I'm Doug Moe, an Actor/Comedian at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre where I also teach improv.

I blog about the absurdity of parenting at Man Vs Child and I tweet here: @dougmoe.

#improv

makeyourselfcomfy:

In this week’s episode, Doug Moe (Man v Child), Zhubin Parang (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), & Natasha Rothwell (The Curfew) join Abra to create a world where gnomes heckle, cakes get made, but dicks don’t get touched at strip clubs, & Jackson Pollock steals scholarships.

Note: rumor has it that the person portraying “Amethyst” in the strip club started laughing mid-scene. The sound that was captured sounds like she became a monster in the studio. This is true. 

Check it out!  Really psyched to share this episode of Make Yourself Comfy with Abra Tabak.  It was a blast to record and it’s like having improv in your ears while you’re on the train or the bus or whatever.  Enjoy!

thehodappandrothwellshow:

We’re excited to announce that Comedian CHARLA LAURISTON will be hosting the Hodapp and Rothwell Show this month!!!
Featuring…
- Doug Moe (Dough Moe is a Bad Dad, UCB’s Mother)- Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast, War Bride, Family Haircut)- Charlie Todd (Improv Everyhwere, The Curfew)- Meredith Hackman (The Saddest Sketch Show, HEADGEAR)- Bill DiPiero (Heist, Season Six)- Julie Sharbutt (Gravid Water, Grounds for Divorce)
BE THERE!
The Hodapp and Rothwell Show 
May 10th at 7:00PM
The Peoples Improv Theater
TICKETS

Psyched to play this Friday!
thehodappandrothwellshow:

We’re excited to announce that Comedian CHARLA LAURISTON will be hosting the Hodapp and Rothwell Show this month!!!
Featuring…
- Doug Moe (Dough Moe is a Bad Dad, UCB’s Mother)- Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast, War Bride, Family Haircut)- Charlie Todd (Improv Everyhwere, The Curfew)- Meredith Hackman (The Saddest Sketch Show, HEADGEAR)- Bill DiPiero (Heist, Season Six)- Julie Sharbutt (Gravid Water, Grounds for Divorce)
BE THERE!
The Hodapp and Rothwell Show 
May 10th at 7:00PM
The Peoples Improv Theater
TICKETS

Psyched to play this Friday!
thehodappandrothwellshow:

We’re excited to announce that Comedian CHARLA LAURISTON will be hosting the Hodapp and Rothwell Show this month!!!
Featuring…
- Doug Moe (Dough Moe is a Bad Dad, UCB’s Mother)- Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast, War Bride, Family Haircut)- Charlie Todd (Improv Everyhwere, The Curfew)- Meredith Hackman (The Saddest Sketch Show, HEADGEAR)- Bill DiPiero (Heist, Season Six)- Julie Sharbutt (Gravid Water, Grounds for Divorce)
BE THERE!
The Hodapp and Rothwell Show 
May 10th at 7:00PM
The Peoples Improv Theater
TICKETS

Psyched to play this Friday!

thehodappandrothwellshow:

We’re excited to announce that Comedian CHARLA LAURISTON will be hosting the Hodapp and Rothwell Show this month!!!

Featuring…

- Doug Moe (Dough Moe is a Bad Dad, UCB’s Mother)
- Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast, War Bride, Family Haircut)
- Charlie Todd (Improv Everyhwere, The Curfew)
- Meredith Hackman (The Saddest Sketch Show, HEADGEAR)
- Bill DiPiero (Heist, Season Six)
- Julie Sharbutt (Gravid Water, Grounds for Divorce)

BE THERE!

The Hodapp and Rothwell Show

May 10th at 7:00PM

The Peoples Improv Theater

TICKETS

Psyched to play this Friday!

MARGINALIA

One of the things that keeps things fresh for yourself is doing projects that probably no one will care about but you.  DOOMED endeavors.  It’s important to tickle your own funny bone without worrying if the Funny Bone is marketable (I almost tricked myself into thinking that the title “Funny Bones” had never been used for a doctor comedy, but I’m not even gonna take the time to look that up).

Anyway, this is a side project that is DOOMED.  It’s self-referential, pretentious and maybe boring.  I have no place for it, I’m likely to change the title of it and make it a new Tumblr or a Facebook Group or make into a flip book, then a paper airplane.  It’s got no use.

I teach improv classes.  I don’t think that I’m some kind of pop-culture maven, nor do I endeavor to weave references from the outside world into my teaching just to seem smart.  But I guess I just am smart.  AND HANDSOME.

So:  here are some of the things that came up in my classes yesterday that I thought would be fun to write about, explain and research.  

POTEMKIN VILLAGES

I’m relieved that I had this one very nearly right.  I don’t remember why it came up, but a Potemkin Village is just a facade.  It’s a fake village put up to impress, but it’s just a facade.  It’s like the Western movie sets, where you just have the facades and nothing else.

LOGAN’S RUN 

Logan’s Run came up.  Logan’s Run is a particularly cheesy sci-fi movie from 1976.  It’s special effects look ridiculous, especially when you consider that Star Wars came out in 1977.  Here’s a favorite part that I remembered:  

A robot in an ice cave.  There’s something nice about that.

I couldn’t remember in class whether Logan’s Run dealt with killing people off at a certain age (it does).  I was thinking that Soylent Green was an example of this  but now I remember that people choose to go in the suicide booths in Soylent Green.  

It’s a shame that neither of these are on Netflix streaming.  These and other 70’s sci-fi movies are perfect Netflix fodder but who’s going to pay to see them?  I don’t have cable now, but it used to be that you could catch weird Sci-Fi blocks on TCM.  And A MILLION YEARS AGO when I was in college I had an excellent video store.  This place had a membership that gave you one free movie in a specified genre every time you rented.  So one month might be Westerns, another sci-fi, etc.  So while you were out getting your copy of Sleepless in Seattle (A MILLION YEARS AGO), you were incentivized to pick up Soylent Green as well.  

Someone really sounded way smarter than me by also mentioning The Ballad of Narayama, which I knew nothing about.  Save it for your own class!  

RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE

Rube Goldberg Machines are amazing.  My brother in law told me that in Oakland, CA they created a life sized Mousetrap Game.  And of course, there is video here:  Life Sized Mousetrap

GILDING THE LILY 

A favorite of mine.    I love that Urban Dictionary has an entry on “Gilding the Lily” because it seems the antithesis of “urban.”  Gilding the Lily is a common improv scene problem; support from the back line that isn’t necessary, making characters who are about to be victimized exceedingly victimize-able, etc.  So if someone’s about to steal someone else’s wallet, the crook’s mark doesn’t need to be stage-whispering about how “clumsy they are with their wallet.”  Any honorable thief would pass by such a target!  Where’s the fun in that?  To steal that wallet would be like taking candy from a baby.  Why are you giving babies candy, anyway?!  And never ask a baby to hold your wallet.  Stealing a wallet from a baby is just like stealing candy from a baby!

Mister Mxyzptlk 

Mister Mxyzptlk came up for some reason.  I equated him, erroneously, to Rumpelstiltskin 

Both have tricky name problems.  For Rumpelstiltskin, you just have to figure out his name.  For Mister Mxyzptlk, you have to trick him into saying his name backwards.  There is no reason that should ever happen.  If that’s your weakness, you should be really careful.  I know Mister Mxyzptlk mainly from the Superfriends cartoon of my youth.  But it reminds me of the weakness of Young Miracleman from the Miracleman/Marvelman series.   Wow was that a good comic book.  I should get into comics again.  Right everyone?  That’s what I should probably do.  Right?

Comic Book Villains Take an Improv Class

Our superheroes’ greatest foes seem to be experts at witty banter. How do they fare in an improv comedy class?

Really fun video for Jest with a bunch of improv nerds dressed in funny outfits.