Here are some things that John has done during performances...
*At a Comics Come Home event he and Kevin were The Flying Farley Brothers, really untalented trapeze artists
who eventually gave up trying to peform stunts and started beating the life out of each other.
*At another Comics Come Home event, John and Kevin played hillbilly serial killers. They publicly apologized the next
year in case they had offended anyone, but that sounds pretty funny to me... (Maybe I am just sick!)
*When they were opening for David Spade in San Jose, CA, John and Kevin recorded part of the show and put it
up on their website. (www.flyingfarleybrothers.com
)... John "wins" the jackpot, but it is really monkey butts!
John was trained at Second City in Chicago, where Del Close developed new improv techniques that set new standards for
the medium. The following is an explanation courtesy of imdb.com
"The Harold", is a long-form improv technique developed by Del Close. At a time when most improvisation mainly focused
on creating single scenes, Del devised the Harold as something not unlike a sonata form. Several themes would be established,
a community of characters would be introduced, and then the resulting scenes would play off each other in comedic counterpoint
- characters from one environment moving to another and phrases and images recurring, each time accruing new meaning. Going
to this from conventional sketches was like going from arithmetic to calculus. (Why was it called the Harold? When he introduced
it, one of his students said, "Del, you've invented something, you get to name it." Del said, "Well, the Beatles called their
haircut Arthur, so I'll call this Harold." He later regretted the flipness. "Probably my most significant contribution and
it's got that stupid name.")
He was performing Monday nights at the Improv Olympic West in LA, but his group isn't on the schedule right now
(John says everyone is too busy)... To check out his schedule, go to www.iowest.com
John is in the Alexis Steinkamp performing group.