ALERT: THE HOLIDAY INTERNSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED. THE DEADLINE IS NOW WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH.
The Winter Holidays are approaching and while classes are off, internships are not! In my search for holiday interns, I went to a reliable source of information to understand the mind of a holiday intern. Jamé McCraw is the leading expert in this field and was kind enough to answer some questions for me.
For those who do not know, who are you, what do you do around DCH?
I’m Jamé. I perform improv with Watermelon, which was a Ewing team last Spring. Some people know us as Kaspar’s 12th favorite troupe. I have interned with the night crew and written for the DCH Blog. I am also a “red shirt” staff member. I make meals and sometimes serve them.
Was the Holiday Internship your first internship?
The holiday internship was my second term as an intern, but the first time I had an opportunity to be a house manager on some nights.
What did you enjoy about the Holiday Internship?
Being a holiday intern was a great way to meet more people in the DCH community, which I realized is much broader than classmates and performers. The community extends to visiting friends and family members in town for the season. I encountered players who used to live here but moved away and are back in town for the holidays. Because of this, there are new faces at open mics and jams. Also, improv troupes will feature special guests. Interning is especially advantageous because of how many shows you get to see. I think that is something that should not be taken for granted. It’s a cool opportunity. Although the job is to sell tickets, seat people and clean up, there’s a unique first hand learning experience for anyone who wants to perform. You literally get to watch comedy for class credit.
What made you most nervous?
I had mostly interned on Tuesday nights prior to the holiday shifts. On Tuesdays the open mic and jam are free, so there is no cash drawer to handle. It was a new responsibility and at first I worried about bumming people out if the line moved too slowly. But I quickly learned people waiting to see a comedy show are usually pretty easy going about waiting in a little line.
What did you gain from the Holiday Internship?
I met a lot of new people. I was given more responsibility. I got to ring in the New Year with a boatload of funny folks.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I will be having a snack near cats with my best friend, my boyfriend Bruce. I will be responding to something silly from the Watermelon group chat which will have reached over ten million messages.
What's a McCraw secret to happiness?
(see above, but subtract nine million)
Jamé McCraw is a true gem and can be seen behind a bar or on a stage. Watermelon’s next show is on Saturday, November 4th at 7:30.
Raye Maddox is the DCH Intern Manager. He's already seen Thor: Ragnorak, and he really enjoyed it. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about interning or Thor.
The Holiday Internship lasts just three weeks from Dec. 18th-Jan.7th.
Your local comedy house needs you!
Apply to be one at: https://goo.gl/forms/t2FXtqgNy0lcee6A3