Mark Metcalf

Improv is for everybody

By - Nov 18th, 2010 04:00 am

Tyler White

Tyler White and Nevin Langhus are not your average teenagers. By day, they attend Rufus King High School, but by night (and early afternoon) they take over the stages of the Tenth Street Theatre and Comedy Sportz, doing stand-up and improv comedy with Scoot’s Schticks teen comedy show.

Nevin Langhus

“When I’m up there, I’m happy…it’s what I’m passionate about, and I’m lucky to have found something like that,”  Tyler says of performing.

Both developed a love for comedy at a young age and say that their experiences on the stage have translated into their personal lives. Whether that means rallying fellow students to the stage or using improvisation skills to land a sweet job at the local skate shop, their passion for performance is undeniable.

And at the ripe old age of 17, both are learning valuable lessons about hard work, success and failure through performance.

But if the performing arts were a class system, comedians would be the serfs of the stage. It’s rough out there, folks.

This week, Mark talks with these budding humorists about the hierarchical differences between theatre and improv and how they came to love the latter of the two. They’ll be back next week with fellow student/improvist Joel Boyd to talk about the perils of being a teenage comedian.

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*Cover photo courtesy Manuel Marin via Flickr.

0 thoughts on “PODCAST: Improv is for everybody”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic Story! Good luck to both young men.
    No better way to learn your craft than by actually doing it.
    I am glad that they have a platform and format to gain their ‘chops’ in the biz!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent interview. Nice to see that there are teens out there with drive and ambition and who are truly interested in making people laugh. Our world today is unfortunately not a very happy place most times. Keep up the great work! Tyler’s Mom, oops, was I not suppose to say that?!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a great interview! Thanks for sharing these guys with the city. I have been to many of the shows, and I have to say, I don’t think I have ever laughed harder. Also, as much as I love them, thanks so much for the correction on the “Me and Him’. I really appreciate it!

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