PuppyProv was every bit as awesome as it sounds. Those that have been to a Dad’s Garage improv show might recognize some of the games played at PuppyProv, while other rounds were created specifically with dog behaviors in mind.
Case in point: coffee break. The actors start the scene, and whoever gets the biggest laugh or reaction is then replaced by a dog. When the dog gets the crowd
going, an actor steps back in. The dogs then do as dogs do, of course, wandering around, sniffing butts, turning around in circles, and licking themselves, which places the actors returning to the scene in ridulously awkward situations. Hilarity ensues, along which tons of cheers and obligatory “awww’s”.
Another challenge to the actors: continue to act in the scene while another improvisor applies peanut butter to their body. Some were more ticklish (and tickled) than others, and the audience couldn’t help but feel a certain amount of satisfaction seeing the actors squirm while they tried desperately to stay in character in their scene and not laugh.
Speaking of peanut butter, when asked his favorite canine castmate of the night, improviser Ronnie Johnson-Lopez answered, “Without a doubt it’s Blue… that may or may not be because we made out on stage in front of EVERYBODY.”
Perry Frost also shared her experience: “Working with dogs during an improv show is chaotic and charming, which is often how human-based improv shows turn out anyway! The audience is totally forgiving of anything that goes wrong, and doubly excited about what goes right. It’s always a good time.”
PuppyProv sold out quickly. According to Matt Terrell, Communications Director for Dad’s Garage, “PuppyProv was a great way for us to engage a community nonprofit and try something new. It was a true experiment gone incredibly well.”
As a matter of fact, this was the second PuppyProv event. “We previously worked with Angels Among Us last season. It was such a hit, we brought them back!” Thanks to the success of this show, Dad’s Garage is looking at hosting PuppyProv at least once a season so more improv and dog lovers can get in on the fun.
“We love our partnership with Dad’s Garage,” said Jackie Fuller, Director of Marketing and Events at Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. “Everyone is so acco
mmodating and supportive of our cause.” And according to Fuller, the dogs really enjoyed their introduction to improv acting: “We had a few lazy pups in the crew, but I think they all loved getting so much attention!”
For more information about the hundreds of cats and dogs awaiting their forever homes at Angels Among Us, please visit www.angelsrescue.org/adopt .