So I just had to tell you — last weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to stop by UCB Theater for a show called Facebook. I’d heard great things — the comedy is quick-witted and the team features six truly hilarious men, including Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock, and Rob Riggle from 21 Jump Street and The Hangover.
Here’s how it works: the team selects two audience members to go on stage, login to their Facebook, and be interviewed and Facebook-stalked by one of the comedians. Then the guys use material from the interview to build a series of improv scenes, which are often ridiculously funny.
They started the show off by asking for audience members to share a little bit about themselves. And people went for it! We heard a crazy customer service story from a guy who worked at Target, learned about the behind-the-scenes life of a karaoke bar host, and got the (blush-worthy) details from one woman’s indecent run-in with a park ranger. They went with the karaoke host. He went up, they interviewed him, they did some seriously hilarious improv comedy, and we all shrieked with laughter.
And then the time came for the second guest. A few people raised their hands and told stories, but they weren’t totally sold. So I raised my hand (!!!), and before I knew it, I was on stage! We chatted about growing up outside of Seattle, my crazy journalism school assignments, and, of course, my Facebook. The whole thing was nerve racking and hilarious and amazing.
It’s so fun to watch such talented comedians at work, but even more exciting when they’re using your own life as their inspiration! They did an entire scene on hilarious Seattle stereotypes, which of course had me tearing up with laughter.
Have you ever done something that surprised you? I’m not usually a very spontaneous person, but this was such a fun experience.
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