Welcome to the first blog of 2016!
First, I want to take the time to thank our fans, sponsors, guests, and everyone who helped make 2015 our best year yet.
As we enter a new year, we also enter another new chapter. Over the past five years, I have been honoured to be able to perform for such incredibly generous and fun-loving crowds throughout London and Southwestern Ontario.
In that time, we have proudly performed over 120 shows, helping numerous causes in the process. We have come quite a long way since our first rehearsals in the back room of Music Central (Thanks, Rob Aitken!).
Performing is a real passion of mine, but so too is seeing the improv scene in London grow, flourish, and thrive.
Each year, I have seen more growth within our improv community, and it has been incredible to watch. “If you build it, they will come.” They certainly have come – to see locals cut their teeth with a new art form that is relatively unfamiliar to London. We have a troupe of regulars trying new formats every month, and we have seasoned improvisers from all across the globe coming to the Forest City to play for smart, appreciative audiences.
As my performing will be taking a bit of a back seat in 2016, I want to make a commitment to you. We are dedicated to making London’s improv scene bigger and better. We will be focusing on long-term goals, and bringing our audiences the freshest, funniest shows. We will offer engaging, fun, and interesting classes and workshops for students of all ages and abilities. We will provide opportunities for new improvisers to hone their craft.
Another journey has just begun, and I could not be happier with where we’ve been and where we’re headed.
We have so many exciting things planned for 2016 and cannot wait to share them with you. We would like to sincerely thank you for believing in us, thank you for promoting something positive in our community, and thank you for making dreams come true.
Brandon Rudd is the Artistic Director of Shut The Front Door Improv, located in London, Ontario, Canada. He loves comedy and his idol is Chris Farley.