Today there was a very funny article written on The Second City Network Called: What to Expect When You're Dating An Improviser.
It made me laugh for a long time. It made me laugh more with the comments from other people who are improvisers.
I read the article and the comments and thought to myself: Holy shit. I'm the luckiest improv girl in the world.
I have been married to an improviser for twenty-two years.
I started dating him twenty-seven years ago.
My laughter came from the idea of this: Wow improv guys sure must have changed a lot since 1986. I haven't really noticed. Matter of fact maybe I just noticed the fact that the older you get and you are still doing improv is the idea you feel like you are a college professor on campus: No one ages but you.
With that and with love, improv ladies now, here is what I noticed apparently being the luckiest improv girl finding an improv man to settle down with for the rest of your life. This could also possibly apply to Tina Fey's amazing improv man (I'm not putting words in her or Richmond's mouth. I'm assuming)
My Husband is not hot, but he was a Blonde.
In today's terms my husband was not considered hot. In our world he was considered "A Character Actor" The theatre term for "Non Leading Man"
With those terms thrown out, pretty much the majority of most improv women are "Character Actors" too. I'm a Character Actor. I'm not even on the same playing field as "Leading Lady" If Halle Berry was never known as an actor and we were standing in front of iO or Second City? Someone would ask me when my next improv show was and then ask for the phone number of my super hot possible relative.
If we, improv ladies wish to be honest here: How many of us women who do improv nowadays actually have more plaid shirts in our closet than dresses?
I ran into Hans in 1986 auditioning for his improv company . Blonde. Husky. Character Actor. He was compared for years to Benny Hill who is not hot by any means, but then again not a ghastly beast. I thought he was adorable looking.
Today...he *still considers himself a blonde* and I let him live that lie because...why not? Yesand in improv, ladies. He is just happy he has his hair as though I would magically think"After all these years I no longer think you are boyishly adorable" Through the years he has morphed into a million different people to be compared to: Warren Zevon. Back to Benny Hill. The Guy from the Eurhythmics. Bill Clinton. Back to Benny Hill. He has now settled into a smaller version of George Lucas (which irks me because it seems any fair haired old guy with a beard gets compared to him or Santa Claus)
In Improv we are all "Character Actors" male and females alike. If you are shooting to date a hot person in improv? You have picked the wrong style of theatre. You might wish to head over to a Shakespeare Rep Company or billet an On Camera Workshop Class.
Or move to Los Angeles or New York. You will find Halle Berry/Denzel Washington super hot looking people at your local improv company. They want improv on their resumes if you wish to keep that L.A./NY Stereotype alive.
Hans has mother issues.
I got your standard guy when it comes to this. Matter of fact his entire current living siblings have mother issues.
Hell. I have mother issues regarding Hans mother.
Mr. Summers was the buffer. That guy was amazing. He attended every show we did and laughed heartily at everything that occurred onstage and bought us beers after shows. He loved what his son did. Every moment of it.
So, every time when you see Hans sit quietly onstage and listen to me rattle on in some horrible character improv wise? We are playing his parents. If I'm doing a German accent? We both probably had some sort of conversation with her before our show.
We take our improv home in the form of Couch Bits because it makes us laugh through the worst of times as a couple.
Why do we take our work home and turn them into Couch Bits most improvisers are wondering? Let me explain as much as I can in the simplest way possible: The improv we do is of a comedy nature. One of the things that is supposed to keep a relationship (and marriage) fun is the idea of comedy. One of the top qualities women look for in men is a sense of humor.
In the worst of times. We have made each other laugh.
Me: How much do I love you?
(Hans spreads his arms really wide)
Me: How much do you love me?
(Hans puts his thumb and index finger together *really close*)
I promised myself if I won any award for anything televised? I would do that thanking Hans.
Most Every Comedian Requires Puppy Levels of Attention. Most Puppies, are also unfaltering adorable and loving.
Before I even got into improv I have always found improv men "Puppy Adorable" but not in the needy doing bits idea: Improv men are not smoking hot (if you are looking for that) but the majority of them are unfaltering sweet.
A good chunk of improv men are hopeless romantics. Why are there so many improv scenes where a guy is devastated when an improv girl packs her imaginary improv bag? Because improv men knows how it feels when it comes to being crushed.
Improv Men will propose to you onstage or put your engagement ring in your Truth in Comedy Book attached to the bookmark. I knew one improv guy who showed up at his girlfriends' sister's wedding. In Spain. He flew out to Spain. Her entire family was in on it. He showed up with flowers.
And of course every improviser who has ever heard this phrase in improv used it for him: "Well. Here you are in Spain" Meta Improv Bits in Real Life for Love.
This guy is not hot. He is Puppy Adorable. He is also not a ginger. You don't find that too often coming from an actor in Off Broadway Musical Theatre.
I lucked out. I'm a not hot improv girl who married a not hot improv guy with mother issues who is not a ginger where we can do bits in the privacy of our own home and make each other laugh who is a hopeless romantic.
I'm a lucky girl. Why? Because I have always been the asshole in this relationship. I'm a snarky asshole improviser who married a wonderful Puppy like Improviser
That just might be a quality of improv ladies for improv guys that don't keep us together in a relationship. Us sort of being assholes wishing the comedy guys around us were more hot.
Or as we called them twenty seven years ago? Leading Men. I will go for a Character Actor any day of the week. When Hans dies I will be over here Character Actors.
...In a plaid shirt.
Liz. Gurrrl. Your article cracked me up. Your article is honestly funny being completely snarky, because as an improviser who worked at Second City Chicago who read this on a Second City blog post? You are also the luckiest gal alive.
Girl. Sorry you got burned by a redheaded improviser who knows how to do The Doo Run Run. But at least you got a blog post out of the whole thing. AMIRIGHT? UP HIGH! I'M TOTALLY BEING SNARKY!
But, If you are looking for bitless hot non gingers who are less puppy like you have apparently picked the wrong type of Theatre to date in.
Have you thought about Off Broadway Musical Theatre? Be careful, though. Off Broadway Musical theatre guys might have mommy issues. And probably dress like their mom's taking their work home...if you wish to uphold horrible theatre stereotypes.
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