By Velvet Wells
The Dandies premiered Hogwarts Follies*, our Harry Potter themed nerd improv show, at Fan Expo Canada in 2017 to a packed audience of over 500 Potterheads.
As we have done with Holodeck Follies, our improvised Star Trek-themed parody show, performers pick their preferred Harry Potter character to spoof. There's always something about a character that hits our nerd button hard enough to choose them...
by Chris Casselman
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo said, “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to.” It’s a pretty extreme take (Kylo Ren is a pretty extreme guy), but I’m sure there are some classic Star Wars fans who would be happy if Lucas had never made Episodes I - III in the first place and would “kill” them if they could. As a Star Wars fan myself, I do consider the prequel trilogy to be “not great”… There’s a lot to unpack about why that is, and I won’t get into all those reasons here; the internet is full of essays and videos condemning (and some exonerating) that series.
What I do want to examine is how being a prequel can affect a film or TV show, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy is a good jumping off point....
HUMANS: A 25 PART STUDY AND ESSAY SERIES
CAPT. REHOHO XERC
Humans have always confused me. Confused and fascinated. Ever since the first time I hear the word “human” as a young child, I admit, I have strived to learn all I can about them. I still remember that time...
by Alan Leightizer
When thinking about comedy, many people don’t think about character development. Character development happens though - and it’s vital, especially in fandom improv. But how does that character development happen? What inspires it?
by Jason Zinger
Star Trek: The Next Generation is the first TV show I remember watching. Well, that and Quantum Leap. While I loved both, Star Trek has had a larger impact on me. Not only did I connect with it more, but it helped shape me into the person I am today…
by Andie Wells
Generally, in improv, an offer is seen as dialog or action that advances a scene. An audience member sneezes and the improvisor could offer their scene partner a tissue; the improvisor accidentally burps and then the scene becomes about their poor manners; the light person dims the lights or makes the lights red and gives the improvisors a spooky setting for their graveyard or their scene in the depths of hell.
One thing I’ve learned from geek improv comedy, though, is that an offer doesn’t have to be just a dialogue or action...
Everything can be an offer!
by Danielle Cole
Since I was four, I have loved watching science fiction shows, but it took me until my twenties to discover fandom improv - and my love for it. Now, I love both watching and performing fandom improv. Here are three reasons why…