At last year’s Montreal Improv Festival, StoryBox Theatre, a group comprised of several Second City teachers and Chicago big wigs, came to town to perform. (All really nice people!) We humble Montreal folk asked them which improv show in Chicago was most popular. They replied unanimously: TJ and Dave.
Yes, that TJ and Dave that came to Montreal two years ago for Just for Laughs. TJ and Dave that I, living on my little Montreal<->New York axis, had never even heard of at the time.
Have you guys ever considered taking the show on the road, touring with it?
Dave: We have been around to different festivals to varying success. If people don’t know what they’re coming to, they’re sadly disappointed. Especially at a comedy festival…especially at a comedy festival, especially at a comedy festival in another country just north of us in a theater off the beat and track when they’re there to see stand-up and, say, we come out in the sweltering heat.
Ha! I found that funny, but now I’m bummed that they didn’t enjoy performing for us. When I do a run of shows, I always have my favourites, and sure, least favourites, but I never let on to the audience that they just saw a show with which I was unhappy. Now I know they hated us, and maybe it’s all my fault…
I reviewed their JFL show at the time. It was an introspective review. I’m always searching for myself when I watch and review improv. What do I like? What do I want to see? What do I want to do next? It’s about me; not about you, TJ, you Dave.
TJ and Dave did two (among other) things really well: lingering on moments and moving the story forward. They liked lingering more. While they journeyed, I longed for destination. It’s very much a style thing.
They read my review. And now they hate Montreal.
– b.j swank