Check out this awesome interview our Artistic Director, Julie Osborne, did with Nerd Mafia! It's all about one of our favourite things... Nerdprov!
SC: Bad Dog Theatre has been around for 10 years in its current incarnation and 30 years total -- when did the troupe get into nerdprov?
JO: Improvisation has always had a natural affinity for use in genre exploration and parody. In fact one of the seminal improv companies in Toronto - The Chumps (Garry Campbell, Moira Dunphy, Lisa Merchant, Gary Pearson, Jerry Schaefer, and Warren Wilson) - carved out a real niche for improv comedy with their signature parody shows at the now-defunct Big City Improv over 20 years ago, including their own well-loved unscripted Star Trek sendup. Many of them were also Theatresports Toronto regulars. When Theatresports Toronto became the Bad Dog Theatre Company and set up shop in our former bricks-and-mortar home on the Danforth, it opened up all sorts of new performance and development opportunities for a company that had previously specialized in competitive shortform improvisation. So I guess you could say that Bad Dog's been performing nerdprov since before it was even Bad Dog.