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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.

DCF2015: Zoom!

Zoom2014b I feel like the most appropriate introduction for Oklahoma City improve troupe, Zoom! would be a silent one, but since that’s not how the Internet works, please keep reading. Zoom! is a silent improve troupe that uses physical comedy to put on a unique show for the audience. As they put it, “It’s Mr. Bean meets The Matrix” and we will be lucky enough to experience them here at Dallas Comedy Festival. I spoke to Zoom! member Ben Davis.

What inspired the Zoom! format?

We started out playing around with clowning and going for a big, cartoon-style spectacle, then finding trouble in that setting. So, a lot of Looney Tunes and Mr. Bean-esque stuff. We gradually discovered if we didn't say anything, like Mr. Bean, the audience was actually MORE involved.

How difficult is it to perform silently, when so much of improv training is based on dialogue?

I wouldn't term it difficult but it is a skill set we've had to develop—listening to each other for us means watching and picking up on facial cues, gestures, etc. It's actually a pretty forgiving form. You may interpret my actions totally different than what I intended, but your brain fills in the gaps, so it makes sense.

Would you rather be able to visit 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?

One hundred years in the past. It'd be fun to tell people all the crazy technology headed their way.

Who’s on your improv dream team?

Everyone in the Improvised Shakespeare Co., Kyle Austin and Chad Haught for OBVIOUS REASONS, and Susan Messing. And Craig Cackowski.

What’s your favorite silent, physical piece of comedy?

There is a sequence in the movie Rat Race where Seth Green and another actor's vehicle is pulled into the air by the radar on top of an air traffic control tower. Essentially nothing is said except screams, but I die laughing every. single. time.

Zoom! performs on Thursday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. at the Dallas Comedy Festival with Duck Duck Pants and The Rift. 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.