Bob began improvising in 2011 through the Wildfire High School Improv Festival and the Canadian Improv Games. He joined Rapid Fire Theatre in 2016. By day Bob is a screen printer and avid jogger, by night he is a film buff and is currently attending Toronto Film School online.
TV Shows: I love me some Rick and Morty. I also enjoy Mad Men a little too much.
Movies: I love the work of Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch, Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, and David Fincher. So, all of their movies.
Actors: An actor I appreciate is Anthony Hopkins. That guy can act the hell out of anything.
Video Games: I’m going to be honest, not a huge video game guy. I like watching my girlfriend play, though.
Books: Inherent Vice. It’s a very confusing book, but I love it all the same.
Authors: I’m binge reading Stephen King right now. I’m a big fan.
Music: I love the music of Hey Rosetta. But recently, I’ve been obsessed with The Decemberists. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out.
Websites: YouTube is a website I frequent often. I love me a good video essay or interview.
Food: Pho. I have it weekly.
HOW YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RAPID FIRE?
I auditioned while I was in high school and got in. Ever since then, I’ve been loving it.
WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?
FUN. You have to be having fun. Then, tell a story or whatever. But, always have FUN. That is very important.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN OFFER AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT GIVING SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVISERS?
Use details and aspects from your life to influence your suggesting abilities. That’ll keep it fresh.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SHORT FORM VS. LONG FORM AND VICE VERSA?
I love them both. Short form allows room for many different ideas throughout a show. That’s a lot of fun. Long form gives you time to think and breathe while you’re telling the story. That is a cool sensation.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?
Physical. Recently I’ve really been trying to use that more. I have long limbs, and I’m not afraid to use them.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?
When I was newer in the company, I was on stage for a Maestro. I wasn’t in the scene, but a game was played with two audience members who were about to be engaged. I knew the proposal was coming, and it stressed me out! I wasn’t even in the scene. But, it didn’t matter, I was stressed. That was the most memorable.
WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF RFT?
I am a screen printer and graphic designer. Meaning: I design and alter logos to then be screened to wearable garments. I also jog and bake bread. I’m trying to learn to skateboard, but I’m nervous about it.
HOW DOES IMPROV COME IN HANDY IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?
Improv allows you to become adaptable and stay present. These are two things I find crucial in my job. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be able to crack some jokes every once in a while.
DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RAPID FIRE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:
It’s like having a weekend that doesn’t end (where the chores are very fun).