Think Fast was founded on the principles of sharing the performance art of improvisation, providing quality shows for the Hawaii community while fostering the growth of the improv scene. Read a Brief History of Think Fast on our blog.
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Think Fast is an improv group based in Downtown Honolulu that has a passion to share the wonderful art of improv with all. The group’s founders – Rory Chaim Franzen, Aaron Pughes, David K. Jones, and Larissa DLG. Franzen– started the team in 2011 as an outlet for improvisers looking to perform and play. Think Fast has been performing and teaching improv for the past four years, and is excited to continue adding more programs for the community.
About the Ownstructors
David K Jones
Improviser, stand-up and sketch writer. David K Jones has been an active supporter of Hawaii’s growing comedy scene since he started improvising four years ago. He has performed in Improvaganza: The Hawaii Festival of Improv for the last 4 years, won the Planet’s Funniest Person comedy competition at the 2010 Hawaii International Comedy Festival and opened for Graham Elwood in 2013. DKJ can be seen on the second season of OWN’s “Life with Latoya” teaching improv to LaToya Jackson. He has organized and hosted ImprovHI’s monthly Scratch Paper Sketch Comedy Show and is a contributor to the Honolulu sketch comedy community. DKJ has studied sketch writing from Second City’s Jeff Griggs and Dave Razowsky. He produces the live sketch show “Regards!” and the web series “Someplace Classy”. DKJ’s favorite thing about improv is getting on stage and building something new and awesome out of nothing but each other’s ideas. Follow David on Twitter at @dkjcomedy.
Larissa DLG. Franzen
Larissa DLG. Franzen is one of the foremost improvisers in Hawaii. Larissa has been playing steadily in Hawaii of the past 7 years starting in 2007, been training improvisers in Hawaii since 2009, and has been a prevailing force in the Hawaii improv community. Larissa began her career studying in Honolulu with the foremost improvisers of the time, and trained with some of the best improvisers from Chicago and New York. She has studied improv through Second City master improviser Jeff Griggs and Chicago Improv Festival Executive Producer Jonathan Pitts. Larissa is constantly expanding and sharing that knowledge, as she believes that everyone has the right to play. Her teams are regularly official selections of Improvaganza: The Hawaii Festival of Improv and have been for five years running, and has coached two teams to success at the prestigious international festival. In 2011, Larissa became a founder of the flagship team “Think Fast” for Mr. Aaron Presents. Larissa plays with multiple local teams, including “Think Fast” and “Dr Safeword”. Larissa is a writer and performer for the Honolulu sketch comedy show, “Regards!” and stars in the web video series, Someplace Classy.
Rory Franzen has over 20 years of theater and performance experience. Rory’s first introduction to improvisation was as rehearsal warmups for plays. It wasn’t until Seattle’s Unexpected Productions launched a high school theater sports tournament that Rory got formally trained as an improviser. When Rory moved to Hawaii, he joined “Something Classy” with fellow Think Fast founder David K Jones. Rory has coached many improv teams, which have played at local theaters and venues, as well as international festivals. Rory continues to play with Think Fast and is a writer and performer for the “Regards!” sketch comedy show and web series Someplace Classy. Rory is one of the founding members and lead instructor of “Think Fast”.
“Mr. Aaron” Pughes
Mr Aaron’s past is a closely guarded secret known only to him. Legend has it that if he whispers it into your ear, you only have seven days left to live.Share by