We had a great time at the 3rd Annual Improvaganza (and the first to include performers from the Mainland). There was a semi-coherent mention of the Saturday show in the Honolulu Advertiser, which called us “sharp”. Yay!
by Corbett Cummins
photos by Heather Christianson
After that, we ran over to the 4:45 showing of Dartmondo. The Dartmondo is a unique performance that combines the precision of stand up and the immediacy of improv. The show was conceived of by local improv actor, comedian and producer Dartanion London when he was part of the improv company Wing-It productions. Since then, it has grown into its own entity and played all over Seattle.
Amanda Williams, in the hotseat
The improv was provided by the cast of local improv actors: Ian Schempp, John Faga, Mike Murphy and Amanda Lee Williams. All of the stand up was provided by Dartanion London, Graham Clark and Hannibal Burress.
The show went as such. A comedian like Graham Clark would come on the stage, and do a full set, including a few jokes about people in Canada who don’t believe in global warming.
Graham Clark delivers comedy raw materials
I didn’t think that that was an option anymore” he said “that’s like not believing in the circulatory system.”
Dartanion gets a angry dose of funny from Mike Murphy
After his set, the improvisers came on and did sketches based on his jokes. So in response to his joke about global warming they did a sketch in which Ian Schemp denied every human act, from science to babies as nothing more than an act of God. Then, Hannibal Buress, came on and joked about how he hates Seattle weather and how he shot his Grand Theft Auto date for making fun of his clothes.
In turn, the improvisers did a sketch where a kid shot his mom with a video game gun for asking him to wear warmer clothes because the weather was bad. By the end of the show, all of the jokes melted into one hilarious comedic mess that filled the entire stage.
Dart-Mondo is a combination of sketch and stand-up comedy. It was fast paced and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. My favorite moment was when a heckler called out “You’re O-bombing!” and the comedian quickly shut him down with something about the guy not wearing a “grown-up shirt.”
Come check us out at the Vera Project Stage on Sunday at 4:45pm! Even Seattlest says we’re “guaranteed hilarity”. This guarantee comes from them, just so you know who to sue.
Guest comedians will be Graham Clark from Vancouver and Rylee Newton from LA!
The article is actually an interview with Dartanion that touches on several different subjects, but the above is how they described Dart-Mondo. Thus, it is relevant and not just gratuitous ego-stroking.
The UW’s Daily newspaper gave us a review yesterday, and it looks like they had a good time.
While we might pull “Unpredictable and uproarious” or maybe “Sizzled with the pure physical funny” for poster quotes, my favorite has to be “Life-changing penis jokes”.