I have finished my first week of a two week run with the amazing sketch comedy troupe “Killing My Lobster” and I have to say, it’s pretty fucking funny. I have never worked with comedian/actors in this manner before and I find it to be a total eye opening experience. I stand in the back, behind all these props and machines and make noises, play music, utter unintelligible things in the mic and people seem to laugh.
The timing between the actors and myself is also a different beast from what I’m used to. I wait for them and they wait for the audience to respond before they move on. Be it a chuckle, belly laugh or silence. In the music and preaching world, I just charge on and wait for nothing, except maybe the hand of god to come and kick my ass. Sometimes, my drummer thinks it’s his job-and maybe it is!. But we just keep charging on and passing the conceptual ball around the band until we are done with it and say to the audience,
What do you think?
But in this format the interplay between the stage and the audience is instantaneous.
No laugh, No Glory.
Big Laugh, Full house tomorrow.
It’s exciting to live and die on every sentence, utterance and facial movement. Not for me of course because they do all of the heavy lifting in this project-and I give them all of the props they deserve, because they ARE lifting heavy items and are making them seem effortlessly funny.
So we have only one more week left-Four shows- to see this wonderful moment in time, before it fades into memory. Come and see it. Be part of the creation of a moment, part of the ebb and flow of art, part of something that you can effect the outcome-for better or for worse.
Exciting isn’t it?