This week we caught up with mainstage performer Gabe Gage. Gabe's dynamic approach to improv comedy has led him on stage doing long form, short form and hip hop improv at Spitfire. He talked about fighting for a point of view in a scenes, how making people laugh is addictive, and playing to sold out audiences is one of the best feelings.
What's your day job?
I'm a server at the Candy Kitchen.
Do you have any hobbies outside of improv?
I'm a student at SPC and a huge TV watcher (Star Wars, Doctor Who, etc).
What drew you to improv?
I got ditched and left at my middle school theater club where they were doing improv, then fell in love with how free and creative it allowed me to be. The feeling of making people laugh is so addicting it compelled me to pursue it further.
What do you like to do most on stage?
I like to bring emotions to the stage, either in my face or my voice or my actions. I also enjoy bringing a higher energy through that emotion.
What makes a good scene in your opinion?
A good scene has a central conflict that needs to be solved, as well as two characters that fight like hell to get what they want.
What's the most memorable moment you've had at Spitfire?
When every night of “Forced Away” was sold out. That was a great experience to be a part of.
How would you explain Spitfire shows to someone who's never been?
Think of the best improv show you’ve ever seen...now forget it, because Spitfire shows are even better.
How would you describe the Spitfire community in 5 words or less?
Incredible people doing insane improv.
You can see Gabe on stage Thursday nights with his hip hop improv team, Rhyme'N'Reason and Friday and Saturday in Improvarama and Whose Line St Pete, as well as with his team Cradle to Grave in The Spitfire Open and The Big Damn Comedy Show through December 2018. Gabe appeared as 'Derek' in last summer's musical mainstage Hip Hop High and 'PC30' in Forced Away: A Star Wars Story.