Performers are people, too. The only difference between you and them is that you pay money to watch them stand on a stage. They come from all walks of life and they usually like the same things you do such as food, water, and the occasional confusion of “Did I wash this t-shirt?"
I have been out and about in Dallas shopping for everyday items and saw someone I recognized in the same aisle as me. I immediately recognize the person as that dude or lovely lady that did the scene about finding a mattress on the side of the road and deciding to take it home. Should I say, "Hey?" Should I mention that I, too, have thought about taking a Roadside Mattress home (this should be a rival troupe to Roadside Couch—you are welcome).
Seeing a performer out in the wild is like seeing your third-grade teacher buying beer at the 7-11. Here are some tips on how to start a conversation with improvisers.
“Hey, what’s up?” – Always a good ice breaker. Improvisers like to be asked this question because it is not a one-word suggestion.
“You like bacon, I like bacon!” – This one works if they are shopping for bacon. I have always assumed that everyone at Dallas Comedy House (DCH) eats bacon daily, but I could be wrong.
“Hey Kyle, I really like Small Town the other night” – This works if it is Kyle. If it is not Kyle, then this opening line may be seen with confusion. But most of the time, improvisers can hit curveballs and respond.
And always remember that they are not on the clock. If they are not funny and are not doing funny voices, it is because they are normal. Just like you.
Ghost Watcher is a regular, DCH audience member.
(Image: Jason Hensel)