photo courtesy of Washington Improv Theater

Hello! Today marks the start of Washington Improv Theater’s 2010 FIGHTING IMPROV SMACKDOWN TOURNAMENT, affectionately known on the street as FIST.

This year, 44 teams comprising 132 improvisers in total will be competing for a chance at the glory that is the title of FIST 2010 champion.

You are loudly inquiring with your eyes and eyebrow spasms, “How is Aparna involved and why do I care?

As it so happens, well-meaning but impatient reader, I am co-commissioning the tournament this year with my esteemed cohort, Kat Davis. Read more about us here.

Anyhoodeehoo, that means I will be at pretty much every match telling you things and smiling and spinning the wheel of Fate like a host on an ancient Greek game show. So come to one, two, or a thousand shows. Here is the schedule!

Also, please check out my troupes Jinx and Jackie, who will be performing for the next six weekends as well. Keep your pants on, please. I KNOW it’s great news!

In funclusion, here is a picture of my dad who was wearing my FIST 2009 t-shirt this morning for no apparent reason except the looneyverse told him to do it in support. Also yes, we share clothes. I hope that doesn’t put you off.

FISTing Starts Here

Hey! It’s that time again! Washington Improv Theater is bringing the pain and the heat for its Annual Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament (street name: FIST).

There’s quite a sexy load of competitors this year so check out the teams!

Including the one most nearest and dearest to my organ which most resembles a heart, BETTER HOUSEKEEPING. Our first match is Friday, March 6th @ 8pm. Tickets here. Part of our winnings depends on audience vote so, you know, no presh or anything.

We’re in it for all of the pie!

Also, my groups Jinx and Jackie will be performing for the next five Saturdays in tandem with all of the combat-ready warriors (click on ’em for schedule & ticket links).

All shows are $10 and at the Source Theater (1835 14th St NW, WDC).

Oh dearie me! (battle cry)

That Reminds Me, I Need to Book More Whirligigs

Before we get down to business, here’s an excellent link for wide grins.

So this past weekend I was in and around Carrboro, North Carolina again, but this time for improv hijinks with my groups, Jinx and Jackie.

Jackie only had four people able to attend the show out of our team of seven. Look at our new family photo, recently taken! (Courtesy of Steve Swaney, Colin Murchie, and Franklin Pig.)

Here are some North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival photos from the Jackie show below courtesy of Kevin Thom.

We were buying people over the Internet in this scene…
Accusation! Point of order!
Oh gawsh, will this show never end?!
In which I am a monkey…
Still a monkey!
It was all a very good time indeed despite a few stage hiccups on my part.

Most importantly, I got to try blueberry beer! In case you were wondering, it smells like a muffin and but tastes like a beer.

Oh wait, I almost forgot, I also attended the 7th Annual Fearrington Folk Art Show, which is a town proximate to Carrboro via tram, auto, or hayride.

There were zany cars…
Including Miz Thang‘s whimsical ride…
Fearrington’s animal is the (happy) cow!
A chair made out of wrenches. How handy for sitting and fixing things!
I love robots! This one is tall, shiny, and handsome.
And doodly critters! Friendly little guy.
And another robot wearing a turbine, the prototype for a turban (*groan*).
No folk art fair is complete without the quintessential bottle tree!
Take that, corporate America! Get with the folkin’ program.