I can't believe that it's over. Last night was like a beautiful fever dream (it was hot in those suits).
From an insane and absurd scene that contained a conservative estimate of 25 pratfalls to a hilarious double interrogation for loitering and absolutely everything in between, the more than 200 people in attendance at last night's championship round were treated to yet another hysterical evening.
Congratulations to Spider House, the 2016 BAIT Champions. I am aware that I keep saying and typing that every team has been ridiculously funny, but I will continue to do so until it becomes a lie. You were all tremendous. Thanks for making this series of shows worth putting on.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Boston Annual Improv Tournament. The performers, the judges, the folks that pitched in and helped us run the shows, everyone who came to laugh, those that returned a second or third night to laugh some more, the Regent Theatre and their staff... Everyone. Even Mike.
See you next year!
Holy smokes. What a night.
Fantastic performances from Bad Oatmeal, Beardo, Moon Bounce Command, Mudhut, Spider House, and The Feeling is Mutual. A tremendous crowd of over 150. A stellar panel of judges (Criess, Passafume, Sawyer, & Whitaker...my new favorite law firm).
I'm personally exhausted and exhilarated. Another BAIT in the books and it was better than ever.
Congratulations to our winners, Spider House, our second place finishers, The Feeling is Mutual, and our third place finishers Mudhut. But really... all the groups were great tonight.
We'll have more to say in the coming days, but wow. What a show. What a tournament.
I am astounded by the strength of the indie improv scene in Boston. This night was for the indies. And wow. What a night.
We're gearing up for the huge championship show on Sunday. Mike and I are constantly making remarks to each other such as, "Every show was so solid!" or "I can't believe how much fun this is!" It's been a crazy ride.
But before we look ahead to Sunday, I just wanted to thank our week four teams once more. It's a good thing that we'll be upstairs in the main theater this week, because Boston Harold, Buscow, Old Jennifer Aniston, Saves the Day and (week 4 winners) Spider House absolutely destroyed the Underground.
Here are just a handful of moments that are still with me, days later:
Thanks again to everyone who played. You are some funny, twisted people and I wouldn't have you any other way.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The list of teams that have advanced to the 2016 Championship Show:
Moon Bounce Command
The Feeling is Mutual
August 21 at 7pm at The Regent Theater.
I'm not exaggerating when I say this show is going to be epic. It will be one of the funniest shows you'll see all year. No doubt.
Final qualifying week! This Sunday!
We've got some truly stacked teams battling for your votes. We've got the young-and-up-and-comers, we've got some old improv pros, we've got a duo, we've got a team with like 100 people on it, we've got a bespoke team made just for this tournament, we've got you babe.
We have two slots left for the Championship show on August 21. The winner of this week automatically advances, and we have one wildcard slot left to bestow on a deserving team.
Come down and support indie comedy. It's about the best of humanity...collaboration, agreement, listening, and making people laugh. This Sunday and next. Only $5.
If you miss it, you'll have to wait a whole 'nother year. And god only knows what the next year will bring.
Come see us.
Last night's third installment of the 2016 BAIT tournament was jam-packed with laughs. The six teams were all in the zone and had the crowd practically rolling in the aisles.
Here are just a few moments that come to mind as I chuckle to myself despite the raised eyebrows of those around me:
Judging this show must've been tough. I know that I would have had a difficult time trying to choose three favorites for any of the three rounds.
Thanks to all of the performers. What an absurd, stupid, beautiful evening we all shared.
Week 3 is this week. We have another group of six indie teams to compete for your laughs.
This week we've got musical improv, historical improv (yep), improv with beards, and more.
I'm particularly excited about this week because I get to see an indie team for the first time...Bad Oatmeal. And I haven't seen enough of The Quarry or My Dinosaur Life. I get to see M&N more frequently, as we've appeared on a number of bills together, and I love what they do. And seeing Beardo outside Maggy's Lounge is going to be weird and wonderful (like seeing a moose in the city). And since I love improv with brains, Improvised History always hits the spot for me.
One of these teams will advance to the Finals. I can't wait to see which one. Tomorrow. 7pm. Be there.