Brian Kondrach

funny. guy.

Find out everything you need to know about Brian Kondrach. Whether it's improv performances, stand-up sets, or just the simple musings of a man going mad, find it here. 

Rock, Paper, Improv Shows!

Saturdays in June belong to Rock, Paper, Improv, my short form improv troupe stylized after Whose Line Is It Anyway! Come check us out at Station Theater every Saturday in June at 10pm! This is a pay what you wish show and even better, it's sponsored by Karbach! FREE BEER!!!!!

Come laugh your ass off with us as improvisers play classic games like Blind Lines, Pan Left, Mr. Know-it-all, and Sex with me.... 

Rock, Paper, Improv is Lisa Beckman, Nick Brownrigg, Conor Farrell, Brian J. Kondrach, Scott Little, Cassie Randall, Jason Rosenberg, Chuck Stanfield, and Tamara Warton 

Special Guests include Career Offenders and Corner Office! 

Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, IMPROV beats them all!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/603413096679583/

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Pop & Schlock!

I got to be on the radio show, Pop & Schlock to discuss Rampage!! Check it out! It was a blast. 

 

https://popandschlockpodcast.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/pop-and-schlock-live-on-kpft-episode-xvi-rampage/

Something really cool

There's a lot going on these days. I am about to sign a contract with a talent agency for one. That's pretty cool. And the other weekend, I got to hang out with Kevin McDonald of The Kids In the Hall, which I thought was pretty awesome. I ended up picking him up from the airport and we had a good 30 minutes to chat about KITH and other things he's done recently. We talked a little about Chris Hardwick and @Midnight. I got a glimpse as to how the sausage is made but that doesn't change the fact that it was a well written show. We discussed some of the best advice he's ever received, which was from Dom DeLuise while they were working on a show together. Dom said to him, while they were working on a terrible script or a really strange joke, that the funniest way to make the script was to just treat it like Shakespeare and give it the power that it deserved. Yeah, it might be fart jokes, but the contrasting of a serious player and an absurd situation is what gives us the chuckles. It makes you realize that not everyone needs to be the CRAZY guy in a sketch or comedic production. In fact, without the straight man, there can be no contrasting lunatic. It makes me appreciate all the times I get to play the crazy person as well as ALL the people that choose to be the "normal" guy in a scene or on stage. You can't have one without the other. 

Write Comedy

Write Comedy.

I like to write that on my "to-do" list as if it's something that's as easy as taking out the garbage or clipping my toenails. It allows me to look at it, think that I should do that and then move on to something less stressful or mind-numbing like scrolling through Facebook.

What does that even mean? "Write Comedy"?  What type of comedy? Do I want to write comedic musicals? Do I want to write spoof lyrics to songs? Sketch? Stand-up? Monologues, dialogues, stage shows? Comedic blogs? There are so many options out there to choose from!!! 

Let's look at some of my favorite comedians and try and figure this out. 

1. Weird Al Yankovic - I found out about him in elementary school and I think it is the first time that I realized that comedy songs and comedic music was a thing. I remember buying his box set at the time and it was one of my favorite possessions. However, I never really took the opportunity to learn about the music he was making fun of, I just knew he was funny. 

2. Gene Wilder - I very distinctly remember seeing him in Willy Wonka and being blown away. The fantasy mixed with his distinct style of comedy blew my mind. 

3. Mel Brooks - I remember seeing Space Balls and Blazing Saddles back in junior high and it changed my life again. Plus see above about Gene Wilder. 

4. Afternoon cartoons. Bugs Bunny, Wyle E. Coyote, tiny toons, the muppets, FRAGGLE ROCK. All these shows shaped my sense of humor. 

5. Disney movies. As kids, my cousins and I would make our own versions of the Disney movies and film them with a camcorder. They were distinctly spoofy but in the end, followed the story pretty closely. 

6. My Dad - I remember watching my dad make jokes with his co workers and in groups at parties and such and since he is a salesman, this worked to his advantage. 

7. My Grandpa - he really knew how to tell a joke and did the crazy voices that I find myself doing all the time. 

So it seems that most of my comedic influence comes from absurd, spoofy comedy and family members. I can always come up with an absurd series of events for something to happen if I'm in a group but don't feel comfortable when I try and put it on paper. This has helped. And now I see some of the next steps I must take. Thanks for reading this. Until next time. 

Recent Updates

This feels like it's one of those posts that starts with "Sorry, I haven't posted in a while" but it's not. I'm not going to apologize for the lack of updates. Things were happening and life got in the way. That's a good thing. There's exciting stuff going on in the world right now and I want to be a part of it. 

So, what's going on these days?

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First and foremost, I have been directing the Spacecat Labs Presents troupe for the last month. We are doing short form and I am stoked to see them on stage. There is a lot of potential for this group and from what I've seen in rehearsals, they will be fantastic when they take the stage. It's such a fun group and the audience loves short form improv. The shows will be on Thursdays during November and December. Come see it.

Second, I have two shows this weekend. First the Station Theater Halloween Show. We will be showing the audience just how bad a good event could've gone. FREE BEER!!!  PLUS, I have been working with Our Savior Lutheran Church for their celebration of 500 years of the Lutheran Church. I am in a small but fun production that shows the birth of the Reformation. I get to play Pope Leo X and it's a great chance for me to work on my Italian accent. I look forward to it this Sunday. 

Third, the Astros are in the World Series. Now, I'm not normally a sports fan so this didn't really excite me. However, I am a people fan, and watching Houston and the people in it all team together and get so excited for a chance to win it all is awesome. Especially, since less than two months ago, we got hit with Harvey. This series is a nice little break from all the terrible things that have been happening in Houston and in the country. It puts a broken community back together, even though we stuck together pretty damn well during Harvey. People are still dealing with their homes and their losses but, like I said, this is a great morale boost for the city. 

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Forth thing. Battle Station is coming to a close soon. The finals will be on November 5th between Space Rhyme Continuum and Roger And Her Son. It's going to be a great show. Next season will start in January with a new format and style. It's going to be awesome. 

Well, that's about it. Time to make that scratch. Until next time! 

On Writing

I just finished reading On Writing by Stephen King and even though it is a book about writing, aimed at writers, and a book that every writer should read, it is so poignant and honest that I believe everyone can enjoy it. There's a reason that it has earned the praise and prestige of thousands of readers. I don't want to go into details, but do yourself a favor and read this book. 

 

 

Dogs that do Improv?!

Tonight was a Protostar night. It was a fun show but a very small audience. I guess with Game of Thrones coming back, Sunday nights at the theater just don't have the same appeal they once did. I really enjoy watching some of these students as they improve their improv and they have some really interesting ideas. For example, tonight the troupe Grayson performed. Grayson is interesting because the name comes from the dog which stays on stage the entire set, which is voiced by the actors off stage. I think there is a lot of potential for some fun stuff to happen. Especially if the dog is trained to respond to certain commands or actions from the improvisers. Like if someone swept a scene and the dog went chasing after them or if there was a walk on and the dog was somehow affected by it. This particular dog just stood their and stared at things off stage. The voices were unique from the actors but it's hard to create a scene if your scene partner just stares into space. The other troupe was I'm Fine With Anything, which was not. This is still a very new troupe and they have not played together before. There were some pretty good gems in the show such as strong call backs to a watch selling troll and some relationships between the characters. The thing I want most for them is to listen. Which, I still need to work on, but there are a lot of gems missed just because they didn't hear or wouldn't hear what the other person was saying. I think my new favorite descriptor of what I mean is "Aggressive Listening". It's when you're so focused on the other people on stage that you don't have the space in your mind to ask yourself, "is this funny?" while you accept and add to what the other person is doing. It's being so truthful that you can't turn away from your partner (unless that's what the scene calls for). It's something I am working on and not always the easiest to do. Anyway, I'm going on a tangent. I just wanted to write this post to get something out there and to "write what you know". Until next time.