Category Archives: Improv

A Little of This and a Little of That

Our young man is getting all grown up. I used to call him SuperPizzaBoy. It doesn’t seem to quite fit any more. He is growing into a young man. I’ll have to think of a new nickname for him.

(He is kind of handsome I think.)

He is a busy guy. A sophomore in high school now. He also does chess club and the lego club at school and singing lessons, and other stuff also. He has a full schedule so he has to budget his time to make sure that everything is done. This past weekend is a good example.

(Around and around we go. If the weather is good he rides outside, which is much nicer)

He has to get up early, get dressed, have breakfast and after a fast stop at Starbucks we drive 36 miles one way to therapeutic horseback riding. He has come a long way and is getting more comfortable all the time with his horse.

(He has a great sense of humor, most of the time.)

We drive back into town and then he changes, has lunch and then we head to his weekly Improv Comedy class. This past weekend was a double dose as he had to go back in the evening for their first show.


He loves improv and is pretty good at it. I’d find it really tough. There are guidelines to improv but you really have to be on your toes and think fast. Two things nobody has ever accused me of doing.

(Take a bow kids for a job well done. The adult leaders also, talk about a handful!)

The show was great. Many of the kids have been together for several years. They are really a lively and energetic bunch and can be very funny.

Fun with #geometry
(Poor kid, he has a Dad who just has to try all the Hipstamatic combos)

Today, we got up and went to church. After lunch son had some homework to do. He doesn’t find geometry near as much fun as I do, but he is getting good at writing papers for his English class.

(How much farther Dad! About 20 minutes Son! That’s what you said 20 minutes ago!)

And then for a little outside time. We ventured up north Tulsa to Oxley Nature Center and hiked the Northern Woods loop for an hour and a half to get a little fresh air.

(How come teenagers don’t like lily pads?)

He doesn’t like near as much as his old man does but he indulged me.

(They don’t like the sun shining through trees either)

We saw a deer and enjoyed the silence. We didn’t see anybody else the whole time we were there.

(Poor kid, his Dad dresses like such a dork.)

And then home, and some video game time, dinner, a chore or two and the day is used up.

He is a busy guy and his Mom and I are really proud of him.
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A Fairy Tale in One Minute

Son, SuperPizzaBoy, has been participating in the City of Tulsa’s Clark Theater Yuth Improv Comedy classes for several years. He and his fellow comedians have come a long ways over the years.


Improv is hard. The players have to work off of each other and think fast. There is no memorizing lines or anything as during a performance it goes where the audience and the cast take it.


It has been great watching the kids grow up in the program.

We are so proud of our son. He gives it his all. The following is skit called “One Minute Fairy Tale” where he and a young lady had to act out a Fairy Tale in one minute, then thirty seconds, then 15 seconds, then 7.5 seconds. Then they had to do it in reverse.  They didn’t know which fairy tale until they were on stage because the audience shouts out the fairy tale they want to see. The kids did great.

We like to see SPB do well, but we enjoy that he is happy doing this even more.


What is your Joy?

Teenage Improv Madness at Clark Theater

Saturday night the Yogi’s and NaNa ventured into midtown Tulsa to the Henthorne Community Center to see the Clark Theater’s Teen Laughing Matter Improv Show.

Improv Picnik collage 1

It was all teenagers, led by adults, who have been working all Fall and Spring on their comedy improv skills. Everybody got to play in this fast paced show which went fast. This is SuperPizzaBoy’s second year in improv, his first in  the Improv group. He loves it and his mother and I are amazed about how much he comes out of his shell.


SPB’s fellow Improvers are a very quick very personable bunch who are also a bunch of hams. Improv involves a lot of interaction with the audience who toss out suggestions for various things. Many of these things involve current events, pop culture, history and such. No video game references. It was amazing the breadth of these kids knowledge.

They have good teachers. The adult leaders of the group are demanding and but infinite patience as they whip their charges into shape.

We are big fans of Clark Theater and their leaders.