DCH Alumni: Where Are They Now? — Joe Scott (Part 2)

This series explores the lives of former Dallas Comedy House students and graduates, showcasing their creativity and how they’ve used lessons from DCH classes in their artistic pursuits.

Joe Scott is the host of the popular, science-based YouTube channel Answers With Joe, which currently has more than 180,000 subscribers. He’s also a DCH alum, attending improv and stand-up classes in 2012-2013. This is part two of our interview. Part one can be read here.

Befriending Fear by Evey McKellar

Befriending Fear by Evey McKellar

It still scares me to go out on stage.

My first improv showcase was on a Friday night. The week before, I sought out all the stage time I could find. I went to the Tuesday night Improv jam (like Karaoke but with Improvised comedy). I was in the Student Lottery Wednesday night (comedy students, sign up - it’s amazing!). By Friday, I felt only slightly less nervous to be heading out on stage in front of all the friends and family our class had invited.

DCH Alumni: Where Are They Now? — Joe Scott (Part 1)

This series, DCH Alumni: Where Are They Now?, explores the lives of former Dallas Comedy House (DCH) students and graduates, showcasing their creativity and how they’ve used lessons from DCH classes in their artistic pursuits.

Joe Scott is the host of the popular, science-based YouTube channel Answers With Joe, which currently has more than 180,000 subscribers. He’s also a DCH alum, attending improv and stand-up classes in 2012-2013.

I recently sat down with Joe in his home studio to learn more his channel, the production process, and how DCH classes helped prepare him for his YouTube career.

Interns of the Weeks: George Howington and Nathaniel Weathersby!

Raye Maddox here, Intern Manager, with another hot-hitting-fresh-off-the-press installment of Intern of the Weeks! Being an Intern has many perks, and one of the greatest is being able to be rewarded for doing great stuff! These two dudes got themselves a $20 DCH Bar-Card, 4 comp tickets to any show, and, of course, THIS. Without further hubble and bubble, let’s talk to George Howington and Nathaniel Weathersby.

Where is your hometown?

Creating Belonging by Evey McKellar

Creating Belonging by Evey McKellar

One of my favorite warm-up games in improv classes is called “7 things”. Each person gets a turn around the circle. When it is their turn the person lists 7 things about the topic they have been given.  (For example: 7 songs you love to sing in the shower) After each thing they list, we count off, and collectively yell “yes!” to their suggestion.(Africa by Toto - yes!, Easy by Lionel Richie - yes!, Take On Me by a-ha - yes!, Beat It by Michael Jackson - yes!, Let’s Stay Together by Al Green - yes!, Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard - yes!, The Sweater Song by Weezer - yes!)

I have seen this game played a handful of times. Sometimes, 7 very hilarious things emerge, and we marvel at the quickness and cleverness of the player. Other times, the list of 7 involves grunts and random noises, and we celebrate witnessing a person being brave and contributing. The game teaches the individual to be present to themselves and say the first thing that pops into their head without getting stuck in thinking and planning. It teaches the rest of the group to stretch the muscle of saying ‘yes’ to each other.