Another one for the books. What a great show. Congrats to Mudhut for advancing to the Finals. Each team put in a strong performance tonight, and each received first place votes for every portion of the competition.
We'll post more tomorrow, but I couldn't sleep without posting. This show was that good.
After a cracking good Week One, BAIT is just getting started. In Week Two, we have 6 teams that range in experience from months together to years. We have the third-place finisher from last year. We have our first musical improv group of the year as well. And our first group inspired by a Joss Whedon TV show. Yep. We gots range.
We had two teams, instead of one, qualify for the Finals last week. That leaves just four slots for the winners of the next 3 shows, plus one wildcard team. No room for error now. Time to bring an audience, and bring the funny.
Who will take the BAIT crown this year? Who will master BAIT? Come and watch.
The lovely and hilarious folks who graced the stage last night left me reeling with the nonsense they pulled from thin air.
My voice is shot. I sound like Tom Waits swallowed a handful of rusty thumbtacks with a bucket of sand chaser. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard for such an extended period of time. If last night's opening show is any indication, Mike will be doing all the talking by the finals show in a month.
These teams have set such a high bar for the rest of the tournament. Thanks to everyone for playing and for making me laugh until it hurt (even the next day).
Now I can't wait for next week!
Here we are. The eve of the second annual BAIT (yeah, I know the A in BAIT stands for annual, but gimme me a break), and all through the town, we are scurrying to make sure we have all the equipment, supplies, and stuff we'll need. I'm sure we've forgotten stuff and we'll have to improvise on Opening Night, but hey, that's what this is all about. Improvisation.
Well, improvisation and community. The indie improv scene in Boston is booming. With IA and IB training literally hundreds of comedy students annually, and more performers moving to town, the list of indie teams keeps growing. And some of them on a good night can rival the best resident casts in the area. The scene is that strong.
We're excited to have 24 of these teams compete in our little BAIT tournament (see note in second sentence). We have teams that have been playing together for years, and some who have been together a few short months. We range from duos to massive ensembles. We even have some musical improv. Last year we had puppets. All in, this year we have more than 160 performers signed up for our little shindig.
We'll post recaps and musings here as the tournament continues. We hope you'll come see a show. You'll like it.