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Performer Spotlight: Kyle Dooley

What Kyle brings to the stage in confidence.  When he steps forward in a scene, his presence is so in the moment that an audience member could never see the wheels spinning and the cogs moving in his head.  He his the unique gift of being able to say and do the absurd while selling it to a crowd as if it’s the only logical option at hand.  He’s an amazing scene partner for exactly that reason; no matter what you bring to the stage, Kyle has the commitment, wit, and presence guarantee an amazing scene.

What takes good improv to great?
Comfort with your scene partner. I love it when a scene is about 5 steps ahead of the audience. I also love it when players know when to end something, when to begin something, and when to return to it.  Editing I suppose.

What makes a player a joy to improvise with? 

Someone who listens is always a treat. Also somebody who really looks after their own shit. I love it when somebody plays a character, looks you in the eyes, and you know exactly how they are feeling, and will be feeling the entire scene.

Have you ever gone through a rough patch as an improviser?  How did you handle it? 

For a while Improv was just a thing that happened at the end of a sketch comedy show, and nobody took it very seriously. Got out of it by being grumpy, and encouraging a no beers on stage rule, and trying to force a format on a show, and rehearsing more.

If you could suddenly gain a new improv skill, what would you pick?

Can I have magic? Is that an improv skill? If magic is a choice, I’d feel stupid if I said something like “Listening”. I can improv my listening on my own but if you’re giving away basic conjuration powers I’ll take those instead.

Any advice you’d give someone who’s just starting out in improv?

Oooh Singing! I wish I was more musically inclined. I can fake-sing fine, but I really have a brutal voice, and pianos confuse me.