STFD Summer Scoop: The Ryan Edition

  Try not to make direct eye contact.

Try not to make direct eye contact.

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. First up, Ryan Holden:

How have you been spending your summer?

Learning how to parent! Improv has definitely helped me with my parenting skills, as I've learned to roll with the punches. I'm also looking forward to seeing The Tragically Hip in London.

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

I always enjoy HBO comedies. The incredible writing mixed with improv has made for some hilarious shows. Silicon Valley and Vice Principals are two of the best shows out there. I always enjoy kicking back and listening to TJ and Dave, as well as Improv For Humans. You can't go wrong with Matt Besser and company.

How would you spend your ideal summer weekend?

Quality time with my family is number one. I also enjoy a nice, relaxing camping trip when I can squeeze one in.

How are you preparing for the upcoming STFD season?

I'm using my improv skills at home and at work. I've also started using a new conditioner on my beard to ensure it maintains a nice, glossy finish. I know our audiences and students will really appreciate the extra effort.

What are you most excited about this season?

The troupe members don't tend to see each other as much during the summer months, as we take a bit of a break. It'll be nice to see everyone on a regular basis and get back to performing!

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

I enjoy a quick bite to eat before the show - pita chips and hummus usually do the trick. I also make sure I'm warmed up. A little 'Do Run Run' or a warm-up circle with the troupe always gets my head in the game.

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