If you haven’t been to a show in the past couple of weeks, brace yourself for some cool changes next time you’re at the Broadway Comedy Club! Our theater space has been renovated with better sightlines, more comfortable table configurations, fresh new curtains, and improved lighting. Also, the sound setup has been moved out into the open at the back of the house (the better to see Mr./Ms. Voice’s embarrassed face when he/she utters a particularly egregious groaner foul). There’s even a majestic grand piano on stage, to our keyboardists’ delight. It all adds up to a better experience for you, our loyal fanz, as well as renewed excitement on the part of our actletes. So come to a CSz show soon and check it out!
Every weekend there are hundreds, dare I say, thousands of Loyal Fanz that come out to watch our matches across the country. They enjoy the fun and healthy competition, then leave with some stories to share with their friends and family, who weren’t there.
However there’s usually another group of Loyal Fanz at every match, that you can “sense” from the stage. They’re the kind of people that are so locked in; it’s almost as if they are mentally playing the games with us. I call them “Loyal Fanz For Life” or “LFFL” for short.
A few weeks ago after a match, one young lady that was sitting amongst a group of LFFLs came up to us and introduced herself as Kayla Ryan, Loyal Fan from Buffalo; who has decided to tour every ComedySportz city in the country.
That’s awesome! “Tell me more,” I thought, but unfortunately before I could get a chance to get into my hard-hitting journalist stance, Kayla and her friends flew off into the night. Luckily for me, there’s Facebook and Gmail. So after a week of corresponding, here’s what I found out about this awesome young woman from Buffalo.
Kayla Rosemary Ryan is a self-proclaimed “really big Loyal Fan.” When I asked why she loves it so much, she said “THERE ARE A MILLION REASONS! If I write them all you will never get my responses to all of your questions.” But after a few days, she was able to sum it up in this thought: “You never know what you are going to see! Every show is different.”
Some of Ms. Ryan’s favorite games are Simon, Replay at Bernies and Hallmark Card. When I asked if she could see a ComedySportz open anywhere, she said “it would be really cool if there was at least one ComedySportz on every continent. I might be the only one who would actually want to visit ComedySportz Antarctica… but it would be awesome! Also, if there was a ComedySportz Middle Earth, I would go to it. Just saying…” For now, she plans to visit Philadelphia, in January, for the next stop of her tour.
In addition to her passion for ComedySportz, Kayla has started her own accessories business. Sorry, no website yet, but if you’re in the Buffalo area talk to her after one of their shows. She’ll probably be there. Kayla once went six months straight without missing a show. She also loves bowling, reading and playing Encore. “I’ve never lost and will gladly accept any challengers,” she comments.
Sounds like Kayla also has the competitive edge that is inside every ComedySportz Player.
Oh, and remember what I said about how LFFLs seem to be mentally playing the games with us? In this case, it’s probably because Kayla has taken ComedySportz classes; so she’s probably one step closer to being a Player than she thinks.
Kayla believes that “everyone should try taking improv classes sometime. They were a lot of fun and they really helped boost my confidence. I went from being extremely shy, to having the ability to form somewhat coherent sentences when talking to strangers.” You can absolutely tell that from her responses and beautiful smile. Thanks Kayla!
Our cast for Saturday, October 19th featured Alicia Barnatchez, Tamara Nolte and Michael Jeffrey Cohen (affectionately known as MJC) on Team Red and Lee Alan Barrett, Clay Drinko and me (Michelle Francesca Thomas) on Team Blue; with Mike Gregorek as Ref and double duty Dreagn Foltz on Keys and Voice.
This weekend two unsuspecting audience volunteers May and Will shared with us a story about their average day in New York City to which the Blue Team transformed into a Halloween adventure. It went as follows:
Imagine you’re a petite woman who notices that your beloved dog, Tofu (yeah, go with it) was not quite behaving like himself. Doing what any loving pet owner would do, you take him to the creepy Mr. Burns/Vincent Price-like veterinarian, in your random Brooklyn neighborhood, to get checked out; when all of a sudden Tofu attacks the vet! Afraid that he’ll turn on you, you convince yourself that things will be okay if you and Tofu just take a nap. Then just as you get comfortable, you hear your nerdy friend William calling your name. Through the fog that suddenly materializes in your house, you and Will, frantically search for each other; Marco-Polo style. It’s clear you’re both having a crazy day, but luckily Will has a plan for escape….the N train.
Into the oddly incredibly dark train car you go; hoping that you won’t get stuck in between stations, in an even darker tunnel. The car is mostly empty, except for you and Will….and a creepy bum that keeps brushing up against you and asking for a dollar. With nothing to fend him off with, you beg for the train to get to your destination and with the only luck that you’ve had all day; you arrive in Midtown Manhattan, as if someone magically shrunk your half hour commute to forty seconds. Overjoyed to have escaped killer Tofu and the creepy bum, you start walking down the street; only its pitch black with limited lights and out of the blue you’re on Sixth Avenue! (You know, the scariest place ever to get lost.)
To say that you and Will are scared is an understatement. At every turn there are people running, bumping, bumming, crying and laughing frantically, and worst of all, selling tickets to comedy shows. Too exhausted to fight the vendor off, you buy the tickets and he leads you on. A man dressed as a referee greets you. But this isn’t a stadium, so this must be a trick. Unsure of what game he will have you play, you follow his instructions with trepidation; “just down that long, dark hall and through the door. On the other side…your destiny.”
If the previous seemed like something out of a horror movie, you’d be half right. It was the Blue Team’s horror version of “Day in the Life” featuring one of our audience volunteers (a.k.a Loyal Fanz), May.
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