There’s a good chance that any extended stay in Kansas City will present the opportunity to check out one of many local improv comedy groups.
My only advice: STAY AWAY!!!
After the jump there’s a bit of news about new online local improv comedy developments but I thought it was worth remembering: My hatred of local improv comedy stems from a couple of years ago when I checked out one of them still doing Clinton jokes and Scottish accents. Those cretins took me for $37, and were probably the impetus for a breakup with a broad I had yet to bang, SOOOOO I’m obviously one of the foremost experts on local improv (or at least its criticism) in the KC area. More importantly, I consider myself an authority on broken dreams in this cowtown, and I can say without question that there is nothing more unfunny than a liberal arts major on stage bravely undertaking a last ditch effort to avoid real work.
Of course there are exceptions to this rule (not really), but I can note with a great deal of confidence that every comedy improv group in Kansas City is comprised of people who are completely untalented and unfunny.
I’ll have to ask Hearne to ask Craig Glazer but I’m pretty confident the only thing that generates laughs at these improv shows is either family ties or booze.
Unfortunately, all of my cynicism won’t stop many local dudes (and a few EXTREMELY plain looking women) from hoping, wishing and trying to be the next local version of Jason Sudeikis – The SNL Star from Overland Park, Kansas – who now earns a few bit parts in movies and has created one mildly amusing character on Saturday Night Live. As far as local comedy enthusiasts go, the dorks who take improv seriously burst into spontaneous orgasm whenever the guy mentions anything related to the Kansas City area, and (at least at this) I have to chuckle because the TV star is probably ruining more lives than he could ever imagine.
In any event, I guess it’s important to be fair to the assorted groups of people who murder all things funny on a regular basis in Kansas City. In an attempt to spread their mediocrity even further these groups have taken to the Internet with a vengeance. The Kansas City Improv Blog is about as hilarious as hearing the word “metastasize,” but they’ve been updating regularly for years.
And back by unpopular demand City3.org has a new blog, forum and calender wherein local improv comedy creeps can lament that local audiences “just don’t get it.”
My guess is that the failure of local improv comedy dorks has been exacerbated by the far funnier “real” people on Youtube and all over the Internet who don’t need a group therapy session, 2 drink minimum and dank converted warehouse to tell a joke. Sadly, my fear is that online comedy efforts from the masses only represent that latest manifestation of the horrible human instinct which drives us to believe that the ability to tell a joke is the least bit noteworthy.