This week's spotlight is our resident dead-pan master of comedy, Brian Hawley. He talked to us about his first time getting on stage, how finding funny in the moment is like magic, and why playing frustration games are his favorite.
What's your day job?
I'm a TV Broadcast Operations.
Do you have any hobbies outside of improv?
Slappin' da bass with my band ZuZu's Petals, hiking, grilling all known meats, and hanging out with my wife and little Mur man.
What drew you to improv?
Watching improv has always blown me away. How people can come up with things that are so funny, and so quickly, always seemed like total magic to me. I'd really like to learn how to do it one day. I'm sure they have classes for that.
What do you like to do most on stage?
Obviously in real life frustration and anger are emotions that people try to avoid, but in improv it brings out some very hilarious scenes. I love being in scenes where I can create a game that drives another character crazy. Annoying people is my sweet spot.
What makes a good scene in your opinion?
Anytime when players are really listening to each other, and embodying the character they're supposed to be, beautiful things start happening.
What's the most memorable moment you've had at Spitfire?
Performing in the ST-1 student showcase was the first time I had ever done improv in front of people that weren't in my class. We'd spent a whole bunch of time learning the basics, and making each other laugh, but watching that translate into other people laughing and putting on a real show was incredibly rewarding. Pants soiling terrifying. But rewarding.
How would you explain Spitfire shows to someone who's never been?
I would never talk to somebody that hasn't seen a Spitfire show. Not even a little.
How would you describe the Spitfire community in 5 words or less?