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ABOUT DROP THREE
“In this section you can find information about the troupe, what we do, what we’ve done, how we do what we do, why we do it, and how we’ve done what we do when we’ve done it.”
The year was 2008. One of the George Bush guys was in the White House (we forget which one). Ron Burr and Pat Storck were trying (unsuccessfully we might add) to grill bacon. After they discovered that giant pools of grease make giant fireballs when they hit the open flame, and the police issued them their citation for public endangerment, they went out to buy some replacement eyebrows. And as they looked around the city for the perfect facial-quality weave, they came to the realization that there was a dire need for a sketch and improv comedy troupe that could bring home the bacon, even if they were under a court order to not cook it until their appeal hearing.
And so Drop Three was born, bringing together a mix of old friends and new acquaintances, all with one goal in mind: to let the comedy and the audience decide where the show is going and to enjoy the ride. Basically, it is Ouija board comedy with a side of scrapple (which is not affected by the judge’s ruling, thank you very much Circuit Court!).
We at Drop Three have only one goal for our performances…to make you laugh until you need to seek medical attention. We not only want to be the best medicine, but also the best referring physicians.
“The revolution will be improvised!”
The main thing DROP THREE wants to bring to the stage is comedy. We want people to laugh. Applause is nice, but we would rather you have to catch your breath. If we have to stand still while everyone takes a moment, we’ve done our job. This is not just because we will have transcended from show into experience, but because that minute is time we can spend doing nothing. If we can get a full hour and a half of laughter out of an eighty minute set, we’ve just saved ten minutes of funny for the next show.
A refined and exact technique is something that we appreciate, something that takes a lot of training and discipline. Many people study for years to be able to keep in character through thick and thin, and breaking character, concept, or the fourth wall is a sin to them. Not to us. If we can break each other up, especially knowing each other and having our guard up, then chances are pretty good that it’s funny. We don’t mind getting a little embarrassed for a good laugh. We don’t mind breaking the rules, letting the audience in on the obvious fact that we are performers putting on a show.
Sometimes that fourth wall can be the elephant in the room, dumped right between the front row and the stage. An audience can feel when the interaction between the performers and them is rehearsed. When we come into a theater, we want to be there for you just as much as you are there for us. We want to reflect the humor of the crowd whether we play a college, a comedy club, a theater, or Bob’s Country Bunker. That can only be achieved by getting to know the audience, and part of that is letting you know us. Laughter should be a shared experience.
If we treat every show the same, every show will feel the same. If every show feels the same, then after you see us twice you won’t really feel the same pull to come back and see what is next. If you don’t know what to expect from a comedy show (and honestly, to some degree, you shouldn’t) you’ll be inclined to come back. When you do, maybe you’ll bring some friends who haven’t seen the show.
Some troupes will disagree with us. Some may find that catering to each audience is pandering, or not defining yourself as a show. They may say that what we do is amateurish, less polished, or not in keeping with proven methods. To be honest, they would probably provide well thought out and absolutely valid arguments on these points. That’s fine. At the core we work hard to be something entertaining. As long as you leave our show with a smile on your face, that’s what you bought a ticket for.
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