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.
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.
Also, I think it will be entertaining for non-actors, and would recommend even the casual observer to pick this up. You will not be disappointed.
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!
I loved watching these two guys, though. They're really good actors who aren't afraid to let a scene take some meaningful or serious turns. Consequently, there seems to be a depth to their work that other improvisers may not allow themselves to exhibit onstage.
I eat the stuff right up, though…probably because I take my own serious side even more seriously than I take my funny side. (Yes, I meant to write that. It's deep. Trust me. ;-)
If you relate to any of what I've written, you'll probably love this documentary, too.
In short, buy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the DVD very much. I would consider it a "must see" for anyone seriously interested in improv, especially longform. Read morePublished 3 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 7 months ago by Donnella Perkins
This is one of my favorite improv shows. Not only do you get to laugh for the entire time they are on stage, you get a window into who these people are. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Brad
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
Amazing talent for doing this show raw with no scripts or teleprompter. They defiantly know how to keep the audience in "laugh mode" and work their material straight from... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Keith P. Capsuto
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
I have seen T.J. And Dave perform several times at the Barrow Street Theater in NYC. One thing about improv is you can't explain the show you just saw to someone, you have to see... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Sitting on the Dock
A great DVD to have at home to get to know how TJ and Dave work together and to watch one of their shows.Published on August 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer