Unless a team is kidnapping potential voters and unloading them from the back of a truck at 10:40PM on a Thursday night, I will never use the phrases “they brought people” or “they packed the house” as a tactic for undermining the work ethic, commitment, talent or accomplishments of members of my own community.
When a team doesn’t come from a place of assumed success (a weekend team) I won’t deem them suspicious or unworthy. I will remember that the stage in Chelsea is a perfect, sacred space that belongs to everyone who takes classes here. But I will also remember that time on that stage falls to the privileged few and that when people who don’t often get that time get it, we should celebrate.
Anyway, the not so secret point of this post is that Scrambled Legs is in the cagematch finals this Thursday. I don’t know if I’ll be there (GUYS THE SHOW IS AT 11 AT NIGHT) but I know that whatever happens, I look forward to congratulating them on what they accomplished this year.
I agree. It’s stupid to criticize a team for packing the house. As the guy who came up Cagematch, I’d like to point out two things:
- People have complained about house packing since the first month of Cagematch.
- Packing the house is part of the point of Cagematch.
Packing the house is evidence of a team’s work ethic and commitment, not something that undermines it.
From the guy who created Cagematch in
Chicago and New York.
This is important both broadly and specifically. I’m really glad Nicole wrote what she did and congratulated Scrambled Legs at the end of her post. They had an awesome string of shows.
It’s hard for an indie team to get to do UCB cagematch these days, and I think house team members especially shouldn’t begrudge them that. Yes, cagematch has one of the best audiences out there, and it’s a thrill to get to do the show repeatedly, but house teams are lucky enough to perform in front of packed, supportive audiences all the time at their respective shows. Indie teams normally don’t get that opportunity.
To make this real personal, the UCB Lloyd team that I’m on, Detroit, went up against Scrambled Legs earlier last year. And while we had a super fun show, we lost by a landslide to Scrambled Legs because I’ll be honest, Legs had the better show (I still love u doe, Dee-troit). Before the show, someone well-respected who worked at the theater warned us that he/she hoped we’d “invited a lot of friends because the other team’s been packing the house." That’s crazy to me. Not to mention presumptuous and not nice. Scrambled Legs beat us by over 90 votes. There is no way a team of four people brought that many people to the show, especially week after week.
I always vote for the team that I think did better improv (whatever the hell that means). Sometimes that’s my friend’s team, sometimes it’s the team where I don’t know any of the people that’s going up against my friend’s team. That’s my choice. Whatever other people choose to do with their votes is their choice.
In conclusion, Scrambled Legs is great and we all do improv for the fun and love of it, so let’s all be fuckin’ nice and respectful to each other, alright?