Women In Comedy Festival. Hopefully. The improv group, which includes improv heavyweights Jane Morris and Edie McClurg, made its Festival debut two years ago, and are on the schedule this year. But they need a little help. Recently, BoingBoing.com posted a story about the All Girl Revue's Kickstarter campaign to raise money for travel expenses for the six-person group to come to Boston and also head out to the Chicago Improv Festival. I got in touch with Morris to talk about the logistic difficulties involved with bringing a group across the country to a festival, and their last trip here.
How big of a challenge is it to travel with a group like All Girl Revue?
It's a huge challenge to travel. There are six of us. Six airfares, six places to stay, six schedules of six working actresses. Two are moms with young children still at home. The actual travel, though, is so much fun. These are funny people who very much enjoy each others company. If we're together, we're laughing. And eating. And probably drinking.
How are things different from when you performed here two years ago?
Two years ago, it was Ruth Rudnick's idea to come. This year, Ruth can't make it and neither can Edie McClurg. Since we were there last, Dee Ryan moved to Chicago and Maureen Kelly filled her shoes in our monthly Revue. Maureen won't be making the trip either, but we have an exciting guest joining us - Jill Talley. We all go way back with Jill, a stellar improviser and the sweetest person to hang around with. You may remember Jill from Mr. Show. Dee is joining us in Boston for the Festival, so we're very much looking forward to hanging out with her and having her on stage with us again.
Would you tour more often if you had the means?
If we had the means, we would do a world tour! And we would franchise the show. Since Dee moved to Chicago, we're looking into opening a Chicago branch. Our whole show here in LA also involves solo performers and music.
What was your impression of the WICF last time you were here?
We had a wonderful time the last time we were here. I taught a great, fun class. I'm teaching a solo performance class this time around, I'm also doing my solo show! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the other performers. We're looking forward to our upcoming romp.