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Meet Jeffrey Chou, Andrew Barlow, Ben Walsh, David Thomas and Sara Teague of Naffy Improv

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeffrey Chou, Andrew Barlow, Ben Walsh, David Thomas and Sara Teague.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
We all met performing improv comedy at Improv Boston. Prior to Improv Boston, a few of us trained and performed improv in NYC at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) theater.

While at Improv Boston, we wanted to produce our own weekly improv show that was more in the style of a UCB comedy show. So we looked around the city and came across the Riot Theater.

Fortunately, the Riot Theater producers were crazy enough to allow us to produce a weekly free improv show at their theater. To our own surprise, we find ourselves still producing the same show two years later to packed houses!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s definitely a lot of work to produce a weekly show. On top of that, we all have our day jobs, so sometimes it’s tough to balance the two. Fortunately, none of us do this for the money. We just love to perform and show people a fun night out. But if you see us on some street corner passing out fliers, know that it’s all for comedy.

Our theater is also far away from downtown Boston, so it can be a challenge to get people to come all the way out to Jamaica Plain. The local community around JP has been really supportive and has kept us afloat during these past two years.

Please tell us about Naffy Improv.
We are an improv comedy team that produces a weekly free show called “Your Terrible Ex!” In the show, we interview an audience member about a terrible ex-relationship that they had. We’ve heard some wild stories and we are always surprised what people are willing to share with a room full of strangers!

We love producing this show and we keep it free because we want as many people to come out and watch it. We also invite a fun guest team to help open the show. They are always hilarious, and usually a little late.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
We would probably try to pick a location for the show in a more dense neighborhood. Also, we could definitely have used the marketing skills we know now back when we first started.

Pricing:

  • FREE – The show is totally free because that’s how underground comedy shows should be.
  • $5 Suggested Donation

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Image Credit:
Alexandru Zaharía

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