Lauren McPherson gives us a peek behind the scenes with some of her favorite moments from rehearsals. This is part two in a three part series.
I recently wrote two posts about my favorite moments as a member of Comic Science Improv. Since I cannot narrow things down or be brief, I wrote a third as well. Following the pattern of the first two, this is also a behind-the-scenes memory.
Moment Number Three: “You remind me of the babe.”
Some of the most fun we have at rehearsals is when working the kinks out of new games. We generally like to run a new game several times or several different ways to get a feel for it, decide if it would work in front of an audience, etc. In this particular rehearsal, very early on in Comic Science history, we were working on a game which has since become a staple at our shows: “That’s Not How It Goes.” In said game, two actors are given a movie which they have both seen. A climactic point in the movie is named, and then it is decided what happens instead of the climactic point. We see where the change occurs, then fast forward to the end to see how it changed the movie.
In this instance I was paired with Jason Sims, a master of comedy. We were given the movie “Labyrinth.” (If you, Reader, have not seen “Labyrinth,” look it up and watch it. I will wait. Back? Good.) The turning point in the movie named was “When the goblins come to take away the baby.” The turning point was changed to “When the goblins come to give the baby a lecture.” The game began and I started with a twist on an early line in the movie: “I wish the goblins WOULD come to give you a lecture.” Then Jason stepped forward and, in a rather good David Bowie impression, began, “You remind me of the babe. The babe to whom I’m going to give a lecture,” and continued after a pause, “Baby, you’re lazy.” He went on about how the baby needed to get a job and move out until we were stopped and told to skip to the end of the movie. Jason seamlessly went into a courtroom scene: “And so, Your Honor, you can see why I [the Goblin King] should have custody of the child.” The bell rings, the scene is over, and I am on the floor laughing. “Baby, you’re lazy,” has become an inside joke between a lot of us.
Really, this and the last two articles are only a few of my favorite Comic Science Improv moments. I wish I could list every one of them, but then you would be reading this post for hours. Days. Months, even. I won’t subject you to that. You’re welcome. Just do us a favor in return, please? Come see a show. As much fun as we have in rehearsals, it’s just that much better when all the fun we have pays off in the form of making other people laugh.