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Brendan Kelly

  • Joined VTSL: 2016
  • Why did you become a tech improviser?: “I’ve always been a tech my entire life. I have dabbled in performing, hosting and emceeing in the past but the tech booth is where my heart has always been. I love offering support to the show. Being a citical part of the show without actually being in the show!”
  • What do you like most about tech improv?: “I love adding to the environment of a scene. Whether that would be through an appropriate sound effect or song.”
  • Challenges of tech improv: “No two scenes are ever the same. What works one time may not the next.”
  • Favourite book: Catcher in the Rye
  • Favourite movie: Trainspotting
  • Favourite TV show: Star Trek
  • “In my spare time I love to collect 80’s new wave, post punk and alternative vinyls. I also run marathons. Finally I’m a member of the QueerProv and Dirty Little Secrets improv troupes.”
  • Comic inspirations: George Carlin, Kaitlin Olson, Amy Poehler

How did improv change your life?
“I come from a background of doing sound for heavily cued theatre style shows. When I did my first technical gig for QueerProv I had absolutely no idea what to do. I had a hard time breaking out of the mould of strictly following cues. The idea of having total creative freedom was entirely foreign to me. To get a better understanding I started taking workshops and I quickly became addicted. The idea of collaboratively making up a story on the spot was thrilling. It opened up my imagination in a way I never previously envisioned. I had also just moved to Vancouver from Ontario in 2015 by myself. I found a community through improv and have made several meaningful connections.”

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