TV Shows: Batman The Animated Series, X-Men the Animated Series, American Horror Story, Chopped, Master Chef Jr. and the classics (The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Mr. Bean, Golden Girls, Kid’s in the Hall etc)
Movies: Heavy Metal, King Of Kong, Scott Pilgrim, Kindergarten Cop, Billy Madison, The Family Stone, Evil Dead 2, and the classics (Jurassic Park, Die Hard, Rumble In the Bronx, 27 Dresses etc)
Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Jackie Chan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith, Will Forte, Danny McBride and the classics(Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, James Marsden, Katherine Heigl etc)
Video Games: River City Ransom, Super Mario World, Mario Party 2, Michael Jackson’s Moon Walker, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne, Mark of the Kri, Peggle
Music: I listen to er’thang, from bluegrass to 90’s R & B, my musical palette’s food world comparison would be Buffet Royal. Some artists I am into right now/ have always been into include, Charles Bradley, Pokey Lafarge, Jon Brion, MF Doom, Ween, Boyz II Men, Fleet Wood Mac, Gogol Bordello, Mayer Hawthorne, Beck, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and Eddie Vedder but only when he play’s the ukulele
Websites: www.pbfcomics.com, www.zombo.com,
Food: I love a lot of foods. Filipino, German, American, my flavor palette’s food world equivalent is a Buffet Royale. But for real, I will try just about anything if it comes recommended to me.
Places to eat in Edmonton: Veggie Garden, The Burger Joint, Ralph’s Handimart, Famoso, All Happy Family, and The Boss Asian Cuisine
HOW YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RAPID FIRE?
I got involved with RFT through the Wildfire high school improv tournament. I was improvising with Louis St. Laurent under the guidance of the one and only Joe Vanderhelm. After the Wildfire I had an audition with RFT and slayed it (schwing), and then I was part of this awesome company.
WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?
The keys are to have fun, not being afraid fail and to get yourself into trouble. When all the players onstage are having a great time it puts energy into characters, reactions, everything good. Allowing yourself not to be scared by failure makes you take more risks and be more vulnerable, which allows you to be more focused on the world of the scene. As for getting into trouble, it’s fun getting into trouble. Do something that mixes it up a bit.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN OFFER AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT GIVING SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVISERS?
I’d say keep it simple and don’t mull over your suggestion, you’ll get tons of opportunities to yell something. Don’t say things you wouldn’t say in front of your family. I mean maybe you do talk about dicks and butt plugs to your parent’s but let’s assume you don’t. Get fun, add an adjective. Add a little flavor, instead of a box factory why not a smelly box factory, or an empty box factory?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SHORT FORM VS. LONG FORM AND VICE VERSA?
The two are truly two different beasts. In long form you have tons of time to truly explore your characters and you’re environment, relationships etc. I love all of that in long form. You truly get to explore everything you set up in the world you have created. You get to take time sit in moments and to soak in your creation. While in short form it’s fast paced, one minute you’re a grandfather who hates pudding then next you’re a dog that loves jello. In short form I feel you also get the chance to be more mischievous and the energy of play is more apparent. I also like the idea of keeping it short and simple, which I’m starting to realize that I am getting a bit rambley.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?
I have been described as a support improviser and a tilter. So, I am good at coming in and adding to helpful tools used by other improvisers to help flesh out the world and to get closer to a solution and ending. But, I am also good at coming in and turning a scene on its head and making it wacky, unexpected, and downright not what you were thinking at all. So I guess that would be the best of both worlds. I guess you could say the food world equivalent to my improv style would be a Buffet Royale.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?
Let’s go way way back, back to the days the Varscona Theatre. The sweet smell of Nibs, Twizzlers, and fresh new Steam Whistle tall boys diffused into the rich musk of the old theatre, causing a scent bouquet that could only be described as theatre-sportsy. A group of young improv hopefuls enter the half-moon stage to Yello’s the Race. The team is led by senior performer Jamie Cavanagh. The game is toaster. The rules are as follows:
- Players will crouch on the ground around the stage
- When the caller calls ding, a group of performers will bounce up and start a scene
- When ding is said again the scene will be over and new performers will bounce up and start a new scene
The game is going swimmingly. The yuks are happening at-least 3 per second. Ding, I shoot up like a rainbow trout in the most northern Albertan lake. I am confident in my choice. I play a janitor, hunched back sweeping an empty stage with a large broom, my voice, flavored by Charles Bronson’s character in Death Wish 3. “O boy, I wish I had a death wish *in a Charles Bronson impression*”. Silence. I then describe Death Wish 3 and the Death Wish series to the audience to see if perhaps the audience just forgot about Death Wish staring Charles Bronson. Still silent. I continue to allude to Death Wish. Nothing. I panic in the silence. I yell “DING ME! DING ME!” I stare into Jamie’s eyes, “DING ME! DING ME!” He was perplexed, “Dinggg?” he sputtered. The audience burst into an onslaught of laughter. My greatest failure may have been my greatest success. And that may have been the most fun I have ever had on stage.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A DAY JOB?
Currently I do a number of odd jobs. From just coming out of doing some videography with the U of A Alumni Group to working on floor instillations with my father’s flooring company Lucius Enterprise. I guess while that all happens I do free-lance graphic design for anyone who needs it.
HOW DOES IMPROV COME IN HANDY IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?
Improv has come in handy in multiple ways. Problem solving and thinking out of the box I think is the biggest help. Being able to see the problem from all views and seeing multiple solutions and outcomes is helpful in all situations.
DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RAPID FIRE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:
Working with all your friends, being in a supportive creative environment with like-minded individuals, joking 24/7, and sharing a stage with talented polite kind-hearted characters; if Rapid Fire’s environment were to be equated to a food world equivalent it would be a Buffet Royale.