In the past year I’ve had the good fortune to be involved in two side projects (shorter run shows, that are not part of weekly casts): Fix it in Post, and Awkward by Proxy. Both shows had great premises that were executed well, strong casts, and were well received by people who saw them. I was fortunate to be involved in some of the early planning stages of Fix it in Post, and I developed Awkward by Proxy with my co-star, Annie.
Before I was involved in either of these projects I had been quietly pitching, and getting a cast together for, another project: “Oh Boy” an improvised Quantum Leap adventure.
We just had our second rehearsal for Oh Boy, and the first one where we actually got the show on its feet, but in some ways I’ve been working on this show longer than any other improv side project. I have notes going back over a year, scattered in notebooks and e-mails.
In this first full-show rehearsal we gave Oliver Stone the idea for Wall Street, broke up Destiny’s Child, and figured out how Michael Jordan played so well with the flu. The show seems to lend it self well to an improvised format, but as always, a lot of the credit for a good show goes to the cast. I’m lucky to have signed up a half-dozen really solid improvisers who are comfortable playing a variety of roles, and breaking the rules when the scene asks for it. All the while, they’re aware of, and can play the deep emotions and desires that propel the plot in Quantum Leap.
The show runs on Wednesdays from September 11-25th in the Comedy Lab at ImprovBoston.
It was amusing at times, but I think the reason it featured an RV so prominently was so you would have some reference for describing the size of the plot holes.