Well, after posting this, I did get fired from the show. By e-mail. I’m not saying the two are related. The producer still seems friendly, but he thinks a sexy girl will draw more crowds than a fat old man. Imagine!
And then I found this in my e-mail inbox from the lovely Dana Kaminski. Nothing like serendipity!
And then I found this passed along as part of a colleague’s Facebook stream!
It was a fun run in the show while it lasted. I’m sure Improvo Diablo will do great, it has a lot of talented people in it. And any producers looking for a clown luchador, you know where to find one!
El Santo Gordo, by a fountain
There is a set of deities called “the clown gods” by experienced clowns. Basically, something happens in the audience during a performance that is disruptive or charming or whatever — call it noticeable, let’s keep it simple — and the clown hears it, accepts it, and reacts to it, hopefully enhancing the delight of the audience in the process.
I had one of those moments on Thursday night when I was doing my clownish luchador co-hosting at Improvo Diablo. The host (the sepulchural Sean Browning) noticed it first, some audience members coming in late and making a bit of a disruption. Well, one thing you swiftly learn as an audience member is that you never show up late to a clown show.
I had some fun getting them seated, the audience had fun watching me getting them seated, and Sean got to show off his softshoe dancing skills.
The producer hasn’t fired me yet, but maybe he’s waiting for the in person touch.