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The NYC Physical Comedy Lab

The NYC Physical Comedy Lab —or “fiz com lab” for short— is not a class, not a workshop, but a jam of practitioners in a field that includes clowns, circus and variety artists, dancers, mimes, comic actors, etc.  Different people come each week, and out-of-town guests are always welcome. We share warmups, games, improvs, skills, gags, and works-in-progress. Very little is planned, every week is different, but usually, one idea leads to another to another and we arrive somewhere new. 

We usually create some kind of a scenario by the end of the 3 hours combining the skills worked on that day.
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I think of it as a research lab, meaning we are free to explore whatever without the time constraints of a workshop intensive or of a show about to open. We don’t have to jump to a final product but can just aimlessly play with objects and movement to see what we might discover.  During Jim’s visit, we did a warmup with different people leading different stretches, then played a wild and wacky movement game involving all kinds of objects and patterns, then had a knife-throwing lesson from magician Ben Robinson, which had everyone channeling their inner Jim Bowie or Davy Crockett.
Then we continued last week’s experiment with repeating patterns of people and objects passing through our MTW (modular trickwork wall), only this time we transferred the concept to more of a story, a sort of human Rube Goldberg machine, a high-speed mechanical restaurant with Ben Model as our repeat customer. 
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For more information and location of the lab check out the Facebook Page HERE!
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Vaudevisuals interview with “The Umbilical Brothers”.


SPEEDMOUSE (re-squeaked)!

1 Week Left. See it before it closes!

Sitting on stage at Theatre 80 with David Collins and Shane Dundas (aka The Umbilical Brothers) was great fun! Their energy and animated gestures kept me laughing almost the entire time I interviewed them.

I was delighted to see that they were back in town with a new production titled SPEEDMOUSE (re-squeaked)!

“The Umbilical Brothers inhabit a cartoon world where the normal rules just don’t apply…It is all splendidly childish at the same time as being fiendishly clever”  – Scotland on Sunday

” wildly funny, wildly creative…silly behavior of the highest calibre…” – New York Times

“Exquisitely crafted physical humour and sheer imaginative brilliance”The Australian

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Here is a special appearance they made on a recent Steven Colbert show!

Westbeth Entertainment presents:

SPEEDMOUSE (re-squeaked)

Theatre 80

Feb 21st thru March 18th

Tickets Here!

Monday and Tuesday shows have been moved to Saturday and Sunday Matinees!

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Vaudevisual interview – “The Department of Fools”

THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOLS

I have always had a respect for the traditional theater style “Commedia dell Arte“. From photographing Carlo Mazzone-Clementi in 1982, ‘The Metaphysical Mask Improv’ workshop taught by Mask Arts Company in 2011,  interviewing Christopher Bayes in 2013 and then Carlos Garcia Estevez in 2016. Many people embrace this ancient theater art form. Here is an interview with teacher/performer Matthew Gregory and Silvia Morigi.  Together they talk about “The Department of Fools” theater ensemble and their upcoming show ‘A History of Servitude‘. It will be presented at ‘Peoples Improv Theater’ beginning Feb.3th thru March 3rd. 

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE!

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Merry Christmas from Vaudevisuals.com

Merry Christmas from Vaudevisuals.com

Merry Christmas from Jim Moore on Vimeo.

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Summer Shapiro – “Kinds of Light”

One afternoon last week I interviewed Summer Shapiro. She was smiling and happy talking about her new performance project “Kinds of Light”. After 2 years of absense from the  project she is working diligently on it for a May 2nd showing at the Flint and Tinder Series at The Tank in NYC.

On Sunday, May 19th from 1pm to 6pm Summer will teach a workshop titled ACCESSING THE DEVISER: A on-your-tippy-toes workshop in creating from play. The curriculum will focus on a variety of performance and devising elements, a few being: how to structure your play, dynamism, story structure, physical comedy techniques and authencity. For more information visit: http://flintandtinder.thetanknyc.org/workshops