Samurai Drunk

DCH Reimagined: Canine Edition

A few weeks ago I wrote a post, in which I reimagined a few Dallas Comedy House (DCH) troupes as iconic professional wrestlers. People seemed to enjoy it. Why? I have no idea. But, as a result of that overwhelming support for the piece, I’m bringing the idea back.   So, as requested by you the people, notably David Allison via Facebook comments, in this week’s reimagining we’ll uncover which type of dog some of our favorite DCH troupes embody. Brace yourselves for some pawsitively, doggone, puppy-filled improv fun.  

All right, let’s do this thing!

GoldenRetrieverThe ’95 Bulls = Golden Retriever

People-friendly and full of fun, the six gents that comprise The '95 Bulls are a lot like a precious litter of Golden Retriever pups. Waggy-tailed and easily excited, they're always down to play and offer unwavering support for each other's ideas. Not opposed to chasing tennis balls, these guys are silly and always bring high energy to each performance. To top it off, with a basketball reference as a troupe name, it's only fitting that these guys are represented by the dog that played the beloved Air Bud. Slam dunks for The '95 Bulls. Slam dunks for Golden Retrievers.

corgiSummer Girls = Corgi

If there’s a dog you’d want to hang out on the beach and get drunk with, hands down it’d be a Corgi. And,  if there’s a DCH troupe that you’d also want to have the same drunken, summer experience with, then you can bet your sweet ass it’d be Summer Girls. Like Corgis, they too have cute butts and big smiles. Summer Girls are tenacious and loveable and look cool AF in a boss Hawaiian shirt (see pic for equal Corgi proof). Fiesty and cut, Corgis be down to party and Summer Girls be down to ‘prov.

ShihTzuPrimary Colours = Shih Tzu

Primary Colours is the Shih Tzu of DCH. Before you start shitting on the Shih Tzu, let me just say that these cuddly guys are some the silliest and weirdest dogs around. Their faces alone are enough to make you want to laugh. And, the faces that make up Primary Colours all make me laugh loads with their bold stage choices and willingness to get weird together. Shih Tzus appear to be the cute puppy-spawn of an Ewok and a Mogwai, making them trustworthy and friendly and downright nuts if fed after midnight! It is believed that the same description can be applied to Primary Colours.   

Boston TerrierSamurai Drunk = Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers have two settings: “dapper as f***” and “off the wall insanity.” Coincidentally, Samurai Drunk also shares those modes of operation. If you want high energy, fast pacing, lots of side support, and seemingly zero chill, then Samurai Drunk is the troupe for you. Like the Boston Terrier, the gentlemen of Samurai Drunk are frisky, intelligent, and generally overall entertaining. Fun fact, the Boston Terrier was Helen Keller’s dog of choice. So in my mind, Samurai Drunk would be Helen Keller’s troupe of choice, too.

Caucasian ShepherdPavlov’s Dogs = Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Caucasian Shepherd Dog are also known as “The-Biggest-Freakin-Dog-To-Ever-Exist-Ever-Actually-That’s-Not-A-Dog-That’s-A-Bear-Disguised-As-A-Dog.” Let’s just say, Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are some big-ass dogs. These Russian pups are probs the same canines that the real Pavolv rang his bell for and prayed that they wouldn’t eat his face off after depriving them of food during his classical conditioning experiments. Pavlov’s Dogs are also the big dogs at DCH, comprised of several improv OGs. Just as the Caucasian Shepherd Dog displays natural dominance and leadership, Pavolv’s Dogs have been leading the DCH pack since 1998. Though mighty in size, these Dogs are ultimately a bunch of fun, gentle giants.

catClover = Cat

Not even a dog. It’s a cat. Have you seen a Clover show? For those that may not be familiar, Clover is a group of former Ewing-ites and now one of the newest troupes at DCH. These guys are also the embodiment of everything kitty and cat-like. Like cats, Clover is made up of 10 percent fluffy cuteness, 20 percent distraction by shiny objects or string, 30 percent playful energy, and 40 percent too cool to give a what. You do you, Clover. You guys are purrrfection.

Feel free to post your suggestions for other DCH troupe reimagining in the comments below!

Lauren Levine is currently a Level 5 improv and Sketch 2 student at DCH. When she is not trying to come up with witty things for this blog, she is a freelance writer and editor, an amateur photographer, a Zumba-enthusiast, a dog lover, and an 80s movie nerd. In addition, she enjoys all things Muppet-related, the smell after a rainstorm, and people with soft hands.

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: Samurai Drunk

Samurai Drunk Samurai [sam-oo-rahy] noun, plural samurai. Japanese History 1. a member of the hereditary warrior class in feudal Japan.

Drunk [druhngk] adjective 1. being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink; intoxicated.

Samurai Drunk [sam-oo-rahy druhngk] noun, plural funny dudes. Dallas Comedy House History 1. a team of seven hilarious dudes who do what they want

Want to meet them? Well, It’s your lucky day. Up this week on Troupe Talk is none other than Samurai Drunk!

Hey Guys. Thanks for bringing me a beverage to get Samurai drunk on while we talk—tell our readers what you brought me. Nathan: Brown Rice Sake…well, it’s a cup of vodka with brown rice in it. It’s really gross. Don’t drink it. Daniel: Rice wine vinegar. That’s Samurai-y right? Tommy: I brought you a Mountain Dew Baja Blast. Derek: Sake mixed with gasoline. Tim: I didn’t. You never said what you wanted, and I can’t take that kind of pressure. I brought myself a PBR and a shot of Jameson. You can have the shot if you want. Colten: Well, I brought Tim a PBR and a shot of Jameson. You can have them now, I guess. Tyler: A six pack of my current favorites (in no particular order) 1. Community's Witbier 2. Adelbert's Tripel B 3. Revolver's Blood & Honey 4. Live Oak's Hefeweizen 5. Real Ale's White 6. uh... sorry, I already drank that one on the walk over.

Thanks, dudes. Speaking of dudes, you’re an all-dude group, which is kind of like a boy band. What boy band do you most relate to? Nathan: 2ge+her. I know they’re not real, but that makes them ever more real. Daniel: Does Hall and Oates count? No? Oh. Tommy: Boyz II Men. Because we range from Derek to Tyler. Derek: I don't know why, but when I try to answer this question the only thing that comes to mind are the Ninja Turtles. And I know they aren't a boy band, and I know they don't exist. Tim: Wu-Tang Clan comes to mind. I know that if we all had microphones a lot of us would walk around the stage holding up our pants and at the right times saying things like "Yo" and "Yeah.” Colten: What do you think about the Back Street Beach Boys? It would be a cross-over cover band. Tyler: The Grateful Dead.

According to your Facebook page (yeah that’s right, I stalked you on the book), you follow The Drunk Samurai format that you invented as a group. Tell us about the elements and structure of your form. Nathan: The whole point was to NOT have structure or form and to play fast and loose. Much like a samurai, you have to adapt to what is happening in front of you, that way your first reaction is true and usually fun! Daniel: Hop on stage with some dudes and aggressively play make-believe. Tommy: What drew me to Samurai Drunk was that the format could be anything anytime. Nothing is set in stone, not even the testosterone and energy people attribute to us. Derek: It's a stretch to call it a form, because part of the charm is that our shows aren't meant to be rigid. The overriding theme is to bring energy and have fun, but beyond that we try not to limit ourselves. The most standard element is the group scene up top, then occasional organic edits throughout. Tim: I can give no other information aside from it being a blast to put up our "form.” Colten: In our form, a group scene/game becomes the heart of a yet undetermined animal. Then whatever animal it is does whatever that animal do. Tyler: It's really a "form" that leads the actors. We aren't limited by worrying about the "form." We tend to get into trouble when we stand and talk. It's something that other troupes do way too much so I strive to be active so we aren't ever comfortable.

Which accomplishment are you more proud of and why: Being the first DCH team to live stream a show to the entire world? Or winning the DCF 2013 Flip Cup championship? Nathan: Actually, I really liked our Kickstarter for the live stream event. It was well made and funny. I think it really showed off what we can do. Daniel: I wasn't in Samurai Drunk at those times. But I got the Espirit de Corps my first year in High School Marching Band. Tommy: I wasn't in Samurai Drunk at those times. But I got a certificate for being a good restaurant manager when I worked for Taco Cabana. Derek: Live-streaming was fun, but so was our massive Murder in the Dark event. One of the best weekends ever was when we performed at the Out of Bounds festival in Austin, but literally spent the majority of our time playing Murder in the Dark in a rented house (while Tyler slept). Tim: I was in Samurai at that time, and I can say that if I had to choose it would absolutely be the live-stream, otherwise, the tagline for DCH would just be "the famous Dallas Comedy House." Conversely my least proud moment is still not having our pilot finished—although we are probably a month or two away from the final thing. God fucking willing. Colten: I wasn't on the team that won the Flip Cup championship, despite being in Samurai Drunk at the time. So you leave me no choice but to choose the live-stream, which was super fun to be a part of. Tyler: I wasn't a part of either one. I'm most proud (non performance) of our Murder in the Dark past show experiment.

Samurais were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. Back in the day, what happened when they got drunk? Nathan: According to the thousands of hours of anime I watch, they usually pass out or a lady with large breasts show up and everyone gets a nose bleed. Daniel: They got even. Tommy: They would be victorious in battle or they would die in battle. There was no other option. Derek: I'm not sure if this is what you're asking, but it seems like a good segue to explain what our name means. If I remember correctly, Colten is the one who came up with the name Samurai Drunk. We were a little confused until he explained that samurai used to practice sword fighting while inebriated, so that they would be that much better when sober. That kind of crazy logic seemed perfect for us, and so it stuck. Tim: Probably a shit-ton of karaoke. Colten: They forgot about the stressful day they had and were able to relax a little. Tyler: Geishas, sake, and gambling… probably.

DON'T MISS Samurai Drunk at the Dallas Comedy House!

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.

*Definition sources from Dictionary.com. Except for the Samurai Drunk one. I made that up.

DCF2015: Human Pyramids and Knee Claps

16943563025_075d62da7a_z Day 3 of the Dallas Comedy Festival has come and gone, and I'm currently running on 11 hours of sleep over the last three days. It's cool. I can still stream together words in a sentence. We'll see if that holds up by Saturday night.

Last night's performances featured some stellar improv and stand-up acts from places like New York, San Diego, and Oklahoma. Three of the troupes used punctuation marks as part of their names, one group refused to talk out loud to each other on stage, another group featured two of the tallest men in improv, and Landon Kirksey made a surprise stand-up appearance.

There was also this reminder:

And a good rule of thumb:

What's that? You want some photos? Okay.

I Am the Show

The Rift

ZOOM!

Samurai Drunk

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Tonight, the festival kicks off at 6 p.m. and concludes with two sold-out shows later in the evening.