|| Lyn Pierse, author of "Theatresports Down Under", came to Japan
to teach and direct Theatresports for United Performers Studio,
a theatre company in Tokyo.
Iri,Masa,and Naomi were asked to join.
The Tokyo Comedy Store was started and goes monthly.We performed
|| The Comedy Store performed in Keith Johnstone's "Micetro Impro",
for the first time in Japan.
|| Iri and Naomi joined by improvising musician Momo and form a
new group, "Galacta Excite Theatre" to perform in Japanese. In December,
Kieth Johnstone comes to Japan and we get the chance to study directly
In April 5th to 10th, GET performs in the Big Stinkin International
Sketch and Improv Festival in Austin Texas, and wins the Del Close,
"So you think you're funny?" award (in English!)
In April 16th to 25th, GET performs in SAKfs "International
TheatreSports Tourna ment at Orlando Fringe Festival" in Orlando
Florida and comes in 2nd place, after the team from Calgary.
In May, Japanese Comedy Store goes weekly, combining short form,
Theatresports and for the first time in Japan, Keith Johnstone's
"Gorilla Theatre". Naomi and Iri start performing in English Theatresports.
In July, Naomi went to Chicago to study long form at Improv
Olympic. When she returns, GET performs "The Harold" long form
improv for the first time in Japan.
Naomi got together with two Japanese performers (Yuri, Kim),
and formed a new team, "Yellow Man Group", to perform in English
at PlayGround Theatre (Chicago) in July, 1999.
Masa joins GET.
Yellow Man Group (with Iri) was invited to perform at the Chicago
Improv Festival in April 2000.
YMGiwith Masajwas invited to perform at the New York Improv Festival.
||Naomi and Momo has founded "Improv Japan, co.ltd" in
October, 2001, in Tokyo.
YMG was invited to perform at the Chicago Improv Festival ay main
||YMG perfomed in San Francisco,LA Theatresports,Upright Citizens
Brigade Theater,New Zealand.
||Impro Japan held Tokyo Impro Festival for the first time in Japan.
YMG perfomed in San Francisco(BATS),Seattle.
||The NeXT IMPRO
THEATRE was started and goes monthly.
||Naomi went to London,and perfomed with The Spontaneity Shop.
(the rest of world)
Big Stinkinf International Sketch and Improv Festival (BS4)
GET performed at the Big Stinkin'' International Sketch and Improv
Festival in Austin Texas and won the DEl Close, "So you think you're
funny?" award (in English no less!). There were lots of big laughs
and a very warm reception, ending in standing ovations from the audience
at both shows.
The "Austin Amerika-Statesman (April 10, 1999)"@ wrote;
Side-splitting hilarity, some groans at Big Stinkin' festival
By Michael Barnes-American Arts Writer
To keep you informed, we sent a team of writers to check out the
showcases from 60 different comedy troupes. Below are some highlights
of their first days on the giggle trail. We didn't bother to report
on some of the really stinky sets, and we'll follow with more reviews
after the weekend.
For the record, the best set I witnessed was presented by Galacta
Excite,a three-person troupe from Tokyo that played Maggie Mae's
on Wednesday. Their material was molded from traditional improv
exercises-which resemble fast party games-twisted because two of
the performers operate the English language with only a learner's
permit. Imagine playing the alphabet game, for instance, starting
each sentence with a sequential letter, but your command of English
was limited. The troupe was extremely deft and, like most of the
audience, I hooted, howled and wept with laughter.
SAKfs International TheatreSports Tournament at the Orlando Fringe
GET performed at the International TheatreSports Tournament at the
Orlando Fringe Festival and came in 2nd place, after the team from
Calgary. During the show, Naomi played a "Poet/Translator" scene and
was awarded a perfect score!