Once you get your ticket, then the real fun begins. Picking your seat.
Remember, where you sit says a lot about who you are.
Front Row Joe
This is typically people who arrived at 7 p.m. for a 9 p.m. show and drove by DCH the day before to scope out parking. They have been waiting with anticipation for weeks to see PDOGS' "End of the Month" show. This group is always dressed better than the rest of the room. Think Titanic.
Middle of the Pack
The MOPs, as I like to call them, are usually with a larger group. Work friends, double dates, or party groups are the ones taking over the middle of the theater. They are the ones that comment to their friends throughout the show, “That was funny,” or “I can’t believe that guy climbed on the bearded dude's back.” The MOPs will order a lot of drinks because they see the wait staff multiple times.
Back Seat Passengers
This group is usually defined by two characteristics—no concept of time or apprehension. When a show starts at 9 p.m., it starts at 9 p.m. I can guarantee the back of the bus people muttered the phrase at 8:30 p.m., “There is no way they start on time” to his/her friends. The apprehensive ones are people who say, “I am not sitting in the front because they will make me dance on stage.”
Why Are They Standing?
Usually, improvisers stand in the back of the room. They are the ones that are popping in and out of shows or getting ready to perform. Don’t judge them; they are working.
Explore the room as a fan and always be willing to say to the interns that are seating you, “Yes, I will sit where you tell me to.”
Ghost Watcher is a regular, DCH audience member.
(Image: Jason Hensel)