Improv Sketch | group
Beat the Dead Horse was a group conceived on a whim from a local comedy club that put out a newspaper ad saying they were looking to form an Improv group like the tv show “Who’s Line is it Anyway” (new to America at the time). A few people went down to the club only to find that there wasn’t a group at all but they WANTED a group to perform there, so basically anyone who showed up I think was in the group. I couldn’t make the first get together as I was working a full time job and involved all my free time with theater, though was tempted when Robert Johnson (a guy I knew from a company I worked with called Wizard Studios) told me about it.
Though not involved in the first 2 shows, which consisted of performing for an hour before South Park season 1 aired on tv, I joined the group shortly afterward and found a love for improv comedy and a discovery of how easy it was for me to perform it. We attempted to add some sketch comedy bits inbetween playing improv games we either got from a book or saw on tv. Understand that this was a group of 6-8 members that some of which knew nothing of improv, sketch, or anything- so it was rough at first.
After performing before South Park and getting a somewhat know name, we moved onto playing bars, clubs, and a few venues. The group broke up with a long drawn out drama of a conversation, which ended up with Joe Davidson and myself walking out and forming the Charming Hooligans with 75% of BTDH.