Trust Us, This Is All Made Up
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Without prior consultation, the guys (both Second City alumni) start a dialogue as soon as the lights go up. As they play, they discover who they are and what the story is. For those who know improvisation, this is work on a high level. The swiftness and subtlety of their agreement is breathtaking, and the observations of human behavior are unclouded by improv cliche. While nothing can replace the thrill of seeing these guys live, being able to go back and watch how they build this particular performance step-by-step offers lessons in craftsmanship that students of acting and writing will profit from. Combine this with Scott Silberstein's SECOND TO NONE, and you have the best representation of improvisation on video that I know of.
This doc captures the live show and TJ & Dave as good as you can get for not being there live. Alex Karpovsky (Red Flag, Girls..etc) is as good of a director as he is an actor; Alex knows understands Improv, the life of the stage, Tj & Dave...etc. If you don't feel anything after watching Trust Us you may be a serial killer, so get medical help; moreover, if you have have a chance to see these artists live (Tj & Dave) take the time and go see them. Watch them close they are masters of emotions and words. I wish the local libraries all over the world would purchase this dvd. If you are an actor study this and learn from the best! Trust me, Trust Us is worth your time!
If you're not familiar with TJ and Dave, I guarantee you'll be awestruck after watching them in action.
The duo are masters of improvisation - but not just because they are funny. It's because they are so real in their performances. In fact, it is the trust they have with one another (so evident in the film), which makes their one-of-a-kind show possible.
Both men are seasoned improvisers, but not seen on film as often as some of their contemporaries (Dave played Stew in Strangers With Candy, and TJ can be seen in Stranger Than Fiction and Sonic commercials, among other things). It's a delight therefore, to see them getting the respect they deserve for their craft.
In short, buy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent look into advanced improvisational theater. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the DVD very much. I would consider it a "must see" for anyone seriously interested in improv, especially longform. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robyn Martin
Soo perfect if you are looking at discovering scenes and just be present. I've given it away 3 times already because I need to find someone who wants to do improv this way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donnella Perkins
I don't particularly like "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?"…too silly and obviously effortful, for my taste.
I loved watching these two guys, though. Read more
This is the best recorded version of longform improv I know of. Not surprising since TJ and Dave are two of the best improvisors around. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Daniel C. Sipp
Sheer genius! Intelligent and thoughtful comedy which provokes thought and laughter in equal measures of insight and silliness. Makes one believe in ESPPublished on November 15, 2013 by brian mcgorty
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