Melinda and I spent the weekend in LA for the premiere of a short film I did, and I got to audition for The Second City Conservatory program. The Second City is a world famous improvisation school that has spawned such comedy geniuses as Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Steven Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Eungene Levy, John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Jim Staahl, the guy that played TV’s “Sledge Hammer” and countless others….possibly to include me. I mean “me” as in potential graduate, not as in comedy genius. The audition itself was very short (less than 3 minutes), but fortunately I knew my audition partner who is a wonderfully talented person so I felt comfortable. The tough part is the waiting since I won’t know anything until the end of the month. And yes, I do see the obvious corollaries to several jokes here involving 3 minutes, a partner, and waiting until the end of the month but I won’t be so cheap.
Melinda and I have discussed all the possibilities, but I won’t be moving out to LA anytime soon. I’ll probably commute to LA weekly for the classes if i get in, but you might ask “How long will you have to do this?” Well, thank you lone reader of my ramblings that asks pertinent questions in the middle of my post. The Conservatory program is made up of 5 levels and each level takes 8 weeks so using my conversion chart 5 x 8 = alot of frequent flyer miles.
So, I’m back home and toying with several script and sketch ideas along with the book of essays (which no one submitted any title ideas for, but who am I kidding I know nobody reads this). I do, however, know what I’m going to write for the foreward of the book so I’ve got that going for me….
UPDATE (09/22): I just got word that I have been accepted into the Conservatory program and have been assigned to the Sunday class. Thanks to all 3 of my readers for their well wishes, it is appreciated.