TJ and Dave

October 13, 2010 at 6:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I have to admit… until a few minutes ago, I’d never heard of TJ and Dave. Apparently, they are a very well-known and well-loved longform comedy duo. I stumbled upon a NY Times review of a new documentary about them that shows some of the process behind how two guys put together an unscripted hour-long play onstage together. I’m obviously interested in this because, well, of course, that’s what Swearingen and I do with Fun Grip.

I have two initial reactions to hearing about the TJ & Dave documentary.

First, I realize how out on the fringes Jeff and I are. We are self-taught (mostly) and have forged our own brand of two-man longform through many, many shows. We’ve essentially learned it by doing it. I think this is unique in that we have had no one to compare ourselves to as we’ve developed. We are kinda outside the national improv scene (hell, we’re kinda outside the local improv scene). On the downside, we don’t know crap about what other folks are doing around the country. On the plus side, we don’t emulate anyone. Our particular brand of improv is idiosyncratic to us and only us. And that’s nice.

Second, it is good to know longform improv (particularly two-man longform) has caught on enough to warrant a documentary. It shows that our art can puncture through, just a little, to the mainstream/greater culture.

Info on TJ & Dave here.

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