Thoughts on 2-person scenes

18 Jul

There is something about doing something new on stage that gets my heart pumping. It could be my first stage combat, attempting to sing, doing wire work a la Jackie Chan, or doing a nude scene.

Don’t worry, none of those happened. Though, I wouldn’t mind streaking on stage sometime. I’m talking about the two person scene in improv. Two people act out a scene and take on the personas of multiple characters in the scene. Never seen a two person scene? Check out some of the two person improv acts in San Diego if you get the chance. Chris George and Mike McFarland are one of the funniest two person acts to catch. (Tell them I sent ya).

I’m used to doing long form scenes with 6 to 8 people. This was the first time I would attempt the two person scene. Of course I was nervous, but how could anything go wrong when I was paired up with Antonio Salinas. The man known as the guy who has the most energy on stage.

Now I don’t know if it was the Vitamin B I took earlier that kicked in or the shots of Jack Daniels that loosened me up. But once we got a suggestion from the audience, we both went off. I felt like we could have done a whole one hour scene if we wanted to. The suggestion was “banana”, which caused us to create a scene with Peanut Butter Banana Carne Asada Burrito. Sounds good doesn’t it? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

After the show ended, I knew it wasn’t the Vitamin B nor the Jack Daniels that made my creativity go off. It was the fact that I was having a lot of fun with where the scene was going. The one thing I’ve learned from an improv instructor at Improv Olympic was that when you’re doing a scene, you have to have fun or else your scene will end up being boring.

Now that the show was done, I’ve been thinking. Should I start a Gio and Antonio show? Or as Antonio would call it, The Antonio and Gio show? I think I’ll workshop the two person scene a little bit more before I consider it.

Now what about this Peanut Butter Banana Carne Asada Burrito? Well… don’t try it with Peanut Butter……. But do add banana. It’s good.

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