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Trust Us This Is All Made Up

David Pasquesi , TJ Jagodowski , Alex Karpovsky  |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: David Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski
  • Directors: Alex Karpovsky
  • Producers: Alex Karpovsky, Adam Roffman, David Modigliani, Jessica Wolfson, Asaf Ronen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: B-Side Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y27Q3G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two brilliant improvisers in top form 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust Me, This Documentary Is Fabulous 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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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! March 27, 2011
By Jason
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! January 12, 2011
By Lauren
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST-SEE for all improvisational actors! 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPROV LEGENDS AT WORK 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious for everyone, inspirational for improvisers! January 21, 2014
By Brad
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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. The way they work together on stage comes from the time they spend off stage. Great watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best example of Longform Improv December 25, 2013
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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. It's a great intro to the art form for folks new to improv or who can't travel to Chicago or New York. And it's inspiring for those of us who practice the art. I love this DVD so much that I've given four or five copies to friends as gifts. Please support these masters of improv. Buy your copy today. You'll be glad you did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust me, Trust Us is worth your time!
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sir Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and worth watching!
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Keith P. Capsuto
5.0 out of 5 stars Made up brilliance
Sheer genius! Intelligent and thoughtful comedy which provokes thought and laughter in equal measures of insight and silliness. Makes one believe in ESP
Published 5 months ago by brian mcgorty
5.0 out of 5 stars They are truly masters!
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Dube
5.0 out of 5 stars T.J and Dave - Great!
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 8 months ago by Kathryn Brickell-Berger
5.0 out of 5 stars So great to see - especially if you are an improvisor.
Although, I'd recommend to anyone as it's just amazing to watch them perform together. I would really like to see more dvds being released of these two because getting to Chicago... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maureen Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Proves improv can be filmed
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brian Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the improvisor's studio
A tour de force of acting improvisation. The particular performance is worth many viewings. These guys are clearly at the top of their game together. Read more
Published 15 months ago by T. Brunelle
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