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Trust Us, This Is All Made Up

4.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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TJ and Dave walk out on stage without characters, dialog or plot. An hour later they leave an audience with one of the funniest nights of their lives. Described by The New York Times as "Second City-seasoned masters of long form improv", TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi have become living legends in their field. Exploring the trust that underlies their relationship and the forces that govern their improvisation, Trust Us, This is All Made Up is a portrait of two remarkably talented friends and features an unforgettable live performance recorded at New York's Barrow Street Theater.

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Product Details

  • Actors: T.J. Jagodowski, David Pasquesi
  • Directors: Alex Karpovsky
  • Producers: Alex Karpovsky, Rick Edrich, David Modigliani, Jessica Wolfson, Asaf Ronen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: B-Side Entertainment / Create Space
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y27Q3G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I saw this film in a screening. I've been a TJ and Dave fan for a long time, so my primary concern was that the film would faithfully capture the magic of this remarkable team. It does.

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.
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If you're a fan of TJ and Dave, then you'll appreciate the skillful way Trust Us... captures the genius of their completely improvised show on film.

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.
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This documentary is awe-inspiring for any actor who has dabbled with improvising. Even for a 5-year "veteran" like myself, I found this DVD to be not only entertaining, but also extremely educational. It's especially helpful for those actors who have been only exposed to short-form improv (like what is seen on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"). So if you're an actor who has been improvising for years or just getting started, this is a MUST-SEE!

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.
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I am a new improviser and I thought this was just awesome to watch. I loved the way they were able to stick to character's even when they were switching them with each other. Just a great tool for learning how to Improv. I love the last few lines of the movie as well and it just gives a whole new insight into the process and mindset that improvisers take. Awesome!!!
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I have seen their improv show live in Chicago and it's awesome. The DVD really showed background about Dave and TJ. And the performance was so funny, it's amazing its all improvised!
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Trust Us allows you to get a closer look at some of the best Improv artists on Earth--T.J. Jagodowski, David Pasquesi
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!
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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. 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.
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TJ and Dave are amazing performers, with unmatched imagination and intelligence in their improv. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in New York 8 years ago and in all that time the memory of that one night never faded. I've been doing improv professionally for 15 years now, venturing into this long and unforgiving form since October. Watching this documentary has taught me a lot and inspired me even more. I hope to measure up to their brilliance some day, so someone will order my DVD from across an ocean 8 years after they watched me perform.
In short, buy this.
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