STFD Summer Scoop: The Kevin Edition

Hip hop, ya don't stop

Hip hop, ya don't stop

The summer is in full swing, and that means you probably haven't seen us in a while! With our new season just around the corner, we take a look at how the STFD improvisers have been spending the warm months. Second in our series is Kevin Elliott:

How have you been spending your summer?

This summer has been packed! I have somehow managed to cram in work, three weddings, teaching, swimming, biking, golf, Finding Dory, Brit Floyd, and Rock the Park. The biggest event of the summer will be when my wife competes in her first Half Ironman Triathlon in August. I'm looking forward to supporting her from the comfort of the sidelines through 2 km of swimming, 90 km of biking, and 21 km of running.

What comedy are you watching/listening to/reading right now?

I've been watching the Baroness von Sketch Show, and listening to specials by Louis C.K, Daniel Tosh, Bo Burnham, and Dane Cook. I am very much looking forward to Mike Birbiglia's improv movie, Don't Think Twice. I also recently watched Trust Us, This Is All Made Up, a live recording of a show by improv geniuses, TJ and Dave.

How would you spend your ideal summer weekend?

If I could piece together one glorious weekend with what I've already experienced this summer, it would include the following:

Friday night - Rock the Park (featuring Nelly and Flo Rida, and Ludacris decides to show up this time)

Saturday - Golfing with the boys, nap time, BBQ'd anything paired with a delicious Beau's Lug Tread (product placement), spending time with my laday. (Editor's note: I'm assuming this means 'wife.')

Sunday - Sleep in, beach day at Sauble with my laday (Ed. note: see above), pizza fo' dinna (Ed. note: I'm just going to give up at this point), watch a movie, and record a podcast that a buddy of mine does called Conversations with Cheese and the Tugboat, which can be found at www.thetugboat.ca.

How are you preparing for the upcoming STFD season?

I've been reading TJ and Dave's book, Improvisation at the Speed of Life, as well as Pam Victor's blog, My Nephew is a Poodle, which focuses on mixing zen mindfulness with improv. I've also been reading People and Chairs.

These books and blogs have provided me with some helpful tips on how to practice improv on my own. Most frequently, I work on Ten Things, freestyle rapping, and object work.

In September, I'm going to Chicago for a week-long improv intensive at The iO Theater. Many comedians that you know and love have studied there, including the wonderfully talented Tara and Rance, who came to town to perform with us last season!

What are you most excited about this season?

I'm really looking forward to the shows involving special guests, RN and Cawls and Improv All-Stars. Other than that, I'm just hoping to continue honing my skills as an improviser, especially in longform.

How do you prepare before you hit the stage for a performance?

Aside from fighting other troupe members for the bathroom, I do a solid warm up of 'Do Run Run' or 'Do Do Do Do' (improv is about DOing, not thinking). I'll eat a few pepperoni sticks and some cheese, and secretly do a few meditation exercises to get present and focused, and to calm some of dem nerves. (Ed. note: This proves that Kevin is as much of a gangster offstage as he is onstage.)

Shut the Front Door return to the London Music Club on September 9th with The Country Mockery Awards, and RN and Cawls Live in London! on September 16th. CLICK HERE to purchase a Fall Flex Pass today and save!