So I have been going through old “nameless!” improv comedy photos and videos from as far back as 1999 and wow…. we sure did some crazy things back then. We performed a gibberish opera,  showed the audience our dreams at a “nameless!” slumber party and even helped a dorky guy get a date to a school dance.

Bottom row: Jonathon Magee, Roy Gullem. Top Row: Conor McGibboney, Kevin Huff, Arthur Simone, Marc Juneau, Mary Ella Causey Davis

Cast at the SLU Dance Studio. Bottom row: Jonathon Magee, Roy Gullem. Top Row: Conor McGibboney, Kevin Huff, Arthur Simone, Marc Juneau, Mary Ella Causey Davis

The first unofficial season of “nameless!” improv comedy back in 1999 took place in two dance studios. One of the dance studios was located on the campus of South Eastern Louisiana University and the other in at Fellom Ballet School across the street. The first shows were in these random dance studios with random cast members each week.

Arthur Simone and myself took a drive to Chicago to see what innovative theater we could find. We actually got to see a show called “To Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” (no babies actually went blind at the show and the title is some fucked up comedy metaphor) and wow this show inspired us a lot. Epic tales told with marshmallow peeps mixed with twisted comedy and drama, the show was basically a sketch show that rocked almighty. We got to see the classic “Medieval Times” and got eat at a banquet in the dark ages without forks (or science) and got caught up in an adventure of knights battling a dark night. We saw all sorts of amazing shows, discussed street theater and Ballet Frankfurt(William Forsythe era) at parties. When we got back to Louisiana we developed a show that was a combination of improv and sketch comedy. Things took off pretty fast and before we knew it, we moved to a bigger theater.

We had a pretty wild time setting up for the show where we did the slumber party sketch, we had just moved into the new theater and were locked out of the light booth. So we borrowed a portable lighting system from another theater and brought it to the the theater. However were were all wearing pajama pants and boxers, dressed for a slumber party. Moving the lighting equipment from one theater to another we ran with the lights in our hands light futuristic weapons.

The weekly show in random dance studios turned into a weekly open run comedy show in a beautiful theater with seating capacity over two hundred.  Cubas put together this track with audio from some of our early shows for “nameless!” Radio. We are lucky to always have an audience that encourages us to explore theater and comedy to the full extent.