The Improv A Go Go turns 12 on May 18th
The show began on a handshake agreement with John Sweeney after a pitch by Larry Pontius and myself to the Brave New Workshop - allowing us use of the Palace Theater in St Paul on Sunday nights for "as long as people keep coming to see it"
When this show started:
My oldest child was 10, the other two didn't exist
Spider Man, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Attack of the Clones had just opened.
Just like Facebook didn't exist
The Olympics were just held in Utah
The US had just invaded Afghanistan
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother had just passed away
Robert Hanssen had just been sentenced to life in prison
The Beltway Sniper(s) had yet to begin shooting people
and the coolest technology in a while looked like this:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Ipod_1G.png
A chance to perform improv on a stage in St Paul where you might make enough money to get some pancakes at Mickey's Diner afterward, that was enough to get really excited about.
This show is where so many things started for me and it can be hard sometimes to have to fight to keep it relevant against all the other things we've built along the way - but it's still one of my favorite things in the world because people are still coming to see it.