A few weeks ago Parkway Playhouse’s very own Get the Hook Improv Comedy Troupe traveled to the New South Comedy Festival in Greenville, SC. While there, the troupe members attended workshops and even got the opportunity to perform!
We were given the privilege to interview Get the Hook troupe member, Jack Weinmeister, about his time at the festival, and this is what he had to say about his experience at the NSCF.
What did you think of the New South Comedy Festival (NSCF)?
“It was fun. There were a lot of good opportunities to learn how we can make other people laugh without trying so hard to get those definite punch lines. There are these subtle things that we can do to make an awkward scene funny, not just something random, but make [the scene] have an actual purpose.”
What did you enjoy about the workshops that were provided at the NSCF?
“My favorite workshop was Let It Be by Lewis Kornfield. He taught us how to stop for a moment after saying something and do these little things to make the scene funny. That’s what I really took from him, less it more. Normally, with comedy, you try to be really big, really loud, or really funny, but Lewis taught us about having those honest moments. Moments where you are in a scene with one other person, having a conversation, then based on what the other person is saying, your reaction doesn’t have to be huge, but it can still be funny.”
What about Megan Grey’s workshop?
“In her workshop we practiced continuing with the energy in a scene instead of taking another path or just changing the scene completely. Basically keeping with the same scene, and keeping the same feeling throughout.”
What was your favorite exercise?
“[Lewis] had two people get up. One person would make a statement, and the other would have to react to it three different ways. Mine was ‘You just got accepted to Columbia University, congratulations’ and the person opposite of me had to act happy about it, then sad, then angry. We were able to use the same scene to make different feelings. That was my favorite thing, seeing those different reactions that people can take in a scene.”
What did Get the Hook perform while at the NSCF?
“We played the game Growing and Shrinking, which is where two people start a scene, then it will grow as other people come in, then shrink back down to the two original actors. We had 25 minutes to do that, and we used up exactly 25 minutes. It was perfect!”
What did you enjoy most about the Get the Hook performance?
“Our performance was very fun. In the past we have had performances we have gotten a few laugh out of the audience, people felt awkward at some points, and those were good times, but that performance at the festival was one of the funniest we have ever done. We got a lot of laughs and we were able to do a lot of call-backs, meaning that we were able to bring back jokes that we used in the beginning of the performance.”
What was your favorite part about the NSCF?
“Getting to see mock turtle soup from Clemson and being able to see people of all ages perform Improv.”