Last night was the final show in the Brothers Hines run at the UCB East. We had an amazing crowd that was very generous and warm and cool. Everyone who performs at the UCB is spoiled because of the people who come out to shows.
Will said this last night, but it’s true. It’s unbelievable that Will and I would get to do a show, alone, nearly ever week, for over a year.
When I took my first class back in the summer of 2000 I never thought I’d perform (other then my class shows). 13 1/2 years later (yikes!) and I just finished a run of 2 man shows with my brother.
My brother, who also happens to be one of the best performers at the theater. Even if we weren’t related it’d be a thrill to get to perform in a show like this.
Will is moving to LA, and everyone should go see the Stepfathers tomorrow to see him before he leaves.
I’m pretty sure, even though he is going to LA on Monday, he’ll back later this month for a few weeks… but that’s all in flux. The point is, you can’t be sure when he will do another show in NY, and in a short while it will be very rare to get to see him on the NY stages. Don’t miss any more opportunities.
And thanks to Will for performing with me!
And thanks to everyone who came to the show last night. It was a super sweet and nice moment.
I went to last night’s Brothers Hines show with a very casual “Yeah, I might as well.” I mean, I love watching them, and Will has been my favorite improviser since day one. You know what- I don’t have an eloquent way of writing this (Hey! Eloquent was one of their suggestions last night!), but the point is that when we, the audience, stood and cheered for them last night, I felt a pang of guilt that I would ever take for granted that I get to see them perform.
I’m just gonna lay down some gratitude here for Kevin and Will, specifically: Doing a scene with Will during the Kaleidoscope as a 301 student, afterwards HE apologized to ME, which was ridiculous. That was the same summer that I saw The Stepfathers 20-something consecutive weeks. Then I took 401 with Kevin, who came in on the third class of what started as a Curtis Gwinn 401. The class was rough and not working well together, until week four when he miraculously made us into a kick-ass group mind machine (as I recall). Boy Butter came out of that class, so huge thanks there, Kevin. Kevin Hines performed with Boy Butter at the Creek one time! I saw the Brothers Hines to a great Harold at the Creek. Countless other great shows. Finally, I’m so glad I took that Will Hines ASH this year. I’d been wanting to for years, but never forcing myself to make the time or spend the money. I almost missed out on learning from my favorite improviser and one of the greatest improv minds in the world.
Thanks Kevin and Will. This has been long and rambling and maybe no one will even read it, which is fine. I just wanted to put it out there.