Kevin Dorff's playing Portland again. SEE THIS SHOW AT THE BRODY THEATER ON SATURDAY! I wish I were going to be there! If you're near Portland, Oregon, you should check the show out this weekend - he'll be sitting in on the Saturday night's 8pm show, a new long form show called I'll Make You a Better Me. I just spent time trying to figure out if there was any way I could make it up, but I can afford neither the plane ticket nor the nine-hour drive this weekend.
These days most people know Kevin Dorff as writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, or for appearances on 30 Rock, The Office, Adult Swim's Delocated and soon, the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
Improv folks who've been around know Kevin for his extraordinary talent as an improviser. He possesses a legendary improv resume - the Second City revue Paradigm Lost (won Chicago's Jeff Award and was documented in the VHS-only Second To None), the seminal long-form show Jazz Freddy, and ImprovOlympic house team Blue Velveeta. He's also among a handful of Second City mainstagers to go "super mainstage," as he put it - meaning stepping down after a long run as opposed to going direct to a TV gig. One of the few gigs he did, between leaving mainstage and joining Conan, was to come out to the Brody Theater in Portland and teach workshops as well as sit in with us. Hard to believe that was ten years ago!
Here's a pic of me and Dorff in 2001 in Vegas:
On a personal note, Kevin has been a friend since we met in 1992 when he and Noah came to workshop and sit in with "rv" - I group I was in while in college. My nickname "Cuke" came from Kevin - from a scene in a show we did. Since he's moved on to the bright lights of network TV, we don't see each other much but have stayed in touch via email (and now text message), and have met up a few times when possible.
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