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Trust Us, This Is All Made Up

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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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  • 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y27Q3G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tylerdurden's soap on April 11, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Cornwell on June 2, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on January 12, 2011
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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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By jim readey on November 21, 2014
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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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I wish this was still streamable for everybody, but purchasing this video is pretty much worth the entire Prime membership; Trust Us, This Is All Made Up is as beyond describing succinctly as improv itself, but to be brief, if you know anything at all about comedic improvisation, or, better yet, like good improv, then you cannot possibly get away with not having seen this movie. Not watching this movie is akin to comparing someone to Hitler on usenet: It just shan't be done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monkey Mind on February 28, 2012
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This should be required viewing for anyone interested in pursuing improv. These two are Goliaths of the art form. In this documentary you get a very rare inside glimpse into their process and the thoughts that go into making good, patient, hilarious work.
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