Well the Dallas Comedy Festival is over (WEEP), but I’ve decided I’m not done with this interview gig quite yet. Since all of our guests have traveled back to where they came from, I decided to hit up one of Dallas Comedy Houses own - and I’m so glad I did. Meet the delightful, Duck Duck Pants.
This interview is live and in person and someone just brought us a tray full of snacks. Oh! Thanks Duck Duck Pants for arranging the snacks! What are we snacking on? Monica - Babies Jua - Katie’s Tamales, with babies in them. Lauren - We’ve aged backwards since Katie joined. Stephen - Baby oranges and babies. Jonda - Ice. Ice. and Babies. Katie - The love of kittens and tamales
Hey, congratulations on your first Dallas Comedy Festival. What are some other memorable firsts you remember? Monica - I remember the first time I killed a man. Kidding. I remember our first practice. Our coach at the time told us do whatever warm-up we wanted. I suggested Czechoslovakia, and everyone groaned. Lauren - I remember the first time I used a comp ticket and I felt like a BALLER. Also the first time I cry-laughed in practice; it was in a prison scene with Dana. I basically couldn’t be in scenes with her for the first few weeks, because I always broke. Stephen - ... Jonda - My first day of improv class. I almost talked myself out of going, but when I got there Amanda Austin had donuts for us and won me over. I told the class it was my goal to get brave enough to dance in public, because that terrified me, and I’m proud to say that I’ve awkwardly danced in front of people numerous times since that day. Katie - The first time I practiced with Duck Duck Pants, I was pretty nervous, I probably forgot to put on deodorant. I remember feeling like I was sweating a lot.
OK. So what happens if you are playing Duck Duck PANTS and you are the person that gets the PANTS. Monica - ;) Jua - … Jonda - I’m not sure that I’m at liberty to say. Stephen - ... Katie - No
Sooooo Improv. How do you think it could make the world a better place? Monica - Everyone would be a lot more supportive and accepting of others. Jua - There would be a lot less negativity, and we’d get so much more done without people saying “no” to things. Also, way more baby tamales. Lauren - No transactions! Jonda - It would make people less afraid to fail, giving them the freedom to get out there and try and do new things without worrying about looking cool all the time. Katie - More positivity and encouragement and less judgment. Stephen - Improv makes Stephen’s world the best place ever, because then he can be an astronaut, and a bat.
I hear you’re losing team member, Dana! What will you guys miss most about her? Monica - (crying) Everything. Dana's amazing. She's kind, smart, sassy, funny, fierce. She made strong game moves. She's always ready and willing to learn and take risks. She's fearless. I greatly admire her. One time in practice, I got to hold her hand and it was just the best day. I miss her and her family terribly. (still crying) #wearethesameperson Jua - Monica stole my answer. Lauren - I will miss her positivity and her tenacity. She was the first person to friend/message us all on Facebook before we’d even met; she’s the first person on stage; and now she’s moving to her dream town -- Dana does not hesitate. I only hope I’ve picked up a little of that! Miss you, Dana! Stephen - Dana is one of the most organized and productive people I know. She’s also super nice and easy to improvise with. One of my favorite memories is when Jua and I did a “Weekend At Bernie’s” type scene with Dana as the dead body. She jumped on board so fast. Jonda - Oh man, Dana is just so great. I auditioned with her, and we didn’t really know each other and I was super nervous but by the end of the night she had helped calm my fears. She radiates kindness and positivity and is super supportive, and I hope North Carolina knows what a gem it just received! One of my favorite scenes involved Dana and me as best friends in a cave while Jua and Stephen played upside down bats who watched us. Maybe when she and I hike the Appalachian Trail we’ll find a real cave to relive that. Katie - Dana is such a wonderful, kind, funny, genuine human being. I can’t choose just one thing; I choose everything. How could you not miss everything about Dana?
Duck Duck Pants performs next on April 16 at 8 p.m. with Blacklyst.
Tori Oman is a level three 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.