Jessica Dorrell

Comedy Centerfold: Jessica Dorrell

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. Jessica DorrellJessica Dorrell is a badass. I don't mince words. JD, as I've never called her, once wrote for this here blog as an intern. But that's only a microcosm of her story. Time is short, so I'll touch on a few highlights: She invented Pyrex glass. She dined with Morrissey in Monaco in the mid-80s after the Smiths broke up. She rescued a pod of dolphins from a sinister underwater warlord hellbent on turning said dolphins into land-walking dolphin-bots. I could go on, but what you should really do is go see her perform in the troupe Summer Girls (May 14, May 28, June 9, and June 23) and a yet-to-be-named lady troupe (June 2).

Hometown? Age 0-12: Arlington, Texas. Age 12-19: Humble, Texas.

Guilty Pleasures? I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures; I’ll own up to all the terrible TV and movies I watch. That said, I can devour any 1990s teen drama you put in front of me in one weekend, and I’ll watch any horror movie that someone says is “just alright.”

Ambitions? I really, really, really want to visit a volcano and a lighthouse. I also want to eventually be able to make a living by just creating weird art with people I love.

Best Concert? It’s a tie between every time I’ve seen The National live and last year when I drove to Houston to see Drake in concert.

Favorite Book? I’m a serial “buy too many books and not read them fast enough” person. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite book, but ones I’ve really enjoyed recently are We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee.

Favorite Movie? A three-way tie between Vertigo, the original Halloween, and Scream.

Favorite TV Show? 30 Rock!!! It’s the perfect show. I also really enjoy a nice Chopped marathon.

Pets? I have two! An aggressively, cuddly 9-year-old tuxedo cat named Penny and a very weird and adorable 6-month-old demon/mystery puppy named Pickles!

Foods I Crave? Queso. Always queso.

People I Admire? All the ladies in my life – I’m lucky to be friends with a bunch of strong, independent, smart, hilarious women and they inspire me daily. My mom! She is the original strong, independent woman in my life. My boyfriend, Jude, because he’s the smartest and funniest person I know and he makes the best steak. Comedy wise – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Chris Gethard – I think they all embrace the weirdness inside them and channel it into really, really smart comedy.

Dream Role? Something where Jenny Slate and I are best friends and we just traipse around NYC eating ice cream at every place we see that has ice cream. Or a really scary murderer. Or if I could tie those two together, that works also.

Favorite Song to Sing? "Private Eyes" by Hall and Oates (clap clap) and anything Nicki Minaj.

Good First Date Idea?
 A queso crawl – you just go to a bunch of different spots with queso in one night.

Book Review: "A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgement" by Chris Gethard

Chris GethardI’m going to try my best to avoid this post digressing into a love letter to Chris Gethard, but I can’t make any promises. I like weird people. More than that, I like people that help foster weirdness in others. I find an immense amount of comfort in someone that can help people see that they’re not alone in trying to accept themselves and then give those people a sense of belonging to something. This notion is how I stumbled upon Chris Gethard. Gethard is a veteran improviser with Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), a stand-up comedian, an author, and host of his own weird-as-hell late night show, The Chris Gethard Show (TCGS). Just a few things about TCGS: It started as a live UCB show, which then went to a public access TV channel in New York (and then most recently found a home for a season at Fusion Network), and it billed itself as “the most bizarre and often the saddest talk show in New York City.” If I had to use one word to describe the show, it would be “honest.” The show has a topic each week and has a celebrity, usually a comedian, on to help with weird segments and answer calls from viewers during the entire show. TCGS truly gives a voice to its fans and viewers, reinforcing that they belong to something wonderful and weird that anybody can be a part of.

I could go on for hours and hours about how perfect and unique his talk show is, but I’m here for a book review, so let’s talk about that. A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgement is a collection of short, personal essays from Gethard, released in 2011 (yeah, I’m late, I know). I ordered the book after a recent nose-dive into the back catalog of TCGS episodes. Once the book arrived, I read it in under a week. Now, this might be a normal thing for normal people, but consider that I haven’t read a book in under a week in probably a decade and maybe this claim has more weight.

The collection of essays starts, quite literally, at his birth and spans up to Gethard’s present-day in 2011. Most of the essays are, at surface level, about growing up in New Jersey, moving to New York, breaking into comedy, and other typical “coming of age” tales you might expect to read from a comedian. That doesn’t mean the tales themselves are not gut-wrenchingly awkward and hilarious, but what stands out is how honest Gethard is about his struggle with mental illness and feeling lost because of it.

Gethard is brutally honest about a life-long struggle with anxiety and depression that always made him feel out of place in society. The book gives a voice to so many thoughts that I know I’ve personally had and deals with the question, “Am I going to be okay?” The overarching theme becomes his search for the answer to that particular question, and while the answer may not be black and white, the journey he takes you on to get there will leave you with a lot of hope.

Jessica Dorrell is a Dallas Comedy House graduate and performs in the troupes Wilma! and Summer Girls. You can see her in Stage Fright, a Halloween sketch show in October.

JFK, Sugar Ray, and the Sixth Floored

Our latest Level 3 Sketch class work hard to produce a stellar show, and it's evident they succeeded with Sixth Floored. Performer Jonda Robinson and assistant director Julia Cotton fill us in about the revue and how sketch writing can help make you better improviser. How did the group land on the theme of the show? What is the through-line in each scene connecting with the overall Dallas/Kennedy title?

Jonda: Because this is the first sketch show at the new Dallas Comedy House (DCH), we thought it would be nice to try to write some things that were inspired by Dallas. Nick Scott (our director) asked us to bring in pitches that involved the city, and almost all of them had to do with the Kennedy assassination in some way. This made us think about how that event is still such a big deal for the city, and Dallas has never really moved on from it. In our scenes, we saw this related theme of characters being stuck in situations, unsure of how to move forward, and that became that thread that runs through the show.

Julia: Nick and I had them go around the table and just tell what was going on in their lives. In everyone's response there was some mention of not knowing what was coming next in their lives. Everyone seemed to hint at the need to move on to the next thing, but not quite being sure what that next thing was or even if moving on would be the right thing to do. So that's something underlining the show, for sure: staying stuck in a situation or moving on from it. JFK came along because I think we had them bring historical pitches and Dallas centric pitches in the same week. There was some grim holocaust stuff, some grim 9/11 stuff, but I think mostly JFK stuff came through the pipe that week, and we ended up running with that. There was a joke about the JFK assassination being the thing Dallas is most known for and there's like this weird sense of pride about it. The title Sixth Floored, though, is also a reference to the band Sugar Ray, which is another prominent element in the show (their second studio album was titled Floored).

Sixth Floored

How does working together as a sketch group differ from working together as improv troupe?

Jonda: When you are onstage as an improv troupe, you don’t have time to overthink—you just have time to react, and once a scene is finished, you’ll never do it again. In sketch, you get to take your basic idea, write it, and rewrite it until it’s something you really like. Sketch involves a lot of bouncing ideas off of each other and, as a group, picking the ones that work best. The collaboration is different, because you get to actually explain the reasoning for your choices and hear other ideas to see which is best before putting anything up for the audience.

Julia: You're getting to explore each other's ideas further, which is great on a lot of levels. Not only does that mean you're digging into the sketch and what can make it great and better and finding different directions it can go, but you're also digging into each other more. In improv, you make things up on the spot and scenes and moments pass so fast and you forget about them so quickly. With sketch, obviously you're planning things, so you can ask someone, "How did you get to that thought," which prompts a lot of conversations in and out of that writer’s room. Being able to bounce ideas back and forth, you end up getting a deeper look into each other's psyche. I like that, because there’s the opportunity for writing specific things about the people you’re working with.

Sixth Floored

How does writing influence your improv skills?

Jonda: Writing sketch has helped me become more aware of just how important the basics are in an improv scene. When you write something, you know that you need to get the set-up of the scene out as quickly and efficiently as possible. Without this foundation, the audience is left missing out. Writing sketch has also forced me to take the time to analyze the game of a scene and figure out how to best heighten it, which in turn has made it a little easier to recognize the game when I’m in the heat-of-the-moment of an improv scene.

Julia: I think both skill sets go hand in hand. I signed up for improv with the intention of getting into sketch writing. Doing improv makes you focus on things like “who, what, where” and “relationships” and “finding the fun” and “burning the leaves.” When you go into writing a sketch, all of those improv “rules” are so vital in giving you places to take a scene and finding out which one of those places is most interesting to explore and make a sketch out of. I feel like going back to improv after writing, you end up finding those interesting places faster.

What kind of work goes into putting on a sketch show?

Jonda: The work is basically four phases:

  1. Pitch a million ideas and pick the few that you like and have the most potential.
  2. Write, perform, rewrite, perform, rewrite again, rewrite some more, etc., until you have your sketches where you want them.
  3. Memorize your scripts and rehearse to get your performance down.
  4. Spend the entire run of your show having lots of fun with your group, because you’ve got it all down and are excited to show an audience what you’ve created.

Julia: Each week, everyone meets together in a “writer’s room” environment. The first couple of meetings everyone pitches ideas based on whatever’s happening (in their life, in the world, etc.), or maybe a prompt or theme is thrown out there (“pitch something about Dallas,” “pitch something about a particular historical event,” “pitch something about sports”). We go through all of the pitches, pick the ones that jump out enough for everyone, talk about them for a bit, and then improvise them. If something is working as an improvised scene, someone is assigned to take it and write it out. When there are enough scenes that kind of lean toward a similar theme, we get a few more pitches specifically for that theme and go through that same process with them. The directors take them all and come up with a preliminary show order and after that, it’s much like doing a theater production: Everyone needs to get "off book." Usually there’s some rewriting. There are ALWAYS sketches that get cut. There are revisions to the show order. There’s a prop list. There’s blocking/staging. There’s sound and lighting. There are rehearsals. There are tears. And then there’s a show!

Sixth Floored

Which skills does one need to be a good sketch performer?

Jonda: To be successful as a sketch performer, one needs the dedication to memorize lines and the willingness to try to play scenes in different ways, even if it pushes you out of your comfort zone. To use a term from my days playing team sports, you’ve got to be “coachable” and willing to listen to your director and fellow performers to make the performance the best it can be.

Julia: Having an improv background is definitely helpful, not only for writing but for the nature of live theater (because who knows what will happen that one time when someone forgets to bring the birthday cake prop on stage!). Also, all improv fundamentals are relevant in putting on a sketch show: support, react, use the environment, make eye contact, etc.

Confidence. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, it comes across in your performance, so the audience won’t believe it either.

Thick skin is important. Not only are there ALWAYS sketches that get cut, not all pitches get the reaction you’re hoping for. That doesn’t mean you can’t write them and prove everyone wrong! But also, writing them doesn’t always prove everyone wrong… :)

Patience with yourself, your cast mates, your directors, your tech people, and those people building a brand-new theater for you to perform in. Sketches don’t always come together the way we expect them to come together in our heads. You may write something for a long time and it end up making no sense to you or anyone else. There are always technical challenges. There are sometimes new theaters being built in the middle of trying to put together a show, and you don’t have a stage to rehearse on for a while. Trust that all will come together as it should.

Also, night vision is good if you have that, because sometimes it gets dark on that stage.

Sixth Floored

Are there any scenes left on the cutting room floor that you wish could have been performed? If so, which ones?

Jonda: I don’t want to give away too much information about those top-secret scenes, as we might want to pull them out at some point, but the one that comes to mind was entitled “Peanut Butter Slap” and involved Ashley in the role of an office janitor who violently interrogated us all because someone was slathering peanut butter all over the workplace. Sometimes those sketches that never make it to the stage are the most fun because you’re trying hard to make some crazy premise work, and along the way inside jokes are created within your group.

Julia: SO MANY!!!

Katie had a really good idea that no one really latched on to that I was kind of in to. Something about a woman that talked to people that kept leaving or dying, but someone else would come in and be there for her to keep talking to. Then I saw an episode of Louie later this season where he did EXACTLY THAT! It was a good idea. Louis C.K. thought so.

Also, there was a "Middle Aged Mutant Lawyer Turtles" thing that never quite came together.

Jason Hackett had one that I really loved, but I do believe he’s still going to perform it somewhere, so I don’t want to ruin it. Stay tuned for that.

Plus, who knows what we can add back throughout the run of the show...

Speaking of the show, you can catch Sixth Floored May 21, May 28, and June 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for advance purchase

Sixth Floored was written by and stars Ashley Bright, Jessica Dorrell, Jason Hackett, Jon Patrick, Katie Pedroza, Jonda Robinson, and Cesar Villa. It is directed by Nick Scott and assistant directed by Julia Cotton. 

Sixth Floored

Troupe Talk: Wilma!!!

Wilma When you hear the name Wilma, you probably hear Fred Flintstone wailing for his red-headed wife dressed in cave woman white. But Wilma!!! is more than that. Wilma!!! is also a mighty crowd of seven at the Dallas Comedy House (DCH), and they are this week’s feature for Troupe Talk. I sat down with a few of their personal heroes to witness some political cameos, hear about the troupe’s Friday night, opening performance and talk about, well, something about plants (which only Stephanie remembers).

This is a magical interview where you all get to bring a person you’ve been dying to meet. Who did each of you bring? Jessica: Whoever taught Jerrell how to dance. Andrea: Dying to meet or EAT? I heard eat. Um, probably the character Mercedes in the movie License to Drive. OMG, lol, is that Heather Graham? Totally is. I didn't realize she was my eating crush until now. Shiloh: Rihanna. Not because I love her, but because I want to witness the first Jerrell/Rihanna encounter. Jerrell: Hot Nick Jonas. Steph: I really want Kristen Wiig to like me, and in my mind we are already friends. So I would invite her. I think she would automatically make my answers better and we would mostly communicate through eye contact. Bryan: Robert Downey, Jr. We'd both dance around serious questions armed with nothing more than our sarcastic wit and crooked smirks. That's how you get America to love you. Insert crooked smile followed by gun fingers. Sophia: Hugh Jackman. Seriously, is there anything this man can't do? He can sing, he can dance, he can act, he can host, he's a wonderful family man. He speaks in a gorgeous Australian accent. Oh yeah, and he's WOLVERINE. *snikt

So, spill it. Who’s got the big, fat crush on Fred Flintstone’s wife? Why Wilma for your name? Jessica: Who doesn't have a crush on Wilma!? What a babe, right? Also, I have no idea how we got our name anymore. Something about plants, I think. Andrea: Something that our plant nerd, Stephanie, came up with. Our God-given name was Chartreuse when we made Ewing, which surprisingly, the meaning of that word is not when you make a deal with your poop to stop surprising you in office meetings and parties. It's actually a shade of green. And then Stephanie told us some other meaning, which she told us all about 500 times and we all forgot. And Wilma derived from that. Right Steph? Shiloh: I've secretly always wanted to name a kid Pebbles. Jerrell: Wilma's a wonderful woman, one of the few cartoons to kill in a white dress. Yeah, I think it was something about a plant? A cactus? That's the only plant I know. Steph: Yes, it is derived from Cupressus macrocarpa "Wilma Goldcrest" Golden Monterey Cypress. It holds a mostly chartreuse hue through much of the growing season. Therefore, Wilma Goldcrest, then just Wilma, and here we are. I love plants!!! Bryan: I received a chain of about 13 emails already filled with troupe name suggestions. The last one said Wilma. I thought it had a ring to it, and everyone else seem to fancy it as well. Who knows what we might be named had I not contributed. Sophia: Well, it all started when I suggested the name "Key Lime Pie" for our troupe name. The rest is history...(Translation: I don't think anybody besides Stephanie knows).

Soooo, Stephanie loves plants. Got it. Hey, you guys are playing the opening night at the new DCH theatre. Pretty cool. How does that feel? Jessica: It kind of feels like when that really cute guy finally asks you out, but you want to throw up before your date because you're so excited and terrified. I'm assuming it feels like that. Glad there are extra bathrooms! Andrea: Um- amazing?!? Feels like when you were little and you had a friend over and you are playing together with a Magic 8 Ball and your friend asks it a question like, "When will I get married?!" and you shake it and instead of turning it over to read it you hit her in the head with it and it knocks her out and you freak out a little. Well a lot, because you don't know when you will see her again (similair to DCH closing for a few weeks due to the move and renovations) but THEN you realize that she has no family, and you are her only friend, and no one will ever know if you eat her, so it's like totally amazing. #firstflesh. Thats what it feels like. Sorry, I've never been interviewed before. Am I saying too much? I don't know what that shoulder shrug means. I feel stupid now. Jessica: Andrea, you are not stupid at all. You're doing great. Andrea: Mahhh, thanks Jess! You always make me feel better. *the two of them hug* Shiloh: I feel like Cady from Mean Girls after she wins Spring Fling Queen. It's pretty cool to get to stand on that stage first, but I really want to share it with everyone. Jerrell: I'm still trying to process it. It's like when you watch a really good episode of TV, specifically "Hitting the Fan" from The Good Wife, and at the end you're just speechless because you've just experienced too many emotions. It feels insane. It feels just like that Good Wife episode. Everyone watch that Good Wife episode. Steph: I feel very honored and extremely appreciative. I have only been working at improv professionally for about a year and half. I've met the MOST amazing people (like everyone in this troupe). I feel incredibly excited, I can't wait...I've been telling everyone that thinks I'm sort of cool to come to this show! Again, just honored to be a part of such a great business, theater, group of people, whatever we want to call it. It's amazing! Bryan: It feels pretty great, actually. It makes me pretty proud to be associated with this troupe. I, for one, know that I am not worthy of such a time slot, but fortunately I've been grouped up with six others who definitely are. I've never laughed harder than when we've been in rehearsals. Well, maybe I've released a couple of heartier chuckles from the sidelines at shows. You know what it must feel like actually, like that first time you're able to sustain a hula-hoop around your waist for more than 15 seconds at a time. Then you get to take that hula-hoop and spike it on the ground and look your peers in the eyes and say, "Hey look I did it! We're equals now!" I've been averaging eight seconds for the past six months now. God, I bet it's a great feeling. Sophia: Pretty surreal. I'm not going to spoil it for anybody, but you remember that scene from Game of Thrones where the person does that crazy thing that happens, and then you're like, "OMG, did that just happen?! Did we really just see that?" Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Well, it was just like that. Valor Morghulis.

OK, so speaking of improv, how do you think it could make the world a better place? Jessica: People would learn to listen and support each other unconditionally. The world would learn to embrace its weird side and just go for it. There would probably (definitely) be more hugging. Andrea: Improv is wonderful for the human mind on so many levels when you are doing it regularly. It completely improves emotional intelligence and emotional resilience for people. It literally changes your brain chemistry and releases amazing chemicals in your body and mind. If everyone got to have that experience multiple times a week, the world would 100 percent be a better place. People would be a lot happier, more loving, and appreciative of one another and themselves, be able to live in the moment, and, most importantly, not take themselves so seriously. Improv is therapy. Really good therapy. Shiloh: It already is! The idea that we can do and be whatever we want is so liberating. Everyone should get to feel that kind of support. Jerrell: I second Jessica completely. Everyone should take improv, it will change their lives. And more hugs! Steph: Oh Yea, Jessica hit it on the nail tip! That is so true! Supporting people all the time, no matter what. Support by physically being there, trusting they will support you, by listening and not judging. Wouldn't it all be a lovely place if we all followed the improv "rules?" Bryan: It already has in so many ways. I have to agree with Andrea. Improv is very therapeutic, at least certainly for me. I'm a pretty naturally introverted person. Improv allows me to break out of my shell and express myself in ways that would be deemed rather odd in most other settings. I'm referring mostly to my character and voice work, which might still come across as pretty weird now that I think about it. Sophia: We currently live in a very polarizing, vitriolic political climate; if unchanged, I think it will become destructive to our democracy. Imagine the possibilities if our legislators and leaders would embrace the principles of improv. This is how I kind of envision it going in my head: Senator Elizabeth Warren: "We need to raise the minimum wage." (bold initiation) Senate Leader Mitch McConnell: "Yes, and while we're at it, we should fix our broken immigration system, too." (agreement) Senator Bernie Sanders: "Well, if we're fixing immigration, we have to make sure that our public education system is robust enough to meet the needs of an rapidly changing 21st-century workforce." (agreement and heightening) And then the nine Supreme Court Justices perform a full Harold.

Before you say goodbye to your person you’ve been dying to meet, tell them something special. Jessica: Thank you for everything. Please teach me how to dance. Andrea: I'd whisper softly: I'm going to eat you, shhhhhh. Shiloh: Kiss Jerrell. Jerrell: Kiss me. Steph: Please call me so we can hang out again soon!!! Bryan: I want to be you, give me your skin. JK JK, I meant career. My upholstery work is terrible. Sophia: Thank you for everything. Please teach Bryan how to dance. Excelsior!!

Wilma!!! performs at DCH on May 1 (9 p.m.), May 23 (10:30 p.m.), June 12 (7:30 p.m.), and June 20 (9 p.m.).

Tori Oman is a level four 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.

Hanging Up My Intern Shirt

16717105767_0b3134fea1_z Someone recently asked me if I had already sent in my intern application for the next term. My gut reaction was, “Oh no, I need to write a reminder to do that.” And then the realization hit me like all the times I’ve walked into a wall—I don’t have another class to take next term; my seven-term intern streak is coming to an end soon.

I signed up to be a night intern for level two, one of those sweet, patient students that you see working the door, stocking the bar, seating you, and running around trying to figure things out. I started working Wednesday nights, which happened to be (at the time) King of the Mountain and then the Jam. I like to think that being an intern is a very special experience, but that being a Wednesday intern was an even more unique experience. I got to be involved on a night where veteran performers were going up against new troupes at King of the Mountain, and then for the Jam where they were all playing together, being weird and having fun.

Witnessing this collaboration from behind the scenes taught me so much about improv, performing, and friendship. As my time as an intern comes to an end, I wanted to share a microscopic slice of what I’ve learned during my tenure.

You’ll get to know the people you look up to. When I started interning, there were so many performers that I looked up to and never thought I’d be lucky enough to call friends. When you’re a new improviser, or when you’re me, it can be an intimidating thing; to remember that everybody has been a new improviser looking up to a veteran performer can be tricky. I’m so lucky that I can call so many people I looked up to (and still do) friends now.

The Jam is about support. The Jam is The Jam. Sometimes it can be hard to watch, but ultimately, it’s about unconditional support. I remember my very first Jam I participated in, I ended up on stage with a bunch of great performers and I was terrified, but they weren’t there to tell me my ideas were too weird or that I was doing anything wrong, they were there to have fun and support each other, providing that sigh of relief that everything was going to be OK. I watched countless Jam scenes while interning, some good, some bad, but always a little heartwarming because everybody has everybody’s back.

Seat from front to back. No really, just do it. It matters. Amanda is right.

We’ve all been brainwashed, Pavlov’s Dogs style. I’m not talking the troupe P Dogs (though maybe they had a part in this), but the actual psychological experiment where Pavlov conditioned a dog to salivate when it heard a bell. I remember one night I was working the door, talking to a performer, and waiting for a show to start when we heard the first 13 seconds of Blink 182’s “All the Small Things” and we both automatically thought the show was starting. I still can’t hear the first 13 seconds of that song without a tinge of panic that someone should be on stage by now introducing the first troupe.

Jump in. I will fully admit that it takes a while for me to warm up to new environments and feel like I’m in my element. A general feeling of anxiety and awkwardness may be to blame, which is one of the reasons I started improv in the first place. I had no idea what I was doing when I put on that red DCH Staff shirt the first time, I was anxious about doing the job correctly, but interning became about so much more than just the duties. It became about jumping in head first to the deep end of the pool when you only kind of know how to swim. It was about fully immersing myself in the DCH community, watching people perform, making friends that support each other, and watching people do endless bits at the bar.

Jessica Dorrell is a graduate of the DCH improv program, and is currently enrolled in the sketch writing program. Her one wish is that some day she can have a Mogwai as a pet. You can see her perform every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. in the current Ewing show.

DCF2015: Family Tree

Family Tree If you’re looking to incorporate some family sitcoms into your life during the Dallas Comedy Festival, then you won’t want to miss Family Tree! An improv duo from Oklahoma City, Family Tree turns their show into a family sitcom that’s different each time. Make sure to get tickets early, because I’m sure this show will be a Full House (I’m sorry).

Can you describe the format for Family Tree?

It's your favorite 1990's era TGIF sitcom - live!

How did the two of you decide to make it a family sitcom versus another type of TV show?

We both love sitcoms and the fact that over its run, a sitcom becomes an extension of your own family or friend circle.

Would you rather have Cheetos fingers for the rest of your life or have a popcorn kernel stuck in the back of your throat forever?

CHEETOS FINGERS. Not even close. Popcorn kernels are the WORST.

Do you watch a lot of family sitcoms as preparation? If so, what are your favorites?

Like most Millennials, we could have PHDs in sitcoms from all that we've watched over the years, but Ben loves Family Matters and Jaclyn enjoys Baby Daddy.

Any advice for young (or old) improvisers out there?

Hmmm. Do it, and keep doing it. Improv is a blast.

Family Tree performs Saturday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. with Good Fight and .f.a.c.e. Tickets are on sale now.

Jessica Dorrell is a graduate of the DCH improv program, and is currently enrolled in the sketch writing program. Her one wish is that some day she can have a Mogwai as a pet. You can see her perform every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. in the current Ewing show.