the Jet City Improv
troupe performs for about 100 people. These guys are pretty
funny. If youve seen Whos Line is It?
youll get the idea. The crowd yells out words and the
comedians incorporate the words into a story or song. As an
added bonus, three of the Storm join in and help
first act involves the Jet City folks only and has several
of them telling a story in which each person has to pick up
where another leaves off when they are pointed at. It sounds
complicated but it works. You have to give it to these people,
they can think fast.
first Storm player to join in is Semeka. She is a backup
singer for the Orlando Booster club. They
have to sing songs when they lose, so the groups sings a blues
song, some heavy metal and tops it off with opera. As we all
know, Semeka can project when she wants to (during the game
she ripped out a yell that was louder than the crowd), and
she belts out what you might call music. She really hams it
up during the opera segment, wearing a ratty yellow wig. As
she leaves the stage, we hear her say Im sticking
comes on next and is part of a three-person Mr. Know-it-All
that answers questions from the audience, only each person
can say just one word at a time. She keeps up with the two
Jet City people, she is a civil engineer after all. Someone
asks Mr. Know-it-All about Bushs environmental plan.
Charmin takes the opportunity to get in couple of digs (mostly
by repeating the word nothing and adding a note
is last and is part of a dubbed foreign language
movie reenactment (this may have been a you had to be
there moment, but thats what improv is all about).
She and two of the Jet City guys act out a movie only speaking
gibberish while two other people speak the English translation.
Of course, at one point in the movie, Simone has to do a dance
to prove her worthiness to obtain a mystical sneaker. She
is always dancing, whether she has a reason or not.
the Storm players depart, the small crowd dwindles. The troupe
finishes off with a story in which the person controlling
the pace can stop the actor at any point and reverse the action.
The actor then has to retrace their steps. It looks extremely
difficult, and the controller seems to take a weird glee in
making the actors repeat sounds or words over and over. Hey,
repetition is a key to comedy, right?
City was very funny, and it was great to see the players ham