Want to see footage of people trying to keep a straight face around Andy Daly? Then look at this behind-the-scenes footage from a recent Superego recording session.
I don’t really like to make a big deal of my birthday. It happens every year, and I’m at an age where the milestones are separated by a great gulf of years. I typically just have a quiet dinner out with my wife and another couple; the restaurant is not informed that there is any special occasion and I am spared the mortification of having “Happy Birthday” sung to me in public by strangers.
Friday night I spent my birthday on stage in Kansas City, performing with Superego as part of the annual Kansas City Improv festival. At the end of the show, Superego joined the other acts from the evening on stage for a group curtain call, which culminated in me being presented with a gift bag and the entire audience singing “Happy Birthday” to me. It is by far the largest group of people that has ever sung to me. I could check, but I bet I’m right on this one.
As much as I avoid making a scene on my birthday, I was touched by this. And performing on my birthday put things into very sharp focus: I have, it turns out, a wonderful life.
Thanks to everyone, friends and strangers alike, for their birthday wishes yesterday. Thanks to the Kansas City Improv festival for being so thoughtful and for having cake(s) backstage. Thanks to all the improvisers who signed the card. Thanks to Easy Tiger Cards for my presents. Thanks to Superego for inviting me to join them. Thanks to that couple in the bar who gave the waitress the nice note to pass on to me. Thanks to anyone who enjoys what I do and lets me do it.
As far as “Happy Birthday” goes, well, you just have to take it.
SUPEREGO RETURNS TO THE KANSAS CITY IMPROV FESTIVAL
We are doing what it says up there! This Friday and Saturday!
THE OFF CENTER THEATRE IN CROWN CENTER
Photos taken at last year’s KCIF by Steve Gibson
Here is some more proof that there should be an animated Superego series. We maybe need just three more proofs to complete our case.
SUPEREGO: “Leffingwell Grocers”
Daria Goldwater: Susan Burke
Lustina Mousterone: Jeremy Carter
Paisley Mantlepiece: Matt Gourley
Emmylou Marleybone: Matt Gourley
Probably Someone: Matt Gourley
Jim Ripps: Mark McConville
Miranda on the Night Shift: Paul F. Tompkins
Martin Leffingwell: Paul F. Tompkins
Bear Minder Steve: Chris Tallman
Blood Pressure Tester: Jeff Crocker
Audio Editing: Matt Gourley
Superego Theme: James Bladon
Animation: Dan Hartshorn @ danielhartshorn.com
Intro/outro Editing: BJ Schwartz @ citizenschwartz.com
Intro Animation: Andrew Moroney @ angelsandgraffiti.com
Matt Gourley @MattGourley
Jeremy Carter @ShuntMcGuppin
Mark McConville @MarkMcConville
and Paul F. Tompkins @PFTompkins
Musical Specialist @JamesBladon
goSuperego.com • @goSuperego
BONUS: We’ve cracked open the Superego vault and pulled out some sketches that have never seen the light of day. We’ll talk about these sketches, why they didn’t make the cut, and other delightful insights.
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2014
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SUPEREGO IS BACK! AND PACKED WITH ACTION-SATISFACTION!
And what’s more, we’re bringing Paul F. Tompkins with us. That’s right, he’s joining the Superego Clinic For Analytical Pscience™ as a regular member. It’s time you got ready to get ready.
But that’s only the half of it. On September 1, 2014, Superego will return for a fourth spectacular season. While past seasons have seen episodes arrive on a monthly basis, Season Four will dole out these ear-candies more slowly, prolonging the utter majesty.
But wait, there’s another half of it. Beginning August 1st, we’re also dropping lap-loads of bonus content your way.
You’ll see the release of two new Behind The Bonus episodes, showcasing several sketches that until now, have been locked deep in the Superego vault. Case studies featuring Erinn Hayes, James Urbaniak, John Hodgman, and more. And in the coming weeks, point your eyeballs toward our YouTube page for a series of never-before-released Superego Supershorts.
But really, here’s the whole of it. When September rolls around, get ready for a bevy of brand new guests as well as the return of some your favorites: Andy Daly, Colin Hanks, Thomas Lennon, and none other than Neko Case.
-The B’s in Apartment 23.
I’m pleased as Pontious Pilate about all this!
About to close out our final show here at Theatre 99. Thank you, Charleston & its environs as well as those brave souls who journeyed from lands beyond. We had only the most fun. Let’s do it again sometime.
CHARLESTON, SC: Almost there!
SPONTANEANATION with me and Superego starts Sunday at Theatre 99!
[Photo: Wei Shi]
CHARLESTON, SC: I am coming to comedy at you, and I am bringing reinforcements.
PAUL F. TOMPKINS and SUPEREGO combine for an evening of improvised standup, sketches, and surprise guests. ALL unscripted and absolutely in the moment.
Exclusively at Theatre 99, Charleston, SC. If you could acquire a taste for wet peanuts, you can certainly acquire tickets for these shows!
Photos: Mandee Johnson