Trust Us, This is All Made Up
This often fascinating, sporadically funny documentary follows Tj Jagodowksi and David Pasquesi, two improvisational actors, as they perform their skit in front of a lively audience at the Barrow Street Theatre in the West Village of New York City. They’re both were part of The Second City comedy club where they honed their comedic and improvisational skills. Director Alex Karpovsky opens the film with split screens that provide you with some background information about both actors while showing you behind-the-scenes footage as they prepare for their live performance. The vast majority of the film consists of their skit which will fascinate you if you’re truly interested in improv because you’ll get to observe the dynamics of TJ and David’s relationship onstage. It’s interesting to watch they how they feed and bounce off of each other throughout the skit and communicate in subtle ways while coming up with a variety of very imaginative characters and narrative threads. They each put their heart, soul and brain into their skit in ways that will make you grasp why they’ve been an improv duo together for so long. Karpovsky could have and should have included more backstage interviews with them so that you would understand their artistic processes in much further detail. At a running time of only 1 hour and 21 minutes, Trust Us, This is All Made Up is an often fascinating, sporadically funny glimpse into the complex art of improv. For those of you not in the New York City area, you can purchase this documentary at Amazon.com, or, if you're a Netflix subscriber, you rent it or watch it instantly.
blog comments powered by Disqus