The Floozies vs The Boys
On Bastille Day, July 14, three members of the all-women's group, The Heartless Floozies, will face off with the four male members of The Chainsaw Boys at Sunday Night Improv in the greatest face-off since King Kong met Godzilla (or maybe since Abbott met Costello). Here's a look at some of the thoughts of the participants, culled from previously printed stories:
My MOST CHALLENGING IMPROV MOMENT is easy. The Chainsaw Boys were onstage at The Improv Asylum in Boston. The theater was in the semi-round and had a bar. To insure that their patrons could enjoy the show without running out of libation the bar sold buckets of beer. I believe there were four beers to a bucket. So our group is onstage in the middle of doing our long form when a drunken women (who'd finished her bucket and needed the restroom) staggered out of her seat and walked right up to me in the middle of the stage. I tried to treat her with the all the respect an intoxicated person who walks into your show deserves. But she didn't appreciate it. She was pretty belligerent (not to mention bleary-eyed) so I gently handed her off to one of the ushers who escorted her back to the bar. I'm proud to say the troupe rallied and got a lot of laughs out of the situation. We finished the show with a gospel song with the title (suggested by the audience) of "Don't Walk on the Stage." It all has to be seen to be believed. I hope to post the whole nasty episode on youtube very soon. Look for it under "The Chainsaw Boys and a Drunk."
Suzanne Hevner loves when things go awry. She remembers her senior year in college, when she was doing the showHow the Other Half Loves. The gimmick in the play was that two people used the same set simultaneously, pretending that they were in two completely separate apartments. They would walk around the space performing their scenes, never acknowledging that the other person was there. An unscripted accident occurred during one performance when Hevner’s co-star knocked over a pitcher of water in Hevner’s area, resulting in a pool of water.
“She had gone through the physical boundaries into my room and there was a little tension in the house because the audience wanted to see how I’d react to having that water in my space,” Hevner recalls. “There happened to be a thunderstorm that night, so I picked up the wet tray, looked up at the ceiling, and acted as though there had been a leak.”
The audience went wild, stopping the show with applause. “I always loved when things went wrong and I had to think on my feet,” she says. “I loved the challenge. Half the time in situations like that the audience does not know anything is off. But in that case, the audience knew and applauded in the middle of the scene, and we had to wait. Having that kind of effect can be very powerful.”
HOW'D YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED IN IMPROV? I needed to be able to think on my feet, to avoid a beating from Fagin. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF PERFORMING? The temporary feeling of self-worth that only laughter and applause give me. DETAIL, CHRONOLOGICALLY, YOUR IMPROV RESUME/CAREER? I’ve been an improviser since birth. Later, I was asked to join the Chainsawboys. WHO WERE YOUR TEACHERS? Sir Beswick Figglestick, Madame Dul La Touserant, Master Sun Shan, who later became my deadliest foe. Also Tom Soter. WHAT DO YOU GET FROM DOING SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV? A big fat check! Wait, we don’t get paid? Man… Then the joy of performing with a shifting group if funny people. I guess.
Call her funny. Call her charming, witty, and attractive. But don’t call Emmy Laybourne an actress.
"My grandma always wanted me to be an actor,” she notes. “She would give me a dollar for every passage from Shakespeare I could memorize. She had spent her youth traveling around the Midwest teaching Shakespeare to farmers. But I personally never liked being called an actress. I just have an innate dislike of acting. I prefer writing and performing. That’s why I love improvisation.You can write and perform at same time.”
“All I ever wanted to be was fearlessly funny. I think that women don’t get to be fearless in our society too often. Maybe that’s why I get so much joy out of following my gut and doing improvisation.”
SEE THE FACE-OFF! Sunday, July 14th at SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV. Soter-Lee Theater. Sunday at 7 PM! 236 W. 78th Street