There is not much in life that’s more delightful than two people who were made for each other. Two people that just go together. Two people that are great when alone, but better when they’re together. No I’m not talking about Bert and Ernie, Michelle and Barack, or Bruce and Caitlin. Ladies and gentlemen -- Troupe Talk is proud to present this week’s installment featuring the one and only, David and Terry.
To get in a “Two peas in a pod” mood for this interview, I’ve asked you each to bring me three pairs of things that go together. What did you bring me? David: Salt and pepper shakers, Salt-N-Pepa, and two locks from someone with black and white hair. Terry: I am happy to bring you some salt and pepper shakers, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and a Thelma and Louise DVD.
So speaking of pairs, how did you two become one? David: I first met Terry in late 2010 at a mix 'em up jam organized by Jude. Then at the 2012 festival, I was bar-backing and Terry approached about doing a two-person show. I was a big fan of his work and thought it would be fun. After our first practice, we talked for like an hour about our vision for the group and it matched up perfectly. We've always had similar goals, which makes it so much easier to put in the work needed. Then in 2012, we had our first show on my birthday and have been working hard at the show ever since. Terry: David and I had a mutual admiration for one another, and one night we got to talking about what we we really liked about improv, and the type of performance we would like to see. The conversation gradually evolved into discussing our appreciation for the two-person format and our ambition to try it. After that discussion, we got together for a rehearsal and the concept for our format came together very quickly. We have been honing it ever since.
Terry, what are three things you love about David? David what are three things you love about Terry? David: Terry’s facial expressions are phenomenal. His ability to emote so well without saying a word is a skill that I will always be envious of. I also really appreciate his ability to serve a story. In a recent show, for example, he kept a key detail of his character hidden for much of the performance. Then, at the end, he revealed it with pitch perfect timing. Also, he's an incredibly supportive partner. Most improvisers at the theater say "got your back" before a show, but his actions on and off the stage have proven that he really means it. Terry: We can all agree that David is a wonderful performer, so I will choose three things that you may not know. He is a truly genuine, sincere human being. In a world full of phonies, I am fortunate to get to work and be friends with an actual, earnest person. I admire that greatly about him. He is football fan. Not just a fan, but a super fan. I really like knowing someone that is so knowledgeable about the sport. He loves nachos. I love nachos. I love David.
What’s it like doing an improv show with just one other partner? David: I think that doing a two-person show is a graduate class that every improviser should take. Find a partner, room, coach, and just start. Even if you never put it on a stage, you'll improve your focus, character diversity, listening, patience, acceptance of silence, memory, and a whole host of other vital skills. Terry: It's exciting. I am always curious as to what story we are going to come up with. We have met some really interesting people in our shows.
What well known dynamic duo do you most relate to and why? David: Salt and pepper. One of us is needed to make things good, and I add unnecessary spice that can be tough to handle. Oh, and because in our show, the ending is in the beginning. Terry: I would have to say the classic comedy team of Martin and Lewis. One of us is a sophisticated, handsome, sex symbol with a dynamite singing voice. The other is a foppish clown that will do anything for a laugh. We are the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
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.