Author: Charlie Roetting
Do you have a Bucket List? We do and you’re on it.
“What is he talking about?” You ask yourself. “What is a bucket list?” You ponder quietly. “Who even is this person talking to me, and weirdly so?” You blurt out in disgust.
Allow me to explain.
It’s no surprise. Improv Cincinnati is growing fast and strong. It’s steady. It’s reliable. It’s consistent. “The Unsinkable Improv Cincinnati”, that’s what daddy used to call it when we were down in the mines of Pike County, ca 1914. “Nothing”, he’d say to me, “could ever rattle ol’ Improv Cincinnati”.
But what if something could? What about that, dad?! What would happen if we shook things up just an itty bitty baby bit? Would the very fabric that we have collectively woven as a hard-working comedy community be ripped to shorns? Or would we revel in the chaos of wild magic for one fleeting moment of ephemeral phantasia? And if so…could we do it every month?
We’re gonna find out. Here’s how.
At 10pm the third of Saturday of every month (first one is April 20), ten improvisers throw their names into a bucket. Then, before the very eyes of the audience, two teams of five players each are determined by two lucky audience members drawing names, blindly and carelessly, unaware of the power with which they frivolously play.
Once the teams are decided, an opening act gives them time to meet one another and talk strategy. This opening act is henceforth known as…The Sacrifice.
Now it’s time to rumble.
Both teams square off in a head-to-head improv showdown. Polish up your pennies because a coin toss determines the order. Both teams spend UP TO twenty minutes doing whatever they want – and we mean WHATEVER they want – so long as it isn’t scripted.*
At the evening’s end, the audience determines the winner. The losing team goes home packing, shy one set of steak knives. The winning team however, receives a nice little prize – yep, one with cash value – and is automatically placed back into the bucket for the following month. Bet you can taste that sweet sweet mysterious prize right now.
We should all keep a bucket list. If you don’t, you should start. And if you do, you should add to it: “Winning the IC Bucket List”.
*This is not actually the only rule**
Throw Your Name Into The Bucket List Below for April 20 @ 10pm…
**Kidding! It is the only rule