I’M ON A QUEST TO PERFORM AN IMPROV COMEDY SHOW IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Hi, I’m Byron, a touring comedian from Los Angeles, and yes, I’m actually trying to complete this seemingly impossible mission. I love comedy and I love traveling. For the last 12 years I’ve been able to mix the two by doing improv shows across the United States. It’s been an incredible journey, with lifelong friendships forged and unforgettable moments created, but now I’m ready to take it international. One small problem: You can’t do improv by yourself. For my shows in the states I always have at least one partner, a fellow improv professional sharing chemistry which translates into laughs on stage. For this new venture, I’m alone. This is part of the fun. If I was doing standup, I’d get on stage for 20 minutes by myself, then leave. To accomplish my worldwide improv goal I’ll need to find locals in every country who either know what improv is or are willing to learn. It will take a level of immersion in unfamiliar places that goes way beyond taking a selfie at the top three attractions on TripAdvisor (though I plan to do that too). The great thing about improv is that it can be performed anywhere, from London’s Old Vic theater in front of 1,000 people and the Queen (I’ve performed for more) to a Cambodian fishing village for an audience of four (I’ve done shows for less). Will it be hard? Yes. Am I crazy for trying? Probably. Is it going to be an incredibly fun once in a lifetime adventure? Absolutely. Welcome to the ride.