Author: By Velvet Wells When it comes to performing nerd comedy – or improvising in general, I have taken Susan Messing’s quote to heart: “If I don't have fun, it's my own damn fault.” I was quick to adopt the philosophy. Following my sense of fun was the easiest, most productive way to help my [...]
The Dandies had a busy September. Between our long weekend at Fan Expo Canada and our road trip appearance at the Festival of Wizardry, we entertained over a thousand new fans of our improvised fandom comedy shows! Now, we're ready to jump back into our monthly flagship show. On Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m. The [...]
By Danielle Cole As an actor and a screenwriter, one of my favourite parts of fandom improv is the characters I get to play. From Holodeck Follies’ Nine of Ten to Hogwarts Follies’ Rako Badploy to Death Star Follies’ Major Princess Gia Oregano, each character holds a special place in my heart. Crafting each character [...]
The back-to-school ads are on, which can only mean one thing… it’s almost Fan Expo Canada time! The Dandies have had a busy summer, picking fandoms and preparing our nerd comedy shows. It’s been hard to keep them under wraps all that time; but, now, we can finally announce what we’ve been cooking up! The [...]
Everyone’s favourite nerd comedy Captain, Rehoho Xerc is back with the second installment of her seminal work - HUMANS: A 25 PART STUDY AND ESSAY SERIES! In this installment, Captain Xerc takes on the human gender divide. Regular attendees at The Dandies’ nerd comedy show, Holodeck Follies know this is one of Captain Xerc’s favourite [...]
On Saturday, August 11, The Dandies return to Comedy Bar for Holodeck Follies Canada's longest running Star Trek parody show for Trekies and non-Trekkies “Holodeck Follies is one of the funniest shows in Toronto!” – Space Channel Now in their sixth season, The Dandies make up a completely improvised Star Trek episode every month. The next [...]
by Jason Zinger
I was trained as a classical pianist. With classical music you have notes on the page and all of those notes must be played. While there is creative and individual nuances involved, there’s no room for error. No room for improv. So 7 years ago, when I first got into musical improv at Second City and was told to sit at the piano and make something up, I was totally out of my element.
Through guidance and practice, I discovered how freeing and fun improvising music is!
by Andie Wells
There’s a lot of love - and work - that goes into each of The Dandies’ fandom improv costumes. That’s why, today, I want to take you behind the scenes, sharing how a costume is transformed from an idea into a finished garment, ready for the stage!
If you follow The Dandies, you know that we have a wide variety of shows. We’re always thinking about new fandoms for our geek improv comedy shows though. How do we decide what fandoms are the best fit for us?
There are a number of criteria we use, so here are the five questions The Dandies ask when picking fandoms for our geek improv comedy shows...