I've been on a great road trip to the Pacific Northwest, or the "Cascadia" region (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia). First stop, hung out in Seattle with old friends from Unexpected Productions for a reunion poker game (we used to have a regular Sunday night game). I won the game! Then I checked out the open mic at Swannie's because a bunch of U.P. folks were performing (the U.P. people I saw were great).
I met up with my good friend David Wahl, of the must-read blog Creative Creativity and co-author of the Archie McPhee book Who Would Buy This?, and we tried to go to the Grouchy Chef but as you can see below, it was closed:
I was really disappointed - I had always heard about this place in vivid detail from David (check out his blog post here), and wanted to experience it myself. There was another sign on the door from the Grouchy Chef - see David's blog for the picture.
From Seattle, I headed to Vancouver, stopping by the Upfront Theatre to say hi. It was great to learn that Billy Tierney had been named Artistic Director. In Vancouver, I was graciously hosted by Alistair Cook and got to meet up with a ton of improvisers in town for VTSL's St. Valentine's Day Massacre, an annual Theatresports tournament. Steve and Lee from Crumbs; Kevin, Amy and Kirsten from Rapid Fire; Billy, DK and Morgan from the Upfront; Renee and Matt S. from Dad's Garage; Taz and Ryan from Vancouver. Oh! And the Seattle team of Mark, Elizabeth and Leona.
Today I'm in Portland to perform with the Brody Theater tonight and tomorrow.