I have two shows coming up in April 2021. Both within a week of each other. The first show is a show I have been wanting to see for awhile now but didn’t think I’d get the chance. Any fans of the show Whose Line Is It Anyway will recognize the names Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. I’ve seen the other members of the show a few years ago with a buddy of mine. The show, Whose Live, had Greg Proops, Joel Murray, Jeff Davis, and, of course, Ryan Stiles.
I personally love the show Whose Line Is It Anyway just because of how naturally it flows. As Drew Carey said, “The show where everything is made up and the points don’t matter”. Nothing was scripted. It’s all improvised. Unlike a concert that has a set list of particular songs that the band is going to perform, Whose Line and its spin-off shows (including the one I am seeing in April) there is none of that. My dream is to see Colin and Ryan together live, since they just fire off each other effortlessly. But I’ll take what I can get. Colin was always my favorite cast member anyway. He always kept the rest of the performers on their toes and, on more than one occasion, managed to get the rest of the performers to break “character”. And the audience loved it! And so do I!
The other show I am seeing is one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants. I have seen TMBG about five times and their show never gets old or stale. They change their set list of songs every time I see them. Yes, there are staple songs like Birdhouse In Your Soul that are almost obligatory, but apart from that what they play is a complete crapshoot. You never know what they will play show-to-show. The music varies.
Like Whose Line, the show has an air of improv to it. They Might Be Giants interact with the audience like no other band I have ever seen before. They crack jokes at each other, mess with the audience, and in general do not seem to take themselves seriously. And I love that! It’s just so natural feeling as opposed to “Ok. We’re gonna play this song next and the song after that and it’s all set in stone.”
They Might Be Giants actually have been known to change songs in the middle of their shows. Simply because. And my favorite part of the show? There is ZERO barricade or divider between the band and the audience. None whatsoever. Like, if someone wanted, they could easily jump up on the stage. I’ve been tempted to do that before, but common sense and money held me back. I paid $30 for the ticket and I do not want to be thrown out.
So those are the two shows I have coming up. What shows do you like or have seen? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!