We here are Think Fast Improv say farewell, happy trails, and safe journey to some of our members as they travel edit to new and exciting moments in their lives!
This is but a small farewell blog, a small tribute, to the players that gave all of us such an honor to know, play with, and grow along side them. Written by Mr Aaron and Larissa DLG Nielsen:
Think Fast Improv instructor, coach, and player: Drew McCalmon
Drew joined early on in Think Fast, he brought a lot of experience from his time in Florida. His style fit well with everybody, laid back and witty. He departed Think Fast for a while for work and travel, his job allowed him to take trips and go on adventures that were amazing from all the pictures I would see on Facebook. He also has one of my favorite Twitter feeds, great reading for a day you want to end. In 2014 Drew returned to Think Fast as an instructor, teaching our Unscripted Theater Drop-In Class. He also returned to performing when he was off work. He introduced new games and dynamics to the team and was always a fantastic performer an all-around good guy. He was one of my favorites for 2 Headed Expert / Debate and New Choice. He came up with and organized the entire torture show last Halloween. Drew understood what the joke of a game was and squeezed every drop of it at the Torture Show. It was one of my favorite shows I can remember, chaos, water, mess, and weird masks for the audience, oh and eggs. SO MUCH FUN!
Think Fast Improv player: James Sigmon
James came up from our drop in classes, in the past year he has developed into a more dynamic and powerful player, willing to play Accents, playing characters that were believably weird. One of the scenes I remember with James was emotions, we got “bemused”, my brain attempted to process this and by the time I had something James yelled out “I am SO BEMUSED”, that’s in a video somewhere. James also understood where the joke in some games was, for Accents any of the Romance languages become French, German and Russian can flip flop, and part of the joke is we are abysmal at doing accents. He paired well with anybody for a 2 headed debate or answering questions from the audience as the 2 headed expert.
Think Fast Improv player: Rob Goya-Smith
Rob is about to be a father, so he’s more on a break then leaving the team, besides, he didn’t play mousetraps. If he is anything like he is on stage or at practice he’s going to be a great dad. Calm, witty, soft spoken but confident. Also, soothing voice. He’ll be back in a while.
Think Fast Improv player: Jonathan Sparkles
Sparkles has a special history with Think Fast as he was one of the first players to join when we were at our humble beginnings. He was dabbling with stand-up comedy at the time and started coming to our improv drop in classes. Over time his skills grew and he eventually became one of the most popular stand-ups in our comedy scene, as well as a great improviser in our team, and even a actor in our sketch comedy shows. He is taking his comedy adventure to the mainland and is starting his journey in Las Vegas, Nevada. We have nothing but love and confidence that he will only continue to soar! If you wanna buy his hilarious comedy album, buy his album on iTunes!
Honorary member: Daniel Lebakken
Daniel has been an audience favorite, he took classes and went to the BrewHaHas since he started. While not an official member, due to his service to the country taking him away from the islands for 9 ½ months, nobody thinks he is anything but Think Fast. He has a great supportive attitude and a perspective that adds fun to any scene or game he is in.
It’s sad seeing these guys go but having such fun sendoff shows almost makes up for not being able to play with them until they come back and visit, because, we’re in Hawaii. Fast travels and fun to our 3.5 members that we hope to see again soon!
The Think Fast Improv family
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