Senior Ensemble Member

Joey Lucius

Joey Lucius is a writer and performer based in Edmonton, Alberta where he has been improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre since 2007.

Joey spent 3 seasons working as a principle cast member on YTV’s Canadian Screen Award nominated series ‘That’s So Weird’(2009-2012). The series earned him a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Ensemble Television Performance. Other television credits include ‘Working the Engels’(2014) and ‘Orphan Black’(2014). Joey graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta in 2019 with a BA in Drama and a BEd in Social Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys walking around farmers’ markets but not actually buying anything.

FAVOURITES

TV Shows: Re-runs of the Simpsons, The Wire, Samurai Jack, Venture Bros.
Movies: I don’t have a favorite. Lately, I’ve just been watching documentaries on Netflix. The King of Kong is GREAT!
Actors: Shaquille O’Neal
Video Games: I don’t play a ton of videogames anymore, but in the 7th grade I spent one Christmas holiday playing coffeebreakarcade.com’s SnowCraft and listening to P. Diddy’s “Bad Boy For Life” over and over again. Does that count?
Graphic Novels/Comics: Watchmen, Batman: The Long Halloween, Perry Bible Fellowship, Garfield Minus Garfield
Music: I listen to a lot of jazz, blues, soul, R&B. Favorite song of all time is Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson Trio’s “There Will Never Be Another You”. Honestly, big Boyz II Men fan.
Websites: Whatever Jessie McPhee tells me to check out.
Food: Right now I’m on a big Filipino food kick.
Places to eat in Edmonton: The Burger Joint, Lee House, Summerside Grill, New York Bagel Café, MyEmpanadas… damn I love to eat.

Hell on earth is exactly the opposite of how I would describe working for Rapid Fire.

Joey Lucius

HOW DID YOU END UP AT RAPID FIE THEATRE?

The first time I attempted improv for an audience was in junior high. I convinced my friends that we didn’t need to do any prep for a class project and we could just make it all up on the spot. So we did. Our teacher said he loved it but couldn’t reward us for “literally not doing any work”. 56 per cent. Then, when I was in high school, I saw a few Rapid Fire shows and after I graduated I decided to start taking public workshops the company was offering. I eventually got an invite to audition.

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?

Well, when I see a scene that I really love they always have one or both of these things: commitment to a performance and the improvisers are clearly having fun. Watching players who really buy into their character and really believe in what their doing on stage gives what you’re watching longevity. You’ll remember a good performance. I saw Marc Schulte do a scene where he played an Asian guy, and he played it so honestly and sincerely. It stuck with me. I also love watching improvisers who are having fun on stage, getting mischievous. There are some improvisers who get that sly grin and you know something hilarious is about to go down.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT PROVIDING SUGGESTIONS?

Get creative. If you’re asked for a location or family relationship, sure a kitchen or brother/sister is great but what about a WWI trench or fraternal twins. I think improvisers want to be excited about the suggestion and if you offer one that gets you excited, that’ll probably stand out.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?

Charactery? I like playing characters. I think I play a lot of middle-aged women – a lot of moms and wives. Weird.

DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RFT IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:

Hell on earth is exactly the opposite of how I would describe working for Rapid Fire.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

I’m a bit of a foodie. I like to eat, I like cooking, and you best believe come the holiday season you’ll catch me watching a Food Network marathon. I actually went on a road trip last year that was heavily influenced by Guy Fieri. Wow, I feel that reveals too much about me.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?

I once ordered a pizza during a show hoping that when the delivery guy showed up he would join in on the scene. Unfortunately he was too timid. Like terrified. Like pure, sheer terror. God … his eyes. But we have such a great audience. I remember it being one of the loudest responses I’ve heard on stage when everyone was giving him encouragement cheers and applause. Now that I think about it, the noise probably just frightened him even more…

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