The Dandies had another stellar year serving up geek improv comedy to the Star Trek, Supernatural, Star Wars and Harry Potter fandoms! Yeay us. (So dandy!) "It's been a long road..." But this wasn't our first year creating fandom favourite improv parody shows. Long-time followers know that we had four great years at Social Capital [...]
Fall has descended upon Toronto, and that may make you SAD, but The Dandies are here to spontaneously cheer you up! On Saturday, November 10, 8 p.m. The Dandies present... Holodeck Follies - Spontaneous Star Trek Canada's only Star Trek parody show for Trekkies and non-Trekkies. "To slowly go where someone has gone before" (season [...]
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 improv [...]
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!