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!