Improv’s current iteration is only about 60 years old. However, that’s enough time to begin construction on this art form’s Mount Rushmore. Viola Spolin would definitely be memorialized. So would Del Close. And I bet it’s safe to say the improv act of TJ and Dave would be on there, too.
That said, we are happy to announce that TJ and Dave will be additional headliners at this year's 6th Annual Dallas Comedy Festival. If you want to see this amazing act, along with other headliners Bangarang! and Preston Lacy, we encourage you to purchase an all-access pass, which allows you VIP priority access to all events before ticket-holders.
"We are beyond thrilled to have improv legends TJ and Dave also headlining this year’s festival," said Sarah Adams, the event's executive producer. "It is certainly going to be an epic week of comedy.”
TJ Jagodowski is recognizable recently from his work in Sonic commercials (for those keeping score at home, that makes two Sonic commercial actors to appear at the Dallas Comedy Festival). He has starred in such movies as Stranger Than Fiction, The Ice Harvest, and the TV show Prison Break.
Dave Pasquesi’s film credits include Groundhog Day, The Fugitive, and Father of the Bride, along with the TV series Strangers with Candy. His Second City work in Chicago include four mainstage revues with Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, and Bob Odenkirk.
TJ and Dave have performed as a duo since 2002 and were awarded “Best Improvised Show” in 2008 by the Chicago Reader. A documentary/performance film, “Trust Us, This is All Made Up,” directed by Alex Karpovsky (Girls), was released in 2009.
“These are no ordinary men. As the highly regarded comedy duo known as TJ and Dave, TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi improvise hourlong plays without any prior writing or discussion,” Jeannette Catsoulis reported for The New York Times. “‘We don’t know anything until we look at each other; then we know everything,’ Mr. Pasquesi says, referring to the alchemic moment when the lights dim and the audience holds its breath. What follows is a creative tour de force, an intellectual high-wire act as astonishing as it is entertaining.”
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