Christopher started improv in high school with Rapid Fire’s Wildfire tournament, and was fortunate to compete in the Canadian Improv Games national finals tournament in Ottawa in 2009, 2010, and 2011. After graduating, and being offered an audition, Christopher began performing with Rapid Fire Theatre in 2011. He has also has acted in an instructional video that teaches teens how to safely buy a used car, produced by the Alberta government. As well, he was cast as a lead in a pilot for a YTV sketch comedy show, called “Live at Sludgewater High”. Christopher also frequently performs stand-up comedy, and can be seen around Edmonton’s bar circuit, and comedy clubs. He also writes a weekly comic strip for the Gateway newspaper, which focuses on the horrors of what it would be like to have a fully grown grizzly bear as a roommate, titled “Unbearable”. Christopher is currently completing a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta, and is down for whatever.
What’s your favorite:
TV Shows: Archer, Eastbound and Down, Family Feud
Movies: Moonrise Kingdom, The Room, American Beauty
Actors: Paul Giamatti, Steve Buscemi, Kirstie Alley, Jar Jar Binks
Video Games: Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise, Jade Empire
Authors: David Sedaris, J.K. Rowling, Louis C Mix
Music: Earl Sweatshirt, The Fugees, Alt-J, Death From Above 1979
Websites: reddit.com/r/dadjokes, reddit.com/r/wheredidthesodago
Food: cast-ironed and butter basted meats
Places to eat in Edmonton: Honestly? Costco. For less than a toonie you get a hot dog AND a soda. Plus there are ample samples, and I always take more than one.
How you get involved with Rapid Fire?
I competed in the Wildfire tournament throughout high school, and was fortunate enough to be given an audition after I graduated.
What are the keys to a successful improv scene?
Commit to everything, have dynamic characters, and always face the audience.
What tips do you have about giving suggestions to improvisers?
Try adding fun adjectives to your suggestions. Instead of a café, suggest a spooky café! Spatula? Why not an aggressive spatula?
What do you like about short form vs. long form and vice versa?
I like long form because I get to be part of more satisfying narratives. I like short form because I can forget the names of characters in the scenes without feeling bad.
How would you describe your improv style?
I have been told that I seek mischief on stage, and also try to advance scenes with a zany flair. Plus, I really like playing Dads in scenes. So you could say my improv style is fatherly zaniness.
What is your most memorable moment on stage?
At Halloween Theatresports of 2012 I was captain of my team (dressed as Slutty Mit Romney). One thing lead to another, and the next thing you know I was drinking a bucket of my own puke in front of more than 200 people. So that was pretty punk rock.
What do you do for a day job?
I work at a men’s clothing store at Southgate mall. Our specialities are ludicrously priced track suits, and sneers.
How does improv come in handy in your day-to-day life?
Surprisingly, very little of my day to day life is scripted, so that makes spontaneity fairly necessary. For example, sometimes at Subway I won’t decide which bread I want until I am asked. 100% instinctive response. Sometimes I score big with Italian Herbs and Cheese, other times I get busted with Honey Oat. But that’s life.