Cell Block Tango

Comedy Centerfold: Ryan Goldsberry

Welcome to Comedy Centerfold, where we feature a Dallas Comedy House performer and get to know him or her a little better by using questions that Playboy centerfolds are usually asked.  Ryan GoldsberryHere's one thing you need to know about Ryan Goldsberry: equation

Another thing you need to know: Despite having the word "gold" in his name, he's not related to the famous Goldschläger cartel or the infamous Goldapps clan. These are mistakes often made about him.

You might also be interested to know that he takes his whiskey neat, he's as smart AF, and he once stole a taco off of Chuck Norris' tray at Taco Bell when he wasn't looking.

Hometown? We moved around a bit when I was younger, but eventually landed in a small town in East Texas called Rusk when I was in elementary school and never left.

Guilty Pleasures? Baths and potato chips. Which, typing the two next to each other makes me wonder why I’ve never eaten potato chips in a bathtub.

Ambitions? Eat better, exercise more, finish writing even a third of the projects I start.

Best Concert? I don’t like live shows very much, honestly, but I’m trying to be less like Larry David so I won’t make this a vehicle for those complaints. One time at Warped Tour I went to see August Burns Red at the end of the day and fell asleep on the lawn in the back. That was kinda fun.

Favorite Book? This question was hard. I think the one I go back to the most is Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Anytime I read it, I feel inspired to write something, which I guess is a mark of a good book.

Favorite Movie? If I want to be pretentious, Synecdoche, New York is the only movie to make me full-on cry. Watch it twice. I think it’s really moving and it cemented Charlie Kaufman as my favorite screenwriter.

If I don’t, Alien and The Road Warrior are pretty great.

Favorite TV Show? I watch a lot of TV. Please start a conversation with me about a show you really like. Some favorites: Jeopardy!, Fringe, The Simpsons, Adventure Time, The Sopranos, House Hunters, Rick and Morty, Veep, and The X-Files.

Pets? I have a one-eyed cat named Bean. She’s great. I point out that she has one eye not because that’s the trait that defines her, but because I’m superficial and that’s what initially got me to go meet her at the shelter.

Foods I Crave? Popcorn, the nachos from Spiral Diner, salt-and-vinegar chips.

People I Admire? In my personal life: My girlfriend, Kim, for being funnier and better at expressing emotions than me, my parents for being as supportive and hard-working as they are, and every animal I’ve ever met for bringing joy to my life.

Celebrity-wise: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Pendleton Ward, and Tina Fey have all inspired me or impacted how I approach comedy in some way.

Dream Role? I find myself naturally furrowing my brow a lot, so I think I'd be OK in a made-for-TV Wentworth Miller or Michael Shannon biopic.

Favorite Song to Sing? Anything loud, fuzzy, and emotional. "Come Back Home" by Japanther and "Y Control" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs come to mind.

Good First Date Idea? Lay on a couch reading Onion headlines to each other while watching Love It Or List It. If you had fun, you can probably continue dating.

Catch Ryan playing with The 1995 Chicago Bulls, Cell Block Tango, CLR, and Photobomb at the Dallas Comedy House.

Friday, April 1 - Cell Block Tango @ 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7 - The 1995 Chicago Bulls @ 8 p.m. and CLR @ 9 p.m. Friday, April 8 - Photobomb @ 9 p.m. Saturday, April 9 - Cell Block Tango @ 8 p.m. Friday, April 15 - Photobomb @ 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 - Bulls @ 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 - Photobomb @ 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23 - Cell Block Tango @ 9 p.m. Friday, April 29 - Cell Block Tango @ 9 p.m. and Photobomb @ 10 p.m.

Comedy Centerfold: Colten Winburn

Welcome to Comedy Centerfold, where we feature a Dallas Comedy House performer and get to know him or her a little better by using questions that Playboy centerfolds are usually asked.  Colten WinburnSometimes a man comes along who knows the way to your heart is through song. That man is Colten Winburn, this month's Comedy Centerfold. Colten's skills are manifold. He's a performer in a prize-winning improv troupe, he speaks more than one language, and his use of grammar is impeccable. You can see Colten in person performing in the following troupes and shows:

Photobomb: July 31, August 7, August 14, and August 21 Cell Block Tango: August 1 and August 21 Primary Colours: August 1, August 20, and August 28 (in Pittsburgh) Samurai Drunk: August 7 24K Goldapps: August 8 Spanishprov: August 12 and August 20

Hometown? Flower Mound, Texas. Voted one of the best places in the country to raise your children. It is a town of families, and everything closes at 10 p.m.

Guilty Pleasures? Watching children's cartoon shows, like Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Avatar: The Last Airbender or several other anime shows I could pretend are not kid shows, but really they are. They're just stupid and fun, OK? Oh, also somehow 24 fits into this category.

Ambitions? My first ambition is to convince Amanda to mover her piano into the theater, right by the stage. I think that is supposed to happen already, but I won't know for sure until it actually happens, so I need to keep working at it. After that, I aspire to play on that piano.

Best Concert? I don't remember the year, but I went to a Ray LaMontagne/Levon Helm concert that was amazing. It was on a weeknight, and people started leaving after Ray was done, not realizing or caring that Levon was coming out next, those idiots.

Favorite Book? Ender's Game/Speaker for the Dead were pretty important to me growing up, as were Lemony Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I haven't found a book since that I enjoyed as much, but if I'm honest, I haven't been searching very hard. I'm open to suggestions.

Favorite Movie? I really liked Little Miss Sunshine. On a tangent, my least favorite movie is probably Jumper. It was just disappointing.

Favorite TV Show? After Breaking Bad, I have to say Lost. Whatever about the ending guys, wasn't the journey worth it? Although, I always felt a personal connection to Twin Peaks. Like our personalities matched. Comedy-wise it's Parks and Rec and Bob's Burger's. Because you fall in love with every single character.

Pets? I love pets. I don't have an official pet right now, but I am helping to take care of a stray cat name Alistair, Philip, Mandolin, and Gato. Everyone met her separately and gave her a name. Right now Philip and Mandolin are the front runners.

Foods I Crave? Sushi. Maybe candy corn for two seconds some time in October, but then back to sushi.

People I Admire? If you can't find something you admire in every person you meet, then you're not really listening. Like for example, Novak Djokovic. He's so consistent!

Dream Role? Reggie Watts on Comedy Bang Bang. I haven't seen the new guy yet, but you get the picture.

Favorite Song to Sing? "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette, "Chandelier" by Sia, and of course, "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls.

Good First Date Idea? Top Golf. You can hit the ball, have a few drinks, and avoid awkward first date questions. I've never actually been; I heard about it from a friend. I want to emphasize that I've never been there.

Troupe Talk: Cell Block Tango

Cell Block Tango (Sung to the tune of "Three’s Company Too") Come and knock on their door... They’ve been waiting for you.... Where the monoscene is his and his and his, Three's company too.

Come and dance on their floor... Take a tango that's new... They’ve got a loveable show and want you to go, Three's company too.

You'll see that life is a ball again, laughter is calling for you... Down at DCH (it’s true!) ... Three's company too!

Down at DCH (it’s true!)... Call Block Tango is Three's company too!

Hey Guys! Let’s kick this off by you telling me about the best show you ever had together.

Colten: We had a practice set once in which we all played bees who couldn't stop dancing. We were practicing in a field, and I know some people saw us, which is why it counts as a show. Daniel: One time we did a scene that took place on an airplane and character popped between a bunch of characters. By the end we were playing 10 or 11 characters between the three of us. Ryan: There was that time Colten ripped a door off the stage. I may be confusing “best show” with “worst I’ve ever frozen on stage.”

What is Cell Block Tango's style? Do you follow a form?

Colten: We shoot for a fun monoscene. An interesting, “behind the scenes” tidbit is that Daniel is always in charge of naming every character, including his own. Daniel: Because we have 30 minutes to do one scene, we're not afraid to go off on stupid conversational tangents. We basically spend the whole time trying make Colten break character. Ryan: Form: We perform a monoscene with no real rules other than, “Hey no edits.” 
Style: We’ve been described as “three friends hanging out together on stage,” which I’m going to hope was meant as a compliment.

Tell me your true feelings about the phrase "Three's a crowd"?

Colten: Sounds to me like whoever said that was trying to exclude a third person from their group, probably because of romantic ulterior motives, which seems passive aggressive to me. Why not just tell me what you're up to, you know? Anyway it doesn't apply to improv troupes for sure. Daniel: Crowds must make for fun improv teams. Ryan: I’m partial to “three’s pretty good if you’re all trying to fit in a sedan that has a small back seat.”

What's your favorite improv rule to apply to real life?

Colten: Just listening. I have no idea how many things I didn't hear before I started improvising, but it must have been a lot. Daniel: I've stopped using real objects all together. Everything is pantomime now. I've never been more hungry. Ryan: Stop planning and just have fun.

Famous Trios: Who would be who in--

The Three Stooges (Moe, Curly Larry) Colten: I think Daniel is Curly. And I think that Ryan is also Curly. And I'm definitely Curly. We're all Curly. Curly is my favorite. Daniel: I'm the meanest, so I'm Moe. Ryan has nice hair, so he's Larry. And Colten is Curly because he always goes NYUK NYUK NYUK WOOPWOOOPWOOOPWOOP Ryan: Curly!

Peter, Paul, and Mary (Peter, Paul, and Mary) Colten: My first question is, Mary as in Magdalen or as in the Virgin Mary? Also, I don't know that those three really constitute a trio either way, granted I'm not well versed in the Bible. Ryan: Solid Q, Colten. If we’re going biblical with this, I for sure wanna be Samson.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (...the good, the bad and the ugly) Daniel: I can’t answer this without being self-deprecating. Let’s just say that both Colten and Ryan are good. Ryan: Can we all be the Bad? Colten: I'm Bubbles, Daniel is Blossom, and Ryan is Buttercup, and we have all avoided answering this question directly.

Destiny's Child (Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle) Daniel: Can we all be the yonce? Colten: I like Daniel's idea that we're all the yonce. I think Ryan and I are her legs, and Daniel is her upper body.

See Cell Block Tango perform at the Dallas Comedy House on July 17, August 1, and August 21.

Tori Oman is a Level Five student at DCH. She’s trained and performed with the Second City and iO in L.A. and Chicago. Favorite pastimes include being irrationally competitive at Monopoly, eating an apple in every country she’s traveled to, and being the sole person on this planet that thinks Necco Wafers are a delicious candy choice.

DCF2015: Lots of Jeans and Dancing Hosts

16717105767_0b3134fea1_z Day 1 of the Dallas Comedy Festival is done and in the books. The night started off with some great jokes from our city's funniest 10-year-old comedian and ended with a strong set from improv troupe Cell Block Tango. In between, the audience learned some life lessons like what happens when God closes a door, what kind of person Tom Devenport's mother-in-law is, and this tasty nugget from Saffron Herndon:

And here are a few photos.

Paul Varghese

Aaron Aryanpur

Daniel Matthews  of Cell Block Tango

Laughing is fun.

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Day 2 begins tonight at 7 p.m. with more stand-up acts from around the country. Preston Lacy from Jackass fame will headline the 8:30 and 10 p.m. time slots. See you there!