Kaci Beeler – Up Close and Personal

This year’s 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival will bring over 20 troupes from around the world to Sarasota for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. One person you will see sprinting from one performance to another is Kaci Beeler. Kaci is a member of  not one, but TWO Austin-based improv groups, Available Cupholders and Parallelogramophonograph (Pgraph, for short). Keep reading to get to know how Kaci juggles being … Continue reading Kaci Beeler – Up Close and Personal

A Guaranteed Fun Time

Love karaoke? Love improv? Musical improv troupe Happy Karaoke Fun Time blends the two to create a completely original, never before seen musical on the spot. Instead of a piano, they use karaoke tracks and improvise entirely new lyrics to some of today’s most popular songs. We sat down with Philip Markle, Creator of Happy Karaoke Fun Time, to get to know the group better before … Continue reading A Guaranteed Fun Time

Welcome to the StaceJam

On July 12 and 13, over 20 of the top improv troupes from across the country and as far as Canada and the UK will travel to Sarasota for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. Featured at the Sarasota Improv Festival for the first time, StaceJam is a one-woman musical improv show performed by comedy veteran Stacey Smith, who you’ve also seen perform with ImprovBoston and the all-female … Continue reading Welcome to the StaceJam

Ethel Waters – The Forgotten Pioneer

By Dr. Justin P. Cowan 1840s: Minstrel shows are developed to provide an entire evening of black-face entertainment for white audiences. These shows developed racial archetypes that are still prevalent today, such as the archetype of “The Mammy,” and continue to be popular until the early 1900s. 1890s: Vaudeville becomes so popular that “Circuits” are formed in an effort to tour vaudeville shows all across … Continue reading Ethel Waters – The Forgotten Pioneer

Improv Fest Spotlight: Available Cupholders

At this year’s 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival, over 20 of the top improv troupes from across the nation and as far as Canada and the UK will travel to Florida’s Gulf Coast for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. One of those groups is Available Cupholders of Austin, TX, who – in true improv fashion – say they came up with their odd troupe name by pulling the two … Continue reading Improv Fest Spotlight: Available Cupholders

“Come Together” with Carole J. Bufford

Carole J. Bufford grew up in a tiny town in Lincolnton, GA, listening to her mom play “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” on the radio. Now she is bringing that song, and many other classics from the ’60s and ’70s, to life on the stage in Come Together: When the 60s Met the 70s. Carole has become one of the brightest stars of New York … Continue reading “Come Together” with Carole J. Bufford

Improv Fest Spotlight: Dad’s Garage

At this year’s 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival, over 20 of the top improv troupes from across the nation and as far as Canada and the UK will travel to Florida’s Gulf Coast for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. One of those groups is Dad’s Garage, of Atlanta, GA, who have performed their signature brand of off-the-cuff improvised comedy that has delighted around the world. We sat down … Continue reading Improv Fest Spotlight: Dad’s Garage

Old vs. New: Which One is For You?

By TJ Lewis Out of these hit songs, which artist made the best cover for you? Are you a die-hard fan for the original, or does the new version have more appeal? These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ By Nancy Sinatra Covered by Loretta Lynn and Jessica Simpson “These boots are made for walking…and one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over … Continue reading Old vs. New: Which One is For You?

Dream a Little Dream of Carole

By Meg Gilbert Called a “21st-century Barbra Streisand” by the New York Times, Carole J. Bufford and her vivacious vocals are back and better than ever this summer with Come Together: When the 60s Met the 70s. Covering music from Nancy Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, and Jeannie C. Riley, and featuring hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Come Together … Continue reading Dream a Little Dream of Carole

A Play’s Journey: The Beginnings of the Ethel Waters Story

By Michael Nichols The seeds for Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow were planted in playwright Larry Parr’s heart at a young age. In high school, he discovered Ethel Waters’ autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, which he found to be very impactful. Little did Parr know at the time that, as a playwright, he would go on to create not just … Continue reading A Play’s Journey: The Beginnings of the Ethel Waters Story