Without A Shield by Evey McKellar

Without A Shield by Evey McKellar

In Level 5 improv, our teacher asked us to write down three performers we admire. One of mine is a DCH favorite: Sallie Bowen. From her standup routine featuring the ‘south mouth’ to her hysterical character videos on YouTube to her wholly, beautifully-awkward commitment to the game anytime she’s on stage, I love watching her perform. I’m inspired by and in awe of the way she stands in her own being, how she holds vulnerability with such confidence, curiosity, and creativity.

Performer of the Month: Bonnie Criss

Each month, Dallas Comedy House highlights an individual nominated by their peers as Performer Of The Month. To cast your vote for a performer, simply fill out this form.

The recipient this month is Bonnie Criss, a versatile performer that can play any type of character. She has the range to embody someone with high status, low status, smart, dumb, young, old, in the middle, whatever! Beyond the stage, she’s a kind person who is full of support.

Supporting the Scene by Evey McKellar

Supporting the Scene by Evey McKellar

Level 4 Improv may be my favorite (and the most challenging) level thus far in my improv training, taking us deep into the realm of emotional expression. Many exercises explicitly demand the group to be focusing on ways we can support someone, while they practice their range and depth of expressing certain emotions. Support can be requested, but even as observing without participating, we remain attentive and engaged. We do not enter into the experience with our own ideas; we focus solely on waiting for ways we can offer support. We do not allow ourselves to grow passive, checking out and waiting until someone gets our attention; our attention is rapt and offered, our focus is committed and engaged. This Level 4 ethos strengthens our ability and our bond as improvisers, fine-tuning our instincts to look for ways to offer support to each other.

Interns of the Weeks: Alan Jenkins and Kyle Rico!

Raye Maddox here, Intern Manager, here with another pulse-pounding edge-of-your-seat episode of Interns of the Week! In this series I allow everyone to get a gander at two of our most prized House Crew Interns! Nominated by their House Managers weekly, Interns on our House Crew get a quick second in the spotlight before having to hop back into the job! Being awarded Intern of the Week nets them a bar tab, some free show tickets, and this nifty blog feature and with no more droning on, let’s talk to Alan Jenkins and Kyle Rico!

  (On the Left: Alan harnessing the power of the sun in the palm of his hands and never ceasingly to look elsewhere but into the celestial flame. On the Right: Kyle has nice teeth.)

(On the Left: Alan harnessing the power of the sun in the palm of his hands and never ceasingly to look elsewhere but into the celestial flame. On the Right: Kyle has nice teeth.)

Where is your hometown?

Alan: I was born in Wichita, Kansas but grew up in Richardson/Plano area.

Kyle: I'm from Los Angeles. East Los Angeles to be precise!

What level of classes are you in?

A: I am almost finished with Level 5 Improv.*

K:  Level 3 improv!

*Raye: at the time of this interview

What’s something you’re passionate about?

A: I’m an animal lover, all about Dallas sports, and really enjoy cooking. Sleeping isn’t half bad either.

K: I'm really passionate about design and human interaction with applications. It's basically a fusion of psychology and computer science, my two favorite things! It's really fun interviewing people and trying to see what their needs are when it comes to designing intuitive software.

What’s the best food?

A: I am a steak lover with pizza a close second, and I’ll never turn down a Snickerdoodle!

K: Sushi, hands down. I've been eating it everyday. Honestly, I'll probably die of mercury poisoning, but what a way to go!

What’s the worst candy?

A: Black licorice. No idea who thought that was a good idea.

K: Black licorice. Why does that even exist? It's toxic, literally, when consumed in high doses.

Favorite movie?

A: Twister and it’s not close. The weather has always fascinated me and I was hooked from the first time I saw it. I’ll put it on when I’m bored, going to sleep, sick, sad, whatever.  “It’s the suck zone..” –Dusty

K: The Martian with Matt Damon. Science and comedy perfectly fused together. Seen it around 50 times already.

What’s just the worst?

A: Probably getting stuck in traffic when you gotta go. You know, gotta go bad.  There’s a weird acceptance that hits you if IT were to actually happen. Like, well, guess I’m done doing whatever I had planned for the day.  I’m not speaking from experience, but that would suck.

K: Making plans is just the worst. Stressful, and you immediately regret committing yourself to something.

What’s some good advice?

A: If you give a smile, you’ll get a smile! :)

K: No one's ever gone blind by looking at the bright side of life. So let's stare at it

Alan Jenkins is no longer on a House Crew, but the walls creak and moan waiting for his return! He was a solid help in all situations and always a warm face to greet you at the door! You can still catch him around the theater though as he still haunts this place!

Kyle Rico is a blessing! He has a quiet resoluteness to him that makes him a dependable piece of any House Crew team! You can always catch him on Thursday nights!

Raye Maddox is the Intern Manager and the Assistant in Toilet Paper Affairs at Dallas Comedy House. He has recently watched Bad Times at the El Royale. The movie is long but the pacing is fantastic. If you are in the mood for a thriller, go see this movie! You can catch him do improv in Midnight Passion, Kill Me Please, Gerald, and Don’t Broke Not Fixin’.