Valentine's Day Special Event

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Do you know what this Sunday is?

Uh-oh. No. It's not JUST the week after Super Bowl 50. It's much more.

No. It's not just February 15, 2016 either.

Oh no. I'm really worried for you now. Are you in a relationship? Not for long if you don't step your game up!

It's Valentine's Day. Yes! That Valentine's Day!

Do you have your flowers, chocolates, and tickets for Sacramento's Best Valentines Day stand Up Spectacular? 

Get those tickets!

This Sunday let us plan your date night. Let us help you look like a romantic, thoughtful woo'er, who knows their date loves comedy. Have you ever met someone who doesn't love comedy? If you did, would you even be going out with them? Probably not. See, the fact you're on a date proves this person you're courtin' is a comedy lover. Come to this show, and look like a Casanova.

It's science.

Now, buy those tickets, and let us craft the perfect Valentine's Date night. Look like a Casanova. We don't want credit. We just want you to enjoy some comedy.

Who is performing this Sunday night? Excellent question. Two of the funniest comics in Sacramento and San Francisco are on the Blacktop Comedy stage. Kiry Shabazz and Joe Klocek That's right! The best are coming to Rocklin. Kiry and Joe bring their unique and uproarious perspectives to the stage. Both are brilliant and funny storytellers. 

Joe Klocek has become one of San Francisco's most unique comics. With razor sharp wit he uses to 'work the crowd', Joe is in high demand at clubs, and has recently made his debut nationally on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” Comedy Show. Kiry Shabazz has been addicted to making people laugh ever since he realized he had the ability to make them smile. With his witty material, charming personality and off the cuff spontaneous ability to involve and captivate his audiences, Kiry has become a regular at many clubs around Sacramento and Northern California

Purchase Tickets online or at the door. Actually, I take that back, we've already sold most of the tickets, so if you do want to come to this show I strongly suggest purchasing them online so we can say "grab your seat," and not, "we're sorry, but we're full." It will be so awkward for us both. Let's not put ourselves through that. Buy your tickets.

Oh. Of course. Where should you go to dinner? Another great question. You have so many, and there are so many good places to grab dinner. Try these first, because you're supporting local, they're romantic, and they make some amazing dishes:

Primo PizzaThe Chef's TableRubino's RistoranteThai Chili

Slow Down and Get Emotional

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Last night our improv 201 class worked on adding emotion into the scene. Well, I encouraged them to "unpack" more emotion in a scene. The happiness, jealousy and compassion have always been in the scenes, but on the fringes.

How do you feel about those Deadpool movie tickets your dad just bought you? They're for opening night. 

The emotion was often abandoned for some shiny space object, or idea (i.e. "look at the buttered popcorn," "a new trailer for the Dawn of Justice trailer sure looks neat," "I'm going to drop out of Sierra College."). Scenes can quickly look bloated, filled with objects, and subjects., all of briefly mentioned and then abandoned for another space object, idea, or general "thing". But, how do you feel about that thing? Why do you feel "that" for "that thing?" That's not the most elegant sentence in the world, but you you're smart. You know what I'm getting out.

I gave the students permission to explore feelings. Some students needed permission. Other students needed a nudge. Open up, stick with what you already have, and see what happens.All the students got there, and when tehy did, the improv scenes were phenomenal!

It was extraordinary. I hadn't seen these students create such vibrant scenes. Rival models, football teammates, first dates, supermarket clerks, and paranoid shoppers came to life. It was so much fun to watch.

I might of likened emotions to steroids. Emotion is like putting some Human Growth Hormone into your work. It'll strengthen your scene. Where you once were thinking, "I don't have enough stuff to sustain this scene. I better go grab something else and add it to this scene that's already about my mom, kitty litter, Kim Kardashian, Under Armour scented Febreeze, Valentine's Day, and toothpicks."

No! Stop! You don't need more. It'll overwhelm the audience. All you need is to feel something about your mom. How do you feel about her, and why do you feel that? Now, proceed! That's a great start to the scene!

As I continue to write I realize I'm blending two thoughts together. I don't want to muddle the message so let me be more clear.

1. Each scene is about something. It's about that ONE thing. Focus on that.

2. What'll help you focus on one thing? Feeling something towards said thing. (Talking about Sierra College admissions? Why are you terrified of the admissions process?)

Don't pack rat scenes with space objects and subjects, and ideas. Look at one thing, and respect it by feeling something for that character, idea, development. How does your character feel? Notice something, unpack your feelings about it, and in turn, that'll make you notice something else? Repeat. Notice. Unpack. Notice. Repeat. 

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THE OPEN MIC tonight at Blacktop #standup #comedy #rocklin #sacramentocomedy #improvcomedy