Sunday, March 24, 2013

Catch 23 Sprting 2013 Tournament

These are the participants for the Spring 2013 Catch 23 Tournament.​

FINAL (3/23/13) 7:30p
 THE TONES vs.  
SEMI FINALS (3/16/13)
Friday, February 22
DOUPA (Meg Kristen, Curtis Lazerlee, & Mike Anthony) vs.
TETRIS (Melissa Kelly-McCabe, & Andrew D'Angio White) vs.
Friday, March 1
THE TONES (David Coon, Andrew D'Angio White, & Alyssa Jeanne) vs.
10 ROUND MAG (Brian Calmes & Eric Kohl) vs.
CAIN & BARELY ABLE (Irwin Harris & James Trenton)
Friday, March 8 
THE 20-SOMETHINGS (Brittany Ransbottom, Konrad, & Justin) vs.
WORK IN PROGRESS (Laura Fleming, Derrick Williams, & Mike Anthony) vs.
WE APOLOGIZE (George Haag, Mark Post, & James Trenton) ​

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Catch 23 Tournament Fall 2012

These are the participants for the Fall 2012 Catch 23 Tournament. 

8:00, Sat, 10/20
Pandas & Fake Snow (James Battaglia, Eric Kohl, Hobert Thompson)
vs. Schwoone (Brian Calmes & Peter Schaffer)
 vs. Big Cableknit Sweater (Kathy Crabtree & Don Beechner)

7:30, Sat, 10/13
 Ctl + Atl + Improv (Allie Trimboli, Thomas Macias, Leslie Bowen)
vs. Schwoone (Brian Calmes & Peter Schaffer)
 vs. Big Cableknit Sweater (Kathy Crabtree & Don Beechner)

9:30, Sat, 10/13
 Pandas & Fake Snow (James Battaglia, Eric Kohl, Hobert Thompson)
vs. Hot Sauce on My Burrito (Michael Anthony & Derrick Williams)
 vs. Cape & Cowl​ (Irwin Harris & Mike Mordenga)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Catch 23 Tournament Spring 2012

These are the participants for the Spring 2012 Catch 23 Tournament.
  • Vowel Movement: Andrew Theede, Abby DeVuyst, Eric Kohl
  • Pandas & Fake Snow: James Battaglia, Hobert Thompson
  • Cougar Chasers: Caitlin Heffner, Derrick Williams, Dan Hart

Competing Teams:
  • DOA: Michael Warren, Don Beechner, Ed Keegan
  • Cougar Chasers: Caitlin Heffner, Derrick Williams, Dan Hart
  • Formerly Known as Men: Michael Mordenga, Drew Burke, Nick Maggio, Kathy Crabtree
  • Pandas & Fake Snow: James Battaglia, Hobert Thompson
  • Don't Forget the Wrappers: Paul Minigiello, Caitlin Heffner
  • The Elders: Irwin Harris, Cris Peters
  • Vowel Movement: Andrew Theede, Abby DeVuyst, Eric Kohl
  • Curves Ahead: Annette Ramos, Patricia Farneth, Melissa Weiner
  • Don't forget the Wrappers: Caitlin Heffner, Paul Minigiello

Thursday, January 27, 2011

improv resourse center

Sunday, January 16, 2011

change the scene

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Second to None" 10th Anniversary Clip #4

Hey folks this is the last of the Second to None clips feel free to comment ,or post something you think will help us be better improvisors.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Second to None" 10th Anniversary Clip #3

It would be so cool if we could do this as a game. In front of an audience.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

RIFF Saturday Workshops

The following workshops will be held on Saturday morning within various spaces in Village Gate. Each workshop will be repeated twice--one at 9:00am and again at 10:45am. The cost is $40, and you must check in at the Village Idiot's Pillar Theater by 8:50 to be register and be given the exact location of each workshop.

"Intimacy and Group Mind" By Rick Andrews
How do we overcome the fear of improvised performance? By putting trust in our scene partners, groups, and self. In this workshop, we’ll explore the issues of trust, connectivity, intimacy, and group mind from a practical perspective. We’ll work on forging a real connection to our scene partners to get access to more impactful scenework, and we’ll take some of the mysticism out of “group mind” and learn how to connect as an ensemble. Push through your fear to find a better, funnier you.

"Solo Improv Techniques" By Michael Short
How to do work to do a one-person improv show.

"Slowing Down" By John Thompson

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Second to None" 10th Anniversary Clip #1

I Love the history of things. Here is some faces you have seen before and some people you have not seen before. Am i a great writer or what? What? enjoy

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Second to None" 10th Anniversary Clip #2

I love how young Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch look. On stage you have to get out of your safe place. It is not easy and yeat it is. be fearless and take a chance, it is the best high ever.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Even an Idiot can tell a Story

I like Scott Simon. What he says is correct. Get the audience in the first words out of your mouth. Dont go to crazy town right away make it a fun trip to crazy. Names and images are important. And make sure that trip is something they will remember.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Irony City Improv - Dead Actors - The Matrix

Wow, this is sort of a takeoff on moving body parts but one person does the voices. I would love to try this at a show

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Whose line is it anyway - UK - moving people -

I normally do not like this game, but it is done really well here. The actors keep on talking,and help the audience members along

Saturday, September 11, 2010

ASSSSCAT Improv (5 of 5)

I like the way Tina Fey says this makes me think of that. And then she goes in to a story. I think i am that kind of monologist. Especially when i listen. I love Irwin World but sometimes you have to pay attention. I take that back you always have to pay attention

Saturday, September 4, 2010

ASSSSCAT Improv (3 of 5)

I have had so many dates that ended this way and now its on You Tube. Not that it's all about me. Allthough it should be don't you think.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

ASSSSCAT Improv (2 of 5)

I am like that guy who is in his own little world . Irwin World is a magical litle place where i am worshiped as a god. We only have one zelot in this world me. i must explore other worlds and listen. HELP ME

Saturday, August 21, 2010

ASSSSCAT Improv (1 of 5)

As you can see this follows the classic monology and three beats. I notice things like that .

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Say My Name

Saturday, February 13, 2010


We are family here at the Vip. And just like a family we should support one another. I was not in last nights show but i came to see my brothers and sister idiots act and be funny. If you possibly can and if it does not conflict with other plans go see a show even if you are not in it. This is not the Irwin Harris idiots or(place your name here) idiots it is the Village Idiots. You may not always agree with the decisions made but you should try and adapt if you can. I am not kissing ass here but thanking my lucky stars that i can perform. I am learning. I sometimes use improv in daily life. Remember it takes a Village to raise an idiot. I think we got raised real good.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


How to play Polinius that is the question. Do i play him as the power behind the throne? Or do i play him as a senile old man his best days behind him? Do i play him as a loving and caring father or a man with no moral compass. Is he just a corporate shill to the new king? To thine own self be true. The intent is what i strive for.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Games Idiots Play

While I think we should sometimes stick to the basics of Impro for Stortytellers I love that we try out new games. Last nights show was fun, and as always a learning expierience. Sometimes yes I am in the dark over life and improv but Swifuns in the dark scene was fun. We never burned brighter then in Jeri's Hanukah scene. And Cal's scene left me speechless except for two words . Lets continue in 2010 the decade of the idiot.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pan,Left Right and Center

I have become fasinated by movement. I went to our show last night as a member of the audience and was watching the actors use the whole stage. Sometimes as actors we tend to stay in one spot througout the whole scence . This is sometimes not fun to watch. I would like comments on movement as an actor and how you handle it.I am a beard i want to add body to my work.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The First Love:The Training Wheels are Off

We will soon be moving in to our new studio. I am going to miss the old studio. It was magic and mysterious. Putting in a secret code to get in to the third floor and even having a secret code to use the bathroom. I remember the time during a show we where getting a bit loud and are next door neighbor pounded on the wall. I do not remember which idiot said it might have been Swithun said you can't get in that way. The third floor was like your first love,shy and timid but once you got started boy it was beautiful. We are getting rid of the training wheels and getting a motercycle. We are are the ground floor in more ways then one. I think Village Gate will grow and i think that will be beacause people will coming to see us. We are in the Valley,but very soon we will be on top of the mountain.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Has it been one week since the fest? We are an improv community and growing. Woodstock started out small and it made history. It would be great next year if we could have a speaker of some sort to discuss are unique art form. We are the bastard child but watch us grow and expand and improv. 2010 the new decade of improv.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

CONTEST RULES--Rochester Improv Fringe Festival

We are holding a contest to determine who attends the most during the RIFF.

Starting Friday night, through out the festival, the audience will be indicated to text message a secret password to the official phone number. The owner of the phone number with the highest number of correct texts will win $100.

In the event of a 2-way tie, the prize money may be divided with each winner receiving half. In the event of a multiple-way ties, one winner will be randomly selected to receive the full prize.

If there is an overwhelming turnout for the festival, more prizes will be awarded solely at the discretion of the festival's producer.

The winner(s) must produce proof that they have a festival pass.

EVENT DETAILS--Rochester Improv Fringe Festival

FRIDAY, October 16th
7:00p, School of the Arts High School
The School of the Arts' Improv Team kicks off the festival with their first show of the season with the Village Idiots them during the second half of the show. (Festival passes can only be purchased after the show.)

9:30p, Village Idiots Studio
"GORILLA THEATRE & Dedication Ceremony"
Three improv directors battle for supremacy, with the audience deciding if their comedic style "evolves" or "dies". The show is followed by a brief dedication ceremony for the Village Idiots' (still under construction) future performance space.

SATURDAY, October 17th
10am, Neighborhood of the Arts
Different improv workshops are set up through out the different locations of the festival.
  • Beginner's Level Improv Course (Village Idiots' VIP Studio)
  • Musical Improv Workshop (MuCCC)
  • Beginner's Level Contact Improv (SOTA Mainstage)
  • Advanced Improv Theory Workshop/RoundTable (Village Idiots' 1st Floor Studio)
12p, MuCCC
Members from different troupes will be randomly selected to perform with each other. After each scene or game, the audience and a judge scores the performers. The points award are then given to the team they represent. This type of competition occurs throughout the festival, and at the end, the troupe with the most points, wins this year's ASAP award during the awards ceremony!

1pm, MuCCC

  • UofR's "In Between the Lines"
  • SUNY Geneseo's "No Laugh Track Required"

4p, MuCCC
  • "ComedySportz" (Buffalo, NY)
  • "WuProv" (Charlottesville, VA)
  • "The Francis Bacon Experiment" (Buffalo, NY)

7p, MuCCC
  • UNLEASHED! Improv performs "Fernando"
  • Geva Comedy Improv performs "TV on Demand"
  • The Village Idiots performs "Recycled Shakespeare"
9p, MuCCC
For the past two weeks, several teams have been competing in the Village Idiots' Catch 23 tournament. 3 teams emerge victorious. Each of them gets 23 minutes, over 4 rounds of play. The audience and a judge scores them after each round. Who will be victorious this year?
Team: "Broken Couch" (BJ Scanlon, Jeff Andrews, & Gavin) Last Year's Champions!
Team: "Apocalypse Ponies" (Sarah Peters & Callid Keefe-Perry)
Team: "The Curlers" (Jeri Dube & Chris Dewey)
SUNDAY, October 18th
11a, Village Idiots Studio
The Village Idiots explore the spiritual side of improv with the most pretentious form of improv ever invented!

12p, Village Idiots Studio
The festival honors several individuals and troupes with serious and silly awards alike. This year's special award for dedicated service to creating Rochester Improv goes to: Frank Storace, artistic director of Nuts & Bolts Improv Comedy Troupe. As the troupe founder, Mr. Storace has directed the creation of Rochester's longest-running improv troupe.

1p, Village Idiots Studio
An original repeat of the earlier service where the Village Idiots explore the spiritual side of improv with the most pretentious form of improv ever invented!

2p, Physikos Movement Studio

LOCATION DETAILS--Rochester Improv Fringe Festival

School of the Arts
Friday Night:
Ensemble Theatre
45 Prince Street,
Rochester, NY 14607

Saturday Morning:
Main Stage
45 Prince Street,
Rochester, NY 14607

Multi-use Cultural Community Center
Saturday 11:59AM - 11:59 PM:
142 Atlantic Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

Physikos Movement Studio
Sunday 2-4pm:
302 North Goodman St., #E201
Rochester, NY 14607
located above Selena's Mexican Restaurant

Village Idiots Presents (VIP) Studio
All Other Times:
274 North Goodman St., #D312
Rochester, NY 14607
Go to the Gate House Restaurant, and take the elevator the 3rd Floor

Monday, October 12, 2009

Emergency Cash Transplant

Dave Spiro (Village Idiot & 12 year liver transplant survivor) and Swithun No (Artistic Director) of the Village Idiots
improvisation group burst into URMC's Solid Organ Transplant's Department this past Friday and interrupted their weekly meeting to perform an emergency "cash" transplant!!!

During their August 29th fundraiser for the Patient Needs Fund, the improv troupe had raised awareness about organ donation. They also raised $1,400.10 and were now "transplanting" it into the hands of Dr. Mark Orloff who happily received the cash donation on behalf of the University of Rochester Medical Center's transplant patients.

Dave Spiro, donning his old paramedic uniform, and Swithun No, donning old hospital scrubs, brought the full $1,400.10 cash donation in small, unmarked bills traveling in an official emergency organ transplant box.

"This is the first fundraiser our 2nd year troupe has ever done," said Swithun No. "I'm honored that we could use our humor to help Strong Hospital save lives."

When asked why they didn't go with a simpler presentation of a giant, novelty check instead of dressing up, Swithun No answered, "They make giant novelty checks?"

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Everyone’s got a plan…until they get punched in the mouth (and now I’ll somehow relate boxing to life and improv)

Mike Tyson is one of the most notorious athletes ever. His fights were always exciting, sometimes very illegal and the comments that he made before or after the fights were incredibly entertaining. There are plenty of videos out on the internet filled with just his quotes. A large portion of these were violent and absurd.

However, there was a moment when he said something so profound that it would leave most philosophers envious. To paraphrase, that comment was, “everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” At first glance, this comment might seem like another random act of vocabulary. But, when you strip away possible knee-jerk reactions towards violent speech, you are left with something deep, profound and symbolic.

“Everyone has got a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. This statement describes everyday life all to well. “I was going to ask my boss for a raise, but once I heard him speak, I caved”, “I was going to tell Becky Sue how I really feel about her, but when I looked in her eyes, I lost my will to speak”, “I was going to do well on the test, but once I sat in that chair, I froze”, etc. What does the boss’ voice, Becky Sue’s eyes and a cold chair have in common? They are the metaphoric “punch in the mouth” that Mike Tyson speaks of.

You can practice and prepare all you want, but until you learn how to take that punch to the mouth, your plans will vanish and you’ll revert back to what is familiar or safe.

This is true when you’re trying to evolve in improv. There are plenty of games that can be performed better when utilizing learned techniques and strategies. But, "the heat of the moment" punches you in the mouth and this strikes you with the urge to perform well. It is at times like these that you have to train your mind to pause a beat and stick to the game plan. Otherwise, you’ll be relying on habits that keep you safe, you’ll inhibit your evolution as a human being and Mike Tyson will probably want to eat your babies.