh from the audience, Andrew Fafoutakis,  Atheer Y,  and Robert!  Team 2 consisted of veteran improvisors Louis Kornfeld, Elana Fishbein, Jon Bander and fresh from the audience, Nicole Hjelt, Lorena Russi, and Teddy Shivers.  After a suspenseful coin flip, Team 1 took the stage!  Let the Play-tacular-ate-ing begin!

Team 1 selected a Dumb challenge and received “Bad Chicken”; every character in their set had to have food poisoning.  This piece was full of vomit, horrible bathroom smells and disgusting noises; purely dumb.  We saw scenes at picnics with rancid bacon Mac & Cheese, burglars who danced around troubled couples, first dates gone wrong by bodily functions and people who got The Black Plague in order to be attractive.  It was a great set and no one went out for food after.

Team 2 took the stage next and chose a Random challenge and received, “And The Winner Is…”;  they had to perform Oscar Winning moments from the 294th Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees.  Such films as Summer’s With Billy, Ghengis Tron, and The Dangerous Six, were some of the nominees.  We were given scenes that were informed by the titles of the films (Tequila Mockingbird) and also had that Oscar-y feel.  The Dangerous Six & The Dangerous Six II looked like Academy favorites.  Both films consisted of  a father leading his family to California, “I don’t know what’s out there, but I know it’s out there…California!”  It was a fabulous way to celebrate the Oscar host Billy Crystal and his brilliant films City Slickers & City Slickers II.  Thanks Billy.

It was a Play-Tastic night and at the end of the night it would be Team 2 who would receive a very hardy pat on the back!  Despirado is now complete!  Inspirado 2011 saw many things, most importantly…one Oh Shit! Challenge.  2012 will be an entirely different story.  As The Dale North Memorial Tchotchkes climbed back onto the Inspirado stage, the faint whisperings of  The Friday Night Sh*w’s  corporate sponsor Duane Reade were heard, “Arm Yourself…for a Duane Reade flu shot”.   Will they have what it takes to get to the 2nd ever Oh Shit! Challenge?  Will FNS be able to take down their next challengers, Honey?  Will Honey (a delicious food for bears) leave FNS all gunked up…or will they get run over by the FNS train?  You decide!  Next week at 11pm…HAPPY NEW YEAR….INNNNSSSPPPIIIIRADDDDDOOOOOOOOO!

DEC. 29TH DESPIRADO PRESENTS: THE PLAY-TACULAR!

Since this week Inspirado is off (Merry Happy Holidays)…we’re taking this time to let you know about the final Inspirado of the year!  Thursday, Dec 29th, Inspirado presents The Playtacular.  This All-Star Lottery show will feature veteran Inspirado legends combined with…YOU!  Come and put your name in a hat and get a chance to play in the LAST INSPIRADO of the year!

Dec. 15th RECAP: LISTEN, KID Conquers The Night!

Irv Newburgh and Charlie Tickertape take home Uncle Stanley's Cup and bragging rights for 2011.

In December, Inspirado will be having 4 one-time-only shows of epic proportions, scale, and grandiloquence.  We’re calling it…De-spirado…

Smoke.  Fire.  The revving of Engines.  All of these things were at the pre-show to Despirado’s 2011 Championship Throwdown the 4 teams who have won the most Inspirados; Junior Varsity! BRICK! Friday Night Sh*w! Listen, Kid!  Trash talk was fierce, FNS team captain Laura Grey talked about her actual trash, while Listen, Kid’s Irv Neuburgh thought he was at a Magnet mixer, “it has to be a mixer, why else would BRICK be here?”  Oh sh*t…it’s on!

Friday Night Sh*w went first and chose a Stylistic challenge and received Quiz Show, which meant they had to perform a piece in the style of a Quiz Show.  We were taken to the set of “QUIZ SHOW 180,” where we met our three contestants, Danny, a k-12 gym teacher, Jeffrey, a rock climbing instructor who also dances, and Margaret, a home maker who doesn’t turn up on Internet searches.  The quiz show was complete with Physical Challenges, which consisted of Diesel coming onto the stage, dance-bending over and saying, “Mount Everest”.  At every commercial break, the set would switch 180 degrees, until they were hanging from the ceiling.  In the end, it would be Danny who would win for understanding exactly what Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ meant.

Junior Varsity, the first Inspirado champions ever, went next and chose a Nerdy challenge and received Back To The Future.  Each scene had to have one person who was secretly from the future.  We were immediately taken to a car where a boyfriend and girlfriend were talking about their date, then, the driver’s cousin chimed in and said, “…and then the towers fell”.  What followed were scenes about slow news days, grave digging for tuxedos and time cloning, a man with a song from the future (but ultimately, not a compelling one), and tons and tons of doors.  The audience was in stitches, as JV knew they would be, of course (hint: they’re from the future).

Listen, Kid! went next and they chose a Random challenge and recieved Choose Your Own Adventure.  They needed to perform a show in the style of a Choose Your Own Adventure book.  The show featured Kevin Cobbs as a love struck Butler, slacking on his duties due to his new girlfriend, whom the audience chose to make her physically weird.  It was Al King’s Master character, however, that the Butler truly loved, and on the whim of the audience the two whisked away to a private J. Edgar-esque getaway upsate, where, upon polling the audience, they confessed their love for one another to the laughs and “awws” of the crowd.

Finally, Brick, the only team to ever complete an OH SHIT! challenge, chose a Dumb challenge and received Wackadoo.  They had to perform the last short form piece from the college improv group the Wackadoo Make-em Ups.  Tim Eberle wonderfully captured, “the senior who cares too much” as he introduced games such as A, B, Scene and Hot Spot.  There were wackadoo originals, such as YMCA, where all of the words in the sentence would only start with the letter YMCA (and then the girls only version YWCA).  The set was complete with freshman hazing, pleas to donate to the Female Crisis Center, and a fart chorus.  It captured everything we loved to hate about college improv.

In the end, it would be Listen, Kid! standing tall in a tightly contested match, raising Uncle Stanley’s cup high above their heads in celebration.

The final week of December, De-spirado will be concluding with The 2011 Holiday Playtacular, where 6 lucky audience members will join 6 magnet veteren all stars on stage for an legendary Inspirado.  In two weeks, this post could be all about you.  About how you won INSPIIIIIRAAAAAADOOOOOOOO.

De-spirado 2011

Dec. 1st: Everyone vs. Shawn Wickens

Dec 8th: Level One Students vs. THE OWNERS

Dec 15th: Champions Throwdown 2011

Dec 29th: The 2011 Holiday Playtacular

Dec. 15th PREVIEW: J.V., Brick, LISTEN KID! & FRIDAY NIGHT SH*W Prepare For Ultimate Grudge Match!

Uncle Stanley & Aunt Donnetta, Holding Uncle Stanley's Cup

In December, Inspirado will be having 4 one-time-only shows of epic proportions, scale, and grandiloquence.  We’re calling it…De-spirado…

The CHAMPIONS Throwdown!  It’s here.  Finally, after an entire year of waiting, we now know the four teams that have won the most weeks of Inspirado.  Those teams are:  Brick (9 weeks), Junior Varsity (4 weeks), Friday Night Sh*w (4 weeks), and Listen, Kid! (3 weeks).   An all-star line-up unlike any that this world has ever seen.  This show is going to be so hot that rumors say CNN may have asked, “will Dec. 15th’s Despirado melt the core of the earth?”

There’s too many story lines to count…will anyone bring down the unbeatable Brick?  Will Junior Varsity enact revenge upon Listen, Kid!?  Will the Friday Night Sh*w remain red hot?  This will be the Inspirado shows to end all Inspirado shows (for 2011, at least).  The 4 winningest teams swinging it out with the best challenges!

The winner will take home a piece of History.  Dale North’s Uncle Stanley North, has agreed to donate his favorite drinking mug upon which the winners name shall be engraved.

Who will win Uncle Stanley’s Cup?  Will everyone explode with Awesomeness?!  Find out December 15th, 11pm, at De-sppiiiiiiiraaaaaaaaaaaddddooooooooooooooo!

De-spirado 2011

Dec. 1st: Everyone vs. Shawn Wickens

Dec 8th: Level One Students vs. THE OWNERS

Dec 15th: Champions Throwdown 2011

Dec 29th: The 2011 Holiday Playtacular

Dec. 8th Re-Cap: LEVEL 1 STUDENTS TAKE MAGNET THEATER!

 

The Deed Changes Hands!

In December, Inspirado will be having 4 one-time-only shows of epic proportions, scale, and grandiloquence.  We’re calling it…De-spirado…

It was a historic night at the sold out Inspirado arena, one that will never be forgotten.  As of Dec. 9th, 2011, the tyrannous rein of the “owners” is over!  At the end of this mud slinging grudge match, The Magnet Training Center’s Level 1 Students, would proudly be holding the deed (on leave from the Smithsonian) to the Magnet Theater.  After property being destroyed (Ed knocked down a mic stand), high emotions, and “rich” owners smack talking, the battle for the deed commenced!

The Level 1 Students went first and chose an Individual challenge,  they received Super Power.  Each player was given a super power that every character they played had to have.  The powers that were given were, invisibility, super strength, super speed, mind reading and shape shifting.  The set started off with a construction worker with super strength telling his boss that he wanted to “broaden his horizons”, “…now I want to focus on what else I can do.”  Then we saw a relationship in which the husband, who blocked out his wife’s mind reading powers, was having an affair with an invisible woman.  One of the more abstract scenes started off with two ducks on the water.  Soon after they started mating, “that’s some National Geographic shit right there”.  Right after they both finished, the shape shifter shifted out, “Ahhh…That’s what I needed”.  There’s nothing like a little Duck Love from the new owners!

The Owners (bathed in red light) took the stage next.  They chose a Physical challenge and received Slap/hug.  Every scene needed to began with either a slap or a hug and end with the opposite.  The first scene was a slap fight between two lovers, that quickly ended with them hugging and getting it over with.  We saw a scene in a haunted mansion, where there was blood on the walls and hands in the chimney, “Who would do such a thing!” (Enter Alex Marino), “I would”.  From there we saw a scene in a “sleep lab”, a woman who gave birth to a diamond baby and computer whiz who designed a “monster that moves like a robot”.  In the end, the owners would hang their heads on the fact that they had under estimated their training center (I hear that the new Magnet will have a water fountain!).

Glory has been served!  Level 1 Students will now, “Take level 2!”….ahhhh, all is right again.  Next week!  The 2011 Inspirado Champions Throwdown!  Featuring J.V., Listen Kid!, The Friday Night Sh*w, and Brick!  Who will win!  What will happen!  You find out, next week at 11pm at INNNSPPPIIIRRADDDOOOO!!!!

De-spirado 2011

Dec. 1st: Everyone vs. Shawn Wickens

Dec 8th: Level One Students vs. THE OWNERS

Dec 15th: Champions Throwdown 2011

Dec 29th: The 2011 Holiday Playtacular

Dec. 8th PREVIEW: LEVEL 1 STUDENTS Set Eyes On OWNERS!

IT'S ON!

In December, Inspirado will be having 4 one-time-only shows of epic proportions, scale, and grandiloquence.  We’re calling it…De-spirado…

It’s ON!  This Thursday at 11pm The Owners of The Magnet Theater (Ed Herbstman, Armando Diaz, and Alex Marino) take on Level 1 Students (Michael Burton, Allison Dembek, Peter Collins, Ryan Stadler, and Nicole Hjelt ).  They’ll battle for hopes, for dreams, for bragging rights, and for The Deed to The Magnet Theater!

David vs. Goliath. USA 4, USSR 3. Selena Gomez vs. Mike Tyson. All pale in comparison!   The show of all shows, the battle of all battles, David vs. Goliath!  Will the Magnet Theater be freed from bondage?  Or will 135 years of collective improv experience quash the uprising?  You decide.  Thursday, 11pm, INSSSPPPIRRADDDOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

De-spirado 2011

Dec. 1st: Everyone vs. Shawn Wickens

Dec 8th: Level One Students vs. THE OWNERS

Dec 15th: Champions Throwdown 2011

Dec 29th: The 2011 Holiday Playtacular

Re-cap, Dec. 1st: Everyone Crams their Way Past Shawn Wickens!

Everyone (and Shawn Wickens)

In December, Inspirado will be having 4 one-time-only shows of epic proportions, scale, and grandiloquence.  We’re calling it…De-spirado…

It was a special night at Inspirado for the very first De-spirado of all time.  Shawn Wickens entered the Inspirado arena alone to do battle with an army of 20+ improvisers.  When the dust had settled, “everyone” walked away a winner.  Including Shawn.  And you!

Shawn elected to go first, and onto the stage came Everyone.  Team Captain Kevin Cragg was joined by Elana Fishbein, Rachel Werbel, Woody Fu, Maggie Morris, Ruby Marez, Binu Paulose, Megan Gray, Kevin Kiernan, Andrew Fafoutakis, Michael Lutton, Sean Taylor, Tony Mui, Jon Bander, Jamaal Sedayao, Matt Shafeek, Vince Milosevich, Andrew Yurman-Glaser, Jason Scott Quinn, Ben Jones, Bianca Casusol, Jarret Berenstein, Austin Kuras–23 performers in all.  They selected the physical challenge and recieved, Going Down: “You are all stuck in an elevator.”

The group quickly formed into a tight knit pack of people stuck in an elevator.  An old woman (Elana Fishbein) got lifted to the front on her chair; a man (Austin Kuras) was bringing his elephant (Kevin Kiernan) somewhere.  Jarret Berenstein, ex-con, was heading to see his parole officer.  Andrew Yurman-Glaser selling girl scout cookies.  At one point, Ruby Marex began knifing people and Jamaal Sedayao fired off his gun, startling NBA Center Chris Bosh.  Jon Bander was convinced someone was the devil.  Sean Taylor, it turned out 5 minutes into the show, was an elevator repair man.   He was prompty stabbed.  The dead bodies began accumulating, and eventually turned into zombies, devouring everyone but Jarret (clever) and Elana (old), who remarked, dementia-addled, “This park looks different.”  And much, much more.

“Everyone” then took their seats in the crowd as Shawn Wickens took the stage, lonely but strong.  He selected a Random challenge called Something/Anything.  Shawn used to perform a show called “Something out of Anything”, a scripted show taking a small fact and building an entire show around it.  His challenge was to improvise a something out of everything using the fact: Kevin Cragg has gray hair.  Cragg joined him on stage and Shawn began the interview, asking Kevin about gray related topics like his hair, “The Grays” (aliens), depressin (Spaulding Grey), and an improvised scene from “Grey Gardens” with Shawn and Kevin as Little Edie and Big Edie.  “You have so many suitors…”

When the votes were counted, it would be Everyone walking away with a tight victory.  Shawn shouted, “We did it!” and joined in Everyone’s celebration.  After all, everyone is everyone.

Next week, Level One Students vs. The Owners.  Oh Em Gee.  Inspiraaaaadoooooooooo.

De-spirado 2011

Dec. 1st: Everyone vs. Shawn Wickens

Dec 8th: Level One Students vs. THE OWNERS

Dec 15th: Champions Throwdown 2011

Dec 29th: The 2011 Holiday Playtacular