Fish Sticks is an improvisational clean comedy troupe comprised of seven ingenious performers. Each Fish Sticks Improv Comedy show is completely clean and original. And like the food for which this group is named, these men and women are warm and appealing; people of all ages can savor them.
Fish Sticks have been performing Improv Comedy for churches, schools, and businesses for years. Whit Shiller, Dave Rust, and John Guarnero started out by performing at ComedySportz, an improvisational comedy club in Milwaukee. In November 2006, these entertainers decide to strike out on their own and craft clean, short-form improv performances for regional organizations.
February 10, 2007 was a historic day in the annals of Fish Stickdom. That night, Whit, Dave, and John put on their first show. Every seat was filled, and the entire house laughed uncontrollably.
Hundreds more shows would follow, and more Fish Sticks would emerge from the oven. The first new Stick was ComedySportz alumna Nancy Mueller; she joined in July 2007. Then Andy Burgmeier, short on hair but high on energy, came aboard in 2008. That year Joe and Jodi Lucas were inducted into the Sticks as well.
Milwaukee remains home base for Fish Sticks, but they’re willing to travel the nation to entertain. Over the course of their time together, the group has mastered a large store of hilarious improv games, and they’ve even invented new ones. What’s more, the group has released four DVD’s; expect more in the near future. Some of this success must be attributable to the fact that the group prays together before each show.
Fish Sticks also run improvisational workshops. These training programs are ideal for aspiring Improv Comedy performers and for people who are seeking to overcome stage fright, enhance their leadership skills, sharpen their creativity and reflexes, bond with friends or coworkers, or only have a rip-roaring good time. The communication and leadership skills that improv students develop are directly applicable to all sorts of professional fields. Further, improvisational games require trust in teammates, and thus they foster the kind of trust that helps people work more efficiently with colleagues.
That type of trust is evident in this video. In the game “Comedy Translator,” Dave Rust must wordlessly act out the descriptions of alligator wrestling that his teammates provide. It’s astounding to see Dave instantly come up with expressive ways to depict such absurdities as a proper British alligator and a man with a bionic arm. And it’s delightful, even heartwarming, to hear the waves upon waves of loud laughter coming from the crowd.
For additional information on the Dazzling Improv Comedy of Fish Sticks call 615-283-0039.
Originally posted 2013-09-19 20:47:27.